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'Just Hit Gaza Harder': Israel's Unrelenting Collective Punishment of Palestinians 'Just Hit Gaza Harder': No End in Sight for Israel’s Collective Punishment of Two Million Palestinian Civilians

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The expression that if all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail applies to Israel’s relationship with Gaza with tragic accuracy. Successive Israeli governments continue to pretend that if they just hit Gaza harder, they’ll get what they want.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s speech at Reichman University in Herzliya last Sunday revealed that this current government is no exception.

Israel, which often claims that it ‘left Gaza’ during the 2005 disengagement, has actually been enforcing a strict closure on the territory and has rained four major military campaigns as well as hundreds of more minor raids on the Strip, not to mention near nightly air and drone sorties, and attacks on Palestinian fishermen and farmers.

It’s sometimes quiet in the Israeli villages, towns and kibbutzim abutting Gaza, when illegal rockets are not launched, but it’s never quiet in Gaza where pressure on civilians is a constant........

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