How Continuing to "Mow the Grass" Might Lead to Israel's Reoccupation of Gaza

Fighting brief wars with Hamas every few years buys only temporary quiet. If that continues, Israeli citizens could demand that their government finally establish lasting security.

A fighter from the Saraya al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, stands between two rockets during a parade on the streets of Gaza City. Mahmoud Issa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

A fighter from the Saraya al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, stands between two rockets during a parade on the streets of Gaza City. Mahmoud Issa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

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June 21 2021
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Evelyn Gordon is a commentator and former legal-affairs reporter who immigrated to Israel in 1987. In addition to Mosaic, she has published in the Jerusalem Post, Azure, Commentary, and elsewhere. She blogs at Evelyn Gordon.

If there’s one thing the recent war with Hamas made clear, it’s that Israel’s strategy for dealing with the Gaza Strip, known as “mowing the grass,” may be approaching its expiration date. And that will leave the Jewish state with only one feasible alternative—reoccupying part or all of Gaza.

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