<blockquote>A <strong>Pillar of Fire</strong> was one of the manifestations of the presence of the <a title=”Yahweh” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahweh”>God of Israel</a> in the <a title=”Torah” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torah”>Torah</a>. According to <a title=”Book of Exodus” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Exodus”>Exodus</a>,<strong> the pillar of fire provided light so that the <a title=”Israelites” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israelites”>Israelites</a> could travel by night during <a title=”The Exodus” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exodus”>the Exodus</a> from <a title=”Egypt” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt”>Egypt</a> </strong>(circa the <a title=”Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighteenth_dynasty_of_Egypt”>18th Dynasty</a>; see <a title=”The Exodus” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Exodus#Dating”>dating of the Exodus</a>). The pillar of fire is traditionally paired with the <strong>manifestation of the <a title=”Shekhina” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shekhina”>divine presence</a></strong> by day as the <a title=”Pillar of Cloud (theophany)” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillar_of_Cloud_%28theophany%29″>Pillar of Cloud</a>. This was so they “could travel by day or night”</blockquote>
<li><a title=”Book of Exodus” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Exodus”>Exodus</a> 13:21-22. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and <strong><em>by night in a pillar of fire to give them light</em></strong>, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.</li>
<li>Exodus 14:24. <strong>During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the <em>pillar of fire</em> and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion.</strong></li>
<li><a title=”Book of Numbers” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Numbers”>Numbers</a> 14:14. And they will tell the inhabitants of this land about it. They have already heard that you, O LORD, are with these people and that you, O Lord, have been seen face to face, that your cloud stays over them, and that you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day <strong>and a <em>pillar of fire</em> by night.</strong></li>
<li><a title=”Deuteronomy” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuteronomy”>Deuteronomy</a> 1:33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.</li>
<li><a title=”Nehemiah” href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehemiah”>Nehemiah</a> 9:12. By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a <em>pillar of fire</em> to give them light on the way they were to take.</li>
<li>Nehemiah 9:19. “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the <em>pillar of fire</em> by night to shine on the way they were to take.</li>
<h2>Operation Pillar of Defense: Israel launches major air strikes on Gaza, killing military chief for Hamas</h2>
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<strong>November 15, 2012</strong> – <strong>GAZA</strong> — Israel on Wednesday launched one of the most ferocious assaults on Gaza since its invasion four years ago, hitting at least 20 targets in aerial attacks that killed the top military commander of Hamas, drew strong condemnation from Egypt and escalated the risks of a new war in the Middle East. The Israelis coupled the intensity of the airstrikes with the threat of another ground invasion and warnings to all Hamas leaders in Gaza to stay out of sight or risk the same fate as the Hamas military commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, who was killed in a pinpoint airstrike as he was traveling by car down a Gaza street. “We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a Twitter message. The ferocity of the airstrikes, which Israel called Operation “Pillar of Defense” in response to repeated rocket attacks by Gaza-based Palestinian militants, provoked rage in Gaza, where Hamas said the airstrikes amounted to war and promised a harsh response. It quickly launched dozens of rockets into southern Israel, including several that struck the city of Beersheba, shattering windows and damaging cars but causing no injuries. Civil-defense authorities in Israel, anticipating retaliation, raised alert levels early in the day and told residents in southern Israel to take precautions. Many remained indoors or congregated in bomb shelters. The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza said the Israeli attacks had killed at least five others besides Mr. Jabari, including a baby and a 7-year-old girl, and had wounded at least 40. The abrupt escalation in hostilities between Israel and Hamas, the militant organization regarded by Israel as a terrorist group sworn to Israel’s destruction, came amid rising tensions between Israel and all of its Arab neighbors. Israel has faced growing lawlessness on its border with the Sinai, including cross-border attacks. It recently fired twice into Syria, which is caught in a civil war, after munitions fell in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and it has absorbed rocket fire from Gaza, which has damaged homes and frightened the population. Israeli officials had promised a robust response to the rocket fire, but for the moment, at least, opted against a ground invasion and instead chose airstrikes and targeted killings. The Israeli attacks especially threatened to further complicate Israel’s fragile relations with Egypt, where the Islamist-led government of President Mohamed Morsi, reversing a policy of ousted predecessor Hosni Mubarak, had established closer ties with Hamas and had been acting as a mediator to restore calm between Israel and Gaza-based militant groups. In the first crisis in Israeli-Egyptian relations since Mr. Morsi came to power, he called the Israeli actions “wanton aggression on the Gaza Strip.” He ordered Egypt’s ambassador to Israel to return home, summoned the Israeli ambassador to protest, and called for emergency meetings of both the United Nations Security Council and the Arab League over the Gaza attacks. Egyptian state media said Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr had “warned Israel against the consequences of escalation and the negative reflections it may have on the security and stability of the region.”
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<h2 id=”watch-headline-title”>Israeli-Hamas conflict intensifies</h2>
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<h2>Gaza missiles fired at Tel Aviv</h2>
By Kevin Connolly <a href=”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20343183″ target=”_blank”>BBC News, Cairo</a>
<p id=”story_continues_1″><img src=”http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/64169000/jpg/_64169415_64169410.jpg” alt=”Egyptians chant slogans against latest Israel air strikes in Gaza during a protest in Cairo” width=”304″ height=”171″ />The patterns of the violence in Gaza and southern Israel are grimly familiar; the human cost troublingly high.</p>
But the diplomatic landscape of the Middle East has been dramatically transformed since the last time the fighting reached this pitch of intensity.
And that makes it hard to assess what the political fallout might ultimately be.
Israel will have factored the likely reaction in the Arab World and beyond into its calculation of the risks and rewards of killing the senior Hamas commander Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari.
But the events of the Arab Spring and, in particular, the election in Egypt of a president from the ranks of the same Muslim Brotherhood in which Hamas has its roots, mean that things have changed.
In the past, under the authoritarian leadership of Hosni Mubarak, the maintenance of Egypt’s partnership with the US was a top strategic priority.
<a href=”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20343183″ target=”_blank”>Full Article</a>
<h2>Threat of all-out war escalates as Israel, terrorists trade fire</h2>
11:33 am, November 15th, 2012</li>
<li>7:37 am, November 15th, 2012</li>
<li><a href=”http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/world/archives/2012/11/20121115-073709.html” target=”_blank”>Sun News Canada</a></li>
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SUN NEWS NETWORK
Dubbed “Operation Pillare of Defense”, the forceful Israeli response to terrorist rocket attacks from Gaza has escalated in its second day.
Israeli tanks, planes, and gunboats hammered suspected hositle positions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that Israel would no longer tolerate attacks on its southern towns and said he was ready to expand the operation if necessary.
Israel first launched a major offensive against Palestinian terrorists in Gaza on Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike. The military wing of Hamas has warned that the assassination has “opened the gates of hell.”
Dozens of Palestinian rockets rained down on Israel Thursday morning resulting in civilian casualties, and Israel continues to make airstrikes on terrorist targets, rendering the Gaza strip a live war zone. Three Israelis were confirmed dead as a result of Hamas rocket fire Thursday morning. According to Palestenian officials, four Palestenian civilians have died as a result of Israeli fire.
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird condemned the actions of Hamas and pledged Canadian support for Israel.
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<h2>There Will Be War In The Middle East</h2>
<a href=”http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/”>Economic Collapse</a>
Nov 15, 2012
The military action that we are watching in the Middle East right now is just a preview of coming attractions. Tensions in the region are rising with each passing day, and all sides have been anticipating future conflicts and preparing for war for decades. It would be wonderful if everyone could sit down, forgive each other and agree to quit fighting, but that is not going to happen. Most of us that live in the western world have a very difficult time understanding the mindset of those immersed in these conflicts. In the Middle East, there are vendettas and grudges that go back literally thousands of years. Children are raised in schools where they are taught to bitterly hate their enemies from the time that they are first able to speak. As Americans, we have forgiven former enemies such as Germany and Japan and we just expect that everyone else should be able to forgive as well. But that is simply not the way that it works over there, and there is no long-term solution in the Middle East that is going to be acceptable to all sides. Right now, Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria and Iran are all preparing for war. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail in this current crisis, but that will only delay the inevitable. There will be war in the Middle East. Yes, politicians such as Barack Obama will do their best to broker more “peace agreements”, but even the declaration of a “Palestinian state” will never stop the fighting. In fact, it would just set the stage for more war. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic about the region, but the truth is that there will be more war until it is not possible to fight any longer. Any “peace plan” will just be a pause in the warfare.
But hopefully the current crisis in the Middle East will not immediately erupt into a full-blown regional war. That would not be good for the global economy. In fact, that would not be good for anyone at all.
Here are some of the most recent developments…
-Hamas has launched dozens of rockets into Israel since Saturday. At one point, the IDF estimated that <a title=”at least 130 rockets” href=”http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/14/world/meast/gaza-israel-strike/index.html?hpt=hp_t1″ target=”_blank”>at least 130 rockets</a> had been fired from Gaza. Other estimates have put the number of rocket attacks <a title=”much higher.” href=”http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/11/14/israeli-airstrike-hamas-military-chief/1704159/” target=”_blank”>much higher.</a>
-In response, the IDF launched a military operation in Gaza on Wednesday. This involved the killing of the head of the military wing of Hamas, <a title=”Ahmed Jabari” href=”http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=291779″ target=”_blank”>Ahmed Jabari</a>, in an airstrike that was captured on video. You can see video of the airstrike<a title=”right here” href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6U2ZQ0EhN4&feature=youtu.be” target=”_blank”>right here</a>.
-The IDF also attacked <a title=”more than 20 underground rocket launchers” href=”http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=291779″ target=”_blank”>more than 20 underground rocket launchers</a> in Gaza. The goal was to stop them from launching more rockets into Israel. Apparently those rocket launchers were capable of hitting targets 25 miles over the border into Israel.
-In response to the Wednesday attacks by the IDF, a substantial number of rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel. The IDF says that the Iron Dome missile defense system was able to intercept <a title=”13 of the rockets” href=”http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/11/14/top-hamas-commander-reportedly-killed-in-israeli-airstrike/” target=”_blank”>13 of the rockets</a>.
-The IDF says that the military operations they conducted on Wednesday were part of a “<a title=”major offensive” href=”http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/11/14/israeli-airstrike-hamas-military-chief/1704159/” target=”_blank”>major offensive</a>” and that a ground attack may also be coming.
-”<a title=”Operation Pillar of Defense” href=”http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-palestinians-israel-hamas-idUSBRE8AD0WP20121114″ target=”_blank”>Operation Pillar of Defense</a>” is the code name that has been given to this campaign.
-The IDF is not taking any options off the table. The following is from a message posted <a title=”on the IDF Twitter account” href=”https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/statuses/268742393849860097?tw_i=268742393849860097&tw_e=details&tw_p=tweetembed” target=”_blank”>on the IDF Twitter account</a>…
<blockquote><em>“All options are on the table. If necessary, the IDF is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza.”</em></blockquote>
-In particular, the IDF is being very open about the fact that top Hamas leaders will be targeted. The following is from another message posted <a title=”on the IDF Twitter account” href=”https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/statuses/268780918209118208?tw_i=268780918209118208&tw_e=details&tw_p=tweetembed” target=”_blank”>on the IDF Twitter account</a>…
<blockquote><em>“We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.”</em></blockquote>
-The U.S. State Department has denounced Hamas for the rocket attacks against Israel and is saying that Israel has the right to self-defense.
-The military wing of Hamas says that Israel “<a title=”has opened the gates of hell.” href=”http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=291779″ target=”_blank”>has opened the gates of hell.</a>”
-One top Hamas official, <a title=”Khalil al-Haya” href=”http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/11/14/israeli-airstrike-hamas-military-chief/1704159/” target=”_blank”>Khalil al-Haya</a>, is very clear about what his goal is…
<blockquote><em>“The battle between us and the occupation is open and it will end only with the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem”</em></blockquote>
-<a title=”Islamic Jihad” href=”http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-14/hamas-announces-it-now-open-war-israel” target=”_blank”>Islamic Jihad</a> has released a statement that is very critical of the IDF attack on Wednesday…
<blockquote><em>“Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences.”</em></blockquote>
In Egypt, the head of the most important political party is warning that Egypt may have to get involved if the fighting continues. The following is from a <a title=”Breitbart report” href=”http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/14/Obama-silent-Egypt-Hamas” target=”_blank”>Breitbart report</a>…
<blockquote><em>Today, Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood – a party formerly headed by current President Mohammed Morsi – announced that Egypt would get involved if Israel continued to kill terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Such Israeli action, said the party, would prompt “swift Arab and international action to stop the massacres.” The party also warned that Israel “must take into account the changes in the Arab region and especially Egypt … [Egypt] will not allow the Palestinians to be subjected to Israeli aggression, as in the past.”</em></blockquote>
-Things also continue to get more tense with Syria. Israel has <a title=”fired tank shells” href=”http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=291470″ target=”_blank”>fired tank shells</a> into Syria twice since Sunday. They did this in response to Syrian shells which struck the Golan Heights. This marked the first time that Israel had fired tank shells into Syria <a title=”since the Yom Kippur War” href=”https://rt.com/news/israel-syria-mortar-fire-517/” target=”_blank”>since the Yom Kippur War</a> in 1973.
-Syrian rebels are receiving a massive influx of arms and assistance. The following is from a recent article <a title=”in the Washington Post” href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/syrian-rebels-get-influx-of-arms-with-gulf-neighbors-money-us-coordination/2012/05/15/gIQAds2TSU_story.html?wprss=rss_world” target=”_blank”>in the Washington Post</a>…
<blockquote><em>Syrian rebels battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Persian Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the United States, according to opposition activists and U.S. and foreign officials.</em>
<em>Obama administration officials emphasized that the United States is neither supplying nor funding the lethal material, which includes antitank weaponry. Instead, they said, the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.</em></blockquote>
-It is being reported that UK troops <a title=”may soon be deployed” href=”http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/uk-troops-may-be-sent-to-syrian-borders-8305055.html” target=”_blank”>may soon be deployed</a> to areas near the border with Syria.
-NATO <a title=”has announced” href=”http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/12/249124.html” target=”_blank”>has announced</a> that it is prepared to defend Turkey if necessary…
<blockquote><em>NATO will defend alliance member Turkey, which struck back after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its border, the alliance’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a meeting in Prague on Monday.</em>
<em>“NATO as an organization will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, our ally. We have more plans in place to make sure that we can protect and defend Turkey and hopefully that way also deter so that attacks on Turkey will not take place,” he said.</em></blockquote>
Once again, hopefully all of this will settle down in a few days.
But it is never easy to predict what is going to happen next in the Middle East. There is so much hate and anger and things could literally explode over there at any time.
In the months and years to come, I expect the Middle East to become a major issue for the global economy and a major political issue inside the United States.
When war does erupt in the Middle East, it is going to dramatically affect the price of oil, and there will also be a tremendous amount of debate about whether the U.S. military should intervene or not.
Let us hope for peace, but let us also be very realistic about the situation over there. Our world is becoming more unstable with each passing day, and the times that are coming are going to be very challenging.
<h2>The moment Israel assassinated a terrorist leader</h2>
10:17 am, November 15th, 2012</li>
<li>1:09 pm, November 14th, 2012</li>
<li><a href=”http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/world/archives/2012/11/20121114-130913.html” target=”_blank”>Sun News Canada</a></li>
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Today, the Israel Defense Forces released an aerial Youtube video showcasing the strike that killed Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas’ military wing. Jabari is the most senior Hamas leader killed in four years. Over 800 rockets from Gaza have hit Israel this year, with over 100 in the past week alone.
The 14-second video is bound to create controversy, but its purpose remains the same: Israel will not tolerate rocket attacks coming from Gaza. Hamas has since declared revenge, stating that the assassination has “opened the gates of hell.”
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<h2>Oil Is Surging And The Shekel Is Sliding On News Of Israeli Air Strikes In Gaza</h2>
<a href=”http://www.businessinsider.com/gaza-airstrikes-oil-surge-2012-11″>Business Insider</a>
November 14, 2012
Headlines are crossing that Israel is launching more air strikes in Gaza, according to <a href=”http://www.businessinsider.com/blackboard/bloomberg”>Bloomberg</a>.
Airstrikes began earlier this morning, and the Israeli Defense Force <a href=”http://www.businessinsider.com/israeli-airstrike-in-gaza-takes-out-hamas-military-leader-2012-11″>said it killed Hamas’ top military leader, Ahmed Al-Jabari.</a>
Bloomberg says Channel Two shows columns of smoke rising over the Gaza strip now, and that Aribiya is reporting nine dead in the strip.
We just saw a big surge in oil on the news:
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<a href=”http://www.businessinsider.com/gaza-airstrikes-oil-surge-2012-11″>Full story here.</a>
<h2>Hamas Announces It Is Now In “Open War” With Israel</h2>
<a href=”http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-14/hamas-announces-it-now-open-war-israel”><strong>Zero Hedge</strong></a>
November 14, 2012
As expected, the escalation out of Gaza has been fast and furious with Al Arabiya reporting that the Hamas response to the operation that Israel has code named “Operation Pillar Of Cloud”, which an IDF spokesperson has clarified Israel is ready to escalate into a <strong>ground operation into Gaza if needed</strong>, is that “<strong>Hamas is now in open war</strong>” with Israel. Moments later the organization Islamic Jihad has unsurprisingly, chimed in: “<strong>Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences</strong>.” Stay tuned folks cause this may get very messy quickly. Now if only the US military wasn’t currently the functional equivalent of a grotesque reality gong show.
A picture of Gaza:
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Straight from the IDF, which may be engaged in live tweeting a war for the first time in history:
<a href=”https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson” data-screen-name=”IDFSpokesperson”><img src=”https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/1672972843/avatar_normal.jpg” alt=”” />IDF</a>
<li><abbr title=”Verified Account”>✔</abbr></li>
<h2>IDF kills top Hamas commander; prepares for ground offensive</h2>
<strong>As part of Israeli operation against terrorists, Hamas military chief Jabari killed, long-range rockets destroyed; infantry units moved south, reservists called up</strong>
<strong></strong>Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun
<a href=”http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4305343,00.html” target=”_blank”>Jerusalem Post</a>
Israel killed the military commander of <a href=”http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4304942,00.html” target=”_blank”>Hamas</a> in an airstrike on the <a href=”http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4305028,00.html” target=”_blank”>Gaza Strip</a> Wednesday, bringing the two sides to the brink of a possible new war.
The attack came despite signs that <a href=”http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4305310,00.html” target=”_blank”>Egypt</a> had managed to broker a truce between <a href=”http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4286923,00.html” target=”_blank”>Israel</a> and Palestinian militants after a five day surge of violence which saw more than 100 missiles fired out of Gaza and repeated Israeli strikes on the enclave.
Islamist Hamas said Ahmed Al-Jabari, who ran the organization’s armed wing, the Izz al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, died along with his son after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile.
<a href=”http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4305343,00.html” target=”_blank”>Full Article</a>
<h2>Hamas says now in ‘open war’ with Israel, promises ‘gates of hell’</h2>
<a href=”http://rt.com/news/hamas-open-war-israel-694/” target=”_blank”>RT</a>
<div>Published: 14 November, 2012, 20:04
Edited: 15 November, 2012, 11:03
<object width=”370″ height=”277″ classid=”clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000″ codebase=”http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0″><param name=”src” value=”http://rt.com/s/swf/player5.4.swf?file=http://rt.com/files/news/hamas-open-war-israel-694/i102b5406b165fb1497482e93c10bbdc2_00b7f87b.dv.flv&image=http://rt.com/files/news/hamas-open-war-israel-694/fire-car-gaza-air.n.jpg&skin=http://rt.com/s/css/player_skin.zip&provider=http&abouttext=Russia%20Today&aboutlink=http://rt.com&autostart=false” /><param name=”allowfullscreen” value=”true” /><embed width=”370″ height=”277″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” src=”http://rt.com/s/swf/player5.4.swf?file=http://rt.com/files/news/hamas-open-war-israel-694/i102b5406b165fb1497482e93c10bbdc2_00b7f87b.dv.flv&image=http://rt.com/files/news/hamas-open-war-israel-694/fire-car-gaza-air.n.jpg&skin=http://rt.com/s/css/player_skin.zip&provider=http&abouttext=Russia%20Today&aboutlink=http://rt.com&autostart=false” allowfullscreen=”true” /></object>As Israel launched a full-scale attack on Gaza with frequent sounds of rockets still being heard in Gaza – killing 13 and injuring over 100 – Hamas vowed to avenge the Israeli strike and the assassination of its military leader Ahmed Jabari.
<a href=”http://rt.com/news/gaza-israel-hamas-attack-687/” target=”_blank”>FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES</a>Hamas stated it will carry out a revenge plan on Israel by sending in suicide bombers and declaring a state of open war.
The commander’s assassination has “opened the gates of hell,” the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, were quoted by AFP as saying.
<em>”The occupation committed a dangerous crime and crossed all the red lines, which is considered a declaration of war,”</em> he said in a statement. Hamas vowed to <em><em>”continue the path of resistance.”</em></em>
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an immediate Arab League meeting in response to Wednesday’s attack.
Mosques across Gaza were packed with mourners vowing revenge. The streets outside the hospital where Jabari’s body was taken were filled with thousands of angry Palestinians chanting <em>”retaliation” </em>and <em>”We want you to hit Tel Aviv tonight.”</em> Among the mourners outside the Shifa hospital in Gaza City were armed men firing into the air.
Gaza’s Health Minister Dr. Mufeed Mkhallalati said a total of 10 people were killed, including Jabari. Fourty five people are reported injured, 10 of them are in critical condition. An 11-month-old and a 6-year-old girl were among the dead.
Six rockets were fired from Gaza toward Beersheba following the airstrike on Wednesday evening, Israel’s Army Radio reported. One rocket hit a shopping center in the city, while there were other media reports that a vehicle was struck in the attack. No casualties were reported.
The Israeli Press Office said<em>“The Iron Dome missile defense system has thus far intercepted 15 rockets fired at Israel.”</em>
Hamas said no tactic would be left off of the table following the strike.<em>
<em>”The resistance’s options are now open and they include suicide attacks and quality attacks in Israel cities,”</em> Ynet cites top Hammas commander Ismail al-Ashkar as saying.
Hamas spokesman Khalil Al Haya vowed its Zionist enemy would <em>”pay a price for this cowardly assassination.”</em>
<em>“The assassination of this great leader Amhed Al-Jaabary clearly confirms that we are still in the heart of resistance with the Israeli enemy; the Zionist enemy knows nothing but the language of killing and blood; our battle with the enemy is an open battle; God willing, this battle will end with Palestine and Jerusalem liberated. They should wait for our action, not words,” </em>RT Arabic cites him as saying.
Senior Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq said the assassination will not<em> “break the will of our people, nor weaken our resistance,” </em>Al-Rishq wrote on his Facebook page, Al Ahram reported.
He added that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is using the <em>”war crime”</em> to appear tough on national security as part of his reelection bid, though his plan could backfire.
Israel will hold a general election on January 22. Residents in southern Israel have been severely critical of his conservative government’s handling of rocket strikes in recent weeks. On Wednesday night Netanyahu said that no country in the world would accept a situation in which rockets were being fired at its citizens, and neither would Israel.
Fatah’s former chief negotiator Saeb Erekat disagreed with the Israeli PM’s justification for the operation, saying <em>“this exposes that Israel has an agenda for war but not for peace” </em>on Twitter.<em>
<em>”We hold Israel responsible for the consequences that this new act of aggression would bring to the region,” </em>he continued.
The US State department released a statment saying it stands behind Israel’s right to<em> “self-defense”</em>, but <em>”we encourage Israel to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties.”</em>
Egypt’s foreign ministry released a statement calling on Israel to stop its strikes on Gaza Strip immediately.
The Muslim Brotherhood controlled government says it <em>”will not allow the Palestinians to be subjected to Israeli aggression,”</em> the Jerusalem Post cites him as saying.
Egypt <a href=”http://rt.com/news/egypt-ambassador-un-israel-719/” target=”_blank”>recalled its ambassador</a> in Tel-Aviv back to Cairo in response to the start of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza. Cairo has also requested an emergency meeting before the United Nations Security Council.
The Israeli Air Force (IAF)<a href=”http://rt.com/news/hamas-military-chief-killed-684/” target=”_blank”> killed Jabari</a> in an airstrike on his car in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Israel’s TV Channel 2 says his son also died in the missile attack. There are also reports that Raed al-Atar, the commander of Hamas’s southern division, was also killed.
The attack comes as the first step in the expanding Israeli operation which could see IDF troops on the ground in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Air Force strikes reportedly hit at least 20 rocket-launching pads belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, <em>“seriously damaging their long-range missile capabilities,” </em>an Israeli military spokesman said. IDF tank fire also struck targets in Gaza. The IDF said it was willing to initiate a ground operation in Gaza to eliminate any further sources of rocket fire.
<em>”All options are on the table. If necessary, the IDF (army) is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza,”</em> the IDF said on its official Twitter account.
Jabari, who was deputy commander of Hamas’s military wing, is the most senior Hamas official to be assassinated since Israel’s sweeping 2008 military operation in Gaza which resulted in the death of some 1,800 Palestinians. In reponse to the targeted assassination, the IDF characterized Jabari as a <em>”man with a lot of blood on his hands.”</em>
In the run up to the operation on Wednesday, <a href=”http://rt.com/news/israel-gaza-attack-retaliation-412/” target=”_blank”>seven Palestinians</a> had been killed in retaliatory Israel strikes to missile strikes originating in Gaza.
<h2>IDF brigades on standby for Gaza ground operation</h2>
<a href=”http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/2857/” target=”_blank”>DEBKA<em>file</em> </a>November 14, 2012, 6:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
The IDF spokesman reports preparations to mobilize additional brigades for ground operations in the Gaza Strip to finally put a stop to Palestinian missile attacks. All schools within rocket range of the Gaza Strip will remain closed Thursday. Wednesday, Israel launched air strikes of the ongoing Pillar of Cloud counter-terror offensive, which killed Hamas’ military commander Ahmed Jabari. Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz is running the military operation from the Air Force underground war-room.
<h2>Five Grads fired by Salafists from Gaza-Egyptian border</h2>
<a href=”http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/2845/” target=”_blank”>DEBKA<em>file</em> </a>November 14, 2012, 3:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
One of the five damaged a greenhouse, the others exploded on open ground across the Eshkol-Shalom districts. The IDF first thought the missiles came from Egyptian Sinai, but later located the source as Dehaniya in the southern Gaza Strip, an area abutting the Egyptian-Gaza-Israel border intersection which is controlled by Salafi groups.
<a href=”http://www.debka.com/article/22520″>DEBKAfile predicted Monday that the truce negotiated by Egypt would be short-lived </a>because the Salafis refused to join and are well supplied with Grad missiles smuggled through tunnels running across the Egyptian side of the border and by the Palestinian Jhad Islami.
<h2>Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari killed in Israeli air strike</h2>
<a href=”http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/2850/” target=”_blank”>DEBKA<em>file</em> </a>November 14, 2012, 4:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
<strong>Ahmed Jabary, commander of </strong>Hamas’s<strong> military arm, </strong>Ezz e-din al-Qassam, was killed in a targeted Israeli air attack in Gaza City Wednesday.
<h2>Israel air strikes continue after death of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. Hamas: It’s war</h2>
<a href=”http://www.debka.com/article/22524/Israel-air-strikes-continue-after-death-of-Hamas-military-chief-Ahmed-Jabari-Hamas-It%E2%80%99s-war” target=”_blank”>DEBKA<em>file</em> </a>Special Report November 14, 2012, 5:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
<img title=”Dead Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari” src=”http://www.debka.com/dynmedia/photos/2012/11/14/big/Jabbari14.11.12.jpg” alt=”Dead Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari” width=”150″ height=”104″ />After confirming the death of Ahmed Jabari, commander of Hamas’s military arm, Ezz e-din al-Qassam, Hamas announced: We are now at war with Israel. Jabari, 52, was killed by a targeted Israeli air attack in Gaza City. A key figure in the radical Palestinian Hamas movement, he was caught driving in a black Mercedes in Gaza City. Hamas has announced a general call-up and threatened to respond not just with rockets but suicide attacks. Israeli sources say the air operation called Pillar of Cloud is underway against more Hamas leaders and its military infrastructure and rocket stocks across the Gaza Strip until peace is restored to southern Israel.
debkafile’s military sources report that southern Israeli is on high alert in expectation of a furious Hamas reprisal for the loss of its leading terror strategist. Areas such as Gedera and Gan Yavneh which have escaped most missile attacks may now be targeted. Israel may also expect repercussions from Cairo since Jabari was a favorite of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and his death occurred the day after Egypt brokered a ceasefire in the missile offensive from the Gaza Strip. That “ceasefire” was violated Wednesday with five Grad rockets against the Eshkol district.
<h2>Slowdown in missile attacks from Gaza</h2>
<a href=”http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/2832/” target=”_blank”>DEBKA<em>file</em> </a>November 13, 2012, 5:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
After three days and more than 300 missiles, Tuesday saw a slowdown in the Palestinian offensive from Gaza after some Palestinian organizations tentatively accepted an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. Two rockets were fired at Ashkelon Tuesday afternoon, exploding on open ground and causing damage to property. Earlier, a Grad missile exploded wide of Ashdod. Defense Minister Ehud Barak touring the battered locations warned the danger was not over.
<h2>Barak: We will restore our deterrent strength</h2>
<a href=”http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/2837/” target=”_blank”>DEBKA<em>file</em> </a>November 13, 2012, 11:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak pledged to restore the IDF’s deterrent strength and keep the troops safeguarding the Gaza border fence out of harm’s way. “It’s not yet over,” said Barak while touring the fence Tuesday with OC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Rousso, Division Commander Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein and Deputy C-of-St Maj. Gen. Yahir Naveh..
DEBKAfile asks where the defense minister was when Israel’s deterrent strength was allowed to slip far enough to endanger the troops? And why were Hamas and the Jihad Islami permitted to acquire rockets with a range of 75 kilometers, so placing Herzliya north of Tel Aviv in harm’s way?
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