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Bryen quoted in The Forward, 12/31/08

Israel's Stark Choice in Gaza: Cease-Fire or Regime Change?
By Larry Cohler-Esses and Nathan Guttman

It was on the third and fourth days of its retaliatory air offensive in Gaza that the fork in the road for Israel became clear: another cease-fire agreement, or regime change.

On December 29, after days of circumspect public statements, the rhetoric of some of Israel's most visible officials changed markedly.

"The goal of the operation is to topple Hamas," declared Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon during a December 29 television interview. "We will stop firing immediately if someone takes the responsibility of this government, anyone but Hamas. We are favorable to any other government to take the place of Hamas."

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