I told the network that Israel suffered a strategic defeat when it failed to break Palestinian popular resistance in Jerusalem with its massive raid on the al-Aqsa mosque on Monday morning and in previous days.
Israel was then forced to cancel a provocative march by settler extremists through Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday.
I added that Israel made a strategic miscalculation in thinking it could do as it pleased in Jerusalem while counting on Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza not to respond.
The Al Jazeera host asserted that the decision by the resistance factions in Gaza to respond to Israel’s attacks by firing rockets would “change the narrative” from “Palestinian worshippers being fired upon in a holy Muslim place to Israel has the right to defend itself.”
I answered that it “only changes the narrative if that’s the narrative you choose to adopt” – instead of the correct one that Palestinians are an occupied people who have a right to resistance and self-defense.
I observed that Arab regimes that recently celebrated their marriages to Israel did so over what they thought was the dead body of the Palestinian cause. But events of recent days show that Palestinians will not give up their struggle for their rights.
Israel has vowed to escalate its bombing attacks on Gaza, and as of Wednesday afternoon 28 Palestinians had been killed in massive Israeli bombardments of Gaza, 10 of them children, according to the health ministry in the territory.
More than 150 have been injured.
As Israel’s bombing continued in Gaza on Wednesday, two people in Israel were killed in Ashkelon, a city north of the Gaza-Israel boundary, in a rocket barrage fired by resistance factions.
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