Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) Tweeted former President Donald Trump as “the peace president” and claimed he was the reason “why things were so calm between Israel and Hamas between 2016 and 2020.”
“When will people finally realize that President Trump was the peace president?” She wrote.
Hamas severely attacked Israel in 2012, 2014 and 2021.
I wonder why it was so quiet from 2016 to 2020.
When will people finally realize that President Trump was the peace president?
– Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) May 21, 2021
In fact, Hamas and Israel clashed in Gaza in 2018 a botched Israeli Covert operation Carried out in the southern Gaza Strip killed seven Hamas fighters and one Israeli soldier. Both sides fired projectiles in retaliation; The fighting lasted two days and nights before a truce was declared. After the ceasefire, the violence continued for a few weeks.
At the time, Jason Greenblatt, then President Trump’s envoy in the Middle East, blamed Hamas for the violence.
“Terrorists from the Gaza Strip are attacking Israel again with rockets and mortars. … Israel must use military force again to protect its citizens. We stand with Israel in its defense against these attacks. … This violence prevents real aid to the people of Gaza, ”he said.
The Gaza-Israel conflict also escalated in May 2019 after two Israeli soldiers were injured by sniper fire from Gaza during weekly protests on the Gaza-Israel border. The Israeli Air Force launched an air strike in response. As a result, two Palestinians died. Gaza responded by firing hundreds of rockets into Israel. Egyptian mediators were able to facilitate a ceasefire after three days.
The current violence between Israel and Hamas ended after eleven days in which at least 243 Palestinians and 12 Israelis were killed. The Egyptian mediators were again able to facilitate a ceasefire.
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