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PostTue Jul 08, 2014 11:41 am » by Akashicrebel


Israel launches ‘Protective Edge’ counteroffensive on Gaza, Jewish suspects reenact teen’s murder
After dozens of rockets hit 40 km. into Israel, air force strikes dozens of Hamas sites; Hamas threatens to hit Tel Aviv; bereaved mother Fraenkel laments killing of Arab boy
BY ITAMAR SHARON, MARISSA NEWMAN AND ILAN BEN ZION July 7, 2014, 9:43 am Updated: July 8, 2014, 1:30 am 89

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Black smoke rises after an Israeli air strike on the Gaza International Airport in Rafah, southern Gaza, on July 7, 2014. (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
Israel launched a major operation against Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, following heavy Hamas rocket fire on Monday. Meanwhile, condolences continued to pour in to the family of slain East Jerusalem teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir following the announcement Sunday that six Jewish extremists are suspected in the brutal killing; 3 of the suspects reenacted the killing, police said.

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PostTue Jul 08, 2014 11:57 am » by Akashicrebel


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PostTue Jul 08, 2014 12:04 pm » by Akashicrebel


Looks like the first photo is not from Gaza , it's from Syria. they have announce that now on the page I coppied it from, sorry about that, I believe soon a real photos and videos will start to popup.
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PostTue Jul 08, 2014 12:08 pm » by Akashicrebel


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PostTue Jul 08, 2014 1:11 pm » by Akashicrebel


This is from DebkaFile, so consider it to be the right wing israeli perspective on things:

With 50 strikes, the IDF launches Operation Solid Rock after Hamas’ 100-rocket blitz. Hamas keeps going


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Israeli finally launched its military operation Solid Rock against Hamas Monday night, July 7, after the Palestinians directed a steady stream of 100 rockets from Gaza to expanded targets as far as Rehovot, 50 km away. Most of the 50 IDF strikes were conducted from the air and two from the sea. Ten destroyed Hamas infrastructure facilities plus 4 private buildings which, according to the Palestinians, included the homes of the Hamas commander and a Democratic Front operative in Khan Younes, after Israel gave them advance warning. Hamas reported 17 injured - but kept on shooting rockets through the night and early Tuesday, threatening to further expand the range of their rocket fire.

The government and the IDF have billed the operation as a long-term, staged offensive to destroy Hamas’ logistical and strategic infrastructure, to be escalated stage by stage as needed, up to a limited ground incursion, which would require additional reserve call-ups, as well targeted assassinations. This progression will be adjusted to the enemy’s response and how quickly “quiet is restored to the South.”

The population has been forewarned that the contest may be protracted and asked to refrain from public events within a 40km radius from Gaza.

Iron Dome batteries are in place.

Israel’s security cabinet and the IDF command are counting on the prospect of losing its infrastructure deterring Hamas and persuading it to halt its rocket war on Israel.

But Hamas has its own game book and is unlikely to play by the rules dictated by Israel.

Both sides have therefore entered a dark corridor in which the two adversaries will try and outdo each other in damage. Israel began by limiting itself to air strikes. Hamas hit back with a mighty barrage of 100 missiles and expanding its range of targets. The rules of Operation Solid Rock now require Israel to scale its response up to the next stage, in response to which Hamas will no doubt go for Tel Aviv. No one seems to know how this tit-for-tat duel will end.

The inherent weakness of the thinking behind Israeli military operation is that it requires the IDF to catch up with and undo the damage caused by Israel’s passivity after the three boys, Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach, were kidnapped and murdered on July 12. The IDF’s campaign against its facilities on the West Bank left Hamas more confident than ever. In the space of a month, the Palestinian Islamists have maneuvered Israel into launching not one but two major operations – Brother’s Keeper to find the kidnapped boys and their abductors (who are still at large) and now Solid Rock – and they still hold the initiative against Israel, as well as the whip hand in the Palestinian movement.

They certainly owe their advantage in part to the atrocious murder by a handful of Israelis of the Palestinian boy Muhammad Abu Khdeir from Shuafat, Jerusalem. This was a gift which Hamas had never dreamed of. The Islamists have been able to assert control over and calibrate Palestinian fury across the board, in Gaza, the West Bank and the Israeli Arab community – a second front against Israel.
With all these cards stacked against Solid Rock, the IDF will have its work cut out to repair the damage and bring its operation to a successful conclusion.
On the diplomatic front, Israel suffered another letdown when Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi disappointed the hopes Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had vested in him to intercede powerfully with Hamas for a ceasefire. El-Sisi decided that the Israeli-Hamas conflict was a minor episode in regional terms and no real threat to Egypt’s national interests and dropped his role as peace broker.

This was a bitter disappointment to Jerusalem. It left Israel facing the Palestinian aggressor alone, but for the Europeans. They are willing to assume this role, but they are seeking the restoration of the short-lived Palestinian reconciliation and a unity government, which is the direct opposite of Netanyahu’s most fervent objective.
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