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The escalation of violence against Israel may be a precursor of more violence and destruction to come. The region is increasingly unstable, and if Islamic State forces manage to seize control of Iraq and turn on other “enemies” in the region, Israel will face increasing danger.

Indeed, many within Israel itself suspect that through no fault of her own but thanks in large part to American weakness, the Gates of Hell may already be ajar.

Monica Crowley, the Online Opinion Editor of The Washington Times, is a respected foreign policy analyst who holds a doctorate in international relations from Columbia University, is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and served as Foreign Policy Assistant to former President Richard Nixon during from 1990 until his death in 1994.