August 30, 2014

Hamas' 'Victory' Is All Arabs' Loss

Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

On the surface, this summer’s Gaza war seemed like a repetition of what happened in 2012. The rockets from Gaza into Israel, the bombing of Gaza by Israel, the mutual recriminations about who started it -- even the proportions of civilian and military casualties seem eerily similar. Small wonder that to many who care about Palestinians, Israelis or (yes, it’s possible) both, this summer’s events felt like an eternal return as imagined by Nietzsche: repetitive, circular and pointless.

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TAGGED: Palestine, Hamas, Middle East, Gaza, Israel


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