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That’s the worst sentence to write: Hamas wins. The people of the Gaza Strip lose. The people of Israel lose. The State of Israel remains to be seen, but for now, it loses, as well. To deal in realities, Hamas has won, and the implications carry forward.
The resignation of Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, is, at once, political and an appropriate response to Israel’s inability to wrest the security initiative back from Hamas. Hamas chooses when to begin violent activity, when to escalate it, when to ask for a ceasefire and when to violate the ceasefire it requested.
Israel - Position - Case
Israel is in a reactive position in each case.
In the West Bank territory, the Israel Defense Forces retain freedom of security operation in coordination, or not, with the Palestinian Authority (PA). That works for both sides — the IDF protects Mahmoud Abbas and his government, for better or worse, and is able to exercise some control over radical organizations and the importation of weapons.
Abbas - Announcement - Cooperation - Israel - Reasons
Abbas’s announcement that he would halt cooperation with Israel was short-lived for obvious reasons.
In Gaza, on the other hand, when Israel completed its “disengagement” (unilateral withdrawal) in 2005 — going so far as to exhume the dead – the big questions were, “How will Israel protect itself from Gaza without being in Gaza?” and “How will Israel prevent the importation of weapons into Gaza without being on the Egyptian and the Mediterranean borders of Gaza?”
Answer - Partnership - PA - Israel - War
Believing the answer was its partnership with the PA, Israel was unprepared for the short, vicious civil war in 2007 between Hamas and Fatah that left Hamas in charge there.
Rocket wars against Israel ensued in 2008–2009, 2012 and 2014, before the latest barrage. These often have been keyed to the ongoing Hamas-Fatah feud.
Hamas - Arson - Attacks - Israel - March
Hamas has been orchestrating arson attacks on Israel since March in the wake of...
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