Measure for Measure

The minister’s statement came after two days of tit-for-tat missile raids between Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli army.

I always thought that ‘tit’ was roughly equivalent to ‘tat’. And yet, in the next sentence, the Guardian reports:

At least 32 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed since the surge in violence on Wednesday.

The background to this is that Israel’s deputy defence minister is threatening a ‘Shoah’ against the Palestinians of Gaza.

There is going to be an invasion of Gaza, as part of Israel’s ‘quest for peace’, undertaken ‘with heavy hearts’, and ‘showing a commendable level of restraint that in all probability no other country in the world would have shown when under attack’, as Lorna Fitzsimons put it in the Spectator last week.

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