President-elect Barack Obama has said that he will have plenty to say about the Gaza crisis after his inauguration on 20 January. One can only speculate what that may be but, in the light of his serious and, no doubt, sincere concerns for the mounting civilian death toll, particularly as details continue to emerge about the horrendous bombing of a UN school and the resultant deaths of school children, it may well be that his view does not correspond with the views of the current Bush administration. The question now is: Will Israeli planners escalate their war to take on Hezbollah and Iran before President Bush and his hawkish administration leaves office.
Obama’s comments were not a positive sign for the Israeli right-wing Zionists. While it is traditional for a President-elect not to interfere in any way with an outgoing President’s foreign policy until after inauguration, Obama’s limited comments will be seen by hawks as ‘passive’ and, therefore, not conducive in providing confidence for the Israelis to rely on US support if the Israelis continue to prosecute or escalate their aggressive war to include Hezbollah or Iran after Obama’s inauguration.
There are now only 13 days left to the end of the Bush administration but a lot can happen between now and then and, if the course of events so dictate, there may be some circumstance where such events have reached a point of no return and Obama finds himself in a position by the time he does become President of having no alternative but to support Israel in its fight against Hezbollah and, especially, Iran.
Israeli warplanes are again flying over Lebanon amid speculation that the Israeli government is deliberately attempting to provoke Hezbollah into providing Israel with a casus belli for Israel to launch an all-out offensive against Hezbollah in the hope that this, in turn, will escalate to involve Syria and Iran. As has already been noted, Israeli reservists have already been called up and are now in readiness at the Lebanese border.
It’s all a matter of timing for the Israelis.
PROTEST IN ADELAIDE, SUNDAY 11 JANUARY 2009
South Australian readers should know that there will be a protest rally in Adelaide at 1.00pm outside Parliament House in the city this coming Sunday, 11 January, 2009. The protest is being organised by the Australian Friends of Palestine. All concerned people are urged to make their voice heard at this or other rallies being held around the world. Please come along and show your support for the people of the Gaza.