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IDF attacks Hamas position in response to rocket fire from Gaza

Projectile launched from Strip for first time in six weeks lands in open area in Israel, causing no damage or injuries An IDF combat helicopter attacked a Hamas position in the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said Saturday, in response to an earlier rocket launch from the Palestinian enclave into Israel. The rocket fired Friday was the first such […]

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Humanitarian Concessions Will Not Reduce Hamas Violence. Here is the Evidence

Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman appears to be accepting the argument that humanitarian gestures towards Hamas will buy quiet. The evidence provided by UN agencies in an effort to advocate for humanitarian gestures ironically proves that there is in fact no correlation between such gestures and a reduction in Hamas violence. Politicians, commentators, diplomats, citizens, international fora, the Knesset, […]

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How Feasible Is a Long-Term Truce with Hamas?

The prospect of a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas brings with it both risks and opportunities. While it remains far from clear that such an arrangement is even feasible, Israel is giving Egyptian mediation efforts a chance. At present, the Israel-Hamas truce is based on the minimal formula of ‘quiet for quiet.’ Many obstacles stand in the way of […]


Hamas, the murderous neighbor that demands Israel give it the gun

Lift the blockade, Hamas urges, so that we can wipe you out A few years ago, an awful new neighbor moved in next door. An ex-murderer, unreformed. Life became a nightmare. He claimed we were on his land. We weren’t. There’d been a dispute before he arrived, but we’d actually conceded. He vowed alternately to force us out of the […]

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The Decreasing Effectiveness of Hamas Terrorism

The downturn in Hamas’s fortunes is not only political but also practical. From the 1990s through the “al-Aqsa intifada,” it made lethal use of suicide terrorism. Its substitutes since then – ballistic, tunnel, and now kite terrorism – are decreasingly effective. Hamas’s recent political setbacks are well known. The most punishing was the downfall of Egyptian president and Muslim Brotherhood […]