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Israel Starts Ground Offensive in Gaza in Bid to Halt Rockets

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Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Israeli forces moved into the Gaza Strip, broadening an offensive against Hamas aimed at forcing the Islamist Palestinian group to stop firing rockets at the Jewish state’s southern cities.

“A few hours ago Israeli forces went into Gaza as part of the ongoing operation there. From the beginning, I said that the operation would be broadened as necessary, and now it is necessary,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said last night in a televised press conference from Tel Aviv.

Infantry, tanks, engineering forces, artillery and intelligence units are taking part in the ground offensive, backed by the air force, navy and other security agencies, the army said. A naval blockade was imposed at 20 nautical miles off the Gaza shore, it added.

The ground offensive is likely to increase casualties on both sides, with Israel running the risk of finding itself in a quagmire with no easy exit strategy and facing increased international pressure to call a cease-fire. The operation comes after Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Channel Two that Israel was “determined” to meet the goals of the operation against Hamas.

“The objective of this phase of the operation is to intensify the heavy blow already dealt to Hamas and to take control of area from where most of the rocket attacks against Israel originate,” Israel Army spokesman Brigadier-General Avi Benayahu said in an e-mailed statement.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a45YY_1sJ5Uw&refer=worldwide

This could get real ugly, Obama will have his hands full.

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The Isreali attacks would have a profound effect on Hamas if they really gave a damn about people in Gaza.

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Isreal will be the leaders in the war we will need to win. Get after them Isreal!

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Isreal will be the leaders in the war we will need to win. Get after them Isreal!

WTF are you talking about? I honestly feel bad for your comprehension of world politics

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Yes, we will not rest until the destitute and forgotten Palestinan people are wiped off the map! Go Go Freedom!

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My vote is for Israel.

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fug it! Let just blow up the whole world and end this poo hole.

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Yes, we will not rest until the destitute and forgotten Palestinan people are wiped off the map! Go Go Freedom!

Those destitute and forgotten NOMADS elected a terrorist regime to represent them...They are what their leaders are.

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WTF are you talking about? I honestly feel bad for your comprehension of world politics

Do not feel empathy for a Terrorism.

Story:

In Iraq around Balad/LSA Anaconda the local farmers are impoverished. Taliban/Al Qaeda will go to them and offer them money to launch rockets and mortars at the base. Subsequently they are or will be killed by U.S. forces. Their quality of life however is better now than when Sadaam was still alive, they now though have a manner in which they can either provide for their families or support "jihad". Whether you want to see it or not harboring/participating/supporting terroism makes you no better than the terrorist. Pull your blinders back, if you were there, the terrorist would not say "oh thank you kind american for your support". No he would put a knife to your throat and slowy cut your head off, while taping it, so that he could invoke terror in some hearts, and pride in others.

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Those destitute and forgotten NOMADS elected a terrorist regime to represent them...They are what their leaders are.

Ah, yes, democracy in the Middle East....isn't it working out great?

The Palestinan people elected a government that they thought would put their interests first, and not cave in to Israel. Israel elects governments that put their interests first, and do not cave in to the Arabs. The only difference is that Israel gets fighter jets and tanks to fight with, and the Palestinians get homemade bombs, smuggled rockets, and rocks - that's why they are the terrorists and Israel is the "freedom fighter". I refuse to choose sides in this stupidity anymore, and if the US would adopt the same stance, we might be able to do something useful there.

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Seeing as we are a nation founded on terrorism, not sure what moral high ground we can take.

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We are very fortunate in that we are surrounded only by Canada and Mexico. Until the U.S. has enemies who wish it destroyed on all borders, I don't judge Israel for any of its actions. Yes, the Israelis have tanks and the Palestinians have rockets and stones, but there are only so many rockets and stones you can take before you get sick of it and decided to use your tanks.

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