The title of an Al-Jazeera article released on November 15, 2012 is “Gaza returns deadly rocket fire on Israel” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/11/2012111419500140191.html).
“Five Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes on Thursday morning (November 15, 2012), as militants shot around 250 rockets into Israel, killing three Israelis”.
“The latest violence raised the total number of Gazans killed by Israeli air strikes since Wednesday (November 14, 2012) to 15. At least 120 other residents of the coastal enclave have been injured, according to medics”.
“In the same period, Gaza rockets killed three Israelis and injured another five in a direct hit on a residential building in the southern town of Kiryat Malahi, said Israeli police”.
“The fighting began when Israel assassinated Ahmed al-Jabari, head of Hamas’ military wing, with an air strike on his car in Gaza on Wednesday (November 14, 2012). Jabari’s bodyguard and son were also killed in the strike”.
According to Israeli government spokeswoman Luba Samri, “We have three killed“, saying four other people were also injured in a “direct hit on a house” in the town, 30km north of the Gaza Strip”.
“Speaking on Wedneday night (November 14, 2012), hours after a major wave of air strikes pounded targets in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, Netanyahu vowed that Israel WOULD NOT TOLERATE any further rocket fire on its territory“. “In a televised address”, Netanyahu said: “Today, we SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE to Hamas and other terrorist organizations and IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY, we are prepared to EXPAND the operation“. This sounds like A THREAT. “Hamas and the terror organisations have chosen to ESCALATE their attacks on the citizens of Israel in recent days. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE a situation in which Israeli citizens are threatened by rocket fire“. Well, PALESTINIANS are “threatened by” ISRAELI TANKS.
According to Al Jazeera‘s Nadim Baba, “reporting from Gaza”, “In the last 30 seconds, there was another BIG blast. [The strikes] have been going on all evening. It is NOT JUST air strikes, but also strikes from Israeli naval ships just off the coast of Gaza”. “Baba said the streets of Gaza City on Wednesday evening (November 14, 2012) were “EERILY quiet, except for the sound of AMBULANCES. The latest from medical sources is that at least seven people have been killed, including two children and at least 60 people have been wounded, including ten children”. Notice how WOMEN ARE NOT listed here implying that women should DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE WITH THEIR LIVES and not just sit around.
“The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas headed by Jabari, issued a communique saying Israel had “opened the gates of HELL on itself” and Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said the strike was tantamount to a “declaration of WAR“.
“in a statement”, Barhum said: “The occupation committed a DANGEROUS crime and CROSSED ALL THE RED LINES, which is considered A DECLARATION OF WAR. The occupation will PAY DEARLY for this and WE WILL MAKE IT REGRET the moment they thought about it“. According to Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “We are continuing to hit Hamas targets and their missile sites, because we knew they would [be] responding immediately…Ultimately, we DID NOT want this round of fighting, (Instead) it was FORCED upon us“. Well, this is the ISRAELI INTERPRETATION (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “We WILL NOT allow Hamas to terrorize our civilian population. ALL THE OPTIONS ARE OPEN” including, of course, WAR. “Our MOST important goal is to PROTECT OUR PEOPLE. Hamas has DELIBERATELY TARGETED civilians. They DELIBERATELY use Gaza civilians as human shields, too“.
“Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, said the strike was only the beginning of an operation with the goals of strengthening Israel’s deterrence, damaging armed groups’ rocket-firing capabilities and stamping out attacks on southern Israel”. “Israel DOESN’T want a war, but the Hamas PROVOCATION of recent weeks, with recurring, frequent rounds of mortar and rockets fired at southern Israel, an explosive tunnel that was activated…and anti-tank fire at a jeep in Israel, FORCED us to act SHARPLY and DECISIVELY. We are at THE BEGINNING, NOT (the) END of this action“, “stressing the need to be “on high alert in Israel and (the) West Bank… It WON’T be a quick fix.. but WE’LL REACH (the) GOALS we set for this operation“. How can Barak be so SURE about this? He urged regional leaders to act “JUDICIOUSLY and WITH A COOL HEAD (?) to promote STABILITY and RETURN OF QUIET (?) and NOT to be DRAGGED TO THEIR DETERIORATION“. Who is “(acting) “judiciously and with a cool head” these days? Very few people and many areas ARE NOT “stable” and “quiet”, especially in the Middle East.
“Britain also urged restraint and Russia said it was “very concerned” about the escalation, while Washington said it was watching developments in Gaza “closely“.
Finally, “Israeli army spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said the operation, code named “Pillar of Defense“, had only just begun with the air force hitting “close to 20 targets” used for launching rockets, especially those with a range of 40km and causing “SIGNIFICANT damage“. Again this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
This is the latest tit-for-tat violence, the “force and pain technique” and “We think they made us mad; they think we made them mad and here we go” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).