That’s it, that’s really truly it. The constant brinkmanship is the exact and only reason their respective peoples put up with them. They both attack civilians, paint targets on their own civilians banking on escalating counterattacks, then play for pity on the international stage. The most sickening thing is though I think both sides are equally aware that if they ever did get enough support to go all in on the war of extermination they so openly threaten the absence of an outside danger leaves nothing to put on the other end of the scale to counter the flagrant despotism of Hamas or the shockingly fascistic attitude Netanyahu exemplifies regularly attempting to manufacture civil unrest in his own country. (Apart from occassionally reigning in homophobia.) Makes a mockery of the “Never Forget” maxim on the regular.
But people put up with it because they think if they keep their head down until the danger blows over they can just wash their hands of the people they’re neglecting to hold accountable on the flawed logic it increases their own odds for survival and weighs lighter on their conscience to nod silently and comply without voicing support or dissent. Dissent tends to make your neighbourhood the next one Hamas launches their rockets from knowing the counterattack will wipe out that dissenting voice and give the civilian casualities they leverage. Or the site of a new homeless center in Israel, over the graves of local minority groups immediately antagonized further and demanded to accept exile for their belligerence to their neighbours. Except, that minority was actually the local majority who never agreed to such an act and indeed were not really considered to have any legal rights to recognize because “neighbours” really means “betters” in that case. Again, spitting on what “Never Forget” is supposed to remind people not to do.
But even though an actual military victory is against their interests they need to keep rattling sabers to keep their population scared enough to keep putting up with this bullshit even as it leaves bodies in the streets.
I thought Netanyahu lost his position BTW, and recently too. Why’s he the one who seems to be calling the shots again?