A few days ago, I posted a short article asking the simple question, "Where is the balance?" Israel feels perfectly entitled to assassinate the military head of Hamas. What if Hamas had managed to assassinate Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak? No doubt Israel would see that quite differently. The world outside of Israel would see it as much the same.
The Zionists on the Vine swarmed to make legalistic arguments claiming that Israel was fully justified in killing not only Ahmed Al-Jabari, but 11 Palestinians for every Israeli casualty (the ratio in the current violence). The main thing they claimed was, "The Palestinians won't negotiate!!!"
This is, of course, an absolute lie based on the kind of headline posturing that goes on in public. In an op-ed article in the New York Times today, the Israeli citizen who was instrumental in the negotiation (that Zionists claim can't be done) to exchange the captured Israel soldier Gilad Shalit spoke out. In an article titled, Israel's Shortsighted Assassination he gives you a clear view showing how Israel hurts themselves when they kill their opposites in Hamas instead of negotiating with them. The author, Gershon Baskin, is not a Palestinian sympathizer. He wants to preserve Israel as much as any Israeli citizen. A citizen of Israel who shares Baskin's patriotism for his country should read it.
The problem is that the Zionists in Israel are convinced that they can get it all and they don't have to negotiate. They get backup for this belief from the US where they do get billions in aid and unlimited military and diplomatic support. But this may not be enough in the future. Israel was able to buy off Jordan and Egypt in the past by trading back territory won in war. That won't happen again. The last time the Israel military machine tried it in Lebanon, Hezbollah handed them their ass. No captured territory and Hezbollah is stronger than ever in southern Lebanon.
Israel could negotiate from a position of strength today and could probably keep most of the land they have taken from the Palestinians. But as resistance hardens throughout the Middle East - due to things like the assassination of Al-Jabari - that won't be true tomorrow. Israel's refusal to negotiate honestly with Palestine makes Israel their own worst enemy.
The third side of this conflict is the United States. What does the US get from the deal? Unlimited rage from the entire Islamic world and opposition from the rest of the world.
Not much of a deal for us.