The Conflict in Gaza: Three Ways to View It

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By Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser.. The hostile activities carried out by Hamas and other Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip should be interpreted on three levels. Unfortunately, many conflate and obfuscate the complexity surrounding the issue, by mixing them. First, the “March of Return” should be seen for its real purpose – it is a declaration by the Palestinians that they are not ready to change the goals of their struggle, namely the annihilation of Israel and replacing it with a Palestinian state. [Photo top right: The Gazans’ assault on Israel’s fence, April 27, 2018 (].  After all, that is the meaning of the word “Return” in this context.  The fact that many Palestinians in Gaza view this as their raison d’être can be seen by their ongoing attempts to strike Israel and to infiltrate its borders, even after Israel entirely withdrew from Gaza in 2005. The opportunity given then to the Palestinians to turn Gaza into a Singapore, as some naïve people were expecting, never materialized because most Palestinians were more interested in the battle against Israel than having better living standards for themselves.

The first response to the March planners’ motives must be a call to the Palestinians to conduct a reality check. They do not have the right to “return” and destroy Israel; and they will not be permitted to return and destroy Israel.

It is amazing to see how The New York Times gave space on its op-ed pages to Fadi Abu Shammalah, who declared that he is participating in the march to return and annihilate Israel. Read the full story.



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