The Status Quo in Gaza Is the Least-Bad Option

There are plenty of nice plans for Gaza, but none that will change the core truth: Hamas will continue to seek Israel’s destruction, and Israel will continue to defend itself.

Masked fighters at an anti-Israel rally in Gaza City on June 8, 2021. Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Masked fighters at an anti-Israel rally in Gaza City on June 8, 2021. Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Symposium
June 14 2021
About the author

Yaakov Amidror is a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, and a Distinguish Fellow of JINSA’s  Gemunder Strategic Center, Washington DC. He served as national security advisor to the prime minister of Israel and the head of the National Security Council from 2011 to 2013.

To understand the future of the Gaza Strip, it’s necessary to consider the origins of the most recent round of fighting. Hamas’s missile barrage on Jerusalem began during a week fraught with tension. Two events and three significant dates—each of which with potential to raise the temperature—coincided in a very short period of time, creating a perfect storm.

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