Across the Bay

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Israel's Objectives in Gaza

Once again, the best analysis of the situation in Gaza is offered by Martin Kramer.

A couple of quotes:

So Israel's war aim is very straightforward, and it is not simply a total cease-fire. At the very least, it is a total cease-fire that also leaves the sanctions against Hamas in place.
A hint of the solution Israel envisions comes from a senior Israeli diplomatic source: "Israel cannot agree that the only party responsible for implementing and regulating the cease-fire be Hamas."
It is the PA, for example, which could be reinserted at the Egyptian border crossing at Rafah (as already demanded by Egypt).

Read it all.

I'll have more to say on this shortly.