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Short-term memory loss champions of the world: Gaza? What Gaza?

It’s amazing with what ease and speed everyone — politicians, journalists and the public — can forget about Gaza. Who really cares about another five-year-old girl dying on the other side of the fence?

Translated from Hebrew by Sol Salbe

Palestinians gather around a fire in the at-Tuffah district of Gaza city, which was heavily attacked during Israel’s latest offensive, Gaza City, September 6, 2014. The family of eight returned to their home, which is in danger of collapse due to the damage. Their home, like all the buildings in the area, is neither connected to the electricity or water infrastructure. (Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Palestinians gather around a fire in the at-Tuffah district of Gaza city, which was heavily attacked during Israel’s latest offensive, Gaza City, September 6, 2014. The family of eight returned to their home, which is in danger of collapse due to the damage. Their home, like all the buildings in the area, is neither connected to the electricity or water infrastructure. (Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Only a few weeks have passed since the end of Operation Protective Edge and it seems as if Gaza never happened. Politicians are carrying on with their budget wars and the diversion provided by the start of the school year. The newspapers are again preoccupied with scandals about a former chief of staff and a weird misogynist cult. And everyone, every single person around, is closely watching developments with the Islamic State and the U.S.’s new military campaign against it.

On the other hand, no one takes notice that yet another five-year-old girl died in Gaza this week. Rahaf Abu Jame’s parents were killed in an Israeli bombing, as were at least 24 more members of the Abu Jame’ family in a single strike. The girl died slowly and alone over a long period of time. According to the Ma’an News Agency, Abu Jame’ is the third Gazan to have succumbed to war injuries during the past week, but in Israel nobody knows about it. Not that the Gazan death toll played too much of a role in the Israeli discourse during the war, but why it is not possible to report on the matter now, when the roar of the canons has ceased?

Neither has the media reported on Palestinian fishermen who are once again being arrested by the Israeli Navy. They don’t report on the severe water crisis affecting 75 percent of Gaza’s population; they only get access to water every four to five days, and even then only for a few hours. There are no reports in the Israeli media about raw sewage flowing into the sea off Gaza (and making its way to our shores) because of the collapse of electric and sewage systems, or the tens of thousands of displaced persons who have nowhere to return. Gaza, the siege which it is under, Hamas, the local population – everyone and everything is forgotten, as if it never happened.

A view of Gaza City’s port, September 6, 2014. (Photo by Activestills.org)

A view of Gaza City’s port, September 6, 2014. (Photo by Activestills.org)

And short of some dramatic change, that’s the way it’s bound to continue. All the evidence suggests that the Israeli government is not going to lift the siege. It is also not going to enter into negotiations with the Palestinian leadership on a permanent peace agreement. The government is primarily preoccupied with taking over more Palestinian land and is in the middle of a battle of wills with the High Court over its right to not destroy the settlements illegally built on privately owned Palestinian land. This government transfers much larger budgets to the settlements than, let’s say, those Israeli towns on the Gaza border that suffered most during the war.

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And what are the people of Gaza supposed to do now? You wanted quiet? It’s quiet. Not a single rocket has been launched at us since the cease fire. No armed cell has burst out from the sea or through a terror tunnel. Did you want to build confidence? Here you are, confidence is being built. All while little girls continue to die and the siege continues to suffocate Gaza, and the economy is in the doldrums and there is no water and there are no homes and there’s no removing the blockade and no real rehabilitation program and no future and there is nothing – it’s quiet.

Until next time. After all, if we do not talk about Gaza as long as they do not shoot at us from there, if we continue to let the 1.8 million people there just die slowly in that giant prison we built for them, then the shooting will resume. It may be at the end of the month or in a year, but resume it will.  And if it isn’t shooting then it will be something from the tunnels, and if not that, something else. And then we’ll say they are criminals and ask why they are shooting at us; didn’t we reach a ceasefire already? So why are they attacking us? We’ll say that we really have no choice and that this time we really need to show them what’s what.

It’s one thing for the politicians to be indifferent, or for the public as a whole to not be interested, but it’s the professional duty of journalists to deal with Gaza, now more than ever, to explain what’s going on right now – if for no other reason, then to provide context for the next war.

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    1. Kolumn8

      As long as Hamas, a terrorist Islamist organization, is in charge of Gaza no one on this side of the border believes that there is any correlation between the shooting at us and the conditions in Gaza. Hamas did not start shooting at us this time because of the conditions in Gaza. It started shooting at us because we rounded up their networks in the West Bank which were responsible for the kidnap and murder of the three Israeli teenagers. It did not start shooting at us last time become of the conditions in Gaza. It started shooting at us because we responded to the rockets from Gaza by taking out one of their leaders. It didn’t start shooting at us …

      As long as Hamas is in charge of Gaza the lifting of restrictions on Gaza will be presented as a victory for Hamas and it is one that they will use to gather funds and weapons abroad, which they will inevitably use against us the next time they find a reason to start shooting. And they have no particular shortage of reasons. Our very existence is more than sufficient as a reason for them.

      It isn’t that we have forgotten about Gaza. It is that we believe that there is no way to prevent the next confrontation and there is no reason to dwell upon it.

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      • Aud

        The Israeli Government have admitted that the three people who were taken hostage and killed were not taken hostage by Hamas or anyone else from a Palestinian background, yet you still harp on about this as being the reason behind this genocide. The probe;em is that you are blinded by the Zionist media and have no thoughts of your own or any inclination to find out exactly what is going on. Israel is worse than the Nazi’s. . .and out was Albert Einstein who uttered that statement, not me. Until you pull your collective heads out of your arses and see exactly what is going on then you will continue to be DESPISED by the rest of the world. I am not talking about the Zioinist controlled media in the US. . .but the REST OF THE WORLD. Why do you think so many countries are boycotting your products and not those from Palestine?

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        • Kolumn8

          You start with bullshit continue with bullshit and finish with bullshit. You are very consistent.

          Hamas admitted its members kidnapped and murdered the teenagers. The rest of your nonsense I am not going to bother with.

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    2. bor

      Well, I guess this article demonstrates that Hamas didn’t win the war.

      It shouldn’t have started the war. It shouldn’t have kidnapped and murdered those boys. Whatever dreamland the author is in simply denies reality:

      – there is nobody to whom the Israelis can speak in Gaza

      – Abbas has no control over in Gaza whatsoever

      – Abbas has refused to have substantive discussions re peace since Obama came to power

      – The true face of the threats Israel faces has become plain to see, and they are so serious and problematic that it truly takes pie in the sky foolishness to declare that what it needs to do now is make life easier for Hamas.

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    3. ***It shouldn’t have started the war. It shouldn’t have kidnapped and murdered those boys. Whatever dreamland the author is in simply denies reality:***

      It didn’t do either thing. The kidnappings were the work of lone operatives, not directed by Hamas.

      Israel’s overreaction was incredible and deliberately OTT and provocative. That’s when the rockets started flying again.

      Netanyahu had strong motive to start another round of ‘mowing the lawn’ (‘mowing the topsoil’, one US General called it), Hamas had not.

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      • bor

        You should read the news on news sites instead of propaganda mills such as this site or Mondo. It was Hamas funding from the top echelons that got the kidnapping and murder done.

        Oh, and all those arrests by Israel right after the kidnapping almost certainly saved the PA from a Hamas coup.

        Oh, and you know what else? At least one of the people involved in the murder of the teens was released in the Shalit deal.

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          • bor

            “Seriously, what is wrong with you people?”

            I swear that I ask myself this question almost daily when I come to this site. It’s not just the comments, it’s also (especially?) the articles.

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          • Fred

            Bor and Kolumn8 sound just like the typical paid Zio social media marketers – keep throwing your mud and hoping it will stick. Keep ignoring all the evidence-based reasoning.. You would have been better off keeping your humanity and not trying to justify the genocidal assault on a defenceless civilian population.

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          • Kolumn8

            And you sound like a typical lefty apologist for Hamas who presumes that anyone that doesn’t agree with you must be paid. Hamas killed the Israeli teenagers. When their network in the West Bank was rounded up, Hamas started shooting rockets at Israeli cities. Both are acts of terrorism in which they purposefully targeted the civilian population.

            Evidence based reasoning is listening to what Hamas says and admits rather than constructing conspiracy theories about Hamas which put it in a better light.

            When Hamas at the highest level admits that it carried out the kidnapping and murder of the Israeli teenagers it takes quite formidable powers of imagination to insist otherwise.

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          • Kolumn8

            What is wrong with them is that they refuse to actually listen to the words that are coming out of the mouths of Hamas leaders.

            They are fundamentally incapable of attributing anything negative to any Palestinian group even if that group is in its own admission an Islamic fundamentalist group that praises the murder of Israeli civilians and whose goal is the destruction of Israel and the genocide of the Jews. As far as they are concerned all these things can be forgiven as long as Israel is the target.

            That is why when the obvious comparisons between ISIS and Hamas are made they rush so quickly to defend Hamas. The methods of ISIS and Hamas are the same – purposeful murder of civilians while building a proto-Islamic State. Their end-goals are the same – the creation of an Islamic Caliphate throughout the Middle East. Their enemy is the same – Israel and the West. The only difference is geography. ISIS is in Syria/Iraq and Hamas is here. Yet, Hamas is somehow given a pass.

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    4. Richard

      It was a mistake for the world to pay so much attention in the first place – listen to Matti Friedman. If +972 and other activist/journalist organizations were not such reliable outlets for anti-Israel demagoguery, Hamas wouldn’t have fought in the first place. Things will change for the better when the world pays less attention, not more.

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    5. sh

      Netanyahu was determined to break the newly achieved unity pact between Hamas and the PA. The kidnapping offered a timely opportunity.

      Everyone knows by now that the people who snatched the boys did it off their own bat, even Kdigit here, because police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said so to a British reporter already in June and others in the know admitted it too.

      And everyone knows that there was an as yet unexplained delay in beginning the investigation into the kidnapping just as everyone knows that the government and the press knew the boys were dead almost immediately thanks to the burned-out car and the tests carried out on it.

      But thanks to the Bors, Kolumns and their ilk, fabrications will continue to trump truth, largely because the truth is so sordid and impossible to bear.

      Hamas is Palestinian and their griefs are specifically Palestinian ones of human rights. Bibi reneged on the last part of the prisoner exchange, many other prisoners (some of whom had never seen the inside of a court) were on hunger strike and Israel wasn’t in the least bit interested in any kind of deal, not with Abbas and certainly not with Hamas.

      Bibi launched a witchhunt in the West Bank, leaving the hunt for the bodies for later. And that’s how the rockets started.

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      • Kolumn8

        Everyone knows that the Hamas members in the West Bank who kidnapped and murdered the teenagers received financing from Gaza and orders from a Hamas leader in Turkey. Everyone knows that Hamas in Gaza encouraged and praised precisely this kind of action and continued to praise the action after it was done. Everyone knows that Hamas in Gaza and abroad have since admitted that it was their members that carried out the attack and have continued to praise the attack.

        Yeah, the Hamas members did it “off their own bat”. Right. Sure. Very believable.

        But lets pretend for a second that the Hamas members in the West Bank carried the attack out of their own volition. Would it not be justifiable then, given that Hamas leadership does not exercise control over their own members, to round up the other Hamas members in order to prevent similar attacks going forward?

        In either case, whether the order came from Gaza or not, Hamas members in the West Bank became risks that needed to be neutralized. That is the truth and it is the only logical conclusion that any reasonable person would draw.

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    6. Bor should learn to read, even that stuff from ‘The Times of Israel’. Which part of:

      ***“We were not aware of this action taken by this group of Hamas members in advance,” he said. “But we understand people are frustrated under the occupation and the oppression, and they take all kinds of action.”

      He added, “We learned about these confessions from the Israeli investigation … Hamas political leadership was not aware of all these details. We learned about it later on.”

      In the same breath, Mashaal claimed that Hamas differed from Syria and Iraq’s Islamic State (IS) — which he called a “religious, violent group” that is a “totally different phenomenon” from Hamas — in that it does not target civilians, aiming its rockets “most of the time” at military targets and IDF bases.***

      …doesn’t he understand?

      Hamas’ leadership stood NOTHING to gain by starting this war. It didn’t: it reacted to Israel’s typical oversized reaction at a time the Zionist leadership already knew the teens were dead.

      No normal country would react to three political murders with the kind of frenzied ransacking the IDF undertook. But extreme violence from the Israeli side is always A-OK; reactions from the other side not so much.

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      • bor

        Oh my god! Enough already. We already even know how much Hamas paid to have this kidnapping and murder take place. The car and weapons were purchased with Hamas money!

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        • Kolumn8

          It is funny. There are two options.

          1) Hamas central command can’t control its members in the West Bank and can’t control the flow of money to them from Gaza for acts of terrorism. It also calls for and praises precisely the kind of kidnap and murder of the Israeli teens that took place.

          2) Hamas central command issued an order to the Hamas members in the West Bank to carry out the kidnap and murder of the Israeli teens

          Regardless of whether it is (1) or (2) Israel is justified in rolling up the Hamas networks in the West Bank in order to prevent additional attacks on Israeli civilians. So, what is the other side even arguing about anymore?

          Then there is the next bullshit argument – “the Zionist leadership already knew the teens were dead”. Ok, so Hamas members kidnapped and immediately murdered three Israeli teenagers. Lets suppose that the Israeli government knew that this was the case. How does that change the fact that it is still the Israeli government’s responsibility to ensure that this doesn’t happen again and to go ahead and eliminate the Hamas networks in the West Bank?

          Then we get to “‘Hamas’ leadership stood NOTHING to gain by starting this war’. Well then it shouldn’t have started firing rockets at Israel when Israel launched an operation to arrest Hamas members in the West Bank in response to Hamas members kidnapping and murdering three Israeli teenagers. What started this war was either Hamas members kidnapping the Israeli teens, or Hamas in Gaza launching rockets at Israeli cities. In either case Hamas did in fact start the war.

          And then there is the quote from Meshaal stating that Hamas ” does not target civilians”. This from a movement that spent years murdering Israeli civilians by blowing them up in restaurants and on buses.

          Moving on to the claim that “No normal country would react to three political murders”.. It isn’t three “political murders”. It is an act of terrorism, one of many in a long line, targeting Israeli civilians. Facing a terrorist organization that continued to praise the murder of three teenagers after the act and which treats its members that blew up Israeli civilians on buses as heroes, yes, every normal country would round up the members of that terrorist organization to prevent it from being able to kill more Israeli civilians in the future.

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          • Ray

            Your idea of Hamas is that of a monolithic top-down cult, like the Soviet Communist Party under Stalin, where the leader decides everything, the leader sees and knows everything every other party member does, and everybody happily follows the leader’s every decree.

            That is not the case.

            Hamas has different factions conspiring to undermine each other. In this case, there’s the currently-ruling faction of Meshaal, which wants the movement to go “mainstream,” and there’s the faction including al-Zahar and people in the Izz ad-Din al Qassam Brigades, who don’t want to end the armed struggle. Meshaal deliberately sidelined al-Zahar from participating in the political leadership.

            http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/tr/originals/2013/04/al-zahar-hamas-political-bureau.html

            So yes, it is possible and probable that somebody like al-Zahar (with his connections) had contact with the Qawasamehs in Hebron, without the Hamas leadership knowing.

            Well then it shouldn’t have started firing rockets at Israel when Israel launched an operation to arrest Hamas members in the West Bank in response to Hamas members kidnapping and murdering three Israeli teenagers.”

            They had no idea what was going on, or why your government were suddenly arresting their members in the West Bank en masse, until the investigation. What were they supposed to do, send Netanyahu a letter explaining things? You think he would have believed them?

            And I have no idea whether or not Israeli leaders knew about the killings before everybody else, so I won’t guess.

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          • Kolumn8

            That is a very sophisticated position. You are basically arguing that there is a giant comedy of errors and everyone is justified.

            The problem with your position is that is very unlikely that Hamas’s internal security in Gaza needed to be told by the Shin Bet who was responsible for the kidnap and murder. They just needed to make a couple of phone calls immediately after the fact, either to the Qawasameh man living in Gaza or to their contacts in the Qawasameh clan in Hebron among others. This is a small place and everyone knows everyone. It is very hard to keep secrets and it is probably easier for Hamas to gather information on their own members (even “renegade” ones) than for the Shin Bet. The denials coming out of Gaza in the early stages were likely PR used to confuse the gullible. It was somewhat effective…

            The other problem is that it was the semi-autonomous Ezzedine al Qassam, that likely knew about who was responsible for the kidnap and murder, that started started shooting the rockets at Israel. In other words, it doesn’t particularly matter what the overall political leadership knew or didn’t know. The more militant factions had full tactical control of the situation. It is even possible that the political leadership was against this.

            Hamas factions in Gaza decided that they would open fire on Israel in order to escalate the situation. Perhaps they might have been trying to establish their own form of deterrence against Israel and didn’t expect Israel to respond the way it did. Perhaps they thought they had no choice because they were rapidly losing political strength due to the change in power in Egypt and the corresponding inability to economically sustain their infrastructure (tunnels were closed down so they lost that revenue, they couldn’t bring in Qatari cash to pay their employees). Perhaps they thought they would ignite the West Bank and the Arab World and force international intervention that would benefit them. Perhaps they were promised diplomatic support and intervention by the Turks and Qataris. For a few days, when Kerry showed up in the region, it was looking like they might have made the right bet. They miscalculated heavily and on all counts.

            In case you want to pursue this angle.. The popularity they gathered as a result of the war will fade and there will be no Palestinian elections while they are riding this high (both Fatah and Israel will make sure of this). Fatah and Egypt will make sure that Hamas is blamed for the war and the damage it caused so the Hamas ratings will start dropping as it becomes clear that Hamas has not achieved any significant improvements in Gaza. They certainly knew this would happen so it is unlikely that they put much stock in this. For example in 2012 they got a big boost from the war as well – http://www.kas.de/palaestinensische-gebiete/en/publications/33125/. That faded. I doubt they would start a war for a temporary ratings bump with no room for followup.

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          • Ray

            This isn’t so much a “comedy of errors” as it is political factionalism common in revolutionary organizations throughout history. Look at Mao Zedong’s long string of vendettas against rival Chinese communists, the infighting between the “left” and “right” wings of the Iraqi Ba’ath Party, the Agostinho Neto/Nito Alves feud in the MPLA, etc.

            “The problem with your position is that is very unlikely that Hamas’s internal security in Gaza needed to be told by the Shin Bet who was responsible for the kidnap and murder. They just needed to make a couple of phone calls immediately after the fact, either to the Qawasameh man living in Gaza or to their contacts in the Qawasameh clan in Hebron among others. This is a small place and everyone knows everyone. It is very hard to keep secrets and it is probably easier for Hamas to gather information on their own members (even “renegade” ones) than for the Shin Bet. The denials coming out of Gaza in the early stages were likely PR used to confuse the gullible. It was somewhat effective…”

            I don’t think people in on a conspiracy to cause a provocation, without the authorization of the leadership, would just respond to Meshaal “calling them up” by just confessing everything. You make the mistake again of assuming that Khaled Meshaal (and his pro-mainstreaming faction) knows and sees all in Gaza, or that everyone in Hamas is loyal to him. The conspirators (presumably somebody like Mohammed al-Zahar, and individuals within the Izz ad-Din al Qassam Brigades) could conceivably keep him out of the loop, out of loyalty to their own factional allies.

            Anyway, you have no concrete proof that Meshaal is lying, beyond distrust. His story is the one that we’re going to have to take as the truth, until somebody digs something up or confesses something that proves it false.

            “Hamas factions in Gaza decided that they would open fire on Israel in order to escalate the situation. Perhaps they might have been trying to establish their own form of deterrence against Israel and didn’t expect Israel to respond the way it did. Perhaps they thought they had no choice because they were rapidly losing political strength due to the change in power in Egypt and the corresponding inability to economically sustain their infrastructure (tunnels were closed down so they lost that revenue, they couldn’t bring in Qatari cash to pay their employees). Perhaps they thought they would ignite the West Bank and the Arab World and force international intervention that would benefit them. Perhaps they were promised diplomatic support and intervention by the Turks and Qataris. For a few days, when Kerry showed up in the region, it was looking like they might have made the right bet. They miscalculated heavily and on all counts.”

            Or Hamas was responding, the way you had to have expected them to, to the mass arrest of party members for a crime they had not committed and knew nothing about. You are building up a conspiracy way wider and far-reaching than it probably is. Logic points to the story being that a handful of hardliners in Gaza hooked up with a family of radical oppositionists in Hebron, and decided to engineer an incident that would end up forcing the Hamas leadership to either take up arms or be seen as allowing Israel to attack them with impunity.

            As for the Qawasamehs, they have a history of wrecking cease-fires through violent provocation. http://blogs.forward.com/jj-goldberg/201172/unruly-hebron-clan-pushes-hamas-and-israel-to/

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          • Kolumn8

            Conspiracies stay secret only as long as they are either not yet put into action, all the conspirators are dead, or of little interest to the major players. In this case, if there was a conspiracy among Hamas hardliners to provoke a conflict that would be a critical threat to Hamas central leadership (as a group and as individuals) and all the resources of their internal security would be put into figuring out who was behind it. While the Shin Bet has to look at the Hamas network from the outside which requires a lot of resources, Hamas can collect all the information from the inside. What area did the kidnap take place in? What car got burned? Who bought the car? Who had a new car recently? Who is missing? Which houses did the Israelis break into? What questions did they ask? Hamas internal security would be looking at the obvious suspects and the odds that they wouldn’t have figured out what happened within hours of the announcement of the kidnap and murder are low. Hamas does not need the Shin Bet to find internal conspiracies. This is a small place and somebody, for example, buying a car is something everyone knows about.

            Meshaal and the Gaza leadership has been lying since the beginning. The first story that got put out from there had the Israeli teenagers being kidnapped by Jews. I still see this story promoted in several places. The next story was that it was not Hamas members that were behind it. The next story was that it was an isolated Hamas cell (lone wolf), though we know that they were not acting alone. It has all been bullshit. Hamas knew it was bullshit when they put out these stories. There is no reason to put any faith in the words of Meshaal now.

            And no, Hamas shooting rockets and escalating to a war is not a natural reaction to the arrest of its members in the West Bank. It could have gone the PR route of accusing the PA of helping Israel while praising the great “action of the resistance” and calling for more attacks against Israelis and waited to see what happened. This is what it usually does. It took three weeks for Hamas in Gaza to escalate the conflict with Israel to the level of a war. I think the idea that Hamas in Gaza didn’t know it was their members that carried out the attack three weeks in to not be credible in the least. The rocket fire was a calculated decision made by someone among the Hamas Gaza leadership with the authority to order the rocket attacks in order to escalate the confrontation. I repeat, it took three weeks for Hamas to escalate to the level of a rocket war. It was hardly a snap decision.

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          • Ray

            I’ve given you all the evidence you need: professional opinion on the Istanbul Hamas member’s boasting (that he was lying), the Qawasameh family’s long past of inflaming mattes between Hamas and Israel, the factional conflict within Hamas. It’s circumstantial, but it’s a lot better than your purely speculative and conjectural approach, based on a highly-biased view of Hamas. My evidence may be circumstantial, but it’s better than none. Can you give me any evidence, even circumstantial, that Meshaal knew about the killings or ordered them?

            Putting all that aside, think about this: you know for a fact that Meshaal’s faction is invested in transitioning Hamas from “armed” to “unarmed popular” struggle. Why in the world would he cause, or even allow, an incident that would lead to that process being made even more difficult for him? In terms of factional politics, the conflict would only serve to make the hardliners more influential and powerful. Logically, Meshaal’s defensive reaction to Protective Edge had to have been forced on him by the actions of the hardliners; either he would “ante up” and look tough, or he would prove his opponents right by appearing weak.

            As to Hamas’ claims that members were not involved, it could have been that they knew Israel would go on the warpath even if they knew the leadership hadn’t ordered the killings. Besides, hadn’t other groups claimed responsibility (however falsely)?

            You have to prove it wasn’t credible. As I said, all you have is conjecture. Give me evidence.

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    7. Carol

      wonderfully written and terribly sad – I have no idea of what I can do except to pass this on so that others will NOT forget and will remember “Free Gaza”

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      • Kolumn8

        From Hamas?

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    8. Margot Dunne

      I am sadly afraid that Israel’s behaviour is constantly stoking anti-Semitism. This is tragic.

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    9. Average American

      Why doesn’t Israel just occupy Gaza like it occupies West Bank and Golan Heights? It’s part of The Land Of Israel as defined in the Zionist charter of Israel. And everybody knows The Land Of Israel belongs exclusively to The Jews somehow. It would take 15 minutes, then no more Hamas, no more rockets, no more tunnels, and more room for Jews! Does Israel NEED an enemy to support its militarist ultra-nationalism?

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      • Tomer

        Average American should be renamed Average idiot.

        The hamas leadership has admitted to ordering the kidnap and murder of the israeli teens. The same leadership admits it started the missile firings.

        What is there NOT to understand?

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