Friday, November 16, 2012

News Analysis: Deterrence is the idea behind Israel’s strikes in Gaza, but how far will conflict with Hamas go?

The Iron Dome defense system firing missiles to intercept incoming rockets
from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, Nov. 15, 2012.
(Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)
Wage war to make peace.

That’s the idea behind Israel’s strikes this week against Hamas targets in Gaza, including Wednesday’s attack that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari.

What’s not clear is how far Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense will go, what price Israeli civilians will pay in the conflict, whether it will succeed in its goal of deterring Hamas from future attacks on Israel and what consequences there might be for Jerusalem’s fragile relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood-led government in Egypt. -- Ben Sales, JTA

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