Israel rejects truce and escalates fighting in Gaza with assassination of Hamas leader; 10 killed, 90 wounded in Israeli attacks

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The IDF has announced it has assassinated Ahmed Al-Jabari, the head of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing. It is the start of what an IDF spokesperson on Twitter called “a widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the #Gaza Strip, chief among them #Hamas & Islamic Jihad targets.” The IDF has named the attack “Pillar of Defense,” (although in Hebrew it’s being called “Pillar of Cloud” which is a biblical reference). There are indications that the attacks are targeting Palestinian leadership. Reports at 12:45 eastern time said there was an explosion at the house of Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar, and the IDF issued this warning over Twitter:

In a 21st century twist, the al-Qassam Bridge responded over Twitter:

Video released by the IDF of the Al-Jabari assassinantion.

One Israeli television analyst reported that the strike on Jabari was planned months ago. The IDF spokesperson’s office said that “All options are on the table. If necessary, the IDF is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza,” and Haaretz reports that the IDF has issued draft orders to reserve soldiers to prepare for a ground invasion.

More casualties are being reported from Gaza. Israeli channel 10 has reported that Ahmed al-Zahar, the brother of Mahmoud al-Zahar, a major Hamas figure, was killed along with Jabari, although Haaretz is reporting that it was his assistant Mohammed Hams who was killed in the car with him.  The Associated Press quotes Gaza Health Minister Dr. Mufeed Mkhallalati saying, “10 people were killed, including Jabari, and 45 wounded, 10 of them in critical condition. Among the dead were three civilians, including an 11-month-old and a 6-year-old.”

The Institute for Middle East Understanding has collected quotes from on the ground in Gaza. “Around 4 PM, I was at home in Gaza City, and I heard a loud explosion. It later became clear that it was an assassination,” said Wasseem El Sarraj, a Gaza-based researcher and activist. “Since that point, we’ve had intense drone activity and bombing that’s been sustained. I am at home with two young children, and this is very worrying to all of us. We are expecting the worst over the next couple of days.”

Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center adds:

Israel’s assassination today will only lead to further escalation and put civilians on both sides at great risk while doing little to change the dynamics on the ground. Israel’s horrendous war on Gaza in 2008-9, which left more than 1,400 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians, and massive destruction in its wake did little to change the situation except to create more anger amongst Palestinians towards the policies of Israel. Truces and diplomacy however, brokered by third parties, have been more successful. Given this reality, it is hard to explain Israeli behavior as being dictated by anything other than the personal political interests of Israeli leaders seeking re-election in the coming months. It is certain than an unacceptable number of casualties will be created and little will change in terms of the dynamics of fire when the smoke finally clears.

Former advisor to the PLO Diana Buttu also says: 

Israel’s latest bombing campaign in Gaza, and in particular its assassination of Palestinian leaders, highlights once again that Israel views itself as above the law. This is precisely why the international community, and in particular the United States, must hold Israel accountable for its provocative and illegal actions, in order to stop another bloodbath in Gaza before it happens. It is time for the world to send Israel the message that it is not above the law and the Palestinians are not beneath it

And like clockwork, the U.S. has come out to pledge support for Israel. Agence France-Presse reports that a Pentagon spokesman told reporters that “We’re monitoring the situation closely. We stand by our Israeli partners in their right to defend themselves against terrorism

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A father holds the body of his 1-year-old son who was burned to death in today’s Israeli attack. Photographer Anne Paq tweeted from Gaza’s Al Shifa hospital, “Just saw burned baby who died. Want to throw up.” (Photo: Anne Paq/ Activestills)

The assassination breaks a day-old lull in what was intense fighting between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters in Gaza. A tacit truce was reached with the help of Egypt, but Israel has now broken it decisively.

Ahmed al Jabari
Ahmed Al-Jabari (right, front) and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (left, front) pose with two  Palestinian prisoners freed in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel (Photo: Reuters)

Jabari, the Hamas leader, brokered the Palestinian side of the 2011 deal that freed Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive in Gaza for over five years.

There are also rumors of other assassination attempts, though they are just unconfirmed reports at the moment. Ramallah-based journalist Dalia Hatuqa tweeted: “Sources confirming, others denying killing of Raed Al Attar, Al Qassam Brigades southern front commander.”

Extrajudicial assassinations have long been a favored tool of the Israeli military, though in recent years they have stuck to killing leaders of other militant groups rather than Hamas, the ruling group in Gaza.

A massive response from Hamas is expected. The al-Qassam Brigades issued a statement following the attack saying, “the occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself.” Gaza-based writer and activist Joe Catron tweeted:

There have also been reports that Israel is targeting police stations in Gaza. The beginning of Operation Cast Lead at the end of 2008 saw the Israeli air force target and kill hundreds of police officers affiliated with Hamas. The legality of those operations depends on the context; read this Human Rights Watch Q and A for more on the targeting of police stations.

It will also be important to keep an eye on Egypt, which brokered the truce between Palestinian fighters and Israel. The last time there was an escalation between Gaza fighters and Israel, protests in Egypt arguably helped put more pressure on Israel to stop the fighting. A major Israeli operation in Gaza will be a test to see whether an Arab world in revolt can rein Israel in.

Egypt has now called its ambassador in from Tel Aviv “for consultations in Cairo, in protest of IDF operations in Gaza,” according to Haaretz. The Israeli daily also reports that the Israeli ambassador to Cairo expected to be summoned on Thursday to Egyptian Foreign Ministry.” And before that, Haaretz reported that “Egypt approached Israel via a number of channels, requesting Operation Pillar of Defense be stopped.”

Twitter user RoadtoPalestine posted this photo with the caption “4 airstrikes“:

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Airstrikes on Gaza November 14, 2012

It’s important to note that elections are coming up, similar to when Israel launched the devastating assault on Gaza in 2008-09. It seems that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to burnish his credentials ahead of the election. So far there has been wide support for the attack from political rivals. The Kadima Party chairman Shaul Mofaz said, “I congratulate the prime minister on returning to the policy of assassinations; all those in the chain of command of terror organizations need to live in a constant pursuit.” The Labor Party’s Shelly Yacimovich said,”Israel is united in its war against terrorism.”

We will continue to update this post as news becomes available.

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  1. Annie Robbins
    November 14, 2012, 10:23 am

    i read yesterday in the context of a ‘truce’ netanyahu said they was going to begin targeted assassinations.

    nyt: Israeli Strike in Gaza Kills the Military Leader of Hamas

    link to nytimes.com

    • eljay
      November 14, 2012, 10:45 am

      >> i read yesterday in the context of a ‘truce’ netanyahu said they was going to begin targeted assassinations.

      “Shared common values”.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 14, 2012, 7:47 pm

        here’s a livestream of updates from harry fear, filmaker in gaza

        link to ustream.tv

      • Annie Robbins
        November 14, 2012, 7:51 pm

        bombing of car market area in SE of gaza city

      • Annie Robbins
        November 14, 2012, 8:01 pm

        big bombing in NE of gaza city in the last one minute.

        he’s citing reports some kind of mobilization inside eyptian military, unconfirmed.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 14, 2012, 8:15 pm

        egyptian tanks and commandos moving thru Sinai desert/he claims confirmed from source egyptian military source..

        reconfirmed 9:30

  2. Annie Robbins
    November 14, 2012, 10:37 am

    link to facebook.com

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    The Palestine Telegraph Newspaper · 3,831 like this
    6 minutes ago ·

    Breaking News: Israel targets Gaza with Predator Drones instead of jet fighters. The bombs used called: Guided Bomb Unit (GPU). The drone is an American made weighted 250KG.

    …..

    other tweets say there are F16′s over head

  3. Annie Robbins
    November 14, 2012, 10:40 am

    they hit arafat’s house.

    Rawan ‏@MyFreePal

    oh Sharrafat el drone.
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    • Annie Robbins
      November 14, 2012, 10:51 am

      marmite_news ‏@marmite_news

      Al-Arabiya: The death toll from the Israeli strikes on #Gaza has risen to nine… #GazaUnderAttack
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    • Abierno
      November 14, 2012, 11:06 am

      This is not surprising. Netanyahu is attempting to provoke another Cast Lead,
      but this time one in which Israel reoccupies Gaza. Time is running out on Israeli
      expropriation of land, opportunities for disproportionate response in Gaza and the
      West Bank. When (not if) Palestine receives observor state status in the UN,
      and Israel has continuing exposure to the ICC, their actions can be expected to
      be somewhat more circumscribed. While the majority of their actions (settlement, administrative detention, frequent “accidental” killing of civilians,
      abuse of international laws regarding the treatment of children) are illegal
      and under the category of war crimes, the court can be expected to be less attentive to crimes committed prior to Palestine attaining observor status than they will to ongoing crimes which can immediately be brought before the court. Israel will be less willing to abrogate injunctions from the court than they are injunctions from the UN which they routinely dismiss as fueled by antisemitism.
      One would hope that Hamas will not respond with rockets to this provocation,
      but to move directly to the UN as well as the Arab League, making their case to
      the court of public opinion, particularly emphasizing that while there have been
      no fatal Israeli casualties and few casualties beyond the existential, many Gazans
      have died, and those deaths involve targeted children and disabled. Egypt should
      immediately escalate their concerns to the security council since Israel has blatantly broken the Egyptian brokered truce – not once but twice. While the US
      will veto, China and Russia will support and so will the majority of the other members. This is a real opportunity to showcase the US as a biased broker, but
      more important to underscore how important observor status is going to be in
      shutting down Israeli actions such as this assassination, as well as forestalling
      a preemptive reoccupation of Gaza.

      • seafoid
        November 14, 2012, 12:14 pm

        “This is not surprising. Netanyahu is attempting to provoke another Cast Lead, but this time one in which Israel reoccupies Gaza”

        That would be autistic. Gaza can’t be “solved” by the IDF . Israel is neo Bourbon – never learnt anything, never forgot anything .

        Israel’s Zionist Jews want a leader who can tell them “we have conquered the Palestinians forever” .
        Good luck with that.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 14, 2012, 12:18 pm

        One would hope that Hamas will not respond with rockets to this provocation, but to move directly to the UN as well as the Arab League

        i hope and pray abbas steps up his bid to the 15th. i don’t think hamas (or even a saint) can be expected to get pounded for 2 weeks til the 29th. but the 15th has been on the table, and they can push it up. check out the rest of the link from The Negotiations Affairs Department of the PLO

        link to mondoweiss.net

        Twenty-four years ago, November 15, the Palestine National Council, chaired by Yasser Arafat, declared the independence of the State of Palestine. The declaration, drafted mainly by Mahmoud Darwish and Edward Said, marked the Palestinian historic compromise of accepting the two-state solution on the 1967 border, meaning the establishment of our state on only 22 percent of historical Palestine.

        November is therefore more than just an important month; it’s a turning point for the Palestinian people. The Palestinian issue has been drawn out for decades, with the chances for a peaceful solution diminishing more quickly than ever.

        The Palestinian people have struggled for the realisation of their inalienable rights for almost a century. We have gone through different stages within our struggle. Despite appalling Israeli measures, many of which are reminiscent of those of South African apartheid, the Palestinians have remained steadfast to safeguard their most basic human rights. The PLO and the Palestinian people know that international humanitarian law and international conventions affirm their right to self-determination. And yet, in turning a blind eye to Israeli violations, the international community allows Israel to remain above international law.

      • eljay
        November 14, 2012, 12:41 pm

        >> One would hope that Hamas will not respond with rockets to this provocation, but to move directly to the UN as well as the Arab League, making their case to the court of public opinion, particularly emphasizing that while there have been no fatal Israeli casualties and few casualties beyond the existential, many Gazans have died, and those deaths involve targeted children and disabled.

        Additionally, I hope that Hamas chooses it words / phrases wisely, given that, unfortunately, this conflict is as much a PR contest as it is a human rights catastrophe.

        Good:
        - Israel/i
        - occupation
        - freedom
        - justice
        - democracy
        - equality
        - secular
        - hope
        - peace
        - dreams
        - a better future

        Bad:
        - (the) Jews
        - Zionist(s) / Zionist regime
        - jihad
        - martyr(s)
        - Allah
        - (the) prophet
        - Mohammed

      • Chu
        November 14, 2012, 12:55 pm

        “Time is running out on Israeli expropriation of land…”

        I smell Cast Lead Part II, and another desperate and cynical move for the belligerent state and their corrupt leaders – hiding behind the guise of defense and supposed retaliation of terrorism.
        Can Israel walk away from this unharmed? As long as the US vouches for their actions I would think so, but Cast Lead reinforced the doubts of the world that Israel is not a ‘partner’ for the peace process and moreover is capable and willing to commit war crimes directed toward the civilian population of Gaza. I’m not sure if they can see that from inside their borders that their image is tanking worldwide.
        My feeling is that the US president will not oppose the onslaught that is coming, and certainly the United States Congress lacks any fortitude to address this issue with some level of integrity.

      • Abierno
        November 14, 2012, 4:52 pm

        This is an update. Egypt has taken the attack on Gaza to the Security
        Council of the UN as well as the Arab League, asking both organizations for immediate action. Egypt has been clear as to the fact
        that Israel virtually immediately broke a ceasefire which was brokered
        by Egypt with both Hamas and Israel. Turkey is also weighing in heavily on the side of Gaza, since Erdogan was scheduled to visit the
        enclave in the near future. Can one expect to see an exceptional
        escalation on the part of Israel as they become increasingly aware
        that this situation will not be managed on an international scale by
        the US, but by the Security Council which incorporates China and Russia as well as the Arab League which includes some very close
        US allies? Are the days in which Israel could use Gaza as their own
        private killing field (Cast Lead, targeted assassinations, random and
        senseless killing of civilians, including women and children) coming
        to an end? One would hope for not only UN observors but also, as
        exist at the Lebanon border, UN troops at the border of Gaza and Israel
        as well as within Gaza to protect these beleagured people, particularly
        the children.

    • Mndwss
      November 14, 2012, 4:10 pm

      “they hit arafat’s house”

      I read yesterday that Arafat was being exhumed.

      Is arafat’s “house” the grave they hit to remove evidence of polonium?

  4. OlegR
    November 14, 2012, 10:50 am

    And the questions now are.
    Will Hamas dare shoot missiles at Tel Aviv?
    Are we going into Cast Lead 2.0 ?

    • Annie Robbins
      November 14, 2012, 10:55 am

      i am quite sure israel’s intent is to provoke a response to justify another massacre. time is running out:

      On election day in 2008, Israel invaded Gaza and broke the ceasefire. The ensuing rocket fire was used as the pretext for a full on invasion and war against Gaza beginning 3 weeks later. November 29th, the day the Palestinian delegation is expected to submit its bid for observer status at the US, is two weeks from tomorrow.

      link to mondoweiss.net

    • Elliot
      November 14, 2012, 10:59 am

      The question for us is not how much retaliation will Israel accept before it goes in to teach the natives another lesson, but how much colonial domination will the international community take from Israel.

      Netanyahu has been told not to get into a fight with Iran. Will Obama tell him to behave in Gaza too? Sounds like Netanyahu feels he can move quite comfortably into a war footing.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 14, 2012, 11:03 am

        they are not bombing to ‘teach anyone a lesson’, they are trying to make palestinians either back off the UN vote or create a pretext to influence the international community to back off support their UNbid. i know this.

        gaza is their punching bag and ISgov is scared shitless of palestinian statehood.

      • marc b.
        November 14, 2012, 11:20 am

        they are trying to make palestinians either back off the UN vote or create a pretext to influence the international community to back off support their UNbid.

        there’s probably multiple motivations for this attack at this time, annie. anyway, they truly must be deluded/desperate if they believe that this will deter the bid for statehood. i would think that it would have the opposite effect, from the palestinian viewpoint.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 14, 2012, 11:41 am

        probably multiple motivations for this attack at this time

        i doubt it. look at this ‘offer’: link to haaretz.com

        coincidence? PLEASE! it’s crunch time, israel knows they are going to be screwed by this UN vote! wake up people!

        link to haaretz.com

        For Netanyahu, the UN vote trumps southern rocket fire

        Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees the vote in the UN as having extremely serious consequences for Israel. Netanyahu has held discussions on the matter almost every day over the past few days, and has been dealing with the matter no less than with that of the escalation and rockets in the south - if not more. Netanyahu is of the opinion that while the present round of fighting in the Gaza area can be controlled, the snowball effect started by the Palestinian initiative in the UN could be much harder to stop.

        Monday evening, Netanyahu held a meeting with a number of his senior ministers to deal with the issue Israel fears the most: a scenario in which Palestine’s new status as a non-member state would allow it to be accepted as a member of the International Criminal Court of the UN in the Hague and demand Israel and its leaders be tried for war crimes. Israel is not a member of the International Criminal Court, and as a result its decisions do not obligate Israel. But a prosecution against Israel or senior Israeli officials in the international court could initiate a wave of criminal proceedings against Israel around the world and encourage the implementation of various economic sanctions against Israel, such as a ban on imports from the settlements.

        During the meeting with Netanyahu, Lieberman and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said the Palestinian approach to the International Criminal Court would be “a declaration of war,” which would require Israel to respond even more strongly than the Palestinian initiative in the General Assembly.

        so the priority is the UN and they are bombing gaza? why? because all they know is force.

      • RebuildingAll
        November 14, 2012, 2:36 pm

        The Haaretz article you cited is very important. Lieberman’s draft plan would now formally take the 63% of the West Bank called ‘Area C’ in the Oslo accords while expanding Israeli settlements there:

        <blockquote cite=" 1. Israel would immediately recognize a Palestinian state in provisional borders, based in Area A of the West Bank, where Palestinians would have control over security and civilian matters, and Area B, where Palestinians would have control over civilian issues alone; these areas would comprise some 40-50 percent of the territory in the West Bank."

        Also of note is 'Austere Challenge 12', the US/Israeli joint military exercise still underway? It was scheduled to last 3 weeks, starting somewhere around Oct. 31st. If the joint military training is underway, what must the U.S. do, right now, to urge all parties to stand down and avoid the US being sucked into Israel’s Gaza attack?

        Re. Austere Challenge 12, from Lea Park:

        Bloomberg:
        “Austere Challenge 12 is the largest aerial defense exercise to take place between the two militaries,” the Israeli army said overnight in an e-mailed statement. The three-week drill, involving as many as 3,500 U.S. personnel in the region along with 1,000 members of the Israel Defense Forces, according to the Pentagon.”

        Global Post
        Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, landed in Tel Aviv on Sunday to launch “Austere Challenge 12,” the largest-scale joint military exercise Israel and the United States have ever undertaken, at a cost of $38 million to the two nations.

        al Jazeera
        ,,, with US covering $30 million of that.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        November 15, 2012, 7:54 am

        What can “respond even more strongly” mean? The mind boggles. However, as the PA and Abbas are not playing the roles assigned to them and even seem to have a coherent diplomatic strategy, they might be contemplating suppression of the PA and a return to direct military occupation of the whole West Bank as well as Gaza.

      • piotr
        November 15, 2012, 1:34 pm

        But how they will do it? Draft all Haredi girls? Israel has very effective methods of occupation, but very labor intensive, and not really appropriate for resisting population.

        The strategic dilemma is that Israeli are both paranoid and complacent. They are sufficient paranoid to be enthusiastic about pounding Gaza, but too complacent to tolerate scores of soldiers being killed. It is one thing to harass hapless civilians on checkpoints when the worse may happen is that they will curse you, and another when all separated detachments are shot at. If IDF “reoccupies” Area A, what will happen to American trained janissary units that ostensibly serve PA? I guess that their loyalty to Americans has limits.

        Most importantly, you must have at least thin grounds to start mayhem. Israel may fancy itself a superpower, but even USA is not as “superpowery” as it was before the insanity of Iraq war. We are short of money, morale and morality. Wars tend to exhaust those things.

    • eljay
      November 14, 2012, 10:59 am

      >> Will Hamas dare shoot missiles at Tel Aviv?

      Dunno, but as long as they only attempt to strike military targets (e.g., HaKirya and Sde Dov Airport) and do their best to ensure that civilian deaths are confined to “collateral damage”, jon s will be cool with that. ;-)

    • marc b.
      November 14, 2012, 11:09 am

      i don’t get your questions, olerg. are you suggesting that israel has an absolute right to attack its neighbors without fear of a response? and are we going into cast lead 2, or intifada 3? this is what that sociopath netanyaha wanted, right? a chance to look bold, courageous, ‘presidential’. he apparently can’t have his war with iran, so this atrocity will have to do.

      • OlegR
        November 14, 2012, 11:54 am

        The questions are of personal nature since the answers
        to them will directly affect my life.

      • Woody Tanaka
        November 14, 2012, 12:35 pm

        Oh, boo hoo. You should have thought of that when you left your homeland and joined in the conspiracy to steal Palestine from its rightful owners.

      • Mooser
        November 14, 2012, 1:02 pm

        “The questions are of personal nature since the answers
        to them will directly affect my life.”

        Yes, and almost any possible outcome will have a nicely negative, if not existential outcome for you. Seder’s over pal, time for just desserts.

      • Mooser
        November 14, 2012, 6:28 pm

        “The questions are of personal nature since the answers
        to them will directly affect my life.”

        So naturally they are very important questions, questions for which you need factual answers, so you come to Mondoweiss!!
        Oleg, that’s very encouraging, the first spark of intelligence you’ve shown.

      • Chu
        November 14, 2012, 1:08 pm

        “to look bold, courageous, ‘presidential’”
        I think it’s more about feeling than looks. This is something he feels as the leader of Israelis. Israeli’s believe this by and large. It’s more than the self-serving angle that you suggest of Netanyahu.
        The majority of Israel is behind him and if you check later, the majority of comments in the New York Times will be in favor of his actions. – well, likely until the photos of dead Gazan children begin to show in the news feeds.

  5. hophmi
    November 14, 2012, 10:56 am

    “A tacit truce was reached with the help of Egypt, but Israel has now broken it decisively.”

    What tacit truce? There were hundreds of rockets fired at Israeli civilians in recent days, including ten on Monday. Do you really think Israel is just going sit back and let this happen every few weeks? Would the United States?

    Israel has an Article 51 right to defend itself and its citizens, who are being targeted day and night. Its targets here were exclusively military, and they do not constitute extra-judicial assassination.

    And let’s not play the game of saying that because the IDF drew up plans for an attack months before, they obviously planned to do this the whole time.

    • Annie Robbins
      November 14, 2012, 11:05 am

      What tacit truce? There were hundreds of rockets fired at Israeli civilians in recent days, including ten on Monday.

      they had a truce sunday night, then israel bombed gaza over night, rockets started up in the morning. pay attention.

      • dimadok
        November 14, 2012, 11:09 am

        Perhaps you should’ve read the whole article:
        “Defence Minister Ehud Barak told reporters Israel was not prepared to forgive and forget following four days of violence.

        “The matter has definitely not ended and we will decide how and when to act at the time when there will be a need,” he said.”

      • marc b.
        November 14, 2012, 11:13 am

        thanks, dimedozen. like we needed you to point out that this government has no interest in a truce.

      • Cliff
        November 14, 2012, 2:01 pm

        Dimwit,

        How does that support the Zionist claim exactly?

        It’s to be expected that Jewish nationalists will continually portray themselves as fighting off another Holocaust (‘forgive/forget’ meme).

        You fight women and children, which is why you kill them so often. You then paint yourself as victims and justify the horrendous civilian casualty and destruction as ‘collateral damage’.

        GET OUT OF PALESTINE and let the refugees back to their land – the land you STOLE.

        This violence doesn’t exist in a vacuum. This is a perpetual War of Independence and Nakba.

        Beginning with the mass expulsions, rapes, massacres, etc. committed by Jewish terrorists like you and hophmi.

      • Mayhem
        November 14, 2012, 7:46 pm

        A few days ago Hamas didn’t want a truce – see link to timesofisrael.com
        To be claiming that Israel is being unnecessarily belligerent and not being interested in ceasing of hostilities is totally disingenuous.
        To see the comments of pro-Israel supporters like dimadok demeaned by vicious anti-Zionists twisting their names into alternative versions only illustrates the shallow spitefulness of these people.

      • straightline
        November 15, 2012, 6:09 am

        The word “vicious” coming from an apologist for Israel’s current activities has a poignant irony. I must say I can’t raise much empathy for poor Hophmi and Dimadok because someone “twisted their names” while Israel is raising mayhem in Gaza.

      • eljay
        November 15, 2012, 8:20 am

        >> To see the comments of pro-Israel supporters like dimadok demeaned by vicious anti-Zionists twisting their names into alternative versions only illustrates the shallow spitefulness of these people.

        The shallow spitefulness of anti-Zionists is considerably less harmful than the wilful hatefulness and immorality of Zio-supremacists like you and dimadok who support, enable and advocate for the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel.

      • ritzl
        November 15, 2012, 9:51 am

        “Didn’t want a truce”

        Apparently, quite the opposite. Per Haaretz, there was a written truce in hand with Hamas, complete with mechanisms to defuze flare ups, engineered in part by Jabari, and that’s when Israel killed him.

        link to haaretz.com

        Hours before Hamas strongman Ahmed Jabari was assassinated, he received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel, which included mechanisms for maintaining the ceasefire in the case of a flare-up between Israel and the factions in the Gaza Strip. This, according to Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin, who helped mediate between Israel and Hamas in the deal to release Gilad Shalit and has since then maintained a relationship with Hamas leaders.

        This is far from the first time this has happened. SOP actually.

        Truly criminal. Not only do Israel’s leaders kill Palestinians without thought and in ALL opposition to any prospect of a peaceful future, they put their own people at risk. Totally psycho, yet totally accepted practice in Israel and the US.

        Bring on the ICC. That’s the only way, it would seem, to heel people who have no internal obstacles (conscience) to killing, if not revel in it.

        (Apologies if someone has already posted this link, but it’s critical, imo.)

      • Cliff
        November 15, 2012, 11:47 am

        Sure Mayhem, only a radical Zionist tool would think ‘twisting’ Zionist commentator’s names is ‘spiteful’ but not the ethnic cleansing, wanton killing and destruction of civilians and civilian life, and general criminality of Zionist apartheid and colonialism.

        Your priorities are totally partisan and warped.

      • Mooser
        November 15, 2012, 7:49 pm

        “To see the comments of pro-Israel supporters like dimadok demeaned by vicious anti-Zionists twisting their names into alternative versions”

        Oh my God!!! The horror of it! Tied to a chair, chained to a website, while the viscious anti-Zionist name-twisters mercilessly break your family appelations! Quick, somebody call the ICC, “dimeadick” wants to place himself under the court’s protection!

        If you don’t like the way people treat you here, why not go to another website? Because you need reliable reports on what is going on in Israel, and you know where to get them.

      • Mooser
        November 15, 2012, 7:57 pm

        ” I must say I can’t raise much empathy for poor Hophmi and Dimadok because someone “twisted their names”

        Straightline, not just “twisted their names”! No, this person “visciously” twisted their names. And made them watch while they did it!

    • eljay
      November 14, 2012, 11:08 am

      >> Israel has an Article 51 right to defend itself and its citizens, who are being targeted day and night.

      Curious: Which article gives Israel the right to continue with a 60+ years, ON-GOING offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder?

      • Donald
        November 14, 2012, 4:38 pm

        “Curious: Which article gives Israel the right to continue with a 60+ years, ON-GOING offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder?”

        Westerners get to pick and choose which portions of international law apply and which ones don’t. That’s not written down anywhere–everyone just sort of knows about it.

      • eljay
        November 14, 2012, 7:58 pm

        >> Westerners get to pick and choose which portions of international law apply and which ones don’t.

        That’s funny! I mean, ’cause you’re joking…right?!

        ;-)

      • Donald
        November 15, 2012, 12:05 am

        I am joking, but unfortunately it’s also a description of reality. Earlier today I was looking at an article at (of all places) The New Republic website (Andrew Sullivan linked it). It was about how the sanctions on Iran were hurting ordinary Iranians. And depressingly enough, some of the comments in the comment thread said, paraphrasing– “Well, of course they hurt ordinary Iranians. That’s the point-it puts pressure on Iran.” And when I’ve raised the issue at another blog, people ask me “Well, what are we supposed to do?”

        It’s just ingrained in a great many Americans and Israelis and presumably others in the West that we, the “civilized folk”, have the right to target civilians if it will help achieve some policy goal. Usually people aren’t that blunt about it–there’s a lot of lying and denial. But sometimes they come right out with what they really think, because they don’t seem to see the monstrousness of what they are saying. If they do see it, then they go back to the lies and denials.

        But it’s only “terrorism” if our enemies do it.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        November 15, 2012, 8:01 am

        Remember how Madeleine Albright, asked in a TV interview whether it was worth maintaining sanctions on Iraq when they had caused the deaths of half a million Iraqi children, said — yes, we think it’s worth it.

    • Woody Tanaka
      November 14, 2012, 11:49 am

      “Its targets here were exclusively military,”

      Bullshit. It has waged a generations-long military assault on the entirety of the Palestinian people.

      • seafoid
        November 14, 2012, 1:50 pm

        And the 10% of Gazan kids who are severely malnourished (with developmental delays which will lead to handicaps) as a result of the siege are all special forces.

      • Woody Tanaka
        November 16, 2012, 7:05 am

        Exactly. To read the bigoted garbage by the zionists and their supporters, they are inherently bad simply by virtue of having the misfortune of being born.

    • Kathleen
      November 14, 2012, 7:58 pm

      Palestinians have every right to fight for the land that is internationally recognized as belonging to them. Israel is the aggressor and criminal. Netanyahu is the devil incarnate. An evil evil man

    • pjdude
      November 15, 2012, 12:45 am

      civilians transfered to occupied territory do not have the protections under article 27 of the fourth geneva convention if they don’t like being shot at perhaps they shouldn’t have taken the ISrael government up on its incentives to move its civilian population into occupied territory.

  6. Kathleen
    November 14, 2012, 10:58 am

    “Israel has now broken it”

    When Israeli leaders assassinate Palestinian leaders who demand Israel abide by international agreements, Un resolutions and are willing to kill for their homeland then no need to wonder why Israeli leaders better be watching their backs. As time has gone by getting more and more dangerous for Israeli travelers etc. When Israeli citizens support an apartheid government only going to get worse

  7. giladg
    November 14, 2012, 10:59 am

    At least four rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel this morning, Israel time, and Israel rejects a truce? And did anyone report on these firings?

    • Mndwss
      November 14, 2012, 12:10 pm

      “And did anyone report on these firings?”

      You just did!

      Are you sure that was not just sonic booms you heard from Israeli F-16′s?

      Or do you know of anyone who reported on these firings?

      Do you have information that this really happened?

    • Mndwss
      November 14, 2012, 12:30 pm

      And if this really happened, why did not Yahoo activate the Iron Dome?

      Does he want pictures of strikes or dead Israelis to show the world why that heavy metal 2 is needed?

  8. Mondowise
    November 14, 2012, 10:59 am

    Thank you Alex, Adam and Annie…thank you ALL for this article and especially for keeping us updated and informed, it’s much easier to read everything here than to check all the different tweets and news sites. (just now liked the page Annie referenced) THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!

    this really sickens my heart and soul. like everyone else decent, i dread the brutality unfolding and the number of innocent people being brutally murdered AGAIN. it’s another OCL happening… i hope Egypt and the entire international community slams izrael hard enough to end this crazed massacre NOW.

  9. Kathleen
    November 14, 2012, 11:01 am

    What is the timeline for the Palestinian move for the new upgraded UN status ?

  10. Erasmus
    November 14, 2012, 11:03 am

    This targeted killing has been one with announcement in the Jerusalem Post of yesterday, 13November 2012:

    See: link to jpost.com

    Is targeting Hamas leaders off battlefield legal?
    By YONAH JEREMY BOB

    • Annie Robbins
      November 14, 2012, 11:13 am

      erasmus, that link is not opening for me. i even googled the title and tried to connect from there, blocked. but here is another reference:

      link to jpost.com

      As calm seemed to return to the southern Gaza border, with only one rocket landing outside Ashdod on Tuesday morning, Defense Minister Ehud Barak traveled to the Gaza border and held a security evaluation with army chiefs, where he said the ongoing conflict with Gazan terror organizations “is still not over.”

      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with the security cabinet on Tuesday morning to discuss possible responses to threats from Gaza, after the IAF hit three targets in the Strip overnight Monday. One of the responses being considered is targeted assassination of Hamas commanders in Gaza, Army Radio reported.

      • Erasmus
        November 14, 2012, 11:50 am

        @ Annie
        correct – the link is not accessible anymore.
        Please see your incoming email.

      • JennieS
        November 14, 2012, 3:29 pm

        The link is still acccessible where I am in New Zealand. Are you guys getting censored a la China?

    • Kathleen
      November 14, 2012, 8:08 pm

      Israel does not care what is legal? Illegal settlements, illegal housing in E Jerusalem illegal is Israel’s first name. It is so easy to understand why Palestinians hate Israel.

  11. amigo
    November 14, 2012, 11:10 am

    This is as Annie says, an attempt by Israel to get a violent response by the Palestinians so Israel can then claim to be the victims at the UN and that these Palestinian terrorists should not be given Statehood.

    We have seen these moves before but this time it is different as The Palestinian bid for UN recognition is scaring the s–t out of the Zionist war criminals for whom the ICC rope is tightening around their necks.

  12. Kathleen
    November 14, 2012, 11:23 am

    So Jabari brokered the deal from the Palestinian side for the release of Gilad Shalit and then is what Netanyahu gives you death. Fu– Netanyahu he is one of the most psychopathic individuals breathing today. What an arrogant ass talking about Israeli childrens lives and the danger and just a few days before he had murdered Palestinian children.

    One would have thought Hamas and other Palestinians who have been putting up a fight for their land would have been on their toes after Netanyahu made it clear the other day they were gunning for them.

  13. Annie Robbins
    November 14, 2012, 11:40 am

    israel preparing ground invasion, calling up reservists

    link to rt.com

    • seafoid
      November 14, 2012, 12:07 pm

      Israel’s elections could lead to revival of peace process, NOT

      link to haaretz.com

      “Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz: I congratulate the prime minister on renewing the policy of targeted assassinations; all those in the chain of command of terror organizations need to live in a constant pursuit (Jonathan Lis)

      5:13 P.M. Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich: Israel is united in its war against terrorism (Jonathan Lis)”

      (Note that Israel= Jews. I’m sure Sakhnin and Nazareth are not screaming for hits with the 80% of their compatriots who are. )

      IDF spokesman

      “The Gaza Strip has become a front base for Iran”

      Vile. The children of Gaza must be terrified tonight.

      “6:09 P.M. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood calls on president Mohammed Morsi to reassess relationship with Israel”

      Let’s see what the Masris do. I’m sure this latest display of Israeli savagery will go down real well on the Arab street.

    • Kathleen
      November 14, 2012, 2:11 pm

      national protest?

    • Kathleen
      November 14, 2012, 2:29 pm

      Egypt recalls Ambassador to Israel. Palestinians have every right to retaliate. It would take a saint not to. Just take Netanyahu’s creepy warning the other day and change only a few words Israeli’s to Palestinians “The world must understand that Palestinians have the right and total obligation to defend their internationally recognized borders and its people” and to do what ever it takes. No need to wonder why Palestinians want to strike out and kill Israeli’s.

  14. seafoid
    November 14, 2012, 12:20 pm

    “The al-Qassam Brigades issued a statement following the attack saying, “the occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself.”

    I wish they’d do something rational and sly like send a message to Israeli channel 2 saying that every Jewish soldier involved in Operation Pillar of Cloud has a chance of being cited at the ICC.

    • Kathleen
      November 14, 2012, 8:01 pm

      The Israeli’s are operating out of hell. Full of hatred and anger.

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2012, 3:27 am

        “The gates of hell” may be a reference to an election that leads to another 4 years of Likud and further progress towards the settler Endlösung- the dismantling of Israeli democracy.

  15. seafoid
    November 14, 2012, 12:41 pm

    I wonder what Qatar will do. Maybe they could have a word with Azerbaijan about that oil they sell Israel.

  16. gracie fr
    November 14, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Gaza
    live feed….
    link to ustream.tv

  17. Kathleen
    November 14, 2012, 2:16 pm

    You think about that pre-emptive warning from Netanyahu was that yesterday. Imagine if a Palestinian leader used those same words “we have to protect ourselves at any cost” We have to get our land, integrity and our lives back. What ever it takes. Netanyahu using Israeli children as props made me sick. This guy only cares about Jews. Period. He belongs in a cage locked away.

    Call Reps, contact Obama CUT ALL US AID TO ISRAEL. Call into contact MSM outlets ask them to cover this issue honestly. Let them know they have not

  18. Kathleen
    November 14, 2012, 2:37 pm

    Just contacted Medea and several Palestinian solidarity groups about an emergency protest in response to Israel’s brutal tactics. Israel kills we protest and they could give a rats ass. But what else can we do?

  19. Shmuel
    November 14, 2012, 3:12 pm

    Important analysis by Aluf Benn in Hebrew edition of Haaretz (couldn’t find it in English), in which he calls Al-Jabari “Israel’s subcontractor in Gaza” – despite post-assassination attempts to portray him as an “arch-terrorist” and “our Bin Laden”, and clearly links the show-attack to Netanyahu and Barak’s election campaigns (in the long-standing Israeli tradition of launching bloody campaigns on the eve of elections).

    Obviously, Israeli lives mean about as much to these politicians as Palestinian lives.

    Benn also reports that the current Israeli operation has been code-named “Operation Pillar of Cloud” (a manifestation of the divine presence, in Jewish tradition). What’s a little sacrilege compared to mass murder?

  20. Kathleen
    November 14, 2012, 3:32 pm

    Medea just sent an email back. They are going to Israeli embassy now. Call, contact media outlets, encourage Palestinian solidarity groups and local peace and justice groups to pile on and do their own local protest.

    • seafoid
      November 14, 2012, 5:01 pm

      I’m expecting a big press release from JStreet and a press conference from AIPAC.

      BTW The christian churches who broke off the interfaith talks have been vindicated.

  21. asherpat
    November 14, 2012, 3:55 pm

    “Jabari, the Hamas leader, brokered the Palestinian side of the 2011 deal that freed Gilad Shalit”

    The definition of a “broker” is “an agent who buys or sells for a principal on a commission basis without having title to the property. 2. a person who functions as an intermediary”

    Was Jabary an “intermediary” or an “agent” or a party to the transaction?

  22. Erasmus
    November 14, 2012, 4:07 pm

    This is Uri Avnery’s (Gush Shalom) first commentary:

    Press Release 11/14/2012
    Avnery on the deliberate cynicism

    Netanyahu and Barak have decided to deliberately violate a cease-fire which had just been stabilized.
    At the price of great and ongoing suffering on both sides of the border, the government’s aim had been accomplished: social issues will be removed from the public agenda and the election campaign

    “Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak have decided – for the second time in a row the State of Israel will conduct general elections under the shadow of war in the Gaza Strip. The cease-fire which already started to stabilize has been broken deliberately and shattered to pieces. The inhabitants of the communities of southern Israel, who just started to breathe freely, are sent right back to air raid alarms and to running to shelters” said former Knesset Member Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom.

    “At the price of great suffering on both sides of the border, the government’s aim has been accomplished: the social issues, which threatened to assume prominence in these elections, have been pushed aside and removed from the agenda of the elections campaign. Forgotten, too, is the brave attempt of Mahmoud Abbas to address the Israeli public opinion. In the coming weeks, the headlines will be filled with constant war and death, destruction and bloodshed. When it ends at last, it will be revealed that no goal has been achieved and that the problems remain the same, or perhaps exacerbated. “

    • seafoid
      November 14, 2012, 4:23 pm

      Carlo Strenger from this morning, before the sh#t hit the fan

      link to haaretz.com

      Maybe it will work in our favor: if we present Israel’s citizens with the details of a one-state solution, they might conceivably wake up. They might realize that they keep electing parties that lead them into catastrophe.

      • kalithea
        November 15, 2012, 7:45 am

        “they might conceivably wake up”

        Oh you mean the same settlement bullies and comfortably numb Tel Aviv elite who live in a parallel APARTHEID universe? You’ll be sorely disappointed.

        No, the only thing that’s going to wake them up is a good serving of the shet they’ve been dishing.

  23. douglasreed
    November 14, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Netanyahu’s latest attempt at blatant regime change in Gaza has today escalated with yet another political assassination.

    How much longer will the international community stand by apparently impotent whilst Israel brings the Middle East to war and the probability of WMD being deployed against millions in Gaza and then in the West Bank and East Jerusalem?

    It is reminiscent of 1933 in Europe and the initial appeasement of the National Socialist Workers Party.

    • kalithea
      November 15, 2012, 7:49 am

      Uhhh, but in this case the fascist, apartheid Zionist bullies have an ace up their sleeve…the pity card.

    • Taxi
      November 15, 2012, 4:00 pm

      Spooky!

  24. seafoid
    November 14, 2012, 5:05 pm

    The IDF assassination would have been impossible without American material.
    But I guess it’s better to spend the money on Israel than building a resilient US economy.

  25. DICKERSON3870
    November 14, 2012, 6:04 pm

    ● RE: “The IDF has named the attack ‘Pillar of Defense’. . . There are indications that the attacks are targeting Palestinian leadership.” ~ Alex Kane and Adam Horowitz

    ● MY COMMENT: This is just Netanyahu’s way of letting (the recently reelected) Obama know who is boss; lest Obama think his reelection was some kind of a mandate for him to seek peace in the Middle East! ! !
    In other words, Netanyahu is “marking his territory”*.
    Expect a lot more of the same in this period leading up to the Israeli elections on January 22nd of 2013 (while Washington D.C. is preoccupied with the “fiscal cliff” and otherwise pretty much oblivious/asleep/dormant/hibernating until Obama’s inauguration on January 21st of 2013).

    * Territory (animal) - link to en.wikipedia.org

    ● P.S. “FREE DON” SIEGELMAN PETITION – link to change.org

    • DICKERSON3870
      November 14, 2012, 6:38 pm

      ● P.P.S. RE: “. . . Netanyahu is ‘marking his territory’ ~ me (above)

      ● MY COMMENT: It can also be seen as Netanyahu having launched a preemptive “pi··ing contest” with the recently reelected Obama.
      I wonder who will win (lol).

      • DICKERSON3870
        November 15, 2012, 12:09 am

        ● P.P.P.S. RE: “It can also be seen as Netanyahu having launched a preemptive ‘pi··ing contest’ with the recently reelected Obama. I wonder who will win (lol).” ~ me (above)

        OBAMA CONCEDES (from Common Dreams, 11/14/12):

        . . . The U.S. State Department issued a statement on Wednesday in which it said the U.S. “support[s] Israel’s right to defend itself.

        SOURCE – link to commondreams.org

  26. Annie Robbins
    November 14, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Alqassam Brigades tweeting they have hit a power station in tel aviv. i have not been able to confirm this. it could be in hebrew/ radio.
    link to twitter.com

    Alqassam Brigades ‏@AlqassamBrigade

    Breaking: #Israeli media sources confirmed that Qassam projectile has hit a power station in “Tel Aviv” Tel El Rabee city #Gaza #Hamas

  27. Kathleen
    November 14, 2012, 8:24 pm

    Gaza is being attacked by Israel again and the Huff Po has some bullshit front page about Romney and the 47% thing. Going to check out some other MSM outlets

  28. NickJOCW
    November 14, 2012, 8:43 pm

    I fear the hour is close when reports of Israeli and Palestinian deaths will not evoke similar levels of sympathy.

  29. Sassan
    November 14, 2012, 9:49 pm

    Israel does not only have the right to defend herself; but she has the duty to defend herself and her people from the barrage of rockets that has been coming from Gaza.

    • seafoid
      November 15, 2012, 3:23 am

      The sad thing is that Israeli Jews are going to die because of this
      and long term the Jewish state is going to fall because of the lunacy of the system that drives this.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        November 15, 2012, 8:15 am

        “The sad thing is” — Are you really saying what you seem to be saying? That it is not a sad thing that people who are not Israeli Jews “die because of this”?

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2012, 9:31 am

        Stephen- I was replying to Sassan who appears to be a member of the hasbaradim and such logic does not mean anything to them.

        Who in Israel or the Diaspora cares about Gaza ?

        Even the soi disant progressive Rabbi Eric Yoffie thinks they need to be taught a lesson they’ll never forget.

    • Taxi
      November 15, 2012, 3:59 am

      Israel is an IT, mister smallshot!!!!!!!

      PALESTINE does not only have the right to defend itselr, but it has the duty to defend itself and it’s people from the barrage of MISSILES that have been coming from OCCUPIED PALESTINE!

      • kalithea
        November 15, 2012, 7:27 am

        Zionists love to refer to the Apartheid bully as a “she”. It conjures images of a whimpering, defenseless female for the mindless masses of Zionist sympathizers, but in my mind the she’s an UGLY THIEVING HAG and nuclear-armed beotch!

    • thankgodimatheist
      November 15, 2012, 5:33 am

      “Israel does not only have the right to defend herself”

      Oh great! All that was missing here was a headless parrot.

    • talknic
      November 15, 2012, 6:36 am

      Sassan November 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      “Israel does not only have the right to defend herself; but she has the duty to defend herself and her people from the barrage of rockets that has been coming from Gaza”

      Israel has no right to purposefully endanger Israeli citizens by encouraging them to illegally settle in territories “outside the State of Israel” acquired by war and never legally annexed, as successive Israeli Govts have done for the last 64 years.

      • Mooser
        November 15, 2012, 9:08 pm

        “Israel has no right to purposefully endanger Israeli citizens by encouraging them to illegally settle in territories “outside the State of Israel” acquired by war and never legally annexed, as successive Israeli Govts have done for the last 64 years.”

        Please don’t tell me those are the ” inhabitants of the communities of southern Israel” Avnery is talking about in his column, cited in a comment above.

    • eljay
      November 15, 2012, 7:27 am

      >> Israel does not only have the right to defend herself; but she has the duty to defend herself and her people from the barrage of rockets that has been coming from Gaza.

      Surely the Palestinians have not only a right to defend themselves, but a duty to defend themselves against Israel’s 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder…do they not?

  30. mmayer
    November 14, 2012, 11:46 pm

    All we hear is of Israel’s security and Israel’s right to defend themselves. Aren’t Gazans afforded the right to self defense? Aren’t Gazans allowed to be concerned with security. Considering Israel breached the Gazan borders, I would think that the aggressor is definitely Israel. Hasn’t it ever occurred to the blind supporters of the criminal State of Israel that every war since the War of Independence of 1948 has taken place on someone else’s land? How many this time? 500? 1,000? 1,500? All of them? It again doesn’t surprise me that this too takes place at a time when the world’s eyes are focused on an American Presidential Election while an Israeli election is about to take place. It is pretty pathetic, immoral and condemnable to kill a whole bunch of people to gain the popular vote.

  31. mmayer
    November 15, 2012, 1:18 am

    Just a thoughts, from Zeev Maov (Professor of Political Science, director of the International Relations Program at the University of California, Davis, Distinguished Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, President of the Peace Science Society (International) former Head of the Graduate School of Government and Policy, Tel-Aviv University, former Head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (1994–1997), Academic Director of the M.A. program of the National Defense College of the IDF (1990–1994), and as former Chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Haifa (1991–1994).

    “Israel low-intensity strategy was based on escalation dominance, that is disproportionate responses to provocations, as well as military initiatives not in response to specific provocations. At that same time, Israeli strategy tried to walk a fine line between outmatching the challenge with excessive force, on one hand and deflecting blame for escalating minor incidents to all-out wars”. [Maov, Zeev, “The Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel’s National Security and Foreign Policy"].

    Israel’s Record on War
    “Israel’s war experience is a story of folly, reckessness and self-made traps. None of Israel’s war with the possible exception of the 1948 War of independence was what Israel refers to as a war of necessity. They were all wars of choice or folly.” [Maov, Zeev, Maov, Zeev, “The Holy Land: A Critical Analysis of Israel’s National Security and Foreign Policy", p. 551].

    Israel’s Record on Peace
    “Israel’s decision makers were as reluctant when it came to making peace as they were daring and trigger happy when it making war. The official Israeli decision makers typically did not initiate peace overtures. Most of the peace initiatives in the Arab/Israeli conflict came either from the Arab word, from the international community or from grass roots or informal channels.” [ibid].

    Sound familiar?

  32. HemiFaulk
    November 15, 2012, 2:56 am

  33. Walid
    November 15, 2012, 4:51 am

    4 Israelis dead and dozens injured by Gaza’s rockets. Palestinians are saying that 3 rockets have landed on TA. Looks like the Iron Dome isn’t working. Gaza rockets falling all over the Negev including Dimona.

    • talknic
      November 15, 2012, 5:58 am

      “4 Israelis dead and dozens injured by Gaza’s rockets”

      How many are military personnel?

      • Bumblebye
        November 15, 2012, 6:26 am

        I’ve heard some suggestion that there was at least one child amongst the Israeli dead.
        Most of the night I’ve been hearing about 3 Israeli civilians and 3 Gaza militants – completely ignoring Gaza’s civilian dead. Which include the baby of a bbc Arabic cameraman.
        link to guardian.co.uk
        10.26 am gmt

      • Walid
        November 15, 2012, 3:07 pm

        “how many are miltary personnel?” (talknic)

        From the JewishTimes.com:

        At just after 2PM, two IDF soldiers were moderately wounded and one soldier was lightly wounded from a rocket that exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. The two soldiers were evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva for treatment. Notification was given to their families.

        link to jewishpress.com

    • kalithea
      November 15, 2012, 7:23 am

      Oh Dimona’s a target….yuppie!!!

      • Taxi
        November 15, 2012, 12:04 pm

        Everywhere on the planet is targetable, if one puts one’s mind to it.

    • seafoid
      November 15, 2012, 8:10 am

      It seems that Iron Sieve is catching less than 40% of incoming material.
      My guess is that it is calibrated to homemade Ghazzawi rockets and not anything that comes in via the tunnels.

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2012, 8:31 am

        Latest Ha’aretz says Iron Sieve intercepted 48 out of almost 200 rockets- that is around 25%.

        link to haaretz.com

      • piotr
        November 15, 2012, 1:49 pm

        I would not sneer at the technological achievement. But I would not pay for it either — I guess this Iron Dome is paid by Americans outside the normal unreviewable 3 billion. Perhaps one should compose a letter of 15 major non-religious organization to subject all military boondogles to effectiveness review?

        Historically, moats work better than domes. Look how safe are the Jews in Boca Raton, all the insecurities of exile notwithstanding.

    • Obsidian
      November 15, 2012, 8:48 am

      @Walid

      “Palestinians are saying that 3 rockets have landed on TA. Looks like the Iron Dome isn’t working”

      No rockets have landed on TA. Looks like the Palestinians are lying.

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2012, 9:14 am

        Iron Sieve isn’t working . That’s a fact.

      • Walid
        November 15, 2012, 12:31 pm

        Obsidian, why are air-raid sirens going on around the military center in TA? Earlier today, the rockets landed in the suburbs of TA but hit nothing, but the one of tonight hit a place called Rishon, which is part of TA. Nice to see Israelis running for shelter for a change. Cheer-up, TA is 75 miles from both Gaza and the Lebanese border. As seafoid would remark, Israel’s 60-year joy ride is about to hit a brick wall.

      • Obsidian
        November 15, 2012, 1:00 pm

        Rishon is not part of TA. But, yes, a rocket landed there. Yes, these rockets are flying further and more true than before.

        Tel Aviv was bombed by aircraft in the 1940′s and rocketed by Saddam in the 1990′s.

        She’s still here, notwithstanding your wishful thinking.

      • Taxi
        November 15, 2012, 3:19 pm

        Obs,

        Looks like you’re been lied to by your heavily-cencored media – and looks like you’re very comfortable with their single channel programming.

        The concept of tel aviv getting blitzed is not wishful thinking, neither is it so far-fetched at this stage of the game. Yeah, you heard it right, isreal’s losing the edge – every day, the center holds less.

        The law of diminishing returns for israel has finally dawned.

        Netanyahu started this latest blood frenzy, and it won’t surprise me one bit if it ends up costing him his re-election.

        Enjoy your delusions of power while you can.

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2012, 5:10 pm

        The wall is antisemitic, Walid.

      • Obsidian
        November 16, 2012, 12:04 am

        My understanding is the that the rocket that landed in Rishon carried no payload, therefore, it was lighter and could travel a greater distance.

        ‘Shooting blanks’ to put it another way.

      • Walid
        November 16, 2012, 7:44 am

        “‘Shooting blanks’ to put it another way.”

        Those blanks, especially those of today, sure have a lot of people in TA worried. Get your head out of the sand, Obsidian, and hear those sirens wailing in TA.

      • Taxi
        November 16, 2012, 8:56 am

        Obs,
        The bigger point is that it got there, to tel aviv. Rockets today, missiles tomorrow.

      • Walid
        November 16, 2012, 10:01 am

        Taxi, Hamas just announced it has taken down an Israeli military aircraft over Gaza with a surface-to-air missile. Air raid sirens blaring all over Jerusalem with Hamas trying to hit the knesset building. Rocket has already landed in Jerusalem.

      • Walid
        November 16, 2012, 10:12 am

        AFP: Rocket has landed on a East Jerusalem settlement.

      • eljay
        November 16, 2012, 10:31 am

        >> Rocket has landed on a East Jerusalem settlement.

        Hamas’ decision to target “the Holy City” is an incredibly stupid one.

      • Taxi
        November 16, 2012, 11:25 am

        Oh dear it’s not going too well in israel’s war room. They can’t pull back at this stage – and they can’t go out and out into blind white phosphorus rage cuz they don’t know what Egypt will do and Syria and the hizb are in their war rooms too waiting for a probable cross-border military expansion of the crisis.

        Hahahahaha – I’m sorry (not really) but I’m happy to see the zionists get a kick in the teeth by the Palestinians. Looking forward for the kick in the nuts followed by a sharp poke in the eye and a good old fashion b*tch slap.

        Yesterday tel aviv was hit, today it’s jerusalem – it’s safe to say then, hands down, the Palestinians have already won the war of nerves.

        Woohoo!

        The criminally immoral idf who’ve injured, with intent to murder, 148 Gaza children in the past three days, should be hunted down – ball and chain and solitary confinement in some forsaken rat-infested cell be their lot.

  34. talknic
    November 15, 2012, 5:55 am

    “Gaza rockets falling all over the Negev including Dimona”

    Mmmmm. Dimona is some 68 – 70 kms from the nearest point in Gaza

    Problem …. What do the folk have in Gaza that will reach Dimona? Max reach seems to be via the Fajr-3 , link to idfblog.com with a range of 45 – 48 km link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Walid
      November 15, 2012, 12:49 pm

      talknic, problem is based on yesterday’s data; Gaza has been firing Fajr 5. Fajr 3 is now history.

      From Financial Times
      link to ft.com

      Last updated: November 15, 2012 5:14 pm

      Gaza rockets land close to Tel Aviv
      By Tobias Buck in Jerusalem and Tom Burgis and Ben Fenton in London

      The conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip escalated further on Thursday, with rockets fired from the enclave hitting targets ever closer to Tel Aviv.

      Previously, the 30-mile range of upgraded Grad rockets in the Gaza militants’ arsenal meant they fell just short of Israel’s main commercial city, but the Israeli military said a rocket had exploded near Rishon Letzion, about eight miles south of the centre of Tel Aviv.

      There were unconfirmed reports of a rocket exploding in the sea off the port of Jaffa, a suburb of the city. Israeli media reported that air raid sirens were sounding across Tel Aviv.

      Earlier, a rocket fired from Gaza struck a house in Kiryat Malachi, about 30 miles south of Tel Aviv, killing at least three Israeli civilians.

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2012, 5:19 pm

        Also at that link:

        But Khaled Meshal, leader of the political arm of Hamas, was quoted as telling a conference in Sudan: “Israel is trying to test Egypt and other Arab states post-Arab Spring.”

  35. Rudolph
    November 15, 2012, 9:00 am

    It is important to remember that Israel has a long record of exploiting pretexts to commence aggressive action. It is only later that the real causes of the aggression are determined (and integrated into mainstream accounts). Besides the obvious 1956 Suez War, where Israel conspired with France and Britain, consider the following two cases of Israeli invasions of Lebanon:

    (1) “Israel invaded Lebanon on June 5, 1982, following an eleven-month cease-fire with the PLO, which Israel claimed had been broken by the attempted assassination of the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom Shlomo Argov…It made little difference to the Israelis that the assassination had been carried out by a renegade Palestinian group led by the infamous Sabri al-Banna…, a blood foe of the PLO. The invasion gave Ariel Sharon, then the Israeli defense minister, carte blanche to pursue his own dream of destroying the PLO as a political force in the region [thus consolidating Israel’s hold of the Occupied Palestinian Territory] and putting in place a pliant government in Beirut that would become the second Arab state, after Egypt, to enter into a formal peace agreement with Israel.

    (2) “In leaked testimony to the Winograd Committee investigating Israel’s mismanagement of the summer 2006 Lebanon war, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert admitted that the war had been carefully planned at least four months ahead of time…Facts such as that Hezbollah fired no rockets into Israel until after Israel’s savage aerial attacks…had begun, or that Israel had left unresolved for years the bitter issues of Lebanese prisoners of war and the occupation of the Shebaa Farms region, only generate more questions when one considers how easily negotiations could have defused growing tensions.” link to detailedpoliticalquizzes.wordpress.com

  36. Denis
    November 15, 2012, 9:29 am

    I appears that Harry Fear has been cut off. I came back online about an hour ago and his UStream was off air. This message was posted on his FB page by someone else:

    From the people in Gaza: The Israeli military spokesman has just announced that Israel will be targeting the electric, internet and mobile transmissions in Gaza with the aim of disabling all communications in the Gaza Strip for several days while they meet their objectives with a ground incursion…

    Our people in the Diaspora, our Muslim brothers and sisters, ALL humans of conscience, when they cut us off and cut off all means of communications between us, we will be at the mercy of the Zionist killing machine. We will be getting massacred like our brothers and sisters in Sabra and Shatila, Deir Yassin, Qana and Tel Zaatar…

    This is really beginning to sound like another Israeli massacre in the making. Does anyone have up to date info on Harry? Any other links to sources inside Gaza?

    • Denis
      November 15, 2012, 10:31 am

      Harry is back live. He has just reported an Israeli airstrike on the Rafah border crossing and that Egyptian troops are massing on the border. Both ambassadors have been recalled.

      He is expecting to be cut off soon as Israel has announced it is targeting/shutting down internet service from Gaza.

    • seafoid
      November 15, 2012, 11:13 am

      I wonder how long it will take for Operation White Phosphorous to get going.

  37. Citizen
    November 15, 2012, 10:12 am

    Here’s a ten minute contextual interview analysis of why Israel has broken the truce and is escalating its killing of the natives in Gaza: link to abc.net.au
    It will surprise no regular commenters here; but the analysis is done by an Australian Jew I’ve never heard of before and he is very astute and concise in his view. ABC News in Australia must be much more objective than ABC News America…

    • RoHa
      November 15, 2012, 8:12 pm

      Antony Loewenstein’s blog used to be listed on MW.

      link to antonyloewenstein.com

      The ABC is slightly less enamoured of Israel than the American ABC is, but they are still given to peddling standard lines about most things rather than doing any real investigative journalism.

  38. seafoid
    November 15, 2012, 11:13 am

    WaPo article on the BBC cameraman whose baby son was killed by Israel

    link to washingtonpost.com

    • ritzl
      November 15, 2012, 12:46 pm

      Good question.

      An Israeli round hit Misharawi’s four-room home in Gaza Wednesday, killing his son, according to BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar, who arrived in Gaza earlier Thursday. Misharawi’s sister-in-law was also killed, and his brother wounded. Misharawi told Danahar that, when the round landed, there was no fighting in his residential neighborhood.

      “We’re all one team in Gaza,” Danahar told me, saying that Misharawi is a BBC video and photo editor. After spending a “few hours” with his grieving colleague, he wrote on Twitter, ”Questioned asked here is: if Israel can kill a man riding on a moving motorbike (as they did last month) how did Jihad’s son get killed.”

  39. Walid
    November 15, 2012, 3:11 pm

    Jazeera TV: Hamas brought down an Israeli killer drone.

    • Walid
      November 15, 2012, 3:41 pm

      General Yoav Mordochai in TA interviewed by al-Jazeera. He calls on Gazans to kick out Hamas that has created an Iranian base in Gaza. Claims that Israeli strikes on Gaza are aimed at mosques and schools where rockets are stored and that most of the 15 Palestinians killed so far are terrorist fighters.

      Jazeera showed video of the downed blue drone.

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2012, 5:21 pm

        He says if they get rid of Hamas he will give them 20 calories more per day with 26 on Fridays.

        I don’t think they have any idea how ludicrous they look appealing to the Gaza Sha’ab to do their work for them.

    • Taxi
      November 15, 2012, 3:52 pm

      The twofer of testing the new Egyptian government and killing some more Gazans simultaneously, to the israeli military architects and strategists, this had to be done sooner or later. Except, considering the relatively high israeli casualty inside of three days, and now the downing of an isreali drone, I don’t believe the mood in Netanyahu’s war room is particularly upbeat. I don’t think it’s going according to Plan A at all.

      They thought it would just be the same old routine: fly over and kill, go in just enough to kill some more then withdraw, claiming national victory over the poor, defenseless Gazans.

      But this time it’s different – more precisely: glimmers of a difference.

      And there is only going forward for justice from here.

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2012, 5:23 pm

        It’s so compelling. Yesterday Jabari was Israel’s Bin Laden- a turkey shoot assassination, a jump in the polls and everyone wins.

        3 dead Israelis and Rishon Lezion hit and suddenly nobody’s talking Bin Laden.

        #the turkey strikes back.

      • Walid
        November 16, 2012, 11:14 am

        3 soldiers injured by a Hamas rocket at Eshkol:

        link to jpost.com

  40. yonah fredman
    November 15, 2012, 5:15 pm

    First: people are being killed in this clash and I’m sure I will sound callous towards them by trying to think of this in terms of strategy. my apology in advance is not enough, but I offer it anyways.

    Second: My theory is as follows. I think foremost on the IDF planning these days is preparation for an attack on Iran. I believe that attack will not take place shortly, but I think the IDF is constantly being urged on to be at 100% preparedness for that attack. I think the Hamas rockets aimed at Israel are only a small element if such an attack would take place, but of all the elements, it is one where knowledge can be gained by prodding Hamas into using its rockets. When Hamas uses the rockets, it provides IDF with more information on the whereabouts and possibly even the quantity of the rockets and this information brings the Hamas element of the future attack on Iran up to date.

    Three: The attitude towards Gaza by the IDF is cruel. The attitude of most Israel supporters towards Gaza is cruel.

    A thought experiment: What if Gaza would declare its independence as a Palestinian state and attempt to reach a (50 year) hudna with Israel, totally independent of the conflict on the West Bank and independent of any other aspect of the conflict other than Gaza versus Israel. I offer this, not because it is likely, but because I expect that most reactions to it would be negative. The refugee element of the Gaza population makes such a possibility more distant and thus Gaza is insoluble until the conflict is solved. And thus it is insoluble and thus viewed as a thorn and thus viewed from a cruel point of view by supporters of Israel.

    • RoHa
      November 15, 2012, 8:21 pm

      “What if Gaza were to declare its independence…”

      “What if Gaza declared its independence …” isn’t as good, but is just about acceptable.

      • Mooser
        November 16, 2012, 12:16 pm

        RoHa, when a man is straining every nerve and sinew in an attempt to be not-a-Zionist, and still excuse Israel and blame the Palestinians is no time to jump on his syntax. Let Yonah do one thing at a time. First he can figure out why it’s all Iran’s (through Hamas, natch) fault, and how much the Palestinians should give up to show they aren’t Iran’s best buddy, and then we can go back through for spelling mistakes, run-on sentences, non-sequiturs and so on.

      • Hostage
        November 16, 2012, 1:20 pm

        and then we can go back through for spelling mistakes, run-on sentences, non-sequiturs and so on.

        Like the first chapter of the book of Genesis, every UN resolution that I’ve ever read is comprised of one or more ginormous run-on sentences. That’s even true of the resolutions written by the most learned scholars. If it’s good enough for God and UNESCO, then it’s probably good enough for the Mondo comment section too;-)

      • Mooser
        November 16, 2012, 7:50 pm

        “then it’s probably good enough for the Mondo comment section too;-)”

        This place? It’s Liberty Hall. They were approving my comments so fast today it was frightening. I kept on thinking, “c’mon guys count to ten and think before you hit that “publish” button!”.
        Upon reflection, it occurs to me that with all that’s going on in Gaza, and the tremendous (and successful) effort Mondo is making to cover it, we should really moderate ourselves for a while, they’ve got more than enough to do. It’s only fair.

      • RoHa
        November 16, 2012, 10:26 pm

        “If it’s good enough for God and UNESCO, ”

        I would like to think that we maintain a higher standard than they do.

    • Citizen
      November 16, 2012, 6:21 pm

      ” When Hamas uses the rockets, it provides IDF with more information on the whereabouts and possibly even the quantity of the rockets and this information brings the Hamas element of the future attack on Iran up to date.”ppppp
      Yes, exactly what Israel is doing; it also shows the range and quality of the latest Hamas rockets. This action is Israel’s 1st step in preemption towards its attack on Iran. It is totally calculated and timed.

      • seafoid
        November 16, 2012, 6:46 pm

        link to nytimes.com

        “The time in which the Israeli occupation does whatever it wants in Gaza is gone,” said Ismail Haniya, the Hamas prime minister.

        Here is an interesting view from Ha’aretz comments

        link to haaretz.com
        Hamas and others are firing enough rockets to drain Israel of any Iron Dome ammunition. 50 rockets go with each Iron dome. multiply by thres
        o By Attrition
        o 16 Nov 2012
        o 11:23PM
        Most ammunition will be used. Hamas is doing to this to use up all the iron dome rockets at which point Hizbullah will step in and launch their heavier and more powerful rockets andm there will be no iron dome to intercept them,, Gaza is just a side show for teh main event which has not opened.

        • Israel’s miscalculation
        o By Li
        o 16 Nov 2012
        o 10:14PM
        In the past Israel has won its wars because it had an overwhelming advantage in the bigger strategic picture, mostly owing to the U.S. Israelis made the mistake of believing their victories were due to some innate superiority. “We invented computers. We won 90% of Nobel prizes” etc. Look at Entebbe, with all due respect to the PM. A group of highly trained well equipped Israelis overpower some Ugandan soldiers who averaged 2nd grade education and who had no training whatsoever. Israel now does not have the advantage. As things are, using war as the leading edge, the state of Israel will not exist in two years.

  41. Mooser
    November 15, 2012, 9:20 pm

    “And thus it is insoluble and thus viewed as a thorn and thus viewed from a cruel point of view by supporters of Israel.”

    As usual, your advice comes down to ‘Hamas is in league with Iran against Israel’ and ‘do whatever Israel wants’. So as usual, you are being consistent.
    Your basic contention is that Israel should be rewarded for its criminality and intransigence. Trying to twist that around some pretense of humaneness and morality is always going require the cheapest kind of cognitive dissonance. I feel very sorry for you. It’s no fun doing that old Max Smart “Well then, would you believe…” routine.
    And jeez, Yonah, excuse me for asking, but what on earth do you know about “strategy”?

    • yonah fredman
      November 16, 2012, 4:26 pm

      Mooser- I was not blaming Iran or Hamas. I was trying to understand the motivations of Netanyahu and Barak. You have a steady idea regarding where you want the future of I/P to head. An international force occupying Ben Gurion Airport. I do not have a steady idea for the future.

      • Mooser
        November 16, 2012, 10:28 pm

        “You have a steady idea regarding where you want the future of I/P to head. An international force occupying Ben Gurion Airport.”

        You, I am sorry to say, are prevaricating. I don’t even have to check my comments archive to know this is just more of your usual mendacity.
        I didn’t even know there was a “Ben Gurion Airport”. Of course, I guess there would be.

        “I do not have a steady idea for the future.”

        Yonah, believe me, you don’t need to tell us that! Of course you have no idea for the future, you like the present, and see no reason the future should be any different. And that’s your little mission here, to convince us that even thinking of a different future will anger the Israelis and threaten the Palestinians. Of course, if you have some reason for portraying Jews as the “mad dog” in the situation, I suppose you have your reasons. Oh gee, what did it always say in Newsday, on the editorial page? Oh, I remember “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

      • yonah fredman
        November 17, 2012, 5:46 pm

        mooser- fancy word, prevaricate. the “foreign force at Ben Gurion Airport” is not a quote, but an attempt to sum up your position. if it is not accurate, tell me where you differ.

  42. Walid
    November 16, 2012, 11:04 am

    Video of the downed Israeli drone, a Skylight B, from yesterday. Posted on EI:

    link to electronicintifada.net

  43. yonah fredman
    November 16, 2012, 4:33 pm

    It is quite conceivable that the IDF viewed Jabari as someone they wanted dead. Maybe he was very talented, maybe he was very radical.

    There’s a piece by Amir Oren in Haaretz (I think he’s the ambassador’s brother) putting Hamas in the context of Iran.

    • Mooser
      November 16, 2012, 10:43 pm

      “It is quite conceivable that the IDF viewed Jabari as someone they wanted dead.”

      And that’s why they killed him? Because they wanted him dead? Now, why couldn’t I figure that out!

      “There’s a piece by Amir Oren in Haaretz (I think he’s the ambassador’s brother) putting Hamas in the context of Iran.”

      At last! A report from a disinterested, objective observer! Finally, the facts!

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