This is a sad update to the situation in Gaza. I wrote another article about the conflict in Israel and Palestine along with other related issues in September of last year. To read it, click here:
Recent Israeli air strikes on Gaza have targeted 70 sites, including hospitals, a football stadium, forty mosques, and civilian apartment buildings. These attacks on innocent men, women and children do not protect Israelis, and in fact, they put them in more danger, and they are war crimes. When innocent civilian populations are targeted, there is always resistance. More fire doesn’t put out fire. It feeds it.
Despite their soft calls for a cease fire, Kerry and Obama have repeated in recent days that Israel has a “right to defend itself” from missile attacks, which is true, of course, but it does that very effectively most of the time with its Iron Dome missile launchers that take down most rockets shot by Hamas. The Iron Dome is actually just one of the weapons of the Israeli Air Defense Command. The arrow missile, the MIM-23 Hawk, and the MIM-104 Patriot are others. Israel also has a well-equipped Air Force. But this isn’t about defense. This is more of a religious war for Netanyahu and the IDF than it is for Hamas. For Hamas and most of Palestine this is simply about survival. The IDF is so much better equipped mostly due to US funding and arms shipments. Netanyahu does not care about the casualties. If he did care, he would deploy only ground troops to detain or deter militants like, instead of ordering more bombs to be dropped.
I think common Israelis and Palestinians (who mostly want peace) should both rise up against Israel’s military actions and we should start to see a larger international response in aid and intervention. Innocent people in Gaza and Israel should also evacuate as soon as they know they’re being targeted. Some deliberately stay, but more deaths over this would be senseless. Kerry announced the US would give $47 million to residents fleeing Gaza yesterday. This would be great, but promises like this have been made before, and it would be a surprising change in US foreign policy.