So, after the military assault on Gaza has been going on for 19 days, bringing the death toll in Gaza to apparently more than 1000 people, Barak and Livni think their job is done. Olmert ignoring calls from Barak, Livni for immediate Gaza truce – Haaretz – Israel News.
Livni and Barak can congratulate themselves for the deaths of more than 300 Palestinian children. However, it seems that Ehud Olmert has not had enough. It’s hard to see how his time as Prime Minister could be more successful. He is the first PM to start TWO wars of choice, and within 3 years.
He has had to resign his post because of corruption charges, but it seems he wants to do as much as possible before his time is up.
Additionally, this war, unsurprisingly, is not really helping Israel’s PR. According to an article in Haaretz, Israel’s actions in Gaza may have caused the state’s reputation to hit a new low, that the country may not recover from quickly.
Personally, I have received some comments and questions from friends in Europe and the US that indicate the concern and discomfort with Israel’s actions is unusually high. Most of my friends are supportive of Israel, or neutral, but I can understand that these last 19 days may have changed their minds.
(I will comment more on the Palestinian situation in my next post)