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Military Victory was implied

Reader comment on item: Is Israel Victory Still Needed?
in response to reader comment: Best to avoid a military "victory" over Palestine

Submitted by John in Michigan (United States), Oct 13, 2020 at 00:02

Dr. Pipes wrote "[The Israel Victory project] called for Israel to take advantage of its overwhelming economic and military superiority to compel the Palestinians to accept defeat, setting the stage for their eventual acceptance of Israel"

It is entirely reasonable to assume, as commenters 'Mike J.' did, that military victory might be a component of this project, and to urge that victory not be defined entirely or even mostly in military terms.

Having read other articles, it is clear to me that military actions will almost inevitably be a component of Israeli victory, but also, victory does not consist of simply killing Palestinian militants until there are no more. Pipes understands that this would create martyrs, sympathy, and a new generation of militants. The details of how to achieve victory are still a work in progress, and the strategy must remain flexible to respond to setbacks and opportunities as they emerge.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Military superiority can mean, for example, cutting Gaza off when Hamas or PIJ attack. That is not the same as a military victory.

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