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 is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →