The Ceasefire in Gaza seems now official and Hillary Clinton will get credit for it.
Netanyahu got most of what he really wanted, namely, a better shot at his own reelection and a discovered check against Abbas and the PA, who are now seen as even more feckless in the eyes of the Palestinian people. This works well for Netanyahu who much prefers Hamas to the PA. He doesn’t want to be pressured into negotiating anything that could amount to slowing down, let alone stopping, the continued settlement growth, land confiscation, home destruction and evictions.
With Hamas ascendent, Israel can just keep on keeping on and so can Likud. Evidently that’s perfectly fine with Obama and Clinton, too.
Martin Mould (Guest Blogger)