The Latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict: What caused it? What was the objective? Why do US politicians have their positions on it?1
May 11, 2019 by epoetus
- This latest round of violence began last Friday, during weekly Palestinian demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border. Two IDF soldiers were wounded by what Israel said was sniper fire coming from Gaza. The IDF responded with an air strike of an alleged Hamas outpost that Israel said killed two militants and wounded two others.
- Four Israelis and 25 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and three children, were killed in the two-day flare-up as Israeli air raids pounded the besieged enclave and rockets were fired from Gaza.
- Islamic Jihad accused Israel of delaying implementation of previous understandings brokered by Egypt in an effort to end violence and ease the economic hardships of blockaded Gaza.
- The measures included extending Gaza’s fishing zone, allowing international and Arab investment and job creation projects, improving electricity supply and broadening the amount and variety of goods moved into the enclave through Israel.
- An official in one Gaza militant group, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it had agreed to a truce on condition that those understandings would go into effect.
- A tentative truce was reached on Monday with Palestinian officials saying Israel had agreed to ease its crippling decade-long blockade of the impoverished enclave in exchange for calm.
- Under past Egyptian-brokered deals, Israel has agreed to ease its joint blockade of Gaza with Egypt in exchange for a halt to rocket fire.
- The country will also allow the transfer of the much-needed money from Qatar to Hamas, according to Israeli media reports.
- Top [Israeli] army officials have repeatedly made their case that the best strategy is to ease the situation on the ground in Gaza while still maintaining military deterrence. That means, they say, responding to the rocket fire, but also significantly easing the blockade Israel imposed on Gaza in 2007 that has crippled its economy and left it on the precipice of a humanitarian collapse.
- The military has won some support for those recommendations. “Friday, the Gaza Strip fishing zone is expected to reopen at a range of up to 12 nautical miles,” COGAT, the Israeli military body responsible for the Palestinian territories, said.
- Under the Oslo Accords signed in 1993, Israel is obligated to permit fishing up to 20 nautical miles, but this has never been implemented.
- In the United States it appears that US Democrats are beginning to shift some support towards the Palestinians and have crafted legislation intended to protect children.
More on root causes
Israeli military is finally breaking ranks with political leadership on how to handle Palestine
US Democrats seem to be warming up to Palestine’s situation
Gaza fishing zone re-opened to 12 nautical miles offshore