Two lessons from the cease fire - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zvi Swerdlove
    • 06.04.10 | 08:29 (IDT)

    There are two lessons to be learned from the fact that four militant groups in Gaza have agreed to stop firing rockets into Israel. The first is that Israel's strong response to recent attacks was the correct one, despite some pressure and condemnation from abroad. A lesser response would not have had any effect. The second lesson is that Hamas has been playing a double game since it took over control of Gaza. On the one hand, it claims to have formed a government which controls the area. On the other, it deliberately allows independent, armed militias to exist, so that it can turn a blind eye to attacks on Israel while claiming innocence of any aggression. No real government willingly permits armed groups to exist which are not part of a legitimate military or police force. Israel should remind the world (often) that the blame for any attacks rests firmly with any government which does not make maximum efforts to prevent them.

    from the article: Four Gaza factions halt rocket fire, in bow to Hamas
    First published 02:28 06.04.10 | Last updated 09:01 07.04.10
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