Operation Protective Edge

by lizard

Israel is getting what it wants, a new military offensive titled Operation Protective Edge:

Israel launched what its military indicated could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking at least 50 sites in Gaza by air and sea and mobilising troops for a possible ground invasion in order to quell rocket attacks on Israel.

The army said its offensive, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, was aimed at striking Hamas and ending the rocket fire that has intensified in recent weeks amid tensions over the killing of three Israeli teenagers and the apparent revenge murder of a Palestinian teenager.

Nearly 300 rockets and mortars had been fired at Israel in recent weeks, including a barrage of about 80 projectiles on Monday alone, the army said. Israel has responded with dozens of air strikes and eight Palestinian militants were killed on Monday. Israel had signalled it would not launch a larger offensive if the militant group Hamas ceased the rocket fire.

“They chose the direction of escalation,” said army spokesman Lieutenant Peter Lerner. “So the mission will go on as long as we feel it is necessary to carry it out. We don’t expect it to be a short mission on our behalf.”

Hamas “chose the direction of escalation” says an army tool. Bullshit. For context, I wrote this post last year which shows how Israel undermined a 6 month truce before launching Operation Cast Lead at the end of 2008.

This new operation was pushed into existence by the murder of three Israeli teens. The Netanyahu regime, instead of being forthright with information about these murders, decided to exploit the tragedy for maximum racist incitement:

From the moment three Israeli teens were reported missing last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country’s military-intelligence apparatus suppressed the flow of information to the general public. Through a toxic blend of propaganda, subterfuge and incitement, they inflamed a precarious situation, manipulating Israelis into supporting their agenda until they made an utterly avoidable nightmare inevitable.

Israeli police, intelligence officials and Netanyahu knew within hours of the kidnapping and murder of the three teens that they had been killed. And they knew who the prime suspects were less than a day after the kidnapping was reported.

Rather than reveal these details to the public, Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency imposed a gag order on the national media, barring news outlets from reporting that the teens had almost certainly been killed, and forbidding them from revealing the identities of their suspected killers. The Shin Bet even lied to the parents of the kidnapped teens, deceiving them into believing their sons were alive.

The result of this manipulative deceit is racist-fueled violence:

As most of the media have focused on the three Israeli youths, there has been almost no mention of the collective punishment that has been unleashed on the overwhelmingly civilian Palestinian population. The Israeli occupation forces have gone on a rampage that has included: arbitrarily destroying Palestinian homes; burning down two farms and destroying a Mosque; abducting over 600 Palestinians including over 50 children, and bombing the people of Gaza with 34 air strikes in one night.

The attacks by the state appear to have given license to mobs of Israeli settlers to hunt down Palestinian youths. For example, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 16-year-old Yousef Abu Zagh was shot dead near his home in Jenin refugee camp. A nine-year-old Palestinian girl, Sanabel Mohammed Tus, was hunted down in a car and run over by settlers in the village of Jaba.

The apartheid state of Israel is out of control. It sickens me to think that my tax dollars support this nation saturated with violent racists helping the Netanyahu regime impose collective punishment on Palestinians.


  1. lizard19

    there’s more. in addition to killing, Israel is also stealing money:

    The Israeli army confiscated nearly $3.5 million worth of property and cash from Palestinians during its recent three-weeks long military incursion into the West Bank, under the auspices of searching for three Israeli teens who went missing on 12 June and whose bodies were found 30 June.

    Since the beginning of the military assault, 830 Palestinians have been arrested and seven killed in the occupied West Bank. Nine have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Two more died from heart attacks suffered during an army raid or while being held at a checkpoint, and many dozens more have been injured. Israel is still bombarding Gaza with heavy airstrikes, and injuries and casualties are mounting.

    On 7 July, the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, published a report compiling all incidents of confiscated private property and money. In addition to taking the equivalent of $370,000 in cash, the Israeli army seized ninety-three computers, as well as telephones, cars and buses totalling a value of $2.9 million. Euro-Mid Observer is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices throughout the Middle East.

  2. steve kelly


    Jan. 9, 2009 Congress voted nearly unanimously to support Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. When Congress casts a “bipartisan” vote, it’s often followed immediately by mass murder, mostly civilians. So, what’s in it for U.S. “national interest”, one might ask? Good question.

  3. Big Swede

    Join in the celebration.

    • Video doesn’t work, says try again later. However, given that you get your news via American sources and predictably have low regard for Palestinians (un-humans), I am going to guess that it portrays a situation in which some of them are very angry, and that you misinterpret it to mean that they are irrational.

      • Big Swede

        The Tube is in Arabic, Einstein, a non-American source.

        • Still don’t know what it is about. I did finally get it to run.

          Israel pretty much gets to do what it pleases to Palestinians, and they pretty much have to take it. Any reaction is judged to be terrorism in western media. Meanwhile, Israel’s indiscriminate bombing and land thefts pass for normal. That’s some pretty serious convoluted thinking, and classic reversal of victim and aggressor.

    • Craig Moore

      Looks like they are celebrating the LeBron James announcement. http://www.theonion.com/articles/breaking-lebron-james-leaning-toward-joining-alqae,36417/

  4. JC

    Well, at least the MSM isn’t talking about Ukraine, or ISIS anymore. [/snark]

    • Spent this afternoon with this in the background, and I want to listen to it again as I think his grasp of history is better than most, that is, he takes a much broader look at current events.


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