UN Security Council Resolution 1860 on Gaza from Thursday night was a disaster. The resolution says nothing about Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas from Israeli territory. The main source of the conflict, Hamas attacks on Israeli cities over 7 years, is not even mentioned: the word "rocket" does not appear--only a general condemnation of terror. The sequence of the resolution is also extremely problematic: it stresses an immediate cease-fire, without first resolving the mechanism for halting the smuggling of weapons through Egypt into Gaza. This resolution will prolong the conflict and strengthen the will of Hamas to resist Israeli demands to halt rocket fire. By abstaining and not casting a veto, it seems that the Bush administration has lost its direction. Israel emerges as the problem that needs to be adressed, and not the agression perpetrated by Hamas.

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