Hamas and the equilibrium of fear policy
By Hassan Hanizadeh 

Despite the ongoing attacks against the Gaza Strip from the air, ground, and 
sea, resistance has stiffened and Hamas fighters have halted Israel's advance. 

The continuing resistance and the Zionist regime's inability to stop rocket 
fire into Israeli towns show that Hamas is now calling the shots in the 

In military terms, if the aggressors do not achieve their set military goals in 
a short period of time, they will eventually be the ultimate losers, and this 
defeat will prove even heavier for Israel than the 33-day war against Lebanon 
in 2006. 

This is because the Zionist regime and Egypt, Gaza's only Arab neighbor, have 
imposed a blockade on Gaza for over 18 months, and Cairo is even blocking the 
shipment of humanitarian aid to the territory. 

In this lopsided war, Hamas is rapidly increasing the range of its missiles, 
and many analysts believe that they can now threaten Tel Aviv since Hamas has 
fired Grad 1 and 2 missiles, which are capable of hitting targets within a 
range of 55 kilometers, and may go on to use their newest missile to target Tel 
Aviv, which is only 70 kilometers away from Gaza. 

The Dimona nuclear facility, located in the Negev Desert, also provides an easy 
target for Palestinian missiles. However, Hamas has shown great patience in not 
attacking Dimona in order to avoid a major humanitarian catastrophe. 

What has become clear in this unequal war is the capability of Hamas to handle 
a long guerrilla war against the Israeli army, and they have clearly located 
the Zionist regime's Achilles' heel. 

In the political dimension, the conflict has demonstrated that compromising 
Arab states have made miscalculations with regard to the Zionist regime, since 
it does not want lasting peace with the Palestinians but only seeks to ensure 
its own security. 

Israel has always been the intractable side in all international decisions and 
its security is the red line in all international bodies. 

Thus, while Israel has perpetrated numerous criminal acts and used 
unconventional weapons against Palestinian civilians, the UN Security Council 
and other international bodies, which are dominated by the United States and 
the European Union, remain silent. 

Some compromising Arab states in the region have even bought into the belief 
that Israel's security must always be prioritized in all plans and resolutions, 
which was evident in the recent proposal for a truce put forward by Egypt, the 
country that has always advocated the elimination of Hamas to guarantee 
Israel's security. 

After nearly three weeks of savage attacks against the defenseless residents of 
the Gaza Strip, a serious rift has developed between the people and officials 
of the compromising Arab states, which bodes ill for the future of these 

And finally, the latest reports from Gaza show that Israel is on the brink of 
another historic defeat, which will greatly affect the political and security 
equations of the region and force the Zionist regime to come to terms with a 
new phenomenon called the equilibrium of fear. 

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