Israel’s Gaza Calculus – Gregory Harms in Counterpunch

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Gregory Harms has written a piece in Counterpunch this week on the crisis in Gaza. Gregory is the author of two books for Pluto,  The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction (3rd ed., Pluto Press, 2012), and  Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East: US Foreign Policy, Israel, and World History (Pluto Press, 2010). We reproduce the article below, but to see it in its original context, or for other great material on the Counterpunch site, click here.

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The recent violence between Gaza and Israel can be considered in three frames of reference. The first is the immediate context of Israel’s targeted killing of Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari. This action was taken during back-channel negotiations of a truce between Hamas and Israel, which involved Jabari. The action was also in contravention of international law and constitutes murder, regardless of Jabari’s history. Even…

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