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I find it hard to believe that Hamas would fire rockets it knows to be inaccurate on Jerusalem. Put aside the city's many mosques and Muslim shrines; Jerusalem and its environs are also home to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

On the other hand, Hamas has never been overly concerned with creating Palestinian casualties. Victims of collateral damage are often re-cast as martyrs to the cause. What is the cause, by the way? I'm not sure at this moment. Hamas seems to be inviting its own destruction at this moment -- especially if these reports of attacks on Jerusalem are true.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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