Are Things About to Escalate Between Israel and Gaza?
Rocket sirens have been heard throughout Israel’s southern and central towns after Israel’s targeted assassination of Baha Abu al-Ata, a senior Islamic Jihad figure in Gaza. Here are three takes on how this situation is evolving.
Baha Abu al-Ata, a senior Islamic Jihad leader, initiated attacks on Israel. He was warned time and again but continued to plan attacks. Israel had no alternative to killing him, as Hamas authorities in Gaza did not act to restrain him.
Abu al-Ata opposed any accord with Israel, including the arrangement whereby the Qatar government transfers cash to the Gaza Strip to support needy families, and he tried to thwart any such moves… It can cautiously be presumed that, despite threatening announcements, the Hamas leadership is not overly upset at Abu al-Ata’s demise.
Lawmakers on the Left accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for authorizing the assassination of an Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza on Tuesday for political advantage, and were met by sharp criticism for their remarks by MKs on the Right and Left.