Neoconservative master propagandist Jonathan Tobin writing in Commentary today says about the current crisis that “Hamas set events in motion last month when some of its operatives kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers and then escalated the conflict by shooting several hundred rockets into the Jewish state from its Gaza stronghold”.
It was Israel that set events in motion when IDF snipers shot dead Gazan civilians during the months preceding the current crisis. A number of those randomly murdered were farmers tending fields close to the border with Israel. One of the dead was a mentally ill woman who was shot dead after wandering too close to the fence separating the Gaza from Israel.
On top of that, there is no evidence that Hamas had anything to do with the killings of the three Israeli youths murdered in the West Bank.
Also ignored by Tobin are the deaths of five Palestinian youths shot dead in the West Bank by Israeli snipers before the three Israeli killings. While I’m not suggesting here that one set of deaths in any way justifies another set of deaths, I am saying that it is important to present the chronology of events in the correct order before anyone attempts to pervert reality with outright lies.