Gaza mortar shells target Israeli forces searching for Hamas tunnels; Israel responds with airstrike, tank fire and declares border area a closed military zone; Hamas evacuates two schools as a precautionary measure.21:44 04.05.16 | 4 comments
Netanyahu has not only encouraged Israelis to believe that the state is a democracy because it adheres to the one man, one vote system and offers the electorate choice but he has also encouraged them to believe that Israel is entitled to act on the basis of the tyranny of the majority, though he would not couch it in such terms. Instead he has encouraged them to believe that because of Israel's particular circumstances, it is entitled to behave in ways that in other democratic countries would be completely unacceptable. More importantly he has encouraged them to believe that the rest of the world is willing to go along with this even if they do not actually welcome it. What a wake-up call it will be for Israel if it becomes the target for economic sanctions. Suddenly it will realise that even Israel's allies will no longer condone its actions and that finally it needs to make choices. No longer will it be in a position to simply expect - if not blind support - at least no real opposition to what it does. Interesting times could lie ahead.