Image 1 of 10: Death tolls: Every war in Gaza has been bloody. In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, 174 Palestinians were killed in what Israeli human rights org B’Tselem said was not “justified”. Here’s a roundup of the death toll figures: 2009 - 1,017, in 2012 - 174 and now, 2014 - 205.
Image 1 of 10: Fireworks: Hamas is known for its poor quality weaponry but hey, if it got $3 billion annually from the U.S. as Israel does, it’d probably be more advanced.
Image 1 of 10: Self-defense: Every time Israel invades Gaza, it’s in so-called self-defense. Israel has already killed over 200 Palestinians this time round. In 2009 it was weapon smuggling and rocket fire similar to 2012. See a pattern forming? In all cases Israel pleads its right to self-defense or removing a threat before it even occurred.
Image 1 of 10: UN intervention: The UN condemns, condemns and erm… Condemns. Use of language is important for politicians and bureaucrats. With all three Israeli assaults, it seems all talk no action. Clearly sitting on the fence hasn’t given the Israel-Palestine conflict any solution.
Image 1 of 10: Arab League: During all Gaza-Israel conflicts, Arabs expressed outrage over lack of action and complete and utter silence by the rest of the Arab world.
Image 1 of 10: Cyber war: The hashtag war has been at the heart of every operation, whether that be #GazaUnderAttack or #PrayForIsrael. In 2012, Israel employed a new era of keyboard warriors to push out round-the-clock Israeli propaganda. Similarly, Hamas’s Twitter account @AlqassamBrigade issued Gaza's side of events. Nothing has changed.
Image 1 of 10: Media war: The BBC has always been at the center of the media debate over impartially when reporting. From 2012’s attack, the Beebs went with the headline: “Three Israelis have been killed by rocket-fire from Gaza, while 13 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes.” Not so balanced eh?
Image 1 of 10: Victory: In a few days, maybe a week or two, Operation Protective Edge will come to an end. Israel will declare victory, saying it dealt Hamas a crushing blow that will make it think twice before firing rockets at Israel again. Meanwhile, Hamas will declare that it stood tall against the military power of Israel. Both sides always declare victory.
Image 1 of 10: Sderot cinema: Front row seats for Israeli locals to munch their popcorn, sip their drinks, have some cheerful banter and watch their army attack Gaza. ”When the bombs find their targets, cheers break out on the hill, followed by solid applause," a ME expert recently said. Same thing happened in 2012. Kinda disturbing.
Image 1 of 10: Hamas rockets: Hamas’s arsenal has evolved from homemade rockets with limited range to longer-range weapons that have reached beyond Tel Aviv from Gaza. "Qassam" rockets as they're known, are poorly made though and did a fraction of damage in comparison to Israel's usage of bombs in Gaza during all three wars.
It looks like Palestinians and Israelis are experiencing deja vu all over again with the Jewish state’s recent invasion of the densely populated Gaza Strip.
It’s the third time Israel has bombed Gaza in the last five years, but as Mark Twain would say: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme”. With Operation Cast Lead in late 2008 followed by 2012’s Operation Pillar of Defense, will the latest Operation Protective Edge be the same conflict, warmer weather?
Ever since Hamas seized power in 2007, Israel blockaded the Strip while rocket attacks from the Palestinian group continued. As Israel calls its actions self-defense, Palestinians say mostly innocent people are killed in attacks. This time round the UN estimates that 80 percent of all Gazans killed so far were civilians.
Here are ten reasons why we’re back to square one again with the most complicated conflict in the Middle East. History, in short, is repeating itself.