WorldViews: What Hamas hopes to gain from the crisis in Gaza

By Ishaan Tharoor, July 15, 2014

Israeli air strikes on suspected militant positions in Gaza resumed following the unraveling of a short-lived unilateral cease-fire. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed to a plan "brokered" by the Egyptian government of President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi, which has a deep antipathy for the Islamist organization Hamas, the group that dominates Gaza and is in the crosshairs of Israel's military. It was unclear whether Hamas officials were even consulted on the cease-fire's terms. Unsurprisingly, a spokesman for Hamas's armed wing said the cease-fire was "not worth the ink used in writing it." The group continued to fire a barrage of rockets at Israel in the hours the cease-fire was supposedly in effect.

Read full article >>