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Israel Attacks Bridge in Gaza

From the AP:

Israeli planes attacked a bridge in central Gaza late Tuesday, Israel Radio reported, and Israeli tanks were said to be on the move, possibly signaling the start of a military operation.


Palestinian security forces said Israeli tanks were moving near the Israeli village of Nahal Oz, a main Israeli staging area just outside Gaza, but that they had not yet entered Gaza.

In the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, not far from the border fence, armed militants took up positions across from the blaring headlights of Israeli vehicles, and Israeli attack helicopters hovered overhead. The militants told residents to leave the area.

Israeli military officials said a limited operation has been authorized for southern Gaza, aimed at "terrorist infrastructure." The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Israel has been massing troops and armor around Gaza since Sunday, when Palestinian militants tunneled under the border and attacked an Israeli army post at a Gaza crossing, killing two soldiers and abducting a third.

Hot Air points to DEBKAfile which is saying that Gilead Shalit, the kidnapped Israeli soldier, may have been smuggled out and possibly handed over to al Qaeda operatives.

In the two days since his abduction, none of the diplomats seeking to negotiate his release attained direct access to the kidnappers before the effort, led by Egypt, France, Turkey and others, broke down. It is feared that the Hamas faction holding the Israeli corporal have smuggled him out of the Gaza Strip through Sinai to a hostile Arab country, using the services of the Semhadana clan's gunrunners, who are after revenge for Israel's assassination of their kinsman. It is also possible that he has been put in the hands of al Qaeda cells in Sinai, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq or Lebanon.


Israel's armed forces are making every effort to prevent the Israeli hostage from being taken out of the Gaza Strip, but without firm knowledge of where he is hidden, they are groping in the dark. The IDF are now paying in full the price for passing the Philadelphi border strip to Egyptian security (and intelligence) control.

Earlier, Palestinian PRC umbrella spokesman Muhammed al-Al said Gilad Shalit has been moved to hideout where "the Zionists will never reach him"

Does Jimmy Carter still think we should give Hamas the chance to moderate?

Update: Haaretz is reporting that the IDF thinks Shalit is still being held in southern Gaza

Update II: Carl at Israel Matzav is updating regularly.


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Comments (9)

Attack the scum now...... (Below threshold)
serfer62:

Attack the scum now...

I read a very good book by ... (Below threshold)

I read a very good book by a gentleman named Natan Sharansky...an Israeli who used to be a dissident Jew who was a political prisoner within the Soviet Union.
"The Case for Democracy"
He makes some interesting points about this. You'll probably see some international backlash for Israel to "back down" and "stop the fighting" "stop continuing the cycle of violence", in the meantime, Hamas will keep celebrating the death of every single Jewish Man...Woman...child...or even unborn child! All killed in a cowardly fashion, without provocation, in the middle of their everyday lives...

I sincerely hope Israel ignores the international "let's keep the peace by calling the victims the evildoers" crowd and does what it needs to do to secure peace for their people.

jimmy will be the first to ... (Below threshold)
megan:

jimmy will be the first to blame Israel for letting their soldier get taken and beheaded... I am sorry to say that but I see it coming ... don't you ??

Jhimmi Carter's continued s... (Below threshold)

Jhimmi Carter's continued support to any force hostile to America or Israel is an illustration of the Midrash quotation

He who is merciful to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful.
The Islamists that crossed into Israel to kill two and kidnap one have commited an act of war. Israel has every legal right and a moral obligation to respond.

Make no mistake. Those that hold Israel to a different standard than they would any other country are tainted with antisemitism.

Attack the scum now...... (Below threshold)
914:

Attack the scum now...

This act of war appears to ... (Below threshold)

This act of war appears to have been carefully planned and staged. The Palestinians must be expecting military response from someone after IDA invades Gaza. Perhaps AQ or someone has indeed given them some sort of WMD (the recent threats of bioterrorism are noteworthy). I hope that history repeats itself and this will be a short campaign, but it promises to be bloody. Sad, sad, sad.

"Does Jimmy Carter still th... (Below threshold)
Pavel:

"Does Jimmy Carter still think we should give Hamas the chance to moderate?"

No doubt he does. Once upon a time he was merely pathetic and incompetent. Now he's both mad and evil. He'll give whatever aid he can to those animals.

I say that Israel should an... (Below threshold)
chsw:

I say that Israel should announce that it will fight wars in Gaza as another Middle Eastern country, and not in the manner of a Western country. Israel should then point out what Syria did to domestic political opposition at Hama and what Jordan did to the Palestinians during September 1970, as well as what the PLO did to other Palestinians during riots after the PLO returned from Tunis to the West Bank. Then Israel should follow up with similar action.

And let the UN be damned.

chsw

To Henry who claims the cur... (Below threshold)
nick:

To Henry who claims the current hostage situation and previous attacks on the part of Hamas and other Palestinian organization occurred without provocation, you are sadly mistaken. Israel's occupation in itself along with its failure to abide by previous accords and agreements put in place justify the state of anger in the occupied territories. Israel has set up check points along with the Western Wall, both which serve the intention of making travel nearly impossible for the Palestinians. The Israelis have been and continue to committ apartheid and brutal acts against the Palestinian people. On numerous occassions including the recent event in which artillery fire killed Palestinians ( including children) along the beach. There is this common misconception that these violent acts against the Palestinians coincidentally seem to always be accidents, and were truly aimed at "terrorists". Anyone who has visited the Gaza Strip and witnessed the conditions which the Israelis have imposed upon the Palestinians will gain a sense of sympathy. The response by Israel to the current abduction of an Israeli soldier is unacceptable considering these are government actions. Israel has bombed the power supply in Gaza, leaving many with no electricity or running water. Today they even went to the extent of bombing a university in Gaza. This is taking it too far. Although this hostage taking is wrong, Israel cannot use its military in such a fashion, while refusing to negotiate. Most Westerners consider what certain Palestinian militias are doing as terrorism, when they fail to realize the Israelis are commiting the same atrocities, except with much more advanced bombs and missiles which do not require a suicide attack. The U.S. ofcourse will never condemn such acts since their is a strong Jewish and Zionists influence in both the media and government. I don't care whether people believe the Israelis have a right to share a piece of the "Holy Land", the aforementioned acts along with their stubborn spread of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank (yes, their previous withdrawal from Gaza was only done because they knew they could recover the equivalent in the West Bank)can not be excused on any grounds. Also, for anyone who believes Hamas should not have been allowed to take power in the government, Israel has had leaders such as previous prime minister Ariel Sharon, who committed numerous war crimes and instructed many brutal and unnecessary attacks on Palestinian civilians during his term in the military. Anyone who criticizes Israel is labeled as being anti-semitic. Obviously history has proven that the diplomatic approach has only led to the Palestinians being cheated more, so once must consider the circumstances when they decide to criticize groups like Hamas. If possible, I wish this issue can be solved peacefully, but with the way Israel has mistreated the Palestinians, I see assaults on the Israeli MILITARY as the only productive means of gaining the international communities attention for the time being.




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