Could you possibly explain the Palestine/Israel conflict? I've been trying to understand but I'm still confused and you can usually explain things well. If you don't have the time then don't worry, I know I'm asking a lot! Thank you.
I hope this timeline can give you some context, it’s long but simplifying the history of the region does no one justice.
I will try to be objective even though I am sure you realise just how slanted and despicable this is getting upon the commencement of this ground invasion.
Right now, it is the Gaza Strip that is focal to the conflict.
This current cycle of violence began when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped in the West Bank (settlers).
Netanyahu blamed Hamas (That is, the Islamist govt of Gaza), ordered the IDF (Israeli army) on a manhunt; 5 Palestinians are killed.
The teenagers are found dead. Israel begins firing missiles into the Gaza strip to target Hamas
Hamas start firing rockets toward Southern Israel (and Tel-Aviv)
(NOTE: I cannot say who began firing first, both claim retaliation)
Israel’s Operation Protective Edge builds momentum. 10 days of air strikes leave 200+ (77% Civilian) Palestinians dead