Saturday, January 03, 2009

Israeli ground forces enter Gaza in escalation

I don't know how this is going to turn out...

From The Washington Times:
Israeli tanks and infantry entered Gaza after nightfall Saturday, launching a ground offensive that the military said would be a "lengthy operation" in a widening war on Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Heavy gun battles were reported as troops crossed the border into Gaza. Local TV networks broadcast images of troops marching into Gaza after dark.

"We have many many targets," Maj. Avital Leibovich told CNN. "To my estimation, it will be a lengthy operation." She said the goal of the operation was to take over the areas used by militants to launch rockets against Israel.

"The civilians are not our target, only militants, Hamas militants," she said.
To prove their statement...

Also from The Washington Times:
With its tanks and troops poised for days at the Gaza frontier, Israel signaled Friday - by allowing hundreds of Palestinians with foreign passports to escape the coastal strip - that it might give the go-ahead for a ground invasion of the embattled Arab territory.

Among those allowed to leave were 27 U.S. citizens and members of their families whom the State Department said it helped get out of Gaza and would send to Jordan. The department said it stood ready to help others flee the Israeli bombardment.
All I know is This time Israel had better be successful, they cannot suffer another defeat after Lebanon. That said, how long do you think we would put up with a neighboring country's terrorists launching rockets in to the U.S.?

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