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Israel, Hamas Trade Blame, Dig in

Israel, Hamas Trade Blame, Dig ini
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Brian Padden
July 10, 2014 6:31 PM
The military conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, continues to escalate. As VOA’s Brian Padden reports, both sides blame each other for provoking the conflict and neither side at this point is ready to back down.
Brian Padden

The military conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, continues to escalate. Both sides blame each other for provoking the conflict and neither side at this point is ready to back down.

Hamas Thursday released video it says shows rockets being fired from Gaza towards Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.  

The Israeli army also released video showing the aerial targeting and destruction of a rocket launcher and a tunnel in northern Gaza. The Israelis have launched hundreds of attacks on Hamas targets. Palestinian causalities, including women and children, are mounting. No Israelis have has been seriously injured.

Israel says Hamas must cease the rocket fire from Gaza for Israel to consider a truce. 

The remains and damage of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from inside Gaza Strip are left behind after it hit on a main road in southern Israel, July 10, 2014.The remains and damage of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from inside Gaza Strip are left behind after it hit on a main road in southern Israel, July 10, 2014.
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The remains and damage of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from inside Gaza Strip are left behind after it hit on a main road in southern Israel, July 10, 2014.
The remains and damage of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from inside Gaza Strip are left behind after it hit on a main road in southern Israel, July 10, 2014.

"We tried to de-escalate; messages were sent; we told Hamas to stop this rocket fire.  But they continued, and now we are acting," said Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israeli prime minister. "The Israeli defense forces are acting to bring about a situation where the people of Israel no longer have to live in fear."

The escalation in violence was sparked by the abductions and killings of three Israeli students and a Palestinian teenager. Palestinian leaders say there is also growing frustration with Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian areas and the lack of progress towards a political settlement.

Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, July 10, 2014.Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, July 10, 2014.
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Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, July 10, 2014.
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, July 10, 2014.

“This is a government that does not have a political agenda," said Maen Areikat, the Palestine Liberation Organization's Chief Representative to the United States. "It does not have a peace agenda with the Palestinian people. And each member of the coalition there is competing against the other.  They are trying to out bid and out stage each other for domestic agenda and the Palestinians are paying the price.”

President Obama has urged restraint on both sides, but analyst Steve McInerney, with the Project on Middle East Democracy, says the United States can do little to end this conflict.

“The United States has a strong relationship with Israel but the lack of relationship and influence on the other side is extremely limiting and I think the influence that the United States could have to bring about sort of a cease fire is not very likely,” he said.

Neither side is showing any sign of halting their heaviest fighting since an eight-day battle in late 2012. But Israel has stopped short of a ground invasion that could lead to greater casualties on both sides.  

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by: william li from: canada
July 11, 2014 11:07 AM
the establishment of Israel in middle-est was totally illegal. you cant just grab lands and claim those are yours! maybe USA should donate one or two states to build a new Israel. I am sure Jewish ppl will get along with Americans! leave middle east to Muslims.

by: JohnWV from: USA
July 10, 2014 4:17 PM
Israel uses American attack jets against the inmates of besieged Palestine. Fathers, mothers and children are being killed, splattered actually. With the world's fourth most powerful military, the Jews enjoy a kill ratio of near one hundred to one. The Palestinian's response with crude rockets is pathetic. But those rockets do confirm that Palestine will not accept defeat, they “give proof through the night that (their) flag is still there.”
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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 11, 2014 3:02 AM
Holy smokes, talk about delusion of the facts! I guess when our own society has become a culture of disposable history, then we can believe whatever we want. Please never give anyone else a reference to our great nation's national anthem. Man, what an insult!

Palestine was conquered by the Arabs/Muslims and drove out the Israelis, when Israel was a nation. The Palestinians never establish an actual country, because the tribes were quite lame, as they were. But the Palestinians gave no territory to the Jews, forcing them to vacate the entire region! The Zionists, not orthodox jews, waged war with the Palestinians to reclaim Israel. The Zionists won the war. Israel was reclaimed, and Israel gave territories to the Palestinians, including part of Jerusalem. The Israelis, who won the war, didn't have to give them anything, they could have just evicted them from the land of Israel altogether! But the Palestinian leaders agreed witht the Zionists for territorial rights, as well as access to the Muslim side of Jerusalem.

Palestine is not a nation, nor a country. Palestine is a territory of Israel!!! Israel is the country! The Zionists won the dammmm war, OK? When the Palestinians won, they kicked all the Jews out. When Israel was reclaimed, they didn't kick all the Palestinians out! What kind of history books are you reading?? The history books you find in a Cracker Jack box??

by: JohnWV from: USA
July 10, 2014 4:13 PM
Israel has become a militant racist theocracy/ethnocracy with ICBM nukes; a very real and rapidly increasing threat to itself and to the whole world. Justice demands resolution just as involuntary, disruptive and humiliating to Israel as Israel has wreaked upon occupied Palestine for generations. The Jewish State must be forced to recognize an armed Palestine with externally enforced autonomy, eviction of all settlers, true contiguity encompassing Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem together, neither pinched nor parceled, and pay punitive reparations.
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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 11, 2014 3:04 AM
Israel is a Zionist Sate, not a Jewish State. Don't take that from me, ask a real orthodox Jew!

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