A really solid and comprehensive analysis by my good friend, Nathan Thrall.London Review of Books
Vol. 36 No 16 · 21 August 2014
pages 10-12 | 3611 words
Hamas's ChancesNathan Thrall
Nathan Thrall is a senior analyst with the Middle East and North Africa Programme of the International Crisis Group.
Note from Sam:
For the record, there are two items he missed:
1. In the context, the pre "war" Palestinian prisoners hunger strike and cold blooded killing of 2 Palestinians by the IDF in Betunia, which may have led to the yet unconfirmed Palestinian role in the 3 settler youths disappearance/murder.
2. Re "...well before Israel’s 2005 withdrawal." Even Israel did not call it "withdrawal" at the time, it was called what it was, a "unilateral disengagement," or redeployment, to make the point that Israel remains, to this day, in full effective control of Gaza, a.k.a. military occupation.
Besides these two points, he really did a great job in capturing the context.