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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jeffrey Goldberg: Hamas' goal is to get Israel to kill as many 'Palestinians' as possible

Jeffrey Goldberg has figured out Hamas.
In reaction to these indiscriminately fired missiles, Israel has bombarded targets across Gaza. Compared with violent death rates in other parts of the Middle East, the number of dead in Gaza is small. (More than 170,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war to date.) But it is large enough to suggest an answer to Abbas’s question: Hamas is trying to get Israel to kill as many Palestinians as possible.
Dead Palestinians represent a crucial propaganda victory for the nihilists of Hamas. It is perverse, but true. It is also the best possible explanation for Hamas’s behavior, because Hamas has no other plausible strategic goal here.
The men who run Hamas, engineers and doctors and lawyers by training, are smart enough to understand that though they wish to bring about the annihilation of the Jewish state and to replace it with a Muslim Brotherhood state (Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Brotherhood), they are in no position to do so. Hamas is a militarily weak group, mostly friendless, that is firing rockets at the civilians of a powerful neighboring state.
The Israeli military has the operational capability to level the entire Gaza Strip in a day, if it so chooses. It is constrained by international pressure, by its own morality, and by the understanding that the deaths of innocent Palestinians are not in its best political interest. The men who run Hamas—the ones hiding in bunkers deep underground, the ones who send other people’s children to their deaths as suicide bombers—also understand that their current campaign will not bring the end of Israel’s legitimacy as a state.
Read the whole thing. Hamas does have one other goal: To kill as many Jews as possible. And while they have not significantly and directly advanced that goal through rocket fire, they are hopeful that an Israeli ground invasion will give them better opportunities at closer range. God Forbid....

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At 6:24 AM, Blogger Sparky the Wonder Dog said...

Abbas has answer: un should place palestine under international protection:


well sure, it's already a wildlife preserve


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