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An Alternative to Armed Struggle With Hamas

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08.05.2018

Reports of Hamas’ willingness to enter negotiations with Israel over a long-term cease-fire and an exchange of prisoners have so far not yielded any official response by Hamas or Israel. If there is any substance to these reports, they may attest to the existence of a diplomatic channel having the potential to manage the crisis in Gaza.

Israel and Hamas are locked in a violent confrontation, expressed in recent weeks as a series of demonstrations held on the Gazan border, probably peaking in the coming week. Beyond Hamas’ intention of marking 70 years since the Palestinian Nakba, or catastrophe, the current confrontation has resulted from the dire economic situation in the Gaza Strip, and from what seems like Israel’s and the international community’s indifference to the terrible suffering of 2 million Gazan residents.........

© Haaretz