In this edited Democracy Now interview Noam Chomsky graphically describes the vicious cycle of violence Israel visits time and again on Gaza... with particular reference to the most recent Israeli military assault dubbed Operation Protective Edge.
It's a hideous atrocity, sadistic, vicious, murderous - totally without any credible pretext. It's another one of the periodic Israeli exercises in what they delicately call "mowing the lawn." That means shooting fish in the pond to make sure the animals stay quiet in the cage you have constructed for them. After which you go to a period of what's called ceasefire which means that Hamas observes the ceasefire as Israel concedes, while Israel continues to violate it. Then it's broken by an Israel escalation... Hamas reaction... then you have a period of mowing the lawn. This one is in many ways more sadistic and vicious even than the earlier ones.
Chomsky goes on to talk about Israeli motivations behind the periodic "mowing of the lawn" - in particular Israel's ruthless attempts to keep Gaza separate from the West Bank. In this regard he alludes to the threat posed by the unity deal brokered between Hamas and the Fatah controlled Palestinian Authority.
Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor Emiritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author. He co-authored Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians with Israeli scholar Ilan Pappé.