Perspectives: Violence Escalates Between Hamas and Israel

Headline Roundup May 13th, 2021

Four days of ongoing airstrikes and rocket barrages have killed seven Israelis, including two children, and 83 Palestinians, including 17 children, as of Thursday afternoon. Israel is preparing ground troops along the Gaza border and calling up at least 7,000 reservists for the Israel Defense Forces. On Thursday, Egyptian security officials reportedly visited with leaders of Hamas and Israel in an attempt to negotiate a cease-fire after Israel rejected a Hamas cease-fire proposal Wednesday night. The U.S. has also dispatched diplomats, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr. The violence comes after weeks of escalating tensions over planned evictions of Palestinians from a Jerusalem neighborhood and Israeli police raids on the Al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan.

Voices in right-rated outlets tended to take Israel’s side, blaming Hamas for the violence and criticizing President Joe Biden’s handling of the situation. Voices in left-rated outlets were more likely to criticize Israel’s actions while also not supporting Hamas. English-language Israeli outlets also featured several perspectives on the violence.

Perspectives: Violence Escalates Between Hamas and Israel

From the Right
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This week, well over 1,000 rockets have been launched into Israel by Palestinian terrorists operating out of Gaza. The rockets have been aimed at schools, at Israeli civilians in the highly populated Tel Aviv area, and — in a major escalation — at Ben Gurion Airport, which connects Israel with the outside world.

Due to the incredible performance of its Iron Dome missile-defense system, Israel has been able to minimize its casualties. But because no system is perfect, and with Hamas and Islamic Jihad launching hundreds of missiles simultaneously, some...

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From the Left
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Saying Hamas must pay a “very heavy price” for belligerence, Israeli bombs destroyed a 13-story apartment building in Gaza that had a Hamas presence. And saying Israel “ignited fire” and is “responsible for the consequences,” Hamas launched more rockets at Israel.

We’re now seeing the worst fighting in seven years between Israelis and Palestinians, and again a basic pattern asserts itself: When missiles are flying, hard-liners on each side are ascendant. Civilians die, but extremists on one side empower those on the other.

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From the Center
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Amid threats for more than a decade that Israel would destroy Hamas and rebuild Israel’s deterrence, in reality, the policy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his governments have been to keep a weakened Hamas in power. The primary reason for this policy is to ensure that in the eyes of the Israeli public there is no Palestinian partner for peace.
Israel says that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t speak on behalf of all of the Palestinians, so there’s no reason to deal with him, and Hamas rules...

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