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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

According to Hamas spokespersons and military leaders, the recent escalation is meant to be a message to Arab countries, either to make them reconsider normalizing relations with Israel or to unite ...
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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

Since you emphasize the word now in your question, I'll try to answer with an emphasis on the current escalation. For the more general question asking why there is a conflict at all, I'll simply refer ...
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According to pro-Palestinian sources, does Hamas indeed embed itself into civilian areas (to complicate IDF operations)?

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has confirmed that Hamas rockets have been found in two of the schools it operates in Gaza: UNRWA condemns placement of rockets, for a second time, in one ...
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Why are statements from the "Gaza Health Ministry" taken without a grain of salt?

First of all, I think "taken without a grain of salt" is exaggerating the confidence with which those numbers are reported. Usually, reliable media seems to point out that the numbers have ...
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Where and how does Hamas obtain the technology and raw material for rockets?

Quassam is an older missile design (or rather a family of missile and a generic term for Hamas homebrew rockets). The key point is (my emphasis): Design The utility of the Qassam rocket design is ...
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Why did Israel invade the Gaza strip from the north and not the south?

Military reasons Northern Gaza poses more direct threat - notably in terms of firing rockets at Israeli communities or carrying the attacks, like that of October 7 (see the map below). Indeed, most of ...
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Does Hamas have popular support at home?

A recent (July 2023) survey implies Hamas were not popular vs the Palestinian Authority TLDR; 70% support the PA over Hamas 62% support maintaining a ceasefire (i.e. would disagree with Hamas' ...
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Why does Hamas choose violence over peaceful means?

The question does not ask about what Hamas's goals are, but rather why they reject arbitration (or other non-violent strategies) as a means of achieving them. That is what this answer will primarily ...
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How easy would it be to distinguish between Hamas fighters and non combatants?

Yes, and no. (from reading quite a few small unit operations books about Afghanistan and Iraq). The Taliban ID-ing issue wasn't necessarily a big problem during heavy combat. Sure, there might be a ...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

And if go beyond "grand strategy" and you're also willing to believe their tactical claims, according to Al-Jazeera: A senior Hamas leader has said that the group had captured enough ...
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Has the Palestinian Authority issued some official statement on the situation in May 2021?

The nominal leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has consistently opposed the rocket campaign of Hamas, since at least 2005, and continues to do so. This conflict underlines the extent ...
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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

Seems this latest cycle between militant rocket launches from Gaza to Israel and Israeli retaliations on Gaza started on April 23 and has been on-off ever since. Palestinian militants in the Gaza ...
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Why does the U.S. seek to establish a demilitarized Palestinian state?

if Hamas and other such factions only seek the establishment of an independent state with recognized sovereignty That's the thing: is that all they seek? Hamas' 1988 charter explicitly called for the ...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

A substantial number of experts do not consider a two-state solution of the conflict viable any longer. Public support is "at its lowest ever". A peaceful one-state solution appears even ...
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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

Why is Gaza under attack now (May 2021)? Israel is attacking Hamas targets in Gaza because Hamas fired rockets at Israel on 10th of May 2021. Hamas fired rockets at Israel on 10th of May 2021 because ...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

The probable political goals of Hamas through these recent terrorist acts against Israeli civilians are: To exploit perceived political divide in Israeli society. To ward of political criticism of ...
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Has there been any significant pro-Palestinian protest critical of Hamas?

This protest in Switzerland was clearly anti-Hamas and pro-Palestinian. Excerpt from their page (translated by Deepl, verified by me, original available in German/French): The unjustifiable massacres ...
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Why are statements from the "Gaza Health Ministry" taken without a grain of salt?

While Hamas may or may not be exaggerating, news agencies like the BBC and organizations like the UN also report on casualties affecting their personnel and affiliates, as well as those people's ...
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Has Qatar ever been punished for supporting Hamas?

Funds transferred from Qatar to Hamas in the Gaza strip have at various times been with not just the knowledge, or the consent, but with the active help of the Israeli government (source here, though ...
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Why won't Israel allow more aid into Gaza?

We only know what Israeli officials choose to say in their public statements, which is not very much that I can find. On October 9, the following statements from Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant ...
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Where and how does Hamas obtain the technology and raw material for rockets?

Not all rockets are fired by Hamas; there are several other factions in Gaza that also fires rockets from time to time. Among them, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Popular Resistance Committees (...
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What is the U.N. Report on Children and Armed Conflict and how does it affect Israel which was recently added?

The UN General Assembly requires the UN Secretary General to provide an annual report on Children and Armed Conflict to the UN Security Council and others. The next one is due in a couple of weeks and ...
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Did Palestinian leaders publicly condemn October 7th atrocities as immoral?

Hamas, obviously, won't condemn itself. Fatah (Palestinian Authority ruling party), as an organization, felt the actions were justified Jibril Rajoub, secretary general of Fatah’s Central Committee, ...
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Why does Hamas choose violence over peaceful means?

From Hamas’ perspective, Israelis drove Palestinians out of the Palestinians’ ancestral land through war and terrorism, and continue to oppress, abuse, expropriate, and kill Palestinians to this day. ...
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Has there been any significant pro-Palestinian protest critical of Hamas?

Frame challenge: why would they even bring it up in such a protest? Protests tend to focus on a specific issue without really going beyond that. It's somewhat like asking "Has there been any pro-...
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What gives Egypt the authority or leverage to act as a mediator between Hamas and Israel?

Egypt maintains contacts with both Hamas and Israel, and has a history of mediating conflict between Israel and Hamas, along with acting as a mediator in several conflicts between Israel and other ...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

One possible aspect of the strategy - there are a number of good answers on other motivations - is that Hamas' leadership is banking on Israeli forces killing a truly unjustifiable amount of ...
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Did Iraq declare outright support for Hamas after Oct 7?

The source for your image is the Le Monde article The West and areas of the Global South divided over Palestine, which doesn't give any further reference to the source of the infographic's data than &...
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How does Israel define the "destruction of Hamas"?

The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu defined the operation of destroying Hamas as follows: Freeing the hostages, Removing Hamas from power in Gaza, Ensuring that no similar threat will ...
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