RI, of course, means preventing world outrage from boiling over, followed by actions harming Israeli interests, not its repeated crimes of war, against humanity, and high seas outrages. It worries instead about a new challenge because of two developments:
-- Hamas' "increased sophistication and efficiency and the Resistance Network's 'Logic of Implosion.' " It aims to precipitate Israel's collapse from overstretch, benefitting from the unpopular occupation, promoting its delegitimization, and engaging in asymmetric tactics against Israeli civilians; and
-- the Delegitimization Network's evolution, aiming to portray Israeli as a pariah state, gaining support from "the Western liberal progressive elite (through) a variety of means aimed at blurring its true intentions."
In recent years, the Resistance and Delegitimization Networks have created connections able to accelerate the following dynamics:
-- "Promoting the one-state paradigm;" and
-- Foiling Israel's ability to contain or deny legitimacy to Hamas and Hezbollah.
Both lead "a systemic and systematic attack against Israel's political and economic model, which has already had strategic consequences and may become existential if ignored or inadequately addressed." In addition, Israel hasn't developed an effective response to this challenge.
Hamas gained "agility" from 2006 electoral victory. Israeli "rigidity" followed - policies unable to change Hamas' positions or precipitate its demise. "On the contrary, Hamas went from strength to strength" despite Israel's imposed siege and Cast Lead. It continually adapts to new circumstances, "demonstrating a relatively clear strategic logic....while strengthening its domestic and international status" and ability to promote Israeli delegitimization.