There is some speculation that a truce between Israel and Hamas could be negotiated to avert an invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli troops.
While a truce and ceasefire should be hoped for, one needs to consider the realities of the situation from the point of view of Netanyahu.
First, Netanyahu has the blessing of US President Obama to do whatever Netanyahu deems best for Israel – including invade. Second, Netanyahu, as far as the Gaza is concerned, has the full support of his multi-party cabinet, the military and the intelligence community if he decides to invade.
By invading and destroying Hamas and the other fighters in the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu will have achieved what many Israelis will discern as a great victory. It will be the first step in recent times of realising the Zionists dream of a Greater Israel. Netanyahu’s aim is not to stop the rockets but to invade and conquer just as the Israelis did in the Golan Heights in 1967. By invading and occupying the Gaza Strip and stopping the rockets from there once and for all Netanyahu will be able to move on with confidence in taking on Hezbollah – but only if he can get the US to attack Iran with the aim of regime change.
From Netanyahu’s point of view, this is his big chance. Unfortunately, I doubt he’ll let the opportunity pass him by.
As usual, I hope I’m wrong!