January 19th, 2022

Reality Check

Hamas rockets and the idea of two states

Jonathan Tobin

By Jonathan Tobin

Published Nov. 14,2018

Hamas rockets and the idea of two states

Does it really matter what started the shooting at the border between Israel and Hamas-run Gaza? To outward appearances, it looks like it was something of an accident when a routine security operation inside Gaza went awry and Israeli troops were fired upon, leading to bomb strikes to extricate them. That was followed by the largest barrage of rockets fired at Israel since the war that took place in the summer of 2014.

Hamas's decision to launch hundreds of rockets, which has resulted in the death of one man (a Palestinian working inside Israel) and the wounding of more than two dozen Israelis so far, is being discussed in the international media as just one more episode in an endless "cycle of violence," in which the Jewish state is as guilty as the Islamist terror groups that rule Gaza.