Thinking Aloud: “The Gaza Crisis: No Way Out?,” Part II

Thinking Aloud: “The Gaza Crisis: No Way Out?,” Part II

Not What You Might Think

August 10, 2014 by Darius

[Earlier this week, I attended a panel at the Brookings Institution on “The Gaza Crisis: No Way Out? Policy Options and Regional Implications,” featuring three Brookings experts on the Israel-Palestine conflict: Martin Indyk, who recently returned from serving as special US envoy to the latest round of failed negotiations; Khaled Elgindy, a founding board member of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association and former advisor to the Palestinian leadership on negotiations with Israel; and Natan Sachs, who specializes in Israeli foreign policy, Israeli domestic politics, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Yesterday I shared comments by Indyk and Sachs; today I will cover Elgindy’s comments.]

According to Elgindy, the ongoing US-Israeli assumption that a longer war leads to a weaker Hamas is invalid.  Every war between Hamas and Israel, in 2008-2009, 2012, and now in 2014, has resulted in the marginalization of the Palestinian leader Israel…

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