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Mowing the Grass in Gaza, by Efraim Inbar & Eitan Shamir

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Mowing the Grass in Gaza

by Efraim Inbar and Eitan Shamir, BESA Center Perspectives via meforum.org, July 20, 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Israeli military offensive in Gaza reflects the assumption that Israel is in a protracted intractable conflict. It is unlikely that Israel can purge Hamas from Palestinian society, nor is a political solution likely to be achieved. Instead, Israel is acting in accordance with a “mowing the grass” strategy. After a period of military restraint, Israel is acting to severely punish Hamas for its aggressive behavior and degrade its military capabilities – aiming at achieving a period of quiet.

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