Yesterday’s unprovoked attack by Israeli armoured vehicles firing into the Gaza Strip at Palestinian farmers and their homes near Khan Younis in south Gaza seems to have been a follow on from an earlier incursion by Israeli on Tuesday when Israeli tanks and bulldozers rolled into the Gaza near the Jabaliya refugee camp in the north of the Strip to destroy agricultural plots. Both of these attacks against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip seem to be part of a deliberate program by the Israeli Defence Forces to deliberately provoke Hamas in the Gaza Strip to retaliate against the Israelis just as the Israelis are attempting to provoke Hezbollah in Lebanon by moving tanks up to the border and increasing their overflights in Lebanese airspace.
Israel is clearly attempting once again to use its well known tactic of taking small un-newsworthy but deliberately provocative jabs at its enemies and then, when their enemy retaliates, use that as a casus belli for an all-out attack accusing their enemies of having started it. It is a tactic that Israel has repeated over and over again ever since the Zionist dream of a Greater Israel first got seriously underway.
As I wrote on Wednesday, this provocative activity in the Gaza and at the border of Lebanon isn’t random or spontaneous, they are organised and deliberate. They are designed to provoke retaliation in a well co-ordinated effort to ultimately instigate an attack against Iran.