Netanyahu faces tough choices in his crackdown on Hamas
ONCE there was Operation Cast Lead, then came Pillar of Defence and now Gaza is the target of Protective Edge. Israel's attempts to stop Hamas, the radical Islamist movement, from using this Palestinian territory as a giant launch pad for rocket attacks have carried numbingly repetitive labels.
As strike aircraft fill the summer sky with white con trails yet again, the question is whether this operation will tread the same path of escalation as its predecessors?
At present, no one doubts that the conflict is intensifying. Hamas fired 100 rockets at Israel on Monday alone and dozens more followed yesterday.