World View: Hamas Vows Revenge as Israel Begins Military Operation in Gaza
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Israel launches military operation in Gaza
- Hamas says that Israel 'Opened the gates of hell on itself'
- U.N. security council and Arab League plan emergency sessions
- Europe-wide anti-austerity marches turn violent in Spain and Portugal
Israel launches military operation in Gaza
Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Wednesday
Tensions have been rising significantly in the Mideast since Saturday,
when the Islamic Jihad terrorist group started launching rockets at
homes in southern Israel. Some 500 rockets have been launched since
On Wednesday, Israel's Foreign Ministry issued the following
"The Cabinet directed the IDF and the ISA to continue
vigorous action against the terrorist infrastructures operating
from the Gaza Strip against the civilian population in Israel in
order to allow a normal life for the residents of the State of
It was unanimously decided, this evening (Wednesday, 14 November
1. To direct the IDF and the ISA to continue vigorous action
against the terrorist infrastructures operating from the Gaza
Strip against the civilian population in Israel in order to bring
about an improvement in the security reality and allow a normal
life for the residents of the State of Israel.
Alongside the military effort, Israel will, to the best of its
ability, work to avoid harming civilians while honoring the
humanitarian needs of the population, in keeping with the rules of
2. To direct the IDF, the Home Front Defense Ministry, the Israel
Police and all relevant agencies to take all necessary measures in
keeping with Defense Minister Ehud Barak's statement regarding the
declaration of a special home front situation.
3. To allow the IDF, as per need and with the approval of Defense
Minister Barak, to mobilize reserve units.
4. To direct the National Information Directorate and the Foreign
Ministry, in conjunction with all relevant agencies, to explain
Israel's actions, in Israel and in the international arena.
5. To authorize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with
Defense Minister Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, and
in consultation with other ministers as per need, to decide, on
behalf of the Security Cabinet, regarding the actions necessary to
continue with Operation Pillar of Defense and to submit other
decisions for Government approval, as may prove
The operation began with air strikes that killed Ahmed Jabari, the
command of Hamas's military wing, killing him and his son as he was
driving in his car. Jabari is blamed for a number of terrorist
attacks in the last ten years, and he also masterminded the kidnapping
of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit was held in captivity, and
was only freed in return for the release of 1,000 Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli jails last year. Jabari also led Hamas's
successful military campaign that defeated Fatah in 2007.
The Israeli air strikes are continuing as of this writing on Wednesday
Israel has called up its military reserves, and has announced that the
war may be expanded, with the possibility of a ground invasion such as
occurred in Operation Cast Lead, when Israel invaded Gaza in 2008.
If you go to the IDF web site, you can see live updates of the
military operation in Gaza. Israel's Foreign Ministry and Jerusalem Post
and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) web site
Hamas says that Israel 'Opened the gates of hell on itself'
Ahmed Jabari was the head of the militant Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which
issued a statement on Wednesday that "The occupation has opened the
gates of hell on itself." A Hamas spokesman said:
"The occupation committed a dangerous crime and
crossed all the red lines, which is considered a declaration of
The occupation will pay dearly for this and we will make it regret
the moment they thought about it."
The killing of Ahmed Jabara sparked furious protests in Gaza. It's
widely believed that Hamas has no choice but to seek revenge. Hamas
has a number of options that were not available during Operation Cast
Lead in 2008.
Ever since Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was deposed last year, the
Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt has been open, allowing
sophisticated weapons to pass through from Egypt to Gaza. In
addition, it's now possible for Hamas to send suicide bombers through
the Rafah crossing into Israel via Egypt's Sinai. It appears likely
that both sides will escalate the war in the days to come.
Al-Resalah (Gaza) and Al-Jazeera
U.N. security council and Arab League plan emergency sessions
At Egypt's request, the United Nations Security Council is meeting in
closed emergency session on Wednesday evening to discuss the Israeli
air strikes on Gaza. The Arab League has condemned Israel, and will
be meeting on Saturday. Reuters
Europe-wide anti-austerity marches turn violent in Spain and Portugal
Millions of people across Europe took part on Wednesday in a mostly
peaceful general strike called by organized labor. However, in Lisbon
Portugal, the marches ended with a level of violence not seen since
the financial crisis began, with police charging demonstrators who
hurled stones and bottles. Riot police used rubber bullets to
disperse violent protesters in Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. In
Rome, scuffles broke out between police in riot gear and demonstrators
who threw stones, bottles and fireworks. Reuters
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