Winning the Peace

Thomas Friedman of the NYTimes predicted that Benjamin Netanyahu would win the conflict but lose the peace. The latest status of the third cease-fire with Hamas seems to confirm the opinion writer’s assessment. Israel made vague promises and will open the border crossings a little bit at a certain times, actions that Israel already took before the conflict. Friedman blames the prime minister and he misses the point.

There is no honest broker representing the Gazans, at least one who has the bodyguards to protect him when he is labeled a collaborator. There is no one with whom Israel can straightforwardly negotiate. The video interviews with the people on the streets of Gaza during the first and second cease-fire make obvious that no one is free to speak their mind in Gaza, especially if their words have the slightest hint of anger or dismay at Hamas.

I believe most Gazans just want to go to jobs or school during the day and spend the evening with their families and friends in the evening before going to sleep. In this little corner of the world, nothing so simple is ever easily obtainable.

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