Since a recent social media topic has been the Israel-Gaza conflict and US involvement, I thought I would write an article with an overview of the situation and a few of my personal thoughts/comments that I have on the US taking part.
The Israel-Gaza conflict is an ongoing dispute within the long-term Israeli-Palestinian conflict* in the Gaza Strip territory. Palestinian self-defense (aka terrorism) to Israeli military occupation in Gaza has drastically increased in the Gaza territory. The conflict has been going on since the split of the Palestinian Authority* and the Hamas Government in Gaza* in 2006 and the consequent 2007 Battle in Gaza, resulting in the Hamas Government, a UN-defined terrorist government, taking over the Gaza strip. Due to their governmental state and location, Palestinians are feeling hopeless and despaired living with extremely high unemployment rates, high death tolls, poverty, house demolitions as punishment and no freedom of travel due to Israel’s prohibitions, for the Gaza strip is completely surrounded by Israel).
Tired of the “Palestinian self-defense” attacks, Israel launched its military offensive against Gaza on 14 November, marking the latest eruption in a conflict with Palestinian militants which has raged between the two sides for years. The latest violence has left dozens of people dead, many of them civilians, and shows “no sign of ending soon.”
Details of what happened on Nov. 14th:
Israel’s offensive on Gaza began with an air strike that killed the commander of Hamas’s military wing, Ahmed Jabari, who was accused of responsibility for “all terrorist activities against Israel from Gaza” over the past decade. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) subsequently announced the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, which it said was intended to protect Israeli civilians from rockets and mortars fired by militants in Gaza, as well as cripple Hamas’s capability to launch attacks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the operation was launched because he could no longer “accept a situation in which Israeli citizens are threatened by the terror of rockets.” Although Jabari’s killing signaled the start of Israel’s aggression, it was led by outbreaks of deadly cross-border violence which saw Palestinian militant groups, including Hamas’s Qassam Brigades, firing rockets into southern Israel and the Israeli military shooting Gaza and carrying out air strikes. Israel’s Prime Minister has insisted that he is not seeking to end Hamas.
*links lead to Wikipedia definitions.
I’m not 100% sure what the foreign involvement has been like in this Gaza War, but I do know that since about 2009, Israel’s intervention in the Gaza Strip has been fueled largely by US supplied weapons paid for with US tax dollars.
History has shown us that whenever the US gets involved in anything that happens in the Middle East, they spend lots of US money increasing the already embarrassing deficit and make the situation worse. And yet on November 20th, the United States blocked a U.N. Security Council statement condemning the escalating the conflict.
In my opinion, blocking it was unnecessary, for the UN doesn’t really do anything in the 1s
place, and blocking a Security Council statement isn’t going to make any changes in the situation. If the U.N is going to get involved at all, they should focus on aiding the citizens of Gaza who in no way want to be associated with the Hamas, and the US should just stay out of it altogether.