For more than a decade, the terrorist organization Hamas has ruled the Gaza Strip. And for the same time, the problems of isolation and a faltering economy have only grown worse in the enclave to Israel's south. JNS' Yaakov Lappin writes about Hamas' failed state-building and says that this failure — and Hamas' continued build-up of its "military" — mean that conflict with Israel could arise at any time:
The very issue that caused Hamas to escalate tensions in the first place—Gaza’s isolation and faltering economy, and Hamas’s desire to change these things—remain in place, meaning that conflict could flare up even more in very little time.
Ultimately, these events appear to be symptoms of a larger failure by Hamas to turn Gaza into a viable, civilian state-like entity, due to its fixation on armed conflict with Israel, and building up its military wing at the expense of the needs of ordinary Gazans.
“Since it has completely failed in civilian state-building Gaza, its only instrument to exercise any influence is its military build-up,” Professor Benny Miller, an expert on international relations and conflict management from the University of Haifa, told JNS.
“Hamas will continue to build up its military wing because this is its only instrument to have any effect on key processes in the region and to exercise pressure on Israel, and continue its armed struggle, even if [this occurs] between extended ceasefires,” said Miller...