Why did Hamas attack Israel, and what happens next?

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EVACUATE ISRAELI CIVILIANS FURTHER AWAY FROM THE GAZA STRIP. WILLIE. >> MOLLY HUNTER, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>> JEREMY BASH IS A FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF AT THE CIA AND THE PENTAGON AND NOW AN NBC NEWS ANALYST. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

I THINK DIRECTOR BRENNAN, WHO WE JUST HEARD FROM, HIS SHOCK SAYS IT ALL. HE CAN’T UNDERSTAND, HE CAN’T BELIEVE THIS WAS PULLED OFF. AS SOMEBODY PUT IT TO ME YESTERDAY, ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE KNOWS WHEN HAMAS MEMBERS MOVE FROM THE BEDROOM TO THE BATHROOM, SO HOW COULD THEY PULL

THIS OFF? WHAT’S YOUR ANALYSIS HERE? >> ISRAEL HASN’T BEEN ON THE GROUND IN GAZA SINCE 2005. THEY HAVE VERY SOPHISTICATED TECHNICAL PENETRATION OF HAMAS COMMUNICATIONS. SO CLEARLY THERE WAS A BREAKDOWN. HAMAS HAS SHOWN ITS ABILITY TO PLAN AND EXECUTE A PRETTY SOPHISTICATED OPERATION TO

BREACH THE BORDER. SO UNDOUBTEDLY THIS IS GOING TO REQUIRE AN EXTENSIVE REVIEW INSIDE THE ISRAELI MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT. >> JEREMY, WHAT ABOUT THE TIMING OF ALL THIS? WHY WOULD HAMAS DO THIS NOW, LAUNCHING FROM THE GAZA STRIP. WE DO KNOW ISRAEL HAS BEEN IN

PEACE TALKS WITH SAUDI ARABIA, FOR EXAMPLE. WE ALSO KNOW HAMAS IS BACKED BY IRAN. DOES THAT FACTOR INTO THIS? >> UNDOUBTEDLY, WILLIE, I THINK AMASS AND ITS MAIN PATRON OF THE REGION, IRAN, WANT TO STOP THE MOMENTUM BEHIND AN ISRAELI-SAUDI PEACE DEAL. THIS WOULD BUILD ON THE ABRAHAM

ACCORD WHERE ISRAEL MADE PEACE WITH OTHER ARAB NATIONS. THIS IS AN EFFORT TO INJECT MILITARY VIOLENCE INTO THE MIDDLE OF THOSE NEGOTIATIONS AND MAKE IT MUCH HARDER FOR ISRAEL TO PURSUE PEACE. I THINK THE BIGGEST QUESTION FROM HERE, WILLIE, IS WHERE DOES THIS GO NEXT?

IF ISRAEL CONDUCTS OPERATIONS AGAINST IRANIAN TARGETS IN THE REGION, THIS COULD BE A MUCH WIDER WAR. >> I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU ABOUT THAT, JEREMY. PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU HAS PROMISED A CRUSHING RESPONSE WHICH ALREADY IS UNDER WAY. HE SAYS WE WILL WIN THIS WAR.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN EXACTLY WHEN YOU’RE GETTING ATTACKS FROM HEZBOLLAH IN THE NORTH AND HAMAS ON THE BORDER IN THE GAZA STRIP. ? >> THIS WAR WILL UNFOLD IN THREE PHASES, FIRST, TO SECURE THE SOUTHERN BORDER, GET BACK HOSTAGES TAKEN AND HUNT DOWN TERRORISTS INSIDE ISRAEL.

SECOND, A COMPREHENSIVE BOMBARDMENT OF THE GAZA STRIP TO TAKE OUT AND DEGRADE HAMAS INFRASTRUCTURE, AND THIRD, PROBABLY TO GO AFTER IRANIAN TARGETS IN LEBANON AND SYRIA, MAYBE EVEN IN IRAN ITSELF IN THE PERSIAN GULF. THAT, OF COURSE, COULD BE A WAR BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES THAT DON’T

SHARE A LAND BORDER, ISRAEL AND IRAN. YOU DON’T SEE THAT VERY OFTEN IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. ISRAEL MIGHT JUST TAKE THAT STEP NOW. >> ALL

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