I do not think it should come as a surprise that Egyptian media has reported and commented upon the unfortunate notion that Hamas shares with Netanyahu the responsibility for the ongoing horrendous loss of life among Palestinian civilians in Gaza. They are complicit, it seems, by responding to the sweeping arrest of Hamas cadres in the West Bank earlier this month with a massive barrage of rockets fired in the direction of Israeli civilian population centers - Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Beersheba. The barrage, I believe, was quite different to the customary tit-for-tat exchanges of a few rockets targeting nearby Israeli towns close to Gaza, usually coming from one the more radical Palestinian factions tolerated by Hamas and on occasion by Hamas itself. But Netanyahu’s reaction to the Hamas barrage was predictable, in my view, and it all fit into that curious symmetry that often occurs in the Arab-Israeli conflict with militant elements in both societies having a self-justifying political investment in the other sides’ extremism.
Columns of opinion can too easily become columns of cruelty, whether rejoicing in the Holocaust or dismissing the suffering of all the Palestinian peopleAbdallah Schleifer