Crisis in the Gaza Strip
James Phillips and George E. Bisharat debate Israel's and Hamas' actions in the Palestinian enclave and the future relationship between the two sides.
January 9, 2009
Today's topic: Should Israel deal with Hamas? Is Hamas a legitimate, democratically elected organization that cannot be ignored or a criminal, terrorist organization that should be shunned at all costs? Previously, Bisharat and Phillips discussed the high civilian casualty count in the Gaza Strip and what Israel is trying to accomplish with its offensive against Hamas.
January 8, 2009
Today's topic: What is Israel's strategic objective in this operation? Is it merely trying to stop the rocketing, is it trying to eliminate Hamas or is it trying to do something else? And can it work? Previously, Bisharat and Phillips discussed the high Palestinian civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip.
January 7, 2009
Today's topic: Israel is killing an awful lot of people in its attempt to bring Hamas under control. Some say that such a show of force is necessary to help Israel regain its aura of strength and its power of deterrence. Others say that the tactics could backfire, radicalize Palestinians and alienate the world while making Hamas stronger. What's the truth? George E. Bisharat and James Phillips debate the violence in the Gaza Strip.
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