Zuhair Qasis was the head of the Popular Resistance Committee. He was killed alongside a former Palestinian prisoner from Nablus who had recently been freed and deported to Gaza.
In these situations, Western media is usually clueless or complicit. Sometimes it’s both. The Israeli army was cited readily by many media outlets without challenge.
Expectedly, Palestinians fired back. “The national resistance brigades, the DFLP’s [Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine] armed wing, the Al-Aqsa [Martyr] brigades, and the armed wing of the PRC [Popular Resistance Committees], the An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din brigades, have all claimed responsibility for rocket fire,” reported Maan news agency.
Neither Hamas’ might nor diplomacy could persuade Gaza’s many factions to hold their fire. Israel knows this fact more than any other party. This is why it sent such unmistakably bloody messages. Israeli needed Palestinians to respond, and urgently so.
The Israelis are desperate to see Iran’s nuclear facilities bombed by American bunker buster bombs ~ some of which weigh up to 13,600 kg. Israel’s former head of military intelligence, Amos Yadlin, assured the “free world” ~ a term often manipulated by Netanyahu ~ that a bombing campaign can succeed if it’s followed by the right measures.
Republican candidates in the US, and even President Barack Obama himself, agree. But Obama, despite his groveling at the recent conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, dared to question the timing and the way in which Iran must be brought to its knees. The US president is becoming increasingly isolated within Washington because of his stance on Iran.
Hamas has its own calculations independent of Israel’s war momentum. But losing Hamas would jeopardize the very equation Israel has been constructing for years. The “radical camp” must remain intact, as far as Israel is concerned.
“Gaza Rockets fire disrupts life in Israeli south” read a headline in Israel’s Haaretz. “IDF strikes Gaza terror targets following rocket barrage” declared another in the Jerusalem Post. It’s war all over again. Israeli civilians run to shelters. Sirens blare. US media reports the fate of “besieged” Israelis and Palestinian “terrorists”.