He was the beloved doctor of both Palestinians and Israeli Jews, the one who brought their children into the world. But now, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is coming to a fateful moment in the long, drawn-out process of his lawsuit against the Israeli government for the Israeli army’s killing of his three daughters and a niece, and the severe wounding of another daughter during Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s 2009 military offensive in Gaza.
The murder of three Israeli teens has led to an eruption of open warfare. J.J. Goldberg offers fives ways the conflict got out of hand, what it means — and how it might end.
The Israeli military has sent what amounts to a barely disguised message to the political leadership and the troops in the latest round of senior command promotions.
This past week marked the anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli incursion into Gaza last year. Here are two ways of looking at it. One says it marked a turning point in the moral vision of Israeli society. The other says it was successful in reducing terrorism and saving Israeli lives.