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Hamas Announces It Is Now In “Open War” With Israel

Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden

As expected, the escalation out of Gaza has been fast and furious with Al Arabiya reporting that the Hamas response to the operation that Israel has code named “Operation Pillar Of Cloud”, which an IDF spokesperson has clarified Israel is ready to escalate into a ground operation into Gaza if needed, is that “Hamas is now in open war” with Israel. Moments later the organization Islamic Jihad has unsurprisingly, chimed in: “Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences.” Stay tuned folks cause this may get very messy quickly. Now if only the US military wasn’t currently the functional equivalent of a grotesque reality gong show.

Straight from the IDF, which may be engaged in live tweeting a war for the first time in history:

All options are on the table. If necessary, the IDF is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza.

Some recent updates courtesy of Enduring America:

Israel/Palestine Describing Gaza as a “forward Iranian base”, IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai claims that Israel has struck 20 underground rocket launchers belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in an airstrike.

Israel/Palestine. Islamic Jihad responds unsuprisingly strongly to Israel’s attacks today. Reuters reports the organisation as saying:

Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences.

Israel/Syria. Earlier today, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu toured the occupied Golan Heights region. The Jerusalem Post reports that Barak told journalists that nearly all of the Syrian villages along the Israeli border are in the hands of rebels. Barak added that the IDF was closely monitoring “the painful crumbling of the Assad regime”.

Since Sunday, Israel has twice fired into Syria, claiming that it is responding to shells which have struck territory in the occupied Golan Heights. On Monday, the IDF claimed it had made “direct hits” on Syrian targets. Barak said today that the IDF is working to stop any Syrian fire crossing the border into Israel, “while making more wide-scale preparations for all developments”. He continued:

It’s very difficult to estimate what will be in Syria in the future, and we need to be alert and ready here, like in other areas.

We are determined to defend our land and our borders. We made that clear to the other side.

Israel-Palestine.. Citing Palestinian sources, Hareetz reports that Hamas military wing chief in Rafah, Raed al-Atar, has also been killed in IDF strike.

The Jerusalem Post also reports al-Atar’s death, citing Israel Radio.

Israel-Palestine. Charlotte Alfred, a journalist working for Ma’an News, an independent Palestinian news organization, has sent me the following comment.

Multiple airstrikes are ongoing across the Gaza Strip. Ahmad al-Jabari is Hamas’ most senior military leader. This is the most serious assassination of a Palestinian figure in years. Qassam [the military wing of Hamas] are furious. Just hours earlier [Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh] was expressing defiance that Israel’s assassination threats will amount to nothing.

Rockets — not much reported right now but they will come

There are already reports of rocket attacks against Israel – here are the last 3 updates from the IDF’s own liveblog, though the last update was about an hour ago:

4:30 PM: A rocket fired from Gaza hits the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

6:00 AM: A rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel.

2:10 AM: In response to rocket fire from Gaza, the Israeli Air Force targeted a weapon storage facility in the central Gaza Strip, as well as two launching sites in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel-Palestine. An Israel Defense Forces spokesman has put out a statement on the assassination of Hamas’s head of military operations Ahmed Jabari in central Gaza. Yoav Mordechai said, “The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations.”

Mordechai described Jabari as a man with “a lot of blood on his hands”, as he raised the prospect of more operation. Over the past 48 hours, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz reportedly approved a series of steps following border clashes and the exchanges of Israeli airstrikes and rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel.

“All options are open,” Mordechai said. “We are very determined to strike at terror organizations.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-14/hamas-announces-it-now-open-war-israel

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6 Responses to Hamas Announces It Is Now In “Open War” With Israel

  1. rd says:

    Jews cause anti-semitism.

  2. Paula says:

    I wonder if any of those “missing” 22,000 shoulder launched anti-aircraft missles, from Libya, made their way into Gaza?

  3. Whizerd67 says:

    U.S. troops better AWOL and mutiny and get the hell out of there within three weeks.
    Or they are gonna watch their families fight and die, from a computer monitor/satellite image paid for by the very entities they are taking orders from…the same ones that will be killing their families here.

    The top monopolistic bankers with too much ‘money’/Central banks and reserves need to be halted/frozen/dismantled/eradicated almost simultaneously with that too.

    Maybe a little more than three weeks…but not much more.

    ~Blessed Be to all~

  4. TranceAm says:

    Gosh what a coincedence it again is.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/10/us-soliders-arrive-israel-military-exercise.html
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    “JERUSALEM — More than 1,000 U.S. soldiers have begun to arrive in Israel for the largest-ever joint military exercise between the two nations to test their cooperation in the event of a large-scale missile attack against Israel.

    The three-week, $30-million war games are purely defensive in nature and unrelated to any specific regional threat, Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin said during a briefing with reporters Wednesday.

    Israel is particularly worried about recent turmoil and new threats in the region. Syria’s unrest is raising fears about the fate of its chemical weapons. Israel has threatened to launch a military attack against Iran’s purported nuclear weapons program. An Iranian-built unmanned spy drone sent by Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group was shot down over Israel last week.

    Militants in the Gaza Strip this week, for the first time, fired an antiaircraft missile against Israeli planes. Israeli officials believe that weapon and many more like it were smuggled into Gaza from Libya after the revolution in that country.

    But Franklin stressed that the exercise, which will include tests of U.S.-made Patriot and Aegis missile defense systems, had been planned for two years and was not intended to send any signal about possible upcoming military operations.

    The drill is “not there to send a message,” he said. ”
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    One week after iSraels defenses have been hardened with Americans and their materials. and American defensive means have been implemented into the IDF, the iSraeli’s start their agressive forward deployed defenses towards their neighbours, and have the Americans actively involved to defend them if anything goes wrong and someone strikes back, with enough force to overwhelm the IDF, the Americans already so deeply involved, that they have to add troops to not only keep the defense pact, but also save their own troops.

    The drill is “not there to send a message,” he said.
    I think he was lying.

  5. Mark Schumacher - NV says:

    Sounds like the “Iron Dome” isn’t working so well. There goes billions more of American dollars.

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