“I believe the Israelis are mainly testing waters. They are going with an airstrike on Gaza and they want to see the reaction mainly from the Arabs and from Egypt specifically,” said Bashar Zeedan, a Palestinian activist and journalist.
“They do not have a green card like in the days of [former Egyptian dictator Hosni] Mubarak and they want to see how far they can go,” he pointed out.
Since Egypt’s revolution in January 2011, which led to the ouster of Mubarak, anti-US and Israeli sentiments have intensified.
Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Tel Aviv in 1979, but the situation has drastically changed since Egypt’s February 2011 revolution.
Zeedan also noted that Tel Aviv goes ahead with its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in an attempt “to get those Palestinians to some sort of desperation level because the Gaza strip ironically is the only Palestinian land that was liberated by resistance.”
Over the past two days, the Tel Aviv regime has intensified its attacks on the Gaza Strip, killing at least 16 Palestinians and wounding 30 more.
Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Ehud Barak reiterated that Israeli troops will continue their attacks on the coastal strip.