On Saturday, October 7th, 2023, Hamas terrorists from the Gaza Strip infiltrated and attacked Israeli civilians, murdering over 1,400, desecrating corpses, sexually assaulting women, and kidnapping over 240. Hamas murdered 30 Americans who were in Israel and other citizens from other countries. In response to this unfathomable and barbarous attack, Israel has declared war against Hamas.
In a series of articles, Classical Historian has detailed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since its beginning in 1948. Please refer to these for historical context.
Israel controlled the Gaza Strip from 1967-2005. In 1967, Israel fought a war against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. Called the "Six-Day War," Israel defeated the three countries and took the Gaza Strip from Egypt, the West Bank from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. Israel took these lands because it believed it could better defend itself from invasion if it held this territory. From 1967-2005, Israel militarily occupied the Gaza Strip. For many years, Palestinians argued that if Israel stopped occupying the Gaza Strip, peace would result. Believing this, in 2005, Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, leaving the Palestinians in control.
In 2007 in the Gaza Strip, Hamas won elections. Fatah, the organization that lost the elections, led by Mahmoud Abbas, did not want to have Hamas take over. A military battle between Hamas and Fatah ensued. Hamas won. Fatah politicians were murdered. Hamas took over all of Gaza Strip and has ruled it with dictatorial power since 2007. Hamas states their goal is to destroy the Jewish country of Israel and to kill all Jews in Israel. Hamas is a radical Islamic terrorist organization and their main sponsor is Iran. From 2007 until 2023, Iran has been arming Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Israel has declared a state of war against Hamas, in response to the barbaric Hamas attacks. The United States of America, led by President Joe Biden, initially called for a lowering of violence between Israel and Hamas by a presidential tweet. Then, the tweet was deleted, and President Joe Biden has declared that the United States of America fully backs Israel's right to defend itself.
John De Gree
John De Gree writes the current events with a look at the history of each topic. Articles are written for the young person, aged 10-18, and Mr. De Gree carefully writes so that all readers can understand the event. The perspective the current events are written in is Judeo-Christian.
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