Israel is the short-term target of Islamic extremism. The long term-targets are stable Arab states, grateful beyond belief to Israel for doing their dirty work.
Did you notice how all of the customary, acid criticism of Israel from Arab states suddenly dried up when Israel hammered Hamas?
The headlines scream in The New York Times and elsewhere about how terrible it is that Israel’s bombs or shrapnel have killed innocent civilians in or near schools in Gaza. It is terrible. The loss of life, whether in the hundreds in Gaza or in the hundreds of thousands in Syria, is infinitely sad. After the sixth complaint about Israel hitting a school in Gaza, one would think that even mildly intelligent observers could put two and two together. Innocents in or near Gaza schools, hospitals, private homes and mosques die there because Hamas intentionally fights from there.