Gaza Changing The Rules of Engagement
By Micah Halpern
Thursday June 21, 2 018
I've Been Thinking:
45 mortars and rockets from Gaza were shot toward Israel yesterday.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad of Gaza claimed responsibility for the rockets.
In response, Israel struck 25 Hamas targets. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, for their part, claim that they are responding to Israeli aggression. They have announced that they will counter every Israeli attack with an attack.
Islamic Jihad said that, as of now, Israel can no longer act freely in Gaza.
These statements - and more importantly, the launching of rockets and mortars as a response to Israel's response - is a new reality and a new strategy for Gaza.
It will not impact Israel's actions but it is, none the less, a significant change in status.
It's real purpose is not to intimidate Israel. It's real purpose is to empower Gazans, to give Gazans a sense that they are not defenseless against Israeli attacks.
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