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Gaza: Israel’s leaders seem to have got their calculations wrong

The Jewish state usually makes sure its actions won't prompt repercussions from its allies in the US. This time it might have misjudged the situation

By Michael Clarke  

Has Israel pushed its luck too far? © Israel Defense Forces

The Israelis know very well they are fighting an asymmetric war against their erstwhile enemies in Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah. They know that when they launch an invasion of Gaza or Lebanon, as they have done four times in the last eight years, they will be castigated by world opinion for their disproportionate use of force, the civilian casualties and their refusal to make political compromises.…

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