Re: Lying Us Into War, AgainJun 18th, 2007
Didn't Israel just offer up the Golan Heights in exchange for peace? Oh well, they tried.
That's very noble of you. Too bad it's wrong though. Hizbollah attacked civilian targets last summer in it's opening salvo. I'm pretty familiar with the facts because I just had a long drawn out discussion on this topic with someone from another board.
Oh wait...that was you, and it was this board!
All you did was reference a statement which originated from Israel's defense force saying there were civilian casualties during that intial Hezbollah raid. You interpreted that to mean civilians were the object of that attack. I did a little more research and found a reference in Haaretz (An Israeli newspaper) which said 5 civilians were "lightly" injured. The only described injury was "shock". Sounds to me like the civilian injuries from this raid were exaggerated or non-existant.
But what if most horses want to drink but a few with guns won't let them?
For whatever reasons, factions within the Palestinian structure of government...(to be kind) are instead of demonstrating solidarity and setting aside their differences to fight the common enemy...are engaged in a brawl that's bound to see innocent men women and children pay the ultimate price...
Why should anyone care?
28/12/2006Israeli defense official: Fatah arms transfer bolsters forces of peaceBy Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents,
Amos Gilad, head of political military policy at the Defense Ministry, told Israel Radio on Thursday that the assistance provided to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Presidential Guard is aimed at reinforcing the forces of peace in the area...
With Israeli Approval, Egypt Sends Arms to Abbas's Fatah Movement
By Mark Lavie
Friday, December 29, 2006
...Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli Defense Ministry official, told Israel Radio that the military assistance was rendered to reinforce the "forces of peace" against the "forces of darkness" threatening the region, a reference to Islamic extremists. There has been a week-long hiatus in violence between Fatah and Hamas, but Palestinians say it could resume at any time.
Israel approved the transfer of 2,000 automatic rifles, 20,000 ammunition clips and 2 million bullets on Wednesday, Israeli officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the shipment had not been officially confirmed by Israel, the Palestinians or Egypt.
Ahmed Youssef, a political adviser to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, said Egyptian officials had assured him that no arms were sent. He accused Israel of spreading false rumors about an arms shipment in "an attempt to increase tensions among the Palestinians."
Seventeen people have died this month in factional fighting, which included an attempt to assassinate Haniyeh...
...TEL AVIV -- Hamas yesterday ambushed a convoy in the Gaza Strip and seized a stockpile of U.S. weapons transferred in recent months to militias associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, according to Hamas and Fatah sources.
"We obtained the U.S. weapons and will keep hijacking any assistance the Americans provide to Fatah. Our fighters are aware of the American and Israeli conspiracies to topple our government. We're trained and well prepared to defeat the American-backed (Palestinian) agents," said a top member of Hamas' so-called military wing in the Gaza Strip...
Mar 08, 2007 04:30 AM
TEL AVIV–Iran is helping the Islamic movement Hamas upgrade its military capabilities by providing technology, funding and direct training, Israeli security and military sources say...
June 14, 2007
Hamas Poised to Convert Captured Gaza Strip into Islamist Enclave
...Senior Israeli officers described the Hamas victory to DEBKAfile as a greater misfortune for Israel than its Lebanon War setbacks. There, Hizballah was forced by Israeli military action to accept a UN ceasefire and international peacekeepers.
Hamas has no such incentive. In the case of Gaza, the winner takes all and can dictate terms. A radical Islamic enclave with a dominant Iranian-Syrian military presence has sprung up unopposed as a hostile reality on Israel’s southwestern border. It has made the Israeli-Middle East Quartet’s boycott an irrelevance.
The Hamas Executive Force completed the seizure of all pro-Fatah Presidential Guard border positions, including the Karni goods crossing and the Sufa, Kerem Shalom and Rafah transit points, after midnight Wednesday night, June 14. Their commander Col. Musbah Basichi and his 60 officers fled to Egypt. At least 35 Palestinians were killed in fighting Wednesday.
Hamas pounced as Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert held a belated conversation with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the deployment of an international force on the Philadelphi route. Hamas leaders flushed with victory will hardly accept such hindrance to the free flow of smuggled arms, missiles and explosives into the Gaza Strip...
...13 June: Overnight, thousands of Palestinian security officers loyal to Fatah were under Hamas siege at their last bastions – Gaza City’s Presidential Guard compound and the General Security command.
They are running out of food, water and ammunition. Hamas and its Executive Force had overrun some 80 percent of the Gaza Strip, while loyalists of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah, including complete clans, surrendered and turned in their weapons. Hamas has set up large prisoner camps, some on the rubble of the Gush Katif villages. Wednesday afternoon, a desperate Abbas appealed to Israel to permit arms and ammunition to be transferred from the West Bank. Israeli officers said it was too late. Fatah is a lost case and any arms crossing into Gaza will be seized at once by Hamas.