Rocket Attack Shakes Israel

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An Israeli institute with close ties to Military Intelligence also reports that Hamas is trying to exploit the Mubarak government’s fall to get Egypt to allow more weapons into Gaza. Mubarak, fearful of Hamas and its parent-organization the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt itself, had acted to stanch the flow—clearly with limited success. Egypt’s current military rulers’ attitude is uncertain; again it’s hard for Israelis to be optimistic.

Israel has never had attractive choices on Gaza, having to decide between the Scylla of occupying over a million deeply hostile Arabs and the Charybdis of terror from the Strip. Clearly, retaliatory raids like Wednesday night’s—wounding three jihadists ready for martyrdom and damaging some facilities—do not deter and have only symbolic value. Is another Cast Lead-type offensive, then, the only real option?

It would risk, for one thing, pushing the new military regime in Cairo—still an unknown quantity—into backing Hamas, and possibly even taking up arms against Israel to prove its nationalist credentials. It would also risk playing into Iran’s hands: one thing Tehran, which has its own domestic problems, may well relish is a diversionary spectacle of Israeli bombs hitting Gaza while the West—in the spirit of the Goldstone Report—joins the Arab and Muslim worlds in a fury of condemnation.

On the other hand, words like Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s on Thursday—that Israel would “not tolerate the bombardment of our citizens” and “I wouldn’t suggest that anyone test our resolve”—risk sounding dangerously hollow. Hamas, backed by Iran, is testing Israel’s resolve and getting away with it. Netanyahu and his defense minister Ehud Barak face the difficult task of deciding how much to tolerate—or when to respond more substantially and how.

To an extent it’s a game of chance. A single Grad or Kassam that causes more serious, even catastrophic harm could force Israel to act—without hope of Western (or any other) backing.

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  • LibertyLover

    May Progressives and leftists burn in Hell for their betrayal of Israel!

    • AL__

      AMEN

      • sky

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    • ajnn

      hard to believe it, but under obama the united states will act to harm israel if it comes to war.

    • ikz

      Agree, high time to strike back against provocations. Israel should defend herself from this saber-rattling and rocket attacks. Strike Iran and make them feel the return of their Imam Mahdi, they want destruction, I say lets let them have it (I'll now wait for the leftist mongrels to condemn me as a warmonger because of my statement)

    • ziontruth

      Amen. I'd add, may they burn in hell for destroying every country whose media outlets and education systems they have managed to take over.

      Marxism is a crime and must be considered as such by law.

  • http://www.worldthinktank.net Lance Winslow

    Maybe it's time to pull out all the stops, sink those two ships, hit the (not-so-secret) Syrian nuclear facility. Sink every Iranian ship regardless of location, hit every SAM missile site and put a Mother of All Bombs on Tehran's soccer stadium, and then remind them not to play games. If this were done in one big campaign lasting 45-minutes, I think the world would wake up. Send in the Stealth, Tomahawks, and have a decisive naval battle, and then stop. If there is any return fire left – level from hence it came. Sorry, but it's time to stop playing games in the region, no more BS. Lay down the law of the land. It's the only way – APPEASING bad behavior begets more of the same. We need to make a statement, in a big way, it's long overdo. These folks forget too quickly who they are screwing with.

    • Andres de Alamaya

      I hereby appoint Lance Winslow as my voice since Lance has borrowed my thoughts completely.

    • http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/ Victor Laslow

      To pull out all stops would be cool but in order to attack the nuclear sites in Iran Israel would have to fly over US controlled air space and Obama has standing orders to shoot down any planes including Israeli planes. Wonder why? http://www.therepublicrevealed.com/forums/index.p

    • budsgirl

      Lance… seems simple enough. What is stopping this? I think we all know. Thank you for your wisdom

    • Duane

      Why would opoopoo for brains want to wake up his philosophical brothers?

    • ajnn

      maybe a series of 'black ops' actions with 'plausible deniability' is the best action.

      it slowed hamas a few years ago [killing yassin and his predesessor].

    • scum

      Wait, I have a better idea: Let's kill 1 billion Muslims for fun and profit. After all, that's your real goal, ain't it?

      • MixMChess

        No, but sadly it is the goal for radical Islamic terrorists (such as Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and Fatah) to exterminate or enslave the non-believers. Talk about killing billions of people…!

  • Amused

    But…but …but …Where's the U.N. ???

    • Stephen_Brady

      The same UN where Libya is part of the Human Rights Commission?

      • ikz

        The same UN infested by leftist idiots who condemns the Israeli defensive counterstrike but turns a blind eye on those terrorist rocket attacks…pathetic leftist propaganda.

  • geez

    Israel takes over the ships, uses them to fire at Israel but hit Gaza…then ram them into each other (since everyone would think it's just idiots on board) sinking them. In the same hour Israel launches an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities since there was an act of war against Israel from the ships. 3 birds, one stone.

    • duane

      geez, do you work for CIA? Sounds like a plan.

      • geez

        From what I've heard and read guys that think like me use to work there. Now Panetta has them monitoring Twitter chatter. I know… it's sad, but look how popular we are in the world now!

  • Steeloak

    My heart is heavy at the thought of the ordeal the people of Israel are about to go through. Their rabid enemies are on the move their best friend, the United States, is being led by a sympathiser of their enemies. Dark times for Israel indeed.

    • budsgirl

      Dark times for us too if we go against Israel

    • John

      Yes I agree. Don't mean to take it in another direction, but not only is there a moral precedent for our support of Israel, there are very strong Biblicial ones. When you read Zachariah 12, see what happens to those that come against Jerusalem. We will be judged as a nation. Not as individuals according to how we behave toward Israel. We have leaders in this nation that believe they are the saviors of the known world and do not adhere to anything greater than themselves really. They really hate the competition with G-d. These leaders are making us a goat nation by deserting Israel. Not the American people, but the leaders that claim they speak for us and really do not. This region is a dangerous place for all concerned. Is Israel the problem. Yes, because they exist and that makes the evil demonic principalities furious in the region. There is absolutely no place to reason with those that are coming against Israel. They hate her because they simply hate her, and themselves simply because they were born. They see absolutely no good in anything and Israel is a light in the region and they hate that light because darkness is all they recognize. Israel, time after time, has offered concessions. The Palestinians, time after time, have rejected them.

      The only thing they want is Israel destroyed and they will continue to lob rockets there until the Israelis have had enough, defend themselves again and then have the UN (which is the biggest part of Israels problem) castigate them. Israel could come up with the cure for cancer and the UN would condemn them for putting doctors and pharmeceutical companies out of business.

      We as Americans and especially the Christians need to stand firmly behind Israel and our brothers and sisters, the Jews, and protect them. It is our obligation and we will prevail, not the enemy.

      • Randy

        The U.N. has long become a Trojan Horse for America. It applauds speakers from Iran, and votes mostly against Israel. We need a leadership who can finally be honest with the public about the big picture.

    • ikz

      I agree, Israel will soon be left with no choice but to scrap the treaties and take back Sinai as a buffer against its enemies.

  • Canadian

    Complaints should be directed to the Israeli government, which unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip in 2005, and then watched as Hamas and other radical elements took over. What did they think would happen? Why does the Israeli government continue to send tax revenue, aid, electricity and other supplies to Gaza? If they are at war with you, why aren’t you at war with them? The Oslo process was a strategic disaster. Israel keeps making the same mistakes, over and over.

  • USMCSniper

    Arieh Eldad, who is a member of the Israeli Knesset writes:

    Israel must reassess the value of all American promises, whether they be in writing, made ceremoniously at public festivities or whispered privately in a room of the White House. He who without batting an eyelash has betrayed Israel on the nuclear issue, a matter whose existential importance to the Jewish state is obvious given the Iranian dash for the bomb, will not hesitate to deny other commitments. Obama is currently pressuring Israel to accept dictates that would lead to a Palestinian state in the heart of its country. In return, he offers to guarantee our security, preserve our technological advantage and ensure the Palestinian state will be demilitarized. Why would anyone in Israel be willing to take existential risks while relying on the commitment of an American president who has betrayed and denied the commitments of his predecessors and forgotten even his own?

    • sky

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  • QSuzy

    Israel has no choice but to fire back. For each muslim bomb into Israel, she should send 100 bombs into Gaza and stop worrying about what the western world thinks…..we already know.

    This should be seen as an opportunity to crush terrorist plans for Israel, being very 'heavy-handed' at a minimum. Israel can no longer rely on the word of her ex-ally, America, and should become as self-reliant as possible. Stop taking foreign aid from America before it goes bankrupt, not after.

  • Lightning Jack

    Israel knows that irregardless what concessions it makes or how much land it cedes in the name of peace it will never be enough.

    Much of the Arab and American Media paint the unrest in the Middle East as "democracy" movements which is a fallacy because many of the factions behind them are anything but democratic.

    The fact of the matter is that non-Muslims cannot mutually coexist with fundamentalist Islam unless they become subservient to Islamic theocratic doctrine. Its practitioners will always discriminate against non-believers and seek to impose their theocratic dogma through political or military power.

    As testimony, their cohorts here have just barely gained a foothold and they are already demanding exclusive recognition of Sharia Law above the Constitution, while a majority their Mosques and radical clerics here serve to further fund and perpetuate the spread of Wahhabist radicalism with impunity.

    • aspacia

      There is no such word as "irregardless." It is regardless. Look it up if you do not believe me!

  • Richard Weinberg

    In my not so humble opinion, the time for the Israeli government to grow a pair is long overdue. You know who your enemies are. You know what they have in mind for you. Quit screwing around and just go and kill them. Worried about world opinion? Stop worrying. The world has always hated us Jews. What's the problem with a bit more? We Jews have never had a friend in the world except for ourselves.

    NEVER AGAIN!

    • Raj

      Yes Jews has friends .Indians especially Indian patriotic hindus.Each day we are praying god to give our leaders a bit of wisdom and a chunk of courage as that of your Israeli leaders.We are being thrilled by reading your Operation Entebbe when our spine less govt released terrorists for hijacked nationals.We were cherished when we knew about your operation Solomon same time our own brothers are being brutally killed by our filthy neighbours.WHAT TO DO…we are living in pathetc situation.
      Alsonot even one jew is abused or hated by INDIANs in their 2000 year history

      • ziontruth

        "Yes Jews has friends .Indians especially Indian patriotic hindus."

        Thanks. This Zionist Israeli Jew stands with India and hopes she will be able to take back her Muslim-occupied territories (Pakistan and Bangladesh) soon.

        "We are being thrilled by reading your Operation Entebbe when our spine less govt released terrorists for hijacked nationals."

        That was in 1976. Since then, our leaders have turned out to be not that much different from the way you describe yours…

        "WHAT TO DO…"

        Hopefully soon, buckle up for an Egypt-style revolution against the Marxists sitting atop the opinion-shaping organs of power (media and academe).

        "Alsonot even one jew is abused or hated by INDIANs in their 2000 year history"

        I beg to differ. What the Muslims did to the Hindus from Mahmoud Ghazni's time up to British rule is comparable in horror to what the Nazis did to the Jews. The most conservative estimate says 90 million Hindus were murdered by the Muslims. This Holocaust isn't taught much, however, because the Marxists in charge of education don't think it serves their interests (bashing the West and schmoozing up to their Muslim allies).

        Stand strong! My brothers and sisters in Israel have a good opinion of India and wish you well.

      • ziontruth

        "Alsonot even one jew is abused or hated by INDIANs in their 2000 year history"

        Oops! I misread that sentence. I thought you were saying Indians have never been abused as much as Jews. You're right, Jews have been very welcome in India throughout all the ages. But my point about what the Muslims did to the Hindus is on target, despite my incorrect reading.

    • chris hyde

      I believe Obama is willing to set back and let Isreal do his dirty work, Nuke them Isreal and we will stand back and scold you in public and the next president will replace the nuke you used. I am a U.S. citizen and wish our own country would nuke Iran and then profess who else wants nukes now these things are cheaper by the dozen, Then the voice of America would be listened to again.

  • Wesley69

    Those who call for glorious jihad may soon get their wish. Obama's hands off approach, except where our ally, Mubarak, was involved, clears the way for Muslim Fundamentalists to be that much closer to victory. The dominoes continue to fall, and they are not falling our way. After the dust has settled, they will wage global jihad until the entire world is converted to Islam, or is dead for refusing it. Before they will do this, there is one obstacle that must be eliminated … Israel.

    However such a strategy is a death wish. If the Arabs and Iran are stupid enough to unite and drive Israel into the sea, they will pay dearly as Cairo, Alexandria, Damascus, Teheran, Baghdad, Basra, Medina, Mecca are leveled into a radioactive wasteland. A glorious victory????? Tell that to the dead!

    • aspacia

      Neutron bombs are better. It leaves the buildings, oil, etc. in tact and not radiated.

  • RatS

    Israel invites rocket attacks by it’s weak response each time. Each time a missle from Gaza lands in Israel , the air force should take out a significant economic target in Gaza. For example , a gas station, a telephone exchange, a cell tower, an economic facility of any type . It clould warn the civil; population by leafle, or radio or phone , not to occupy a list of possible target during a certain time period. But if significant economic target are removed, I feel certain rocket attackes would cease.

  • Fred Dawes

    just keep watching its not about freedom its a move to control all of the muslims to attack. its about mass murder.

  • Lori

    Israel,Stand and be Strong.

  • BLJ

    Israel needs to take off the gloves and destroy Hamas. Of couse if Obama was a real friend of Israel we could help. It never ceases to amaze me how may idiots in this country cannot understand the importance of the U.S. standing with Israel.

    • peteranthony

      What is the importance of the U.S. standing with Israel and to whom is it important? The U.S. has footholds all across the middle east, why would they risk it all to help serve the political gains of another state? There is no reason why the U.S. will ever take such measures, regardless of the dogmatic religious morals that many claim as justification.

  • dawning

    John ..I wonder sometimes how many folks understand about good and evil. If indeed there IS good and evil then by now many should be seeing just how EVIL islam is and begin realizing this is not a battle of flesh and blood alone. The hate islam has for Israel and the U. S. is of BIBLICAL proportions. I like your comment "is Israel the problem? yes because they exist". Isreal exists because God wants them to and the evil one hates that. So if the lord of evil wants to destroy something it follows that he will choose his best creation to try to acomplish it,ergo islam!!!!

    • peteranthony

      Get an education. Your ignorance towards an enormous group of people is stunning and makes my feel embarrassed that I love and live in the same country as you. Your blatant generalizing is the reason why so few people respect the viewpoints and motives of Americans in today's world. To call a peaceful religion evil with, I'm certain no actual knowledge of the modern popular Muslim religion, you flaunt your lack of education proudly. There are bastardizations of every religion known to man, many of which come from Christianity like the Westboro Baptist Church, the FLDS, and the Branch Dravidians. I am embarrassed to read your ignorance with regard to delineating between fundamentalists or jihadists and the extremely predominant form of Islam that is practiced by over a billion people worldwide. What you preach is no better than Hitler himself. Think about the word evil, and if the hate that you hold and profess towards an entire group of people does not qualify, then you should probably reassess your definition of the word evil.

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    You're walking down a
    deserted street with your wife
    and two small children.

    Suddenly, an Islamic
    Terrorist with a huge knife
    comes around the corner,
    locks eyes with you,
    screams obscenities, praises
    Allah, raises the knife, and charges at you…

    You are carrying a
    Kimber 1911 cal. 45 ACP, and you are an expert shot.
    You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family..
    What do you d o?

    Democrat's Answer:

    Well, that's not enough information to answer the question!
    Does the man look poor or oppressed?
    Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?
    Could we run away?
    What does my wife think?
    What about the kids?
    Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?
    What does the law say about this situation?
    Does the pistol have appropriate safety built into it?
    Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children?
    Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me?
    Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?
    If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?
    Should I call 9-1-1?
    Why is this street so deserted?
    We need to raise taxes, have “Paint & Weed Day”;
    Can we make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior.
    I need to debate this with some friends for a few days and try to come to a consensus.
    This is all so confusing!

    …………………………………….
    Republican's Answer:

    BANG!

    …………………………………

    Southerner's Answer:

    BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
    BANG ! BANG! BANG! BANG!
    Click….. (Sounds of reloading)
    BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
    BANG!
    BANG!
    BANG!
    Click

    Daughter: 'Nice grouping, Daddy!'
    'Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hollow Points?! '

    Son: 'Can I shoot the next one?!'

    Wife: 'You ain't taking that to the Taxidermist!

  • Not Jew

    I agree with Israel taking over the Irans boats. Cause as much damage to Syria and Iran as possible with the ugly boats, and then have a demolition derby with them. I can assure you, Badmood Jiberjab, or whatever his name is, wont mind.

  • Raj

    As a Indian i would say..ISRAEL is fighting war for whole world..especially for Spineless countries like INDIA…I am ashamed to tell this but this is a sad truth

    • Jacob

      Raj, India's war against the IslamoNazis is the same war Israel is fighting. Islamist terrorists adhere to a theological fascism whereby no other religions or cultures in their midst may be tolerated the least bit. I hope the Indo-Israeli alliance remains strong and that the Indian and Jewish peoples will be ultimately able to purge Islamic fascism from their respective countries.

  • dawning

    Thanks for the laugh Raymond I'm an ol southerner and can really relate…I'm still laughing over "wife" comment

  • Pittsburgh Steeler

    While in Israel fairly recently, I took a tour of the northern Negev. We took Yitzhak Rabin Highway south from Jerusalem, then turned off onto a local highway towards Sderot.
    We entered Sderot a short time later, and I noticed that all of the outdoor playgrounds were empty. A few minutes later, we pulled up to the Sderot Indoor Rec Facility, a one-story concrete and steel building, with a reinforced steel roof. This is where all the children of Sderot play; the reinforced steel roof and the concrete and steel walls are very effective at stopping Kassam and Grad rockets. As we entered the building, the manager greeted us, and showed us the bottom 3 feet of a Kassam rocket(the top had
    disintegrated upon making contact with a building in Sderot); on the fuselage of this hideous thing was scrawled in Arabic, "Death to the Jews!"

    With all the technology out there, there's got to be a way to stop these things.

    Pittsburgh Steeler

  • SAM000

    Hamas is a proxy, just a proxy of IRAN, Israel can hit HAMAS and destroy it very easily, the modified GRAD missiles of Iran is like a pistol in front of an Abraham TANK for the Israel Army.

    The Question is not and was not HAMAS or Hezbollah against Israel, Israeli Rullers know this very well.

    The Question is;
    the USA's MIDDLE EAST politics.

    USA interests in the MIDDLE east is to keep the " dictators on power or the Islamists on power".

    and Israel is the recipiant of the USA's MIDDLE EASTER politics.

    two Factors can change this situation.
    1 – USA modifies his Middle eastern Politics.
    2 – REGIME CHANGE in IRAN.

    USA do not seems to change his ME's Politics, and USA is committed to keep the Mullahs on power in IRAN.

    So, the Iranians should paye 10,000 bigger price to change their Regime.

    EXAMPLE.
    120 deaths in Egypt, MOBARAK is thrown down.
    120,000 executions in IRAN, Mullahs are always there.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It seems that each day of peace gained by indecision and denial
    will make each day of impending and complete war all the more
    terrible. Islamists do not want peace, do not want Israel to survive,
    do not care what anyone thinks and America is next. The World is
    the Jihadist target and Muslims quietly wait for each move and
    every day is one closer to conquest. For my part now is better than
    later, getting all of the jihadists is better than limited engagement
    and winning is absolutely necessary and that means no more jihadists.
    William

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