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Sunday, August 06, 2006

3 dead, 100 wounded in Haifa attack

I've been holding off on giving you an update on the Haifa rocket barrage, because the numbers keep changing. At the moment they stand at 3 dead and about 100 injured. Many of the injured were trapped in a building that collapsed.

Blogger Friends of Micronesia reports that he is watching the rescue on television and that they are speaking Arabic. I have not seen this information anywhere else, but if he is correct, it means that once again, Hezbullah has killed Arabs in a rocket attack (for those who did not know it already, Haifa is a mixed Jewish - Arab city) by hitting an Arab neighborhood in Haifa.

The Jerusalem Post is just describing it as a "crowded residential neighborhood" and says that at least some of the wounded are seriously wounded. A building sustained a direct hit and collapsed and people were trapped inside. This incident was described as a "high casualty incident," the first resulting from a Hezbullah Katyusha attack (recall my picture of the special ambulance for such incidents here in Jerusalem earlier this week).

HaAretz is reporting 'only' 40 wounded in Haifa. YNet is reporting 37.

The rockets were fired from Tyre according to the IDF. I wonder how much of that city will be left by the morning. My guess is not much.


At 8:08 AM, Blogger ShumBaayaMyLord said...

Carl, following is a note I sent to the attention of Jeff Jacoby, Op-Ed contributor extraordinaire at The Boston Globe. I appendeded to it Caroline Glick's 04 August column "Amateur Hour Is Over" and gave the Subject line for the email as "Oust Olmert Now"--he (Olmert) really has to be shoved out without further delay, and I'm sure the Knesset votes are there. Anyway, to wit:

Jeff hi,

Excellent column in today's (Sunday's) paper. Keep an eye on what happens with the Saturday night stabbing murder in Sydney of a visiting 36-year-old Israeli as well; he was set on by a carload of men whose preliminary descriptions are suggestive of what you limn.

Per Caroline Glick's column (below my signature), and per Charles Krauthammer's equally penetrating piece in Friday's WaPo ("Israel's Lost Moment"), if you have not done so already I would implore you once again to lend your voice (and whatever back-channel influence you may be able to exert in Israel) to the calls for Ehud Olmert's immediate ouster. If the dialogue David Brooks lays out in his column in today's NYT is anything reliable to go by, the Olmert/Peretz/Livni/Halutz team has truly blown it in the eyes of the Bush Administration.

To take a viewpoint beyond that of Jewish-solidarity-grounded concern for Israel's long-term well-being, strictly from a US-only political interests perspective Ehud Olmert has managed to trash Israel's election/polling value to the White House and the GOP. One of the implications of Brooks' piece (indeed of Krauthammer's and Glick's as well)--not expressed per se but easily discernible--is that Olmert's incompetence in swiftly, lethally, and decisively prosecuting the war on Hizballah (indeed also Olmert's failure to flatten the Asad regime outright with lightning devastation) translates directly into more than a few November mid-term risks for the Republicans.

Winston Churchill did not last a day in office beyond incontestable battlefield victory--but that victory was a true one and his indispensability in winning it was never in question. If that dangerous narcissist Olmert believes his own claptrap about Israel having achieved victory, he won't mind the flattering Churchillian parallels as he is pushed aside forthwith from the Prime Ministerial office. Whatever it takes to stop the ruination of Israel internally, in the eyes of Israel's killing-machine enemies, and in the eyes of Israel's baffled friends.

Many thanks, and Shavua Tov u'Mevorach

At 10:00 AM, Blogger M. Simon said...


No matter how much you hate Olmert it would hand Israel's enemies a victory to remove him in the middle of a war.

This is unwise.

And he did a good job of chastising the EU the other day. And his Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman is excellent.

Perfection is not attainable.

My feeling about the US electorate is that this war boosts the GOP. National Security is their strong point.

It will not be possible to tell if the war plan is good until the war is over. Who knows all the constraints involved?

BTW could you provide links or at least urls? How can you be a blogger and not know how to do links? Shameful. And you talk Olmert's incompetence.

Or is your argument "I don't know what I'm doing" followed by it takes one to know one?


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