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originally posted by: the owlbear
originally posted by: ufoorbhunter
The reason? Tel Aviv is at most an hours drive from Gaza. Like 40 miles?
To let the Islamics store more weapons etc is not an option when you are within spitting distance from an Israeli point of view. Right or wrong you need to knock out your opponent every now and then before he gets strong and can cause you real damage.
So it is better to roll in heavy artillery and airstrikes.
Even if there was a small cache of shoulder fired rockets and rusty AK series rifles...how will that make you look as a nation? Just ask the US. The new pariah. But we're lucky there are two huge oceans keeping attacks at bay.
Israel. Not so much. Plus all this Islamic State thing (sounds like a bad community college), and a TON of sympathetic nations and half baked tribal states from the Arab Spring armed...
...all they need is a motive and a reason.
Yeah, demus...that's exactly the nation that wants a little payback I had in mind.
Abby Martin, Russia Today presenter based in Washington, has lashed out at the U.S. media coverage of the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza and the U.S. government’s approach to the crisis. Martin didn’t hesitate to express her opinions on air against the Israeli offensive. She said: “There are two choices for Palestinians in occupied territories: to completely surrender or resist and resistance is what we are seeing now.” “I am sick of Palestinian friends losing their friends and family every time Israel goes on the offence against innocent people living in an open air prison,” she added.
More than 200 Palestinian rockets have descended on Israel in recent days, triggering an Israeli counteroffensive that was still taking shape as we went to press Tuesday.
But as the drama plays out in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel, it's worth noting the role Iran—now under new and allegedly moderate leadership—has played in this latest spasm of violence.
In March, Israeli naval commandos interdicted a Panamanian-flagged ship, the Klos C, off the Sudanese coast in the Red Sea. The ship's cargo contained 40 M-302 surface-to-surface rockets, 181 mortar shells and some 400,000 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition—all concealed under bags of Iranian cement. The weapons were almost certainly intended for Iran's terrorist clients in Gaza.
Tehran denies any role in the shipment. But a recent classified report from the U.N. Security Council's Sanctions Committee effectively confirms it, and we've seen the pertinent portions. The panel found that Bandar Abbas, a southern Iranian port, "is established as the origin of the shipment of 100 containers of cement, including the 20 containing weapons and ammunition.
" The panel based this finding on, among other things, the ship's "cargo manifest dated 4 February 2014," its "container stowage plan from Bandar Abbas" and "statements made by the captain to Israeli officials.
" The manner of concealment, the panel added, "is consistent with several other cases reported to the Committee."
The panel concluded: "The shipment of arms and related material found aboard the Klos C is a violation of Iran's obligations under paragraph 5 of resolution 1747," referring to an embargo on Iranian arms transfers imposed by the Security Council in 2007.
The panel didn't weigh in on the ultimate intended recipient of the shipment, yet previous such shipments have made their way to Gaza.
The Obama Administration and some of its European allies are openly contemplating a partnership with the Iranian regime to help stabilize the Middle East and deter groups like ISIS. The U.N. report is a fresh reminder, if one were needed, that the Islamic Republic abets the very terrorism and instability it is now being enlisted to stop.
originally posted by: demus
a reply to: rustyclutch
I will ask again: could it be possible that Israel is trying to provoke such an action to achieve some grand goal?
originally posted by: BO XIAN
a reply to: intrepid
Are not Hammas and the Muslim Brotherhood active in such areas across the region?
Has not their mind-set infected the whole region?
I think it is only percentages that differ per georgraphic region.