But despite this, Gaza is being pummeled.
from The Real News Network:
From War in Context:
The Kalashnikov is the most widely available weapon on the planet. According to Jane’s Infantry Weapons 2009/2010 this rifle is in use in over 70 countries. An estimated 20% of all firearms available worldwide are of the Kalashnikov family.
So, the IDF says it “knows” the gunmen came from Gaza because they were using Kalashnikovs. That’s about as logical as saying they know they came from Gaza because they appeared to be Arabs.
Why then is Israel now bombing Gaza? Simply because it bombs Gaza every chance it gets. It bombs Gaza knowing that Washington will never object. It bombs Gaza because whenever Jews are killed the easiest form of revenge is to kill Palestinians — even when those particular Palestinians most likely have nothing whatsoever to do with the deaths that triggered this particular cycle of violence.
I guess Gaza is just the easiest, slowest moving target. After all, people are penned in like animals. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Israel knows that if they are attacked, the world (ie. the United States) won’t care who they retaliate against. However, that the IDF would cite the use of the Kalashnikov as evidence of who is responsible for the attacks, would seem to indicate that Israel truly has no idea who is responsible and perhaps they thought that in the face of terrorist violence, no one would care or even ask. They were wrong.
UPDATE: With respect to the IDF killing several Egyptian security personnel, this also complicates the picture because the UN peacekeeping forces stationed on the border in the Sinai region report they didn’t see Palestinians crossing the border. Then there’s the issue of Israeli forces barreling into Egypt- it just makes an already tense Israeli-Egyptian relationship even more tense.