Tag Archives: Hamas

No Exit? Gaza and Israel Between the Wars

Whatever options Hamas and Israel choose will not resolve the underlying conflict. But allowing Gazans to export goods, tax themselves and freely exit and enter the territory would at least offer Israelis and Palestinians the possibility of less bloodshed, while other possibilities, including unblocking the diplomatic impasse, are explored.

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The Great Shaking Out of the ‘New Middle East’

The “great shakeout” taking place in the Middle East is a state shakeout by conservative states with conservative ideologies. Iran is not an outlier in this company. Certainly rivalry and competition are better than the wars, ethnic cleansing, flight, killing, rape, malnutrition and barbarism of the past five years.

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How Will Gaza Conflict End?

There are a number of ways in which the crisis could be ended, ranging from a short-term ceasefire to a more complete truce. The general consensus from analysts is that neither side was currently willing to make a long-term pact and the most likely outcome is a ceasing of violence without tackling the underlying causes of the conflict.

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Pounding Gaza With Impunity

With Gaza reduced to Hamas, 1.8 million people who live in Gaza are made responsible for Hamas. This is the doctrine of collective responsibility, illegal by international law.

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Gaza Ceasefire Falters

The Egyptian-brokered Gaza ceasefire did not last six hours after Israel announced resumption of its bombing campaign against Hamas which earlier refused to accept the truce.

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Bombing Peace in Gaza

The Israeli Army’s latest campaign in Gaza will not bring an end to the conflict. Both Israel and Hamas will have to strike at each other until they can separately claim victory. Past experience – and Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system – suggest that more Palestinians than Israelis will be killed before that point is reached.

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