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- Will Israel Be Forced to Invade and Reoccupy Gaza?
by Ilan Goldenberg, https://www.haaretz.com/
An Israel – Hamas agreement that avoids war but puts off tougher questions means replaying the last decade’s nasty cycle of conflict. But every crisis worsens Gaza’s humanitarian and governability situation, towards the point of no return.
The Israeli government is once again weighing the possibility of a new ceasefire with Hamas – and already we hear the criticisms. Habayit Hayehudi leader and government minister Naftali Bennett attacks any negotiation with Hamas as “surrender.” Meanwhile, others fear that these latest talks, which cut out President Abbas, will weaken the one Palestinian party that Israel should be negotiating with. Neither of these arguments are true. There is little new about the current ceasefire negotiations.
It is part of a nasty cycle that all of the parties have been stuck in since Hamas’s violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007. It has led to three conflicts, each of which was preceded by the same pattern of behavior; ended with a similar temporary agreement brokered; and ultimately reignited because the agreements never stuck.