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calendar   Sunday - January 04, 2009

Divide and Conquer

IDF cuts Gaza in half, surrounds cities




Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, cutting the coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas militants gained momentum.

The military used overwhelming firepower from tanks, artillery and aircraft to protect the advancing soldiers, and Gaza officials said at least 31 civilians were killed in the onslaught. The military said troops killed several dozen militants, but Gaza officials could confirm only four dead — in part because rescue teams could not reach the battle zones. One Israeli soldier was killed in the offensive, which so far has been widely popular with the Israeli public.

The ground invasion and live images of the fighting in Gaza drew international condemnations and dominated news coverage on Arab satellite TV stations, many of which aired footage of wounded Palestinians at hospitals. Hamas threatened to turn Gaza into an Israeli “graveyard.”

Thousands of soldiers in three brigade-size formations pushed into Gaza after nightfall Saturday, beginning a long-awaited ground offensive against the area’s Hamas rulers after a week of intense aerial bombardment. Black smoke billowed over Gaza City at first light as bursts of machine gun fire rang out.

The ground operation is the second phase in an offensive that began as a weeklong aerial onslaught aimed at halting Hamas rocket fire that has reached deeper and deeper into Israel, threatening major cities and one-eighth of Israel’s population.

Git ‘er done!  big_israel_flag

Until the other side begs for the chance to surrender unconditionally, the fight is not over. While I respect Israel for trying to minimize collateral damage, even if they strip search every Gazan resident and go through every building and tunnel to remove arms caches it will only buy them more time. A matter of months only. The world has watched for decades as one plan for peace after another has failed. At this point only mass extermination or deportation is going to work. I guess the Izzies will just have to push the paleos across the border into one of the neighboring countries so that their “arab brothers” can deal with them. And it won’t be Egypt. Sorry palis. You’ve had ages to work things out and you’ve ALL made the deliberate decision to keep the fight going. Now pay the price.

PS - Isn’t it amazing what one little country can achieve, and in such a short time, when they don’t listen to the idiocy called “world opinion”?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/04/2009 at 02:36 PM   
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