The people of Palestine are, once again, paying the price
Thank you Justin for this well-written reporting and analysis.
A large part of this world will never change their mind about this incident no matter what new information comes in. At this point I agree that it does not seem like an IDF bomb, but I hope a more thorough investigation will be done by truly impartial parties and we can learn the truth. Sadly, I don’t know whose mind would be changed by it.
Thankfully we have great research and excellent reporting by you so that interested but horrified reader like me have a better understanding of the varying reactions that we see on various tv news shows.
Israel has the choice to not make this a war. You can "go in hot" to a hostage situation, or you can de-escalate and use patience as your weapon.
If Israel was setting off zero bombs in Gaza, the blame would be unambiguous. They have so many other options.
I don't think the evidence is conclusive. I saw the Al Jazeera video this morning without the banner at the bottom (can't find it now), and the light moves from the right to the left of some lit buildings, and then the explosion occurs to the right of said buildings.
Furthermore, other videos show multiple rocket launches before the explosion, but the Al Jazeera video only shows a single rocket.
The audio from IDF doesn't incriminate Hamas -- it is of 2 people (Hamas?) speculating that Hamas was responsible. If someone came up with an audio file of 2 IDF people discussing creating a fake Hamas audio, would that be less credible?
I'm not choosing sides in this, but the first casualty of war......