You have not acknowledged that Israel might actually need Hamas! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    If one takes as one's basic premise that most people's priority is to be able to care for one's family and give them hope for a reasonable future, one should ask how Gazan Palestinians would have reacted if their West Bank brethren had achieved statehood? It is not carved in stone but it remains possible that they might have wanted the same - and been prepared to make the same compromises to achieve it, most noticeably giving up the right of return. In turn they would have been obliged to marginalise their extremist leaders for whom nothing approaches acceptability except the ending of Israel as a Jewish homeland. Could the above have been possible? We do not know because the current government has sought to expand and entrench the occupation. Time and again it has defended its actions by claiming that it has no partner for peace and using as key evidence number one the existence of Hamas. So Israel - far from wishing to destroy Hamas - actually needs it to justify its ongoing occupation. It is therefore feasible that the Israel government actually benefits from a level of rocket attacks on the south - not too many but enough to be able to keep on using Hamas as the reason why there can be no end to the occupation. It is a very nasty scenario and one that would only be carried out by a Machiavellian-style leader!

    from the article: A call to U.S. progressive Jews: Support Israel's 'get tough' policy in Gaza
    First published 11:50 15.11.12 | Last updated 11:50 15.11.12
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