The cease-fire in Gaza is about two kinds of people:
There is the mother of an 18-year-old Palestinian youth who is baking his favorite foods in anticipation of his return, and her counterpart the Israeli grandfather who is wondering if his three-year-old granddaughter will be among those released.
Then there are the officials, the ‘leaders’ who launched an invasion and their counterparts who devastated entire neighborhoods.
Decisions about going to war are, sadly, made by people who think very differently than you or I. War graspers feel a calling that would horrify most of us.
So dealing within the confines of human expectation as we see it in the ‘leader’ group, instead of wishes and dreams, why could we expect to see the current 40-day ceasefire continue indefinitely?
Simply put, peace advances the causes of the leaders of the two warring parties more than continuing the war would do.
This is based on a comfortably selfish motives so it has legs.
Hamas has achieved all it could hope to achieve.
Israel has run into a dead end.
They are both operating in an environment set by the policies of Zionist governments. This means an apartheid land, with few rights for the Palestinians and increasing access to their land by the Israeli settlers.
This has set up the current conflict situation.
The Hamas attack was equivalent to a stream boiler explosion when the relief value is blocked. Prior to the attack Israeli settlers expanded their campaign of unremitting violence against the Arabs in the West Bank. The Palestinians were bottled up and confined to the equivalent of jails, spread in shrinking plots of defenceless land. Israeli politicians promoted riots with acts like inviting Zionists to enter the al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex. Israel floated high with U.S. visa waiver programs and regional normalization agreements.
From within their prisons the leaders of the Palestinian parties weighed their options. Hamas was in a sound-proof room as far as Western powers were concerned; its words could not be heard. Having won the election of 2006, they were ignored by…