I really believe Hamas itself are the only ones who can stop it - - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ivo
    • 13.01.10 | 08:59 (IST)

    it's also the only possible way for israel to start believing /whatever, that another 'cast lead' /worse is avoidable. for one simple reason: there are very few alternatives just realistically speaking, unless hamas in some tiny way can signal to israel that a real peace (a lasting one) w/israel is possible - that they want it too. the alternative to that would be just to 'sell out' the territory to egypt &/ to the arab world in general, saying: "now you take over, we don't even care care that gaza ever existed." or, as the worst scenario: transfer of the population, after a war & re-occupation, which of course would be the absolutely worst alternative & the world would never accept it - which is why it's not realistic. actually no alternatives, as i said, are realistic. but hamas could still avoid that final clash. nobody, not even fatah are gonna help them w/that, & i hope they can do it, because time isn't gonna spare anybody here, & there would be israeli casualties too.

    from the article: Israel's looming war in Gaza: Can Obama stop it before it starts?
    First published 17:11 11.01.10 | Last updated 11:15 12.01.10
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