Rockets and airstrikes reheated the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine in recent days. Vlast takes stock of the ongoing events and the public reaction to the escalation of violence that is causing a massive death toll among civilians on both sides.
- Hamas, an Islamic militant group, shelled parts of the Gaza Strip on October 7 with thousands of rockets and launched a blitz land offensive
- The Israeli government retaliated with force, through airstrikes and blockades.
- Decades of negotiations to try and solve the long-running conflict between Israel and Palestine have been quashed by a “regime of apartheid” against Palestinians, human rights advocates said.
- The Western reactions to the renewed conflict stand in contrast to the geopolitical position that the West has taken with regards to the Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Hamas militants attacked Israel with rockets and then entered its territory from the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli blockade for 15 years. Representatives of the Hamas movement cited Israel's recent storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, considered one of the three main shrines of Islam, as the reason for the attack. In addition, Hamas accuses Israel of holding thousands of Palestinian prisoners.
The Israeli government declared “martial law” and created a wartime cabinet to supervise the retaliation against the brutal weekend assault.
Saturday's attack took place during the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, and 50 years after the Yom Kippur War of 1973, when Egyptian and Syrian troops moved to retake territory Israel captured during a brief attack in 1967.