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Why Hamas Attacked—and Why Israel Was
Taken by Surprise

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Posted By: Trapper, 10/9/2023 11:12:28 AM

On the morning of Saturday, October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas carried out a surprise attack on Israel on an unprecedented scale: firing thousands of rockets, infiltrating militants into Israeli territory, and taking an unknown number of hostages. [snip] For insight into what this means for Israel, the Palestinians, and the region, Foreign Affairs turned to Martin Indyk, the Lowy Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-Middle East Diplomacy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Indyk has twice served as U.S. ambassador to Israel, first from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2001.


This is the most insightful and least hysterical analysis I have seen.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: 5 handicap 10/9/2023 11:35:21 AM (No. 1573013)
Deep State Hack Indyk is full of BS as are the rest of the low-life's who engendered this war., ie, Biden and Obama. By the way he was ambassador under Clinton
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Reply 2 - Posted by: BRDG 10/9/2023 11:54:34 AM (No. 1573031)
Allowed so the deep state could push through more Ukraine money laundering and reinstall their puppet McCarthy
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Reply 3 - Posted by: nerdowell 10/9/2023 11:54:49 AM (No. 1573032)
Saul Alinsky: Rules For Radicals "Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have." "Never go outside the expertise of your people." "Whenever possible go outside the expertise of the enemy." "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules." Hamas's military strategy is to parallel to Alinsky's social strategy. Instead of reading the academic's prescriptions In Foreign Affairs magazine-- which Hamas no doubt reads too-- Israel may want to think about Saul Alinsky's dictates and how to counter them: 1. assume the enemy is weaker than it seems 2. train your people well and broadly 3. go outside its expertise 4. toss the rule-book
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nimby 10/9/2023 12:06:57 PM (No. 1573042)
FTA....As part of that potential deal, the United States is pressing Israel to make concessions to the Palestinian Authority—Hamas’s enemy. What the heck is he talking? Hamas ousted Palestinian Authority and took over Gaza in 2007. Did the WH give him these talking points, since many Americans are clueless about world affairs?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: davew 10/9/2023 12:33:35 PM (No. 1573066)
I think I have a solution to the Palestinian problem, but it's going to be expensive. First, Israel must strip the top two inches of its land and transport it to central Great Britain around London. There, the Army Corps of Engineers would build a precise duplicate of Palestine as it existed in 1947 before the Balfour accords that gave Israel the rights to their land. If we can duplicate Afghan villages at Twenty-nine Palms Marine Base, we should be able to handle a mostly sand, pre-industrial, feudal country like Palestine. Then we would round up all the Palestinians that are in camps or in the Gaza strip, blindfold them, and take them to the Palestinian clone city. We would use mind altering drugs and media manipulation to convince them that they have now been returned to their own land after a fair election by world governments. If they don't know the difference, is there really a difference? Voila! Peace in our time. Maybe we could start a GoFundMe page.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 10/9/2023 12:48:08 PM (No. 1573072)
Why did Hamas attack? Because they believe in the tradition of killing Jews which goes back to biblical times and wanted to uphold that tradition. That and also they are barbarians and savages that would have fit right in with humanity from 6000-7000 years ago. Primitive mindset, modern weapons.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Gordon Mills 10/9/2023 2:03:16 PM (No. 1573121)
They should not have been surprised.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Subsuburban 10/9/2023 2:47:09 PM (No. 1573154)
People like Martin Indyk are precisely the problem, not the solution, nor does he (or others like him) have any workable solutions. As an American, I recommend our non-involvement, as I recommended our non-involvement in the Russo-Ukraine War. We have no national interest in these age-old blood feuds, and our involvement will do nothing to stop the hostilities. Our involvement will only serve to enmesh us in those hostilities. We have enough of a problem with the Biden/Obama cabal allowing untold numbers of foreigners into our country and attempting to bankrupt us at the same time. We need to concentrate on our own problems.
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