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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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War in the Shadow of Criminal Investigations

War in the Shadow of Criminal Investigations

(p.275) 29 War in the Shadow of Criminal Investigations
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the ongoing war with Hamas at Israel’s southern border as criminal investigations continued to ravage the Olmert administration. With the Gaza Strip under siege and the soldier Gilad Shalit still imprisoned by Hamas, Israel’s actions against Hamas enjoyed international support, most notably from President George W. Bush, who was at the time pursuing an aggressive antiterrorism policy. Yet the government failed to decide to topple the Hamas illegal regime in Gaza Strip and would end up establishing a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, which the latter took as a sign of weakness. The ceasefire collapsed at the end of 2008 and Israel launched Operation Cast Lead. The Supreme Court also made its interventions during the conflict, despite having little reason to do so, dealing both with the military operation as well as with the supply of electricity and fuel to Gaza. Following the elections held in February 2009 the prime ministership passed from Olmert to Benjamin Netanyahu. Shalit, meanwhile, would return to Israel as part of a prisoner exchange facilitated by Netanyahu, which signaled yet another victory for Hamas.

Keywords:   Ehud Olmert, Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamas, Gilad Shalit, Gaza Strip, Operation Cast Lead, Supreme Court, Dorit Beinisch, ceasefire, prisoner exchange

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