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Hamas Military Chief Killed in Isreali Airstrike

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Wow, the very definition of the pot calling the kettle black.

I just don't get the left's constant insistence that its all on Israel... They are not innocent by any means, but DD is right, if Israel laid down their arms, they'd all be killed so quickly it'd make your head spin.

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yeah if israel hadn't have launched white phosphorous into gaza, and bulldozed all of those homes, they'd all be dead :( :( :(

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And now bombs coming in from Egypt into Israel. Don't expect that will be reported by some here either.

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During "Operation Cast Lead," its savage 2008-2009 assault on Gaza, Israel carried out widespread attacks on hospitals and health facilities. As a 2009 report by European develoment and rights organizations noted:

A World Health Organization (WHO) assessment of 122 health facilities in Gaza revealed that
48% were damaged or destroyed
during the offensive:
15 hospitals and 41 primary health care centres
were partially damaged; two primary health care centres were
; and 29 ambulances were partially damaged or destroyed.

And during the 2008-2009 invasion, as The Electronic Intifada reported, Israeli forces killed 16 medical rescuers, four in one day alone. Another 57 were injured.

An Israeli minister has called for the army to bomb Gaza until the population flees en masse into Egypt's Sinai peninsula, and for water and electricity supplies to be cut, a clear case of incitement to war crimes.

Israel Katz, Israel's transport minister, was quoted on the Orthodox website B'Hadrei Haredim on 11 November:

Israel must act in Gaza with a very clear policy.
The leadership of the Hamas, which is responsible for all the attacks and shooting, must be eliminated
. Beyond that, we must detach from Gaza in a civilian manner -
electricity, water, food, and fuel
- and transition into a policy of deterrence, just like in Southern Lebanon."

Why don't they shoot at us from Southern Lebanon and do from Gaza? Because there is no clear boundary with Gaza. Because the civilian link with Gaza is unreasonable. Gaza should be considered a border, and every time we are hurt,
hurt back
When I see Palestinian citizens escaping into Sinai, the way Lebanese citizens escape toward Beirut when there is a round of fire against Israel - we will then know that the deterrence has been achieved."

Calling for war crimes

Katz, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, appears to be inciting war crimes of the kind Israel committed in Lebanon and previously in Gaza.

In July 2006, hundreds of thousands of civilians in Lebanon fled their homes to escape an indiscriminate Israeli onslaught that left 1,200 people, mostly civilians, dead, and the country's infrastructure devastated.

Israel's bombardment of the civilian areas came to be known as the "Dahiya doctrine" after the southern suburb of Beirut that was leveled by Israeli attacks.

According to the UN-commissioned Goldstone Report, Israel applied the "Dahiya doctrine" again during its 2008-2009 attack on Gaza. Thereport said on page 23:

The tactics used by Israeli military armed forces in the Gaza offensive are consistent with previous practices, most recently during the Lebanon war in 2006. A concept known as the
Dahiya doctrine
emerged then, involving the application of
disproportionate force and the causing of great damage and destruction to civilian property and infrastructure, and suffering to civilian populations.

The Goldstone report noted that Israeli officials had explicitly articulated the goals and methods of this strategy.

Such use of indiscriminate and "disrproportionate" force (there is no such thing as proportionate force against civilians), calculated to destroy civilian infrastructure and cause suffering, amounts to a war crime.

Now, just as in those previous cases, Israeli ministers are not shy about publicly stating their criminal intent, confident of the international impunity and complicity that has so far protected them from accountability.

Authority heads within 75-kilometer range from Gaza Strip instructed to prepare; some 2,000 Command reservists recruited so far

Home Front Command asks local authorities to prepare for seven-week fighting period: In discussions held between Home Front Command Chief Major-General Eyal Eisenberg, regional commanders and heads of local authorities in the center and in the south, authorities have been instructed to prepare for a seven-week period of combat as part of Operation Pillar of Defense and to prepare emergency supplies, accordingly.,7340,L-4306834,00.html

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Could the escalation be prompted by the Syrians and Iranians to distract attention from Assad's issues in Syria?

Opinion piece from Clinton's former middle eastern advisor.

Putting Hamas out of its self-inflicted misery will not come a moment too soon. Like a cancer that should have been contained and neutralized when it first seized control of Gaza, Hamas' savage, indiscriminate missile attacks on Israeli civilians demands a "kitchen sink" response -- no nation would stand for such unprovoked attacks against its population.

And before anyone sheds any tears for Hamas, let us not forget that its leadership is no different from Syria's Assad or Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps -- quasi-state sponsors of terror willingly placing innocent civilians at risk to ruthlessly hold onto power at any cost. Do Gaza's Palestinians relish another Israeli retaliatory invasion and the humanitarian hardship they will face as a result... all in the name of what exactly? That "resistance" bromide? Talk about a self-inflicted wound!

Perhaps it was because Qatar just forked over 400 million to Hamas to buy a new stockpile of terror weapons from Iran. Nothing like a U.S. ally arming a U.S. blacklisted terrorist organization to raise the question: What exactly is U.S. foreign policy toward Qatar accomplishing?

Perhaps Bashar al Assad's Iranian patrons encouraged their Hamas minions to deflect world attention away from his beleaguered Syrian allies by preoccupying Israel, the U.S. and Egypt (all Assad adversaries) with a sudden crisis on Israel's southern border.

Perhaps Hamas felt compelled to push its Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian allies to the brink of rupturing ties with Israel in order to set the stage for more international support for Palestinian statehood aspirations at the United Nations this month? Indeed, its assassination of Hamas' master terrorist-in-chief Ahmat Jabiri has provoked a wave of Arab condemnation.

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Hamas rockets hit Jerusalem today. Wonder how the Arab world would react if a Hamas rocket destroyed the temple mount mosque? I imagine most of them would blame the United States.

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