Sept. 17, 2019
Why Israel Limits Its Reaction to Provocations from Gaza – Hillel Frisch (Jerusalem Post)
Why has Israel limited its responses to daily violence from Gaza?
The answer is that it is in Israel’s interest that the Gaza front remain as quiet as possible for the time being.
Iran clearly wants a hot war on Israel’s Gaza front to deflect attention from its strategic build up in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
Without Iranian backing, both Hizbullah and Hamas over time will be reduced to the stature of small local terrorist movements. They are only powerful to the degree that they enjoy the power of a state behind them.
For now, Iran and Israel’s northern front are far more important.
The writer is a professor of political and Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan University and a senior research associate at its Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.