There is no cease fire as of yet.
Romney's red line may have been closer to Netanyahu's red line but this does not change the paradigm of US government meddling (I can repost the links to the current administration's red lines).
The wrong man won the election in the US and Netanyahu had made the mistake of calling an early election for himself for January, banking on a Romney win.
Obama won so Netanyahu went to plan B by 'kicking the puppy in Gaza'. Hamas retaliated, as he knew they would, by raining rockets down on Israel. Netanyahu blames Hamas for starting it when he knows that he in fact did and Bibi puts Israel on a war-footing to emphasise to the Israeli voters that he is the man they should elect in January for security because Hamas is so dangerous of a threat.
The Palestinians on the West Bank who did nothing and want to start Peace Talks get their aspirations punted down the road for another generation and all that Netanyahu will possibly sign today is a cease-fire with no talk of Peace whatsoever because that is not what he wants.
He gets reelected in January with an increased majority and an even more hawkish cabinet and then its off to Iran.
Not a bad job because his reelection has only cost him about 150 lives to date.
Last edited by Byng; 11-20-2012 at 02:54 PM.
..........the icing on the cake for Netanyahu is that he actually managed to get a handful of Israeli civilians killed this time so that will certainly be good for a few more votes in January!
One should not forget that Hamas is a willing participant in this dance and was (s)elected (by the Bushblundering of democracy spreading). Derailing the PA's push for UN recognition was just as much a desired outcome for Hamas as it was for Netanyahu. There will be no lasting peace because the root cause of the conflict is religious (not secular).
But we had better stop and take this over to another thread before our posts suddenly disapear!
It hurts the head. I guess we are officially the Libyan government too.The top financer of the Syrian opposition is no Arabian Peninsula oil kingdom or cloak-and-dagger Western spy outfit, but struggling, war-ravaged Libya, which is itself recovering from a devastating civil conflict.
According to a budget released by the Syrian National Council and posted to its Web site late Sunday, the Libyan government contributed $20.3 million of the $40.4 million that the opposition umbrella group has amassed since its creation in October 2011.
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