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Western Mass expert weighs in on Israeli invasion of Gaza

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Explosions lit up the sky over Gaza Thursday night shortly after word that Israel had launched a ground offensive. The military said its goal is to strike a blow to the Hamas infrastructure, hitting militant sites throughout the Gaza Strip.

Western New England University Professor John Baick said the constant fighting is about an escalation between the two governments that see no common ground.

"That are both interested to appealing to their own vision of how this relationship should work or about how the world should work in their corner of it," Baick said. 

And from their corner of the world to ours, although there may not be a direct connection between the United States and the conflict that is occurring, Baick said on a larger scale, we should be keeping a close eye on what is unfolding.

"This is this is one of the foundations of instability in the whole world, so we all have invested interest in this even if we don't have leverage," he explained.  

And as for President Obama sending U.S. forces to help settle things in the area, Baick believes that probably won't happen.

"Israel is a staunch ally of the United States regardless of the administration. All the president can do is perhaps send Sec. Kerry to provide leverage, but this is really about what's going on in the region. Countries like Qatar and Egypt have more influence right now than we do," Baick said.

He continued to say it is a battle that has been going on for generations, that may have no end in sight.

"This has to be resolved. It hasn't been resolved in our lifetime so far and may not be in the years or decades to come," Baick said.

And he may be right. After 10 days of fighting, Hamas said the ground invasion is a serious escalation and threatens that Israel will pay dearly.

Israeli air strikes have killed more than 230 Palestinians. One Israeli has been killed, and several wounded in rocket attacks.

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