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  •  it's a huge escalation. (1+ / 0-)
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    angry marmot

    It further regionalizes the whole thing--not unlike the Hizbollah rockets on Haifa during the Israel/Lebanese war in '06.

    That, in conjunction with Israel/Syrian cross-border fire, and an Egyptian government that, while currently honoring the peace treaty, is cooler to Israel than Mubarak's regime--

    recipe for disaster.  We'll just have to wait and see...but honestly I don't think there's a damn think we (or anyone) can do about it.

    •  Again, (5+ / 0-)

      it's an escalation compared to previous Palestinian actions. It does not approach Israel's actions, either in this latest round of violence or in previous ones.

      There is clearly a lot we can do about it. The U.S. and Europe have huge leverage over Israel; right now they appear to be using it to encourage further violence.

      •  of course it doensn't approach Israel's actions. (0+ / 0-)

        Scales always have been different.  I wasn't making that argument.

        Although I think the US and Euro leverage over the current regime is less than it may have been in other regimes.

        •  No, I was (3+ / 0-)
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          corvo, Rusty Pipes, WattleBreakfast

          and you responded by disagreeing. So I clarified.

          The reason I made the point in the first place is that the word "escalation" is often used in a very slippery way in these discussions, to make it appear as if Palestinians are upping the level of violence even if what they're doing is at a much lower level than the violence already being perpetrated by Israel. The upshot of that, intended or not, is to mislead in a way that legitimises Israel's actions. So I was pushing back against it.

          •  The escalation comment was meant (1+ / 0-)
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            bevenro

            relative to the situation becoming more likely to evolve into a broader conflict, rather than a contained one.  I wouldn't presume to assign blame or responsibility, or any moral attribute to either side in this mess.  

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