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Analysis

The situation in Gaza

To thoroughly evaluate the situation in Gaza, BICOM’s research team have produced a series of publications, including interviews with key experts and comprehensive analyses of the security and humanitarian challenges.

BICOM Podcast: Violence on the Gaza border

BICOM CEO James Sorene, Director in Israel Richard Pater and Director of Research Calev Ben-Dor discuss the recent protests on the Gaza border and the violence instigated there by Hamas. Read more

Briefing | The Gaza border – Hamas’s objectives and Israel’s response

On Wednesday 11 April 2018 BICOM hosted Brig. Gen. (res.) Michael Herzog, our Senior Visiting Fellow, for a briefing on the violence on the Gaza border… Read more

Briefing | Hamas, Israel and the Gaza border

On successive Fridays, a large number of Palestinians have gathered close to the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel. With further violence expected, the BICOM research team has produced a briefing outlining what has happened so far, Hamas’s role in the escalation, the IDF protocols and casualties caused by Israel’s response, and what might happen next. Read more

Border protests allow Hamas to redirect anger from their abject failure in Gaza

DIrector of BICOM in Israel Richard Pater evaluates how Hamas has used the protests by the Gaza/Israel border to distract from the humanitarian crisis and their mismanagement of the Gaza Strip. Read more

Briefing | Violence on the Gaza border

On Friday 6 April 2018 BICOM hosted Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, International Spokesman and Head of Social Media of the IDF, for a briefing on the violence on the Gaza border. Read more

Amidst riots and blame games, Gaza’s failing infrastructure remains unresolved

BICOM Director of Research Calev Ben Dor blogs on the need to repair Gaza’s failig infrastructure amid the bakcdrop of protests on the Israel border. http://www.bicom.org.uk/blogpost/amidst-riots-blame-games-gazas-failing-infrastructure-remains-unresolved/Read more

BICOM Podcast: The crisis in Gaza and Israeli-Palestinian relations

BICOM Senior Visiting Fellow and expert on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Brig. Gen. (res.) Michael Herzog spoke with BICOM’s Director of Research Calev Ben-Dor on the energy crisis in Gaza, Israel’s strategic policy dilemmas towards Hamas, and the significance of the recent visit by Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt… Read more

BICOM Briefing | A new Gaza crisis?

BICOM’s research team has produced a briefing evaluating the current risk of another conflict in Gaza, the policies of Israel and Hamas, what another round of fighting might look like and what the UK can do to prevent it… Read more

BICOM Strategic Assessment | Gaza: How can the next war be prevented?

BICOM Senior Visiting Fellow and expert on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Brig. Gen. (res.) Michael Herzog has produced a Strategic Assessment of the situation in Gaza, the challenges hampering the reconstruction effort, and the next steps to improve the conditions for the territory’s population… Read more

“The situation in Gaza is much worse than prior to the war in 2014”: an interview with Giora Eiland

Former head of Israel’s National Security Council Giora Eiland provides an overview of the current situation in Gaza and the need for a strategic Israeli response… Read more

How to change reality in Gaza and shape the evolution of Hamas: an interview with Grisha Yakubovich

Col. (res) Grisha Yakubovich, former head of the civilian department at the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), outlies practical steps that can alleviate the situation in Gaza… Read more

We should think twice before celebrating Qatar’s exit from the Palestinian arena

Those celebrating Qatar’s upcoming exit from the Palestinian arena should think twice. Without it, the situation can deteriorate quickly… Read more

The Good, Bad, and the Ugly on the new Hamas Policy Principles

Hamas’s new “document of general policy principles” has something of the good, the bad, and the ugly about it… Read more

Shlomo Brom | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

We relate to demilitarisation as a process, not as an item in the agreement with Hamas that can be achieved during negotiations for a long-term ceasefire… Read more

Asher Susser | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

The principle is very much on the mark. I think demilitarisation is a long term objective, although the reconstruction of Gaza should certainly be accompanied by thenon-remilitarisation of Hamas… Read more 

Matthew Levitt | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

First and foremost, it is good that someone is thinking strategically. Most people are so caught up in the day to day battles in this conflict, but we need to start thinking about the day after…Read more

Jonathan Spyer | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

The paper accepts that the implementation of demilitarisation will be limited. But it also proposes a list of immediate steps that Israel should take in order to help get the process started…Read more

Michael Herzog | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

First, I support the approach as a matter of principle. However, we have to distinguish between shorter and longer term goals. The shorter term goal is to reach some kind of ceasefire arrangement… Read more

Emily Landau | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

I think Udi Dekel and Shlomo Brom took the debate that was emerging in Israel on this topic as a hook to formulate their piece. There has been a broader debate… Read more

Einat Wilf | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

 I share the assessment that it is good to put the idea of demilitarisation on the table. Whether we are talking about the negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) or the conflict in Gaza… Read more

Jonathan Rynhold | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

I think that the paper makes one very good point and one very unrealistic point. The good point is that in terms of framing the issue of Gaza diplomatically, theirs is the right approach… Read more

Benedetta Berti | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

I would start by praising the approach. The two analysts argue that what has been done so far has not worked. I would want to build on that… Read more 

Gershon Baskin | Gaza Symposium: Reconstruction for Demilitarisation?

You cannot resolve the problem by just throwing money at it. The reconstruction of Gaza is essential, but when we began the official negotiations to free Gilad Shalit, one of the messages I was asked to send to Hamas by the Israeli government was that when Gilad was free, Israel would allow a large amount of development to take place… Read more