If only Hamas could just blow itself up and be gone forever.
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Last week, Nathan Thrall wrote in the New York Times (surprise!) that basically Israel and the West are to blame for the situation in Gaza. He wrote, “The current escalation in Gaza is a direct result of the choice by Israel and the West to obstruct the implementation of the April 2014 Palestinian reconciliation agreement. The road out of the crisis is a reversal of that policy.”
Does that warrant Hamas firing rockets into Israel? Oh wait; Hamas is a terrorist organization with an expressed goal of destroying Israel. So, yeah, I guess it fits the narrative.
On July 13, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote about why Gaza is in such a shambles – and how Hamas blew it:
Dead Palestinians represent a crucial propaganda victory for the nihilists of Hamas. It is perverse, but true. It is also the best possible explanation for Hamas’s behavior, because Hamas has no other plausible strategic goal here.
The men who run Hamas, engineers and doctors and lawyers by training, are smart enough to understand that though they wish to bring about the annihilation of the Jewish state and to replace it with a Muslim Brotherhood state (Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Brotherhood), they are in no position to do so. Hamas is a militarily weak group, mostly friendless, that is firing rockets at the civilians of a powerful neighboring state.