There’s little I can say about the recent attacks in Israel that hasn’t already been said. Hamas attacked Israel suddenly, brutally, barbarically. And I imagine Israel will retaliate in kind.
The best, most informed commentary I’ve read on the situation was the opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday: “Israel Has Never Needed to Be Smarter Than in This Moment” by Thomas L. Friedman. That’s a no-paywall link, so please avail yourself of the opportunity. Friedman writes dispassionately, with logic and reason.
What Israel’s worst enemies — Hamas and Iran — want is for Israel to invade Gaza and get enmeshed in a strategic overreach there that would make America’s entanglement in Falluja look like a children’s birthday party. We are talking house-to-house fighting that would undermine whatever sympathy Israel has garnered on the world stage, deflect world attention from the murderous regime in Tehran and force Israel to stretch its forces to permanently occupy Gaza and the West Bank.
The Hamas attack was horrendous but not entirely unprovoked. Israel has not been blameless, with its unrelenting repression of Gaza and continuing illegal settlements in the West Bank.
But Friedman spells it out far better than I can.