In recent days, Tel Aviv has faced mounting international criticism over the historically ongoing deadly hostilities, which involve exchanges of F-16 airstrikes from Israel and rocket attacks from Palestinian militants.
The escalation has resulted in civilian deaths on both sides, though with significantly more victims on the Palestinian side, especially the genocidal campaign against children.
The Israeli air campaign against Hamas, which has involved multiple strikes on high-rise buildings in the Palestinian enclave, has been criticized by the UN. Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged both parties to stop the fighting immediately.
One of the first strikes was on communication systems on Saturday which destroyed a 13-floor Gaza building that housed Qatar-based Al-Jazeera and the French Associated Press.
The Gaza escalation follows days of unrest in Jerusalem, prompted by Israel’s plans to forcefully destroy several Palestinian family homes in an occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood.
The plan triggered mass protests of Palestinians in the city, which were met with a heavy-handed response.
Israeli police even stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the last days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, prompting accusations that it deliberately prevented the faithful from praying.
Netanyahu’s last statement is an arrogant challenge to the whole world: it is an implicit confession-declaration that Israel is above the law and the UN, and that WE, THE WORLD can still do anything about it.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Middle East News 2021.