"So both Hamas and Israel share a common interest - that Hamas continue to run the Strip so long as it manages to keep the violent opposition at home at bay. On the face of it, Israel could not have expected a more successful partner for managing the occupation. Because Hamas has the power to determine not only the military agenda but also the political agenda of Israel and the Palestinians.
Aus israelischer Sicht sei es ganz gut, dass es die Hamas gebe, findet Zvi Ba'rel (Haaretz, 24. August)