It’s pretty clear that the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine didn’t deliberately target a civilian jetliner; they thought they were shooting at a Ukrainian military plane. It’s crystal clear that Hamas is aiming rockets at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, and a missile hitting an airliner taking off, landing or on the ground would be a deliberate attack on a civilian plane.
Then again, civilians are the targets in Hamas’ war on Israel. Hamas wants to kill Israeli civilians in pursuit of its genocidal goal of eradicating the Jewish state. It wants Palestinian human-shield civilians to be killed by Israelis to foment international pressure on Israel to agree to a cease-fire on terms favorable to the terrorist organization ruling the Gaza Strip.
And it targets civilians of all nationalities by aiming rockets at Ben Gurion airport. The goal would be to shut down the airport and inflict an economic and morale blow to Israel by closing down this vital avenue for the country’s trade and tourism.
Regrettably, a near miss — a rocket landed about a mile from the airport Tuesday — caused the Federal Aviation Administration and other national aviation agencies or airlines to suspend at least temporarily flights into Ben Gurion.
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