Israel-Hamas War: Insights from RAND

On October 7, Hamas launched a surprise assault on Israel, killing an estimated 1,200 people and taking nearly 200 more hostage. Israel’s response has been intense, with extensive air strikes on Gaza and a sweeping ground invasion aimed at destroying Hamas.

Urban warfare in Gaza has been devastating; thousands of Palestinians, including many civilians, have been killed. Many observers fear that a protracted conflict is ahead.

What lessons does the past offer about this war? How can the humanitarian crisis be addressed? Is there potential for a peaceful resolution? RAND experts have been offering timely insights on these questions and more. Additionally, previously published RAND research provides important context for the conflict, the long-standing bloodshed between Israel and Hamas, and what might happen next.

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    Is Israel Losing Sight of Its Long Game?

    If Israel is to succeed in its war against Hamas, then it needs to embrace the fact that it is responsible for Gaza’s more than two million civilians and ensure their welfare.

    Feb 16, 2024

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