November 19, 2008

Israeli tanks in Gaza

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is reporting that Israeli tanks have entered Gaza.
Israeli tanks rolled into southern Gaza.

Palestinian gunmen fired rockets and mortars at the tanks when they entered the strip Tuesday. The tanks did not return fire, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported.

I'm anxious about this. I googled Israel and clicked on "news" and Times on line is the only site reporting the incursion.

It could be nothing of course but Bush is a lame duck, as they say, and Obama keeps appointing zionists to get his presidential show on the road. According to the JTA report:
Israel Defense Forces officials told Ha’aretz that the tanks were conducting a routine operation to discover explosives near the border fence. Palestinians said the tanks destroyed farmlands near the border.
Have they announced that as far as they are concerned the truce is over? Not according to the Times report. Here's Shaul Mofaz:
There is not right way to deal with the issue of a Hamas government in Gaza. There is need for an urgent cabinet meeting to determine our policy against the Hamas government. The current reality is that Israeli deterrence is wearing out... It appears that we are the ones acting like the ones interested in a truce, not Hamas. This approach and policy is wrong
Here's a spokesman for Hamas:
Mahmoud Zahar, a top Hamas leader, said he supported maintaining the truce, so long as the crossings into Gaza were reopened.

"We are still committed to what we declared and after the end of the 6 months we will sit down and re-evaluate this experience," he told a gathering in Gaza
And here are the scores:
The latest fighting began two weeks ago and there is now a near-daily cycle of mortar attacks on southern Israeli towns and Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. At least 17 Palestinians have died, and several Israelis have been wounded.
Israel is ending the truce.

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