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New Israeli government sends planes to bomb Gaza

 New Israeli government sends planes to bomb Gaza



On Tuesday, in line with his hostile stance towards the Palestinians, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett authorized a new round of attacks against the Palestinians, including attacks on Gaza and a crackdown on protesters in East Jerusalem.


New Israeli government sends planes to bomb Gaza
Israeli airstrikes on Gaza on May 14, 2021 (AP Photo/ Hatem Moussa)



While the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it struck military compounds in Gaza City and the southern town of Khan Younis belonging to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group that controls Gaza, Palestinian media reported that one of the strikes caused property damage. There was no immediate finding of consequence. The IDF said it was "ready for any scenario, including renewed fighting in the face of terrorist acts emanating from Gaza."According to Al Arabiya, Egypt has called on Hamas and Islamic Jihad not to escalate the crisis and the two groups have said in Cairo that they are not seeking to do so.


The latest strikes follow the launch of incendiary balloons from Gaza that sparked open-field fires in southern Israel.

Bennett, the multimillionaire businessman, religious nationalist and settler advocate who was sworn in as prime minister on Sunday, is infamous for his hard line on the apartments, after boasting that he killed "a lot of Arabs And criticized previous governments for failing to respond to Incendiary balloons. Before becoming Minister of Defense in 2019, he tweeted that those who threw the balloons were “terrorists” who should be. According to the Ynet news site, he deounced these homemade devices as life threatening balloon and said: “An explosive balloons. is like an anti-tank missile [...] Whoever launches one is a terrorist who tries to murder Israelis and must be eliminated,” he added.


The raids come just four weeks after a fragile May 21 ceasefire ended Israel's 11-day criminal assault on the besieged enclave that killed more than 250 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, 1,900 injured and destroyed numerous buildings, displacing at least 60,000 people . These horrific numbers contradict claims by Israel that it targeted only Hamas' arsenals, weapons manufacturing facilities and underground infrastructure network. They demonstrate, in addition to the Israeli wars of 2008-09, 2012 and 2014 and its murderous repression of the Great March of Return of 2018-19, that the bombing is intended to terrorize the Palestinians into submission.


In contrast, the largely amateur Palestinian rockets killed 12 people, including two children and three foreign nationals, and injured 357 in Israel, underscoring the extremely uneven nature of the assault. Since then, Israel and Egypt, which together control access to Gaza, have blocked essential financial and material assistance necessary for any reconstruction. Israel has conditioned any easing of its blockade on Hamas' agreement to return the bodies of four of the IDF soldiers missing in Gaza.


This latest bombing in early Wednesday morning comes just days after the new coalition won a vote of confidence with a majority of just 60 to 59 as a United Arab List lawmaker who was expected to back the new government abstained, indicating the extremely precarious instability of the regime.


The new government, led by Bennett, was concocted by Yair Lapid, former TV presenter and leader of the second largest party, Yesh Atid, with the aim of reviving Israel's relations with the Democratic Party in the United States, the main support for Israel. That bond had deteriorated under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who infuriated President Barack Obama, had close ties with his Republican successor, President Donald Trump, and used his last speech as head of state this week. -end to attack President Joe Biden as a danger to Israel.


High-profile government figures, all of whom were once aides to nominate and held high-ranking government positions under his leadership, do not have significant political differences with him. It is a coalition of completely unprincipled and reactionary parties, ranging from the far right to the former peace camp, with the mission of saving the Israeli bourgeoisie from the brewing economic, social and political storm. at the expense of Jewish and Palestinian workers in Israel/Palestine and in the working class across the resource-rich Middle East.


One of the first decisions of the Bennett-Lapid government was to uphold Netanyahu's decision to allow a march of Jewish extremists through Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, which critics say could lead to violent clashes between Palestinian residents and Jewish demonstrators and a violent escalation with Hamas.


The march was a rescheduled version of the one scheduled for May 10 to mark the anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem during the 1967 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors and its annexation, illegal under international law, which was called off amid Israel's brutal crackdown on Palestinians praying at al-Aqsa mosque and protesting plans to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. It was the escalation of violence in the city that precipitated Hamas rocket fire towards Jerusalem on May 10.


On Monday, Hamas warned it would react if the postponed march was allowed to continue. Eventually, the march continued and Hamas took no action.

The postponed march, initially conceived as a way to derail Lapid's efforts to form an anti-Netanyahu coalition, got the green light from Netanyahu in his last days in power with the dual purpose of appeasing his far-right supporters and to destabilize the new government . This is part of his aggressive hysterical attacks from the right on the new government, which includes a fight against the threat of eviction from Evyatar, an illegal settler outpost in the West Bank.


Amid the insistence of his cabinet colleagues that any blocking of the march would be a concession to Hamas, new Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev, Labor lawmaker and former IDF commander, who also oversees Israeli police forces gave the green light to the event , known as the "March of the Flags." He said, “The March of the Flags will take place. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel. In a democracy, it is legal and important to organize demonstrations and marches like these, provided they comply with the law.


Bar-Lev's words were a provocation against the Palestinians. First, because as occupied territory, East Jerusalem does not belong to Israel. East Jerusalem, the heart of Palestinian social and cultural life, had been envisioned as the capital of a future Palestinian state as part of a "two-state solution" long rendered moribund by the relentless spread of Zionist settlements in the West Bank. busy. Second, Palestinian protests are regularly dispersed with brutal force, Damascus Gate Square in front of an entrance to the Old City, declared off-limits to Palestinians who use it for daily social gatherings to mark the end of the Ramadan fast. .


In anticipation of counter-demonstrations, the authorities raised the alert level and near the Israeli forces and military Gaza Strip and in towns with mixed populations Jewish and Palestinian citizens. Tor Wennesland, the UN to delegate the region, warned of rising tensions and called on all parties "to avoid any provocation which could lead to another round of confrontations", while the US State Department banned its staff from entering Old Town on March day.


La marche a eu lieu mardi avec une protection policière totalale. La police arrêté au moins 17 Palestiniens, tandis que le Croissant-Rouge palestinien a déclaré que 33 Palestiniens ont été blessés allors que les forces de sécurité ont forcé les résidents palestiniens à du march'coursie de une de grande 'après-midi, à l'exception de ceux qui travaillaient dans les magasins, fermant les routes et la porte de Damas à l'entrée de la vieille ville. Des vidéos publiées en ligne ont montré un Palestinien battu par des agents de sécurité sur les marches de la porte alors qu'ils dégageaient la zone manifest pour faire place auxants.


Thousands of right-wing extremist settles gathered at Damascus Gate, waving flags, singingr movement hymns and chanting "Death to the Arabs" and "Let your village burn". Lawmakers and fascistic allies of Netanyahu, Itamar Ben-Gvir, head of the Jewish Power, and Bezalel Smotrich, head of the religious Zionism faction, were carried on the shoulders of the marchers.


Counter-demonstrations took place in Jerusalem as well as in mixed-populated towns and villages in Israel, with some Palestinian groups calling for a "day of rage" to denounce the far-right march.


In a radio interview on Tuesday, Mansour Abbas, the head of the United Arab List or Ra'am, an Islamist party within the eight-party coalition, condemned the parade and said it should never have been allowed to unfold, while admitting that he had not discussed the matter with Bennett. "If we argue over everything, there is no doubt that this coalition will fall apart," he explained.


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