Saturday, February 14, 2009

Shoots of recovery - Israeli operation leaves Hamas weak but alive

The clash between the Islamic Resistance Movement (Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia: HAMAS) and Israel that occurred in the Gaza Strip between 27 December and 18 January demonstrated that neither side is averse to learning lessons from previous conflicts. The combination of insurgent rocket attacks into Israeli territory, Israeli air strikes and subsequent ground incursions and the lack of a decisive outcome were all reminiscent of Israel's 33-day conflict with Hizbullah in Lebanon in July and August 2006.

[first posted to - 12 February 2009]

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