Sunday, 18 November 2012

War In Gaza: Why Now?

On November 14, Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari was murdered in a Israeli missile attack. In a bitter irony, barely a few hours before the attack, Hamas received the draft proposal of a permanent truce agreement with Israel.

“Hours before Hamas strongman Ahmed Jabari was assassinated, he received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel, which included mechanisms for maintaining the cease-fire in the case of a flare-up between Israel and the factions in the Gaza Strip.”(Haaretz, November 15, 2012)

The targeted assassination of Ahmed Jabari was followed by an extensive bombing campaign under Operation Pillar of Cloud. The latter consists of a carefully planned military endeavor.

F-16 fighter planes, Apache helicopters and unmanned drones were deployed. Israeli naval forces deployed along the Gaza shoreline were involved in extensive shelling of civilian targets.

Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barack has confirmed a scenario of military escalation, blaming Palestine for having committed acts of aggression

This excellent post from Washington's Blog goes on to point out that this conflict may be designed to drag Iran into a war with Israel - possibly via an Israeli pre-emptive strike that will target supposed a Palestinian-Iranian weapons supply line.

Dear Iran, do not take the bait because the US will jump at any response. All countries must avoid conflict with the US because of their criminal employment of Depleted Uranium weapons. Thousands of years of radiological contamination is something to avoid during these short term upsets.

Related News:

AsiaSat takes Iranian channels off air in East Asia

-Nearly 37 percent of AsiaSat’s shares are owned by the General Electric which itself is owned by an American company.

Ministers okay call up of 75,000 [Israeli] troops

Iraq urges Arab states to use oil against US, Israel

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 18th, 2012.]

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