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Gaza deaths may end Israel’s new Gulf friendships

  • Yossi Mekelberg

    Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

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It is imperative during a war to consider how to avoid immediate escalation of conflict while also figuring out how to resolve the conflict for good. 

These ingredients are missing from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and most significantly from the confrontation between the Jewish state and Hamas in Gaza. In the past the world has witnessed the tragic ritual of tensions building up on the Gazan border, leading to the exchange of fire and ending in almost full-blown war.

Hamas’ cross-border rocket attacks on main city centres in Israel and the excessive retaliation by Israel through air and artillery bombardment have all the hallmarks of past hostilities that resulted in thousands of fatalities and devastation, especially among Palestinians.

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