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Israel Under Attack: Palestinian terrorists launch rockets into Tel Aviv, hit civilian bus



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Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists in Gaza have fired hundreds of rockets in the last day at Israeli civilians and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have responded by targeting 130 terrorist posts and killing more than 15 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza. The IDF strikes included the killing of the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s rocket unit, Samah Abed al-Mamluk and the head of Hamas anti-tank missile unit, Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir.

The IDF later destroyed a 13-story building in Gaza that was reportedly a terrorist stronghold. Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists responded by sending dozens of rockets into Tel Aviv, many of which the IDF’s iron dome intercepted. However, rockets hit a bus near Tel Aviv that was reportedly full of people.

The IDF responded with more strikes against terrorists in Gaza, warning civilians to leave areas they are targeting.

“We understand that Hamas is behind this and we the IDF hold Hamas responsible for any acts of violence emanating from the Gaza Strip at our civilians,” IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said earlier.

In Southern Israel, two homes in the city of Ashkelon were hit by rockets, killing two women, one of the victims has been reportedly identified as an Indian national, and injuring many more.

The rocket fire began at 6pm local time on Monday when many Israelis were celebrating Jerusalem Day. Hundreds of thousands of people were soon forced to run for shelter. By 12pm local time on Tuesday, more than 300 rockets had been fired into Israel, according to the IDF

But the rocket fire hasn’t stopped since then.

Israel’s iron dome technology, however, has intercepted more than 90% of rockets and Israel has responded with targeted strikes in the Gaza Strip and they will continue to do so until the rocket fire stops, Conricus said.

“That is a true lifesaver for Israeli civilians living all across Southern Israel,” Conricus said.

Conricus also slammed the Palestinian terrorist for firing rockets in their own civilian areas, causing harm to their people. According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, 28 Palestinians have been killed, including nine children. The news agency also said over 100 Palestinians are wounded and some are in critical condition.

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Biden Administration Sacrificing Saudi-Israel Deal on Altar of Palestinian Statehood



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Iran kicked out one-third of its nuclear inspectors. The Biden administration is on the verge of getting Iran to release five hostages in exchange for unfreezing $6 billion of Iranian cash, and potentially five Iranian prisoners held in US custody. As Iran is on the march, a breakthrough in Middle East peace can’t come fast enough.

The best way to check Iranian ambitions in the region would be the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel. While such a deal would be “tectonic,” the Biden administration is destroying the prospects for normalization because it continues to be obsessed with linking the deal to Palestinian nationalism.

More than any of the known Palestinian demands to date, the Biden administration is fixated on Palestinian statehood. And the administration continues to browbeat Israel on that point. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has recently claimed that both Saudi Arabia and the Biden administration view a two-state solution an important piece to any deal. Previously, Blinken told Israel’s minister of strategic affairs, Ron Dermer, that Israel would be “misreading the situation” if it doesn’t think that significant concessions to the Palestinians would be required to broker a Saudi-Israel deal. White House National Security Council spokesman Jake Sullivan also told Dermer that that Israel will need to give significant concessions to the Palestinians so that the Biden administration can sell the deal to Democrats in Congress.

One unconfirmed Saudi press report stated that the Saudis have walked away from talks, due to concerns that Israel wouldn’t agree to placate the Palestinians. However, both an American and an Israeli official have asserted that that report is false.

What is more likely is that the Saudis are taking a pragmatic, not absolutist, approach to a Palestinian track. According to an unnamed Arab official who is familiar with recent talks between Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority (PA) earlier this month, Saudi Arabia is now communicating to the PA that it is willing to abandon the two-state solution as a pre-condition for normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel, and that the PA needs to acclimate its demands to that fact. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has proposed to re-start aid to the PA, halted since 2016, in efforts to get the PA to at least tacitly support normalization.

The Israeli response to Palestinian nationalism is much more publicly opposed. Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi has rejected the idea of Palestinian statehood as part of the deal. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said the concept of Israeli concessions to the Palestinians as a part of normalization is “a fiction” as such a deal “has nothing to do with Judea and Samaria [commonly referred to in the West as the ‘West Bank’].”

Israel’s hostility to Palestinian nationalism is well founded. As the Oslo Accords turn 30 years old, the so called “peace process” has failed to bring peace to Israel, as Israel has had to defend itself against at least five warsand countless smaller violent conflicts against the Palestinians since 1993. PA President Mahmoud Abbas continued to show his true bigoted face with a recent anti-Semitic diatribe, part and parcel of the systemic anti-Semitism and incitement to violence of the PA.

The Biden administration continues to stand in the way of Saudi Arabia’s normalization of relations with Israel, as it continues to pursue maximalist demands on Palestinian statehood. This is a non-starter for Israel, and not a top concern for Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, like Israel, is primarily focused on using the deal to leverage its strength against Iran – as Saudi Arabia is looking to secure US support for advanced weapons, a NATO-like alliance, and civilian nuclear energy. In order to make a sustainable counterweight against Iranian aggression, the Biden administration must jettison its demands for Palestinian statehood, and at the very least answer Saudi concerns with a serious counter-offer. Failure to buttress Israel, Saudi Arabia and our Gulf allies will likely result in a resurgent Iran.

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