Search Results for "Hamas" : 28

by / on January 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm / in Opinion, World

A Modest Proposal

…es before. There is only one difference: this round of fighting has restructured the terms of engagement between Hamas and Israel, and the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic as a whole. No longer is Hamas an absolutely illegitimate actor on the international stage or in the Palestinian social sphere. Rather, it is quickly rising as a champion of the Palestinian cause and a natural ally of the many new Islamist forces in the region. Meanwhi…

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by / on January 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

My Humble Reply

…ritten just a few days prior, “A Modest Proposal.” In my article, I argue that Israel needs to consider engaging Hamas diplomatically in some capacity as an effort to prevent more Israeli-Hamas violence, and to help move the peace process forward. I contend Israel can no longer ignore Hamas on its flank, and that Israel has the opportunity to redefine its engagement with Hamas to “diplomacy,” rather than allow Hamas to continue to comfortably res…

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by / on January 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm / in Opinion, World

A Response to “A Modest Proposal”

…his piece published online on January 13, my fellow Middle East columnist Eliot Sackler argued that in light of Hamas’s supposed growing legitimacy and desire for progress, Israel should embrace a “pragmatic policy” and recognize Hamas as a political actor, adopting a policy of “engagement” as opposed to one of ”isolation.” The piece is admirable for its extensive research and tenacious attempt to propose something new. Some of the ideas are com…

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by / on July 28, 2014 at 2:11 pm / in Eliot Sackler, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

When Weapons Don’t Work

…months ago, on this very website, I made, “A Modest Proposal”: Israel should alter the terms of engagement with Hamas in Gaza. I argued that the dynamic of the Israel-Hamas relationship would only continue to perpetuate the tragic status quo, and that Hamas would continue to survive, and even thrive, as long as it had reason to take up arms against Israel in violent resistance. From Israel’s standpoint, to continually fight Hamas militarily woul…

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by / on November 18, 2012 at 11:21 am / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Israel and Gaza: One Size (Doesn’t) Fit All

by from the Israeli Defense Forces Once again, Hamas and Israel are on the brink. As Israel mobilizes its military for a possible ground invasion, Hamas refuses to back down. Air strikes light up the Gazan sky while rockets explode in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Surely, intermittent exchanges of rocket fire and violence have been a mainstay on the Gaza-Israel border for years now, but with the recent escalation of violence, war now appear…

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by / on July 17, 2014 at 9:07 am / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

A Dishonorable Opponent

by Typical rockets used by Hamas I commend my colleagues Mr. Silberthau and Mr. Fattal on their civil discourse concerning the recent abductions and murders that dramatically raised tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. However, with the initiation of an air strike campaign in the Gaza Strip by Israel and an intensification of rocket fire from Hamas, the focus of this debate is now squarely upon Gaza. Hamas, while democratical…

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by / on July 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

The Crisis in Gaza

…ilberthau and Mr. Fattal, the tension between the Palestinians and the Israelis began to boil over. By July 1st, Hamas began firing hundreds of rockets at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, and Israel responded with its own firepower. It was in response to these events that Senior Editor Jamie Boothe offered a critique of Hamas, titled “A Dishonorable Opponent: How Hamas Breaks the Rules of War”. Typical rockets used by Hamas (wikicommons) In…

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by / on November 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm / in Opinion, World

Rockets of Hate, For the World to See

…licate but hugely significant problem that I fear continues to haunt certain elements of the Palestinian people. Hamas, and its allies, by and large have a certain wrongheaded attitude towards human life, and towards Israel, that is anathema to the idea of peace and disastrous for hopes of a two state solution. Perhaps the greatest indicators of this disparity are the contrasting messages Israel and Hamas sent the other sides’ civilians during th…

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by / on July 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Hold the Position

…s agreement was an entrance into a politically perilous spider web. Let us take Fatah at their word. If they and Hamas are now monolithic and the Gaza Strip is truly run by this government, then the more moderate West Bank leaders who once commanded at least some political respect from Israel and the West are now culpable for atrocities and terrorism committed by Hamas under their watch, as it were. Now of course the West Bank and Gaza are in obs…

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by / on February 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm / in Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom: The Tangled Web We Weave

…and, by extension, policy that remotely invokes it, needs to be radically rethought. Consider, to say the least, Hamas: after the beginning of uprisings in Syria, Hamas left its headquarters-in-exile in Damascus. The organization was tight-lipped for a while about the reason, though many suspected it was due to increasing tension with the Alawite (and thus non-Sunni) Syrian regime run by the Assads, which has been cracking down on its people unde…

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