I have argued in a previous piece that Hamas rockets serve no strategic and military purpose. But the Israeli leadership, in my view, has just as much of an interest in promoting conflict by responding violently to such provocations. In my most recent trip to Israel, I observed just how dysfunctional the current Israeli government is, and this goes a long way in explaining why picking fights with Hamas is such a tempting proposition.
Netanyahu is currently at the head of a very wide and fragile coalition that is pulling in opposite directions at every turnDr. Azeem Ibrahim