Two more Gaza rockets hit Israel | The Times of Israel   No injuries reported as projectiles slam into open areas in Eshkol regional council, hours after IAF strike

Israel strikes Gaza after further rocket attack, killing 1 | The Times of Israel   ‘Three injured as Israeli planes target operatives about to fire additional rockets Sunday night’

Palestinians fire six rockets at southern Israel | The Times of Israel    ‘Iron Dome defense systems downs two of the rockets; others fall in open areas; no damage or injuries reported’

Return of the rockets | The Times of Israel   ‘Israel, Palestinian terror groups duke it out over the weekend; EU states warn citizens against business with settlements’

Israeli firefighters extinguish a burning factory hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on June 28, 2014 at an industrial zone in the southern city of Sderot. The previous day two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were killed in an Israeli air raid after a bomb exploded near troops manning Israel's security fence. (photo credit: AFP/David Buimovitch)It’s all so repetitive, a nagging headache that flares up time and time again with no real prospect of it ever finally going away and even less chance of anything positive being achieved in the process.

It’s as if both sides are dead set on slugging it out to the bitter end in the vain hope that, somewhere along the way, enough pain and damage will be inflicted to cause one or the other to cease and desist from all further aggressive moves. This forced withdrawal from the field of conflict would then invite some small possibility for a far less bellicose approach to be adopted in future dealings between these two contenders.

But conditions in every one of the past 66 years have never once justified such an optimistic forecast. Battle has long been joined, the matter hotly contested for decades and, as for its outcome, this is known only to G-d.

And yet, must it always end in tears, as has seemed most likely from the very beginning? Knowing what is to come may not be within our power but is determining a better future also beyond all human control? ‘Man proposes and G-d disposes’ is just too fatalistic a doctrine to be the be-all and end-all of our earthly existence.

Or are we really not expected to have any final say in a subject vital to so much that is in our long-term interests? -‘ for those of us with better things to do.’