What with being on staycation and all, I haven’t yet commented on the Israeli bombing of Gaza, which suffice it to say, I think is a horrible idea. In sum, Israel will not be able to destroy Hamas in the course of their bombing, and what’s more, the extensive collateral damage will result in a public relations boon for Hamas. This will make peace — the only viable long term solution for the Middle East — a more intractable prospect. In fact, some Jordanians are already calling for an abrogation of Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel. Finally, our close association with Israel transfers animosity toward the United States, making our immediate foreign policy goals harder to meet.
KABUL (AFP) — Thousands of Afghans demonstrated Friday against Israel’s deadly strikes on the Gaza Strip, chanting slogans against the Jewish state and its US ally, and calling for the defence of Islam.[…]
[…]The protesters also chanted slogans against the United States — a key ally of Israel — and said the more than 30,000 US troops in Afghanistan to help the government fight a Taliban-led insurgency should leave.
Of course, that’s not all. The Iraqi Air Force has been giving humanitarian aid to the Palestinians and as Juan Cole warns, “And when Iraq gets its act together and gets rich from oil and gas, isn’t it obvious that the aid will increase significantly?” Indeed, the only long term outcome of this offensive will be greater impetus for pan-Islam unity when both the United States and Israel need to recognize the different strategic interests of the major players in the region and act accordingly.