Israeli Airstrike “Dec 2008”


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  1. The Plot
    As soon as the six-month ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended, and with Hamas refusing to lay down their weapons and resuming their attacks on Israeli civilians, it was plain that Israel was being invited, if not provoked into, an operation. Hamas knowing fully well that tens of thousands of Israeli children, women and men within range of their deadly Kassam rockets, public opinion would demand action to protect those in the line of fire.

    On Friday, Hamas militants in Gaza killed two Palestinian schoolgirls when Kassam rocket aimed at Israeli targets misfired and slammed into a Palestinian’s house in southern Israel. That tragedy underlined the rocket crews’ utter disregard for civilian lives, Palestinian or Israeli. In response, Israel has called time on these assaults, dealing a serious blow to Hamas’s infrastructure.

    Reactions from the around the world on the Israel –Hamas attacks

    Barrack Obama
    “If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that,” Mr. Obama. “And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”
    He also said Hamas is not a state. Hamas is a terrorist organization; we (The US) must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction. We should only sit down with Hamas if they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist and abide by past agreements.”

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a statement that said: “The United States strongly condemns the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and holds Hamas responsible for breaking the cease-fire and for the renewal of violence in Gaza.

    President Nicolas Sarkozy of France condemned “the irresponsible provocations by Hamas that led to this situation”

    Gordon D. Johndroe, a White House spokesman, said that Hamas, the group that controls Gaza, was responsible for the outbreak of violence and called its rocket attacks “completely unacceptable. These people are nothing but thugs,” he said. “Israel is going to defend its people against terrorists like Hamas.”

    “The one who needs to be condemned by the international community is Hamas,” Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.” “Israel is a state that implements its right to defend itself and its citizens in southern Israel.”

    B’nai B’rith International President Joel S. Kaplan charged, “Anyone who thinks that Hamas is willing to change — or that it is even capable of changing — or who believes that Hamas understands the responsibilities inherent in governing, is simply thinking irrationally.”

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