Violence between Israel and its neighbors in Hamas is nothing new. In fact, it is something of an ongoing phenomenon in the region, generally with Hamas bemoaning alleged encroachment onto ‘their’ land followed by missile and rocket (and even mortar) attacks which warrant a response from the elite Israeli military.
On Thursday, Israel fired the latest salvos in the ongoing conflict between the two neighboring nations when they launched raids against a number of military sites in response to a recent attack by Hamas. Almost as if on cue, a number of left-leaning media outlets began running stories favorable to the Palestinians and Hamas, once again attempting to paint Israel in a bad light, blaming them for destruction caused by firing back in response to Hamas violence.
According to the Israeli government, they were targeted by at least 150 rockets on Wednesday that were fired into the nation from Gaza.
Some have suggested that Hamas took advantage of the Egyptian ceasefire to regroup. The terrorist organization sent a delegation to Cairo to talk peace, even claiming that they had an “open mind” to the idea of a two-week ceasefire that would lead to a five-year truce.
Hamas fired rockets into populated civilian areas shortly after they had been suggesting they were open to peace.
Israel’s response was quick, surgical, and targeted Hamas military and training sites.
Israel National News stated that among the sites targeted by the Israel Defense Force were a weapons manufacturing facility, a storage facility for said weapons, a complex used by the terrorist group’s naval forces, and a military compound they utilized for rocket experiments.
According to the IDF’s Spokesperson Unit, thus far the Israeli military has targeted over 140 strategic military sights used by the organization.
INN listed a number of the sites they targeted including a number of training sites, meeting sites for higher-up members of Hamas, and even a number of sites that it was believed were being used to dig tunnels for various nefarious purposes.
Perhaps most interesting of all is the story that the British Broadcasting Corporation chose to run about the events.
The headline simply says that air strikes into Gaza killed a “woman and child” after rockets hit Israel.
Sounds a bit like a clickbait title, meant to give the impression that Israel is outshooting women (in this case, a pregnant woman) in civilian areas.
Of course, the opposite is true. It was Gaza that targeted civilian areas, including a park, with their rockets. Thankfully, Israel’s Iron Dome system managed to intercept around 30 of the missiles, but according to totals from the IDF, 180 were fired into the area.
While the headline focused on the Palestinian woman hit along with the death of her child (or at least the claims by Gaza’s health ministry that such a thing happened), the BBC quickly switched its coverage to an injured Thai woman, an immigrant to the land.
She was injured when a rocket hit her home in the Eshkol Region Council, according to the Times of Israel. A man was also injured there.
Five other Israelis were injured in the attacks.
The BBC article also relegated, to the very last paragraph, mention of the fact that while Israeli soldiers have defended themselves against multiple assaults from Hamas, Hamas has also been floating in incendiary devices tied to balloons, which have started hundreds of fires in Israel.
Truly, the actions of a people looking for peace, to be sure.
It certainly seems like this latest action by Hamas, a terrorist group, is not the action of a group that really wants to stop fighting and come to some sort of understanding.
Many people, groups, and even nations have hoped that they would be able to bring about peace in the Gaza strip and between Israel and Palestine in general. It’s been an ongoing process that has seen very few successes and numerous failures.
Israel has every right to defend its people from armed aggression. For Americans, it’s an especially important ally in the region, given that it is said to be the most staunch and loyal ally the United States has in that part of the world.
Nations that attempt to browbeat Israel into some sort of submission, or submissive posture in their dealings with Hamas and Palestine, are not likely to accomplish that goal.
Hopefully, both sides can come back and make an honest attempt to negotiate in good faith and end up with a long-lasting peace. However, if history is any indication, that’s not likely to happen.