Today's "Missing the Forest for the Trees" award goes to Bibi for this speech. Speaking to graduates of Jerusalem's National Security College, Netanyahu argued that "If the Palestinians in Gaza had the power to overthrow the government, they would," and that "The fact that the Hamas government is forcing women to wear head coverings is not making the organization popular among Palestinians."
Exactly right. But what is Israel's counter-offer to the Palestinians of Gaza? A blockade on food and water. Using white phosphorous in heavily populated areas. Israel seems to understand that not all Gazans are huge fans of Hamas. What their policy seems to not reflect, however, is that Israel can actively use this dislike to its advantage. By offering the Palestinians a better immediate situation, Israel can shift the balance of power from Hamas, creating more favorable conditions for negotiation as well as security.
1) "Netanyahu: Gazans Want to Overthrow Hamas," Haaretz, July 28, 2009.