Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, eliminating, many thought, a key element in the “cycle of violence” between Israel and the Palestinians. On that reasoning, violence launched from Gaza should have been expected to decline. Instead, it increased.
The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center has done an analysis titled “Rocket threat from the Gaza Strip, 2000-2007. The report is worth reading in its entirety, but this graphic tells you all you need to know about the consequences of withdrawing from Gaza; click to enlarge:
It strikes me that this history sheds important light on the conventional view of a “cycle of violence.”
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