> Latest News: The Hamas Attack Was Sudden But Not Surprising

Latest News: The Hamas Attack Was Sudden But Not Surprising

Latest News: The Hamas Attack Was Sudden But Not Surprising
Hamas- Israel conflict 

After 50 years, on Saturday, October 7, 2023, Israel faced a bigger surprise than in 1973. Hamas fighters fired hundreds of thousands of rockets at Israel in just 20 minutes from the occupied Gaza Strip, which also hit the capital city of Tel Aviv. Rocket attacks are a routine activity by Hamas, which Israel uses Iron Dome technology to deter.

But in addition to the rocket attacks, Hamas fighters crossed the Gaza border into Israel this morning. Hamas fighters attacked several towns including Alkashan, Erez and Sedrot. More than 1,500 Israelis, including some foreigners, have died in the attacks since Tuesday. Hamas detained at least 300 people, including ordinary Israeli citizens, the police, the military and some foreign nationals.

Netanyahu's government has come under heavy criticism in his own country because of this Hamas attack. Alan Pincus, an analyst for Israel's Haaretz newspaper, said Saturday's Hamas attack was a "disaster" for Israel, where the government and Prime Minister Netanyahu's defense forces had failed miserably to protect its citizens. According to Pincus, Israel's code and electronic intelligence system, despite its sophisticated spies and state-of-the-art technology, failed.

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Hamas called this operation "Operation Al-Aqsa Flood". They claim that this campaign is to prevent the occupation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, a sacred site for Muslims, and the oppression of Jews who have illegally settled on Palestinians.

In reality, this is a campaign for liberation from the blockade imposed illegally for years and for the freedom of Palestine. To understand this, you need to know a little background. The Gaza Strip was once part of Egypt. When the State of Israel was forcibly established in the Palestinian territories in 1948, the territory was made part of Palestine in the United Nations plan.

After the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, however, this small territory of 360 square kilometers was occupied by Israel. Following the Oslo Accords in 1993, Israel accepted limited Palestinian Authority rule in Gaza. And in 2005, Israel completely closed the Jewish settlement from Gaza.

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But when Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian elections, it drove Fatah and the Palestinian Authority out of Gaza. Because the United States and Israel did not want to accept the victory of Hamas under the name "terrorist group". Hamas also remains steadfast in its policy of "wiping Israel off the map." Then Israel in the east and Egypt in the south closed the border with Gaza.

Since 2007, Israel has imposed a sea, land and air blockade on Gaza. As a result, Gaza has turned into the largest open-air prison in the world. Palestinians who live here can cross the border into Israel during the day for work. The humanitarian aid and medicine provided by the UN to Gaza must be received at the behest of Israel.

Even though it borders the Mediterranean Sea, Israel has banned Gazans from fishing or boating there. Gazans have been living a miserable and inhumane life under this siege for 16 years. Meanwhile, an expensive way to travel with the outside world through Egypt's Rafah border was open for a few days, but Cairo also closed it after General Sisi came to power.

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During these 16 years, Israeli forces clashed with Hamas several times. Hundreds of thousands of Gazans have died in indiscriminate Israeli airstrikes as opposed to Hamas rocket attacks. Thousands of Palestinians were permanently maimed, hundreds of houses were razed to the ground, schools and hospitals were destroyed. Israel destroys fresh water source in Gaza.

Is it any wonder, then, that Gazans with their backs to the wall are willing to give up their lives by harming the enemy rather than die in the smoke? Rockside University professor Somdeep Sen wrote in his Al Jazeera column that the Hamas campaign is not surprising. Israeli aggression and occupation fueled Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.

As Somdeep Sen writes, the biggest Palestinian military response to Israeli occupation and oppression in decades is actually an inevitable response and struggle of resistance. It is part of the Palestinian liberation struggle. Palestinians, victims of eviction and occupation from their homeland, celebrated the 75th anniversary of Al-Nakba this May. At the same time, Israel celebrated 75 years of independence.

Devastated and humiliated, Israel has now resorted to the terrible path of reducing Gaza to rubble by launching airstrikes. Ground operations also commenced. The US started sending him weapons. More than 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since yesterday. Thousands of Gazans lost their homes.

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In an editorial in the influential Israeli daily Haaretz, he blamed the entire situation on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, he who prides himself on rich political experience and unrivaled knowledge of security issues has not fully understood how he is pushing Israel into a dangerous situation.

The Haaretz editorial stated that the suppression of the Palestinian national movement in the West Bank and Gaza, the occupation of the West Bank, ethnic cleansing operations in Hebron and the Jordan Valley, the strengthening of Jewish settlements and the presence in the Temple Mount area of ​​the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, as well as deals with Saudi Arabia in which the Palestinians get nothing - Netanyahu's policies have angered the Palestinians. Because of all this, Israel is the target of this attack today

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