November 26, 2012

Israel Is Fighting the Wrong War

Daniel Kamin, Chicago Tribune

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Israel has been fighting the wrong war against Hamas. Everyone should be happy about the cease-fire that was agreed to and hopeful that it will hold. Yet Israel — and everyone else for that matter — has been playing by Hamas rules; it is a game Israel cannot win, and that is why some Israeli officials describe the Israel Defense Forces' own efforts as "mowing the grass," because no matter how short you cut it, the grass will inevitably grow again.

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TAGGED: Hamas, Gaza, Palestine, Middle East, Israel


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