I wonder what the armed factions hope to accomplish other than the further reduction of Gaza infrastructure?
I don’t wonder about that at all. It was instantly obvious to me that Hamas would view the situation as a no-lose proposition.
The Palestinian economy and government are effectively completely dependent on external financial aid. It is not even remotely possible to sustain the population there with local economic activity. This has several implications for Hamas, none of which are counter to doing to Gaza what Hizb’allah did to southern Lebanon —
I honestly don’t see the downside for Hamas, so such a re-arming and launching of attacks doesn’t strike me as irrational at all.
Since the second Palestinian uprising broke out six years ago, the situation for Palestinians has grown ever more bleak. In the occupied West Bank, the number of Israeli checkpoints has mushroomed and the vast separation barrier, slammed by Palestinians as an apartheid wall, has separated loved ones, landowners from land and necessitated long detours.
Travel restrictions, daily humiliations and a nosediving economy are, for many in this West Bank political capital, the only fruits of a peace process that kicked off with the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994. [emphasis added]
So, things have been going down hill since the start of the second Intifadah six years ago while clearly being the result of a peace process that started twelve years ago? Is that why Hamas is trying to go back to 1948 by trying an actual invasion of Israel?