Gaza has descended again into a tragic spiral of violence. Following Israel’s decision to send in ground troops, civilian casualties in Gaza are mounting by the hour. Missiles continue to be launched indiscriminately towards Israeli towns, though the Iron Dome system intercepts more than 90% of them. The conflagration has already deteriorated well beyond that of 2012. I believe it is dangerously oscillating between the 2006 invasion of Lebanon and the 2008-2009 invasion of Gaza.
No longer a conflict only between Israel and Hamas, I believe [the escalation] has become a wider confrontation for regional influenceNathalie Tocci