Sometimes I wonder if countries ever weigh possible outcomes other than what they hope would happen such as Gaza. The plan was to create despair so that Hamas would be overthrown and Fatah would take it back. There were whispers of "maybe someone worse would take over if Hamas is toppled". Either that was a risk deemed acceptable or Sharon's government was stupid enough to believe it would end up as they wanted. Now not only is the worst case outcome happening but anti-Israel hatred has increased to the point where Israel as the Jewish State is under threat as at no time since 1948. What will it take for Israel to wake up and stop allowing the Sharons and Netanyahus of politicians lead it into destruction? Will the so-called peace camp ever stand up and stop the sinking ship? Despair is indeed the operative word and not only for Gazans but also for those of us who love and are committed to the existence of a democratic Jewish State.
Republican former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore files paperwork to enter presidential race (AP)
from the article: UN official to Haaretz: Israel 'nourishing despair' in Gaza