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Unsurprising response from Israel

Ever since Hamas seized power in the Gaza strip they have been poking Israel with continued rocket fire from within the strip,  even their recently expired “truce” did not halt the rockets. They have been poking the bear next door with great persistence, and now it has turned and bitten then very hard indeed.

More than 155 dead as Israel continues air strikes in the Gaza Strip (photo from the Times)

More than 155 dead as Israel continues air strikes in the Gaza Strip (photo from the Times)

ISRAEL’S air force has fired about 30 missiles at targets in the Gaza Strip, destroying Hamas police compounds and killing at least 140 people.

Television footage showed dead bodies scattered on a road and wounded and dead being carried away by distraught rescuers. There was widespread damage to buildings.

The dead include 120 in Gaza City and another 23 in Khan Younis and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said.

Hamas police spokesman Islam Shahwan told Hamas radio a police compound in Gaza City had been hosting a graduation ceremony for new personnel when it was attacked.

A Reuters correspondent said Gaza City port and security installations of the Islamist Hamas group were badly damaged. Thick black smoke billowed over the city.

More detail here

You have to hand it to Israel though, attacking Police# graduation ceremonies is a very effective way of degrading Hamas’  capabilities without there being too greater potential for civilian causalities. Hamas want war and in war government and military targets are entirely legitimate. I fully expect that my anti-Semitic** friends from the left will be having coniptions right about now trying to find new ways to damn Israel, but As far as I’m concerned Israel deserves to be congratulated for an effective blow against the evil that is Hamas.
Cheers Comrades
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#It is sadly ironic that the Hamas in particular and the Palestinians in general insist on calling their armed forces “police”.
**They will, of course insist that they are “anti Zionist” and NOT Anti-Semitic but who believes that?  🙄


11 Comments

  1. Craigy says:

    It is a shame – at this time of year – to read any blog that supports violence Iain.

    Anyway – I hope you and yours had a good Christmas. Have a safe and happy new year.

    Regards

  2. David Davidson says:

    I am not a supporter of Hamas, by any means Iain, nor am I an Israeli supporter either, but look at the history of the region.

    Ever since 67, (and probably thousands of years before that ?), both sides have been like a couple of school yard bullies, beating their ego inflated chests at each other, and trying to poke each others eyes out, with big sticks, fighting over the same grains of sand ?

    Hamas attacks with rockets or grenades, and Israeli forces retaliate with jets and bombs. Neither side has achieved much of anything in forty years has it ? About the only thing either side has achieved, is ensuring that the poor population, continue to live in terror, and also as a result, there is very little city and country left to fight over. It’s mostly rubble ?

    I used to think that Israel was the innocent in the whole mess, but since a military career, have learned to know better. They continue to be supported by ‘big brother’, the US, and that has made them pretty arrogant.

    I am fairly certain of one thing tho, there are atrocities on both sides that we still don’t know about, and never will.

    The answer, who knows. They have been fighting for thousands of years, and will probably do so for many more.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    Craigy
    It is not about my “supporting violence” but it is about observing that such a response has been long expected and it has finally arived.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    As you say David the answer is really unknown, But being a man with a military background perhaps you can appreciate that there is a limit to how much provocation that any nation can endure before retaliation is unavoidable.

    I don’t consider Israel is an “innocent” either but if we are looking at historic precedent for the validity of any peoples claim to the real estate then theirs is the strongest claim that pre-dates any other.

  5. David Davidson says:

    I agree. But as the nation itself has only been in existence since 1949, (at least politically), that is perhaps part of the problem ?

    You will never have peace in a region, when all sides, are so passionate over their ownership claims to that region.

  6. Shawn Whelan says:

    They haven’t been fighting for thousands of years. There was no Muslims until the 7th century.

  7. David Davidson says:

    It has not only been the Muslims that have been the source of war in the middle east Shawn. Hell they are only the latest arrivals.

    “Who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history? Pretty much everyone. Egyptians, Turks, Jews, Romans, Arabs, Persians, Europeans…the list goes on.”

    http://www.mapsofwar.com/ind/imperial-history.html

    Check out the interactive map, it’s brilliant. The invasions started as far back as 3000BC. Everyone has had a crack at the region, even as far back as the Christian Crusades.

    Islam is not the problem Shawn, the problem is, radical Islam’s claim that it is the only religion of worth, and that all others should be eradicated, along with their supporters. That is the problem !

  8. Iain Hall says:

    Islam is not the problem Shawn, the problem is, radical Islam’s claim that it is the only religion of worth, and that all others should be eradicated, along with their supporters. That is the problem !

    Spot on David

  9. Shawn Whelan says:

    Well David you said “Both Sides”. I kinda thought that meant the current antagonists. Point me out the area of the Earth that has been free from conflict?

    The Christian Crusades are relativaly quite recent for the area and they were a direct result of the Christians retaliating against Muslim aggression. Check out the history of Constantinople, whoops I mean Budapest. or Northern Africa or the Moors in Spain.

  10. Shawn Whelan says:

    Israel has no desire to control the Middle East. Israel is something like one third of one percent of the land in the Middle East. They want that one little piece. that really explains everything. 99.66% is not enough?

    The radical Islam thing is the politicaly correct thing. I am not quite so sure where you draw the line between radical Islam and the other kind of Islam. I think a very large percentage of Islam is cheering on what we call radical Islam.

  11. David Davidson says:

    Not being Islamic, my knowledge tho, is perhaps a lil better than total ignorance, but run of the mill Islam does not believe in violence, to solve it’s problems. Turning children into suicide bombers definitely not.

    “Well David you said “Both Sides”. I kinda thought that meant the current antagonists. Point me out the area of the Earth that has been free from conflict?”

    I don’t understand what your asking here.

    As for Israel, without taking sides in the argument, they took possession of lands owned by others. “Others” want that land back. That is the argument. Whether or not, Israel’s claim is legitimate or not, that is the basis for the battles over the region. Would you not agree ?

    With the history of the region, being so long, and vast, everyone has claimed ownership of the region, over thousands of years, and will probably continue for a few thousand more, if they don’t totally vaporise it first.

    Using your argument, in a hypothesis, using your 99.66%, imagine if squatters moved into a corner of your back yard, pitched a tent, and told you to p/off, you no longer owned the land ? How would you react ? That is the source of the argument, that has, and still is raging in the region.

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