Monday 19 March 2018

Robert Fisk: Bombs, then truce, herald opening of election season

SO what was it all for? The 11-month-old Palestinian baby killed with its entire family by an Israeli pilot, the 150-odd Palestinian dead – two-thirds of them civilians – the six Israeli dead, 1,500 air raids on Gaza, 1,500 rockets on Israel. What fearful symmetry! But was all this done – and let us forget the billions of dollars of weapons spent by Israel – for a ceasefire? Not a peace treaty, not even a treaty, just a truce. Before the next Gaza war.

Cynics abound in Israel, and not without reason. "End of a military operation, beginning of an election campaign," ran a headline in 'The Jerusalem Post' yesterday – albeit in a newspaper that has given its usual support to war in Gaza.

But surely Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign for the January elections began the moment he ordered the assassination of Ahmed al-Jabari, the Hamas leader, just over a week ago.

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