Archive for the ‘retaliation’ Category

Israel Strikes Back at Rocket Forces of Palestinians In Gaza

December 27, 2008

After more than a week filled with rocket barrages upon Israel from Palestinians in Gaza, Israel responded with jet aircraft attacks Saturday.

This is the bloodiest day for Palestinians in more than 20 years.

Israel has said its many warnings had gone unnoticed and a strike back at Palestinian militants was necessary….

The Israeli air attack killed at least 155 people…. Other news sources said the count of the dead will exceed 170….

Smoke rises from the Gaza town of Rafah after Israeli airstrikes on Saturday.

Smoke rises from the Gaza town of Rafah after Israeli airstrikes on Saturday.

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From the Jerusalem Post

Just days after the cabinet gave the military final approval to counter ongoing Palestinian rocket fire against communities in the western Negev, the IDF launched a massive operation, striking Hamas installations throughout the Gaza Strip on Saturday. Israeli aircraft launched air attacks across Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 155 people, including the Hamas police chief and other officials, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources.

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Above: An F-16 of the Israeli Air Force

Hamas spokesperson said that at least 170 people were killed in the attacks. Gaza health official Moawiya Hassanain said earlier that over 120 people were killed, and at least 200 injured. The Jerusalem Post could not confirm either report.

From CNN
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The Hamas military wing issued a statement saying it had fired a rocket toward the Israeli city of Askelon, and Israeli sources confirmed one Israeli was killed and two hurt when the rocket made a direct hit on a house.

Palestinian medical sources said 250 people were wounded in the air raid in Gaza.

The strikes followed several days of rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.

A statement from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Israeli aircraft attacked “a series of Hamas targets and infrastructure facilities.”

“The Air Force activity came as a result of the continuation of terror activity by Hamas terror organization from the Gaza Strip, and the duration of rocket launching and targeting Israeli civilians,” the IDF statement said.

Hamas immediately threatened violent retaliation against Israel.

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According to witnesses, among the killed was Hamas police chief Maj.-Gen. Tawfik Jaber.

Despite the massive casualties, Hamas remained defiant, vowing revenge and calling on all other Palestinian factions to join in the fight.

Minutes after the first wave of airstrikes hit areas in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinians reported a second wave which targeted installations in the center and the north of the Strip. Channel 22 reported that 60 planes were involved in the attack, and nearly 100 targets were hit.

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From the New York Times

The Israeli Air Force on Saturday launched a massive attack on Hamas targets throughout Gaza in retaliation for the recent heavy rocket fire from the area, hitting mostly security headquarters, training compounds and weapons storage facilities, the Israeli military and witnesses said.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/wo
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Obama to Offer Israel ‘Nuclear Umbrella’ Against Iran

December 11, 2008

U.S. president-elect will offer Israel a strategic pact designed to fend off any nuclear attack on the Jewish state by Iran, an Israeli newspaper reports.

From Fox News
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President-elect Barack Obama will offer Israel a strategic pact designed to fend off any nuclear attack on the Jewish state by Iran, an Israeli newspaper reported on Thursday.

Haaretz, quoting an unnamed source, said the Obama administration would pledge under the proposed “nuclear umbrella” to respond to any Iranian strike on Israel with a “devastating U.S. nuclear response.”

Granting Israel a nuclear guarantee would essentially suggest the U.S. is willing to come to terms with a nuclear Iran, the paper reported.

According to the paper’s source, Obama’s nuclear guarantee would be backed by a new and improved Israeli anti-ballistic missile system. The Bush administration took the first step by deploying an early-warning radar system, which enhances the ability to detect Iranian ballistic missiles.

No immediate comment from Israeli officials or the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv was offered.

Iran denies its nuclear program has military designs. But tough anti-Israel rhetoric from Tehran has spread fears that the Israelis, who are believed to have the Middle East’s only atomic arsenal, could attack their arch-foe pre-emptively.

The source, according to Haaretz, noted that the discussion of the possibility of a nuclear Iran undermines efforts to prevent Tehran from acquiring such arms.

A senior Bush administration source reportedly said the nuclear umbrella was ridiculous and lacked credibility.

“Who will convince the citizen in Kansas that the U.S. needs to get mixed up in a nuclear war because Haifa was bombed? And what is the point of an American response, after Israel’s cities are destroyed in an Iranian nuclear strike?,” he said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/20
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The United States and the Government of israel have always kept open the option of nuclear response to any nuclear attack upon Israel, Peace and Freedom notes.  But during the last several years, both nations have made strides toward a robust and multi-layered missile defense, including for Israel.

MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE The Forward-Based X-band Transportable (FBX-T) radar system has been delivered by the United States to Israel to strengthen Israeli defenses against possible missile attacks from Iran.

Above: The Forward-Based X-band Transportable (FBX-T) radar system has also been delivered by the United States to Israel to strengthen Israeli defenses against possible missile attacks from Iran. DoD photo

Related:
 U.S. Equips Israel With Missile Detection System for Over 1,000 Miles
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 Ballistic Missile Defense: American Technology in Israel for Defense