Monday, January 5, 2009

An Attack for An Election

You cannot on the news this few days seeing the images of dead people in Gaza. Nothing unusual about this, but the strange thing I find is that everyone is playing down the fact that there is an Israeli election coming up.

As the Israeli public head for the polls on Feb. 10, a war between Israel and Hamas has now occurred in Gaza. Now for all the talk from the Israelis about why the war is happening now (rocket attacks), there’s not too much doubt in my mind that politicians has an eye on the Feb. 10 parliamentary vote before launching the attack. Before the offensive began, conservative opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party were leading in the polls, but after the attack, the center-left Labor Party and the ruling Kadima Party are gaining ground. So the Israelis are attempting a short, glorious war one month before their election, a few weeks before a new American President come into the White House.

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

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