Sunday, November 18, 2012

Newslinks: November 18th, 2012

"The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.                                                                              Only then will Israel be calm for forty years."
Interior Minister Eli Yishai
"The first and absolute condition for a truce is stopping all fire from Gaza."
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman


Arab League 'backs Gaza against aggression'.  Anyone surprised?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?
Six journalists injured after Israeli airstrike. The Foreign Press Association has condemned the strike. Two Turkish journalists have died, a Palestinian journalist lost his leg.  And this is causing some in the international media to ask if this is an attempt to hide what happens in Gaza from the world media.  And the IDF admitted they knew journalists were housed in those buildings but "They were not the target, the antennas on the building were as they're used by Hamas".  They had to know what the reaction would have been to this strike.   And of course, the IDF is blaming Hamas for using journalists as human shields. It's true, they were, but the people who kill the shields always are the ones who get the blame.
Arms With a Long Reach Help Hamas.  Now this, we can blame this on Iran.
Gaza hospitals face dire supply shortages.
Barak seeks NIS 750 million to speed delivery of Iron Dome systems.  Good. It is surprising and very good news seeing how well this system is working.
Morsi: There are indications of ceasefire.  Writing this at 9:46 pm Saturday evening.  I fully expect to have a story added after this that says something like "All of Israel and Palestine covered in Napalm".
No Links:  

  1. Israel's military has been urged to step up the attacks. (I think this covers the "Covered in napalm" thing.)
  2. Israel begins striking Hamas homes, willingly killing their families.  I'm sorry, but I'm considering IDF a terrorist organization just like Hamas.  The only real difference is Hamas and other organizations rockets aren't aimed very well, the IDF is nearly militarily omnipotent.  I realize that Hamas likes civilian casualties, and that is just as bad, but with Israel's technological advantage they could choose their targets with greater care.  They're trying to terrorize the Gazans just as Hamas (and others) are trying to terrorize the Israelis.  And terror does not work, it just radicalizes.
  3. France pushing for ceasefire as well.  Can't find if they're working with Egypt or are a second party.
  4. Al Qassam Brigades have begun shelling the settlement of Ofakim, 4 settlers seriously injured. Including a child.  They're also retaliating for the "Massacre against Ad-Dalo family," and shelling multiple Israeli sites and bases.
  5. BTW. Everyone knows that prior to the major Israeli strikes that various groups in Gaza had fired 250 rockets into Israel.  You know what preceded even that?  An Israeli strike that killed a 13 year old.  That led to the 250 rocket weekend, which led to the Israeli Airstrikes, which led to Rockets hitting Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, which will lead to napalm? 



Fake Venezuelan Olympians arrested for drug smuggling


Private Prison Company Allegedly Partnered With Violent Gangs To Save Money.  Not too surprising.  Corporations love saving money.  (Funny little thing: Corporate prisons end up costing the country more than government prisons).


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