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Full-Scale War in Gaza Unlikely: Prof. William Martel

Bombs could be tip of iceberg in Middle East

Dueling rocket strikes between Hamas militants and Israel could set the stage for a ground war in Gaza, bombings in Iran and more violent protests at American embassies in the Middle East, one security expert warned.

It’s a volatile powder keg playing out this weekend….

… A full-scale war is unlikely to break out because surrounding countries are distracted by a host of other problems, including fallout from the Arab Spring, civil war in Syria, unrest in Iraq and Libya, and growing concerns over nuclear weapons in Iran, said Bill Martel, international security professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School.

“I don’t think in recent memory we have seen a time where the Middle East is more highly unstable than it is now,” Martel said.

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