Analysis

For Hamas, the horror in Gaza is the strategy

By Richard Kemp, August 7, 2014

Hamas do not ignore the laws of war. They know them well and do everything they can to exploit Israel’s adherence to them.

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Arabs turn on Qatar over Hamas

By John R Bradley, July 31, 2014

As diplomacy intensifies over Gaza, one little-reported meeting last week - between senior Saudi officials and Qatar's ruler Sheikh Al-Thani - could turn out to be the game-changer.

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Hamas's biggest backer? It has the entire Westin the palm of its hand

By Alex Brummer, July 31, 2014

the complex politics of the Middle East. The country's control of an estimated 14 per cent of the world's known reserves of natural gas has allowed it to buy itself a seat at the top tables of global diplomacy.

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The difficult question Hammond must answer

By Martin Bright, July 31, 2014

Philip Hammond is still taking his first baby steps as Foreign Secretary, but there is one question he needs to learn to answer. And quickly.

Does he consider Israel's use of military force against Hamas to be disproportionate?

On the Today programme on Tuesday he was asked the question three times and three times he dodged it. This is not good enough.

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Opening Gaza borders will bring greater hell

By Benjamin Pogrund, July 31, 2014

Hamas is rightly demanding that Israel and Egypt lift their blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for a ceasefire. But ending the siege is not straightforward: it is easy to sit back and say that it must be done, but implementing it is a minefield.

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Egypt is the key player in any peace deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

The Gaza conflict is playing out against a much wider regional power-play that could be changing the balance in the Middle East.

A struggle is going on for influence between Egypt, aligned with Saudi Arabia and most of the other Gulf States, and, on the other side, Qatar and Turkey.

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Kerry pushes for ceasefire terms to be more favourable to Hamas

By Dovid Efune, July 24, 2014

Hamas is in bad shape.

The terror group's overseas benefactors are diminishing and rival groups within Gaza are seizing Jihadi market share. The new regime in Egypt is supremely unfriendly and after weeks of relentless targeting, the IDF now has Hamas in a terrible state.

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Death toll mounts on both sides

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

In the space of seven days since the ground operation began last Thursday, Israeli units have uncovered the entrances to some 30 tunnels, a much larger underground network than the IDF originally believed to exist. The operation to destroy the tunnels has come at a price.

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Hamas fight on with no endgame and nothing left to lose

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

It is unclear who is currently calling the shots in Hamas. Is it the political or military leadership in Gaza, both currently underground, or the "external" leaders shuttling between Ankara, Doha and Cairo?

What is clear is that the only man who can ultimately sign off on a ceasefire is the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades chief of staff, Mohammed Deif.

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Ceasefire won't end Netanyahu's battles on the political front

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2014

A political battle awaits Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the moment a ceasefire with Hamas will be on the table. The Israeli security cabinet, which will be the forum where the proposal is voted on, will be split on whether to accept a truce or continue advancing into Gaza.

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