I only saw the Truth Out article In Gaza-Israel Coverage, The New York Times Purveys Pro-War Propaganda on Page One just now though it was published Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:42.
The ITIC July 8, 2014, report, “News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 2 – 8, 2014),” states: “For the first time since Operation Pillar of Defense [November 2012], Hamas participated in and claimed responsibility for rocket fire [on July 7, 2014].”
Thus, Hamas rocket fire only restarted on July 7 after a 19-month cease-fire. As we will see, this was nearly a month after Israeli forces launched massive military operations in the West Bank and Gaza starting on June 12. But those Israeli military operations were not the only provocation.
If I had seen this article earlier today, I could have saved myself the effort of doing the research for my previous blog post Some Recent History On The Israeli Chicken and the Gaza Egg.
Although it is important to understand the feelings and motivations of the protagonists, the exact lies or truths told by either side are not as important as finding a way out of this mess.
In trying to figure out what could motivate Hamas to retaliate against Israel even knowing that they are going to take a pounding for such retaliation, I could only figure that they at least could feel they were doing something rather than just acquiescing to these unjust punishments. What didn’t dawn on me then was they might decide that if Israel is going to attack no matter what they do, they might as well make Israel pay for it. Of course that just means that we US tax payers are going to pay for it too, since we supply money and arms to Israel. Our military/industrial complex must love this gift that keeps on giving.