Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE


 Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE
Holy Shroud of Turin
First three Gaza missiles hit Tel Aviv - Israel calls up at least 30,000 reservists ~ link If you live in the Middle East, or have relatives or friends there, NOW is the time to encourage them to go overseas for the Christmas/etc. season, and to leave as soon as possible.  In other words, to get out while they still can, because what will become the most horrific war in the history of the Middle East has now started and is beginning to grow in intensity daily.   Stirling    
The first three Palestinian missiles reached the Tel Aviv conurbation, Gush Dan, Thursday night, Nov. 15. shortly after a long-range missile exploded in Rishon Lezion southeast of Tel Aviv and sirens sounded in outlying towns of Holon, Ness Ziona, Gan Raveh and Beer Yacov. None report casualties or damage. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered 30,000 army reservists drafted. The IDF spokesmen earlier reported units of the elite paratroop and Givati Brigades were mustering outside the Gaza Strip on the second day of Israel's counter-terror operation Pillar of Cloud.

Gaza missiles fired at Tel Aviv ~ link ~
Palestinian militants have targeted Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv with missiles fired from the Gaza Strip amid escalating violence in the region.
Israel's aerial and naval bombardment of the Gaza Strip, which began after a recent wave of rocket attacks from there, is its most intense assault on the Palestinian territory since it launched a full-scale invasion four years ago, also in response to rocket fire.

Tel Aviv under return fire from Gaza ~ link ~ Returning Israel’s recent wave of attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has so far killed at least 20 people, Palestinians have fired over 250 rockets taking Tel Aviv under fire and targeting several other spots in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The attacks have been targeting Gaza since Wednesday.

The retaliatory fire from the coastal strip has struck the heart of Tel Aviv. On Thursday, the Israeli Army said a projectile fired from Gaza struck Rishon LeTzion, some 15 kilometers (nine miles) southeast of Tel Aviv, but there were no injuries or damage.

The Israeli Minister for Military Affairs, Ehud Barak has given the green light for the military to call up 30,000 reservists.

The return fire has sounded off air raid sirens across the occupied territories for the first time in nearly two decades.

Earlier in the day, the democratically-elected Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh vowed revenge on Israel, saying Palestinians will keep up resistance despite the deadly attacks.

The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the acts of aggression are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured. 
Hamas says it will 'rain rockets on Israel' if strikes continue  ~ link ~ A top Hamas official says the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, will rain down its rockets on Israel as long as the new wave of attacks by the Tel Aviv regime on the Gaza Strip continues.

“If the Israeli aggression continues, it is clear that the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades and Hamas will attack the Israelis, the Israeli soldiers and the Israeli decision-makers,” Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said at a press conference in Gaza on Thursday.

He added, “We will launch our rockets just like rain. Rains of rockets will pour down on them.”

Meanwhile, another Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said they would not consider a truce with Israel for now.

"We will not be exposed to further tricks by the occupation. We consider talk of a truce at this time an attempt to provide more cover for the continuation of the escalation on Gaza," he said.

Abu Zuhri was responding to earlier remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Tel Aviv will take whatever action necessary against Gaza Strip.

The new wave of Israeli aggression on Gaza has claimed at least 17 lives since Wednesday. Ahmed al-Ja'abari, the popular and influential head of the Hamas military wing, the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, was assassinated in an Israeli attack on his car on Wednesday.

Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

Live Blog: IDF pummels Gaza, orders call-up, after rockets encroach onto Tel Aviv ~ link ~ Rockets hit Gush Dan area for first time since 1991 Gulf War; Israel suffers first three fatalities after rocket hits residential building in Kiryat Malachi; three soldiers injured by mortar fire; 274 rockets fired into Israel since start of operation

The Israel Defense Forces says it has carried out 340 strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip since the launch of Operation Pillar of Defense, Wednesday.
Iron Dome in action - with photos and video of the horrible events beginning to unfold in the Middle East ~ link ~ Regardless of what this mainstream news article says, the expensive Israeli 'Iron Dome' anti-missile missile system is showing itself to be a joke, it has hit only 17 out of 50 incoming missiles.  The photos on this article also show just a tiny percentage of the growing human horror, so much of it inflicted on unarmed civilians, including small children.  Get right with God, we are entering the End Time now.   Stirling     
Israel tonight stood on the brink of full-scale war with Hamas as thousands of troops were deployed to the border with Gaza and 30,000 reservists were put on standby for a ground invasion.

As the country's missile defence system 'Iron Dome' blasted militant rockets out of the sky, the streets of Tel Aviv were filled with the sound of alarms.

Terrified Israelis spent the day cowering in their homes - as did families in Gaza as tit-for-tat missile strikes in the wake of the assassination of a Hamas leader intensified throughout the day.

Russia condemns Israeli violence against Gaza Strip ~ link ~ Russia has strongly condemned the latest wave of Israel's aerial attacks on Gaza Strip, which has killed over a dozen Palestinians in the besieged territory.

"Further escalation of violence would be impermissible," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters in Moscow on Thursday.

“The disproportionate strikes in Gaza Strip are totally unacceptable, especially when there are civilian casualties," he added.

"Moscow is deeply concerned with what is going on in Gaza Strip and calls for the bloodshed to end," Lukashevich noted.

The Kremlin also said on Thursday that President Vladimir Putin was following the Gaza situation, and was worried about the violence there.

"President Putin receives online information from all our relevant services in charge of these and, of course, he is concerned with it," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. 

Israel ignores International Law with Gaza bombing, enjoys US and UK support - with photos ~ link The latest attacks by Israel against Gaza have been condemned as a violation of international law. However the US and UK have given their unwavering support to the new strikes on Gaza.

US President Barack Obama “reiterated US support for Israel's right to self-defense in light of rocket attacks from Gaza” in a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.
Meanwhile UK Foreign Secretary William Hague also stepped forward in Israel’s defense, claiming that Hamas “bears principle responsibility” for the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Israel has now reportedly hit over 200 “targets” in Gaza, killing 13 and injuring over 120 people.
The unwavering support by the US and the UK is astounding, considering Israel has yet to comply with to any of the resolutions passed (see list) by the United Nations in relation to the Middle East conflict.

Israel kills teacher working with UN agency ~ link ~ Soon the numbers killed will be to great to cover much specifics.  Four years ago, entire schools were bombed out of existence by the Israelis.   Stirling  

A United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees says an Israeli airstrike on the north of Gaza has killed one of its teachers.    

Decision bombing? Israel's 'election attack' triggers Gaza War spiral ~ linkMeanwhile, experts are starting to question the timing of the Israeli attack on Gaza which is not viewed as accidental. Israel will hold a general election on January 22 and conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to retaliate harshly against Hamas.
Eric Draitser, a geopolitical analyst for Stop Imperialism sees the attack as fitting in with the pre-election campaign to influence Israel's general election. 
“The timing of the attack is not a coincidence. Even though Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen as the only option, he was also pushing hard for Romney to win,” Draitser told RT. “And now this attack could be one of the ways Netanyahu is trying to exercise his own power in the country, showing that Israel is not weak and that the administration will push forward with this imperialistic agenda no matter who won the US election.” 

Hamas releases video of downed Israeli drone, IDF denies - with video ~ link ~ Truth is the 'first casualty' of war, but in the case of Israel, truth is always a casualty.  Stirling    
Someone is lying here: either Hamas did not down an IDF drone, dubbed "Sky Light", and the clip below is one big fraud (unclear why Hamas would go to such a length to fabricate a downed drone video), or the IDF is lying when it said it "confirmed" that one of its drones had been shot down. Either way, we have a feeling that the airborne campaign is coming to an end, and that Israel may and likely will escalate to a full blown land invasion very soon unless something dramatically changes. We fail to see what catalyzes this.

Israel kills 15 Palestinians in 24 hours ~ link ~ At least 15 Palestinians, including senior Hamas commander Ahmed al-Ja’abari, have been killed in the Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip since November 14.

On Thursday, three Palestinians were killed in the latest round of the airstrikes in the southern city of Khan Yunis while two others were killed in the northern region of the coastal enclave. Ten people were killed during the violence on Wednesday and more than 100 others sustained injuries.

Also on Thursday, three Israelis were killed when Palestinian rockets hit a house in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi.

The Tel Aviv regime has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as the ministers for military and foreign affairs the authority to decide on expanding the offensive against Gaza.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the “deteriorating situation” and the “new cycle of bloodshed” in the besieged Palestinian territory.

On Wednesday, during a telephone conversation with Netanyahu, Ban said that he was concerned about the situation in the region and the “targeted killing by Israel of a Hamas military operative in Gaza.”

However, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice defended the Israeli offensive against Palestinians at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on the same day.

Israel needs Obama nod to attack Gaza reports expert - with video ~ link ~ A Middle East expert says Israel would not dare attack Gaza and carry out war crimes against a besieged people without the green light from US President Barack Obama personally.

Israel has launched a brutal campaign of aggression against the people of the Gaza strip. According to human rights activist Adie Mormech at the scene, hospitals in Gaza are overloaded. Young children and infants are already among the dead. In response, a barrage of rockets from the Palestinian side has hit Israeli settlement areas. The Pentagon has stated that they will stand by their Israeli partners.

Press TV has interviewed Saeb Shaath, author and Middle East expert, from Belfast about the acts of aggression targeting Gaza. He is joined by two additional guests on Press TV’s News Analysis, Mormech, who has joined the program from the Gaza Strip, and Lawrence Korb with the Center for American Progress progressive public policy research and advocacy organization, from New York City.

The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Please explain to us what you think is the reason for the timing, which has come at this time looking at course at Barak Obama being reelected. Do you think Israel informs Barak Obama of what is to occur in the Gaza Strip of which they forewarned 24 hours back that they were going to at some point attack the Gaza Strip?

Shaath: Let me express it in this way... If we notice today’s attack and assassination in Gaza it is obliged to be an attack on all Arabs and all Muslims worldwide and if you are going to react to that God help us what is going to happen and who the next target will be.

Since Obama has been elected the second time we shall not be fooled by Romney and pschy-wars with Netanyahu or not. The plan will play in America between Democrats and Republicans, they’ve got both Parties. Both Parties are partners in the crime with the Zionists assassinating and killing the Palestinians.

The Israelis won’t dare to attack Gaza in that way and carry these sorts of war crimes against a besieged area without the green light of the United States of America, Obama personally.

So, today the assassinations and killing of people, some of them babies and children; Ahmed al-Jabari the leader of the military wing of Hamas was one of them.

This is all a reaction to when the resistance reacted to the planned attack the previous week on Gaza last Saturday and the killing of a child there last Thursday.

So when the resistance reacted targeting a military vehicle with it’s new anti-tank missile coordinates the Zionists confirmed that four of its senior officers were badly injured... Then, the other part of the resistance Islamic Jihad launched a new sophisticated rocket at them - that scared them.

Do not forget who has the highest security arsenal in the region and weaponry made in the United States of America attacking the civilians of Gaza and Palestinians everywhere.

So the timing of this if we look at the picture a little bit wider Israel since September has been engaged in war games at the Golan Heights bringing more brigades into the area.

Today just a couple of hours before the assassination Barak said - Ehud Barak the Israeli Defense Minister said that the summoned delegates of the Golan Heights in the Zionist State are totally under the control of the Free Syrian Army at this time.

So, they are working there, the Zionists, hand in hand with the Syrian gangs to create a buffer zone and the message sent to Gaza and a second to Syria that they are in the future not to interfere. This is also a message to... Beirut, to the resistance. At the end of the day, Iran has to hear this message in order to understand what is coming.
IDF attacking 70 rocket sites in Gaza ~ link ~ The IAF launched a second assault wave at Hamas-contolled Gaza Thursday evening, targeting 70 underground missile sites. 

The IDF is amassing ground forces near Gaza and preparing for a possible ground assault. Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) told Voice of Israel that Gaza is in for an "unprecedented attack."

US Navy rushes robotic tools to clear mines in Persian Gulf ~ link ~ You didn't really think that this was just about Gaza did you?   Stirling    
Rockets hit Israel, airstrikes in Gaza - 23 photos ~ link  
The tragic story behind Gaza photo ~ link ~ 11 month old baby killed by Israelis.   Stirling     
Jihad Misharawi, a BBC Arabic correspondent who lives in Gaza, tragically became part of the story he's been covering on Wednesday, when an Israeli airstrike killed his 11-month-old son.

A chilling photo showing Misharawi carrying his son's body through al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City was published by the Associated Press and printed on the front page of Thursday's Washington Post.

According to Paul Danahar, the BBC's Middle East bureau chief, Misharawi's sister-in-law was also killed in the the airstrike that hit his home in Gaza. Misharawi's brother was also seriously wounded, Danahar said.

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