Mid-East Conflict

The unrest in the Middle-East focuses on the civil struggle between the government of Israel and its Palestinian people who want to establish a separate Palestinian state. Most of the Arab and/or Islamic nations in the area are also involved. The United States, the U.N., the European Union, and even Russia are all trying to broker peace in the region.

The current wave of violence could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to more serious war. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between these nations, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for yet another war, such as the one predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (Many good Bible teachers think that war is more likely at the end of the Tribulation, but it does not correspond exactly to the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it will most likely correspond to the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6.

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

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Hezbollah May Attack Israel

Dec. 7, 2009 - Letter to Clinton: Iran trying to distract world

Dozens of members of the US House of Representatives wrote a letter to US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton expressing concern about Iran's build-up of weapons in Israel and the failure of Lebannon and the U.N. forces on the border to stop the apparent preparations by Hezbollah for an attack against Israel. Such an attack would divert world attention from Iran's progress in development of nuclear weapons.

According to the letter's signatories, despite UN Resolution 1701, Hezbollah has managed to re-arm and increase its strength since the Second Lebanon War, and it now hold power within the Lebanese government as well.
The letter asks what the administration is doing to address blatant violations of the UN resolutions.
Source: Ynet


EU stance on Jerusalem harms peace talks

Dec. 1, 2009 - In early December officials of the European Union plan to issue a call for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to renew peace talks. They are expected to define the goal as "an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable state of Palestine, comprising the West Bank and Gaza and with East Jerusalem as its capital."

Israeli leadership says that this demand by the EU will impede progress toward peace.

Source: Haaretz


Abbas: Only solution is to declare Palestinian state

Nov. 17, 2009 - This week Palestinian officials announced their intention to ask the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas claims that the stalled peace process was the reason for their unilateral move.
"We feel we are in a very difficult situation," he was quoted as saying in Cairo after talks with Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak. "What is the solution for us? To remain suspended like this, not in peace? That is why I took this step."
The European Union and the U.S. have voiced opposition to the plan.
Source: Haaretz
EU says it is Not Time to Recognize Palestinian State - Voice of America
US says opposed to unilateral Palestinian state move - Washington TV
Egypt 'already recognizes' Palestinian state - Ma'an News

Palestinians seek UN endorsement of statehood

Nov. 16, 2009 - Palestinians may ask the United Nations to endorse an independent state without Israel's consent. Since the peace process has been stalled for a year, they are considering declaring their independence based on the pre-1967 borders with Israel, which would give them Gaza, the West Bank, and east Jerusalem as their capital.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the plan.

"There's no substitute to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and any unilateral path will only unravel the framework of agreements between us, and will only bring unilateral steps from Israel's side," he said.
Source: ABC
Obama green-lights Arab land grab - WorldNetDaily
Netanyahu Threatens to Retaliate if Palestinians Declare Statehood - Fox
'Unilateral PA steps will lead to unilateral Israeli moves' - BBC

Obama, Netanyahu discuss Mideast peace, Iran

Nov. 10, 2009 - An unpublicized meeting was held late on Monday between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reporters were not allowed in the Oval Office.
A White House statement after the one-hour, 40-minute session said the two leaders discussed “how to move forward on Middle East peace” and also spoke about Iran and security issues, reports Reuters.
President Obama reportedly reaffirmed Washington’s “strong commitment to Israel’s security.”
Source: WashingntonTV
News blackout on PM, Obama meeting - Jerusalem Post
Secret Obama deal for Palestinian state? - WorldNetDaily

Israeli PM heads to U.S. under threat of Palestinian statehood declaration

Nov. 9, 2009 - There are reports that President Obama and the United Nations would recognize a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence, returning to the 1967 borders.
The reports indicated that Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has reached a secret understanding with the Obama administration over U.S. recognition of an independent Palestinian state.
If this scenario would become a reality, Israeli presence in any of those areas would be considered an illegal incursion, and Palestinians would be entitled to engage in measures of self-defense.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington today to address the United Jewish Communities General Assembly. In the meanwhile, he has not received any assurance from the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama that the US would veto any such proposal

Source: Haaretz

Israel Navy chief: Hezbollah-bound Iran ship carried hundreds of tons of arms

Nov. 4, 2009 - The Israeli Navy seized a ship near Cyprus that was carrying hundreds of tons of weapons.
Israeli commandos seized the ship before dawn on Wednesday and defense officials said it had been carrying missiles and rockets bound for Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas, believed to have come from Iran.
Source: Haaretz

Netanyahu: No peace until Palestinians accept Israel as Jewish state

Sept. 25, 2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will not agree to a Palestinian demand that Israel accept the 1967 borders as a condition for renewing peace negotiations. In addition, Netanyahu insisted that Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He said:
"I told Abu Mazen [Abbas] I believe peace hinges first on his readiness to stand before his people and say, 'We...are committed to recognizing Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people'."
Source: HaAretz

Israel, PA agreed to begin talks without preconditions

Sept. 22, 2009 - Today Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that Israel and the Palestinians have agreed that "the peace process has to be resumed as soon as possible with no preconditions."
Earlier, US President Barack Obama expressed a similar sentiment, emerging from bilateral meetings with both Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas vowing to move ahead with the diplomatic process.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Obama Expected to Moderate Meeting Between Netanyahu, Abbas

Aug. 31, 2009 - Israeli President Shimon Peres told FOX news reporters that that he believes President Obama will moderate a meeting in late September between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. It is hoped that the meeting will lead to reopening of peace negotiations. Hamas will not be included.
In order for that to happen, the Israelis will likely have to agree to suspend or halt settlement construction. Peres said that issue is still unresolved.
Source: FOX

US says resumption of Mideast peace talks closer

Aug. 25, 2009 - According to US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly, a meeting scheduled in London tomorrow between US peace envoy George Mitchell and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lay the groundwork for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume.
Source: YNet News
PM: Israel won't give up J'lem sovereignty - Jerusalem Post
Obama Plan: Temple Mount Under Arab-Muslim Sovereignty - Israel National News
Report: Obama on Brink of Deal for Mideast Peace Talks - Fox

Hamas: Head of Al-Qaida affiliate killed in Gaza

Aug. 15, 2009 - Abdel-Latif Moussa, the leader of Jund Ansar Allah, an Al-Qaida-inspired group in the Gaza Strip, was killed during a fierce gun battle with Hamas forces yesterday.

Ihab Ghussein, a Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman, said:

The so-called Moussa has committed suicide...killing a mediator who had been sent to him to persuade him and his followers to hand themselves over to the government,"
Source: HaAretz

Netanyahu downplays threat of war

Aug 12, 2009 - Visiting the Hatzerim Air Force Base, east of Beersheba, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu assured the troops that Israel is prepared for all emerging threats in the Middle East, including Hizbullah, and Iran's nuclear program, but there are "no winds of war blowing" along the northern border with Lebanon.
The prime minister's calming remarks came a day after he warned Lebanon that it would pay a heavy price if Hizbullah attacked Israel.

Concerns in Israel are that the Shi'ite group is planning an attack on Israeli targets abroad, particularly in Sinai.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Israelis warned not to go to Sinai

Aug. 12, 2009 - Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau has issued a warning against traveling to Sinai from now through the upcoming holidays in September.
The bureau stressed that "Hezbollah continues to accuse Israel of the death of Imad Mughniyeh, which increases threats of terror made by Hezbollah towards Israeli targets abroad".
Source: YNet

Netanyahu accepts limited Palestinian state

June 15, 2009 - Apparently giving in to pressure by President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday agreed that the creation of a limited Palestinian state could be considered, but it would have to be disarmed. He said:
"If we get this guarantee for demilitarization and necessary security arrangements for Israel, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, we will be willing in a real peace agreement to reach a solution ..."
Source: My Way

Netanyahu: Jerusalem will always be ours

May 22, 2009 - During a Jerusalem Day ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave assurances about the city's future.
"Unified Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem always has been and always will be ours and it will never be divided again," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the sounds of roaring applause.
He said that only Israeli sovereignty over the city would ensure the freedom of religion for the three faiths that consider it sacred.
Source:YNet News

Aide: Obama, Netanyahu to focus on Iran threat

May 18, 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington D.C. to meet with President Obama to discuss the development of a new road map for the Palestinian peace process and a new strategy on Iran. An aide to Netanyahu says that the most urgent issue is the threat posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions
"This is an existential matter," said National Security Council head Uzi Arad. "Iran is constantly advancing toward a nuclear capability, and joint efforts with the [Obama] administration to prevent this will be at the center of the discussion."
Source: Haaretz

Israel: U.S. will know before any Iran strike

May 15, 2009 - Following President Obama's demand that Israel not launch an attack on Iran without notifying the United States, Israel has promised to coordinate its moves on Iran with Washington.
The Bush administration also sent tough messages to Jerusalem a year ago, including a demand that it not strike Iran.
Source: Haaretz

Pope walks out after Muslim cleric accuses Israel of 'slaughter'

May 12, 2009 - On the first day of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Israel, He spoke at the Holocaust museum, and then at an interfaith conference held at the Notre Dame Church in East Jerusalem. At the interfaith conference, Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi, the head of the Palestinian Sharia court, appealed to the pope to help end what he called the "crimes of the Jewish state." He accused Israel of slaughtering women, children and senior citizens.

When the Pope was informed of the nature of the speech, he walked out of the conference. Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, decried the speech.

"Israel condemns these words of hatred uttered by the sheikh, who instead of fostering peace and coexistence chose to plant seeds of division and confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as between Jews, Muslims and Christians.”
Source: Haaretz

Pope in Israel Calls for Palestinian State

May 11, 2009 - After spending three days in Jordan, Pope Benedict XVI travelled to Israel where he called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian homeland.
In his first public comments upon arriving, Benedict urged Israelis and Palestinians to "explore every possible avenue" to resolve their differences.
Source: Fox

Jerusalem worried over breakdown of U.S.-Israel cooperation under Obama

May 9, 2009 - Israeli officials are concerned about the sharp decline in the coordination between Israel and the United States on security and state affairs since President Barack Obama entered the White House. There is much less consultation or coorination with Israel befor the U.S. makes important decisions and publicizes them.
The last incident was the statement of Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, calling on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The statement had not been coordinated with Israeli officials in charge of the nuclear issue and they heard it first from the media.
Source: Haaretz

Netanyahu: Peace talks can begin before PA recognizes Israel as Jewish

Apr. 21, 2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is willing to begin negotiations with the Palestinians without demanding they first recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
However, the sources added that Netanyahu would condition future developments for a peace settlement on this demand.
Source: Haaretz

'IAF readying swift strike on Iran'

Apr. 18, 2009 - If Israel is given the green light to strike Iran they plan to be ready in a matter of days or hours. An unnamed Israeli security official said,
"They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words."
Source: Jerusalem

Netanyahu: We won't accept another Hamastan

Apr. 17, 2009 - Meeting with US special envoy George Mitchell, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has no desire to rule the Palestinians. But he insists that the formation of a Palestinian state must not result in another Hamas-controlled entity that could threaten Jerusalem.
Source: YNet News

'Jerusalem should be capital for the Palestinians and Israel'

Apr. 10, 2009 - After a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband expressed his country's concern that the new Israeli government plans to demolish scores of Palestinian homes in an East Jerusalem.
"Jerusalem should be the capital of the Palestinians and Israel," Miliband added.

Jordan and the Palestinians insist that there would be no peace in the region before Israel quits East Jerusalem so as it become the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Source: Haaretz

Israel Prepares For War With Largest Ever Military Drill

Apr. 9, 2009 - Israel announced plans to hold the largest military exercise in its history in preparation for war with Iran and other rogue states. Israel's incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that dealing with Iran's threats is "a top priority" of his administration."
Source: Worthy News

Netanyahu to be 'partner for peace'

Apr. 8, 2009 - Israel's prime minister-designate said that his government will be "partner for peace" with the Palestinians.
"This means I will negotiate with the Palestinian Authority for peace," he said."I think that the Palestinians should understand that they have in our government a partner for peace, for security and for rapid economic development of the Palestinian economy."
Source: Good News Daily

Obama backs Saudi peace initiative

Apr. 3, 2009 - President Obama met with with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Thursday night. He affirmed his support for a Saudi peace plan for the Middle East.
The February 2002 initiative calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from all territories taken in the Six Day War, including east Jerusalem, and a "just settlement" to the Palestinian refugee crisis in exchange for normalizing ties with the Arab world.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Obama bows to Saudi king - Greeting called 'most unbecoming for president of the United States' - WorldNetDaily

Study: Israel may attack Iran nuclear sites with ballistic missiles

Mar. 18, 2009 - A new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., called "Study on a Possible Israeli Strike on Iran's Nuclear Development Facilities," says that Israel may use their Jericho III ballistic missiles to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. They calculate that 42 of these missiles could "severely damage or demolish" Iran's core nuclear sites at Natanz, Esfahan and Arak. Use of missiles instead of aircraft would solve some of the biggest obstacles: limits on fuel and ordnance, and perils to pilots. Jericho missiles are accurate within a range of a few dozen yards, and can carry 1,650 lbs. of conventional warheads.
Source: Haaretz

EU: Ties with Israel depend on its commitment to peace process

Mar. 17, 2009 - Israel's Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has made a preliminary coalition pact with the ultra-right Yisrael Beiteinu party. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana commented on the Israeli developments.
"We will be ready to do business as usual, normally with a government in Israel that is prepared to continue talking and working for a two-state solution. If that is not the case, the situation would be different."
Source: Haaretz

Israel Unity unlikely as sides refuse to budge

Mar. 16, 2009 - The Israeli government may be built on a narrow coalition with right-wing parties because it does not appear likely that Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Tzipi Livni's Kadima party can agree on the peace process.
"Without an agreement on the two-state solution and [the] Annapolis [process] - there will be no deal," Livni told Kadima ministers. "This is a fundamental choice Bibi must make - will he go with the Right, or with us?
Source: Jerusalem Post


Israel's Likud resists "two-state" commitment

Mar. 2, 2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is about to visit Israel, hoping to keep the planned two-state solution alive. But Silvan Shalom, an ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, said that the incoming prime minister will not commit Israel to the creation of a Palestinian state. Shalom did say that Netanyahu would engage in a dialogue with the Palestinians and expected to work closely with the Obama administration in the United States.
Source: Reuters

Bibi: 'A sane country doesn't give its capital to its enemies'

Feb. 3, 2009 - Likud chair Binyamin Netanyahu hopes to be elected Israel's Prime Minister for the second time on February 10. He promises to keep Jerusalem united if he is elected. Another candidate, Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, has reportedly agreed to give up portions of the city to the Palestinians.

Netanyahu said,

"We did not unite the city in order to divide it, and my government will maintain a united Jerusalem. A sane country does not give its capital to its enemies."
Source: Jerusalem Post

Israel Bombs Hamas Targets After Fresh Rocket Fire

Feb. 2, 2009 - At least seven Palestinian rockets and mortar shells were fired into Israel. Israel responded with bombing of an unoccupied police station and at least six tunnels used to smuggle weapons and goods from Egypt into the Gaza Strip. There were no reported deaths or injuries.
Source: Voice of America

Israeli strike hits southern Gaza

Jan. 27, 2009 - After a bomb attack near the Gaza border that killed one Israeli soldier, Israel responded with an air strike in the area.
A Hamas militant is reported to have been wounded in the air strike, in the southern town of Khan Younis.
Source: BBC
EU official: Hamas responsible for Gaza - Jerusalem Post
Top Hamas leader in first public appearance since Gaza war: We are victors - Haaretz

Obama Gives First TV Interview To Arabic Network

Jan. 27, 2009 - President Barack Obama granted his first formal television interview to the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya network. He said, "All too often the United States starts by dictating." He said we would be listening to them now.
"My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy," Obama said. "We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect."
Obama's envoy to the Middle East, George J. Mitchell, has begun an eight-day trip to the Mideast to talk to all the major parties involved.
Source: Fox

US envoy worries settlers

Jan. 26, 2009 - President Obama has appointed George Mitchell as US Mideast Envoy. The appointment is disappointing to Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan because Mitchell has previously voiced objection to allowing natural growth in West Bank settlements. He had served President Clinton in the same role.
"In the past, Mitchell made an indecent comparison between the war on terror and the settlements," the Yesha leader said.
Mitchell will visit the region next week. President Obama is eager to engage the issue of peace in the Mideast. He said, "It will be the policy of my administration to actively and aggressively seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as Israel and its Arab neighbors."
Source: YNet News

Israeli Officials: Troops to Leave Gaza Before Inauguration

Jan. 19, 2009 - On Saturday Israel declared its intention to implement a unilateral truce, and 12 hours later Hamas also ceased fire. Now Israel says they plan to have all of its troops out of the Gaza Strip before the inauguration of the new president in the US as long as violence does not re-ignite.
Source: Fox
Hamas to Abbas: End talks with Israel - Jerusalem Post

Israel's Cabinet to vote Saturday on unilateral Gaza truce

Jan. 17, 2009 - The Israeli cabinet will vote tonight on a unilateral cease-fire with Hamas.
The decision would mean Israel has put an end to the three-week-long Operation Cast Lead without an agreement with Hamas, relying instead on the support of the United States and Egypt in battling arms smuggling into Gaza.
An agreement was signed with the U.S. yesterday to obtain military and intelligence equipment, help, and training that will close Gaza's borders to arms smuggling.
Source: Haaretz

Hamas: We will not accept Israel cease-fire demands

Jan. 16, 2009 - According to Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, Hamas is still not willing to accept Israeli conditions for a cease-fire in Gaza. Meshal was at an emergency meeting of Arab leaders about the Gaza situation. He called on them to cut all ties with Israel.
However, Hamas is set to send a delegation to Cairo later on Friday to discuss Egyptian efforts to mediate a cease-fire in Gaza, a Hamas official told Al Jazeera television.
Source: Haaretz
Fatah cracks down on Hamas in W. Bank - Jerusalem Post

Hamas accepts cease-fire 'in principle'

Jan. 15, 2009 - After two days of intense talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo, Hamas announced that it has accepted the Egyptian cease-fire initiative "in principle."
Jerusalem had no formal response Wednesday. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were expected to discuss the developments at a meeting Wednesday night.
Source: Jerusalem Post

'Bin Laden' recording calls for holy war over Gaza conflict

Jan. 14, 2009 - A new audio tape aired on Islamist websites, supposedly from al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, asks all Muslims to launch a holy war against the Israeli offensive in Gaza. The voice tells Palestinians that Muslims sympathize with them. It also claims that the US is losing its dominant position in the world:
"God has bestowed us with the patience to continue the path of jihad for another seven years, and seven and seven … The question is, can America continue its war with us for several more decades to come? Reports and evidence would suggest otherwise."
Source: Guardian - UK

Egypt to Hamas: Sign truce or risk collapse of Gaza regime

Jan. 13, 2009 - Egyptian officials are exerting "fierce pressure" on a Hamas delegation in Cairo that they must accept its ceasefire proposal. If they do not, the Israeli Defense Force will enter the third phase of Operation Cast Lead, which Cairo said will be launched in the coming days, and will conclude only after Israeli forces enter Gaza City and destroy Hamas' rule there.
Source: YNet News
Iran warns Hamas not to accept truce - Jerusalem Post

'IDF has killed 400 Hamas operatives'

Jan. 12, 2009 - As the conflict continues in Gaza, Israel acknowledges that a little more than 900 Palestinians have been killed, but the vast majority of those have been Hamas operatives.
The IDF has determined that at least 400 of those killed are known Hamas operatives. The IDF further believes that among the remaining 500, at least half are Hamas operatives.
Source: Jerusalem Post
UN Human Rights Council votes to condemn Israel on Gaza op - Jerusalem Post
The false symmetry of UN Security Council Resolution 1860 - Jerusalem Post

Gaza Fighting Rages After U.N. Call for Cease-Fire

Jan. 10, 2009 - Israel and Hamas are both ignoring a U.N. resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire. Israel said the resolution was not practical, and Hamas continued to fire rockets.
The Israeli military said its aircraft attacked more than 40 targets throughout Gaza, striking 10 rocket-launching sites, weapons-storage facilities, smuggling tunnels, an anti-aircraft missile launcher and gunmen.
Source: Fox

Security Council approves truce resolution; US abstains

Jan. 9, 2009 - The United Nations Security Council has approved a Gaza Strip ceasefire resolution by a 14-0 margin. It calls for a complete ceasefire, after which Israel would withdraw its forces from Gaza. Hamas is not mentioned in the document.
The US abstained from voting because it wanted to see the outcome of Egyptian mediation efforts first, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said. Despite the abstention, Rice said the United States supported the contents of the resolution.
Source: YNet News
Olmert: UN resolution impractical - YNet News
Israel and Hamas Reject U.N. Truce, Intensify Attacks - Fox
Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas' - From Prophecy Central's Obama Watch
A formula for perpetual war - Commentary about Hamas by Hal Lindsey - WorldNetDaily

Israel Hit by Rockets From Lebanon, Conflict Widens

Jan. 8, 2009 - As the Gaza offensive continues, and the death toll nears 700, a new front may be opening from Lebanon on the north of Israel. At least three rockets were fired, and one of them struck a retirement home in Nahariya. It is not yet known who is responsible.
Two people were lightly injured, and the rockets that exploded in Israel's north raised the specter of renewed hostilities with Hezbollah, just 2 1/2 years after Israel battled the guerrilla group to a 34-day stalemate.
Israel responded by firing mortar shells into southern Lebanon. Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora condemned the attacks and Israel's response.
Source: Fox

Olmert: The sooner Israel can end its Gaza offensive, the better

Jan. 6, 2009 -
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Haaretz on Tuesday that Israel has no interest in a prolonged offensive on the Gaza Strip.
He explained that the goal was not to kill every terrorist, but to blockade the Philadelphi Route used by Hamas to smuggle weapons from Egypt, and to make the area peaceful. He said he was in contact with numerous world leaders working toward a diplomatic solution for the crisis.
Source: Haaretz

Israel Rains Fire on Gaza, Vows No Let-Up in Assault

Jan. 5, 2009 - Israeli forces seized three high-rise buildings on the outskirts of Gaza City and are prepared to send ground forces into the city if necessary. They have imployed impressive looking phosphorus shells that rain down burning globs of phospherous. The resulting smoke provides a smokescreen for activities on the ground.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the campaign would continue until Israel achieved "peace and tranquility" for residents of southern Israel, who continued to be bombarded by Palestinian rocket and mortar fire.
Hamas remains defiant, urging Palestinians to "crush" the invading Israeli forces and target Israeli civilians.

Diplomats and world leaders are heading to the area to discuss peaceful solutions to the problem. Since the beginning of the campaign on Dec. 27th, Gazans have reported 537 dead and nearly 2,000 wounded.

Source: Fox
Hamas confident of Gaza victory - Al Jazeera
Hamas delegation to visit Egypt Monday - Jerusalem Post
Lebanese Army raise alert fearing Hizbullah attacks - Jerusalem Post

US Blocks United Nations Action On Gaza

Jan. 4, 2009 - Arab nations demanded that the UN Security Council adopt a statement calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Alejandro Wolff, the US deputy ambassador to the UN said that Hamas was not willing to abide by last week's UN call to end violence.
Therefore, he said, a new statement at this time "would not be adhered to and would have no underpinning for success, would not do credit to the council."
Source: Jerusalem Post
Gov't: We have no intention to take over Gaza Strip - Jerusalem Post

Israeli Ground Forces Cross Border Into Gaza Strip

Jan. 3, 2009 - Israeli ground forces are moving into the northern Gaza Strip late Saturday night
Source: Fox

Soldiers exchange fire with Hamas gunmen inside Strip
A large number of troops from the Armored Corps, Engineering Corps and Infantry Corps entered the Gaza Strip to destroy Hamas infrastructure and to prevent rocket fire by taking control of launching pads.
The IDF spokesperson emphasized that "anyone who hides a terrorist or weapons in his house is considered a terrorist," adding that "the residents of Gaza are not the target of the operation."
Source: Jerusalem Post
Worldwide protests denounce Israel - Al Jazeera
Arabs Divided, Egypt Under Fire Over Gaza - Cybercast
EU delegation pushing for Gaza cease-fire - CNN
Mosab Hassan Yousef, The Son Of An Influential Hamas Leader, Admits What Jews Already Know; There Will Never Be Peace - Prophecy Central's Islam Section

Israel Soon May Send Troops Into Gaza Strip if Cease-fire Not Reached

Jan. 3, 2009 - After seven days of Israeli air attacks on Hamas militants, Israeli ground troops are in place on the border, and senior leadership in Israel has approved a ground invasion if a cease-fire agreement is not made soon.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is visiting the region next week, and President George W. Bush and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon both spoke in favor of an internationally monitored truce.
Source: Fox
Son of Hamas Leader Gives Glimpse Into Terror Organization - Fox
Hamas plans to defeat Israeli force with epic "last stand" at Gaza City - DEBKAfile
Muslims Around the World Protest Gaza Assault - NewsMax

Hamas Orders 'Day of Wrath' as Israel Strikes Homes

Jan 2, 2009 - After the killing of Hamas militant leader Nizar Rayan yesterday, Hamas ordered a "day of wrath" against Israel. Crowds were held in check by thousands of Israeli security personnel around annexed Arab east Jerusalem, and by Fatah-controlled police in the Gaza Strip.

Israel continued bombing the homes of Hamas operatives, but used a new military tactic to warn residents to evacuate first.

The military called at least some of the houses ahead of time to warn inhabitants of an impending attack. In some cases, it also fired a sound bomb to warn away civilians before flattening the homes with powerful missiles.
Details about yesterday's bombing of Nizar Rayan's home were released. All four of Rayan's wives and 10 of his children were killed in the attack. Ryan's home was being used to store missiles and other weapons.
Source: Fox
Source: Hezbollah studying whether to join Hamas fight - WorldNetDaily
Gaza ground invasion looks likely as weather clears - Telegraph - UK
Five Basic Arguments Against a Palestinian State - Paul Eidelberg - From K-House
Israel braced for Hamas response - BB

'IAF aircraft assassinates senior Hamas leader in Gaza'

Jan. 1, 2009 - Sheikh Nizar Ryan, a senior Hamas leader and cleric was killed by an Israeli bomb dropped by an F-16 fighter jet on his home in Jabaliyah.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Swarms of Locusts over Gaza

Jan. 1, 2009 - More than 50 Israel Air Force fighter jets began Operation Cast Lead against Hamas last Saturday flying in foursomes in unprecedented and astonishing synchronization.
The entire attack, during which 50 Hamas targets were hit, took exactly three minutes and 40 seconds.
Source: Jerusalem Post


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