The Israeli Army announced that it was increasing its presence in the West Bank and specifically near Gaza as of the evening of January 29th.
The reason is that US President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” sparked outrage among Palestinians and they’ve been organizing massive protests.
After a long calm, explosive balloons began being launched from Gaza, once again.
1 rocket was fired from Gaza towards Israel on January 29th, in addition to some explosive balloons, the Israel Defense Force claimed.
In response, IDF aircraft just struck Hamas targets in Gaza, including a weapons manufacturing site & underground infrastructure.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 29, 2020
Some IDF communications infrastructure was targeted as well on the next day.
In response, we just targeted a number of Hamas observation posts used to collect intelligence.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 30, 2020
In the late hours of January 30th, 3 more rockets were fired, but they took place after Israel’s initial response.
The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted 2 rockets mid-air.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 30, 2020
We just responded by striking Hamas terror targets in Gaza including underground infrastructure used to manufacture weapons.
We hold Hamas responsible.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 31, 2020
It began by targeting Hamas positions, saying it held the group accountable.
IDF airplanes and fighter jets attacked a long line of targets belonging to Hamas in the southern Gaza Strip. Among other targets, the IDF struck an underground cell belonging to the group.
Earlier in the day, the IDF attacked numerous key targets in the Gaza Strip with aircraft and tanks. This previous attack was, according to the IDF spokesperson, in response to the numerous incendiary balloons sent into Israel throughout the day.
Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli security forces clashed in various locations in the West Bank and further Palestinian protests are expected in the coming days.
“Following the ongoing situation assessment, it has been decided to reinforce the Judea and Samaria and Gaza Divisions with additional combat troops,” the army said in a statement, using the Israeli terms for the West Bank.
But the plan grants Israel much of what it has sought in decades of international diplomacy, namely control over Jerusalem as its “undivided” capital, rather than a city to share with the Palestinians.
It also offers US approval for Israel to annex the strategically crucial Jordan Valley, which accounts for around 30%of the West Bank, as well as other Jewish settlements in the territory.
The terms have been roundly rejected by Palestinian leaders, with president Mahmud Abbas vowing the proposal would end up in “the dustbin of history.”
Abbas is expected to visit the UN soon, to address the Security Council and explain his rejection of the plan, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN said on January 29th.
Trump’s plan stipulates the creation of a “contiguous” Palestinian state but under strict conditions, including a requirement that it be “demilitarised”.
Naturally, many in Israel hailed it as a good plan, after all it allows Israel to annex even more territory and provides to the Palestinians areas that are predominantly desert, devoid of any resources whatsoever.
“History knocked on our door last night and gave us a unique opportunity to apply Israeli law on all of the settlements in Judea (and) Samaria,” said Israel’s rightwing Defence Minister Naftali Bennett.
The French foreign ministry welcomed Trump’s “efforts” and pledged to “carefully study” his proposal.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, slammed Trump’s plan as “completely unacceptable”.
Russia appeared to regard the plan with skepticism.
“We do not know if the American proposal is mutually acceptable or not,” Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.
The international attitude is of little interest now, however, and that of the Palestinians as well. Israel will move to further annexations, after all it has the official approval of the US, it’s set out in the document. The Palestinians will then have 4 years, as stipulated in the deal to either agree with it, or negotiate some better terms for themselves, or it will presumably simply go into force and Israel’s annexations would simply be recognized as under Tel Aviv’s sovereignty, approved by the US and, more or less, nobody else.
The Palestinian demonstrators are currently considering their further steps against the “unacceptable” deal put before them.
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