Gaza's war on peace: 12 rockets hit southern Israel

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

If Israel is fighting a war on terror, then it must be concluded that the terrorists who run the Gaza Strip are fighting a war on peace.

At least 12 rockets and mortar shells were fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Wednesday, miraculously causing no injuries or damage. One of the rockets fired during the early morning hours landed dangerously close to a power station in the coastal city of Ashkelon.

The Israeli air force responded by bombing a number of terrorist installations.

As Israeli and the Palestinian Authority leaderships met for the second time during this current round of peace talks on Tuesday, Gaza’s Hamas rulers vowed to derail the negotiations.

Israel is being pressured by the US to not let the ongoing attacks affect its positions and its participation in the talks, and to respond to the attacks in a very limited fashion so as to not upset PA leader Mahmoud Abbas. But many Israelis insists that if Abbas is incapable of or unwilling to control his people, then he is not a viable peace partner. That feeling applies also to Gaza, even though Abbas has no authority there at present, primarily because Abbas and his regime continue to insist that any peace deal must include Gaza.

A large number of Israelis also still see Gaza as the test case for peace with the Palestinian Authority as a whole. Israel fully withdrew from Gaza in 2005, as per Palestinian demands. The territory was handed over to the Palestinians to fully rule and turn into a productive and independent entity living in peaceful coexistence with Israel.

Instead, the Palestinians in 2006 responded to the withdrawal by overwhelmingly voting Hamas into power. A year later, Hamas had violently seized full control of the coastal strip. As such, many in Israel see the ceding of land to the Palestinians as a recipe for creating terrorist havens.

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