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Submitted by myth (Germany), Dec 3, 2018 at 06:57

Let me focus on Gaza. In the event the IDF scores a victory in Gaza what then? If Gaza is left to its own administration hostilities will flare up again after some time. Only next time with a new generation of rockets. I conclude Gaza needs occupation. If Israel occupies Gaza the presence of Israeli military will re-ignite the conflict. This is the occupation dilemma. Israel has been there, done that, both options. In other words: Israel can achieve any victory it likes but it can never be seen as the victor.

The only way out is an Arab occupation of Gaza after an Israeli victory. Egypt comes to mind, Gaza's next-door neighbor, seems the logical occupier for Gaza. But Egypt has not volunteered so far. Perhaps countering Iranian influence and support will serve as a common goal to both Israel and its future Arab ally. In my wild imagination I can see Saudi Arabia running Gaza.

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