Israel 'ready for escalation' of Gaza conflict

At least 15 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip as Israel launches a major air and sea offensive against the militant group Hamas.

It comes in response to Hamas firing more than 130 rockets at Israeli cities since Monday night.

On Tuesday evening, militants launched several rockets towards Jerusalem but did not hit the city, Israeli police said.

Israel has warned it may send ground troops into Gaza to stop the attacks.

It has authorised the call-up of up to 40,000 military reservists. Hundreds of reservists have already been drafted to bolster forces around Gaza.

Hamas said all Israelis were now targets.

Hamas claiming to have hit Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem

Its going to get messy.

Already is, although Hamas’ leadership is being targeted right now:
Palestinian Minister of Public Works and Housing Mufeel al-Hasayneh said 50 houses were destroyed on Tuesday and 1,700 were partially damaged.

Palestinian medics reported at least 25 dead, including six killed in an airstrike that flattened an apartment building in southern Gaza and set off widespread panic.

Israel won’t destroy Hamas because they don’t want ISIS like groups to take over in Gaza.

Maybe you’re right, but I’m not sure there’s much to choose between them.

Given what we have seen in Iraq, the IDF will stop at nothing to keep ISIS from getting a toehold in the region.

A dear young friend in Tel Aviv sent me a message today. It read in part:

“hope everything is ok and i find you in peace, our situation hear is bad, we are in war and we cant leave our houses it feels so bad”

She was married just three weeks ago.

God bless them all!

No, this doesn’t look good, does it. Oh well, I’m sure John Kerry and Putin can come up with something…

Our prayers are for all of the civilians in this war.

O God, do not remain quiet;
Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.
2) For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,
And those who hate You have [a]exalted themselves.
3 )They make shrewd plans against Your people,
And **conspire together against Your [c]treasured ones.
4) They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out [d]as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
5) For they have [e]conspired together with one mind;
Against You they make a covenant:
6) The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites;
7) Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8) Assyria also has joined with them;
They have become [f]a help to the children of Lot. [g]Selah.

  1. Deal with them as with Midian,
    As with Sisera and Jabin at the torrent of Kishon,

  2. Who were destroyed at En-dor,
    Who became as dung for the ground.

  3. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb
    And all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

  4. Who said, “Let us possess for ourselves
    The pastures of God.”

  5. O my God, make them like the [h]whirling dust,
    Like chaff before the wind.

  6. Like fire that burns the forest
    And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire,

  7. So pursue them with Your tempest
    And terrify them with Your storm.

  8. Fill their faces with dishonor,
    That they may seek Your name, O Lord.

  9. Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever,
    And let them be humiliated and perish,

  10. That they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord,
    Are the Most High over all the earth.**

Israel is serious about this. As another poster said - this could get

At least 38 civilians, including 10 children, were among the 44 Palestinian dead in two days of fighting, and some 300 people have been wounded, hospital officials said.

Fortunately, so far there haven’t been any fatalities or serious injuries in Israel.

This thread hasn’t been updated in three days, and the death toll in Gaza is now over 100. Tragically, many (though not all) are innocent civilians. Israel is trying to minimize the deaths of civilians, but the very nature of urban conflict makes this difficult. The task is all the more difficult when the fighters in Gaza use civilian facilities to disguise their activities. Israel is feeling pressure to explain its airstrikes in the face of such difficulties.

As Israel Hits Mosque and Clinic, Air Campaign’s Risks Come Home

As Israel’s air war against Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters in Gaza entered its sixth day on Saturday, a pair of bombings threw the difficulties of the campaign into painful relief: Israel bombed a mosque, which its aerial photos indicated was harboring a weapons cache, and a center for the handicapped, killing two handicapped patients and wounding three, as well as a caretaker.

In a rare Saturday briefing for reporters at Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv, a senior Israeli military official said, when asked, that the army was looking into what happened at the center for the disabled. “A group is investigating now what was the target, what was the intelligence,” he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in line with military protocol.

The briefing was an apparent effort to rebuff growing international alarm at the rising death toll from the airstrikes in Gaza — 120 so far, according to Palestinian officials — and the calls for restraint.

The official spoke of the difficulties the air force faced in minimizing collateral damage in the densely populated environment of Gaza, describing the mission as “very challenging,” and showed video clips from the air that he said demonstrated the military’s care in targeting.

Meanwhile we have the death toll in the ukranian-russian skirmish no one seems too concerned about.

I don’t know how intelligence gathers information about missile and weapons caches. Must be scary.

Glad the iron dome is working for Israel.

The US, the UN, everybody has to do everything they can to stop this conflict from escalating. Israel (our ally in the region) is fighting for its existence in hostile territory and the Obama administration is nowhere to be found. The Palestinians are also dying and suffering horribly under the Israeli attacks.

JERUSALEM (AP) – The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area “for their own safety.”

In a statement Saturday, the military said it would send messages to residents overnight to leave the area.

Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, the chief military spokesman, said Israel planned to hit the area with heavy force in the next 24 hours as it steps up an offensive against Gaza militants.

Bethlehem has been hit by a rocket.

Israel is serious. Sending a strong message.

Who fired the rocket at bethlehem?

I don’t think that is known. The rockets which struck in the area of Hebron and Bethlehem seem to have originated from Gaza. However, the rockets could have been fired by Hamas, or by Islamic Jihad, or possibly by a different militant organization.

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