Today’s bloodshed in Gaza and Israel isn’t abnormal. It has happened before, for reasons both similar and different than the causes of this edition of violence.
Casual watchdogs of the Middle East quest for peace may believe the violence is continual, like a free-flowing stream, never-ending. That isn’t the case, of course, which is why the modern search for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is so infernally frustrating for those not living among the dying. Periods of peace — no rockets, no mortars, no retaliatory bombings — occur. They’re also followed, in one way or another, by what we have today.