Jerusalem (Associated Press)-Israeli troops attacked Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday morning in response to a rocket fired at Israel the night before, which coincided with the signing of a normal agreement between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House On the occasion of the agreement.
On Tuesday night, the boycott against Israel began, and a ceremony in Washington was underway to formalize the new agreement with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Two Israelis were slightly injured.
The rockets continued all night, and sirens sounded in southern Israel. The military said five bullets landed in an open area and the rest were intercepted by Israel's rocket defense system. In response, the military stated that it attacked about 10 locations of the militant Hamas rulers in Gaza, including a weapons and explosives manufacturing plant, underground infrastructure and a military training base.
The renewed exchange made people a clear reminder that Washington’s holiday events may not help change the conflict between Israel and Palestine. In addition to the bilateral agreements signed by Israel, the UAE and Bahrain, these three countries signed a document called "Abraham Agreement" after the ancestors of the world's three largest monotheistic religions signed.
The Palestinians opposed the agreement with the United Nations. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain regarded it as a betrayal of their cause by the Arab countries. The Arab countries agreed to recognize Israel without obtaining territorial concessions. They vowed that these agreements, and any other agreements they might follow, will not disrupt their cause.
President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mention Palestinians at the signing ceremony, but the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain talked about the importance of establishing a Palestinian state.
After Netanyahu left Washington, he was surprised at the timing of the rocket attack or the militants.
"They want to regress and peace, but they will not succeed," he said. "We will severely crack down on all those who try to harm us, and extend a helping hand to all those who extend a helping hand to live in peace with us."
The Islamic militant group Hamas has been ruling Gaza since 2007 and it has been internationally supported Palestine. The authority seized power. Since then, Israel and Egypt have imposed severe blockades on coastal areas.
Many Palestinian militant organizations are operating in Gaza, but Israel requires Hamas to be responsible for all attacks, and usually responds to rockets with air strikes on militant targets.
Since 2007, Israel and Hamas have fought three wars and several smaller skirmishes. Gasol and Egypt recently reached an informal ceasefire agreement, in which Hamas contained rocket attacks in the Gaza Strip. Exchange of financial aid and relaxation of the blockade, but this arrangement broke down on many occasions.
Israel enthusiastically accepted the agreement with the UAE and Bahrain. The UAE and Bahrain are only the third and fourth Arab countries after Egypt and Jordan-which recognizes Israel. The Tel Aviv City Hall is illuminated with the word "peace" in English, Hebrew and Arabic.
In Jerusalem, the authorities projected the flags of the United States, Israel, UAE and Bahrain on the walls of the old city.