Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) took credit for a barrage of roughly 100 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza on Sunday and Monday, February 23 and 24, 2020. Damage in Israel was minimal and no casualties were reported.
Israel responded by bombing PIJ locations in Gaza. Israel also closed the Erez border crossing, barring Gazan workers from entering Israel, and reduced Gaza’s fishing zone off its coast.
After two days of quiet, Israel reopened the border crossing and restored Gaza’s previous fishing limits.
Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), which rules Gaza, denied that it is engaged in negotiations with Israel. It’s subterfuge is to use Egypt as an intermediary. The ceasefire is not a ceasefire according to Hamas. Egypt has brokered “Quiet for Quiet.”
Both Hamas and PIJ are offshoots of Egypt’s terrorist Muslim Brotherhood. A goal of that organization is to establish a Muslim state where Israel is located.
How strong is Hamas’s hold on Gaza? Can it not reign in PIJ forces? I haven’t seen an in-depth analysis of the dynamics in Gaza. Of course, such analysis is not likely to be covered by daily journalists, and what does appear at length might very well be in Hebrew.
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“Israel reopens Gaza crossings after reaching ceasefire deal with resistance,” MEMO, February 26, 2020.
“Israel to open all entry points to Gaza, expand fishing zone,” Ynetnews, February 26, 2020.
“The military’s announcement comes just 2 days after yet another flare-up, which saw Islamic Jihad militants fire over 100 rockets at Israeli citizens, prompted the army to impose sanctions on the Hamas-controlled enclave.”