Benn is under the influence of Israeli self-delusion - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 27.12.07 | 16:05 (IST)

    Let it first be noted that Ben is a political analyst, not a military analyst. And I don't believe he understands the military situation well. Listening to Israel, you would think that Hamas has been hurt badly as a result of recent killing of a few operatives (mostly Islamic Jihad) or some IDF incursions and arrests of a few Palestinians. This simply is not a big loss for Hamas. They have been sustaining such losses for years. What Hamas really needs is economic relief for Gaza, and this is not going to be offered under the Benn plan. So why should Hamas agree to such a deal; cease fire and Israel will cease fire? They could have achieved this on their own by ceasing fire, then replying with a Qassam to every Israeli military move. Israel would have gotten the message and quit its operations. Hamas is in a strong military position. They attack Sderot, and Israel does not dare invade them. When they suggested a cease fire, it was in return for lifting the economic siege PLUS a cease fire. If Benn listens to what Hamas people are saying, this type of a deal is what they are arguing about. To my mind, Israel should try to get Hamas into the political process by letting them reconstitute the unity government with Abbas. This is what will ultimately solve the Hamas problem by moderating them.

    from the article: Hamas' test of responsibility
    First published 00:00 27.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 27.12.07
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