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Jul 28, 2014

Pressure Israel more or pressure Hamas?

It seems, from the various news reports, that heavy pressure is being placed in PM Netanyahu by President Obama and the United Nations to accept an unconditional ceasefire.

There has been talk about refusal on Israel's part, there has been talk of an unofficial acceptance, and all sorts of other ideas. One thing that seems pretty clear is that Obama is putting a lot of pressure, directly and through Secretary of State John Kerry, on Israel.

I don't get it though. Israel has already shown its willingness to accept a ceasefire agreement. a few times. It is Hamas who regularly refuses, and then breaks it even when they do agree.

At some point shouldn't the pressure be put on the people of Hamas, not Israel?

What's the point of pressuring Israel? We all know that when push comes to shove Israel will accept any semi-decent ceasefire agreement. Israel will probably even accept many versions of lousy ceasefire agreements.

Pressure Israel all you want. At the end of the day, you know they will accept. Yet that will still get us nowhere, because Hamas isn't playing along.

It is time to pressure Hamas.

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