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The morning after: What happens to Gaza if Hamas is toppled?

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is accused of hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Gaza in an effort to overthrow Hamas' rule. What if he succeeds?
A Palestinian Hamas supporter takes a selfie during an anti-Israeli rally in Gaza city April 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Suhaib Salem         TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2C34K

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman does not hide his ambition to end Hamas' rule over Gaza. As an opposition figure, he declared that if he were defense minister, he would give Hamas senior official Ismail Haniyeh 48 hours to return the bodies of two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officers and two civilians being held in the Gaza Strip. If Haniyeh refused, Liberman would ensure Haniyeh's death. When Liberman became defense minister at the end of May, he discovered that what looked like an effective, magic solution from a position of opposition appears otherwise from the Office of the Minister of Defense. His dream to bring down Hamas in Gaza has not, however, faded.

Ben Caspit wrote in Al-Monitor on July 13 that Liberman had instructed the defense establishment to prepare plans for Hamas’ overthrow. How the Hamas government will be brought down is not yet known, but it seems that Liberman is looking for the perfect excuse to bring along Netanyahu’s government in supporting the big move he plans against Hamas.

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