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Why Netanyahu and Hamas both risk losing control of the conflict in Gaza

Dimi Reider 16 May 2021 95 words

The rubble of the Yazegi residential building in Gaza City on Sunday. Adel Hana/AP Photo

As Israeli fighter jets sped again towards Gaza last Monday and Palestinian rockets rose once more from the besieged self-governing enclave, much of the media debate focused on two wearily familiar questions: who started it, this time? And is this a passing flare-up or the beginning of another war?

Now the questions are very different: have we entered an altogether new era of violence, more akin to past conflicts in Yugoslavia or Rwanda than to any of Israel’s? And never mind who started it, who can make it stop?…

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