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War in Gaza: Operation Cast Lead 2

Updated on November 16, 2012
Israeli white phosphorous rounds over Gaza. A very alien-type look.
Israeli white phosphorous rounds over Gaza. A very alien-type look.
Hamas training camp in Gaza
Hamas training camp in Gaza
Along the main lateral road in Gaza behind high walls is another Hamas terrorist training camp
Along the main lateral road in Gaza behind high walls is another Hamas terrorist training camp
Gaza Strip
Gaza Strip
Just across the Gaza border.
Just across the Gaza border.

It's very near. Any day. Israelis have had enough of Hamas, the Iranian supported proxy group that use Gaza for training and launching rockets into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

It was about this time in 2008, that Operation Cast Lead was launched by Israel for exactly the same reasons. Israel invade the Gaza strip and divided then conquered it destroying much of the Hamas infrastructure and arms that Iran quickly vowed to replenish. This they did and now it is 2012.

The difference is while Hamas started the first one, Israel provoked the latest by targeting the Hamas leader in a car and blowing it to smithereens and then released the video to the world boasting it. Hamas vowed that the "Gates of Hell" have opened. That is when Hamas fired over 300 rockets in a few days into Israel alarming citizens as far away as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. These were the longer range rockets supplied by Iran and smuggled in over the years. Now, the Israelis are living, once again, in fear, just like the Palestinians in Gaza. Tit for tat.

Israeli forces are now gathering for Cast Lead 2. Their armor and airpower will divide and conquer again, will demolish much of what Gaza had rebuilt, will kill innocent civilians who just want to live in peace, just like those across the border in Israel. Like before, Iran will keep Hamas alive because it is their foothold near their enemy. They will resupply them with more rockets and suicide attacks. Maybe they will order Hezbollah in Lebanon to launch its thousands of rockets into Israel to divert attention away from Gaza. Hezbollah is far more dangerous and more skilled than Hamas is. And then there is Syria, another quagmire next to Israel that could spill over, as it already has. Things could become really bad if any of Syria's chemical weapons are used by Hezbollah or Syrian soldiers in desperation, which President Assad has vowed to do.

All this helps Iran. It helps distract the world's focus on them for their nuclear weapon enrichment and their quest to get the nuclear bomb. Their centrifuges continue to spin. Of course, another distraction for everyone is the near depression hitting Europe and America's fiscal cliff looming at the end of the year.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      Who started this latest round depends on what is your timeline. I see the latest a "straw that broke the came's back". Hamas has been tossing rockets on and off for months, the IDF, then blew up the Hamas leader. So, to supporters of arabs who do not think previous rockets count, then IDF started it with the assassination, otherwise, it was Hamas. This whole thing will repeat and repeat until Hamas has no rockets to fire.

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      Carl 

      5 years ago

      CNN is liberal garbage. How many rockets do you think the U.S. would tolerate launched from Mexico into Texas? And now, Obama has dispatched Hillary Clinton to Israel to "mediate." Mediation is not what is needed here.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 years ago from now on

      Yeah, well listening to CNN will give you the impression that Israel provoked the latest round of violence.

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      Carl 

      5 years ago

      I think the Israelis have realized they are on their own now and don't expect much help from the Obama administration. I really wonder why the Jewish population in the U.S. support liberals like Obama. This time it's really shocking when considering that Romney and Netanyahu are friends. Romney would have been a much better friend to Israel.

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      mp2525 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Your comment that Israel provoked the latest round of violence needs a little clarification. According to my friends and family who live in Israel, they maintain that over 1000 rockets have been launched into Israel from Gaza over the last year. And in the three days just before the Chief Hamas terrorist was given his opportunity to leave this earth, the number of rocket attacks were described as between 100 and 200. Under these circumstances, Israel's precision removal of a high military/terrorist target can hardly be defined as an unprovoked action.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      5 years ago

      Interesting, thanks!

    • tsadjatko profile image

      5 years ago from now on

      What gets me is how American media covers this - CNN spent three minutes on the death of a child from Israeli attacks and how there was no sign of Hamas where the kid was killed railing on how terrible it is that Israel is doing this to palestinians - what they don't tell you is the child 's death and the devastation was due to a Hamas rocket that fell short in Gaza instead of its intended target: Israel.

      Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Kandil cried on Friday and kissed the dead child’s forehead, calling him a “martyr.” CNN called him “another victim of an [Israeli] airstrike.” Newspapers showed his photo as an example of the Palestinian civilians killed by Israel’s ongoing military campaign against militants in Gaza.

      The only problem with that narrative is that 4-year-old Mahmoud Sadallah was killed by a Hamas rocket that fell short in Gaza instead of its intended target: Israel. According to an Israeli military statement Sunday, “Ninety-nine rockets fired from Gaza have crashed back into Gaza in the last four days. Hamas fires from civilian areas…and hits its own people.”

      That's the American media for you - along with Mahmoud, journalism in America is dead. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/it-seems-the-dead-...

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