Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hamas is not the real issue

Israel's strategy in Gaza is about showing the Palestinians who is in control and lowering their expectations

By Neve Gordon
The Guardian

Contributed by Lucia in Spain

".....The experiment in Gaza is, in other words, not really about the bombardment of Israeli citizens or even about Israel's ongoing efforts to undermine Hamas. It is simply a new draconian strategy aimed at denying the Palestinians their most basic right to self-determination. It is about showing them who is in control, about breaking their backs, so that they lower their expectations and bow down to Israeli demands. The Palestinians understood this and courageously destroyed their prison wall while crying out into the wilderness for international support. Instead of the expected outrage, the only response they received was a weak echo of their own cry for help."

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