After the Israeli cabinet unanimously spurned a US-proposed ceasefire, they agreed to a partial pause of their attack on the Gaza Strip for 12 hours. The last “humanitarian ceasefire” Israel agreed to was followed immediately by a dramatic escalation of the war.
This time may be no different, as Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is warning troops to be prepared for a “significant expansion” of the ongoing invasion of Gaza “very soon.”
Israel has been pounding the strip for two weeks now, with the death toll soaring to over 1,047 Gazans killed, overwhelming civilians and roughly 24% of them children under the age of 18. Over 6,000 Gaza residents have been wounded.
On the Israeli side, by contrast, the deaths are almost exclusively among attacking soldiers, with 43 now reported killed overall, 40 of them soldiers. This includes the previously missing soldier, who Israeli military forces reported dead today.
Exactly what the goal of the 12-hour “pause” is remains unclear, though speculation is that the Gaza civilians, mostly trapped in their homes, will use the opportunity to stock up on food and water, to the extent relief agencies have been able to bring it in.
The World Food Program has reported bringing in emergency food aid for about 160,000 people, but with more than 200,000 people internally displaced, and virtually the entire economy of Gaza, a strip of well over 1 million people, ground to a halt by war, that barely puts a dent in the need.
11 thoughts on “Israel Preps ‘Significant Expansion’ of Gaza War: Over 1,040 Gazans Dead”
To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good… Ideology – that is what gives devildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors.
The United Nations Charter whose members all agreed to promote peace and prosperity in the world is a sham if it cannot be enforced (see: http://www.un.org/en/documents/charter/chapter1.s… ).
What good does the UN do if it continues to allow Israel to occupy, punish and slaughter the defenseless Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip? Israel must be expelled from UN membership; that's the least that can be done.
That would be a correct move to make.
Why doesn't ONE muslim country take their brothers in? They got plenty of land. What is the percentage of land that Israel has compared to the Middle East- 0.5%? Be honest and stop this demonization of Israel.
Are you serious! Try this for an analogy, YOUR house is under attack and you are trying to defend it with your family. Casualties are horiffic and there is no end in sight. The police won't do anything, the fire department won't do anything and your neighbors certainly won't do anything. A jackass jumps up and hollers " Why won't this man's family whom are living in other states take him in ! They have plenty of room". Stop lying to yourself and trying to lie to people who know better. Run your propaganda elsewhere.
What an idiotic statement – if someone came and stole your house and threw you into the street, how would you feel if some cretin simply said that your next of kin should take you in?
The Palestinians are the rightful owners of that land; the previous occupation force (the British Empire) had no right to give it to a bunch of Eastern Europeans in 1948 – and nor did the UN.
And before anyone blathers about how such-and-so was 'legal' because it was authorised by the UN… the situation that prevailed the day of the declaration of the State of Israel, was in violation of the terms under which the UN approved the partition.
(Also: relying on a legal imprimatur to provide moral cover for an ethical atrocity is a slippery slope: after all, everything that the Third Reich did was legal under German law at the time… )
Palestinians should stop agitating for a 2 state solution and face the reality that only a single state with one person one vote will allow them to prevail. Convert to Judaism if that is what it takes, Of the "chosen" will never accept this.
As a strategy your suggestion has merit – as I have said many a time, if the Palestinians get offered a 'one state solution' that covers the whole of Palestine, they ought to accept it and then simply out-breed the invaders.
But here's the thing: there is no way that the invaders would ever accept "one person one vote" in a one-state solution, because they know that demography would work against them from day 1 (the only segment of the invader population that reproduces at above-replacement rates, are the lunatic fringe – Chabad and the settlers – who are the least productive segments of society… the vast bulk of them are welfare recipients).
This is, to put it bluntly, the sole reason why the invaders oppose any 'right of return' for the rightful owners who were displaced by a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing in 1948.
Why doesn't someone take in all the psychotic bloodthirsty Zionists, and Give the Palestinians back their lands ?
As for Israel being demonized..if the shoe fits….if it walks like a duck…
So if we say we are cutting them off would they still unanimously spurn our cease fire proposal?
USA was built by Europeans white immigrants who didn't respect the natives and thought they were savages, the natives were forced to change their names and cloths, they were forced to learn Christianity and become a Christians, their land was confiscated and the white man calked himself civilized and later superior nations, the superb nations of the world, the best ever existed nation in man kind history, superpower and all other language of a mad man there is.
Israel and every other apartheid regimes in man kind history is built the same way by Jewish who don't and didn't respect their own people, the ones who helped Hitler for Hitler become a fascist entity of capitalism where he killed millions of working Jewish man and women providing for capitalism to become the Neo fascism of today. If there is a civilization nation, if there is a democracy calling itself a progressive movement, a democratic political party or a union civilized and independent, they should demand from their respective government to stop supporting yet another apartheid regime governing a fascistic system, as the European whit man did in South Africa and as Israel doing in Middle East. Simply, boycott Israel.
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