In an old Laurel and Hardy film, they drive up to a man’s house and get into a spat with him. In anger, he breaks a lamp off their car. (An old time car of course.) Hardy responds by walking up to the house front and doing something similar. The man retaliates on the car. Tit for tat, and soon the duo is single-mindedly wrecking the house while its owner ignores them and works on trashing their car. Each becomes solely focused on inflicting damage on the other with no heed to his own damage. Both house and car are demolished.
This is Israel and the Palestinians. Especially the Palestinians, sadly, who Abba Eban once said never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. For forty years, the Palestinians have fought Israeli occupation. Then Israel withdrew its occupation of Gaza; just pulled out and simply handed Gaza to the Palestinians. No more occupation, in Gaza at least. So, did the Palestinians set about building themselves a nation in Gaza? No, instead, their whole focus remained upon trashing the Israeli car. They continuously bombarded Israel with rockets. What was the point of that? What could conceivably have been gained by it? Absolutely nothing, except to finally, inevitably, provoke the Israeli reaction that has done tremendous damage to Gaza and its people.
Where are the grown-ups over there??
Tough situation for an optimist.