Once again we witness the same flare up that has become the legacy of the 2000 brutal takeover by Hamas of the Gaza stip. Since that takeover, the Muslim brotherhood of Palestine (Hamas) has used numerous pretexts to launch missiles against Israel's civilian populations. Israel seeks to destroy these missile sites placed in houses, schools, and public buildings, causing civilian deaths. This eventually leads to a cease fire that is destined to be broken.
We must recognize that the roots of this conflict lay not in the struggle between Jews and Arabs but in a radical Middle East moving more and more toward a version of Islam that breeds death and destruction across multiple countries in the region. Peace between people of different faiths is possible under democratic regimes, but not under the current conditions in the Middle East.
Israel has just launched a third military operation to stop Hamas missile attacks. The context that led to this is telling. It would be easy to attribute this flare up to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers on June 12, as well as the brutal killing of an Arab teenager. Yet here again we look for a cycle that does not exist. Hamas rockets starting raining down on Israel within two days of the kidnapping and before the murder of the Arab teen. Moreover, Hamas has not accepted any cease-fire predicated on the agreements of 2012 that stopped fire from both sides., Instead Hamas is seeking the release of prisoners rearrested by Israel after the teens were murdered, as well as salary payment for civil employees in Gaza that were discontinued by the Palestinian Authority itself. This of course has little bearing on Israel directly but point to tension and inner Palestinian strife.