Israel at War 20 July

Katyusha rockets rain down on towns across northern Israel

Hezbollah renewed rocket fire Thursday morning, as 20 Katyusha rockets landed in Tiberas, Carmiel, Safed, Nahariya, Kiryat Shmona, the western Galilee and the Upper Galilee. Warning sirens were heard in Haifa as well as in the Galilee. No injuries were reported in any of the rocket strikes.

Hezbollah fired more than 100 Katyusha rockets at Israel on Wednesday, killing two brothers from Nazareth, aged 9 and 3, and sending 135 people to the hospital in Nazareth alone. The deaths bring the number of Israelis killed by Hezbollah rockets since the fighting began to 15.

UN warns of war crimes in Lebanon

The continuation of Israel’s operation in Lebanon and the rising civilian death toll is likely “could engage the personal criminal responsibility of those involved, particularly those in a position of command and control,” Louise Arbour, the high commissioner for human rights, told the New York Times.

“International humanitarian law is clear on the supreme obligations to protect civilians during hostilities,’’ she said.

I am sure that the High Commissioner makes no mention of Hizbollah indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israeli cities for the last 6 years, or Hizbollah placing storage bunkers for their weapons in civillian areas.

Gaza leaflets: Any house hiding weapons to be blown up

The military policies on the northern front are now being applied on the southern front as well. The Israel Defense Forces distributed pamphlets last night (Wednesday) throughout the Gaza Strip warning residents of the area that the IDF will soon start bombing houses which are suspected of hiding weapons or ammunition.

“We will no longer allow terrorist organizations to hide weapons in civilian homes. We will distance the civilians from the area and then will damage these strongholds,” said an army source in the Southern Command.

“The minute these announcements have been sent, the lives of anyone who has weapons or ammunition in their house are in danger and they must leave their house for the sake of their lives and their family’s lives,” one of the leaflest distributed read.

IAF attempts to hit Hizbullah leaders

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz said Thursday that an offensive in Lebanon would not end until Israel’s security was restored, and vowed to destroy Hizbollah’s arsenal and military capabilities.

“The fighting in the north … could last a long time,” Halutz said in a letter to soldiers and officers. “We are being tested at this time. Our moral strength and value will reflect on the state of Israel and its residents and on their ability to continue to stand up to the threat on the front.”

“We will operate for as long as necessary until security is returned to the state of Israel,” he added.

Lebanese PM Saniora: Disarm Hizbullah

Hizbullah has created a “state within a state” in Lebanon and must be disarmed, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said in an interview published Thursday in an Italian daily.

Saniora told Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera that the Shi’ite group has been doing the bidding of Syria and Iran, and that it can only be disarmed with the help of the international community and once a cease-fire has been achieved in the current Middle East fighting.

PA says int’l community responsible for stopping IDF

Palestinian Authority leaders on Wednesday called on the international community to exert pressure on Israel to halt its attacks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and accused Israel of exploiting the fighting in the North to step up its military operations against the Palestinians.

The appeal came as 12 Palestinians were killed and more than 50 injured in different confrontations with the IDF.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who met in Gaza City on Tuesday night with a United Nations delegation, called for an immediate cease-fire with Israel and urged its members to work toward ending the Israeli raids.

PA officials said the UN team did not propose anything new to end the violence.

The PA has neither demonstrated the will nor the capability to stop Hamas and and other terror groups from their launching of attacks on Israel. Since the PA will not or can not then Israel will do what it must to defend itself. If Abbas really wants Isreal to stop, then he must do something to eliminate the terrorists from operating in Gaza and the West Bank.

Israel Hints at a Full-Scale Invasion

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Israeli troops met fierce resistance from Hezbollah guerrillas Thursday as they crossed into Lebanon to seek tunnels and weapons for a second straight day, and Israel hinted at a full-scale invasion.

Israeli warplanes also launched new airstrikes on Beirut’s southern suburbs, a Hezbollah stronghold, shortly after daybreak, followed by strikes in the guerrillas’ heartland in the south and eastern Bekaa Valley.

The strikes followed bombings Wednesday that killed as many as 70 people, according to Lebanese television, making it the deadliest day since the fighting began July 12.

Russia sharply criticized Israel over its onslaught against Lebanon, now in its ninth day, sparked when Hezbollah militants captured two Israeli soldiers. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Israel’s actions have gone “far beyond the boundaries of an anti-terrorist operation” and repeating calls for an immediate cease-fire.

Implementing a ceasefire with a terrorist organization is impossible. Look at the continuing conflict in Checneya as an example. A Cease Fire that allows Hizbollah to rearm and resupply will only prolong the conflict and the violence. If Lebanon can not secure its territory and disarm Hizbollah then Israel will. For the past six years Lebanon has proven unwilling or unable to disarm Hizbollah, until they do you can not blame Israel for taking the fight to the terrorists. 

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  1. Sami SLIM

    You made another mistake in your comments. Hizbollah was not firing rockets on north israel during the last six years. Your information related to this topic is faulty.

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