Analysts cast doubt on the possibility of a war between Hamas and Israel this year, citing political changes since their last war in 2014. However, the reasons cited are the same ones that make another conflict highly likely. It was said in 2014 that neither side wanted a war due to certain political hindrances, but Israel launched Operation Protective Edge anyway.
The Israelis and Hamas are waiting for the other to begin military action.Raed Omari
Israel’s only justification for its Gaza onslaughts in 2014, 2012, 2009 and 2008 was self-defense against Hamas rockets. This pretext still exists. Those doubtful of Israel waging another war say it would anger Washington by scuppering attempts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. However, Washington always reiterates Israel’s right to self-defense.SHOW MORE