On Tuesday of last week – the night of the US elections – Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, ordered an attack on the Gaza Strip designed to scupper a truce that gave a welcome respite to the suffering of Palestinians.
Even by Israel’s low standards this was a cynical act.
Israeli troops stormed into the Palestinian territories and followed up the attack with airstrikes.
The Palestinian resistance denounced this latest aggression as a breach of an agreement to ease tensions brokered by Egypt this summer.
The resistance responded with rocket fire. Israel then closed the crossing points that are crucial to the survival of the 1.5 million people trapped in the Gaza Strip. Food and fuel, journalists and United Nations officials were all blocked from entering the territory.
By Monday night the fuel had run out, plunging the area into darkness.
A week before Israel destroyed the truce, its supreme court gave the go-ahead for the ultra-Zionist Simon Wiesenthal Centre to dig up an ancient and historic Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem to build a “museum of tolerance”.
Such acts of vandalism are designed to rub Palestinian faces in the dirt.
These stunts put to rest any notion that the Israelis are “partners in peace” in the Middle East.