British and other western media, led by the BBC, continue to sanitise what they so shamefully call “peaceful demonstrations” by the Arabs of Gaza at the border with Israel. In fact, these are attempted mass invasions of Israel using violent means including bombs, grenades and (grotesquely) flaming kites to set fire to Israeli farmland. If these mobs were to break through en masse as intended, no-one can be in the slightest doubt about the slaughter of Jews that would then follow.
The scale of what Hamas has been planning for the culmination of all this on Tuesday and Wednesday (update: the IDF is warning this has all been brought forward to tomorrow and may involve an attempted massacre of Israeli civilians) has caused Israel to put itself onto a war footing in the south and call up Israeli reserves for duty. According to this report from the authoritative Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre, Hamas hopes to bring hundreds of thousands of Arabs to the border to bring about “mass penetration into Israel” accompanied by “acts of violence and maybe even terrorist attacks exceeding what has been seen so far”. They are also inciting to mass violence the Arabs living in the disputed territories, and Israeli Arabs too.
With the world’s attention focused on the US pull-out from the Iran deal (and, tomorrow, on the symbolic opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem to be attended by hundreds of dignitaries), the report observes: “a great number of casualties and the opening of new fronts of violent friction between the Israeli security forces and demonstrators in Judea and Samaria and other arenas may, from Hamas’s perspective, increase the media impact and return the Palestinian issue to the headlines.