Israel hard liners like Defense Minister Ehud Barak have been aruging for years the only way to end violence is to be more violent than your opponents. Israel has embarked on a policy of assassinations and killings of Hamas leaders in order to destroy its popularity among Gazans. A new survey by the West Bank based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, shows if new presidential elections were held, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would receive 47% of the vote compared with 46% for President Abbas. Several months ago, President Abbas had a clear majority of the votes. The survey also discovered Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who has been imprisoned, would defeat Haniyeh by 57% to 38%.
There is no evidence any of Israel’s military solutions have been successful other than providing some Israelis satisfaction that murderers have been killed. The military solution does not work. Marwan Barghouti was responsible for the deaths of Israelis, but there is a strong possibility he is now prepared to act in a calm and peaceful manner to achieve creation of a Palestinian state. Many Israelis recoil in shock at the thought that someone with Jewish blood on his hands should be allowed to head a nation. These feelings confronted Irish leaders who hammered out a peace agreement and they were felt by South African leaders who shook hands with Nelson Mandela and accepted the African National Congress despite its terrorist actions.
The bottom line is no evidence exists the Israel policy of an eye for an eye is succeeding.