Gaza. Here we go again? Another round. It is a cycle of violence, a tour de farce on a road map to more death and destruction. Sadly, it was all too predictable. To most outside observers, nothing positive or constructive has been achieved by nine days of Hamas rocketing and Israeli bombardment. The Israeli war camp faces off against Hamas and other Islamist groups and all are more than content to up the hostilities if for no other reason than to weaken Fatah and the Israeli left who have favored talks. Hamas have dutifully played into Netanyahu’s hands by escalating the crisis just when international pressure on Israel over settlements was beginning to build a modicum of momentum. Two months ago, international players were scratching around to rescue a failed peace process. Now they are struggling just to cobble together a ceasefire.
Israelis will be jetting off on their summer holidays, whereas the only airplanes Palestinians in Gaza get to see are watching them or bombing them from the skiesChris Doyle