While he disagrees with the tactics of Hamas, and while he believes that the response of the Israelis was totally predictable, Hussein Ibish, executive director of the Foundation for Arab-American Leadership says Israel also lacks the high moral ground in Gaza incursion. Ibish's remarks came during his appearance today on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com.
Israel can claim, he says, that it is defending itself from Hamas rocket attacks. But Hamas, he argues, can also claim that Israel is an occupying force. He contends that Israel never really withdrew from Gaza but only "redeployed" making the Gaza an occupied territory.
Ibish, who is also senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, says both Hamas and Israel have unnecessarily put civilians at risk.
His hope is that the Palestinian Liberation Organization be recognized after this conflict as the true representative of the Palestinian people. And that, with the help of the United States, a peace treaty be reached between Israel and the PLO. A treaty that encompasses both the Gaza and the West Bank.