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Normalising Israel’s outrageous aggression makes the murder of civilians acceptable

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The resumption of Israel’s targeted assassination of resistance leaders in Gaza has been met with widespread acceptance and tacit agreement, especially by the international community. During both of this year’s Israeli General Election campaigns, former IDF Chief and leader of the Blue and White party Benny Gantz advocated strongly for the practice to be implemented, creating a semblance of divergence in terms of policy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who, since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, has opted for a gradual normalisation of sporadic bombing of the Gaza Strip.

As Netanyahu openly endorsed the implementation of extrajudicial executions, Gantz voiced his approval and emphasised “a return to deterrence” as the outcome. Israel’s outrageous aggression achieved the opposite, however, as Islamic Jihad fired rockets into the Zionist state after the murder of Bahaa Abu Al-Ata and his wife. This provided Israel with the excuse — “self-defence” — to bomb Gaza yet again; the........

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