Netanyahu Regime Threatens War on Gaza

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Israel has been at war on Gaza by hot and other means since Hamas’ January 2006 electoral triumph.

Blockading the Strip without letup is a diabolical Israeli scheme to suffocate its two million people into submission — ignoring their resiliency.

For eight straight nights, Israeli warplanes terror-bombed Gazan targets.

Last Sunday, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said the Netanyahu regime tightened is siege on the Strip, including a ban on fuel.

Without it, Gaza’s power plant can’t operate. Nor can public health, sanitation, industrial, commercial, agricultural, and other Strip activities function.

On Monday, the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement reported the following:

“Gaza’s sole power plant stopped operating this morning due to a fuel shortage caused by Israel’s decision to block entry of fuel to Gaza via Kerem Shalom Crossing.” 

“Since Thursday, August 13, Israel has barred all entry of fuel to Gaza, one of several measures imposed, which amount to collective punishment.” 

“Since Tuesday, August 11, Israel has also blocked the entry of construction materials and banned access to the ‘fishing zone’ it enforces in the Strip’s sea space.”

Strip hospitals and other essential operations are connected to the power grid.

Facilities with generators are struggling to make due with small amounts of diesel from private suppliers, amounts entering the Strip from Egypt via Salah a-Din Gate.

It’s way short of minimum supplies needed. The longer Israel suffocates the Strip this way, the more harm to its long-suffering people.

Gaza-based PCHR denounced collective punishment enforced by Netanyahu regime hardliners.

Their actions, including nightly terror-bombing strikes for over a week, risks escalating things to the fourth Israeli war on Gaza since December 2008.

Israel consistently blames Palestinians for its own high crimes committed against them.

On Tuesday, an IDF statement said “(e)arlier tonight, a rocket was fired and during the day, explosive and arson balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory,” adding: 

IDF “fighter jets and (other) aircraft struck additional Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip.”

Overnight, Zaitoun area agricultural land was terror-bombed.

Incendiary balloons and homemade rockets fired on Israel by unknown parties respond to years of Jewish state war on the Strip by hot and other means, what the IDF statement failed to explain.

Israeli ceremonial president Rivlin threatened Hamas, saying: “If they want war, they will get war.”

Will Netanyahu wage one as a diversionary tactic to distract attention from his ongoing corruption trial that led to large-scale weekly protests, demanding he step down.

Gaza is unlivable, its people suffering, the world community doing nothing to hold Israel accountable for its high crimes of war and against humanity.

Israel considers legitimate Palestinian self-defense “terrorism,” its own preemptive belligerence defensive actions.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu regime war minister Benny Gantz threatened Hamas with “fire (to) be turned on them.”

On Monday, an Egyptian envoy met with Hamas officials in Gaza, attempting to prevent things from escalating to war.

Hamas called for Israel to fulfill earlier promises made that it long ago breached, adding that “Palestinian patience has run out. (We’re) “ready to escalate and not afraid.”

Like the US, Israeli pledges aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, why neither country can ever be trusted.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu threatened to escalate terror-bombing strikes on the Strip, saying his regime is preparing to launch them, adding:

“Hamas will be making a very big mistake if it continues with this.” 

“It is already getting an indication of where this will lead, and it certainly remembers where it has led in the past, and I hope Islamic Jihad also remembers where it led.”

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem explained that incendiary balloons launched on Israel represent resistance to nearly 14 years of suffocating siege, adding:

It’s ongoing with no end of it in prospect, causing humanitarian crisis conditions.

“Our people’s choice is to continue to resist by all legitimate means until the siege is lifted.”

Palestinian political analyst Mustafa al-Sawaf said incendiary balloons will continue to be launched on Israel as long as it maintains a policy of collective punishment, adding:

“Hamas is deploying all efforts to ease the blockade and does not exclude any option. If a military confrontation with Israel will force the latter to lift the siege, Hamas will go for it.”

The threat of more Israeli aggression haunts the Strip and its people.

A Final Comment

The Times of Israel reported that “Netanyahu gave an unprecedented interview on Monday to the Abu Dhabi-based Sky News Arabia” during which he called the despotic UAE a democracy and an advanced society.

The video posted to Netanyahu’s Twitter page was removed, Haaretz reported on Tuesday.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.