Charles Krauthammer stated in The Washington Post that the French-Egyptian-engineered cease-fire would be “a terrible mistake”:
It would have the same elements as the phony peace in Lebanon: an international force that abjures any meaningful use of force, an arms embargo under which arms will most assuredly flood in, and a cessation of hostilities until the terrorist side is rearmed and ready to initiate the next round of hostilities.
In The Wall Street Journal, Edward N. Luttwak, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, outlines how Israel can win in Gaza:
What Israel can do is weaken Hamas further in its current ground operations by raiding targets that cannot be attacked from the air – typically because they are in the basements of crowded apartment buildings – and by engaging Hamas gunmen in direct combat…. If their target intelligence remains as good as it was during the air attack, they will run out of targets in a matter of days. That is when a cease-fire with credible monitoring would be possible and desirable for both sides as the only alternative to renewed occupation.
The Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum renamed the peace process “a war process”:
Further negotiations will make sense only when Hamas’s leaders — currently emboldened by a combination of popular indignation and Iranian support — finally arrive at the same conclusion as their secular counterparts, and a new generation of Israelis is persuaded to believe them. Until then, there is no point in bemoaning the passivity of the Bush administration, the silence of Barack Obama, the powerlessness of Arab leaders or the weakness of Europe, as so many, predictably, have begun to do.
Lessons for Obama
There’s a silver lining to the current conflict, writes Jackson Diehl, the Washington Post’s deputy editorial page editor:
The war against Hamas is proving – once again – that the Middle East’s extremist movements cannot be eliminated by military means. If the incoming Obama administration absorbs that lesson, it will have a better chance of neutralizing Iranian-backed groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and of eventually brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement… Though Israel must defend its citizens against rockets and suicide bombings, the only means of defeating Hamas are political.
Rosa Brooks aimed for humor-in-a-somber-situation in a column that delineates “how to be stupid…Hamas style” (refuse to recognize Israel)…“Israeli style” (complain about unfair media coverage, but don’t let any Israeli or foreign journalists into Gaza)…and “Bush style” (let the new guy handle it).