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September 27, 2016 / 24 Elul, 5776
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After Pillar of Defense: Separating Appearance from Reality

Now that the dust has settled in Gaza following Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation, it is easy yet again to feel sorry for the Palestinians.

Louis Rene Beres

Louis Rene Beres

Significantly, all this has taken place after Israel very painfully disengaged from Gaza. The departure of all Israelis from Gaza had been based on the presumption that the Palestinians, finally, would cease their utterly senseless and self-destructive excursions into terror. Oddly enough, however, both Hamas and the PA still speak indignantly of “the Occupation.”

Where, in Gaza, is this “occupation”?

Any why, during Pillar of Defense, did Palestinian terrorists resurrect the hideous tactic of bus bombings, choosing to assault Israelis going to work and to school in Tel Aviv?

(Continued Next Week)

Louis Rene Beres

About the Author: Louis René Beres (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) is professor of political science and international law at Purdue University and the author of many books and articles dealing with international relations and strategic studies.


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