Fac­ing ni­hilism

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Two grue­some ironies tell you all you need to know about the Gaza war, which ap­peared to fi­nally grind to a halt this week with an open-ended cease­fire agree­ment between Is­rael and Ha­mas. The first is that the ter­ror group re­jected a sim­i­lar, Egypt-bro­kered cease­fire as far back as July 15. The sec­ond is that Ha­mas care­fully chore­ographed a “vic­tory” cel­e­bra­tion in Gaza on Tues­day night, which took place amid the ru­ins of an area in which 2,000 peo­ple have been killed and half a mil­lion ren­dered home­less. Ha­mas has thrown its peo­ple to the wolves and bro­ken cease­fire af­ter cease­fire for vir­tu­ally no gain. Around two thirds of its arse­nal of rock­ets has been used up or wiped out, and over 30 tun­nels de­stroyed, while the cease­fire ac­ceded to none of its de­mands. For many Is­raelis, lit­tle of this is any com­fort. The Is­lamic move­ment re­mains, and its mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties can even­tu­ally be re­built. Is­rael must there­fore start look­ing at bet­ter ways to neu­tralise Ha­mas, which seeks out war at ev­ery turn.

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