This article seems remarkably blind to the emotional heat of lethal combat, especially given the messianic beliefs of the combatants leaders, on both sides. "Analyzing the interests of the two sides" assumes they are both acting rationally, and can accurately calculate the likely reaction from their enemy to any particular action. This strikes me as incredibly naive, under the circumstances. The whole rationale revolves around the balance of terror, but what if Palestinian militants have no fear of dying as martyrs, but are only fulfilled by fighting back? The militants of the Warsaw ghetto would understand. They too were completely outgunned but they decided it was better to die fighting than to surrender to an enemy they hated, and didn't trust, and for good reason!
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