Does Israel really want to bring down Hamas??
Point of View | 28
Israel and the international community deemed the inauguration of the government of the Palestinian Authority (PA) a watershed moment. Until now, they have withheld from throwing their full weight into forcing Hamas to recognize Israel, ratify existing agreements and abandoning the armed struggle (hereinafter, "the three demands").
The question now is whether Israel really wants Hamas to accept these demands.
What is the Issue?
Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist, rejects the Oslo agreements, remains committed to the armed struggle and maintains independent terror infrastructures.
Following the Hamas' victory (1/06), Israel and the international community presented Hamas / the PA with three demands: to recognize Israel, to ratify existing agreements and to dismantle terror infrastructures.
In order to force Hamas / the PA to accept these demands, Israel stopped transferring taxes and customs that it collects on behalf of the Palestinians in accordance with the Interim Agreement (around 30% of the PA budget). In addition, Israel is attempting to create an international coalition which would freeze financial support of the PA until these demands are met.
So far, Israel has refused to accept implicit consent to the three demands by Hamas, and continued to call for explicit statements.