Lieberman would fail too

AS Theresa Mayís government teeters on the brink of possible collapse over the Brexit crisis, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his own debacle. Defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, a firebrand at the best of times, resigned on Wednesday in the wake of his countryís umpteenth ceasefire agreement with Hamas, which had prevented a possible full-scale war in Gaza.

Israel had faced a barrage of 460 rockets and responded with force, carrying out 160 airstrikes on what amounts to Hamasís autonomous regime. The problem is, where does it all end? What is achieved in a battle that neither can win? Israel, by Palestinian standards, is a superpower, with a highly trained, efficient military, capable in less than a day of destroying Gaza in its entirety ó something the Jewish state would not and could not ever countenance. Hamas is well aware of the fact that Israel would never dare take ultimate action and continues to chip away with its ramshackle army of terrorists, knowing full well that it can get away with its constant attacks with the minimum of response.

Israelís relative restraint is commendable, but predictable. However, there is no long or short-term strategy to end the hostilities and the constant terror attacks from Gaza.

Netanyahu, like all his predecessors, has no potential solution. There isnít one. Quite what Lieberman hoped to achieve by resigning is unclear, other than to move closer to fulfilling his own dream of becoming prime minister ó and failing like all the rest to solve the Palestinian problem.

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