Israel Escalates Attacks On Hamas In Gaza, Kill Hamas Leader Ahmed Jabri

After a sudden increase in Hamas missiles fired into Israel over the last few days (442 at last count), Israel has struck back hard. The IDF announced the operation yesterday:

In the past hour, the IDF targeted Ahmed Jabri, the head of Hamas’ military wing, in the Gaza Strip. Jabri was a senior Hamas operative who served in the upper echelon of the Hamas’ command and was directly responsible for executing terror attacks against the State of Israel in the past number of years.

The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure. This was a surgical operation in cooperation with the Israeli Security Agency, that was implemented on the basis of concrete intelligence and using advanced capabilities.

They announced their intent, and very quickly succeeded in taking Jabri out. Carl in Jerusalem wins the prize for the best summation.

And late tonight the conflict escalated further:

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak signaled that Israel is ready to escalate its military operations against Gaza after at least one long-range missile was fired at Tel Aviv by Palestinian militants.

The missile attack and the volume of fire in general toward Israel “is an escalation and there will be a price to pay,” Barak said on Channel 2 television yesterday. It was the first such attack on Israel’s commercial hub since Iraqi missiles in 1991 during the Gulf War.

Now compare that reaction with our lack of response to the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…

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  • warnertoddhuston

    May the IDF have the guile and strength to kill every last one of those terrorist scumbags.

  • GarandFan

    Hamas has one hell of a retirement program.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    “I tell myself that with every person who is killed we are engendering the next generation of haters and terrorists.”

    • jim_m

      That is ever the complaint of appeasers. 60 million dead after WWII would have preferred that we had killed off the “haters and terrorists” beforehand.

      It would have been a lot less painful if we had dealt with them when they were only a few hundred but by appeasing their violence they have been encouraged and have grown to thousands. Now you ask that we appease thousands so they become millions. You’re either a fool or you are evil.

      • SteveCrickmore075

        It is not so black and white, you are aware of the terrorist methods that the early founders of Israel such as the leader of Irgun, Menachem Begin, their right wing terrorist organization employed and depended on, such as the King David Hotel bombing
        Of course that attack was justified, because the victims were mainly Arabs and Brits, “The Irgun’s radio network announced that it would mourn for the Jewish victims, but not the British ones. This was explained by claiming that Britain had not mourned for the millions of Jews who died in the Nazi Holocaust. No remorse was expressed for the largest group of victims, the Arab dead.”

        • jim_m

          There is a difference between a people wanting a homeland and a people desiring the extermination of an ethnic group. There is also a difference between a people that want to establish a democracy and a people who wish to establish a fascist totalitarian state. Obviously you cannot tell the difference.

          This is not about what happened in 1946, before Israel was founded. This is about today. This is about your excusing terrorism in the name of creating a terrorist state. This is about your desire to appease those who have a desire to murder and oppress. This is about your desire to appease a movement that given the opportunity would commit genocide and ultimately seeks to take over the entire world through violence.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            It is still about what happened in 1946-48 Little has changed! 40% of Gaza’s residents, are refugees or descendants of that period of Israeli’s Zionist ethnic cleansing. Gaza is still an occupied territory, militarily occupied by the israelis. The Israelis are living in their land, their homes, in what is now Greater Israel- There were no reparations. just as there were none when the Cubans were turfed out or forced to leave, after Castro took over in 1958. Only the Cuban exiles got to live in Florida, the Palestianians get to live in the Gaza strip, fenced in all sides, which is really a large internment camp or open air penitentary. They are not allowed to leave, border points enforced by Israel (your praised democracy), There is a strict illegal blockade even on basic foodstuffs or was until 2010, they not even allowed an airport or seaport or to even import toys for their kids.. They have a few old guns and some ineffective rockets. Meanwhile, the Israelis have a modern army, tanks, armoured vechiles, artilery, F16, F17 fighter planes from which they can shell Gaza and do at will, and 400 nuclear weapons.

          • jim_m

            Do some research apart from your antisemitic arab sources. Most refugees were created as arab land owners sold out their property to Jewish immigrants and the arab landowners evicted their tenants in order to do so. Further they sold that land t inflated prices. The fantasy that there was wide spread ethnic cleansing is just that: fantasy.

            Also, the refugee crisis was created by arab states refusing to take the people dispossessed. The refugee crisis was created deliberately to ensure that a continuing source of antagonism and offense would exist as an excuse for opposition to Israel. Palestinian negotiations to resolve these issues have never been in good faith. Even Bill Clinton acknowledged this when Arafat was offered everything he had asked for and he refused it.

            I find it typical that you buy into he whole of arab slandar against Israel and claim that today is all about the period prior to Israel’s existance. I also find it typical that you ignore arab aggression and multiple aggressive wars. I find it typical that you ignore that Gaza has a contiguous border with Egypt that Egypt keeps closed to keep the misery at a maximum, but you blame Israel for it.

            The truth is that there is nothing the Jews could do to satisfy you.

    • Vagabond661

      I doubt the terrorists are thinking that thought.

    • 914

      We are not to blame because barbarians wish to rape, pillage and plunder what others have. Just ask John F Kerry.

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      If you kill the haters and terrorists, they won’t be able to pass it on to the next generation.

  • JWH

    I really hope Israel is careful here. Yes, Hamas’s rocket attacks demand a response, and a violent response at that. But I hope this doesn’t flare into a regional war.

    • jim_m

      War will happen regardless of how Israel responds today. Israel does not want war, but their neighbors certainly do and have not hidden that fact. Actually, the current conflict in Syria is probably a blessing because were it not for that we would probably see a war there quite soon. Once Assad is removed and replaced with the inevitable islamic fundamentalist regime there will be war.

      • JWH

        This conflicts with my sense of the situation. My sense is not that Israel’s neighbors want war, but that they want the continual threat of war.

        • jim_m

          I think you may have been correct prior to this past year. With the ascendancy of radical islam and the formation of many new islamic governments (and the soon creation of another one in Syria) the religious imperative for war will make it an absolute certainty.

          When you had secular governments that required a distraction for the public, having a scapegoat like Israel was useful. With islamic governments that fuel a festering hatred for Israel, the US and western culture, you have a necessity for conflict and with the passive appeasing posture of obama you have created an environment that tells the islamic radical that ever increasing violence will be met with apologies and the sacrificing of human rights on our end. obama will never stand up to these people.

          • JWH

            I will note that a lot of those secular governments weren’t exactly sunshine and roses.

            I’ve long believed that as far as the Middle East goes, there are seldom good choices. Only “bad” and “less bad.”

          • jim_m

            I agree. I think we are going from bad to worse and the passive foreign policy stance in only exacerbating that.

          • JWH

            The previous solution was to cultivate autocratic client regimes (see., e.g., Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt). But those regimes themselves had problems. If the new regimes can maintain at least a semblance of democracy (i.e., regular elections and so forth) they may mellow out over the long term. But in the short term, religious parties are likely to dominate the Arab states, as a) they’re the most organized groups and b) they’re a reaction to the mostly secular autocracies they are replacing.

          • jim_m

            They might be acceptable if there were a firm response toward terrorism and their escalation of conflict. obama’s appeasement only encourages them to take a more violent approach. The current admin has demonstrated that it cannot be relied upon as an ally to Israel, unlike previous admins.

            With that policy position islamic nations will not perceive any downside in provoking or initiating military action with Israel. Islamic nations have no downside to conflict anymore. They win with their people and they win with the US.

          • jim_m

            They might be acceptable if there were a firm response toward terrorism and their escalation of conflict. obama’s appeasement only encourages them to take a more violent approach. The current admin has demonstrated that it cannot be relied upon as an ally to Israel, unlike previous admins.

            With that policy position islamic nations will not perceive any downside in provoking or initiating military action with Israel. Islamic nations have no downside to conflict anymore. They win with their people and they win with the US.

          • JWH

            The previous solution was to cultivate autocratic client regimes (see., e.g., Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt). But those regimes themselves had problems. If the new regimes can maintain at least a semblance of democracy (i.e., regular elections and so forth) they may mellow out over the long term. But in the short term, religious parties are likely to dominate the Arab states, as a) they’re the most organized groups and b) they’re a reaction to the mostly secular autocracies they are replacing.

  • Paul Hooson

    I didn’t see this coming at all. A new war with Hamas is a big surprise to me. I really expected Israel to possibly attack Iran before the American Election and throw our election into turmoil. During an international crisis, people would quickly rally to the current president for at least a few days, but could also quickly view any crisis as a failure of leadership within a few more days, tilting things sharply back to both Romney and the Republicans running for the Senate and Congress. The unexpected Hurricane likely upset the results somewhat here, and likely deterred some older more conservative voters from voting. Romney got less votes than John McCain, and Obama was down by millions of votes from 2008. The storm hurt turnout for sure. But, a big war in the Mideast could have had a major impact. An election is just a snapshot of public opinion on one particular day. The next day, the mood may be different.

    • Olsoljer

      Since Iran is behind all this anyway, it is just a shiny object to deflect attention from their nuclear efforts, and another way to 1.) give the other rags in the region motivation to increase hostilities against Israel (look what they are doing to the poor palestinians, wah) 2.) enable Iran to send in more terrorists to “assist” and direct those that become enraged, eventually giving Iran essentially control. Who is supplying those longer range rockets, the technology and training to use them? Thus begins the caliphate.
      I wish we had a president with a set of balls and a functioning intellect.

      • Paul Hooson

        It’s certainly a serious mistake for Iran to use a surrogate like this. It only increases the likelihood of Iran facing a military attack as well at some point. You can never accuse Ahmadinejad of being a skillful politician and really understanding how to read the tea leaves.

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