The Feet Will Want to Flee
11:21 AM, Jan 16, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
Despite the ferocity and effectiveness of the Israeli operation, the Damascus-based leadership of Hamas has rejected an Israeli offer for a cease-fire. It's not clear whether this is more bluster or whether the Hamas leadership inside Gaza is willing to continue the fight, forcing Israeli troops to remain in Gaza. And the UN is urging Israel to accept a unilateral cease-fire -- because nothing says victory like retreating under fire.
Assuming that a cease-fire is agreed upon in the next two or three days -- prior to Obama's swearing in -- one wonders how involved the Obama team has been in negotiations. Were they simply kept abreast of the talks? Have they signed on to the basic framework?