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Israel has killed over 300 Lebanese, most of them civilians, while Hezbollah rockets have killed 30 Israelis, 15 of them civilians. In Gaza, one Israeli soldier has died from his own armys fire, while Israel has killed 103 Palestinians. Israel claims this disproportionate violence will destroy Hezbollah and Hamas, but in the past popular outrage over Israeli attacks on civilians has strengthened Israels enemies. (photo credit: LA Times: Beirut on 7/16)
Well have analysis from three angles:
AMY WILENTZ on the Israelis — she was Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker, and shes a contributing editor of The Nation. She wrote a prize-winning novel about Palestinians and Israelis, Martyrs Crossing.
HAROLD MEYERSON on Bushs response: “The world’s sole remaining superpower has been super-absent from any role in mediating and mitigating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — partly because until recently the president didn’t believe in diplomacy, partly because he believed that the key to regional stability was deposing Saddam Hussein.” Harold writes for The Guardian in London, the LA Weekly, the American Prospect, and the Washington Post, where his piece The Guns of July appears today.
ADAM SHATZ on Hezbollah: Adam interviewed the head of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, at his headquarters in Beirut in 2003. Adam is literary editor of The Nation; his article In Search of Hezbollah appeared in the New York Review. He’s also editor of the book Prophets Outcast: A Century of Dissident Jewish Writing about Israel and Zionism.
NEW: READ ADAM SHATZ ON “NASRALLAH”S GAME” at THENATION.COM