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Gaza flare-up brings all-too-familiar dread to Israelis, Palestinians
Gaza flare-up brings all-too-familiar dread to Israelis, Palestinians

With rockets showering down on Israel and corpses piling up in Gaza, residents on either side of the divide have been left with a dreadful feeling of deja vu. But the question is: Are they witnessing a rerun from 2009 or from 2012? In January 2009, Israeli tanks withdrew from the Gaza Strip after a 22-day offensive mounted in response to increased rocket fire from Islamic militants inside the narrow seaside enclave. More than 1,000 Palestinians were killed, hundreds of them civilians; 13 Israelis died, most of them soldiers. In November 2012, hostilities flared again. Israel girded itself for another ground operation; Hamas, the extremist group that controls Gaza, vowed resistance. But...

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