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Of Hamas's Mal-Conceived Offensive and Of Israel's Heavy Response

That Hamas would fire rockets into Israel knowing the expected historical heavy-handed Israeli response was an ill-conceived civilian-death exposure ploy. That Israel, having full right and responsibility to defend the Jewish state from attack, would respond so overwhelmingly with bombardments killing some 100 thus far, is testimony of the hatred, of the revenge, of the radicalization and of the extremism that beholds the Middle East.

Hamas knows the recent history of its fights with Israel and of how lopsided they have been on the Jewish side. In October, 2012, 160 Palestinians and six Israelis died in a conflict. In 2009, 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died in another conflict. Three Israeli youth were killed in the West Bank last month. Hundreds of Palestinians were arrested by Israel as it looked for the then missing youth who Israel claims were abducted and killed by Hamas. A Palestinian youth was abducted, set on fire while alive and killed in Jerusalem. An American-Palestinian boy was badly brutalized by Israeli security. Then came the rocket attacks. So why would Hamas take this unattainable offensive into Israel now? 

I offer but three reasons, all ill-conceived by Hamas knowing well the exposure to death to which it opened up Gaza residents: revenge; name advancement to gain greater favor among Palestinian youth; and sympathy and solidarity from other growing groups in the Levant and Iraq with a view to turning their attention to Israel. 

Whatever Hamas's rationale, it was wrong. It has opened up Gaza to more violence while contributing to greater instability in the region. For the sake of Palestinian youth and the security of the Jewish state and Gaza, here's to hoping that United States(US) President Barrack Obama's offer to broker a cease fire and a peace in the escalating conflict is heeded by Israel.