And so the spin begins…
A massive barrage of rocket and mortar attacks launched against Israel by Hamas in the Gaza Strip is being justified by leftist mainstream media in the United States and throughout the Middle East as a response to a “botched special ops” mission carried out by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The mission left seven Palestinians and one Israeli army officer dead. One of the Palestinians killed was a Hamas military commander.
Since the Sunday incident, over 350 rockets have been fired into Israel. The IDF retaliated by striking Hamas-controlled targets, including a state-run news station that was offline for several hours.
Since Gaza terror organizations began their widespread attack on Israeli civilians:
? Approx. 370 rockets were launched from #Gaza at #Israel.
? Approx. 100 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system. pic.twitter.com/f45vRGQowU
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 13, 2018
Now, nearly every report from mainstream media is tilting blame for this escalation of aggression towards Israel. What’s being ignored is the fact that the botched raid is just an excuse for escalation by Hamas. They’ve been waiting eagerly for Israel to do anything that could act as justification to ramp up attacks and force Israel to respond.
This is how a new anti-Israel narrative is built.
As the Jerusalem Post pointed out, the IDF didn’t help its cause by releasing information slowly.
At about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Palestinian sources reported major explosions from Khan Yunis. And from that point on, Palestinian sources continued to be the ones reporting most of what happened.
Yes, the IDF almost immediately tweeted: “During IDF operational activity in the #Gaza Strip, an exchange of fire broke out. Details to follow.” But those details were slow to come.
Did the fact that a senior Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades terrorist was killed indicate a return to targeted assassinations? Was this an intelligence-gathering mission gone awry? Rumors flew on social media and on WhatsApp.
Why this is important
It isn’t the botched raid nor the responses by both sides that should concern Americans and Israelis the most. It’s how this will be used by anti-Israel groups around the world, including the United Nations, to ramp up calls for a two-state solution. They’ve been waiting for a series of events that were initiated by an Israel action. That narrative is now being built before our eyes.
The first three steps have already played out. Israel kills Palestinians during a military operation in Gaza. Hamas responds ferociously. Israel hits back. From here, the narrative of war versus peace will be built. It’s a false narrative because neither Hamas nor Israel want war, but Hamas will use this incident and the escalation that follows to pressure world leaders into taking further actions against Israel. We’ll hear of members of the United Nations denouncing Israel for their aggressions and calling on the United States to force Israel to the negotiating table.
While publicly supporting Israel, chances are very high the United States will, indeed, pressure them into hammering out a deal. That deal will be a two-state solution, and despite protestations by most of Israel’s leaders, they may be forced to finally accept it. Any other time this would likely be impossible, but things are different now. Israel’s government is sharply divided. It’s the perfect time for proponents of a two-state solution to step up and sell it to the nation.
The perfect storm
Fighting around Gaza is a piece of the puzzle. There are other pieces that have been moved or will soon be moved into place. When the image on the puzzle is finally seen, it will be a two-state solution.
Here are the five factors currently in play:
- Israeli-Palestinian tension driven by Hamas: This has been present for over a decade, but it appears this latest escalation is perfectly timed to coincide with the other four factors. Hamas was ready for any excuse to launch hundreds of rockets into Israel. The IDF mission gave them the excuse they needed.
- Mohammad bin Salman falling from grace: The United States and parts of Europe were looking to Saudi Arabia to be the initiator of peace talks. Even Israel preferred the Saudis over Egypt or Turkey. The Jamal Khashoggi murder changed everything.
- Multiple factors pushing President Trump to seek international wins: Losing the House in the midterm elections puts President Trump in delicate position. He needs wins in the next year to help him win reelection in 2020, but losing Congress means those wins won’t come on the domestic front. He needs a foreign affairs win and nothing would fit that bill better than his version of the Oslo Accords. He said back in September he’d be unveiling his Middle East peace proposal in “three or four months,” which is sometime between now and the middle of January. He also indicated he believed the final deal will include a two-state solution.
- Incessant drumbeat of the two-state solution: This has been present for years and has been steadily increasing recently. Nearly every nation is against the current situation in Israel. Most are calling for a two-state solution. This fact combined with increasing support for the BDS movement puts Israel on a geopolitical island.
- Uncertainty in the Israel elections: We cannot ignore the troubles Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is having at home. While it’s unlikely he’ll see charges before the November 5, 2019 election, it’s still possible he’ll call for early elections before his coalition falls apart. If a two-state solution that includes Israel’s safety demands is put on the table, it’s conceivable that those who have been adamantly opposed to it in the past, including Netanyahu, may soften for the sake of governmental unity.
Media across the Middle East, Europe, and the United States are using the Israeli raid and Hamas rocket attacks to push a two-state solution to the masses. It seems almost inevitable at this point that Israel will either accept it or be demonized into complete isolation.
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