This is something I’ve been saying for a while now; plenty of people are shouting for peace in Gaza, but there will be no peace in Gaza until Hamas is wiped out.
If Hamas leaders Khaled Mashal and Ismail Haniyeh and their stormtroopers maintain their sway in Palestinian politics and can still threaten Israel, the “two-state solution” can and never will be a solution.
The Biden administration knows full well how important it is for Israel to win resoundingly over Hamas in Gaza. Washington would have liked Israel to reach that point quickly. The problem is that the administration is handcuffing Israel. Its mid-war demands of Israel are delaying Israel’s advance, prolonging the journey required for reaching the shared objective.
The pressure exerted by Washington to reduce combat intensity; to significantly increase the scope of humanitarian aid into Gaza (even though much of it is commandeered by Hamas); and to kickstart a process whereby residents of northern Gaza return to their homes, despite the continued presence of Hamas tunnels under those homes — all are playing into Hamas’s hands.
Israel is in a tactical and strategic situation we Americans can’t understand. We reside in a huge, wide-open nation, even in today’s world still having the advantage of two huge oceans separating us from most of our geopolitical opponents. Israel is a tiny nation, with their backs to the sea, surrounded by utter savages who want every Israeli dead.
Savagery must be dealt with by force. Evil must be answered for. Justice must be done. Israel has to wipe Hamas off the map, pour encourager les autres. Only by such an example can there be any hope for peace in that region.