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    • Paul Freedman
    • 22.11.06 | 14:23 (IST)

    There may be nothing better to do than the status quo but this is a policy of inertia--limited operations, no permanent footprint, heavy reliance on drones, artillery and rockets--this is continued not because it achieves either a short term goal of suppressing rocket fire or a long term goal of chastening Hamas mobilization in Gaza, but because it is the basket of tactics Israel has ended up with, limited in part by a diplomatic option Olmert vaguely wishes to pursue but is put off, in part because the inertial reactive policy complicates a peace-offensive. The real creative energy at the top seems to go into personal feuds.

    from the article: Security cabinet nixes dramatic steps to counter Qassams from Gaza
    First published 00:00 22.11.06 | Last updated 00:00 22.11.06
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