Hamas traffics in the death of civilians, preferably women and children, sometimes real, sometimes staged, always to pull the heart strings of Westerners.
Imagine, if you will, tens of thousands of Houthi rebels amassed on the border of Saudi Arabia and trying to cross over from Yemen. What would be the Saudi response? Better yet, consider the Kurdish population of northern Iraq marching on the Turkish border. Do you think President Erdogan would be greeting them with sweets and flowers?
In both cases, the ensuing firepower would be devastating and the carnage incomprehensible. It would not be the 18 dead at Israel’s fence with Gaza as thousands of Palestinians rioted, including some who attempted to break through Israel’s border.
So, why should Israel have any less right to defend its people from those who have sworn to destroy it? Hamas is a terrorist organization. By luring civilians, peppered with an assortment of militants burning tires, throwing petrol bombs and shooting assault weapons, it has cynically organized the march on Israel’s border to destroy the fence that separates Israel from Gaza.
Hamas traffics in the death of civilians, preferably women and children, sometimes real, sometimes staged, always to pull the heart strings of Westerners. Of the 16 initially killed, ten were identified as members of Hamas’ military wing. At a location some distance from the main riots, two Hamas operatives attacked an IDF position with assault rifles.
At the border, Hamas used a tactic known as directed resistance. The tactic grew out of the American protest movements of the ‘60s. As American law enforcement became more sophisticated, they were able to remove non-violent demonstrators without the violence that would provide the visuals that make police violence part of the demonstrators’ narrative. Non-violence evolved into directed resistance.