Portions from Reuters News. 11-15-12
Yesterday Israeli forces killed the Hamas Military chief and Hamas has retaliated by firing missiles in to the Gaza Strip killing more than three people. Israel has launch attacks against various Hamas targets and has made it clear during the course of the day that they fully intend on defending themselves against the persistent attacks led by Hamas.
Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip targeted Tel Aviv on Thursday in the first attack on the Israeli capital city for the first time in twenty years. The attack resulted in the deaths of three Israeli citizens. In the latest air strikes, three people were killed when a missile hit their car in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli military also said it had carried out aerial attacks and had destroyed 70 unmanned missile launch sites.
Israel says its attack is in response to escalating missile strikes from Gaza. Israels bombing has not yet reached the saturation point seen before it last invaded Gaza in 2008. However, Israel officials have said that there is still the possibility of a ground assault.
Israeli police said three people died when a rocket struck a four-story apartment building in the town of Kiryat Malachi, 25km (15 miles) north of Gaza, the first Israeli fatalities of the latest conflict to hit the coastal region.
The United States meanwhile, has called upon Egypt and Turkey and other U.S. partners in the region to call upon Hamas and convince them to de-escalate military strikes against Israel. But Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, viewed by Hamas as an ally, led a chores of denunciation of Israeli strikes by Palestinian allies. Mursi’s prime minister, Hisham Kandil, will visit Gaza on Friday with other Egyptian officials in a show of support. Israel has promised that the delegation would come to no harm.
This show of force by Israel should be seen as a clear warning to Iraq who is developing Nuclear capability and warned that they might use it against Israel, and advocates running Israelis into the sea, that Israel is in fact serious when they say military action against Iraqi nuclear facilities is possible if Iraq does not stop its nuclear development. Israel had decided to await the U.S. election results before deciding action. Now that President Obama has been confirmed re-elected, and in as much that the United States current Foreign Policy does not settle as much on Israel but rather leans toward restraining other Mid-East neighbors from going after Israel, apparently feels that there is nothing holding them back from taking action to assure their own protection.
Currant U.S. Foreign Policy has not been as successful as we hoped for. The idea of instilling democracy in Mid-East nations like Egypt has failed because all it resulted in is the free election of radical Islamists. This creates a dangerous situation for Israel now that it is surrounded, if you will, by the enemy. The one area that I seriously differ with the president’s Mid-East Policy is the idea of catering to Islamic whims in order to reduce terrorist attacks, and their perception of The United States as the evil empire. president Obama has said to Israel, that we have their back side. Well, action speaks louder than words.
After watching powerless from the sidelines of the Arab Spring, Israel has been thrust to the center of a volatile new world new world. Israel, if history is any test, will not sit much longer on those sidelines awaiting results that might never come. So far all they see is that the so-called Arab Spring has elected radical Islamists to positions of authority which might result in even more attacks on Israel. That they will not stand for. And I have to concur. Israel has a right to defend her people.
In closing, it seems all the attention is on the Petraeus Scandal unfolding in Washington. But the real issue is on the other side of the world. It is there that we should all focus our attention.
That’s my point of view. I look forward to your insight on current events. Until then, have a great night, and as usual ………….God Bless America.