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Political and military readings of the Israel attack on Gaza

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08.05.2019

The latest Israeli attack on Gaza took place between 3-5 May as the Israeli killing machine continued to target peaceful demonstrators on the Gaza border as part of the Great Return Marches on one hand, and because of its continued policy of procrastination and stalling adopted by Israel in implementing the humanitarian understandings it agreed upon with Hamas, mediated by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations, on the other.

It is no longer a secret that more than six months after these understandings came into effect, the Israeli government has been seeking to manage the crisis caused by Gaza’s living conditions without seeking to resolve it. This is because it wants to keep Gaza in a state of neither living nor dying.

This ongoing Israeli policy has been a recurring match that ignites from time to time, given the Palestinians’ discomfort with the results of the understandings. The latest escalation in Gaza has been a very striking example of this, because Hamas accuses Israel of only implementing a fraction of what has been agreed upon.

Obviously, things do not always seem to be under control, because of the Palestinian state of frustration. The situation of the people of Gaza is becoming increasingly poor and dangerous and there is a state of dissatisfaction with the modest humanitarian facilities, which they were promised, or because they are being implemented in a slow manner.

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The slower understandings are being implemented, the more frustrated Gazans become and the result of this is an increasing number of incendiary balloons, burning kites and Israel’s reactions. We have witnessed this over the past few days in the form of the most violent military escalation since the end of the Gaza war in the summer of 2014.

I will not go into the daily events and incidents of the past three days of attack, as this is not my goal. Instead, I will provide a military and political reading of these days’ developments that indicate that they were a qualitative addition to the state of security and military exhaustion experience by Israel with the resistance in Gaza since the start of the Great Return Marches in March 2018.

Destroyed homes are seen after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza on 5 May 2019 [Mohammad Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Destroyed homes are seen after Israel carried out air strikes in Gaza on 5 May 2019 [Mohammad Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Over the three days of the attack, there were major Palestinian casualties, both human and material, but Israel did not avoid losses either. The settlers complained about the continued attrition war with Gaza,........

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