Articles - Addostour - Date: 2019-03-26
By: Oraib Al Rantawi

The story of the missiles which no one claims responsibility for and that are fired every now and then against relatively faraway Israeli targets has led some to believe that it is not a part of the resistance's discourse and lexicon.
After all, these are 'advanced' missiles made by the resistance and they bear the names of its senior military commanders. They are not of the sort that can fall into the hands of any fighter or that can be stored in a slapdash manner. And, the decision to launch them or silence them is a political decision above all, and cannot be left to any one brigade, committee, company, or faction.
Every time such missiles are fired, statements pour out of Gaza and Beirut, disavowing them and denying the factions' responsibility for them. Some attribute them to 'suspect parties' but without providing any explanation of the identity of the parties that possess missiles that only the well-established factions can produce. Others speak of them being fired 'by mistake.' But how can a mistake occur in such cases? And, more importantly, how can such mistakes be repeated at relatively short intervals?
Before anyone else, the people of Gaza have right to receive satisfactory answers to such questions and queries. After all, it is their lives and possessions that are at the top of Israel's target bank. And Gaza today is in the midst of the hell of awaiting a new aggression that Israel is promising will be violent and harsh – as if the blockade and starvation that the Gazans are being subjected were not enough, requiring them to emerge from under the rubble of one aggression only to head into the ruins of another.
Are these the factions that do not agree to the 'consensus on a tahdi'a' that has swept over Gaza? But Gaza is a small neighborhood. Everyone knows everyone; or, as the Gazans put it, 'Hamas knows which chicken laid an egg.' So, is what is happening a conflict within Hamas expressed in the form of leaks from Doha, mostly via the Qatari media, and in the form of missiles launched from the Strip? These questions are worthy of attention, even if the available information is sparse and inadequate.
It would have been easier for Hamas to accuse Fatah and the PA's security agencies of committing this act so as to invite an Israeli aggression on Gaza and add new worries to its accumulating concerns. Hints to that effect have been issued in the past; but yesterday's missile was a J-80, where the 'J' stands for the first letter of Qassam commander Ahmad al-Ja'bari's surname. In other words, the missile is made by the Qassam Brigades exclusively. In that case, how can 'the jewel in the crown' of the Brigades' military production fall into 'suspect' members of Fatah or the PA's security agencies' hands?
There is no convincing Palestinian explanation of what has happened and is happening in Gaza. Hamas's discourse is focused on the tahdi'a idea. It does not mind if this were to be a long-term affair. Its priority is to administer the Strip at the least level of popular anger, such as that which exploded recently in the We Want to Live uprising. Hamas's priority is to loosen the blockade and to contain its consequences so as to ensure that it remains enthroned at the head of the de facto authority in Palestine's Southern provinces.
But the fact that such Hamas-made missiles have been fired, probably by Hamas hands, leaves us with one of two explanations:
- First, anarchy has reached Hamas's military echelons after afflicting its political echelons and paralyzing its administrative branches.
- Second, the conflict within the movement has reached a point where certain wings may have decided to gamble and invite a war on the Strip so as to justify their choices, promote their options, and defeat the party that clings to tahdi'a and Egypt's mediation.
When Mahmoud 'Abbas spoke of 'futile missiles' some years ago, all hell broke loose against him. Today, the talk is of futile – in fact, suspect – missiles, while the factions compete with each other not in claiming responsibility for launching them, but in disavowing and disowning them.
Stop this futility once and for all. The Strip's people have enough to worry about.