Another major confrontation not likely despite latest Gaza violence: experts (2)

10:11, April 07, 2010      

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There are several extreme Palestinian organizations based in Gaza who simply do not agree with Israel's right to exist. The analysts believe it is likely they were behind the latest rocket attacks.

"They don't accept the commitment of Hamas not to fire rockets towards Israel," Moshe Marzuk, a former lieutenant colonel with the Israel Defense Forces, told Xinhua.

It is a view shared by Uzi Eilam, a senior research fellow at The Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. He maintains that the smaller and more hawkish organizations are behind the latest increase in the strikes against Israel.

Marzuk, now a researcher at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel's Interdisciplinary Center, offers another possible reason for the rise in hostilities.

There is a school of thought that there is a division within Hamas, with the more hawkish militants trying to heat up the frontier between Israel and the Palestinian coastal enclave.

"Ideologically, they say it is forbidden to halt the fighting, the jihad against the Zionist Jews," Marzuk said.

Asked if Israel has any deeper reason for launching its aerial strikes on targets in Gaza, Eilam firmly rejected the idea, saying this is just to stop the rockets.

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