The Palestinian resistance marks New Year’s Eve with a barrage of rocket fire on Tel Aviv

Three months on from when Israel first began its bombardment of Gaza, the terror state has still not been able to crush the Palestinian resistance. As 2023 drew to a close, the resistance fired rockets at Tel Aviv and Israeli settlements, and resistance fighters injured 13 Israeli soldiers in just 24 hours.

On Monday the armed wing of Hamas, the Al‑Qassam Brigades, said it had ambushed Israeli troops at the Bureij refugee camp, targeting Israeli vehicles and killing soldiers. Fighters also targeted an Israeli Apache plane with a SAM-7 missile.

The Al-Qassam Brigades also released a video of their fighters seizing an Israeli Skylark-2 drone. In total 172 Israeli soldiers have been killed by the Palestinian resistance since the ground offensive began. 

On Monday Israel announced it would temporarily withdraw some troops from parts of Gaza as part of a “smart management” of the war. It also said its troops had been killed in friendly fire. 

The state came up with several reasons why that could be the case, including that soldiers were exhausted, leading to fatal mistakes. Leaders of several Palestinian liberation groups also met in Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday of last week. In a statement they said they had stopped the “enemy’s goals, demonstrating its incompetence and the fragility of its forces in the field”.

They repeated their determination to continue the resistance in the field and other forums “until the brutal war on our people stops, and the aggression is repelled from the Strip”. The statement also included three demands. The first was for an “immediate cessation of war” and the second was for an end to the siege of Gaza.

The last demand was a call to other Arab nations to “reconstruct what the occupation and barbaric aggression have destroyed in the Gaza Strip”. Support for the resistance extends outside of Gaza. In the West Bank city of Ramallah protesters met to show their solidarity with Gaza. The crowds chanted, “The people want Al-Qassam Brigades.”

West losing proxy war in Ukraine after offensive fails

The West fears that it might have lost the war in Ukraine. At least 24 people were killed and over 110 injured in a Russian attack on the Ukrainian capital Kiev last Friday. The attack is Russia’s biggest air strike since the full scale invasion of Ukraine. 

Yet the US isn’t rushing to help, despite knowing that Ukraine would be unable to fight on without its funding. US president Joe Biden sent his last package of military aid to Ukraine late last month. The new year marked the deadline for Congress to authorise a new round of military aid to Ukraine, but this deadline came and went.

Biden is under pressure from Republican politicians to spend money elsewhere—partially on tightening the US border with Mexico. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky admitted that his country’s spring offensive against Russia had not been as successful as hoped.

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