The Economist on Gaza, Hamas, Winograd

As usual, the Economist gives us top-notch reporting on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Here is their take on the Winograd report.

“A PARAMILITARY organisation of a few thousand men resisted, for a few weeks, the strongest army in the Middle East, which enjoyed full air superiority and size and technology advantages.” In one sentence, Eliyahu Winograd, a retired judge, summed up the enormity of Israel’s military failure as he presented his commission’s final report into the war in Lebanon in the summer of 2006 against the Lebanese Shias’ military-cum-political movement, Hizbullah.

Here is their take on the need and challenge of including Hamas in future negotiations.

Israel’s policy of punishing the Gazans in the hope that they would get rid of Hamas, which they had elected two years ago, was not only morally wrong, but has also failed. Hamas has probably recouped its strength and increased its popularity. Moreover, it seems unlikely that Israel will be able to foist responsibility for Gaza onto Egypt, in the hope that the Palestinians’ fledgling two-part state would remain politically as well as territorially divided, with the bigger West Bank bit amiably engaged in the peace talks with Israel that were relaunched two months ago at Annapolis. In sum, Israel has failed to squeeze Hamas out of the equation—and will almost certainly, in the end, somehow have to accommodate it.


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