"When the decision was made to launch Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, the security cabinet did not set any diplomatic objectives for it. Beyond trying to stop the rocket fire by military means, it isn’t clear if the Netanyahu government wants to simply restore the status quo and gain a few more months of quiet, or to fashion a new diplomatic reality regarding Gaza for the morning after.
The only diplomacy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Foreign Ministry are engaged in right now is public diplomacy. Netanyahu spoke on Wednesday by phone to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, asking them what they would do if missiles were being fired at Paris or Berlin, and also asking them to publicly condemn Hamas." Haaretz
IMO the underlying "strategic" goal for Israel in this largely manufactured frenzy is the one often discussed here on SST, i.e., to divide the Gazan people from their Hamas government through fear of mass collective punishment.
Most of the Israeli people and their government still believe that if they beat the "Aghabs" long enough and hard enough, the "Aghabs" will eventually understand that they have no choice but to submit and accept their permanent serfdom under Israeli rule.
This understanding of the possibilities is typical of the Revisionist Zionist thinking of the Likud and Bibi Natanyahu. Israel has been applying this kind of political logic for many decades. This approach has never worked to further the goal of improving their security situation. What did work was the Madrid/Oslo process. but the implied creation of an actual Palestinian state has never been an acceptable notion for most Israelis. They say to pollsters that they want peace? Many conquerors and occupiers have wanted peace, but what kind of peace?
Bibi spends his time calling world leaders seeking a sympathy that does not exist? He should continue. pl