A permanent cycle of bombs and blood

Israel's ferocious aerial assault on Gaza does not only prolong the interminable status quo, it also has potentially appalling consequences for the wider Middle East.

13th July, 2014
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Once again, death and destruction rains down on the Gaza Strip. Once again, Israel's citizens are running for the shelters to avoid Hamas rockets. Once again, commentators across the world are wearily picking up their pens. And once again, too, the Palestinian numbers dying far exceed the Israeli ones, and all the familiar arguments are being rehearsed. The world's longest-running conflict continues to resist all attempts at resolution.

The Israeli army is gathering on the...

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