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Israelis Launch Ground Offensive In Gaza

From an outraged Associated Press:

Israeli ground forces enter Gaza in escalation

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and JASON KEYSER

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli tanks and troops launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Saturday night with officials saying they expected a lengthy fight with Hamas militants in the densely populated territory after eight days of punishing airstrikes failed to halt rocket attacks on Israel.

Hamas vowed that Gaza would be a "graveyard" for Israelis forces.

"This will not be easy and it will not be short," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said soon after the ground invasion began.

The incursion was preceded by several hours of heavy artillery fire after dark, igniting flames in the night sky. Machine gun fire rattled as bright tracer rounds flashed through the darkness and the crash of hundreds of shells sent up streaks of fire.

Artillery fired illuminating rounds, sending streaks of bright light drifting down over Gaza’s densely packed neighborhoods. Gunbattles could be heard, as troops crossed the border into Gaza, marching single file. They were backed by helicopter gunships and tanks.

Israeli security officials said the objective is not to reoccupy Gaza. The depth and intensity of the ground operation will depend on parallel diplomatic efforts, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media…

Before the ground incursion began, heavy Israeli artillery fire hit east of Gaza City in locations were Hamas fighters were deployed. The artillery shells were apparently intended to detonate Hamas explosive devices and mines planted along the border area before troops marched in.

"Gaza will not be paved with flowers for you, it will be paved with fire and hell," Hamas warned Israeli forces. Spokesman Ismail Radwan said in a televised speech Gaza will "become a graveyard" for Israeli soldiers.

A text message sent by Hamas’ military wing, Izzedine al-Qassam, said "the Zionists started approaching the trap which our fighters prepared for them." Hamas said it also broadcast a Hebrew message on Israeli military radio frequencies promising to kill and kidnap the Israeli soldiers.

"Be prepared for a unique surprise, you will be either killed or kidnapped and will suffer mental illness from the horrors we will show you," the message said.

Hamas has also threatened to resume suicide attacks inside Israel.

Hamas has long prepared for Israel’s invasion, digging tunnels and rigging some areas with explosives. At the start of the offensive, Israeli artillery hit some of the border areas, apparently to detonate hidden explosives.

The Israeli government said tens of thousands of reserve soldiers are being mobilized as the offensive in Gaza widens. Before the ground incursion began, defense officials said about 10,000 Israeli soldiers had massed along the border in recent days…

Good luck to them.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

30 Responses to “Israelis Launch Ground Offensive In Gaza”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    “Israeli ground forces enter Gaza in escalation”

    GOOD!!!

  2. 1sttofight says:

    Kill anything that moves all the way to the sea and burn the bodies.

  3. NC Cop says:

    I believe that Hamas has made a SERIOUS miscalculation this time. They expected the Israelis to react, which they did, then they expected an outcry from the world, which did, then they expected the Israelis to withdrawal in shame, which they did NOT.

    I believe Israel is out to deal with Hamas once and for all.

    God bless them.

  4. 1sttofight says:

    Gaza could just be distraction from Israels real target.
    I hope I am not speaking out of school here.

  5. cjokry says:

    Hamas has also threatened to resume suicide attacks inside Israel.

    In other words, they’re saying “If you don’t stop kicking our heinys in this here war, we’re going to have to KILL OURSELVES!!!” It must suck to be descended from the people who submitted to Islam at sword point, while going to war (repeatedly) with the descendants of those who did not.

  6. proreason says:

    Obamy, man of a million words, has none on this topic:

    “As the clock ticks down to Barack Obama’s inauguration, the US president-elect has kept silent on the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its latest deadly turn in the Gaza Strip.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=090103214058.23r7czam&show_article=1

    It’s hard to imagine this guy taking action on anything that doesn’t involve confiscating taxpayer money or transferring it to his deadbeat pals.

    Has he ever ever actually DONE anything except run for office?

    • 1sttofight says:

      Apparently he had sex with Michelle, something that is waaay beyond my courage.

    • NC Cop says:

      Proreason, we covered that in the election, for goodness sake. He was a community organizer, remember!!!!! He is, without question, able to run the free world.

    • pinandpuller says:

      Tony Rezco has offered to build condos in Gaza in lieu of community service.

  7. Steve says:

    The fighting between Israel and Hamas is really the war against terrorism in microcosm.

  8. NC Cop says:

    I remember watching a news pundit talking before the Gulf War in 1991. He said something to the effect of “The Arabs haven’t won a major war since the Crusades, they really need to find another way at solving problems!”

    Priceless!!!!!!!

  9. greasywrench says:

    Israel has shown time and time again in their short history as a Nation/State they are not to be screwed with once they put their minds to getting the job done.

    God willing, this time they will accomplish the job that should have been finished two years ago. It looks like Hamas has bit off way more than they can chew this time. Get the virgins ready Allah and the IDF will supply the dead terrorists.

  10. sheehanjihad says:

    The only thing islamic terrorists understand is unrelenting brute force. When faced with being killed wholesale, they gather as many women and children as they can around them, then point at Israel and scream murder.

    We should take a lesson from this, and realize once and for all that terror cannot be fought with ceasefires or peace accords…it only allows the terrorists to re arm and re group. They must be met with total annihilation without mercy, without world opinion meaning squat.

    If the world actually sympathized with the Palestinians, they would invite them to come live where they could be safe. As it is, NOBODY wants to have anything to do with them as a people, only as a political pawn and publicity after they are killed.

    The only country that has ever tried to live in peace with the Palestinians, is Israel. Go figure. Hamas hopefully will lose the bulk of their fighters in the next week. Then the bulk of their political wing. Then the rest of the damn pigs.

  11. BillK says:

    The truly interestng thing to watch will be to see if even Israel still possesses the will to fight a war to win rather than to be cowed by what liberals and the worldwide Press has to say.

    I’m sure on the Sunday shows the usual pundits will be painting this as “Israel’s Iraq” – a war with no prescribed end game and no clear way for them to “win.”

    So yes, SG, this is, in a very real way, Israel’s “war on terrorism.”

    It remains to be seen if they are better able and willing to prosecute it than we have been.

    That is in no way a reflection on our troops but rather of the media and Bush’s willingness to be influenced by it.

    We all know the press will be full of pictures of “innocent” Gaza residents hurt by “ruthless” Israeli troops.

    Tales of “atrocities” like an Israeli soldier stepped on a Quran.

    Pundits will say that Hamas’ suicide bomber threats proves that Israel’s actions will only “create more terrorists.”

    Any Hamas members Israel captures will of course need to be given room, board and three hot meals a day and civil trials in Israeli courts.

    Let’s also not forget the inevitable stories about how Israel brought it all on themselves – stories AP and Reuters have already been running for weeks.

    But how will Israel’s leaders respond? More importantly, how will their population?

    Given their country today, don’t for a minute believe the reaction of their citizens will be different than ours – they have a far left too. Many articles have mentioned that the citizens of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv – especially the youth – have philosophies more like those of the average resident of Los Angeles or New York than of the historical Israeli.

    We will now see if that’s actually true, and if it is, this war may see the end of Israel after all if it is shown they no longer do have the will to fight to defend themselves.

    • sheehanjihad says:

      Who was it that said, if Hamas lays down their weapons there would be no war, but if Israel lays down their weapons, there will be no Israel. It’s the stark truth.

  12. USpace says:

    .
    Hamas are evil garbage, they must be eliminated. Then, if the rest of the ‘Palestinians’ really want peace they can give up their dream of destroying Israel, if not, they will never have peace.

    Israel must destroy as much of Hamas as possible before the MSM and the idiots and ignorants whine loud enough for them to stop. They must only quit when they are ready.

    For EVERY missile shot into Israel at least ONE missile should be returned to the area as close as possible to the shooter. Tit for tat. Every single missile should be returned. Period. Treat them like adults, if they kill, they will be killed. If they send missiles, they will receive them. That is the only way they will learn. Screw public opinion, force them to see the truth, or let them be damned.
    .
    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    hope your kids grow up

    to strap bombs on babies
    to kill other children

    .
    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    form a terrorist country

    then wish to be destroyed
    by committing acts of war

    .
    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    blame your failings on the Jews

    for a few more thousand years
    they are Earth’s scapegoats

    .
    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    give Israel away

    to appease her enemies
    dishonor America
    .
    All real freedom starts with freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech there can be no real freedom.
    .
    Philosophy of Liberty Cartoon
    .
    Help Stop Terrorism Today!
    .
    USpace

    :)
    .

  13. artboyusa says:

    “UNDER FIRE” starring ABU ‘n’ TARIQ, the Angry Muslim Brothers!

    “That was close” commented Abu, as the bunker rocked and dust drifted slowly down from the ceiling.

    “You say that every time” muttered Tariq. “What are you, scared or something?”

    “Since you mention it, my brother, yes”.

    “You little faggot. You submissive bedmate of Crusaders and Jews, you…”

    “Abuse me all you want, Tariq. Its all your fault we’re in this mess anyway”.

    “All my fault? Curse you to the undying flames of eternal Hell, how is it all my fault?”

    “Remember? ‘Let’s join Hamas’ you said. ‘Let’s go to Gaza and be freedom fighters’ you said. ‘It’ll be fun’ you said. Now look at us, cowering here under Jew shellfire, waiting for death”.

    “Coward! We do not fear death! We love death as the infidels love life! We shall be holy martyrs and live forever in Paradise!”

    “Speak for yourself, jerk…hey, that was close”.

    “Look Abu, who knew that the Jew devils would violate the first rule of modern warfare, which is that the democracies must always fight with one hand and both feet tied behind their backs? Who saw that one coming?”

    “It is true that the Jew is clever. But what about our wise leadership? They got us into this”.

    “They are only luring the Jews into a deadly trap – honest! And besides, the synthetic outrage of the world community will soon, inshallah, force the Jews and their Yankee puppetmasters to withdraw. Bianca Jagger is most upset, I am told, as are countless other top celebrities”.

    “By the beard of the Prophet (PBUH) I truly want to believe you, Tariq but…hey, that was REALLY close…”

    Tune in tomorrow for more from ABU ‘n’ TARIQ, the Angry Muslim Brothers (unless the IDF gets them first).

  14. beautyofreason says:

    Best wishes, Israel!

    The hypocrisy of Hamas sympathizers never ceases to amaze me. It is Hamas who deliberately targets civilians. Its leaders have been quoted that they want to “bathe in the blood of Jews.” Their schools prance their toddlers in suicide vests, rifles, swords, and lest we forget, the Koran. The Hamas Charter wants to turn every inch of Israel into an Islamic theocracy, kick out / kill all non-Muslims, and rejects nonviolent methods of peacemaking. For Hamas a ceasefire is free time to build up an arsenal of missiles directed at the average Jewish civilian.

    So forgive me for not throwing a pity party for Hamas and their liberal / terrorist sympathizers. Half of them would wise up if their own country were attacked from within.

  15. Chinnubie says:

    What is retarded that nobody has mentioned in the MSM is the simple fact that if HAMAS would just stop sending suicide bombers and flinging rockets into Israeli apartment bulidings the fighting would stop. Of course that is just way too simple, or if some muslim country like Iran or Egypt or Jordan just give Palestine a chunk of land to call their own, but these other God fearing countries for some reason or another, can’t find it in their hearts to do something nice for other muslims in need.

    That is what I don’t understand why doesn’t Palestine fight against some of the other countries denying their existence just as badly as Israel. These people don’t have a problem killing one another if they feel it is the right thing to do for their own wants & needs!! Why not blow up a bus in downtown Cairo, because Egypt continues to deny them Palestinian existence. Now that makes sense, doesn’t it?!?!?

    • big spike says:

      i keep hearing the talking heads complaining along the lines of “Israel has rejected a cease fire”, but not a single mention that Hamas will not agree to any cease fire, and is instead calling for more rockets, more suicide morons, more death…i guess the MSM and the other useful idiots on the left would prefer a unilateral cease fire; in which Israel just accepts the rocket fire and suicide bombings…

  16. Absolutely correct. This is a microcosm of the larger war on terror.

    Hamas recently decided to institute shari’a law in the land it governs. I say – to all the cities where major anti-Israel protests have been held – we send Hamas leaders to replace respective city councils and mayors. Let Hamas institute shari’a law in, say, San Francisco and see if the tune of the left doesn’t change.

    For I am convinced the only way they’ll get it is to see a cadre of their peacenik friends rounded up and executed, and they’re too thick to realize we’re trying to stop that from happening.

  17. Barbie says:

    Where is our dear president-select in all of this?

  18. joeblough says:

    The jihaddis know that they can’t stand against a modern army.

    They’re betting their whole campaign on the notion that the rest of the world has no will to resist them, and will fold in the face of persistent intimidation, lawfare and random murder.

    They are watching the world’s responses to Israel right now very carefully.

  19. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The world’s response to the Israeli ground offensive is typical. Notice that it’s mostly the lefties condemning Israel’s latest offensive. Idiots. What was Israel supposed to do? Just stand there and keep letting it happen. They’ve reached their breaking point and now, hopefully they’ll do it right this time. You can only win wars decisively by entering the enemies’ territory and completely destroying his capacity to wage war on you. To paraphrase the late General George Patton: “You win the war by making the other bastard die for his country.”

  20. artboyusa says:

    “UNDER FIRE: Part Two” starring ABU ‘n’ TARIQ, the Angry Muslim Brothers!

    “Oops, sorry” mumbled Abu. “Must’ve been something I ate”.

    “Oh phew” said Tariq, fanning his face with one hand. “Go outside if you’re going to do that. We’re not barbarians, you know” he remarked, going back to the beheading video he was watching on his mobile.

    “I’d happily go outside just to get away from you, my brother, if that didn’t mean getting blown to pieces by the artillery of the Jews”.

    “Coward! Oh you cowardly quivering coward. You make me sick. Getting blown to pieces is our short cut to eternal Paradise!”

    “Yeah, well. Look, Tariq – no one wants to see the ocean’s waves foaming with Jew blood or the scourge of Israel burned away with atomic fire than I do but…”

    “There you go again; always with the moderate stance, you comfort loving invert”.

    “But I can’t pretend to myself that this thing is going too well…” the bunker shook and more dust drifted slowly down from the ceiling. “See? They’re getting closer”.

    “Closer, schmoser – check this out” said Tariq, holding up his phone. “See? The world is aflame with protest at this unwarranted Israeli aggression. Dig all this synthetic outrage – great, huh?”

    “Hmmm…who are those infidel whores?”

    “That whore there is Bianca Jagger. And the other one is Annie Lennox. They lent their famous names to the chorus of protest at the big demo in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday”.

    “Annie who?”

    “Annie Lennox. She was in The Eurythmics. They topped the charts in the 80s with “Sweet Dreams”, remember?”

    “Not exactly, no”.

    “’Sweet dreams are made of these, who am I to disagree…’ sang Tariq. “That’s how it went”.

    “And that was a hit? You amaze me. Who’s that fat infidel? He looks like an angry pig.”

    “George Galloway. He’s the one who made all that money from the Oil for Food thing. He says in his book that he came to love Iraq like a man loves a woman”.

    “Like OJ loved Nicole, you mean”.

    “Maybe. I can’t say any more because he’s famously litigious. He says the police jostled him at the demonstration”.

    “Poor little piggy” said Abu, as the bunker rocked again and again. “So what else is going on?”

    “Well, the BBC is saying that our hospitals lack the proper equipment to care for all the wounded”.

    “True enough. It is a curious thing, is it not, that with all the millions we get in aid money, none of it ever seems to get spent on hospitals or roads or on getting rid of that reservoir of human shit we have down the road but we always have plenty of rockets and stuff. Where does the money go?”

    “Geneva, I think. For safe keeping. You ask too many questions, Abu. Look here, millions of dollars more are flowing in from Islamic ‘charities’ around the world”.

    “Flowing in where? I haven’t seen any of it”.

    “Buck up, my brother. The whole world is behind us and besides, our wise leadership is drawing the Jews into a deadly trap – soon the jaws will close!”

    “And we’re the teeth? Lucky us.”

    “Bitch, bitch bitch. It’s always something with you”.

    Join us tomorrow for the action drenched conclusion of “UNDER FIRE”!

  21. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Maybe its time to get your house in order.


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