In comparison to previous crises involving Israel, the United Nations has behaved in a somewhat less one-sided way over the past few weeks. The same can be said for the American President Barack Obama. The support of the administration has been there as has the support of Congress and the American people. However, at the end of the day the government of the State of Israel is committed to a specific result. That result is the establishment of a peaceful life for all residents of Israel free of Hamas missiles and terror attacks. Heroic soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces have made the ultimate sacrifice in the early stages of Operation Protective Edge and I am certain that the leaders of Israel’s government have no intention of allowing their lives to be lost for nothing. In making demands that the fighting stops, the United Nations and President Obama are making demands that have no substance. If we were to assume that the motivation was purely to put a stop to the deaths of innocent people, the demands contradict the motive. The only way innocent people in Gaza and Israel will live in peace is by destroying, or at the very least incapacitating Hamas.
Furthermore, by what authority does anyone makes demands from Israel when it comes to protecting their people? If your best friend demanded you not protect your family so as to not harm others, would you listen? No. You would protect your family. You would also realize that any true friend, or at least a friend with good judgment would never ask that of you in the first place. The reaction you must have in such an instance is a simple one. You continue to do what is best for your family.
This for all intents and purposes is what I suspect will be Israel’s response to what I see as nothing more than hollow demands.