Eliminating Hamas from Gaza Strip Won't Be Easy
Byline: Richard C. Gross THE WASHINGTON TIMES
If Israel wants to live up to its publicly suggested goal of eliminating Hamas, it will have little alternative but to invade the Gaza Strip on the ground.
Even that might not work, and it could backfire by strengthening Hamas' hold on the tiny strip on Israel's southern border, Middle East specialists say.
It is clear from five days of aerial assaults against Gaza with F-16s and helicopters that Israel is weakening Hamas by destroying its infrastructure, striking buildings housing at least five government ministries and hitting as many Hamas targets as possible.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said that Israel will fight …
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Publication information: Article title: Eliminating Hamas from Gaza Strip Won't Be Easy. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: January 1, 2009. Page number: A04. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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