War in Gaza Update #11

Welcome to Gaza Update #11. We continue in our effort to provide a comprehensive round up of news and information about the War in Gaza. Our news gathering efforts include but are not limited to reviewing sites such as Memeorandum, general surfing of the net and tips from readers.

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CNN in a shocker reports Al Qaeda message blames Obama, Egypt for Gaza violence.
The New York Times has Israel Puts Media Clamp on Gaza
More NYT For Israel, Lessons From 2006, but Old Pitfalls.
The Telegraph has an entire section devoted to Israel, including links to some bloggers.
More from The Telegraph Analysis: Will Israel call a Gaza ceasefire?
Reuters EXCLUSIVE-Gaza headmaster was Islamic Jihad "rocket-maker"
YNET reports:
PM: No to 48-hour ceasefire, yes to American initiative.
Rice gives support to Mubarak proposal on Gaza.
Egypt announces Israel-Hamas truce plan.
Hamas built underground city.
Christopher Hitchens: Gaza could have been a model of the future Palestinian state.
Michael Totten on Journalistic Malpractice.

Mark Steyn on Judeophobic Logic.

Israellycool and The Muqata are still liveblogging the war.

American Power discusses the Necessity of Peace. I enjoyed the story of Tomer Bohadana.

From my friend The Elder we have Suburban Gaza and Al-Arabiya Arabic news roundup.

What War Zone has headlines that are inimitable I Don't Care If They Drop Kassams on My Head, I'm Driving on Kvish 6, Dammit.

Solomonia shared Andy McCarthy on Why We Need Israel to Win
MEMRI TV: Egyptian Clerics- 'Dispatch Those Sons of Apes and Pigs to the Hellfire' - 'bite their heads off with our teeth'
Boston Pro-Hamas Organizers Describe Goals: Destruction of Jewish State.

The Sand Monkey Why don’t you get involved? and Give Ghaza to Egypt?

The Sultan's Note blogged Hamas has failed – it is time they stepped down.

Oleh Girl shared Yesterday Hamas fired upon, hijacked humanitarian aid trucks.
From Gateway Pundit we learn Pro-Hamas Thug Smacks Reporter in Face At Toronto Rally (VIdeo).

My Shrapnel say If you will allow me a brief primal scream... Personally if I am going to scream I don't ask for permission, I just do it. ;) But she is right, minority opinions and the ability to voice them are significant rights.

The Prairie Pundit shared Hamas victim offensive gets a boost. Plancks Constant conducted an investigation: Norwegian Doctor in Gaza - Unbiased?

Joshuapundit says It's Hard Out There For A ( Hamas) Pimp. Or perhaps you can read a couple of posts at Lubavitch.com,

Bookworm found a great source of Moral clarity. Let's surf over to Yourish to read World trying to push Israel into an early cease fire.

Chabad is doing their best to support the troops. At Shiloh Musings read Day 11 of the War from Netivot.

Who would expect to discuss the war at a Buffy The Vampire Slayer message board. Coming next it is the fans of Gomer Pyle USMC versus McHale's Navy.

Go take a look at War. Mother In Israel provided a link to The Children's Brigade song.

Gateway Pundit has a number of worthwhile posts. Let's focus on Hostile Protesters In Turkey Force Israeli B-Ball Players to Flee Court and Danish Schools Refuse to Admit Jews Out of Fear of Violence... From Muslim Students.

Soccer Dad has Walt's moral disneyland and other stupid academic tricks. Ask Treppenwitz about The Writing on The Walls.

Go here for a Good War Analysis by WSJ. Sometimes you need to spell it out. Our Children Come First.

That is it for now. I am off to collapse into bed. See you in the A.M.


Anonymous said...

What a mess. Looks like Israel is repeating their 2006 Summer War offensive against Hezbollah, but now against Hamas. Thing is, though the Israeli military is ofcourse superior in weapons capability and personnnel, I don't see how they would obtain a strategic advantage by heavy bombing of the Gaza strip, hoping to hit Hamas infrastructure.

It seems whatever is gained by successful hits on the terrorist organization, is offset by the massive collateral damage. As this will surely rally public support and recruitment potential for Hamas within the Palestinian territories. Aggravating the problem for the future.

It seems as long as both parties are unwilling to do serious concessions, or as long as they remain seriously fragmented within(espescially between moderates and extremes), this tragic history will continue despite going on for 60 years now.


Anonymous said...

I'd always been curious about Christopher Hitchens--9/11 seemed to change his mind on a lot of things but he maintained his disdain for Israel. I'm sure there was some reason other than the obvious one.

His article to which you link is pretty good, but I have a quibble. He says that Gaza could have been the model for a Palestinian state.

Inf act, Gaza *is* the model for a future Palestinian state.

Jack Steiner said...


It is nice to see you. I am not so sure that I agree. This time around the other Arab countries have been relatively quiet.

Egypt has come out and blamed Hamas for the violence.

There haven't been many demonstrations in the West Bank.

In any case one of the fundamental problems here is the Hamas charter. How do you try to negotiate with a body that doesn't recognize your right to exist.

Hi Alex,

I have little reason to disagree with you. I want to. I really want to say that Pal state would be different, but given what we have seen it sounds ridiculous to suggest it. At least not now.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jack,

''Egypt has come out and blamed Hamas for the violence.''

Considering Egypts own problems with the muslim brotherhood I am not surprised they aren't encouraging Hamas. Same for all those ancient regimes in that region who are all in one way or another affected by a corroding authority due to extremist groups and their widespread public support. Except maybe for Iran who uses Hezbollah and Hamas as proxies in their effort to undermine stability and gain influence in the Pal territories, Iraq and Lebanon.

Those regimes have always been best served by the status-quo. However, I don't see that lasting another generation.

''In any case one of the fundamental problems here is the Hamas charter. How do you try to negotiate with a body that doesn't recognize your right to exist.''

Good point. Hamas is a terrorist group but they are also socially and psychologically embedded in Palestian society, in terms of aid the organization provides and its symbolic significance as a 'resistance' force. By heavy bombing of the densely populated Gaza strip an adverse effect of intended Israeli policy(to increase national security) becomes more likely: an increase in public support and more recruitment potential for their cause.

I mean, those people use relatively modest means to wreak havoc. It's an amorphous, fragmented threat. So whatever capacity of them is destroyed by massive air-strikes is of minimal importance to continue their terrorist aspirations.

I get the intention it is more to instill fear of the Israeli military, and as such let that serve as a deterrence for the future. But, I think that is a flawed strategy.

Best thing would probably have been to cut off Iranian supply routes that could potentially deliver mid-range missiles, and continue the fight against extremism through covert means. And not let it blow out into the open like this. It's disastrous PR, and the disadvantages on the long term will be far worse than any momentary advantages.


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