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Israel Marches to War December 27, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in World Politics.
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APTOPIX MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANS

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSLR1342320081227?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&sp=true

Israel retaliated against Hamas in their Gaza Strip enclave, yesterday, launching air strikes that killed 195 Palestinians, making it one of the bloodiest days in the long conflict in years.

Approximately 80 missiles have been fired at Israel from Gaza in the last week, after Hamas ended its unilateral cease fire that had lasted over a year.  Israel had warned Hamas that any continuation of hostilities would have dire consequences.

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It appears that Israel targeted Hamas and the Gaza security forces.  Hamas estimated that at least 100 members of its security forces were killed, including police chief Tawfiq Jabber and the head of Hamas’s security and protection unit, along with at least 15 women and some children.  Apparently all of Hamas’s security installations have been destroyed during the attack.  Israel also destroyed the Gaza Presidential palace.

The Israelis have stated that this mission will last atleast a week.  It appears to be a version of shock-and-awe, in the hope that Hamas will capitulate.  Why Israel thinks this will succeed is beyond anyone’s imagination. Israel understandably had to retaliate to Hamas pulling out of the cease fire.  However, this kind of large scale attack on the Palestinians is unlikely to gain them anything in the long run.  Ultimately, Israel needs to marginalize Hamas in favor of Fatah, who controls the West Bank.  This may actually harden support for Hamas in the Arab world.

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