Monday, January 19, 2009

Israeli military planners, meet Palestinian nationalism

Missed this article from Friday, but it's an excellent piece of New York Times news analysis on how the Gaza war has severely weakened Fatah, relative to Hamas. This was precisely the opposite of what Israel had intended, but we shouldn't be surprised by the outcome and neither should they. The exact same thing happened in Lebanon, after all, in 2006, with an Israeli attack on Hezbollah designed to destroy Hezbollah and strengthen Fouad Siniora's government doing the reverse instead. Amazingly, when an ethnonationalistic group is under attack, it becomes more militant. I'm not sure why anyone didn't think of this before, but perhaps they should start.

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