In Israel, Pragmatism Could Trump Ideology After the Fighting

Israeli soldiers work on a tank near the Israel and Gaza border, July 24, 2014 (AP photo by Dusan Vranic).
Israeli soldiers work on a tank near the Israel and Gaza border, July 24, 2014 (AP photo by Dusan Vranic).
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The ultimate domestic political repercussions of a military conflict don’t become clear until the fighting stops, the smoke clears and emotions begin to cool. But political tremors don’t wait for a cease-fire. In Israel, the outbreak of the current confrontation with Hamas in the Gaza Strip has fractured a major political alliance and caused at least one sudden high-level personnel change. But so far there is no indication that Israel’s internal political landscape will be dramatically transformed by the latest traumatic and controversial chapter in the country’s history. Much will depend, of course, on how the fighting ends, but so […]

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