The "Gaza War"
February 2, 2009
One can argue whether the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is a "war" or should be seen as just one more tragic surge in violence in the decades-long struggle between Israel and the Palestinians. It is, however, the first major armed struggle between Israel and Hamas, as distinguished from conflicts between Israel and the PLO and Fatah. It also is a case study in how Israeli capabilities have changed since the fighting with Hezbollah in 2006 and in the nature of asymmetric war between states and nonstate actors.
This report from the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS offers a detailed analysis of the military, strategic, and grand strategic dimensions of the war and its immediate aftermath.