Flareup in Gaza: Hamas and Islamic jihad fire 200 rockets towards Israel

Renewed fighting has escalated in Gaza: “approximately 200 rockets have been fired by Gaza militants towards Israel over the course of a few hours…In response, the IDF says it has carried out airstrikes on more than 30 militant targets in Gaza, including rocket launcher sites and other military compounds used by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”

There’s nothing new about flareups in Gaza. The jihadist war against Israel began in 1948 and will continue until the Palestinian Authority, the PLO, Hamas and Fatah accept Israel’s right to exist, which they will never do. Each of these jihadist organizations aim to obliterate Israel in accordance with their charters, despite the ongoing lies and propaganda about: the Palestinian leadership making efforts toward a two-state solution, the so-called Israeli “occupation”, Israel “apartheid” etc.

The well-known declaration, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free”, is an ongoing mantra which fixates on obliterating Israel from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

Each time Israel has given up land in efforts toward peace, land which it captured in defensive wars, its jihadist neighbors betrayed agreements and were instead, further emboldened.

Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, was loudly praising violent riots along the Gaza-Israel border in late March, “as tens of thousands of Palestinians massed along the border on the first anniversary of the “Great March of Return”.  Sinwar declared: “we want to bomb Tel Aviv.” Islamic Jihad is also now vowing to strike major Israeli cities. Intentions do not get clearer than that.

Such recent disturbing news does not stop there: with aid from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hizballah has now built a new missile manufacturing facility in Beirut. Despite all, in early April, Israel again embarked on futile efforts toward peace, by negotiating an agreement with Hamas. Part of the agreement included an easing of “the restrictions on the fishing area and gradually open the Gaza crossings to allow additional goods through.” Meanwhile, Deputy Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri emphasized that a Hamas-Israel agreement “is not a peace agreement”.

Appeasement of jihadists has never worked and will never work. It emboldens jihadist bullies.

“2 wounded as Gaza militants fire 200 rockets towards Israel: IDF”, by Andrew Carey, CNN, May 4, 2019:

Jerusalem (CNN)Approximately 200 rockets have been fired by Gaza militants towards Israel over the course of a few hours on Saturday, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted dozens of the incoming rockets, the IDF added.

Two Israelis have been wounded, including an 80-year old woman in the city of Kiryat Gat, about twenty miles from Gaza, injured by shrapnel to her head and legs, according to Israel’s emergency response service, Magen David Adom.

In response, the IDF says it has carried out airstrikes on more than 30 militant targets in Gaza, including rocket launcher sites and other military compounds used by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health says one person has died as a result of the Israeli strikes, and seven others have been wounded.

Israel has also announced that it is closing the two border crossings between Israel and Gaza, as well as closing the Gaza fishing zone in light of the rocket fire.

The announcement came from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). The fishing zone was restricted to 6 nautical miles earlier this week following a rocket fired from Gaza that landed off the coast of Israel.

There was no specific date for when the crossings and the fishing zone would reopen.

Saturday’s rocket barrage comes less than a day after two militants from Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, were killed in an Israeli strike on Hamas posts in Gaza.

Israel launched airstrikes Friday after two Israeli soldiers were wounded by sniper fire along the Gaza border….

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