January 12, 2009
It does not dictate halting the Israeli operation nor does it demand the immediate pullout of Israel Defense Forces troops from the Strip before security arrangements are made to guarantee long-term stability.
But even if the decision bears no operative significance, it should stir concerns in Israel for three reasons.
First, things are not going to get better. This is the international position, which identifies with the Palestinian suffering and ignores Gilad Shalit’s fate and the suffering of the people in Israel’s south(我已经习惯了).
Second, although Hamas is not mentioned in the resolution – which it has rejected – Khaled Meshal, Ismail Haniyeh and their friends have good reason to smile. Hamas’ Gaza regime now enjoys the legitimacy afforded it by the Security Council, the international community’s highest institution. That’s because Resolution 1680 refers to a Hamas republic as a fait accompli.(这恰好是以色列经常喜欢使用的…被学了额)
The resolution does not demand that the Strip be returned to the Palestinian Authority, except in the call for a renewed settlement for the crossings, which will be based on the old agreement between Israel and the PA. Nor does the resolution call for disarming the militias and terrorist groups operating in the Gaza Strip(这是我认为最不应该的).
Third, the process that led to the passing of the resolution points to Jerusalem’s failure in handling the issue. Israel objected to having the war end in a Security Council resolution similar to the one that ended the Second Lebanon War. This is probably why Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni – who led those who oppose an agreement for fear it might legitimize Hamas – opted to stay at home instead of heading over to the UN headquarters in New York.