July 30, 2014
AFTER HAMAS COMES AN ELECTION, WHICH HAMAS WINS:
Gaza's Future (Max Boot, 07.30.2014, Commentary)
The "post Hamas, what?" question is one that I think is a major deterrent to the kind of action that Morris advocates, probably an even bigger deterrent than fear of casualties in clearing operations. Actually, support for the war in Israel has soared even as IDF casualties have mounted. But Israelis remember how easily they got into Lebanon in 1982 and how hard it was to get out. They don't want to repeat that experience. The U.S. invasion of Iraq provides a similar cautionary lesson; the U.S. had no firm idea who would replace Saddam Hussein and wound up getting sucked into a costly war.Unless someone in Israel can figure out what comes after Hamas, the Israeli government will, for better or worse, leave Hamas in place after the current round of fighting.
Ultimately, America supports a democratic Palestine and Israel will have to accept one. The war is just a delaying action.Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2014 7:22 PM