Hamas continues attacks, E.U. tells Israel not to cut fuel

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Hamas continues attacks, E.U. tells Israel not to cut fuel

This takes some real cajones, if you ask me.
Iran (and Hezbollah, which is a creation of Iran) is training and supplying Hamas, so that they are better trained and equipped to attack Israel. Ten's of tons of explosives have been smuggled into Gaza. Islamists work tirelessly to create tunnel networks. missile batteries and motar groups are organized, as well as infantry units.

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Hamas is trying to establish a bunker system as well as fortified rocket-launching and surveillance positions along the security fence with the Gaza Strip, Brig.-Gen. Moshe (Chico) Tamir, head of the Gaza Division, said Monday.

Tamir said that Hamas was "building an army" in the Gaza Strip and had obtained unprecedented capabilities through smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. On Monday, head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Yuval Diskin said that since Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, the Palestinians have smuggled over 112 tons of explosives into the Strip.

"They are trying to dig tunnels, build surveillance positions and mortar-fire stations along the fence," Tamir told reporters during a briefing concerning the death of IDF reservist Ehud Efrati during clashes with Hamas gunmen early Monday morning. "They are trying to build this up and we are trying to stop them."

Tamir said that Hamas was studying Israeli tactics during the IDF's daily operations along the fence and was trying to use this knowledge in its fighting methods.

"This is ongoing warfare and as such there is also a simultaneous brain war taking place," he said. "We are always studying what we do and modifying our tactics. They are trying to study us and to be wise with that knowledge."

Tamir said that for the IDF's current purposes there was no point in expanding the operations deeper into Gaza. He also said that while the IDF was working to reduce the Kassam fire from Gaza there was no perfect solution.


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The casualties Israel has suffered during offensive operations in the Gaza Strip- three dead in the past three months - hint at a troubling trend: The Israel Defense Forces' tactical advantage over Hamas in Gaza is shrinking.

In recent months, the IDF has conducted operations in Gaza on a nearly daily basis. The area of operations is limited: no more than three kilometers from the fence - an area the army likes to call the "security zone." However, this means that there are regular clashes with forward divisions of Hamas, which also often uses other Palestinian organizations as auxiliaries. The IDF operations are meant to push the militants further away from Israeli territory in an effort to prevent them from crossing into Israel, digging tunnels or carrying out other offensive operations, such as attempting to abduct soldiers, firing mortars and laying roadside bombs.

But Hamas has not taken these IDF efforts lying down. In order to reduce the freedom of operation of IDF units, Hamas sets up ambushes when they enter the Gaza Strip and also when they leave it.

Until recently, it was obvious who was winning this confrontation. The IDF has an enormous advantage in terms of firepower, observation, control of the air, armored vehicles and troop training. Dozens of IDF operations in the strip following the abduction of Gilad Shalit in the summer of 2006resulted in hundreds of Palestinian dead. During that period, the IDF suffered one dead soldier, killed by friendly fire.


Hamas was elected by the population, knowing that it is a terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of innocent people. It is made up of Palestinians, just as is the other terrorist organizations that work with Hamas. That is to say, the Arab Palestinians are responsible for the war against Israel, just as was the German people of World War Two.

Once again, the enemy surrounds Israel, this time it slyly uses non-state entities to be the enemy. This confuses the feces out of the West; it hasn't a clue how to respond to that. Western thinking demands a nation state at which to direct war. Just look at how the U.S. is muddling through the so-called "War on Terror".

Still, though it is a bit confusing to the West, it takes some gall to tell Israel it had better not cut off fuel supplies to the enemy.

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The European Union cautioned Israel on Monday against imposing "collective punishment" against the 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by cutting of delivery of fuel supplies to the territory.

The protest came one day after Israel began reducing fuel supplies as part of a new sanctions policy in what Israel says is a response to Palestinian rocket fire on Israeli towns from the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave.

"I think collective punishment is never a solution," Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU's commissioner for external relations, told reporters in Jerusalem.

She said she would raise the issue in meetings with Israeli leaders during her visit.


Benita might want to raise the issue, but I suggest the little dingbat offer some productive solutions to the problem as well. The solutions should be solutions that she would use if her own country was being attacked.

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By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 30-10-2007

Hmmm ... "collective punishment" is hardly an accurate defense when, as you said, the people voted Hamas into power based on their exhortations to kill Israelis.

However I think Israel will easily gain the upper hand when the next war arises, after all its only a small sandpit Hamas have to play in and easily observed and monitored. Some nicely placed bombs will clean them out.

Although this strategy didn't work with Hezbollah, they had far more freedom to construct defenses than Hamas do.

I wonder if they could 'weaken' the petrol, partly remove the active ingredients to make it less efficient. That would force Gaza to import more petrol, and therefore Israel could refuse to allow it and just maintain the petrol flow at current levels refusing to increase it.
By netchicken: posted on 30-10-2007

Netty, you are one sneaky Kiwi! That is an excellent idea and I hope some Israeli folks have thought of that or are reading this!

As far as winning the next war, they could certainly win the next war if they did it my way, but they won't. All human life is counted as very valuable to the Israelis and, for some reason, they go out of their way to not kill Arab Palestinians.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 30-10-2007








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