Plus ça Change…

“Israel has… always believed that causing suffering to Palestinian civilians would make them rebel against their national leaders. This assumption has proven wrong over and over,” wrote Israeli historian Tom Segev in yesterday’s Ha’aretz newspaper. “Since the dawn of the Zionist presence in the Land of Israel, no military operation has ever advanced dialogue with the Palestinians.”

Just to force home the point a bit, here’s a brief look back to a documentary Robert Fisk made in the early 1990’s about the causes of increasing “anti-Western” sentiment in the Middle East at that time.

Another Year, Another Israeli War

From the NYT: The Israeli Air Force on Saturday launched a massive attack on Hamas targets throughout Gaza in retaliation for the recent heavy rocket fire from the area, hitting mostly security headquarters, training compounds and weapons storage facilities, the Israeli military and witnesses said.

It’s hard to disagree with the sentiment of Holly Robinson at The Moderate Voice, who wrote: “The Palestinians would be far better off if all members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad dropped dead.” Indeed. What a shame they’re going to take a lot of innocent civilians along with them in the process.