Another major confrontation not likely despite latest Gaza violence: experts (4)

10:11, April 07, 2010      

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An Israeli military operation against Hamas and other Palestinian militant movements is not in Israel's best interest either, the experts suggest.

That having been said, in recent days, leading government ministers and military personnel have made it clear that if pushed, they will have no hesitation in launching another major incursion into Gaza.

Israel "will not tolerate" any more rocket attacks, Israel's Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz warned in a March 28 interview with Israel Radio.

Yet there are currently no signs that Israel is planning such an operation.

"Even if there were such plans, Israel would not be talking about them. There are no declarations about a major operation," said Eilam.

However, Hamas knows full well the consequences of any large- scale Israeli strike, both for it and for the people of Gaza, he said.

"At the moment Hamas is doing what it can to keep the peace. It 's arresting people. It's not (mainstream) Hamas that's firing the rockets right now," said Marzuk.

Yet, the current situation cannot continue from an Israeli perspective, he said. When a country's civilian population is under fire, it has to react.

The ongoing Israeli airstrikes, in the eyes of analysts, are aimed at sending out that message in the hope that Hamas can rein in the rocket launchers, as it has managed to do to some extent in the past.

Source: Xinhua
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