I mentioned yesterday that Bibi Netanyahu seems to do some Palestinian conflict nonsense every time he’s having election troubles.
However, this one seems to be a bigger deal than usual.
The obvious assumption here would be that with Donald Trump out of office and a much more pro-war administration taking over the US, Israel is ready to foment broader conflict across the Middle East.
Israel stepped up its attacks on the Gaza Strip, flattening a high-rise building used by the Hamas militant group and killing at least three militants in their hideouts on Tuesday as Palestinian rockets rained down almost nonstop on parts of Israel.
It was the heaviest fighting between the bitter enemies since 2014, and it showed no signs of slowing.
Yes, see – biggest fight since before Trump.
Also note that the Associated Press simply takes the IDF’s word that Hamas is using those high-rise buildings they flattened.
That is despite the fact that Israel has repeatedly gotten caught using rockets from Gaza as an excuse to just wipe out random civilian buildings.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to expand the offensive, while Gaza militants unleashed a fierce late-night barrage of rockets that set off air-raid sirens and explosions throughout the densely populated Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
Just after daybreak Wednesday, Israel unleashed dozens of airstrikes in the course of a few minutes, targeting police and security installations, witnesses said. A wall of dark gray smoke rose over Gaza City. Iyad al-Bozum, a spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry, said airstrikes destroyed the central police headquarters in Gaza City, a compound with several buildings.
That is apparently the AP admitting that at least that building was not used for firing rockets?
Or are the police themselves firing rockets from their stations?
Five Israelis, including three women and a child, were killed by rocket fire Tuesday and early Wednesday, and dozens of people wounded. The death toll in Gaza rose to 35 Palestinians, including 10 children, according to the Health Ministry. Over 200 people were wounded.
In the West Bank, meanwhile, a 26-year-old Palestinian was killed during clashes with Israeli troops that entered al-Fawar refugee camp in southern Hebron, the ministry said.
Imagine if Greek police killed an Islamic refugee in a refugee camp.
That would definitely be a top headline in the AP, not a mention halfway down the page.
In another sign of widening unrest, demonstrations erupted in Arab communities across Israel, where protesters set dozens of vehicles on fire in confrontations with police.
The fighting between Israel and Hamas was the most intense since a 50-day war in the summer of 2014. In just over 24 hours, the current round of violence, sparked by religious tensions in the contested city of Jerusalem, increasingly resembled that devastating war.
The booms of Israeli airstrikes and hisses of outgoing rocket fire could be heard in Gaza throughout the day, and large plumes of smoke from targeted buildings rose into the air. Israel resumed a policy of airstrikes aimed at killing wanted militants and began to take down entire buildings — a tactic that drew heavy international criticism in 2014.
So – who knows?
This is kind of pretty standard bullshit.
But given the context of this new Joe Biden regime, and the apparent desire to very immediately start a bunch of large scale new wars, it is deeply concerning.
The US military is still preparing for an offensive in the Ukraine, but there are also a bunch of Russians in Syria. Russia has warned Israel to stop attacking Syria, or Russia will strike back against Israel.
If Russia ever attacked Israel, that would give the United States an excuse to invade Crimea or whatever else they want to do.
Also, Israel could fake a Russian attack, of course.
All kinds of things could happen.
The thing to remember is this: we do not know who is running the US military right now. It seems to be operating completely on its own. Clearly someone is running it, but it has become clear that these someones are not visible members of the Joe Biden Administration.
So really: anything can happen now.
What we can say is that although there is much more consolidated government support for war in the Middle East than really even during the Bush Administration, there is also probably less popular support than ever before.
— Pakistan First (@APMLOfficial_) May 12, 2021
Typically, Republicans support any war for any reason, but they’re going to be much less enthusiastic under Biden.
Democrats are much more likely to be against war (though they will support Joe Biden in general).
But the Democrats have been pumping up this “brown people are the master race” thing really hard lately, so it is confusing to then get on board with Israel slaughtering brown people.
Big protests in New York right now.
— Zakir Ali Tyagi (@ZakirAliTyagi) May 12, 2021
You don't have to be Muslim to support Palestine . You just have to be able to Acknowledge the Mistreatment and unjust actions of Israel towards the Palestinians . #AllahuAkbar #freepalestinians #Gazaunderattack pic.twitter.com/ADg5FrGHp9
— Mohammed Muzakkir Mohiuddin (@M__Muzakkir) May 12, 2021
I’m sure a lot of computer simulations have been run on the public reaction to intensified war in the Middle East, but these simulations can be flawed. I would think invading Syria to save the Jews would be unpopular.
Twitter, Facebook, etc. have been caught in the last days shilling for Israel, but there is no way at this point that they can just wholesale delete all of these images of Jewish atrocities.
— كرِيستَاآ ✨ (@Oh_DO8) May 12, 2021
For some reason, Kpop avatar people are really into the Palestinian thing right now.
tw // bombing , loud noises , explosion
God, this gave me chills, and this is purely devastating. No one deserves to live like this, please keep spreading awareness, keep donating, keep raising your voices for Palestine.. #GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/dPcSRo7s9n
— 𝟏𝟑 ✰ (@jiminsdivinity) May 12, 2021
Amnesty International says Israel has gone to extremes in violating international law on Palestine. Most places in Gaza are still bombed, especially in the western part of Gaza.#FreePalestine#GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/ENMizYzljY
— mar 🇵🇸 (@hwazelle) May 12, 2021
please keep spreading awareness about what's happening in Palestine! use your voice use your platform to help them, they need our help! your voice are matters to them! #SavePalestine #FreePalestine #SaveSheikhJarrah #PalestineWillBeFreepic.twitter.com/hrS2fAIaRQ
— sha⁷ 🇵🇸 (@shajeu_) May 12, 2021
Israel isn’t concerned about PR, probably because they’re preparing for a new liberal government.
This time around, the Jews are also facing a barrage of Palestinian fan art.