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Robert Fisk: 'Opening the gates of hell' and 40 years of other Middle East cliches

Terror, terror, terror, terror, terror. Here we go again. Israel is going to "root out Palestinian terror" – which it has been claiming to do, unsuccessfully, for 64 years – while Hamas announces that Israel has "opened the gates of hell" by murdering its military leader, Ahmed al-Jabari.

Hezbollah announced several times that Israel had "opened the gates of hell" for attacking Lebanon. Yasser Arafat too waffled on about the "gates of hell".

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