Three Issues Israel Appears to Have Learned
Gilbert N. Kahn is a professor of Political Science at Kean University.
Israel faces the prospect once again of winning but being blamed. Avoiding a ground attack and bringing the ceasefire into place sooner rather than later is essential. Hopefully, the world at large will slowly recognize the reality. If that happens than perhaps at some point some of the Arabs states will push the various Palestinian factions into a true negotiating mode.
This tactic will be a dramatic change for Israel and could signal a brand new approach. It might well begin to bring some of the more hostile non-aligned states to challenge the Arab version of events, because they, not the West, might be able to change some minds in the Arab world.
Israel also needs to accept the hostile rhetoric and let it just roll over its back. Just like revisionist history, telling the news through a distorted lens does not always require a reaction. If people continue to believe the world is flat eventually they will either fall off or recognize that the world is round. So too must Israel just grin and bear the inflated casualty numbers, the outrageous allegations, and the horrors being inflicted on their own people by their leaders.
If Israel avoids a ground war, it might also have learned a lesson in diplomacy which is currently being practiced by the U.S. with Iran. As the U.S. has not yet resorted to attacking Iran, it apparently so far has achieved a modicum of success in ratcheting up the sanctions and world pressure to force Iran to halt its nuclear development program. As they did during the Gulf War, if Israel can hold tough and not launch a ground offensive, it may have demonstrated to the Arabs as well as to the U.S. that they too understand how to effectively push for change without necessarily pulling out all the stops.
All of this will permit Bibi to score big points with Obama and at least some of the Western world some of whom now may be more encouraged to create an even more viable coalition to challenge Iran.