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Day 16: Gaza War Closing; But Deep Hatreds, Issues Remain

January 11, 2009

As Sunday, day 16 of the Hamas-Israel war for Gaza, came to a close, so may have the hopes of each side of achieving some lasting, peaceful resolution.

CNN said Israel may be close to “the end of the operation” because of a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Sunday.

Related:
Day 17: Iran warns Hamas not to accept truce proposal; Israel “close” to achieving goals

“The decision of the U.N. Security Council doesn’t leave us much leeway,” Vilnai told Israel Radio. “It would seem then, I’m guessing, that we are close to the end of the ground operation and the end of the operation altogether.”

Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzip Livni said Sunday that Israel’s war with Hamas is not a one-time conflict that will end with an agreement.

“We are in midst of a struggle against terrorism, and it is not a one-time conflict. This is not a conflict that will end with an agreement,” she said.

Many on the scene had the impression that the active fighting was coming toward a close.

Israel’s military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told the Israeli Cabinet Sunday that the group’s ability to fight has been damaged by the devastating assault Israel launched Dec. 27. He says Hamas is suffering from ammunition shortages and has been hard hit by the deaths of senior militants.

But Yadlin says the group “is not expected to raise a white flag.”

Shin Bet security service chief Yuval Diskin told the Cabinet that many Gazans are furious with Hamas for “bringing a disaster on Gaza.”

Israel says Hamas is “exhaused and nearly out of ammunition.”  But across the globe, pro-Hamas and anti-Israel parades and  events continue….

Related:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meas
t/01/11/israel.gaza/index.html

Sunday, Day 16: Gaza City Under Siege

Israel: “This is not a conflict that will end with an agreement”

January 11, 2009

Foreign Minister Tzip Livni said Sunday that Israel’s war with Hamas is not a one-time conflict that will end with an agreement.

Speaking during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Jerusalem, Livni said that, “Hamas regrets the day they decided to intensify the rocket fire on Israel under the assumption that we would show restraint. We need to understand that on the day after [Operation Cast Lead] we must prevent Hamas from rearming, because we cannot allow a scenario in which Hamas understands that it cannot fire, but allows itself to stock up on weapons. The German foreign secretary’s meeting in Egypt was important. The fact that we are engaged in dialogue over the issue of Egyptian sovereignty that can help prevent smuggling, a process that we are now engaged in together, and the international understanding now is that Israel too has the right to defend itself and that a situation in which there a breach in the border cannot be allowed.”

“We are in midst of a struggle against terrorism, and it is not a one-time conflict. This is not a conflict that will end with an agreement….

Read the rest from Haaretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spag
es/1054480.html

Sunday, Day 16: Gaza City Under Siege

January 11, 2009

Foreign Minister Tzip Livni said Sunday that Israel’s war with Hamas is not a one-time conflict that will end with an agreement.
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Israel on Sunday battled closer to Gaza City.  Hamas resisted in heavy small arms fire.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said its air strikes on Saturday night and  Sunday morning had targeted tunnels, weapons stores and a mosque that were allegedly used to store weapons.

Witnesses told the Jerusalem Post that fighting in the city’s Sheikh Ajleen neighborhood erupted as IDF infantrymen and tanks advanced toward the densely-populated Gaza City.

An Israeli soldier is seen on top of a tank at a staging area near Israel's
AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner

The fighting, on the southwest side of the Hamas-ruled territory’s biggest population center, suggested Israel was intensifying a more than two-week-old offensive.

Related:
Olmert on Gaza; Lashes International Criticism
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Hamas Bloodied; Not Yet Ready To Quit
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Israel: “This is not a conflict that will end with an agreement”

Clashes near Gaza City, witnesses say

Israel warned of the escalation publically and in leaflets dropped on the area.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad said they ambushed the soldiers. Gaza on Jan. 3.

The fighting in the approach to Gaza City appeared to be one of the fiercest land battles since ground forces were sent into

At least 12 people were killed, Palestinian health officials said.

CNN Reported that the Hamas commander in charge of launching rockets into Israel from the Gaza City area was killed Saturday by Israeli ground fire, the IDF said.

Amir Mansi was spotted firing a rocket Saturday from the Jabel Rise area, east of Gaza City, during a ground force operation, the IDF said. Israeli forces opened fire, killing Mansi and wounding two other Hamas operatives, who were captured, the Israelis said.

Mansi was the leading Hamas authority on the Grad long-range missile-launching system, the IDF said. Grad rockets have allowed Hamas to reach farther into Israel than in previous attacks.

The BBC said Hamas launched a barrage of rockets on Sunday, two of which struck 42 km (26 miles) inside southern Israel at the city of Beersheba, the military said. There were no reported casualties or damage.

Some 820 Gazans and 13 Israelis have reportedly died in 14 days of fighting. Medical staff said 235 children are among at least 820 Palestinians killed in the conflict.

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Jerusalem Post:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=123
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CNN:

Haaretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/
1054466.html

BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_ea
st/7822623.stm

Associated Press:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090111/
ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians

Israeli officials also said that Hamas was nearing exhaustion. 

These statements could be setting the framework for an end to Operation Cast Lead by Israel.  But not an end to the long term nature of the conflict.
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Israel may be close to “the end of the operation” because of a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Sunday.

“The decision of the U.N. Security Council doesn’t leave us much leeway,” Vilnai told Israel Radio. “It would seem then, I’m guessing, that we are close to the end of the ground operation and the end of the operation altogether.”