Are They Trying To Remove Hamas?

January 3, 2009

Ethan Bonner in the NY Times thinks the Israelis may be seeking regime change in Gaza:

“Can the rockets really be stopped for any length of time while Hamas remains in power in Gaza?

And if the answer is determined to be no, then is the real aim of the operation to remove Hamas entirely, no matter the cost?”

He also thinks this could end with Hamas in a stonger position vis-a-vis Israel:

“In particular, many point to the 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, where Israel also tried to destroy rocket launchers and a hostile organization’s infrastructure, only to end up killing many civilians and leaving Hezbollah more popular and perhaps ultimately stronger than before the war.”

Read the whole analysis here.

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