What strategic alliances will Hamas’ new leaders prioritise? And Israel rattled as State Comptroller releases scathing report on 2014 Gaza war.
Food vs. guns: Will Hamas chose Egypt or Iran? – Shlomi Eldar – Al-Monitor 23.02.17
The military wing of Hamas in Gaza is pressuring the new boss in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, to mend ties with Iran, while the residents of the Gaza Strip need the assistance of Egypt against the misery of the long closure. Sinwar’s predecessor, Ismail Haniyeh, is expected to replace Khaled Meshaal as head of the Hamas political bureau after elections to the Shura Council.
Gaza war: 11 key headlines from scathing report rattling Israel’s politicians and military – Barak Ravid & Gili Cohen – Haaretz 28.02.17
Army failed main objective. Ministers kept in dark. Major intel gaps on Hamas. On three separate occasions, report quotes statements made by then-defence minister Ya’alon two days after the outbreak of the 2014 war, saying it could have been avoided if Israel had addressed the distress in the strip in time.
Poll: Israelis believe Gaza policies hurting security – The Washington Post/Associated Press 26.02.17
67% of Israelis believe the government’s policies in the Gaza Strip have worsened security.
How state report on Israel’s Gaza war will impact Netanyahu – Ben Caspit – Al-Monitor 27.02.17
How Netanyahu should have handled criticism over 2014 Gaza War– Amos Harel – Haaretz 28.02.17
The prime minister needs to drop the Trumpisms and stop playing ‘Who’s the bigger patriot.’