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Raining Bombs in Gaza, as Negotiations “Close,” Says Egypt’s PM Minister

The U.S. and Britain on Sunday warned about the risks of Israel expanding its air assault on the Gaza Strip into a ground war, while vigorously defending the Jewish state’s right to protect itself against rocket attacks. [Associated Press]

Negotiations are going on as we speak and I hope we will reach something soon that will stop this violence and counter-violence. I think we are close, but the nature of this kind of negotiation [means] it is very difficult to predict. [UK Guardian]

AT LEAST we now have a standard. It’s the arm’s length style of killing spree. Bombs are okay, as are drones, but a ground war is becoming too expensive for leaders to comprehend.

“Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory,” President Barack Obama said at a news conference in Bangkok at the start of a three-nation visit to Asia. “If that can be accomplished without a ramping up of military activity in Gaza, that’s preferable,” Obama said. “It’s not just preferable for the people of Gaza. It’s also preferable for Israelis, because if Israeli troops are in Gaza, they’re much more at risk of incurring fatalities or being wounded.”

But over the weekend the real goal of the Israelis was revealed, which no one, including President Obama, should consider a right of Israel.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Israel’s operation in Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.” [Haaretz]

The status quo continues.

There are no leaders in Israel with any vision, so the 21st century continues much as the 20th has, with Palestinians being killed by the dozens, including three generations of one Palestinians family, while the world watches.

There hasn’t been a leader in the United States with any passion for peace in the Middle East since Yasser Arafat stiffed President Bill Clinton.

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8 Responses to Raining Bombs in Gaza, as Negotiations “Close,” Says Egypt’s PM Minister

  1. Jane Austen November 19, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Taylor – I can’t help but think that Netanyahu has an ulterior motive for this kind of assault and it involves the general election coming up in Israel in January, Iran and holding the US hostage to its promise to defend Israel at all costs. And I hope I’m way out on a limb on this one. But if Yishai’s statement that “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.” [Haaretz] is the real reason for this operation I see a very dark and sinister future ahead for the Middle East. Please tell me I’m wrong.

    • Taylor Marsh November 19, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      Everything PM Netanyahu does is attached to internal politics, but with the election approaching it becomes his only motive.

      It’s important to state that killing Jabari didn’t do anything for Israel & they had to know it wouldn’t, but instead would embolden the more militant factions beyond Hamas. It was completely counterproductive, which further supports your feelings.

  2. angels81 November 19, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Jane, I hate to say, but I’m afraid you are right. I also see very dark days ahead for the Middle East.

  3. Joyce Arnold November 19, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    A key, fundamental point you make, Taylor: lack of leadership in Israel and the U.S.

    • Taylor Marsh November 19, 2012 at 9:27 am #

      Pres. Obama has no taste for the long slog, especially with what he wants to do here at home. Whatever was “hoped” for through his presidency in the Middle East has evolved into bankruptcy. This latest statement is just lame.

  4. Jane Austen November 19, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Joyce – in all honesty, I wish someone, the US, would grow a pair, and just tell both Israel and the Palestinians this cannot go on.

  5. mjsmith November 19, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Bomb Iran? No. Bomb Gaza? Yes!

    By Pepe Escobar – OpEdNews Op Eds 11/16/2012

    http://tinyurl.com/cqvhs2p

    “Even if you’re itching to, you can’t bomb Iran because you don’t have the right bunker buster bombs and enough fighter jet refueling capability. And on top of it, re-elected US President Barack Obama has made it absolutely clear; the way forward is diplomacy, not bombs.”

    “So what is Bibi to do? Simple. Launch Operation Pillar of Cloud (then Pillar of Defense; see this priceless piece on the “divine” ramifications) against the only place on Earth the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) can raise hell and wreak havoc with total impunity and negligible “collateral damage”; the under-siege, illegally blockaded, collectively punished-to-death inhabitants of the open-air prison known as Gaza. ”

    “So why snuff out al-Jabari? Simple. Israel goes to the polls in January. Thus emerges Bibi’s political campaigning in full-action mode. Campaign motto: Let’s kill Palestinians. With such thrills on offer, any other Israeli political voice — even slightly dissenting — is drowned”

  6. TPAZ November 19, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Lists of the World’s largest defense budgets & World’s largest arms importers

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_industry

    You figure it out.

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