A damaged street in Rafah. Hamas officials vowed to fight on, regardless of any Israeli cease-fire declaration. Photo: Ben Curtis/Associated PressWhile you were twisting the night away with the brand new president Israel decided to stop blowing up people, places and things on the Gaza Strip.
Normally I would have written about the situation in Gaza sooner, but I couldn’t get past my own blind rage and exhaustion over the issue. Now that the violence has died down in a wash of purposelessness I’m left to wonder, what was the objective of Israel’s offensive?
Was it to get rid of Hamas, because they were democratically elected and they’re still entrenched in power?
Was it to win over the citizens of Gaza? Because more than a thousand of them are dead.
Or was it simple revenge?
(Warning: This is not a short blog posting. Perpare for the “short version” of why things are the way the are between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Read the entire monster essay after the jump.)