Israel seeks “total capitulation to Israel’s terms coupled with an acknowledgement of the legitimacy of Israeli actions.’’ In Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, Dr. Sara Roy, a Harvard researcher of 30 years on the Palestinian plight and herself a child of Holocaust survivors, pulls no punches in her informed assessment of Israel’s long-term strategy.
That judgment does not comport with the popular image of Israel as victim. What does the evidence support?
With its nuclear weapons, powerful military, technologically advanced state and a steadfast U.S. patron, Israel has no peers in its neighbourhood. Within Gaza, Hamas has rockets, a highly irregular militia, no state whatsoever and fair-weather patrons.