Israeli jets bomb Gaza after rocket fire | The Times of Israel  ‘Strikes reported on two sites in the Strip, hours after a volley of rockets target southern Israel’

Smoke rises in Gaza after Israeli warplanes strike Hamas targets in June 2012. (photo credit: Majdi Fathi,@RichardDufek, Twitter)

Now there’s a picture and a headline you don’t see every day. Well, actually, you see them all the time but, since neither side appears to be getting its message across to the other, the monotony of these exchanges is just one more additional burden for those unfortunate enough to be at either of the two receiving ends. Having to live – and sometimes die – with the consequences of so persistent a failure in communications can hardly be described as the most pleasant of experiences – but making the process as predictable as it is seems too much like rubbing salt into the wound.

Then why not do away with the need for missiles, rockets and bombs altogether and progress to a far more telling and sophisticated version of what has long been a very old and rather ineffective technique? – ‘ for those of us with better things to do.’

If nothing else, monotony would never become a factor in so keenly observed and contested a spectacle.