There is political logic behind the Israeli government’s declaration that it will ‘wipe Hamas off the Earth’.

The Israeli public want to see Hamas destroyed once and for all, given the unprecedented mass murder it just committed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his colleagues, already under intense pressure for allowing the attack to take place (and for putting Israel in a vulnerable position by pursuing anti-democratic policies) were compelled to make big promises. Their maximalist goals reflect the stakes in their fight for political survival.

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