Conflict Intensifies in Israel and Gaza

Reported by Vision news team | vision.org.au
Monday, May 17th, 2021

Conflict in Gaza and Israel has seen its deadliest day to date, killing 42 Palestinians and two Israelis.

The Israelis released vision of one airstrike they say struck the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader.

It’s thought he wasn’t home but Israel says it is successfully eliminating what it calls ‘terror infrastructure’.

Hamas has again fought back with another barrage of rockets, including one which struck a synagogue in the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended his country’s military action, saying they have the right to self-defense.

“If Hamas thought that they could just fire rockets and then sit back and enjoy immunity, that’s false”, said Mr Netanyahu.

“We are targeting a terrorist organisation that is targeting our civilians and hiding behind their civilians, using them as human shields”.

World leaders are calling for calm, but also acknowledge Israel’s right to defend itself.

The United Nations Secretary General is condemning the violence, calling for an immediate end to the air strikes.

Australia’s former Ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma, says terrorist organisation Hamas is trying to prove it’s legitimacy to the Palestinian people.

“It [Hamas] doesn’t recognise Israel’s right to exist, in it’s own charter of government it’s committed to Israel’s destruction,” said Mr Sharma.

“And they rule Gaza – which is part of the Palestinian population – they control an enclave near the coast with an iron fist”.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis prayed for the innocent victims on both sides, and called for those in charge to walk the path of peace.

 

The Word for Today

 

Donate to vision

Over 80% of our income is from the freewill gifts of wonderful people just like you.
So thank you for helping. Your generous support is 'Connecting Faith to Life'.