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A War Now Will Strengthen Hamas

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be immersed in problems here at home, but the victory of the right-wing camp in next month’s election is assured, with or without a new war. Hamas also has domestic problems, but in the absence of elections and when the rival is the despised Fatah and Palestinian Authority, its continued rule is also guaranteed.

But a new war could serve Hamas and its reputation as a resistance movement whose only interest is the liberation of Palestine, or at least the lifting of the blockade on Gaza. A new war will silence the voices criticizing it. Those critical voices have become louder over the past two to three weeks after the organization brutally dispersed demonstrators, and – as detailed in another courageous report by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights – jailed hundreds of people in unauthorized and illegal detention centers.

The organization removed wounded people from hospitals and detained them, raided people’s homes and took people out of them straight to jail, tortured detainees and put several dozen on trial in military court even........

© Haaretz