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Gaza demilitarization won't solve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Disarmament of the Gaza Strip is too simplistic of a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as this has proven unobtainable for almost four decades and will not reinforce the fundamentals of a cease-fire.
Light streaks and trails are seen as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel before a 72-hour cease fire was due to expire August 13, 2014. At least two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel on Wednesday, moments before a three-day truce was set to expire, police said. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said two rockets landed in open areas causing no damage or casualties. The attacks occurred as Palestinians announced agreement to extend a truce expiring at 2100 gmt Wednesday for another five days.

Demilitarizing Gaza is being touted as part of a solution to the fighting that has, over the past month, torn apart the small area of blighted territory.

Israeli leaders are making this demand; US officials are endorsing the demand; and Europe's foreign ministers have stated that "all terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm." Sensible as the idea may sound, however, it's a red herring — and a potentially dangerous one.

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