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October 28, 2014

Is Conflict With Israel Good For Business?

A provocative opinion piece, appearing on on Oct. 28, suggests that Hamas initiates destructive rounds of violence with Israel in order to compel international donors to provide money. In effect, these occasional escalations are Hamas's way of telling the international community to pay up or else.

The author, Adam Reuter, observes,

Several years ago, Hamas "discovered" what nations used to do in ancient times and in the Middle Ages and what the mafia in the US does in the modern era: Making a living through threats and demanding protection money.

The author does not offer enough evidence or detail to convincingly make his case that Hamas's decisions to provoke Israel into destructive responses are driven by financial calculations as opposed to ideological zeal or political calculations. However, by raising the issue, one can hope that a curious journalist looking for an interesting angle might uncover more information to support this conjecture.

In light of revelations about the privileged lives of Hamas leaders, Reuter's theory is not far-fetched.

Posted by SS at October 28, 2014 11:48 AM


>>>Is Conflict With Israel Good For Business?

I humbly suggest that this question be put to representatives of the international arms market and banking community.

Posted by: Fred Milton Olsen III at November 6, 2014 07:54 AM

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