Israel Launches Over 300 Airstrikes on Gaza Saturday, Killing 10


“To be clear, this was an escalation of choice by Israel’s leadership,” writes Daniel Levy.

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Israel continued its relentless bombing campaign on the heavily populated Palestinian enclave the Gaza Strip, launching more than 300 airstrikes on Saturday, killing at least 10 Palestinians and targeted smuggling tunnels which are the lifeblood of the besieged Gazan economy.

Continuing to falsely claim the airstrikes are retaliatory for rocket-fire coming out of Gaza, Israel targeted the Hamas prime minister’s headquarters and police compounds, as leaders from Egypt, Qatar, and Turkey met in Cairo to try to broker a cease-fire.

The White House said President Barack Obama was also in touch with the Egyptian and Turkish leaders, but the US has firmly backed Israel so far, while condemning Gaza.

More than 40 Gazans have been killed and more than 350 wounded since Israel escalated its airstrikes on Gaza on Wednesday. Israel’s escalation came after militant groups in Gaza dared to retaliate against Israel’s needless murder to two Palestinians in the preceding days, one a mentally ill 23-year who got too close to the border and another 13-year old boy killed as he was playing soccer with his friends. Israel also made incursions into Gaza with military tanks, which helped motivate the retaliatory rocket-fire.

Militants in Gaza fired more than 100 rockets toward Israel, including two aimed at the commercial and cultural center of Tel Aviv. Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system shot down at least one of these rockets, while the fate of the other one was not known, but no injuries were reported.

Much of the dialogue on the conflict is terribly biased in favor of Israel.

“Israel, of course, has far greater and more sophisticated means (much of it U.S.-supplied) of inflicting death and destruction than does Hamas,” writes former CIA analyst Paul Pillar. “The different means tend to carry different labels: ground-launched rockets are called terrorism, while the operations of attack aircraft are called a nation defending its borders.”

“To be clear, this was an escalation of choice by Israel’s leadership,” wrote Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation.

Some commentary has described Israel’s intentional escalation as a way to secure votes for the ruling Likud Party in Israel’s upcoming election. While others point to a broader goal: “ At the most basic level, Israel’s actions in Gaza are inextricably bound up with its efforts to create a Greater Israel that stretches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea,” writes renowned Chicago University political scientist John Mearsheimer.

  1. #1 by annebeck58 on November 18, 2012 - 4:27 pm

    It was a day of tears for Gaza.
    A night of trying to avoid arguments with the complete idiots who don’t have the slightest idea what and who started this, and why they did.

    I watched and listened to drones and updates from Harry Fear, tweeting with Nour, in Gaza. As far away as Texas, those incessant drones and bombs gave me a migraine. I could only imagine being there; what these people put up with is beyond comprehension!

    That America pays for and arms the aggressors against civilians is the most sickening thing of all.
    I am embarrassed for and hate my government.

  2. #2 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on November 18, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    #1 by annebeck58 on November 18, 2012 – 4:27 pm

    “It was a day of tears for Gaza.”

    Since Britain stole and occupied Palestine under an ILLEGAL MANDATE, it has always been days of tears for all Palestinians!

    But, we must lay a great part of the blame on the Ottomans and the Muslims worldwide.

    “I am embarrassed for and hate my government.”

    Israel said it was doing to the Palestinians what Americans did to the Original Natives! So, the Jews have excellent masters!

    If we wish to keep our sanity, we must forget about the Palestinians and be concerned MORE with the silence of the Vatican, that of the Churches, the Muslim puppet leadership worldwide, and the misdeeds of the American masses to always vote in warmongering Presidents and allow Jews to run our country and lives.

    Basheer

  3. #3 by annebeck58 on November 18, 2012 - 5:07 pm

    No, Basheer.
    I can’t forget the live people I correspond with, today, as they watch others blown to pieces in Gaza.
    If we were to forget what’s happening in Palestine today, we’ll also have to forget the indigenous American population who’ve survived this, and I am not prepared to do so.
    Forgetting implies forgiving. I’m not there and I don’t want to be there as I feel it gives free-reign for more horrors. In fact, Palestine is almost gone, and where do you think their murderers will turn, next? Or, have they already turned elsewhere?

    You know I have a problem with churches (all of them, pretty much, when one looks into hierarchy of same).. But I think I’d rather concentrate what is happening now, without forgetting what happened a hundred years ago. People forget what’s happened and you know, they are destined to allow it to transpire all over again.
    Forget at your own risk.

  4. #4 by 30.06 on November 18, 2012 - 8:04 pm

  5. #5 by michael mazur on November 19, 2012 - 3:11 am

    ~~Militants in Gaza fired more than 100 rockets toward Israel, including two aimed at the commercial and cultural center of Tel Aviv. Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system shot down at least one of these rockets, while the fate of the other one was not known, but no injuries were reported.
    Much of the dialogue on the conflict is terribly biased in favor of Israel.~~

    antiwar is Israel, pretending to wring their hands at the unfairness of it all in the media, not the least of which is themselves.

    There are NO rockets out of Gaza unless it is by IDF dressed as Hamas, or by Hamas who never were Hamas.

    NO `Iron Dome` missiles have been fired.

    Zilch, nada, none, because ALL of these rockets fall on open desert space, none falling anywhere near habitation.

    Any dialogue predicated on the Gaza people launching rockets when the veracity of that Israeli claim is not addressed is the equivalent of granting Israel permission to bomb yet again, or still.

    That’s why anti war is really pro war, by Israel and for Israel.

    Whenever we read their stuff between the lines we see that they really are for the overthrow of Assad and the destruction of Iran.

  6. #6 by truthis123 on November 19, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    The toxicity of the Torah mind-set ( genocidal ethnic-cleansing, murder via “targeted” killings, theft, enslavement of the Goyim, slaughter of children who are not God’s chosen ) is enlarged and spreading daily. By the world’s indifference to today’s war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank , the Zionist War Machine is enabled and encouraged to escalate its’ manifestly predatory activities at the expense of its’ helpless, defenseless victims. Weep for those victims today. And weep for all Christian Zionists on The Day of The Final Judgement. Their embrace of the psychopathology that defines Zionism in its’ essence, defines such “Christians” as lovers of the
    eternal death they richly earn.

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