Violence has flared once again between Israel and Palestine. With outside forces having a vested interest in unrest in the region it is often hard to know exactly who is responsible for what.Israel and Iran are old enemies, each with an axe to grind. Many believe it is only a matter of time before Israel launches what it calls a preemptive strike on Iran. If and when that happens expect all hell to break loose.
Israel is becoming more isolated than ever in the Middle East. As the old regimes of countries such as Egypt have fallen Israel is in a precarious position. The new governments are unknown quantities, as far as relations with Israel goes.
Today's news is bad for all sides.
An historic visit to Gaza by the emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was followed by cross border violence. The Sheik pledged $400 million for various projects in Gaza and political support. No sooner was the news out than chaos erupted. An Israeli patrol was attacked and one soldier wounded. Reportedly the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility. In retaliation Israel allegedly launched attacks on military brigades of Hamas, a Palestinian group. Hamas has been. unsuccessfully it seems, trying to rein in a more militant al-Qaeda group operating in the area. There are also reports that Israeli forces hit a Mosque wounding eight, and killing three.
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahou has focused his anger on Iran. He lays the blame for the attacks squarely with the authorities in Iran. Whether this is fact or fiction is immaterial as violence intensifies. Netanyahou has said, "Today we engaged in exchanges against terrorist aggression that comes from our southern border in Gaza, but it actually comes from Iran and a whole terror network that is supporting these attacks. The way to fight terror is to fight terror, and that we shall do with great force"
Israel maintains that it has been hit by more than 60 missiles in the last 24 hours. US forces are working on exercises with Israeli military in the area. It is claimed that this is only a military exercise but who can tell. They were moved following the attacks.
Who is telling the truth is not known. The US, Iran, Hamas, Palestine and not least Israel all have their own agendas. If it was not election year in the US we may have seen a very different course of action. We still could after the election on November 6 no matter who is elected the next President of the USA.
A SkyNews report includes this telling paragraph, Former head of Israel's National Security Council Ilan Mizrahi said: "It is a very delicate situation. We do not have a free hand like we did in the past. "Now we have to consider our relationship with Egypt more carefully. I would expect Cairo will try to pacify the situation and we should be careful not to provoke the Egyptians. "However, it will be impossible to allow this to continue for a long time."
Hamas maintain that Israel is becoming more aggressive as it gets ready to hold elections. Yes ALL the players in this dangerous game have fish to fry.