Improving the Gazan Economy Won’t Mollify Terrorists

On Saturday morning, missiles launched from the Gaza Strip landed off the coast of Tel Aviv, in what Hamas claimed was an accident caused by lightning. Yesterday, a machinegun was fired from Gaza into an empty field in Israel; a few days beforehand, a sniper in Gaza shot an Israeli civilian near the border fence; and Hamas has been involved in numerous terrorist attacks from the West Bank in recent weeks. These incidents suggest to Amos Gilad and Michael Milshtein that Jerusalem’s strategy of issuing work permits for Gazans wishing to enter Israel and allowing Qatari funds to flow into the Strip isn’t succeeding in maintaining calm:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hamas, Israeli Security, Palestinian economy

 

Israel Must Choose the Right Friends in Asia

In the past few decades, the Jewish state has vastly expanded its diplomatic, economic, and sometimes military ties with South and East Asia, while doing its best to stay away from the conflicts that divide the countries in the region. Daniel Samet surveys the potential for these relationships, urging Jerusalem to avoid deepening cooperation with China and instead to focus on cultivating further its alliances-in-the-making with China’s competitors:

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More about: India, Israel diplomacy, Israel-China relations