Back in Washington DC, I delivered the letter but despite my insistence, the Obama administration refused to even acknowledge its receipt, much less send a reply. It was yet another loss for the Hamas moderates and a win for those who saw armed resistance as the only way to win concessions from Israel.
It seems US and Israel administrations don’t recognize moderates, on purpose no doubt. After all, what’s a class-polarized, highly militarized society, without terrorists to justify the State and distract from the misery? What’s a Jewish State, without anti-Semites to give it purpose and identity?
Regarding Hamas military tactics, this is revealing, about recent tactics at least, from the Israeli-intelligence-connected website Debka Files:
“DEBKAfile‘s military sources note that Hamas’ success in disrupting civilian air traffic to and from Israel exposed a hidden side of its war on Israel. Most of the nearly 2,000 rockets fired over the last 16 days did not miss Israel’s urban centers by chance, although many were deflected by Iron Dome interceptors. Hamas was focusing on strategic targets, such Israeli Air Force bases and facilities in the south and center. When IDF communiqués report that rockets land in open areas, this does not necessarily rule out their explosion in or near military bases.” (emphasis mine)
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