By James M. Dorsey

The images of Israel’s reduction of Gaza to a pile of rubble and destructive West Bank raids

speak as much about the Strip’s devastation and Israeli West Bank counterinsurgency tactics as they indicate Israel’s vision of Gaza’s post-war future and the Jewish state’s likely response to a potential long-term Hamas-led insurgency.

The building blocks of Israel’s Gaza war strategy date back to this century’s first decade.

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By James M. Dorsey

is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies as Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, co-director of the Institute of Fan Culture of the University of Würzburg and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, and a forthcoming book with the same title.