A bomb went off at a bus station in Jerusalem and a few dozen people were injured. We don’t as of this point know how many were Jewish Israelis and how many were Muslim Israelis. Rockets are being fired from the Gaza Strip, Israel planes are bombing the Gaza Strip and its tanks are also blasting away. Israel claims a Hamas “militant” was killed by an Israel fighter plane, Hamas claims innocent civilians were killed. The battle of words and accusations continues with increasing fury.
The Palestinian Authority is ready to make peace with the state of Israel. It would require compromises on the part of both sides. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefers the politics of defiance and angry words to the politics of compromise. He plays for the audience of right wing religious fundamentalism and West Bank settlers.
There is a price to be paid for being obstinate.