In its editorial, Bloomberg News lays the blame for the latest flare-up in violence between Israel and Gaza squarely at Hamas' feet,
Hamas’s restraint raised cautious hopes that the group was mellowing and might even come to accept peaceful coexistence with Israel, just as the Palestine Liberation Organization did. This hope proved illusory -- as did the hope that regional powers would serve to moderate Hamas.
The current round of violence between Israel and Gaza will only serve to perpetuate the mutual hatred for the next generation, writes Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian,
To understand how we got here, why tension turned into confrontation, and why at this moment, we need answers to two questions. First, why did Hamas allow Gaza once again to become a rocket launchpad, given that it has successfully imposed quiet during various periods since 2009? And why did Israel choose to get tough now, given that it has been willing to respond more mildly to such provocations in the past?
• Times of Israel: Amid sirens, two victims killed in Thursday rocket attack laid to rest
• Haaretz: Has Israel learned the lessons of Operation Cast Lead?
• Jerusalem Post: Has the Tel Aviv bubble burst?
• Ynet: 16,000 reserve troops to be called up
• New York Times: Bolder Hamas Tests Alliances in a Shifting Arab World
• Washington Post: Heading off full-blown war in the Gaza strip
• Wall Street Journal: Gaza Scrambles Obama's Mideast Calculus