It has long been suspected that Israel acted on flimsy pretexts when they ransacked Gaza following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June 2014:
According to MondoWeiss on 26 July, 2014, on 25 July 2014, “Jon Donnison of the BBC pulled the rug out from under the Israeli government’s pretext for the Gaza onslaught with a series of tweets about a conversation he’d had with Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld about the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June.
“The boys were not killed by Hamas, Rosenfeld told Donnison, as he reported on Twitter:
‘Israeli police MickeyRosenfeld tells me men who killed 3 Israeli teens def lone cell, hamas affiliated but not operating under leadership –
‘Seems to contradict the line from Netanyahu government. –
‘ […] Rosenfeld also said if kidnapping had been ordered by Hamas leadership, they’d have known about it in advance. –
‘[…] Rosenfeld said lone cells much harder to track. Said they would find whoever was now protecting the two suspects. –
‘When this is over, there remain a lot of unanswered questions about kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers.’”
(Donnison tweets of 25/26 July 2014, as reported by Adam Horowitz and Phil Weiss on July 26, 2014 at mondoweiss .net)
Horowitz and Weiss continue:
“This version of events is so important, because what the Weapons of Mass Destruction were to the Iraq war — a dubious pretext — the three teens are to the Gaza onslaught.”
Please see the Mondoweiss page for a review of events.
“As Donnison said, we can only hope that the three-teens pretext is broadly examined, not just in Israeli and Palestinian public life, but in the American media. It is hardly the first time that a false story about endangered security has been used to justify Israeli violence, from the Lavon affair in Egypt in the 50s to Moshe Dayan’s confession about provoking Syrian attacks that were used to precipitate the Six Day war. The only good news is that many in the west are now seeing through the tactic and beginning to question the veracity of Israeli government sources.”
“According to the UN, more than 118,000 people are now sheltering in UN schools and people are running out of food. More than 800 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have died since the Israel-Hamas conflict began on 8 July.” (Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/middle-east/gaza/59461/gaza-un-security-council-calls-for-immediate-ceasefire#ixzz38tw0HkM9)