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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Uzi Rabi
With the Israeli Air Force pounding dozens of targets inside Gaza Tuesday in retaliation for the death of three Israeli teens believed to have been murdered at the hands of Palestinian militants, the stars appear to be aligned for an especially fierce spasm of new violence between the two sides.
The "shadow war" between Israel and Iran is escalating, Middle East analysts say, as a wave of terrorist incidents in far-flung corners of world unsettles U.S. officials.
"We are in a very combustible situation," Uzi Rabi, a historian at Tel Aviv University, said Tuesday, adding that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing mounting pressure not only from hawkish government ministers in Jerusalem but an increasingly unified Israeli public to expand the military incursion into Gaza.
"This could easily turn into more violence," said Mr. Rabi, who added that while there may be a "need to punish Hamas," Israel would be wise to "use the scalpel, not the hammer."