Last week, Egypt finally succeeded in brokering a long-awaited agreement whereby Hamas would accept $15 million from Qatar in exchange for an end to eight months of low-grade violence and rioting. But on Friday—after the cash-filled suitcases had already arrived in Gaza—a terrorist from the Strip snuck into Israel and burned down a greenhouse before being apprehended. On Sunday, an Israeli commando unit operating in Gaza—most likely on an intelligence-gathering mission—got into a shootout with Hamas operatives in which an Israeli officer was killed. Hamas then launched hundreds of rockets into Israel yesterday afternoon. David Horovitz comments:
Sooner or Later, War with Hamas Is Inevitable
Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?
On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns: