Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said in a statement that the recent round of tit-for-tat violence between Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and Israel was ‘not started by the Israelis’.
This is a blatant lie.
This latest round of violence has escalated as a direct result of Israeli provocation on Sunday, 21 October 2012, when the Israelis attempted a targeted assassination of two Palestinians, Talat Jarbi and Mohammad Maqawi, who were riding a motorbike near Rafah in the Gaza Strip.
Such actions by the Israelis are designed to deliberately provoke Palestinian retaliation.
In the light of recent events in Syria and the subsequent shifting of alliances between Hamas and Iran, it is possible that Israel is looking for some other excuse to invade and occupy the Gaza Strip. This latest escalation of violence by the Israelis – not Hamas as Netanyahu says – may well be the set-up for a casus belli for just such an operation.