Thursday, October 25, 2018

Conflict Escalates Along Gaza Border - 'No Choice' Other Than War

“No Choice” Other Than War: Israeli Military Strikes 8 Targets In Gaza As The Conflict Escalates

Israel and Hamas are already essentially in a state of war, and yet the mainstream media in the United States has been virtually silent about this conflict.  

For the past 6 months, Hamas has been conducting violent demonstrations along the border with Israel, and last Friday 130 protesters got shot as the violence escalated wildly out of control.  Over the past several weeks, Israel has been enduring an endless barrage of incendiary devices and rockets, and the Israelis appear to be out of patience at this point.  On Wednesday night, the Israeli military hit eight different Hamas targets in the Gaza strip.  The following comes from Haaretz

The Israeli military struck eight Hamas targets in three different military compounds in the Gaza Strip late Wednesday night following the firing of a rocket into southern Israel.

These strikes were in response to a rocket that had been fired into Israel earlier in the day

The IDF said that the Iron Dome missile defense systems was activated and attempted to intercept a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, but failed to do so. Media outlets in the Gaza Strip reported that Hamas was evacuating its positions out of fear of an Israeli response.

Sometimes Hamas has taken responsibility for the rocket attacks and incendiary devices that are going into Israel and other times they have not.
But the Israelis are definitely holding Hamas responsible for all the attacks that happen
In an official statement, the IDF blamed Hamas responsible for “everything happening in and out of the Gaza Strip.” Going on to say that Hamas will “bear the consequences for the terrorist acts carried out against the citizens of Israel.”
Unfortunately, previous Israeli military strikes have not stopped the violence coming from Gaza, and these latest airstrikes will not stop the violence either.
Hamas could stop the violence very easily, but instead, they have been the ones fueling it.
Since Hamas will not stop the violence, Israel is essentially left with two options.  Either they can live with rockets and incendiary devices being constantly launched into their territory, or they can invade the Gaza strip.
And according to the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has already made up his mind about what should be done…
Israel has reached a breaking point regarding the situation in Gaza, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Monday, and “anything less than the toughest response won’t help anymore. We have exhausted the other options.”
Speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the defense minister said, “Wars are only conducted when there is no choice, and now there is no choice.”
Liberman makes it sound like an easy decision, but an Israeli invasion of Gaza would be an extremely bloody war, and it could potentially spark a much broader conflict in the Middle East.
Even though Hamas has been endlessly provoking Israel for months, most of the rest of the world has very strong anti-Israel feelings, and without a doubt, Israel would be cast as “the aggressor” if they invade Gaza.  This could unite the rest of the Islamic world in opposition, and several of Israel’s neighbors could ultimately decide to join the conflict on the side of Hamas.

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