Middle East

Nov 20, 2012

Gaza conflict: this didn’t just begin with Israeli rockets

Why did the Gaza conflict come to a head now? The answer is found in the convergence of several recent events, writes academic and former Middle East resident Howard Karger.

Gaza strip

An Israeli military excursion into Gaza is uncertain, but then nothing is certain in the Middle East except uncertainty. Despite hundreds of Israeli bombing sorties, Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets into Israel, upping the stakes as they target Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

The mainstream media has pointed to Israel’s targeted assassination of Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, a key Hamas military leader, as the immediate cause of the conflict. But in truth, the roots of the current conflict began well before that. The immediate events were the wounding of an IDF officer in October by an explosive device near the Gaza border. On November 6, three IDF soldiers were injured by an explosion. Palestinian militants then sent rockets into Israel. Two days later, the IDF killed a 13-year-old boy in a firefight. Three days later, Palestinians wounded four IDF soldiers. In response, IDF tanks fired into Gaza, killing five Palestinians and wounding at least 25.

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  1. Sandifeet

    Also interesting.
    Could someone do an article on Aid, not only US but who gives how much to whom worldwide?

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