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Like in Lebanon, in Gaza Israel Blinked First
« on: January 01, 2009, 03:20:19 AM »

Hanan Awarekeh     
01/01/2009 After six days of the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reflected the confusion that the Israeli occupation army is passing through following the brave steadfastness of the Gazans, despite the high death toll among them that reached 400 martyrs till now, along with the missile system of the Palestinian resistance that has never stopped firing into the Israeli settlements.   
Israeli daily Haaretz published Thursday an analysis in which it reflected that Israeli chaos, linking between the current aggression against Gaza and the Israeli defeat during the Second Lebanon War in July 2006.
The Israeli daily said, `About six months ago, when Hamas was on the ropes and begging for a cease-fire, many people warned that if Israel responded and picked Hamas up off the ropes, the rockets it would fire after it recovered would reach Ashdod and Be'er Sheva.`
But, according to Haaretz, `Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in a very strange decision, decided to allow Hamas to regroup, increase its capabilities, manufacture and smuggle in more advanced arms, and upgrade from a gang of terrorists to a Hezbollah-like military organization.`
The report added that now the Israeli settlers of the Negev - and especially the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip - are paying the price of the Israeli defense minister's weakness and failed leadership, and the whole government bears collective responsibility.
`The declared goal of Operation Cast Lead ("the creation of a new security reality") is minimalist and reveals Israel's unwillingness to fight for a long-term resolution that will create a comprehensive new reality, not only a new security reality. What is worse, the way the battle is being waged after the impressive air strikes raises concerns that the operation's leaders do not intend to achieve even its modest aims, among other reasons because Israel once again blinked first.`
Haaretz report continued, `The blinking did not begin on Tuesday with Barak's announcement that Israel was considering a "humanitarian" 48-hour cease-fire. It began when the first air strikes were not immediately accompanied by a ground operation. Israel showed, as in Lebanon, that it does not want to reach a strategic resolution and does not have the will, determination or self-confidence to lead a military operation beyond reprisal and punitive action.`
`The more days go by with the main component aerial bombardment, which, like in Lebanon, cannot stop the rockets, the public begins to feel (our leaders' arguments show this) that the operation is losing momentum. A sense is growing that something has been missed, especially in the Negev communities. The national mood, which rallied last Saturday, is beginning to sag, and disappointment is beginning to seep in.`
The Israeli daily said, `Had it not been for the 80 rockets fired at the Negev a week ago Wednesday - which aroused public anger that the government and the Israeli defense minister cannot ignore, especially before elections - it is doubtful the operation would have begun. Then, too, a loud media campaign opposed entering cities; then, too, (Israeli) military reporters and commentators, among them retired generals, frightened us that there would be masses of casualties; then, too, they said terror could not be beaten by military means. But the result even after eight years speaks for itself.`
The report concluded, `If there will still be a ground operation in Gaza, it must not be hesitant like in Lebanon`¦And if the political and military leadership does not have the courage to risk soldiers to decide the campaign and attain its goals, then it is better not to risk them. If the concealed goal is not resolution but another cease-fire, then it is a pity to use ground forces because the enemy will revive once again and smuggle in rockets, which this time will be able to hit Dimona, and perhaps even Tel Aviv. And once again the air force will be sent in. And again, after every red line is crossed, there will be an amazing air strike. And what then? And until when?`
Another study said that US counterterrorism experts said that since taking control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Hamas has adopted the rocket tactics used by Hezbollah, shifting away from its reliance on martyrdom operations in the Zionist entity.
Part of that shift may be attributable to Hamas' arsenal of longer-range rockets. Several Israeli settlements that had previously been out of reach of Hamas' rockets now are being hit by them, said a U.S. counterterrorism official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss foreign intelligence.
Hamas rockets have struck the large southern cities of Be'er Sheva and Ashdod, home of Israel's largest port, for the first time since the end of the truce on December 19.
A former U.S. intelligence official said Hamas is now using Iranian versions of the Katyusha and Grad rockets with a range of 18.6 to 21.7 miles (30 to 35 kilometers). The new rockets dramatically extend Hamas' reach. Hamas had relied heavily on the shorter-range homemade Qassams that fly only up to 1.8 miles (3 kilometers), the former official said.
The rockets do not have guidance systems so they are indiscriminate in targeting. But that makes them well suited for a barrage on a town or a dispersed battlefield of soldiers, particularly if fired in great numbers. "Hamas has definitely learned from Hezbollah," the former official said.
In the month-long 2006 Israeli aggression against Lebanon, Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 missiles into the Zionist entity, about a third of its missiles stores at the time. The Israeli government said in 2006 that Hezbollah also wielded Iranian-made missiles with ranges of up to 50 miles (80 kilometers). Hamas does not appear to have used those longer-range tactical missiles, the former intelligence official said.

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Re: Like in Lebanon, in Gaza Israel Blinked First
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2009, 05:30:31 AM »
This is why Arabs are stupid.

If they were smart they would throw down their AK's and pick up a video camera.

Just WHO do they think is allowing the arms IN?

Israel supplied the Nuke Weapons parts to Pakistan and most likely was involved with spreading parts to Iran.

This is the point...they must be seen to be the poor old under dog fighting for there life which makes us all wonder about the timely arrival of JAM And The ClanTM.

As long as Hamas can be seen to be ARMED and DANGEROUS (even when it's pox light weapons for internal security) they will lose.
AMERICA was banned for 7 days by LONEWOLF due to a few jews working for "The Hydra" - PATHETIC.