A month after the killing of three Israeli teenagers in Gaza, a new Israeli leader is expected to take office in the wake of the crisis.
With the United States and the European Union urging Israel to end the conflict and the United Nations and UN agencies condemning Israeli attacks, the next leader of the Jewish state will likely have to deal with the conflict as well.
In recent days, a series of reports have surfaced about the Israeli prime minster, Avigdor Lieberman, and the conflict he will inherit.
In a report from the Jerusalem Post, a reporter with the Jerusalem-based news site Al-Akhbar described Lieberman as “a master manipulator” who is “not afraid to use deadly force in the name of security.”
Al-Aakhbar also noted that Lieberman has made it clear that Israel will continue to attack Gaza until it obtains the security guarantees it has been seeking.
Lieberman is expected, the report said, to keep his promises to Israel to prevent Hamas from establishing a military presence in the territory.
The report noted that while the IDF is not currently operating in the Gaza Strip, it will continue “to act as a military force” in the areas it occupies.
In other words, Israel will take care of its own defense needs, while the Gaza blockade will be enforced in its entirety.
The United Nations has called on Israel to cease the rocket attacks that have killed three Israeli teens.
The organization has also warned Israel to stop all attacks on Palestinian civilians in the coastal enclave.
Israel, however, continues to bomb the densely populated area, which has seen the deaths of more than 1,500 Palestinians in a six-day war.