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Updated Gaza situation map

From MESH Admin This updated map, released today by UNOSAT, presents reported military operations and attacks by Israel and Hamas from December 25 to January 5, within and surrounding the Gaza Strip. Click on thumbnail to view the map.

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From Daniel Byman The Israeli assault on Gaza is about more than ending the latest spate of rocket attacks from Gaza or even forcing Hamas to the negotiating table to renew the ceasefire it foolishly ended. Israeli is also trying to exorcise several ghosts in its fight against terrorism, some from the past and some […]

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On the ground in Gaza

From Barry Rubin Israel didn’t want to attack the Gaza Strip from the ground or from the air. Hamas, which had long broken the ceasefire, canceled it altogether. Then it began large-scale attacks on Israel. This is a war of defense. And it is being conducted just 30 miles from Tel Aviv, Israel’s main city.

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Israel’s strike on Gaza: a primer

From Robert O. Freedman The Israeli-Hamas ceasefire, signed on June 9, 2008, had long been a porous one. While Hamas, for the most part, until November 2008 did not fire its own rockets at Israel, it permitted other groups, such as the Iranian-supported Islamic Jihad, to do so. These limited rocket attacks, while clear violations […]

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Situation map, Gaza crisis

From MESH Admin This map, released today by UNOSAT, presents reported attacks by Israel and Hamas from December 25 to 31, within and surrounding the Gaza Strip. “Damage locations have been taken exclusively from open media sources. Many recorded damage sites shown are approximate and may not represent all known incident locations.” Click on the […]

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Tacit bargaining, Gaza-style

From Alan Dowty Operation Oferet Yetsukah (“Cast Lead,” on the model of “Cast Iron”) has reportedly been planned for months, in anticipation of the breakdown or non-renewal of the tahdi’a (“lull,” not “truce”) between Hamas and Israel. Drawing upon the lessons of the Lebanese fiasco of 2006 and the conclusions of the Winograd Commission, it […]

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Gaza conflict, U.S. objectives

From Robert Satloff The Gaza conflict was born the day Hamas took control of the Strip; the clock started ticking the day the “calm” began six months ago. Unlike all of Israel’s other neighbors, save Hezbollah, Hamas is an existential adversary of Israel, not a competitor for some slice of territory or for the affection […]

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