In the early hours of Wednesday, the Israeli military carried out a series of air raids on the besieged Gaza strip after rockets were fired into Israel during a “normalization” of a ties signing ceremony with UAE and Bahrain. The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa reported that Israeli warplanes fired missiles at a site in the northern strip in Beit Lahiya. No casualties have been reported so far. It is also speculated that the Israeli military targeted areas in Deir al-Balah, a city in Gaza as well as parts of Khan Younis, a part of southern Gaza. 15 rockets were fired into Israel wounding two people.
Warnings issued to Israel
The Gaza Strip is governed by a group, Hamas who warned Israel by saying, “It will pay the price for any aggression against our people or resistance sites and the response will be direct. We will increase and expand our response to the extent that the occupation persists in its aggression.” Without mentioning any specific groups, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Group said that the “resistance” has fired rockets too at Israel. Earlier on Wednesday, the Israeli army also said in a statement that it carried out 10 air strikes against the bases of Hamas group in response to the rockets fired at Israel. The rockets were fired while Israel, UAE and Bahrain were signing agreements at the White House in Washington to establish diplomatic relations.
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While many Israelis welcome the Gulf state accords, some also believe that the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should focus on solving the “main problem in Gaza.” They think that it is okay to get agreements from friendly neighbors, but what about Gaza? There have been many demonstrations in the Palestinian territories on Tuesday, followed by the normalization moves by UAE and Bahrain. Hundreds of protestors also took the streets of Ramallah, the home of Palestinian Authority (PA). The Palestinians want their independent state borders as before the 1967 war when Israel occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
No peace in the region until human rights is valued
The Arab countries have asked Israel to withdraw from the illegally occupied land, since a long time. The PA President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Gulf deals will “not achieve peace in the region” until Israel and the US acknowledge the gross violation of human rights. He warned, “Attempts to bypass the Palestinian people and its leadership, represented by the Palestine Liberation Organization, will have dangerous consequences”. Hamas has also joined the PA in condemning the UAE and Bahrain accords.
What does The Policy Times think?
- Palestinians demand for an independent state status of the area that includes illegally occupied West Bank and Gaza and the US-brokered deals are just a betrayal of their cause.
- Israel has always held Hamas responsible for any unrest in the Gaza Strip, but it is important to consider both the sides.
- Human Rights violations have been a major issue of the area and the UN should take immediate notice of this ongoing crisis.