Israel and Hamas face off, driven by radicals on both sides
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It only looks familiar: The orange fireballs blooming over the Mediterranean cityscape, the rush to bomb shelters emptying city streets on the Israeli side, while on the other, crowds mill around the remains of whatever sedan was carrying the Palestinian militant before a missile roared home.
The Gaza Strip generates conflict as reliably as a low-pressure system generates rain, and the horrors that have been unfolding in the overcrowded home to 1.8 million people are sadly far from new. The instinct of outsiders–including, it sometimes seems, officials in Washington–is to look away. But this time the stakes may be much higher.