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Gazans Are Tired of Pointless Wars and Destruction, and Hamas Listens to Them

The Palestinian militant group is likely aware that fanning the flames won't solve the distress of Gaza strip's residents. Hamas' decision not to join the latest fighting might have even earned them more support among the people they rule

Amira Hass
Amira Hass
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Amira Hass
Amira Hass

It is difficult, even impudent, to phone people in Gaza and ask whether they support the Islamic Jihad’s decision to launch a barrage of rockets into Israel after the killing of senior military commander Taysir al-Jaabari and his aide, Salame Abed. Why difficult? First, technical reasons: Absent shelters, iron domes and sirens, some two million residents in the Strip are again experiencing the Russian roulette they have endured since 2008 across four wars and countless smaller military “operations.” They are busy worrying about their own lives and those of their kin and loved ones, and they are afraid and unable to stop themselves from imagining the worst. They suppress the terror with catnaps and with chitchat about anything other than the current war.

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