The Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory under Israeli occupation, has not abated. Rather, it has intensified. Initial signals from the Israeli prime minister that this would be a surgical, limited incursion were doubted from the moment the invasion began – and those reservations have proven to be well placed. At the best of times, any sort of invasion runs the risk of spilling dramatically out of control fairly quickly – such is the nature of war. And this is not the best of times. It is the Palestinian people of Gaza, this small strip of land under siege, that are paying the largest price for that disastrous decision. But the effects of it go beyond Gaza – including to its neighbor to the west, Egypt.
Nowhere to run
What is happening in Gaza today is, if we put it extremely cynically, a rather magnificent recruitment tool for those types of extremistsH.A. Hellyer