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Gaza Under Attack from Operation Protective Edge
Yes, blame Hamas and the current Palestinian government for being unable to stand face-off with Hamas. Both entities occupy the same Gaza strip and some elements work in conjunction with the other. If there was no Hamas in Gaza, there would be no war. Israel has proven this during the many times there was peace in the area. Before the three Israeli teens were killed and mutilated by Hamas, which incited Israeli extremists to burn alive a Palestinian teen, there was peace for years since 2008. That was the last time Hamas incited a war of public opinion by getting Israel to attack them.
Now, the Israeli Operation Protective Edge, is once again set to dismantle what Hamas has bone since 2008. They have destroyed 34 tunnels into Israel, many well built with 700 tons of concrete diverted from public housing projects. The operation has destroyed about 4000 rocket caches of various types, leaving Hamas with another 5000. Israel's top priority is to destroy the tunnels, then find and destroy the rockets. Meanwhile, Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israel in a sort of stupid defiance under watching Israeli drones that immediately call in airstrikes or artillery.
Gaza is one the most concentrated, high density, areas. Buildings are everywhere and so are people. With Hamas, they want to cause high Palestinian losses caused by Israeli attacks for political gain. They do this by keeping the tunnels and rockets near or in homes, schools, hospitals, mosques. All civilian. Israel tries to warn the inhabitants to leave pending an attack. This also tells Hamas. It becomes a game of hide and seek. All of the Palestinian losses are attributed to Hamas' actions. Had Hamas agreed to live in peace, side by side with Israel like many of the Palestinians, none of this would be happening over and over again.
Hamas is the direct cause for the Palestinian losses. Israel does not attack unless continuously provoked. The facts speak loudly. For weeks, Hamas tossed thousands of rockets into Israel and Israel did nothing but ask Hamas to halt. They did not. They wanted war. They got it.
As casualties rise on both sides, the media seems to focus on the losses in Gaza and to the Palestinians, especially the civilians and children. A sort of lopsided opinion forms blaming Israel for the whole affair. Photos and social media make the coverage biased. Hamas likes this coverage because is supports their cause against Israel and public opinion against them.
Few Palestinians will publicly blame the real perpetrator, Hamas. They know they need to be afraid of them because even in peace, they carry out crimes and harass those Palestinians who do not support them in Gaza.
As I said, remove Hamas, and you remove the problem in Gaza.