I’m not sure when most of the folks in the media started paying attention, but there has been no peace in the Mideast since before the formation of the State of Israel. Look up the bombing of the King David Hotel, or Operation Black Sabbath (both in 1946) for examples.
The Washington Post seems confused. And this confusion confuses me, because as long as I can remember, the WaPo has been covering the West Bank, Gaza and Israel. Not to mention things like the war with Lebanon, or the wars (plural) with Egypt. Hamas, Israel signal unwillingness to compromise – The Washington Post. Maybe there is a new crew of reporters/editors. That must be it.
Let’s see… the way it went this time, is the way it has always gone. One side sees some issue, and they take an action. The other side responds. Eventually this leads to rockets being fired into Israel, and a response of Israeli air attacks, followed by ground attacks.
The stark assessments offered little hope for quick progress toward ending a 14-day-old conflict that has inflicted heavy costs on each side.
I also think that calling the conflict “14-days-old” is disingenuous at best. And a bold-faced lie, more likely. This conflict has been going on since at least the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. And maybe a bit longer than that. But hey, its the WaPo. If the conflict is only 14-days old, then it isn’t Obama’s fault he hasn’t settled things yet, it just got started…. Just you wait. But Gaza and the West Bank were added to Israel after the Six-Day War (1967) after the IDF defeated Egypt, Jordan and Syria (who were fighting with help from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria, and others). So the conflict is at least that old. And there was a war in Gaza in 2008 and 2009. And a similar operation in Gaza in 2012 (Defensive Pillar). Continue reading