November 16, 2012

Hamas, Israel Both Have Reasons to Escalate

Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor

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Israel and Palestinian militants in the besieged Gaza Strip are veering dangerously close to getting locked into a cycle of retaliation and revenge that could run for weeks.



Though many are wondering why both sides don't simply stand down now to avoid further loss of innocent life (since, after all, it's fairly clear that a major shift in the status quo will be the outcome of the bombardments that are now in their third day), the grim logic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is convincing men on both sides that more death is what's needed now to secure their own interests.


For Hamas, the Islamist militant group and political party that has governed Gaza separately from the West Bank based Palestinian Authority...

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