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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Breaking: IAF strikes in Gaza again

The IAF struck weapons production sites and a smuggling tunnel near Rafah overnight Wednesday night in response to a Kassam attack on the Eshkol region in the western Negev earlier in the evening. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the attack, saying it had targeted a weapons production site, in response to the rocket fire at Israel.

Earlier, the security "Kitchenette," namely Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni decided Wednesday night that Israel must retaliate on the rocket fire at the western Negev.

Wednesday evening saw a rocket fired from northern Gaza landed in Eshkol Regional Council limits. No injuries or damage were reported.

Livni told Ynet that "the era in which we would ignore (such attacks) has ended. We'll respond to any rocket launching."
Well, at least until the elections that's likely to be true. If they didn't respond, Livni would be losing even worse than the polls indicate already.
The terror groups' provocation has the defense establishment gearing to apply a response scenario, which will correspond with whatever operational opportunities present themselves. A government directive to the effect was given after a series of consultations.

"Israel will respond to rocket fire, even if the US special envoy to the Mideast happens to be in Jerusalem," a senior diplomatic source said.

Israel's response, said a Jerusalem source, will have nothing to do with envoy George Mitchell's visit, a fact made clear by both Olmert and Livni in their meetings with him. "Mitchell asked to preserve the ceasefire and refrain from any further escalation, but our stand in clear.

"Israel will take whatever steps necessary. Any ceasefire violations, be it terror attacks, Qassam fire or arms smuggling, will meet a harsh response."
But they won't send the ground troops in again. At least for now.


At 2:14 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

If the polls are to believed, Yisrael Beitenu stands a good chance of becoming the country's third largest party, or even its second largest if Kadima continues to falter. And Tzipi Livni hasn't been winning it any converts on the campaign trail.


At 2:19 AM, Blogger Naftali2 said...

I'm really not sure this is about polls. And if it were, and tunnels keep being bombed, I'm guessing fewer and fewer folks would be willing to go underground and build them, lest they remain underground. There is a general, seemingly multinational effort to keep weapons out of Gaza.

And don't be surprised if the IAF manages to pick off Hanyieh. I'm sure the thought has crossed his own mind once or twice.

At 4:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the era in which we would ignore (such attacks) has ended. We'll respond to any rocket launching." -- Livni

If only they were serious. Unfortunately, I agree with Naftali2. I frear it is most likely politically motivated.

At 5:02 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Of course its politically motivated! Livni and Barak want votes and to Jews they have to appear tough. They are not reversing a decade of neglect of Sderot because they've suddenly discovered how dangerous Hamas has grown. If they win, the new get tough on Hamas policy will quietly vanish after the election and its back to appeasing Israel's enemies. Those two jokers need to lose big so Jews can really be safe in their own country.


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