Israel is intensifying bombing raids in northern and central Gaza and is punishing the Hamas tunnel network “in the most aggressive way in recent years,” military sources told The Jerusalem Post. In a 40-minute attack that took place at midnight, 450 missiles were launched at 150 targets connected to the tunnel network known as “the Gaza Metro”, according to the same sources. The explosions lit up the sky above the Strip and it was day into night.
An inaccurate report from the military caused confusion as to whether the land invasion had started or not, but eventually the soldiers remain at the separation gate awaiting the order to cross into Gaza, as they did in the 2008 and 2014 operations. The final balance. The Strip’s Department of Health brings the death toll to 119 and more than 800 are injured. In Israel there are already 8 victims of the nearly 2,000 missiles launched by the Palestinian factions.
Riots in mixed cities
In addition to the Gaza front, Israel is facing serious riots that hit the country’s mixed cities every night, leaving one dead, dozens injured and hundreds of prisoners. Arabs and Jews face each other in battles, there are beatings, destruction of shops, knife wounds . In places like Lod a state of emergency has been established, although it was not enough to ease tension between communities and the local population. Media complain that the situation is “out of control”.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported Friday that an alleged Palestinian attacker has been “neutralized” after an attempted stabbing near a settlement in the West Bank. In statements to the press, Israeli forces made it clear that the incident took place in the Ofra settlement, although they confirmed that the attacker had been killed on the spot. According to The Times of Israel newspaper, several troops have been injured, Europa Press reports.
The Palestinians of Israel make up 20 percent of the country’s population and took to the streets in protest against the attempted expulsion of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in the eastern part of Jerusalem, and especially by the two police raids on the Al Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan. These are the two sparks that ignited a fire that also spread bloody to Gaza.
The grave security crisis hits an Israel that remains without a government. The mixed cities Gaza fronts have blown up the talks they had to form a unity government Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennet. What has been called the “coalition of change,” which had the ability to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from the prime minister’s seat, walked away and Bennet resigned from the post of prime minister that Lapid had offered him in turn.
Bennet, an ultra-nationalist politician and former leader of the settlers, confessed to his best friends that he found Lapid’s proposed union of armed forces unviable because the result would be a government incapable of dealing with the serious problems facing the country. is facing to cope and “safety comes first”. Bennet’s option now is to back Netanyahu back, although this turnaround will not be enough to take 61 seats and the country appears doomed to a fifth election.