Israel Unleashes Airstrikes on Gaza in Retaliation for Jerusalem Attack
Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza Monday as simmering tensions boiled over into widespread violence.
Earlier Monday, more than 300 Palestinians and 30 Israeli police were injured in protests near the al-Aqsa mosque.
Some of those injuries took place when a car driven by an Israeli man crashed into a group of rock-throwing protesters.
As part of the anti-Israel violence, Hamas militants fired rockets into Israel, leading to the Israeli attack.
Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said Israeli forces had targeted “a Hamas military operative,” according to CBS.
Hamas sources in Gaza said a commander had been killed.
A report from the Associated Press published by USA Today said at least 20 people, including nine children, were killed by the Israeli attacks.
The Hamas rocket attacks targeted multiple sites in southern Israel as well as Jerusalem. Overall, about 150 rockets were launched, according to the Times of Israel.
About 10 people were injured in the rocket attacks.
Conricus said six rockets were aimed at Jerusalem in the first targeting of the city in seven years.
Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas, said the attack on Jerusalem was due to Israeli “crimes and aggression” in the city.
“This is a message the enemy has to understand well,” he said.
The attack on Jerusalem crossed a “red line,” according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
“Whoever attacks us will pay a heavy price,” he said.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel’s goal is to “restore long-term and complete quiet,” according to the Times.
He blamed the violence on Hamas, which the U.S. has designated as a terrorist organization.
“I would like to emphasize that the State of Israel has done everything and will do everything to protect freedom of worship. Hamas, which is targeting a civilian population, is the sole party responsible,” Gantz said.
I must add, yesterday I was asked about this on Quora; I replied, “When you fire off hundreds of rockets at another, you can’t play the victim when they respond. I guess when you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes!” This brought about a response is an understatement; Quora now has people trying to flag my comments and get me kicked off.
What is not stated in most articles is why this conflict started flaring up.
Over the past couple of years, Israel had Jewish families that had deeds to property that were stripped from them when Jordan invaded in 1948. After ethnically cleansing Jews out of the area, they took their homes and told Arabs they could live in them.
Last year the courts ruled that since the Jews could show deeds, the Arabs could not, they could be charged rent as tenants, the Arabs refused, so multiple families were evicted. This was the spark.
Then Israel got word through their internal security services that the Arab planned to riot on the Temple Mount, so Israel put up barriers to control the mob and keep the peace. Still, the Arabs, in response, started to attack Israel out of the mosques on the temple mount; Israel went in and cleansed the Arabs out.
The press from many sites, like New York Times, refuse to report on this, it is not convenient to their narrative, but this did not start in a vacuum. Further, by the actions of the Arabs, this was planned for months, most likely by Fatah to take away from the fact that once more Abbas, serving in year 17 of his 4-year term, canceled elections because he was worried Fatah would lose out to Hamas.
The worst part of this? Like Ilhan and Rashida, ignorant leaders in America are trying to push a narrative that the Arabs there were attacked for no reason. I will get into this in the next article.
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