Israel to Hamas: 36-hours ultimatum before starting major offensive
Â"We are at a junction," said Minister Yuval Steinitz. "Either we go toward a calm or toward a meaningful widening of the operationâ€¦ including a possible move to achieve complete military decision."
Israel has demanded that Hamas cease firing rockets into Israel for a period of â€śseveral yearsâ€ť
and that they stop the smuggling of weapons into Gaza. The conditions are part of a six-part proposal put forward by the Israeli government at negotiations with Hamas in Cairo.
In addition, the proposal asked that Israel be allowed to hunt down terrorists in the event of an attack or if it obtains information on an imminent attack.
Hamasâ€™ official Moussa Abu Marzuk said Hamas would not accept the creation of an Israeli "security belt" in eastern Gaza.
For their part, the Palestinians have demanded the immediate lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza and the cessation of IDF targeted killings.
Fears of an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza have heightened following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuâ€™s announcement on Sunday that the IDF was â€śprepared for a significant expansion of the operation.â€ť
Sources and more information:
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has reportedly approved the summons of 30,000 reserve soldiers. The troops can be called into action by the military at any point, an IDF spokesman told Israel's Channel 2 TV, as quoted by AFP. Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai said the army was in the process of expanding the Gaza operation.
An Israeli Defense Force spokesman said Friday that a Hamas militant program to build and launch drone aircraft has been destroyed. Speaking on Israeli television, an IDF spokesman said that for the past few months Israel has been monitoring Hamas' attempt to build a drone fleet. Israeli Defense Forces strike Hamas drone.
( via rt.com )
Michael777 wrote November 24, 2012 1:31:03 AM CET
I wonder how dullards like 'Temps13' would feel if his closest neighbor was throwing Molotov cocktails at his house, family, etc and he was then ostracized by his other neighbors for taking out his neighbors bottle supply, matches and gasoline storage bins?
Here is a hobby for you folks... find an atlas of the middle east and surrounding regions and color in all the Muslim,Arab,Persian areas on the map.... then using a different color, do Israel... then ask yourself who really should be giving up land in the interests of peace.
Temps13 wrote November 20, 2012 1:31:07 PM CET
why should they cease trying to defend themselves from annihilation? down with israel..not the real jews just the zionist (rothschildism) ashkenazis,turks who converted to judaism so dont mention anti semitism