There is a cease-fire. Israel and Hamas are not shooting and firing missels at each other and the question is how long will it last. The problem of course is the same as before, because there are those who would keep the conflict going. However, a cease-fire having been brokered should be honored and regardless all parties should honor that. As I see it, Israel is doing all they can to honor the agreement. However, as Mr. Netanyahu has made it quite clear and I am sure he would say the same now he will do whatever he has to assure the security of Israel. That after all is his duty as Prime Minister.
I have said before that Israel has to be sure their borders are secure when considering the more pressing issue of a possibility of a nuclear Iran. Prime Minister Netanyahu fears a nuclear Iran and for good reason. Iran has made it clear that they would use such a weapon against Israel. Israel therefore, might not have a choice but to make a move on Iran. However, it stands to reason that they must be able to hold Iran at bay.
Israel inflicted serious blows on Hamas. That equates to a more secure situation for Israel. Israel has said that their new Iron Dome security system the intercepts missiles worked well, and did its job. It knocked out 421 incoming rockets from Gaza, scoring at 84% success rate. Without that defense system there would have been far more damage and deaths, according to Reuters News.
Egypt took an important role in negotiating the cease party. However, regardless of Egypt President Mursis’ opinion of Israel, he had no real choice since receives Billions from the United States for his military support. No sooner had the cease fire taken place, that Egypts President took some actions that surprised the West as well as everyone else in the reason.
According to Reuters Press, The United States is concerned about Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s decision to assume sweeping powers. Mursi issued a decree that puts his decisions above legal challenge until a new parliament is elected. Angry protests by his opponents and violent clashes erupted in central Cairo as well as other cities.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Mursi in Cairo on Wednesday and thanked him for his mediation to establish a cease fire. However, now she is expressing her concern regarding the decisions and declarations announced on November 22 raise concerns for Egyptians and for the international community.
The situation in the Mid-East is getting more and more complicated, and only through careful discussions will many of these issues be resolved. Israel is quieter tonight. Iran continues to be a thorn, but seems at bay for now. The cease-fire holds. but still, the Mid-East is a very dangerous place, and the United States needs to be very careful how they handle all parties involved.
Regardless, I still retain my concerns with overall U.S. Foreign Policy. The Obama policies, in my opinion, seem to have led to even more instability in the Mid East region. As a result it has brought on even more conflict. In some cases, the so called exercise of democracy, and free elections, has led to even worse leaders, that have placed Israel in even more danger. If Israel goes, then, well, I don’t even have to venture how this situation will turn out, now do I? Of course that is just my opinion, for what it is worth.
That’s my point of view, and I look forward to your insights as well. Have a good night and as usual……….God Bless America!