Wars are usually harbingers of change, yet Israel’s previous wars have achieved no fundamental progress toward peace.
The conceptual system that has dominated Israeli thinking and policy for decades has been exposed, repeatedly, as dangerous and delusional.
For years Israel and Hamas maintained an unstable equilibrium that kept the Gaza Strip contained. But it was always likely to be temporary.
Saturday’s devastating attacks have been met in Israel with rage at the government’s failures and demands for disproportionate vengeance.
What lessons do people actually learn from the cruelties they applaud and the ones they suffer in return?