BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Compromise and
concession between Israel and Hamas, instead of military force, are the only way
to solve the ongoing Gaza crisis, Chinese analysts say.
The Cast Lead Operation, launched by Israel against
the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Dec. 27, has killed more 1,100 Palestinians
and wounded 5,100 others, many of them civilians.
Israel, with its overwhelming superiority in military
strength, first carried out airstrikes and then launched a ground incursion into
Israeli leaders are monitoring developments on the
battlefield, and will decide what steps to take next.
There are still no signs the conflict will end soon,
and compromise is the only way out for Gaza, analysts say.
"Military force can't solve problems. Israel and
Hamas have to stop the violence, and make concessions with each other," Wang
Jinglie, director of the Division of Middle Eastern Politics at the Chinese
Academy of Social Sciences, told Xinhua.
Wang called Israel's latest military operation "a
means instead of a goal," saying Israel's ruling coalition launched it to score
in the February general elections in the short term and gain advantage in future
talks with Palestinians in the long term.
Israel has dealt a heavy blow to a defiant Hamas by
killing hundreds of its militants and several senior commanders including its
interior minister, Said Siam, and claimed it has nearly reached its goal.
It is impossible for Israel to eradicate Hamas, which
has some 15,000 militants, so Israel has to find a proper exit from Gaza soon
amid mounting pressure worldwide, analysts say.
"Both Israel and Hamas need to find a decent way out
of the current crisis, and they have to compromise to realize this," Ye Yiliang,
director of the West Asia and Africa Research Center under China's prestigious
Peking University, told Xinhua.
Military force is not the right way to solve the
Palestine-Israel feud, Ye said, adding Hamas should stop firing rockets toward
Israel, and Israel should wrap up its offensive.
As early as Jan. 8, the UN Security Council adopted
Resolution 1860, calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza "leading to the full
withdrawal of Israeli forces."
Anti-Israel protests have been held in many countries
as civilian casualties increased in Gaza. Venezuela and Bolivia have even
severed their diplomatic ties with Israel in a show of anger.
The upcoming inauguration of U.S. President-elect
Barack Obama and the Israeli general elections in February have also urged the
Israeli leadership to withdraw troops from Gaza soon, observers say.
Hamas and Israel, neither of which can endure a
drawn-out war, have shown positive gestures in realizing a ceasefire.
Hamas said Thursday it was ready to accept a one-year
renewable truce with Israel in Gaza if Israel pulls its troops out from the
Palestinian enclave within a week and reopens Gaza border crossings with
On Wednesday, Hamas accepted an Egyptian-brokered
initiative to reach a ceasefire with Israel, and presented a detailed vision to
Egyptian mediators on the ceasefire.
Meanwhile, Amos Gilad, a senior official of the
Israeli Defense Ministry, arrived in Cairo on Friday morning and will meet
Egyptian officials to discuss ways to solve the Gaza crisis.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak presented a
three-point ceasefire plan on Jan. 6, which calls for an immediate ceasefire for
a limited period to allow humanitarian aid to reach Gaza and give Egypt time to
continue its efforts to help reach a lasting truce.
The Chinese scholar Wang said it is impossible for
Israel to occupy Gaza for a very long time, but it also may not withdraw its
troops very soon.
"Israel needs to exert pressure on Hamas at this
stage, and may pull its soldiers out of Gaza at a proper time in the future," he
Reconciliation is the only solution to the decades of
Israel-Palestine conflict, Wang said, emphasizing Israeli and Palestinian
leaders need to show extraordinary political courage and vision to solve the