Sunday, July 09, 2006

Kassams, Victory, and the IDF didn't get the memo

Those harmless Kassams fall on Sderot again reports the Jerusalem Post:
Two Kassam rockets fell on Sderot on Friday afternoon. One of the Kassams fell in the city's central market, wounding seven. Three people were hit by shrapnel from the rocket, while four were in shock. Three of the wounded were evacuated to Barzilai Hospital.

Of course, Israeli suffering is inconsequential…..

Kuwaitis break ranks and exercise critical thinking skills and the Jerusalem Post carries this account of an opinion piece from the heart of the Arab that does not blame the Joos for the current plight of the Palestinian people.
The Hamas leadership was taken to task in an op-ed piece published Saturday in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Watan, Israel Radio reported. The author, Fuad al Hashen, wrote that Hamas bore full responsibility for the recent IDF incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Hamas continued to fire rockets at Israel after Israel voluntarily withdrew from Gaza, al Hashen continued. Therefore, Israel's decision to shell Gaza was "natural." Al Hashen called on leaders in the Hamas movement to concern themselves with rebuilding Gaza and address the real issues for the Palestinian people. "Then the 'Summer Rain' will stop falling," he wrote.

Too true, too true. Now we need someone to send a memo to Syd Ryan. But the Kuwaitis are not the only Arabs breaking ranks. Iraqis are thinking too. Check out this post at Iraq the Model (h/t Israellycool)

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas sends envoys to meet with exiled Hamas leader Mashaal in Syria.

I have been waiting for this and now it has come. Ynet is carrying a report that Israel reserve soldiers have been called to active duty.
The IDF announced at the outset of Israel’s offensive in Gaza that it was not limited in time, and on Friday army reserve soldiers were called in to join the effort: Ynet has learned that Chief of Staff Dan Halutz signed an emergency order last Thursday permitting the immediate recruitment of a limited number of reserve soldiers to support units participating in the operation.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz added his signature on Friday, and liaison officers promptly began placing calls to reservists, ordering them to report for duty starting next week.

Gaza is going to be a long haul. But then again, maybe not as Hamas is claiming victory reports the Jersualem Post:
Hamas's military wing, Izzadin al-Kassam announced in a press conference in Beit Lahiya Saturday evening that its fighters "have defeated the Israeli army." IDF troops began pulling out of northern Gaza late Friday night and Saturday morning following military operations there.

During the press conference, the masked Hamas operatives also presented army-issued identification cards belonging to IDF troops. The cards were apparently left behind accidentally by the soldiers due to the intense fighting there.

I am starting to wonder if Palestinian denial has a genetic component. Meanwhile, the defeated Zionists forces continue fighting in the south.

Ha’aretz is carrying the last poll report on the Israeli peace partners:
A sizable majority of Palestinians support the continued kidnappings of Israelis as well as persistent Qassam rocket fire as a means to pressure Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, according to a new poll commissioned by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center, the results of which were released Sunday.

Of the 1,197 respondents from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, 66.8 percent expressed support for further kidnappings of Israeli civilians while 77.2 percent backed the Kerem Shalom tunnel operation and subsequent kidnapping of Israel Defense Forces Corporal Gilad Shalit.

Nonetheless, just 47.7 percent of those polled said they believed the Shalit affair would end positively for the Palestinian side.

The report goes on to say that 60% of those Palestinians polled support the continued Kassam rocket fire into Israel. Hamas suppport is up while Fatah approval rates dropped to 32.2%

The convention wisdom of the pundits justified the Hamas electoral victory in the Palestinian elections by suggesting the majority of Palestinians were not voting for Hamas so much as against the innate corruption of Fatah, and while I won’t completely dismiss that argument, I would suggest that it was not the main reason the Palestinian public voted overwhelming for Hamas. Hamas had established better terrorist creds in recent years and the Palestinians do seem to be inordinately fond of those who practice terror as a means of political discourse.

The chief Iranian nutbar is at it again reports Arutz Sheva. When a United Nation’s member state calls for destruction of another UN member state isn’t there some kind of protocol that calls for penalties and/or sanctions to be issued against the offending state? Oh, I forget. It doesn’t count if the state threatened is Israel.

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