“Cycle of Violence”

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The term “cycle of violence”, referring to so-called “tit-for-tat” fighting between Israelis and Palestinians, is misleading because it’s not clearly descriptive of what transpired, but rather acts as a kind of shorthand for ongoing violence that doesn’t distinguish between the aggressor and the victim. But violence between Israel and the Palestinians consistently follows a pattern: a terrorist attack against Israel, followed by specific and measured Israeli responses. Or, pre-emptive Israeli military efforts designed to thwart and deter Palestinian terror which is followed by Palestinian terror attacks against Israeli innocents. The term “cycle of violence” suggests that both parties are responsible at all times for ongoing violence, but this simply has not been the case.

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