Gaza Roundup


There’s more violence in Gaza today. Emily Hauser asks a tough question about Israeli claims that its strikes are surgical and aimed at terrorists.

The IDF used social media to announce and live-blog the attacks, and to celebrate the killing of Ahmed Al-Jabari. Slate refers to this as “total military transparency,” but it feels more like propaganda to me. There’s a semblance of transparency, but the IDF is still controlling what gets sent out.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said “The Israelis must realize that this aggression is unacceptable and would only lead to instability in the region and would negatively and greatly impact the security of the region.” The Atlantic’s Eric Trager speculates on how this will affect Egypt’s relationship with Israel, and Hussein Ibish suggest this is an attempt by Israel to call Morsi’s bluff.

Dan Murphy of the Christian Science Monitor suggests Hamas isn’t quite as responsible for rocket fire into Israel as it seems.

More from Emily Hauser: “To Israel: With Love and Squalor.”

Brian Spears's first collection of poetry, A Witness in Exile, is now available through Louisiana Literature Press, and at his personal website. He is the Poetry Editor for The Rumpus, and teaches poetry at Drake University. More from this author →