WATCH: Is Israel Ending Its Gaza Operation? Aluf Benn Explains

Haaretz’s editor-in-chief describes the implications of a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and considers whether Hamas is likely to stop firing rockets after Operation Protective Edge.

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Aimee Amiga interviews Aluf Benn on Operation Protective Edge, August 3, 2014.
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Haaretz Editor-in-Chief said Sunday that Israel appears to be winding down its ground offensive, but that its air offensive is likely to continue.

“This is an operation that has been ongoing for a decade almost,” Benn told Aimee Amiga in an interview for, “Now it’s up to Hamas to decide whether it will go on firing rockets into Israel and prompt Israeli air attacks in response, or keep the border quiet.”

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Benn went on to explain that the benefit of a unilateral Israeli withdrawal of its military forces from the Gaza Strip also allows Israel to withdraw from any negotiations with Hamas over non-military matters.

Whether Hamas is likely to continue firing rockets into Israel, Benn said, will have to do with whether it wishes to respond to a unilateral Israeli withdrawal without a cease-fire or whether it wants to once again drag Israel into war.