The Israel Hamas war - it was inevitable

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The Israel Hamas war - it was inevitable

This war has been a long time coming, its not something just thought up on the spur of the moment.

Hamas have been using the ceasefire to rearm and train fighters to attack Israel. That is why they canceled the ceasefire, because they were ready to go, Israel just beat them to it and preempted the situation. 90% of the people killed were in uniform. They targeted the supply bases and the headquarters of the Hamas military, and took out the tunnels and some underground supply dumps.

What Israel is doing / are doing is to swiftly take out the military and political structure of Hamas. Fatah have been behind the planning of this attack and have provided intel to pinpoint the targets.

On the 9th January Fatah's president will finish his tenure, Hamas were preparing to install their own leader as the representative of the Palestinian people. Obviously Fatah, Israel and even the US didn't want that to happen. No country can accept Hamas as representative of the Palestinians, with its written goals of destroying Israel, what sort of peace partner can that be?

The next stage will be for Israel to take out the massive complex of tunnels that are underneath Gaza itself and where Hamas keep their weapon dumps and fighters.

This has to happen, either it happens this way, where Israel takes out its enemies one by one, or it would happen with a coordinated attacks by Hezbollah and Hamas and maybe Syria against Israel in the near future.

After clearing its southern flank, Israel can concentrate on its northern borders where it will encounter far harder opponents well equipped with Russian made weapons.

Israel has learned from its mistakes in Lebanon, these surgical strikes are as good as anything America has done in Iraq.

Why has there been such silence from the rest of the arab world over this? Hamas are hated and feared as being backed by Iran. Everyone is happy to see this threat removed from the political map. Hamas have just requested Norway's assistance in securing a truce with Israel. Norway refused.

Pretty blunt assessment of the standing Hamas has in the West.

By netchicken: posted on 29-12-2008

Remember earlier this year Israel bought a whole lot of bunker busting missiles?

I guess that we now see what they had in mind with them.
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The planners of the Israeli air offensive turned Monday to "second-tier" targets, such as Hamas' political offices and wings of the Islamic University in Gaza City, after its high-profile leaders went into hiding in the underground bunker network designed by an Iranian general deep under the surface of the Gaza Strip.

They can only be dug out by special forces and armored units on the ground.

The crucial battle of Gaza is therefore still to come, as indicated by Israel's deputy chief of staff Maj. Gen. Israel Harel, when he warned Monday that the hardest part of the campaign is still ahead.

Here is the deal from earlier this year

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The US Department of Defense has notified Congress of a potential sale to Israel of 1,000 smart bombs capable of penetrating underground bunkers, which would likely be used in the event of a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

The notification to Congress was made over the weekend by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the branch of the Pentagon responsible for evaluating foreign military sales. Congress has 30 days to object to the deal.

The deal is valued at $77 million and the principal contractor would be Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.

The bomb Israel wants is the GBU-39, developed in recent years by the US as a small-diameter bomb for low-cost, high-precision and low-collateral damage strikes.

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By netchicken: posted on 30-12-2008

Good article on the war - Israel is justified

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THE scale and ferocity of the onslaught on Gaza have been shocking, and the television images of civilian suffering wrench the heart. But however deplorable, Israelís resort to military means to silence the rockets of Hamas should have been no surprise. This war has been a long time in the making.

Since Israel evacuated its soldiers and settlers from the Gaza Strip three years ago, Palestinian groups in Gaza have fired thousands of rudimentary rockets and mortar bombs across the border, killing very few people but disrupting normal life in a swathe of southern Israel.

They fired almost 300 between December 19th, when Hamas ignored Egyptís entreaties and decided not to renew a six-month truce, and December 27th, when Israel started its bombing campaign (see article). To that extent, Israel is right to say it was provoked.
By netchicken: posted on 1-1-2009

Yet another reason why the war had to happen. Hamas missiles can target dimona the nuclear research facility in Israel. That means Dimona has always been in the target range and could have been attacked any time. This makes it more important that the threat is removed.

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There were growing fears in Israel last night that Hamas missiles could threaten its top-secret nuclear facility at Dimona.

Rocket attacks from Gaza have forced Israelis to flee in ever greater numbers and military chiefs have been shaken by the size and sophistication of the militant groupís arsenal.

In Beersheba, until a few days ago a sleepy desert town in southern Israel, there is little sign of the 186,000 inhabitants. Schools are closed and the streets of shuttered shops echo with the howl of sirens warning of incoming rockets.

Israeli officials say that Hamas has also acquired dozens of Iranian-made Fajr-3 missiles with an even longer range. Many fear that as the group acquires ever more sophisticated weaponry it is only a matter of time before the nuclear installation at Dimona, 20 miles east of Beersheba, falls within its sights. Dimona houses Israelís only nuclear reactor and is believed to be where it stores warheads for its nuclear missiles
By netchicken: posted on 2-1-2009

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