Israeli Extremists Prepare Gaza War

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In Germany, according to historian Richard Evans, in 1931-1932, if enough Germans of conscience had begun to say No -- history would have had an entirely diferent outcome.

If we go any further down this road the tears will be those of conservatives as well as progressives. They will be (Israeli) tears.

The time for weeping has to stop; the time for confronting must begin.

Israel sounds out world opinion on large-scale ground incursion into Gaza

www.chinaview.cn 2008-03-01 17:33:31 Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Relations

JERUSALEM, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Israel has been trying to sound out the world reaction over its large-scale ground incursion into Gaza while it intensified strikes on Gaza during the past few days.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday spoke over phone with international Quartet Middle East Envoy Tony Blair and Egyptian Intelligence Minister Omar Suliman and impressed upon them that Israel would no longer be able to tolerate the current situation.

(Remember, that Israel is fully responsible for the "current situation". After failing to overthrow Hamas in their failed Coup attempt, Israel further tightened its measures of Collective Punishment on Gaza, long before the media took a momentary interest. When they did this, their own defense staff warned that these illegal measures, which are War Crimes, would provoke rocket attacks. Before the Annapolis Conference, Israel had already plotted a massive attack on Gaza, and it would now appear that provoking these rockets and softening up the Strip were all designed with that end in mind.

This is all being done, of course, to prevent an honest peace process to take place, which would not only end Zionism's expansionist war to wipe Palestine off the map, but would also force Israel to give back much of what it has stolen. The Israeli people are willing to make such 'sacrifices' in the name of peace, but the Extremists at the helm are not.)

Holding Hamas responsible for the current escalating violence in Gaza, Barak said the Gaza violence is the consequence of the rocket attacks on southern Israel.

(Which is the consequence of Israel's rejection of the democratically-elected Government of the Palestinians, and the illegal measures imposed on Gaza as a result.)

"An Israeli response is necessary and will be carried out," Barak was quoted by local daily Ha'aretz as saying during a visit to the southern port city of Ashkelon which is witnessing intensive rocket attacks from Gaza.

(This is not a 'response'. It has been planned for months, perhaps years.)

Escalating rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza have prompted the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to intensify its aerial onslaught on the Hamas-ruled coastal strip during the past days.

(No they haven't. The plot against Gaza, Israel being ruled by violent Extremists, and the willingness of corrupt Governments to Appease them, has.)

Israeli aircraft have waged dozens of strikes on numerous targets since Wednesday morning, killing dozens Palestinians.

(How many? Note the number is always given when an Israeli is killed, yet no mention is made of the number of Palestinians, including a horrific nuimber of children, that have been murdered by Israel. How many rockets, bombs, and missiles have Israel fired into Gaza?)

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni also seemed to be preparing the world for an intensified Israeli action, telling visiting Lithuanian Foreign Minister Petras Vaitiekunas Thursday that the international community should "respect" all actions that Israel takes to protect its citizens, according to local daily Jerusalem Post.

(That's the problem. Israel hasn't done anything to protect its citizens, and in fact, it has done the exact opposite, provoking violence so that it can perpetuate its expansionist war while maintaining an illusion that it is not the Aggressor.)

Moreover, Israeli Foreign Ministry instructed its representatives abroad to inform those nations they stay a standpoint that Israel has never intended to return to Gaza since it left Gaza in 2005, but the continuation of rocket attacks left no alternative choice for Israel.

(However, the evidence contradicts this LIE. Friends don't lie to friends, and that is what Israel is doing when it tells foreign Governments this. Israel's Extremists, who are now in control of the country, always rejected this move, and planned to attack and possibly reoccupy Gaza ever since.)

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert also said Wednesday during his visit to Japan that there is a war going on in the south of Israel and the Gaza Strip.

(A war that European Zionism started decades ago, and never ended ...)

"No one in Hamas, neither among the low ranks nor among the senior ranks, will be immune against that war," Olmert said.

(And if the Israeli political class is targeted ... ?)

Barak has said on Thursday that Israel must prepare for a further escalation of the tensions and would not be afraid of launching a large-scale ground offensive into Gaza to put an end to the continuous rocket attacks.

Israeli deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai was quoted by Israel Army Radio on Friday as saying that a large-scale military operation in Gaza is "unavoidable" in a bid to bring a halt to the rocket attacks on Israel.

(The rockets which are a reaction to Israel's policy of rejecting peace.)

Over the past few days, IDF has positioned an artillery battery near the Gaza border, and dozens of tanks have assembled in an area north of Gaza, local daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Friday.

Ha'aretz on Thursday quoted Israeli military sources as saying that IDF would complete its preparations for a major ground offensive in Gaza.

(The IDF announced months ago that these preparations had already been completed.)

But the sources acknowledged that the final decision on a large-scale offensive, which is in the hands of Israeli government, has not yet been made.

Israeli military analysts say that as Ashkelon becomes a permanent target of Hamas rocket attacks, an Israeli ground offensive is becoming inevitable and likely to occur sooner rather than later.

The goals of such a ground operation, reportedly in the planning stages for weeks if not months, would not "merely" be to reduce the threat of rocket fire and rocket manufacturing in Gaza, but would also likely entail paralyzing the Hamas government's ability to operate and even include "regime change," Israeli defense sources were quoted by Yedioth Ahronoth as saying.

(Which, of course, was the plan all along. Remember, that's a violation of International Law. Not that Israel recognizes such a thing ...)

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/01/content_7697121.htm

Translation: Israel is "selling" a war against an impoverished people who have been starved of food, fuel, clean water, and work. They can barely bury their dead hygienically.

This siege of Gaza has, essentially, "softened up the population" to make killing them that much more easy.

And this is precisely the outcome the Israeli government wants.

Laying groundwork for Gaza war

Berlin first stop in Israeli effort to obtain international backing ahead of Gaza operation

Roni Sofer Published: 02.14.08, 17:35 / Israel Opinion

Olmert, Livni and Barak know that Israel’s public relations apparatus is currently facing a problem. The Western world, which maintained its support for Israel’s right to act against the rocket attacks from Gaza employed by Hamas and its associates, is inclined to criticize the Jewish State over the Gaza siege and economic sanctions.

(Collective Punishment is a War Crime. The rockets that Israel is trying to use to justify attacks it planned long before Annapolis have been provoked by its imposition of Collective Punishment, its War Crimes. Its own defence staff warned that when these illegal measures were increased months ago, that this policy would provoke such a response.)

Israel’s stock is dropping, reaching the point of a condemnation by British foreign secretary David Miliband last weekend. The concern is growing in light of the possibility that Israel will need to embark on a wide-scale military operation in Gaza early in spring.

(It doesn't 'need' to do this, and therein lies the rub. Israel's ruling Extremists simply reject any notion of ending its war to wipe Palestine off the map, especially if it involves partaking in a 'peace process' it can't control, one which would force Israel to give back much of what it has stolen, as demanded by international Law and UN Security Council Resolutions.)

Olmert is reading the international map and he knows what Israel has planned should the Qassam fire continue. Together with Livni and Barak, they postpone the decision to embark on major Gaza operation every week. Yet the three of them know that it is impossible to go on with a situation whereby civilians are subjected to Qassam barrages and a game of Palestinian roulette.

(But the facts that Israel's attacks on Gaza have doubled since Annapolis, as has the murder of Palestinian civilians during these attacks, and the severity of Israel's War Crimes in Gaza are apparently inconsequential. Israel is wholly responsible for this 'crisis', one which could quickly be averted if they truly wanted this to happen.)

In closed-door sessions, Olmert’s people make it clear that should Israel decide on a wide-scale operation, it would need international room for maneuver. It needs support that would be similar to what Israel enjoyed in the last war in Lebanon. This will enable Israel to complete an effective military operation and also, if necessary, would facilitate the involvement of a UN-mandated multinational force in order to prevent the emergence of a new Gaza vacuum.

(The only UN force needed is one to seperate the Israelis from the Palestinians, and to enforce the many Security Council Resolutions Israel is currently in violation of.)

Grand diplomatic campaign

Berlin, which is undecided on the prospects of a major Israeli operation, was a good place to start. On the one hand there is Chancellor Merkel there, who was convinced of the need to back Israel’s actions – ranging from continued civilian sanctions to expanded military operations. On the other hand, there is German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Merkel’s coalition partner, who does not automatically back everything Israel says.

(Appeasement doesn't work. Haven't we learned that by now? If you allow Israel this murderous rampage, where does it end?)

Olmert presented to the German administration the distress faced by Sderot and Gaza-region residents, pointed to Hamas-Iran ties, and warned that fundamentalist terrorism has no boundaries. This public relations work was apparently useful.

(But that's all it is; empty PR. The attack which has been planned for months would make the abject suffering of Gazans immeasurably worse.)

Now, officials at the Prime Minister’s Office are expecting the grand campaign to start.

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Livni took 70 foreign diplomats to see a 15-second film, about the 15 seconds that Sderot residents have in order to find a shelter from the exploding Qassams. Now she traveled to Washington, where she will meet her counterpart Condoleezza Rice, who is expected to arrive here next month. In the meeting Livni will discuss the intolerable situation in the south.

(Immorality breeds contradiction. Nothing the residents of Sderot have to 'endure' because of their Government's rejection of peace even approaches the suffering endured, the terror felt, by the people of Gaza.)

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Barak traveled to Turkey, and spoke about the need to safeguard southern residents even before promoting negotiations on the establishment of a Palestinian state. Other ministers will travel worldwide, while our ambassadors will work hard.

(He means to say 'instead of', not 'even before' ...)

Berlin came first, as a harbinger of what the political leadership in Jerusalem wishes to achieve internationally, ahead of the hot summer in Gaza.

www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3506777,00.html

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ALERT: Annapolis a Charade: Israeli Extremists Plotting Massive Aggression

In Germany, according to historian Richard Evans, in 1931-1932, if enough Germans of conscience had begun to say No -- history would have had an entirely diferent outcome.

If we go any further down this road the tears will be those of conservatives as well as progressives. They will be (Israeli) tears.

The time for weeping has to stop; the time for confronting must begin.

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Let Israel defend herself

International Law and Gaza: The Assault on Israel's Right to Self-Defense

By reading this article, you will learn about real International Law, not International Law rhetoric that is shoved down our throats by palestinian supporters and college slacker Rachel Corrie wannabees. From The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. An excerpt:

International law authorizes Israel to initiate military countermeasures in Gaza. If Gaza is seen as having independent sovereignty, Israel's use of force is permissible on the grounds of self-defense. If Gaza is seen as lacking any independent sovereignty, Israel's use of military force is permissible as in other non-international conflicts.

The rule of "distinction" includes elements of intent and expected result: so long as one aims at legitimate targets, the rule of distinction permits the attack, even if there will be collateral damage to civilians. The rule of "proportionality" also relies upon intent. If Israel plans a strike without expecting excessive collateral damage, the rule of proportionality permits it. Israeli attacks to date have abided by the rules of distinction and proportionality.

Israel's imposition of economic sanctions on the Gaza Strip is a perfectly legal means of responding to Palestinian attacks. Since Israel is under no legal obligation to engage in trade of fuel or anything else with Gaza, or to maintain open borders, it may withhold commercial items and seal its borders at its discretion.

The bar on collective punishment forbids the imposition of criminal-type penalties to individuals or groups on the basis of another's guilt. None of Israel's actions involve the imposition of criminal-type penalties.

There is no legal basis for maintaining that Gaza is occupied territory. The Fourth Geneva Convention refers to territory as occupied where the territory is of a state party to the convention and the occupier "exercises the functions of government" in the territory. Gaza is not territory of another state party to the convention and Israel does not exercise the functions of government in the territory.

The fighting in Gaza has been characterized by the extensive commission of war crimes, acts of terrorism and acts of genocide by Palestinians, while Israeli countermeasures have conformed with the requirements of international law. International law requires states to take measures to bring Palestinian war criminals and terrorists to justice, to prevent and punish Palestinian genocidal efforts, and to block the funding of Palestinian terrorist groups and those complicit with them.