In his column today, Bolt accuses Hamas for breaking the ceasefire in the battle for the Gaza Strip. Using a simplistic narrative that his tiny band of followers is able to understand, he writes: “Hostilities had resumed because, as with the previous four ceasefires, Hamas started firing rockets at Israeli civilians”.
This is a blatant piece of overly simplistic nonsense and ignores the actual reasons for the resumption of hostilities. The aim of the ceasefire was to allow the two sides an opportunity to discuss a long term agreement that might lead to peace. Hamas is merely asking for freedom. It wants the blockade lifted, it wants the freedom to trade with whoever they want to and they want the facilities like a seaport and airport to be able to make these things happen. On the other hand, Israel wants Hamas to disarm; it wants to extend its no-mans land even further into the Gaza Strip thus limiting the Gaza’s ability to produce agricultural and horticultural products, and Israel wants to control what goes in and out of the Strip. Since it was clear that Israel was not going to allow the people of the Gaza Strip their freedom, Hamas and their allies have no other choice but to fight on in the only way they know how to.