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Hamas’s Victory: How Muslims See It

It hard to imagine that at least some of Israel's leaders do not understand the Muslim mindset.
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It hard to imagine that at least some of Israel’s leaders do not understand this Muslim mindset. That notion makes it even more difficult to understand why Israel stopped short of victory, unless Israel might possibly have decided to weaken Iran’s ally, Hamas, to such an extent that it could then address the Iranian problem without worrying about an attack from Gaza.

Until the early 1970s, the Israelis seem to have understood their enemy’s view of war; do they now? Being farther away, the Americans have had less of a need to do so. Will America ever understand the Muslim world they way it sees itself and make policy decisions more appropriate to, and in line with, that view? If America and Israel choose not to, they embolden their enemies, but do so at their peril.

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

About the Author: Harold Rhode, Ph.D., served from 1982-2010 as an Adviser on Islamic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is now a distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute. He is fluent in English, Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi and Turkish.


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2 Responses to “Hamas’s Victory: How Muslims See It”

  1. Norman Bennett says:

    Mr. Rhode, your article brings up many good points yet it does not go far enough into the possible results based on history. If Israel gives land back to the Palestinians the war won't end, it will just make Israel a smaller target. Look back to Israel and the Sinai peninsula return to Egypt. If the people of Israel abandoned all of the country where will they go. Look back to WW II when no country would accept Jews fleeing from Nazi Germany. The Palestinians would soon find other Muslim countries taking over Israel and abandoning them as they did in the 1940's because now they won't need them as a tool against Israel. Even if all of the Middle east was under Muslim rule war between Shi'ite and Sunni will escalate until one faction rules the other. The World problems are more then Belief vs Belief, Race vs Race, Nation vs Nation or Political idealism vs Political idealism it's with the people and society of the World. Until we see that we are dependent on each other, inter-connected all over the Globe and turn towards Unity and caring for each other only the names of conflict will change. We need to spread Mutual Responsibility, Unity, the common good and Integral Education across the Globe. Only thru Doing good for all and not the few do we have a chance to end all this and create a better World society.

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