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Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021
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A Gaza Stripped Anew

Bibi continues with his unequal war, on the back of an exaggerated Hamas threat

A Gaza Stripped Anew
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A Gaza Stripped Anew
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The Trigger

  • 2006-07 Hamas’s poll victory in Gaza makes Israel and the US nervous and leads to a series of economic measures to overthrow it
  • 2007-14 Israel, ignoring all international norms, goes for collective punishment of Gazans, leading to immense suffering for citizens
  • April-May 2014 Hamas and Fatah come together in a unity government, posing a serious challenge for Netanyahu, who terms it a ‘unity for terror’
  • June 2014 Blames Hamas for the murder of three Jewish youths; large-scale arrests of Palestinians, provoking rocket attacks from Gaza

The Fallout

  • July 8, Op Protective Edge Breaking the Nov 2012 ceasefire, and laying the ground for a major ground assault against Hamas, IDF starts bombing the Gaza Strip 
  • July 11-24 Aerial and ground attacks using tanks and artillery, killing almost 800, non-combatants, including women and children
  • Fight to the Finish? Israel ignores call for restraint,  denounces terror tunnels, as India joins others at UN to probe Tel Aviv’s human rights violations
  • Lifeline to Hamas Palestinian protests spread to West Bank; Hamas, instead of being sidelined, returns to the centre of Palestinian struggle

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Political leaders often need to craft myths to back their military campaigns. They do so mainly for two reasons—first, to motivate their own armed forces, and second, to build a strong argument to convince people at home and outside about their actions. The mortal danger that Israel continually faces from the formidable Hamas firing countless...

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