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What’s new about Israeli threats against Hamas?

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Israel’s senior officials have been hurling threats at the Gaza Strip and Palestinian resistance groups for months now. Whether security-related or linked to political events and Israeli elections, the recent threats are more numerous and come from politicians and security officers. In a changing environment filled with US-led normalisation efforts and absolute support from Washington, as well as European disappointment, the threats are very real.

Has a war against Gaza become a prerequisite for passing Trump’s deal of the century, or is it simply a threat to deter the Palestinian resistance in Gaza from any escalation before next month’s Israeli General Election? The Israeli threats mirror those prior to Operation Defensive Shield carried out by Ariel Sharon in the occupied West Bank in 2002, when the Israeli army was more or less given a free hand against the Palestinians. The same strategy was tried against Gaza in 2009 but failed. Will it actually happen this time with no opposition from “normalisation” Arab states........

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