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Arab-Israeli Relations

REUTERS/BALILTY - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) speaks during a joint news conference with Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Tel Aviv July 15, 2014. Israel sees in the Egyptian-proposed Gaza truce an opportunity to strip the Palestinian enclave of rockets but is prepared to redouble military action there if the cross-border launches persist.

Opinion

Israel Can't Win This or Any Future Conflicts by Bombing Gaza

July 15, 2014, Ibrahim Sharqieh

Israel cannot win this or any future conflicts by bombing Gaza. Without addressing the root causes, even crippling Hamas — which was able to impose calm after 2012 — would not be a victory. Instead, it would merely set the stage for the next time, against whatever group or groups — perhaps even more radical than Hamas — that would inevitably emerge to take up its mantle.

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