Joy Over Gaza Ceasefire Could be Shortlived

Mistrust Runs Too Deep for Peace To Last Long

Can It Last? Palestinians celebrated and many Israelis breathed a sigh of relief at news of a truce in Gaza. But how long will it last?
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Can It Last? Palestinians celebrated and many Israelis breathed a sigh of relief at news of a truce in Gaza. But how long will it last?

By Reuters

Published November 21, 2012.
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Politicians and military experts are likely to take a much tougher look at the role of the air force, with criticism already surfacing that it was over cautious in its targeting for fear of repeating the mass casualties seen in the 2008-2009 war.

“The Iron Dome has proved itself to be a game changer,” said Yohanan Plesner, a Kadima politician who sits on parliament’s foreign affairs and defence committee.

“But on the offensive side, the more we are surgical and cautious then the harder it is to achieve the goals of long-term calm. The more we limit ourselves, the less of a price Hamas has to pay,” he told Reuters.

Although Hamas certainly suffered significant losses, it also had much to boast about to its own people - particularly the fact that it managed for the first time to send missiles flying towards both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

“Israel won’t think of challenging us like this ever again,” said Mohammed al-Ghazaleh, firing a deafening burst from his Kalashnikov rifle to celebrate the truce in Gaza city.

But such thinking is almost certainly a miscalculation that already sows the seeds for the next confrontation.


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