Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mutual deterrence achieved between Israel, Gaza

Hamas militants display weapons in front of a destroyed house east of Gaza City, Aug. 27, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Majdi Fathi)

Gershon Baskin revealed that he had relayed a message from Hamas to the Israelis offering a return to the 2012 cease-fire agreement. According to Baskin, a senior Israeli army general dismissed the offer, telling Baskin not to interfere. “I didn’t [interfere] and they got their war,” said Baskin on Twitter. read more

The Gaza challenge

IDF strikes terror targets in Gaza

Gaza is different in many ways, but one lesson that should be learned from Iraq and is 100 percent relevant for Gaza is that you cannot resolve a political problem solely with military means. read more

Birthing the state of Gaza in Cairo

Abu Obeida (R), the official spokesperson of the Palestinian militant group Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, give a press conference on July 3, 2014 in Gaza City. Islamist Hamas movement, whom Israel has blamed for the kidnap and murder of the three teenagers in June, said it held Netanyahu's government directly responsible for the killing of Abu Khder. 'You will pay the price for your crimes,' it said. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

Gershon Baskin would tell all the Palestinians, everywhere, that the only way you can get things done is through violence, not negotiation..the very fact that Hamas is present in Cairo with a veto power strengthens the group, weakens the Palestinian Authority, and makes it more difficult to return to a peace process with the PA. read more