IDF takes the initiative

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by dddooo, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. The rocket fire from Gaza at Ashkelon prompted the IDF to take the initiative. In the past 48 hours it is no longer Hamas that is escalating the fighting and determining the height of the flames based on its own needs and considerations – rather, the IDF is doing that.


    The objective is to create a new erosion equation between Hamas and the IDF. Such equation would exact a much higher Hamas toll in terms of fighters and infrastructure than what was paid by the group before every time it initiated a round of escalation in the rocket terror aimed at Negev communities.

    No longer do we have an Israeli military response whose strength is determined by the scope and deadliness of the Qassams as was the case so far. Nor do we see occasional operations by ground forces in the Strip and assassinations whose timing is determined by the availability of intelligence information. Now, the IDF has switched to ongoing methodical fighting from the air and on the ground deep inside the Strip.


    This is indeed not the “major operation” discussed in depth in the media. However, the number of troops utilized by the IDF on the ground and in the air in the framework of the current offensive is greater than before, as is the depth of the raids into the northern Strip. Givati and armored corps units are operating between the Sajaiya neighborhood and the outskirts of the Jabalya refugee camp. This area is used as a major operational and training base for Hamas’ military wing and a significant number of the Qassams directed at Gaza-region communities and particularly Sderot are fired from there.


    The objective is to exact an increasingly heavy price from the military wings of Hamas and other groups operating on its behalf in the Strip. However, activity of this scope and extent would naturally exact a price from IDF troops.

    For the time being, Hamas is not showing signs of collapse, yet all indications attest that its leadership is stressed and concerned. Therefore, it attempts to exert international pressure on Israel by presenting inflated civilian casualty figures. Every 15-year-old gunman hurt in the fierce battles is presented to the media as an “innocent Palestinian boy hurt by IDF fire.” Even a one-year-old baby, who the Palestinians themselves admit was killed after a rocket exploded due to a “work accident”, is presented as a victim of IDF fire.

    The IDF’s offensive can develop in two different directions:


    The first possibility is that in the coming days Hamas would completely or almost completely stop the rocket attacks from the Strip and propose a lengthy ceasefire through the Egyptians. If this happens, the IDF will likely also gradually minimize the scope of its offensive on the Strip.


    The second possibility is that Hamas will continue to fire rockets in the current rate and scope, while the IDF continues to escalate its operations to the maximal level – that is, a major operation all across the Strip while adopting patterns the Palestinians are unfamiliar with.
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3513436,00.html
     
  2. Six-month-old baby killed by israel attacks - 28 Feb 08

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    israel continues to bombard Gaza - 01 Mar 08

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  3. Burning Conscience: Israeli Soldiers Speak Out


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  4. No he did not you nazi fuck! I hope you have satisfied your lust for blood.

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  5. Just in case the nazi zionist dddooo has not satisfied his blood lust. I say you should call Olmert and ask him for some more entertainment.

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  6. Hmm, how did the article now what Wael's response would be

     
  7. Who can deny that the IDF is trained to be racist and to genocide as many arabs as possible. After all we have fifty years of actions as proof!

    The world won't stand for this terror state much longer.

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    Israeli force in Gaza is 'excessive': U.N.'s Ban

    Louis Charbonneau
    Reuters


    Saturday, March 01, 2008


    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday condemned what he called Israel's "disproportionate and excessive" use of force in the Gaza Strip.

    In an emergency meeting of the Security Council called to discuss an upsurge in Israeli-Palestinian fighting, Ban also condemned the relentless Palestinian rocket attacks against southern Israel.

    Israeli forces killed 61 people in the Gaza Strip, making Saturday the bloodiest day for Palestinians since an uprising against Israeli occupation began in 2000. Two Israeli soldiers were killed in the fighting.

    "While recognizing Israel's right to defend itself, I condemn the disproportionate and excessive use of force that has killed an injured so many civilians, including children," Ban told an emergency session of the council.

    "I call on Israel to cease such attacks," he said.

    Ban said there had been 26 Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel Saturday alone.

    "I condemn Palestinian rocket attacks and call for the immediate cessation of such acts of terrorism," he said.

    The permanent Palestinian observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, said Israel's actions, including the closure of all border crossings into Gaza, were war crimes.

    "Such actions are clearly prohibited by international law and are being committed by the occupying power on a scale and scope amounting to war crimes," Mansour told the council.

    Israel's Deputy Ambassador Daniel Carmon dismissed the idea that the Jewish state was guilty of war crimes.

    He said the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which seized control of Gaza in June 2007, was to blame for the situation in Gaza because it was behind the rocket attacks.

    "Hamas bears sole responsibility for the violence," Carmon told the council.

    LIBYAN DRAFT RESOLUTION

    The emergency council meeting was called by Security Council member Libya on behalf of the Arab League and at the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    The Libyan delegation circulated a draft resolution to council members condemning Israel.

    The draft, obtained by Reuters, has the council "expressing grave concern ... about the killings of innocent civilians, including the killing of several Palestinian children as a result of recent Israeli military attacks in the Gaza Strip."

    It also calls for "an immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including military attacks" and urges Israel "to immediately open the Gaza Strip's border crossings."

    The draft does not mention the months of daily Palestinian rocket fire against Israel, which the Israelis have cited as the reason they closed all the border crossings into Gaza in January, allowing only humanitarian aid into the territory.

    Western diplomats said the Libyan resolution would not pass unless it was amended to condemn the Palestinian rocket attacks and dropped language suggesting Israel was guilty of terrorism.

    Despite widespread concern for the humanitarian plight of Gazans, the council has been deadlocked on the closure of Gaza's borders because Libya and some other Arab states have been reluctant to condemn the rocket attacks against Israel and Hamas' seizure of power.

    © Reuters 2008
     
  8. Olmert:

    "It must be clear. Israel has no intention of halting counter-terror operations for one moment. Anyone who thinks that by extending the rockets' range he will deter us from our operations is gravely mistaken. We will act in accordance with the government's decisions, at the time we decide, with the strength we decide on, without respite in order to strike at the terror organizations - Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others, including their leaders, those who dispatch them and those who supply them weapons,"

    The prime minister urged the world to stop preaching morals to Israel:

    "The State of Israel defends its citizens in the South and, with all due respect, nothing will deter us from continuing to defend our residents. Nobody has the right to preach morals to Israel for taking basic measures to defend itself and prevent hundreds of thousands of residents of the South from continuing to be exposed to incessant attacks that disrupt their lives."
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1204213998442&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
     
  9. EU presidency condemns attacks on Gaza
    BRUSSELS, Mar 2 (Reuters) EU president Slovenia today condemned Israel's attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as disproportionate and violating international law, as a top EU foreign policy official left for the West Asia.

    The strongly worded statement, which also condemned the firing of rockets by Palestinians from Gaza into Israel, was issued a day after Israeli forces killed 61 people in Gaza.

    It was issued shortly before EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana left on a hastily arranged trip for Israel and the West Bank to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

    ''The Presidency condemns the recent disproportionate use of force by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against the Palestinian population in Gaza,'' the statement issued by the Slovenian presidency said.

    Yesterday was the bloodiest day for Palestinians since an uprising against Israeli occupation began in 2000 and almost half the dead were civilians including children.

    ''The Presidency rejects collective punishment of the people of Gaza'', it said, noting in particular the death of ''innocent children.'' ''The Presidency expresses its sincere sympathies to the families of victims'', it said.

    ''Such activities are contrary to international law. The Presidency at the same time reiterates its condemnation of continued firing of rockets into Israeli territory and calls for its immediate end''.

    http://www.deepikaglobal.com/ENG4_sub.asp?ccode=ENG4&newscode=15243
     
  10. Olmert:

    The prime minister urged the world to stop preaching morals to Israel:

    "The State of Israel defends its citizens in the South and, with all due respect, nothing will deter us from continuing to defend our residents. Nobody has the right to preach morals to Israel for taking basic measures to defend itself and prevent hundreds of thousands of residents of the South from continuing to be exposed to incessant attacks that disrupt their lives."
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1204213998442&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull


    Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, meanwhile, said that since Wednesday, an average of 50 rockets had hit the South per day, including 13 Grad missiles in Ashkelon. He said about 100 Palestinians had been killed in the fighting and that, despite media reports that the majority were civilians, 90 were terrorists.
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1204473062920&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull
     
    #10     Mar 2, 2008