Israelis and Palestinians must join forces against Hamas, says Trump envoy Greenblatt

Cheryl Sanders
August 10, 2018

After all, Iran is working to create three fronts against Israel via its proxies as a preparation for a major war against the Jewish State: Lebanon, Syria -where Iran has taken-over the military as reported by the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday- and Gaza.

Separately, The Times grossly misrepresents Hamas' ongoing rocket attacks against the Gaza envelope communities with the following claim: "Palestinian fire was mostly calibrated to hit border areas rather than population centers".

In his piece, Greenblatt cited two cases, in 2011 and 2016, in which he says Palestinian firefighters joined their Israeli counterparts to combat massive conflagrations that had spread and wreaked havoc in Israel, as examples of the kind of cooperation that should exist between the two entities.

An Egyptian-Palestinian cultural society also has an office in the building.

Israel says it has no choice but to enforce its blockade to defend itself against Hamas, which calls for Israel's destruction and has used Gaza as a base for missile attacks.

The rocket fire provoked a wave of Israeli strikes across the enclave overnight that killed three Palestinians, including a toddler.

They were killed in an airstrike in Jafarawi in central Gaza, the ministry said, while her husband was injured.

The Israeli military said seven people were wounded by Palestinian rockets and mortars that hit southern Israel across the border.

An Israeli man outside a house in Sderot damaged by shrapnel from a rocket fired from Gaza.

The Israel-Gaza border was quiet on Friday after an Egyptian-brokered truce ended a surge in violence that had shaken southern Israel and the Gaza Strip for two days.

After four hours of discussion about the escalation in the south and the hard situation in which Israelis there are living, Israel's Ministerial Committee on National Security instructed the IDF to "continue to act with force against terrorist elements".

Maariv commentator Ben Caspit wrote that during the security cabinet meeting on Thursday Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman was a lone voice in support of a new war in Gaza.

Rocket warning sirens sounded nearly non-stop in the southern Israeli towns and border communities near Gaza from sunset on Wednesday. The Israeli army said in a statement that forces struck 150 "terror targets".

In the Gaza Strip, power generation is so paltry that, even with imports from Israel and Egypt, it gets just one-third of what it needs - so the 2 million Gazans struggle on with an average of just four hours of electricity a day.

Tension along the Israel-Gaza border has escalated since late March, when Hamas launched what would become regular mass protests along Israel's perimeter fence with Gaza.

Rocket alert sirens sounded in Beersheba, a city of 200,000 inhabitants some 40 km from the Gaza Strip, for the first time since the last war in 2014. The headline also is flawed by a murky portrayal of events: "Clashes Between Israel and Gaza".

The situation around Gaza deteriorated sharply on Wednesday night when the radical Palestinian groups opened intensive shelling of the Israeli territory in response to the killing of two Palestinian fighters, who did not pose any risk to the Israelis. One Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper.

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East conflict who has been seeking to negotiate a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, said he was "deeply alarmed".

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