Israel – Gaza Cease Fire Takes Place After 11 Days of Fighting

  • 4000 rockets were thrown at Israel populated areas from Gaza in 11 days.
  • America initiated a cease fire agreeing to help Gaza rebuild and to fund the Israel Iron Dome Defense system.
  • Israel remains a democracy but the nation is split between right and left.

After 11 days of fighting, the war between Gaza and Israel has come to an end. President Joe Biden recognized Israel’s right to defend itself after Gaza threw five rockets on Jerusalem at the beginning of the war. His support for Israel’s defense continued throughout the conflict until finally together with other nations Joe Biden requested from Israel to receive his wishes for a ceasefire.

Meeting between Fatah and Egypt foreign minister.

During the conflict Gaza had already thrown over four thousand rockets at Israel populated areas from Southern Cities like Sederot to Beer Sheva, and centrally located cities like Ashkelon, Ashdod, Tel-Aviv Gush Dan, Lud, Rishon-Lzion, up until Natanya, 90 % were intercepted by the Israel Iron Dome Defense system limiting civilians’ casualties and damage to properties.

Hamas showed its strength using more sophisticated weaponry than in the war in 2014. Between the two wars Hamas continued to build up its rocket production even to have produced many rockets within its borders. Egypt which watched the border between Gaza and the outside world attempted to supervise over weaponry entering Gaza, but allowed supplies of materials used to produce rockets to enter the country since these materials were not identified for its hidden purpose to make weapons.

Hamas had attempted to build tunnels into Israel territory which had been blocked and discovered through Israel technology at its borders which prevented Hamas terrorists from entering Israel during the conflict. Hamas had built many tunnels within its borders for storage of rockets and rocket launches which were destroyed by Israel aircraft. Israel did extensive damage to Hamas military properties including buildings used for communications like Associated Press. In this building was located Hamas GPS equipment.

Hamas rockets were aimed at Israel populated areas with the intention to kill civilians. Israel notified Hamas to remove people from building which it had destroyed because under these building were hidden tunnels where weapons were stored. It this way was controlled the amount of civilians who were killed in Gaza during the war. However many people have been left homeless.

Israel artillery stationed at the border.

Toward the end of the war Israel targeted leaders of Hamas killing many of these leaders. One of these leaders Muhmad Daf who was the number one target escaped. Israel claims to have killed 25 commanders in the Hamas military as well as 200 soldiers. 100 kilometers of Hamas metro was destroyed, 340 rocket launchers, 10 building belonging to Hamas were destroyed many high riser buildings, banks used for receiving funds for terrorism, facilities for building rockets and other damages to the infrastructure of Hamas. Israel has declared a victory.

Hamas also claims to have won the war of Shomer Chomot “Watching over the Walls of Israel.” Israel agreed to allow freedom to Palestinians to pray in the mosque Al-Aksa, and to protect the rights of Palestinians living in Jerusalem.

The war was considered a holy war on both sides. The side of Hamas is to protect the rights of Arabs living in Jerusalem, the West Bank and in Israel to practice their Muslim faith. Israel holy war is to protect the rights of Jews to live in their homeland.

Israel still has not made a new coalition government after the fourth elections. It continues to be a democracy without a unity government on all sides including Arab representation in the government.

David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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