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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gaza again

The Israeli's vaunted 'iron dome' rocket defence system is more like an iron collander at the moment. The Qassam brigades are reporting a projectile has even been fired at Tel Aviv - a first. The Egyptians have withdrawn their ambassador and are taking this to the UN security council. This escalation - it should be remembered - takes place in the shadow of an Israeli general election. As for who started it - chicken and egg really - take your pick of provocation on either side, there's plenty to choose from.

RT has live updates of the conflict:
22:43 GMT: Alarms sound in Be'er Sheva as two Gaza rockets hit city; no casualties reported.22:26 GMT: Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, claims to be shelling "the occupied city of Tel Aviv".
21:37 GMT: Israeli National Security Minister Avi Dichter: "We have no intention to end this round of fighting and suffer more hits in the next"
21:06 GMT: The Israeli Security Cabinet has given the IDF permission to draft reservists and expand the Gaza operation.
20:51 GMT: The Arab League will meet Saturday to discuss the Gaza attack, reports Egypt's news agency.
20:43 GMT: Israel's ambassador to Egypt has left for Tel Aviv together with a number of the embassy's employees, claim some media reports. Others insist embassy functioning as usual.
19:55 GMT: Israel is reportedly preparing for a ground operation into Gaza.
­19:48 GMT: According to AlJazeera, the Israeli army has reported a rocket from Gaza hitting a shopping center in a southern Israeli city.

One of the aspects of modern warfare - and this is a war (the blockade of Gaza in itself is an act of war) - is the use of the internet by the combatants. They are going head to head on twitter:
So both sides have been warned. I note that most of the Hamas tweets say they have targeted military bases - but no such assurance on the Tel Aviv attack at this stage. There is worrying noises from the IDF about a ground assault. Last time that happened over a thousand Palestinians were killed, the IDF used banned chemical weapons and most of Gaza's infrastructure was destoyed. Dicey times ahead.


At 15/11/12 1:45 pm, Blogger Neil said...

Those poor Israelites.

"Two Israelis sustained mild injuries from glass shards and 14 others suffered from anxiety"
"In Gaza, at least 10 people were killed, including Jabari, in Israeli strikes. Medical officials in the Strip said another 45 people were injured, 10 of them critically. According to the Palestinians, among the dead are three children, including an 11-month-old infant and a six-year-old boy."

At 16/11/12 2:33 am, Blogger Dr Syn said...

Ass-holes in Hamas, Ass-holes in the Israeli government.

At 16/11/12 7:05 am, Blogger countryboy said...

Oh my God ! Did I just hear that ! ?
On TV One ?
Compulsory ' Holocaust teaching in New Zealand schools mooted ! ?
Oh my God .

If I wasn't in such shock I'd be smug for the accuracy of my predictions .

Is this why jonky-stien is working so hard for a meager Prime Ministers salary when ' worth ' 50 mil + . He owes favours to his Harvard friends and so when the Middle East becomes a Hell on Earth of war and horror and profits and testosterone fulled , big gun shooting by erect-cock , young-man wankers 'they' have a bolt hole in Gods Own Mate ?

At 16/11/12 9:28 am, Blogger Arto said...

Are the Israelis still taking hundreds of children from palestine and imprisoning them without trial?

At 17/11/12 6:50 pm, Blogger MCA said...

compulsory holocaust studies???

Only if Nakba is taught alongside by member of the Palestinian community.


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