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Rockets Over Tel Aviv Mean Gaza Ground Invasion Looks Certain

Two or possibly three rockets launched from Gaza today have struck open ground near Tel Aviv and the sea off Jaffa port. Islamic Jihad have claimed responsibility but folk are blaming Hamas anyway. Earlier today, other rockets killed three Israeli civilians and wounded two IDF soldiers.

If only Gaza had iron Dome too – maybe 15 wouldn’t be dead and over fifty injured there from the 250 airstrikes and shellings the IDF has conducted since the airstrike that assasssinated Ahmed Jabari. There’s little doubt about who started this latest round of attacks.

This escalation in the unequal rockets versus airstrikes war between groups in Gaza and the Israeli Defense Force makes a ground invasion of Gaza a whole lot more likely – and various sources are reporting that the IDF is taking the first steps in making it happen.

 IDF Chief Binyamin Gantz is convening a meeting of his general staff, Israel Radio reports. The possibility of a ground invasion of Gaza appears to be on the table.

This morning, Reuters’ Dan Williams was writing that Israel didn’t seem to want to escalate to a ground attack. With rockets over Tel Aviv, that calculus will surely change and more innocents on both sides will suffer.

5 comments to Rockets Over Tel Aviv Mean Gaza Ground Invasion Looks Certain

  • adrena

    Netanyahu’s Extremely Risky Gamble

    Spiegel, By Ulrike Putz, November 15

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hoping the offensive in the Gaza Strip wins his Likud party more votes in January’s election. But the move is extremely risky. Skirmishes could escalate into a full-blown war that might weaken Hamas but shift Palestinian support behind even more radical groups.

    Just a few hours before the launch of the deadly offensive against military targets and Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in his favorite place: in front of live television cameras. On Wednesday evening, he addressed the Israeli people with direct, aggressive words. “Today, we relayed a clear message to the Hamas organization and other terrorist organizations,” he said. “If there is a need, the military is prepared to expand the operation.” Defense Minister Ehud Barak also addressed reporters, saying that Hamas’ “consistent provocation in recent weeks … forced our hand into acting with both precision and decisiveness.”

    The dual appearance seems to betray the motives behind the most recent attacks. “When the cannons roar, we see only Netanyahu and Barak on the screen, and all the other politicians have to applaud them,” wrote the daily Haaretz in a commentary published Thursday. “The assassination of (Hamas’ top military commander Ahmed) Jabari will go down in history as another showy military action initiated by an outgoing government on the eve of an election.”

    Indeed, one can conclude that the most recent offensive against militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip — which started Wednesday with the killing of Jabari — has been conceived as more of a show fight for the Israeli public than the beginning of a decisive battle.

    More at the link

  • Raja

    Gaza crisis: Israel intensifies aerial attack

    BBC, November 15

    Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza has intensified after it authorised the call-up of 30,000 army reservists, amid reports of a possible ground offensive.

    Israel said it targeted 130 to 150 separate targets in Gaza overnight.

    The developments came after Palestinian militants fired rockets from Gaza 70km (45 miles) north towards Tel Aviv.

    Fighting has intensified since Israel killed Ahmed Jabari, the military leader of the Islamist group that controls the territory, on Wednesday.

    At least 18 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in Israeli airstrikes, including children, and three Israelis have been killed by Palestinian rocket fire into southern Israel.

    Egyptian PM Hisham Qandil is to travel to Gaza later in a show of support.

  • Raja

    Gaza crisis: Israel intensifies aerial attack

    BBC, November 15

    Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza has intensified after it authorised the call-up of 30,000 army reservists, amid reports of a possible ground offensive.

    Israel said it targeted 130 to 150 separate targets in Gaza overnight.

    The developments came after Palestinian militants fired rockets from Gaza 70km (45 miles) north towards Tel Aviv.

    Fighting has intensified since Israel killed Ahmed Jabari, the military leader of the Islamist group that controls the territory, on Wednesday.

    At least 18 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in Israeli airstrikes, including children, and three Israelis have been killed by Palestinian rocket fire into southern Israel.

    Egyptian PM Hisham Qandil is to travel to Gaza later in a show of support.


    Conflict intensifies as rockets hit Tel Aviv

    Defence minister calls up 30,000 reservists after three are killed in Israel, as toll on Palestinian side rises to 19.

    Al Jazeera, November 16

    Tension is rising across the Middle East as Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian group which controls the Gaza Strip, continue to exchange fire amid the worst outbreak of violence since the Israeli assault on the territory nearly four years ago.

    As the death toll in Gaza reached 19, three Israelis were killed in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi on Thursday after a rocket fired from Gaza hit an apartment building.

    Israeli sources said two rockets hit the Tel Aviv area – one landed in the sea while another missile landed in an uninhabited area of Israel’s commercial centre.

    [...]

    Late on Thursday, Israel began moving troops towards the Gaza Strip and Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, authorised the call-up of 30,000 reservists for a possible ground operations.

    At least a dozen lorries carrying tanks and armoured vehicles were seen moving towards the border area, while buses ferried soldiers.

  • Raja

    Intensive Israeli airstrikes blitz Gaza Strip as death toll mounts

    Al Arabiya / Reuters, November 16

    Israeli aircraft attacked targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, unleashing dozens of strikes in swift succession according to Al Arabiya correspondents and news agency witnesses.

    The aerial bombardment set off earth-shaking thuds and fireballs in the dark sky and were met with screeches of Palestinian rocket fire launched from the outskirts of Gaza City towards southern Israel.

    The airstrikes marked an escalation of two days of reciprocal attacks between the Palestinian militant Hamas group ensconced in the coastal enclave and the Israeli military, which killed a top Islamist leader on Wednesday.

    Israel’s military said that in the space of an hour it had targeted approximately 70 underground launching sites for medium-range rockets.


    Rocket fire renews after IDF blitz on Gaza terror targets

    IDF hits 150 rocket-launching sites overnight; Palestinians say 3 killed in strike on car bringing death toll to 19; after relatively quiet night, rockets pound communities across South; homes hit in Ashdod, Sha’ar Hanegev.

    Jerusalem Post, By Yaakov Lappin, November 16

    The IDF struck some 150 medium-range rocket launching pads in the Gaza Strip overnight Thursday as well as a number of weapons depots belonging to terror organizations in the coastal territory, as Operation Pillar of Defense entered its third day.

    After more than 300 rockets were fired into Israel since Operation Pillar of Defense began with the IDF’s targeted killing of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari on Wednesday, only a small number of rockets landed in Israel overnight Thursday, mainly in open areas.

    The barrage of rocket fire renewed on Friday morning with rockets hitting residential areas in the Ashdod and Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council areas, causing some damage to property and leaving several people suffering shock. Red alert warning sirens began sounding off in communities across the South just after 7a.m. on Friday morning, including in Beersheba, Ofakim and Sderot.

    The IDF stated Friday morning that it has struck more than 500 terror targets in Gaza since the operation to root out terror infrastructure in the coastal territory was initiated.

  • JustPlainDave

    Funny. In all the coverage of this I can’t recall seeing a single mention of Iran. We’ve just seen a terribly pomp filled visit from Qatar indicating the amount of money they have behind them, we’ve just seen the Egyptian premier in, there’s a goodly amount of mention of targetting PIJ and the committees, and they appear to have mainly been hitting clearly military targets on a significant scale with smaller munitions and only a quite small number of serious point attacks against key personalities. I would really give a buck to know if the folks that they have hit are thought to have the closest connections with Iran and I very much wonder if the thing behind the curtain is an attempt to peel them off Iran.

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