August 14, 2014

Don't Count on Mahmoud Abbas to Save Gaza

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary Magazine

The Associated Press

The idea that PA officials or security people will be an effective barrier to the re-militarization of Gaza—as opposed to the goal of demilitarization that Israel wants and which is a prerequisite for peace—is farcical. Even if the PA were parachuted into Gaza, the chances that they would stop Hamas from doing what it likes are minimal. Putting them in there might enable Israel to claim that they had degraded Hamas militarily as well as politically, but it is highly likely that this would merely be a fig leaf on an already bad situation as it reverted to the pre-Operation Protective Edge reality in which Hamas was actively preparing for the next war.

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TAGGED: Hamas, Fatah, Gaza, Palestinians, Palestine, Israel, Mahmoud Abbas

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