Why Doesn’t Israel Have a Right to Defend Itself?

After 700 rockets were launched into Israel over the weekend a rare coalition of international support has emerged for Israel’s right to defend itself. But not everyone agrees.

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“Israel has a right to defend itself. No nation on earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its people.” — President Barack Obama, 2012

An incident on Friday, in which two Israeli soldiers were wounded by a Gaza sniper, and two Palestinian protestors and two Hamas militants will killed, sparked a weekend of fierce attacks and counter attacks.

Why does Hamas risk retaliation in order to continue to ineffectively attack Israel?

Hamas designs their attacks on Israel to produce the one thing that will help secure their hold on power in Palestine: Palestinian civilian casualties.