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With truces like that who needs intifadas?

Israel launched a series of air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip today. The strikes were intended to destroy Hamas' ability to launch rockets and fire mortars from Gaza into southern Israel. Since Hamas' decision to forgo a truce with Israel 200 rockets and mortar rounds have landed in southern Israel.

But with 200 mortars and rockets raining down on Israel since the truce expired a week ago, and 3,000 since the beginning of the year, according to the military's count, pressure had been mounting in Israel for the military to crush the gunmen.

Earlier this month, Israeli security officials told the government that militants possess rockets with ranges capable of reaching farther from Gaza than ever before, including the cities of Beersheba and Ashdod.

Gaza militants fired several rockets Saturday, including one that struck a new target, the town of Kiryat Gat. A missile hit on the town of Netivot killed an Israeli man and wounded four people, rescue services said. In Ashkelon, TV cameras showed people huddle against a wall as a rocket alert sounded.

The 200 rockets and mortars in a week are a 333% increase over the 60 rockets and mortars a week that have rained down on Israel in 2008. By what logic launching explosives across the border into Israel at the rate of 60-a-week constitutes a truce remains a mystery. Ending this "Truce", accelerating their attacks, and provoking Israel into responding seems to have been Hamas' goal. Be careful what you wish for.

Naturally, Hamas has promised they will unleash "Hell" to avenge the dead. A different hell than the ever-present threat of rockets and mortar shells raining down? Indeed, a return to the tried and true suicide bomber. Provided they can penetrate the barriers Israel erected in response to the first intifada. Killing Jews used to be so easy. Damn Israel for taking concrete (literally) actions to prevent the massacre of its citizens.

International response has been mixed:

"Hamas' continued rocket attacks into Israel must cease if the violence is to stop," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in a statement that urged Israel to avoid civilian casualties but stopped short of calling for an end to the Israeli air strikes.
Of course, the US always takes Israel's side. The Palestinians are really aggrieved. Why should they stop their attacks before Israel is pressured into stopping theirs?
The United Nations and the European Union, in contrast, called for an immediate halt to all violence.
"All violence" meaning Israeli counterstrikes against Hamas in Gaza. No worries if a few dozen or hundred explosives are lobbed into Israel, though.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Israeli air campaign was "criminal" and urged world powers to intervene.
Reports were unclear whether Abbas regards daily rocket and mortar attacks on Israel as "criminal" or "the greatest thing since sliced bread".

One thing is certain, nothing Israel can do short of all the Jew marching into the sea to drown themselves will placate the Palestinians. They do not want peace. They do not want land. They do not want to live in harmony with Jews. They only want to kill Jews and destroy Israel. Any belief that there can be common ground staked out between Israel and the Palestinian Authority/Hamas is folly to the point of farce.

What happens when Israel tries to find common ground with the Palestinians?

Israel left Gaza in 2005 after a 38-year occupation, but the withdrawal did not lead to better relations with Palestinians in the territory as Israeli officials had hoped.

Instead, the evacuation was followed by a sharp rise in militant attacks on Israeli border communities that on several occasions provoked harsh Israeli military reprisals.

The last, in late February and early March, spurred both sides to agree to a truce that was to have lasted six months but began unraveling in early November. In recent days, Israeli leaders had been voicing strong threats to launch a major offensive.

What happens? Escalating violence by the Palestinians, Israeli response, international outcry over Israeli response, end of Israeli response, and a one-sided truce. Then escalating violence by the Palestinians...

There will never be any progress until all the voices in the UN condemn the Palestinians and Israelis equally for violence. Since there is no international will to hold Palestinians culpable for their intransigence there will never be progress.


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Comments (9)

"Since there is no inter... (Below threshold)

"Since there is no international will to hold the Palestinians culpable for their intransigence there will never be progress"

Amen to that!

Given the Palestinian desir... (Below threshold)

Given the Palestinian desire to be a 'victim', I don't see any resolution until there's not one living thing in Gaza. As for the UN, hahahahahaha!

This is not the Hamas Obama... (Below threshold)

This is not the Hamas Obamalala knew.

Tensions break out in Gaza ... (Below threshold)

Tensions break out in Gaza and Pakistan, Obama's on vacation in HI (and without electricity) again. Let's 'hope' this pattern doesn't continue once in office.

SillyPuddy-George ... (Below threshold)
Boston Tea Party:


George Bush is still president. I, too, would prefer that Obama were already at the helm, but W et al are currently still in charge. I agree, though- it is pointless to look to them for any leadership because we all know they are useless, even you do now. Obama's got a tough job to do. Let's hope he's up to it.

Have to wonder how much lon... (Below threshold)

Have to wonder how much longer this pointless, bloody charade will continue.

It's NEVER been about Palestinian statehood, or self governance. That's merely the cover. The REAL agenda is the elimination of Israel and the assimilation of it's land.

After having this FACT jammed down the world's throat repeatedly, I ask are you dimwits dumb or blind?

Ultimately, a solution will be enacted, and everyone will cringe at it. Sadly what should gave been done earlier, at much less cost in lives,WILL happen. At the point the terrorists are eliminated-and only then-can the groundwork foe peace be laid.

Spin it however you wish, until and unless the aforementioned happens, y'all can look forward to the same old same.

Boston,Sure GWB is... (Below threshold)


Sure GWB is still president and he's put it on Hamas to stop the terrorism, in fact the WH remarks are about the only countering remarks I've read over the last day or so. Sure BO is only president-elect, but he's had plenty to say since entering that position it's not a positive sign for Israel that he couldn't follow up the WH's statement with one of his own, lord knows there are enough press around him on vacation for him to get a subtle message of support out, one would think he'd want to do that if he was who he claimed he was a 'strong supporter of Israel'. But no, it wouldn't change a dam thing over there, nothing will until people get over the joke that is Gaza and those that supposedly run it.

My advice to Israel - destr... (Below threshold)

My advice to Israel - destroy the bastards. Hamas is full of dangerous animals. Time to put them down.

"in fact the WH remarks are about the only countering remarks I've read over the last day or so"

That's because Bush knows better.

"Progress towards peace" ca... (Below threshold)

"Progress towards peace" cannot be achieved when one side practices a "religion" which calls for the murder or enslavement of anyone not adhering to that religion. Islam is a offense to human beings. It must be treated in just that way. Israel will not find peace in that region until she kills each and every Muslim in every surrounding nation. Quite a tall order, but it is Islam which is responsible for the viscious rules of the game.






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