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The wonders of the desperate gamble that Netanyahu lost

category mashriq / arabia / iraq | imperialism / war | opinion / analysis author Tuesday August 26, 2014 15:55author by Ilan S. - Anarchists Against the Wall; A-Infos; Ahdutauthor email ilan.shalif at gmail dot comauthor address Tel Aviv Report this post to the editors

To keep Hamas on its legs again after the Egyptian closure forced it to its knees and to compromise with the West Bank Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu started a war that was supposed to set Hamas back on its feet, though much weaker than before the closure.


The wonders of the desperate gamble that Netanyahu lost

To keep Hamas on its legs again after the Egyptian closure forced it to its knees and to compromise with the West Bank Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu started a war that was supposed to set Hamas back on its feet, though much weaker than before the closure.

However Hamas - which only a few months ago was in bankruptcy, unable to pay salaries to its men, disconnected from its partners (Egypt turned its back on it, Syria collapsed, Iran had forgotten it), and pushed to the point where it was willing to sign a reconciliation agreement, or rather surrender agreement, with its bitter rival, Abu Mazen just to have the option to exist longer - was found to be much stronger than expected.

Netanyahu, the strategic genius that he is, succeeded within three months and thanks to two "heroic" operations (Return Brothers and Robust Cliffs) managed to transform Hamas into the most powerful and prestigious Arab organization in the Middle East.

This organization manages suddenly to wrap the whole world round its finger: donations and funds flow to it like water from Qatar and suddenly it has a chance to lift the siege, to receive benefits. Suddenly, there is chance to lessen the closure of the Gaza Strip to a bare minimum. The demands for a port and an airport are no longer pipe dreams.

And the Palestinian public? Their anger at Hamas, which had not been paying wages and seemed to be in both monetary and political bankruptcy, together with their despair over the harsh conditions of life, suddenly turned into a willingness to die for Hamas and the resistance.

The genius Netanyahu shoots and shoots and Hamas becomes stronger and stronger. What former secret service ("Shin Bet") chief Yuval Diskin said in January 2013 - "Netanyahu is the Israeli politician who has contributed most to the strengthening of Hamas" - is obvious to all now.

Israel's strategic step of preventing Palestinian unity between Hamas and the West Bank Palestinian Authority in order to postpone any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians that would end the 1967 occupation has resulted in the exact opposite.

These days, "mighty" Israel cannot stop Hamas bombing its villages, towns, and cities. It seems that Israel will have to lift most of the siege of the Gaza Strip in order for the bombing to stop. And because of internal conflicts within his coalition preventing him from compromise with Hamas, Netanyahu will have to involve the UN Security Council, which will probably will hasten talks on a peace agreement and an end to the 1967 occupation.

As a "bonus", the prolonged war with Gaza and the pictures all over the world's media have hastened the momentum of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) movement, which is contributing to the development of a slowing down in the Israeli economy and threatening the near-unanimous support of most sectors of the Israeli capitalist elite for a continuation of the occupation.

Maybe the weekend talks between foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on a retreat to the 1967 borders - including the division of Jerusalem - is the first sign of this split.

Ilan Shalif

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