Behind Hamas – Khamenei and other Islamist backers; with Khamenei, the now neo-feudal Putin; with Putin and Khamenei, the pack of old and new nationalist and nationalist-socialist parties. The “middle east conflict” has been and remains for now a much, much larger struggle than it looks. That struggle is also timeless: it is the struggle of the barbaric and malignant against the civil, the gracious, and the reparative.