Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Is Gaza Just a Football for Israeli Electoral Politics?

The Washington Post is offering the first plausible rationale for the Israeli air assault on Gaza - the upcoming elections to pick a new Israeli leader.

The Israeli campaign is being led not by a single commander in chief, but by a triumvirate of politicians. The three are known to mistrust one another deeply, but all have staked their futures on a highly risky military operation aimed at breaking Hamas's capacity to fire rockets at Israel.

With national elections just over a month away, two of the three are vying for Israel's top job. Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni both have led high-profile but fruitless efforts to achieve peace with the Palestinians; now, each is trying to win favor with Israelis by going to war.

All campaigning for the Feb. 10 vote has been temporarily suspended. But Barak, a former prime minister and ex-army commando, is expected to make the case that he can defend the country in times of crisis. Livni, meanwhile, is seeking to overcome concerns that as a woman who never served in the armed forces, she is not tough enough to lead Israel.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will not be a candidate in the elections and may be indicted on corruption charges. But the Gaza offensive could be his last chance to rehabilitate a legacy badly tarnished by Israel's failure to achieve a clear-cut victory against the Lebanese Hezbollah movement in 2006.

Can there be a more crass reason for the aerial bombardment of Gaza? It's no wonder there doesn't appear to be any meaningful military objective to warrant the inevitable fallout because this isn't about Hamas or Gaza or the Palestinians who are getting slaughtered. It's about the political aspirations of two prominent Israelis and erasing the stigma of failure that clings to the outgoing leader.

Now it all makes sense. My god, it's come to this.


LeDaro said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I wish you all the best for 2009,my friend.

Your posts are very thought provoking and informative.

Oemissions said...

Profound blog.
Thank you.

penlan said...

I wholeheartedly agree. How sick is that? That it's all about an election & politicians. Politics is truly a vicious game to them causing the deaths of hundreds, so far, & the wounding of thousands. Shame on them & shame on all nations approving of this - ours included.

Happy? New Year to you MoS & I look forward to many more thought-provoking & insightful posts from you!

Anonymous said...

One caveat.
All the Israeli politicians, from far left to right are in agreement on the Gaza operation (even Peace Now!)

So as long as there is 100% Israeli political support it appears as if your thesis is full of s-it.

The Mound of Sound said...

The only place you'll find 100% Israeli political support for the Gaza atrocities is deep within your twisted mind. Have a nice day and now, back to shilling for your masters.

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Anonymous said...

Mound you can't take the truth so you delete posted messages.

I challenged you to name one ISraeli MK opposed to the operation and you deleted the post.

Perhaps you should be deleted from Liblogs!

Oemissions said...

Some Israeli new columinists have said the same. "Ballots, not bullets is the motive."