Last night we called a unilateral cease fire and now Hamas have called theirs. We say our troops will pull out if the multilateral agreements are put in place and if they don’t shooting at us. Hamas say that they don’t agree to any agreements and that they give us a week to get out or they’ll start shooting again.
If we pull out, then they won because they chased us out. If we stay, then we become responsible for the continued fighting that will follow. If the multilateral agreements on the Rafiah border crossing don’t progress or become a farse, there still will be no way not to pull back. Hamas will regroup, rearm and start killing us again
They’ll fire the odd rocket into Israel, send suicide bombers. Nothing drastic enough to justify going to war again.
Maybe I’m wrong and we’ve got our deterance back. Maybe they’ll have learned a lesson and won’t dare to mess with us. However all the pointers seem to show otherwise. The global Jihad doesn’t speak that language. Their dead are holy martyrs. An ideology that sends suicide bombers to their deaths doesn’t care for a few more martyrs on the road to salvation.
Back to square one.
Some of our best young men and women and way over a thousand of the enemy have died. Thousands more have been injured and billions of dollars of damage inflicted. I have no problem that the enemy took heavy casualties. I also have no problem and have no reason to apologize that our casualties were so few.
However when so many people have died and suffered, I would have hoped that at the end that there would be something of tangible value to say that it was worth it.