Cease Terror, not Cease-Fire

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On day four of Operation Cast Lead, international demands notwithstanding, it is way too premature for Jerusalem to be entertaining thoughts of a cease-fire. It is Hamas that needs an exit strategy to extricate it from a devastating situation of its own making.

Hamas grabbed power away from Fatah transforming Gaza into a spoiling-for-a-fight Islamist stronghold. Hundreds of Palestinians have lost their lives as a result of Hamas' s warmongering. They locked themselves into the old Arab mantra of "no recognition, no negotiation and no peace." They refused to honor agreements the PLO signed with Israel. They oppose the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Despite their vitriol and bravado, since Israeli military operation began Saturday, the Hamas government has buckled: 400 targets have been struck; most of the regime's symbols have either been pulverized or are tottering. Hamas officials have gone into hiding, providing no succor to the masses, whose distress is directly attributable to Hamas' s bellicose policies.

The Israel government has belatedly but rightly declared the imperative to change the security environment in the south and stop Hamas from attacking our population. No country whether Germany, Britain, France, Russia or US would tolerate missile attacks on its homeland.

The effort to bring long-term peace to southern Israel is in its early stages. Military analysts estimate that half of Hamas arsenal remains intact. Most of its armed forces are safely hunkered down. Put another way, Hamas is saving itself as it leaves the people of Gaza exposed and leaderless. The longer Israel can keep Hamas from exercising authority, the more the Islamist legitimacy is weakened.

Hamas must not get what it most wants. Hamas wants Israel's home front to be demoralized, to feel under siege. It wants to stampede the Israeli government into sending ground forces into Gaza's camps and alleyways, to ensnare our fighters in ambushes it has spent long months setting.

If Hamas leaders can't hoodwink Israelis into self-defeating policies, it is counting on pressure from within Israel or without to produce at least a temporary halt to the operation, during which it could regroup, or better yet a cease-fire. It needs this to claim a "moral victory" over Jewish; to demonstrate that the West has no response but appeasement to violent Muslim extremism. Finally, Hamas needs a cease-fire on its terms, or it will lose face with President Mr. Abbas.

Sooner or later, furthermore, Hamas political echelon will emerge from hiding so it's better to make a truce and stand on it and save the precious lives of innocent Muslims. Thus war is not only the solution but talks always end the conflicts.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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