Dr. Vic Asal, professor at UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the director of the Center for Policy Research there and co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict, spoke with Capital Tonight’s Susan Arbetter about the war between Israel and Hamas.

Asal is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, or START, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

He discussed why Hamas attacked, what the terrorist organization wants and why the Jewish State was unprepared.