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Israeli Occupation and Blockade is Root Cause of Gaza Conflict

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Interview with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris

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The latest dangerous escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians began on Nov. 14, after Israel carried out some 50 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, one of which targeted and killed the Hamas government’s military commander Ahmed Jabari. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the assault, in response to days of rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli territory, was the beginning of a broader offensive to destroy the Hamas military’s capability to launch long-range missiles that can reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Hamas responded to the Israeli airstrikes by launching hundreds more rockets into Israel, many of which were destroyed in mid-air by Israel’s “Iron Dome” anti-missile system. The deployment of tens of thousands of Israeli troops on the Gaza border – in preparation for a possible ground invasion – threatened to provoke a broader war similar to the Israeli assault on Gaza in 2008-2009 that led to the deaths of 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.

As the death toll in Gaza exceeded 130 Nov. 20, newly-elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was attempting to broker a cease-fire between the two sides with support from the U.S. and other nations in the region. While Israel is demanding a halt to all rocket fire from Gaza, Hamas insists on an end to Israel’s land, sea and air blockade of Gaza in effect since June 2007. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ New Internationalism Project, who examines the chronology of events and the continuing siege of Gaza which led to the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Phyllis Bennis is the author of eight books, including the newly revised edition of “Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Primer.” For more information on the Institute for Policy Studies’ New Internationalism Project, visit www.ips-dc.org/mideast.

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