After 48 hours of fighting, Israel appears to have the decisive upper hand in its battle with the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a terror group that was allegedly plotting imminent attacks on Israel when the war began on Friday.
Last Monday, Israel arrested a senior PIJ leader in the West Bank. As the PIJ prepared to attack Israeli communities in Gaza in retaliation, Israel launched air strikes on Friday killed PIJ leader Taysir al-Jabari. The PIJ then fired hundreds of rockets at civilians in Israel.
In the past two days, PIJ has fired about 600 rockets into Israel, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Of these, about 220 managed to fly to civilian population centers. And of those, about 97% were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
Meanwhile, Israeli airstrikes on PIJ targets in Gaza have reportedly been highly successful, in what Israel calls Operation Breaking Dawn. The Times of Israel reports that the Israeli military believes it has removed the the entire leadership of PIJ.
There were no Israeli casualties, other than injuries related to panic attacks and running to bomb shelters. Meanwhile, about one in four PIJ rockets have been misfired and landed in Gaza itself, killing Palestinians, including children.
Israel quickly responded to a Palestinian accusation that it had killed several children in an airstrike in Gaza by providing evidence that they were killed by a misfired PIJ rocket. International criticism has been silenced.
So far, the Hamas terror group, which controls Gaza, has yet to enter the fray. Egypt is reportedly brokering ceasefire talks between Israel and PIJ. If the war ends as it is, it will be a major victory for Israel and a major loss for the PIJ and Iran.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and its host Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday nights from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.