HAARETZ ANALYSIS: Israel ‘prefers’ Hamas rule in Gaza; Hamas probably trying to provoke Israel

Ultimately, Israel still perceives Hamas’ government in Gaza as the lesser evil compared to the alternatives – Israeli conquest (expensive over time); re-anointing the PA (unlikely); conquest by Islamic extremists like ISIS or protracted anarchy (God spare us)…

Meanwhile, a dispute in the Israeli intelligence community is coming back to life. As Yaniv Kubovich reported earlier this week, some intel sources feel Hamas is losing its fear of a military confrontation in the Strip and is thinking of provoking Israel with that aim in mind, to ultimately gain an arrangement over the Gazan infrastructure and its economy.  

The rest of the analysis is in the link.

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