By Mark SchmittEditor’s note: This story was originally published on June 30, 2017.
It was the beginning of the end for the United States and Israel, as Israel responded to a wave of Palestinian terror attacks in the West Bank and Gaza by launching an all-out military campaign.
The latest attack, carried out in a densely populated area of the city of Ramallah on June 22, killed at least 10 Palestinians and injured dozens.
Israeli forces targeted several targets in the area, including homes, markets and a school, in retaliation.
The military also fired live fire on two other targets in Ramallah, killing at least one person and wounding at least 15 others.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli military would respond with “all-out aggression.”
He also called on Palestinians to stop firing rockets, saying they were “directly aimed at our citizens.”
In response to the attack, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian-majority areas in the occupied West Bank.
Abbas also called for international monitors to visit Gaza to investigate the attacks.
Israel responded to the terror attacks with a crackdown that included the killing of at least seven Palestinians, including a pregnant woman, and a number of arrests, including those of six members of Hamas.
It also arrested two Israeli men in the killing.
On Thursday, Israel launched airstrikes on a Palestinian militant camp in Gaza, killing a woman and wounding two others.
The attacks came as the United Nations warned of a “significant escalation” in violence in Gaza in light of a Hamas takeover of the Palestinian territories.