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Day 18 in Gaza: “Fighting Along Side Diplomacy”

January 13, 2009

At 1600 GMT Tuesday, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak again reiterated what he has said before: the assault upon Gaza would continue, along side diplomtic efforts to secure a cease-fire.

Related:
Day 19: Israel, Hamas Continue To Battle; Seeming Diplomatic Stalemate

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, urged both Israel and Hamas to “just give up” the fighting.

Barak said, “We heard, and we respect the calls of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and, of course, we are also monitoring developments on the Egyptian initiative, but the fighting goes on and the IDF is continuing to apply force.”

Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak attends the weekly cabinet ... 
Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem January 11, 2009.(David Silverman/Pool/Reuters)

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday said Israel’s campaign against Hamas in Gaza was serving the interest of the Palestinian people, as well as that of Israel.

Livni said the operation’s success would help all moderate forces in the region, including Palestinians who believe in a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She made the comments at a meeting with a delegation from the American Jewish Committee.
 

 

Israeli forces commenced heavy shelling of areas surrounding Gaza City on Tuesday morning, as troops continued to push deeper into the densely populated urban center.
Hamas showed no sign of stopping the fighting.
Israel is now bringing its massive advantage in firepower into play as never before.

Rocket in Ashkelon 
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Above: Hamas rocket hit a house in Ashkelon, Israel, about 10 miles north of the Gaza Strip. A woman in the home was taken to the hospital for a panic attack. Photo: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Israel officials are saying that Operation Cast Lead has not ended because Hamas has not agreed to a cease fire and continues to fire rockets into Israel.

The weakening of Hamas and the restoration of Israel’s level of deterrence are needed before the fighting will end, officals say.

For the first time today, Israeli tanks are inside Gaza City in great numbers.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Islamic militants of an “iron fist” unless they agree to Israel’s terms to end the fighting.

Hamas showed no signs of wavering, however, with its leader, Ismail Haniyeh, saying the militants were “closer to victory.”

Yet special Mideast envoy Tony Blair said elements were in place for a cease-fire.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni  told Mark Philips of CBS news, “We doubt that we will reoccupy” Gaza.  “But in the Middle East, sometimes all options are bad.”

“It is now a matter for the two in combat.  Neither one will leave the other the ‘victor,’” a United Nations humanitarian supply chief in Gaza told us.

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Related:
Israel to Reoccupy Gaza?
Israel weighs options in Gaza
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Tuesday: Israel Crashes Into Gaza City
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UN chief Ban Ki-moon implores Israel and Hamas to stop Gaza violence

 

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 Day 18: Tuesday, Gaza City Battle Opens, “Neither one will leave the other the ‘victor’”

Day 18: Tuesday, Gaza City Battle Opens, “Neither one will leave the other the ‘victor'”

January 13, 2009

Israeli forces commenced heavy shelling of areas surrounding Gaza City on Tuesday morning, as troops continued to push deeper into the densely populated urban center.

Hamas showed no sign of stopping the fighting.

Israel is now bringing its massive advantage in firepower into play as never before.

Rocket in Ashkelon 
.
Above: Hamas rocket hit a house in Ashkelon, Israel, about 10 miles north of the Gaza Strip. A woman in the home was taken to the hospital for a panic attack. Photo: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Israel officials are saying that Operation Cast Lead has not ended because Hamas has not agreed to a cease fire and continues to fire rockets into Israel.

The weakening of Hamas and the restoration of Israel’s level of deterrence are needed before the fighting will end, officals say.

For the first time today, Israeli tanks are inside Gaza City in great numbers.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Islamic militants of an “iron fist” unless they agree to Israel’s terms to end the fighting.

Hamas showed no signs of wavering, however, with its leader, Ismail Haniyeh, saying the militants were “closer to victory.”

Yet special Mideast envoy Tony Blair said elements were in place for a cease-fire.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni  told Mark Philips of CBS news, “We doubt that we will reoccupy” Gaza.  “But in the Middle East, sometimes all options are bad.”

“It is now a matter for the two in combat.  Neither one will leave the other the ‘victor,'” a United Nations humanitarian supply chief in Gaza told us.

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Related:
Israel to Reoccupy Gaza?
Israel weighs options in Gaza
.
Tuesday: Israel Crashes Into Gaza City
.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon implores Israel and Hamas to stop Gaza violence

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An Israeli reservist poses with his weapons as others stand ... 
An Israeli reservist poses with his weapons as others stand near Israel’s border with Gaza, in southern Israel, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. Israeli warplanes pounded the homes of Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip and ground troops edged ever closer to the territory’s densely-populated urban center Monday but reported casualties were low, an indication that Hamas was largely avoiding pitched battles with the advancing Israelis.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The Associated Press reported:

The Palestinian residents told The Associated Press that Israeli tanks rolled into public areas of the Tel Hawwa neighborhood, pushing back militants. Tens of thousands of Palestinians live in apartment buildings in the neighborhood south of Gaza City.

One of the residents, Khader Mussa, 35, told The Associated Press by telephone that he saw two apartment buildings on fire. He said he was huddling in the basement of his building with 25 other people, including his pregnant wife and his parents. “The gates of hell have opened,” he said. “God help us.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009011
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Related:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD
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From the New York Times:

To Israel’s critics abroad, the picture could not be clearer: Israel’s war in Gaza is a wildly disproportionate response to the rockets of Hamas, causing untold human suffering and bombing an already isolated and impoverished population into the Stone Age, and it must be stopped.
Yet here in Israel very few, at least among the Jewish population, see it that way.

Since Israeli warplanes opened the assault on Gaza 17 days ago, about 900 Palestinians have been reported killed, many of them civilians. Red Cross workers were denied access to scores of dead and wounded Gazans, and a civilian crowd near a United Nations school was hit, with at least 40 people killed.

But voices of dissent in this country have been rare….

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/wo
rld/middleeast/13israel.html?_r=1&hp

Gaza Heads Into Tuesday, “Hamas Disengaged”?

January 12, 2009

“Hamas has disengaged.””

“One gets the feeling, rather, that Hamas is no longer in the fight in a major way.  Perhaps Hams is seeking to lure the Israelis into a trap in the more densely populated civilian areas.  Or maybe Hamas is just ready for the end.”

Related:
Day 18: Tuesday, Gaza City Battle Opens, “Neither one will leave the other the ‘victor’”

Those words from an eye witness with Israeli forces in Gaza tonight, Monday January 12, 2009, and moving tiward Tuesday January 13.

Fighting abated Monday as fewer rockets came from Hamas and Israel was unable to find sustained Hamas ground opposition in the numbers previously seen and expected.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh indicated Monday night that he was willing to discuss a truce.

He said Hamas would “deal positively with any initiative which stops the aggression against our people.”

 Hamas will continue to fight, pending agreement by both sides to a cease fire, Ismail Haniyeh said.

Related:

Jerusalem Post:
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