Israel Bombs Gaza June 27, 2006Posted by Sobek in News.
Israel has begun massing tanks along the Gaza border, and they have launched at least one airstrike, destroying a bridge to prevent kidnappers from moving hostage Gilad Shalit. My understanding is that Israel is also moving military units up to Golan in preparation for an invasion of Syria.
“Earlier, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said that “the clock is running out, and Israel is poised and ready for a military operation in the Gaza Strip.”
“We are ready for a long and assertive operation. We will fight terror and we won’t negotiate with the kidnappers,” Olmert told the Knesset.
Condi Rice, meanwhile, asked the Israelis to try diplomacy first (link goes to ash-Sharq al-Awsat, which notes the U.S. position in paragraph 3. BBC, meanwhile, puts it as the sub-headline). Um, I thought the reason we all liked her was because she was such a hard-liner. What’s with this “negotiate with terrorists” crap?
“Israeli military officials said a limited operation has been authorized for southern Gaza, aimed at ‘terrorist infrastructure.'”
Another bridge goes down. Also, Palestinian militants are amassing in northern Gaza, and Egypt has moved its troops to the Palestinian border to prevent an influx of refugees.
Three bridges, according to the Ha-Aretz news ticker. Also from that site:
“In northern Gaza, Palestinians blocked roads with dirt and barbed wire Tuesday morning, anticipating a military operation. Militants wielding automatic rifles and anti-tank rockets patrolled the streets as tensions hit their highest along the frontier since Israel quit Gaza nearly a year ago.“We are ready to confront any stupid act that the Zionists might commit,” said Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas’ military wing.”
Related?:The Palis may have kidnapped another person, a civilian named Eliyahu Asheri. And as Ace and Tim observe, it might not be such a good idea to “mass” in one place when you’re completely exposed to aircraft fire. Just sayin’. (Update within an Update: An Israeli body has been found in Ramallah; speculation that it’s Asheri).
Also of note is that Allah, like most of the sources I’ve seen, says Israeli tanks are “on the move.” The IDF denies that the tanks have crossed into Gaza, and they’ve been massed on the border since Sunday, so I think that to the extent they are “on the move,” they are only moving around for better positioning, rather than actively invading.
Could also be a feint to keep Pali eyes looking in the wrong direction.
Via Allah (who tips Rusty Shackleford, whose site is still down), Syria is moving troops to protect Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal, who lives in Damascus.
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