The current ideological system is stacked against certain regions and towns. A reformed system would allow a chance and the potential for agreements that are impossible under the current system. I couldn't disagree with you more about Gaza. Peace and Freedom has never been available to Gaza, not since 1967. That's partly, maybe mostly, why Hamas got elected in 2006. The territory went instantly from occupation to siege with the Disengagement. Having weapons is not the same as using them. What Gaza and Lebanon proved is that Israel is not willing to do counterinsurgency but is willing to destroy civilian infrastructure with abandon and leave devastation behind. The Lebanese war made Lebanon and Hezbollah stronger, with stronger ties to Iran because Iran helped rebuild. The siege so far is just a recruitment tool for Hamas. The smuggling enriches them, just as the sanctions regime in Iran enriches the Revolutionary Guards. Happy New Year!
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