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Prevent a War of Prestige

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Even before the saga of the March of Return has ended, and with Naksa Day – which marks the start of the Six-Day War in 1967 and the occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights – still waiting around the corner, a dangerous military conflict is developing with Gaza. The firing of mortar bombs at Israel, in response to the killing of three members of Islamic Jihad on Sunday – which itself was in response to the planting of bombs along the Gaza-Israel border fence – shows how wars can develop that are liable to spin out of control.

It’s impossible to overstate the fragility of the balance of power that, until recently, has prevented a widespread conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in general, and the Palestinians in Gaza in particular. Unofficial agreements,........

© Haaretz