Over the past couple of weeks I’ve heard references to the idea that Hamas is so dastardly that rockets kept getting fired at Israeli territory even while the cease-fire was on. And, you know, that’s true but the people putting the point that way are deliberately trying to deceive you:
A four-month ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza was in jeopardy today after Israeli troops killed six Hamas gunmen in a raid into the territory.
Hamas responded by firing a wave of rockets into southern Israel, although no one was injured. The violence represented the most serious break in a ceasefire agreed in mid-June, yet both sides suggested they wanted to return to atmosphere of calm.
Point being, the cease-fire was imperfect and imperfectly observed for a variety of reasons. It was an inherently difficult situation since neither party to the agreement would recognize the other side’s legitimacy. But the problems with the cease-fire, and the violations of it, are in no sense reflections of some kind of inherent perfidy either of Arabs generally or Palestinians more specifically or Hamas in particular any more than Israeli incursions indicate a fundamental untrustworthiness of Jews or Israelis or the Kadima Party. It was a difficult situation and not one the United States chose to involve itself constructively with.