Why is Israel shelling Gaza Strip where nearly 1.7 million people live in very tight quarters? Why is Israel apparently preparing a land invasion with its tanks?
I can’t get into Netanyahu’s mind (thank goodness!) but here are my suspicions:
1) Netanyahu feels impotent because his generals and Obama neutered his plans to attack Iran. Gaza is an easy substitute.
2) Netanyahu faces reelection in 2 months and needs to show the voters in Israel that he’s tough. Easy to be tough with defenseless Palestinians.
3) Netanyahu needs to distract Israelis who are unhappy with the current economic situation. Fireworks in Gaza makes a good distraction.
4) Netanyahu wants to punish Palestinians for seeking a diplomatic resolution at the United Nations —- observer status.
Or it could just be that Netanyahu woke up on the wrong side of the bed.