I came across this today via J Street’s Twitter. It says that Hamas’s popularity has increased in the West Bank since the war. I am honestly not surprised by this news at all. This is what’s wrong with Israel’s strategy. They think they can stop rockets by using tons of force–and sometimes they can–but at what cost? The Israelis appear to have no ability to think in the long term. Operation Cast Lead–and I’m not the first person to point this out–will help radicalize a whole new generation of Palestinians. This opinion poll here is just the first indication. And so, while they may be able to stop the rockets in the short term (although that hasn’t quite happened yet) they are more likely to be attacked from the West Bank fifteen years from now. Oy.
In other news, I went to a panel of three Oberlin professors discussing Gaza tonight. It was almost interesting. One of my professors, an Egyptian woman, tried to give us an idea of what people in the Arab world are saying about the war. She also said that there is–no surprise–a waxing sympathy for Hamas. I don’t want to tell you how many times I heard the word “discourse” though.
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