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Israel at War: Rafah

Yossi Klein Halevi and Donniel Hartman balance the moral responsibilities, psychological needs, and strategies at play in Israel’s decision to move in to the southern Gaza city

The sun sets over Egypt across the border from the tent camps of displaced Palestinians in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on December 31, 2023. (Photo by AFP)
The sun sets over Egypt across the border from the tent camps of displaced Palestinians in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on December 31, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

The city of Rafah is the last bastion of Hamas’ power in the Gaza Strip and final stand for the IDF’s military campaign. But Israel’s closest allies have implored it not to invade, warning that this would only exacerbate the growing humanitarian crisis for Gazan civilians.

In this episode, Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi balance the moral responsibilities, psychological needs, and geopolitical strategies at play in Israel’s decision to move in to Rafah, and whether a ceasefire now might be the solution.

For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”

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