Blackfive‘s Uncle Jimbo says that 83 rockets have fallen on Israel in the last three days from Gaza. Fox News says that Israel responded by killing the military leader of Hamas. (Video of Ahmad Jabari’s demise is at the Blackfive link) So, since retaliation actually means an initial attack to Hamas, they have declared war on Israel, like those 83 missiles never happened;
“The occupation has opened the gates of hell,” the armed wing of Hamas reportedly said.
“Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences,” Islamic Jihad reportedly said.
Israel says that it has destroyed at least 20 facilities which used for storage of more missiles. And they’re sitting under their “Iron Dome” defensive shield which they claim has stopped 13 missiles from landing in Israel in their intended form.
So, the word on the street is that Israel is preparing to cross into Gaza with ground forces, once again. The Washington Post reports that the handwringers in academia and think tanks are contemplating the far-reaching effects of an Israeli invasion of Gaza;
The New York Times’s Tehran-based Thomas Erdbrink warned on Twitter; “While Iran and Hamas have been estranged over Syria, Iran’s leaders will be highly upset over Jabari’s assassination today in Gaza,” he wrote. “Forget ANY Iran-US talks if conflict in Gaza escalates. … Iran leaders can never be seen as talking to US, while its ‘eternal’ ally Israel assassinates Iran’s ideological allies.”
Yeah, so Israel should just let the rockets fall on them so Obama can have talks with Iran. If you’re wonder how the Huffington Post is covering the whole Israel/Gaza thing, Huff-Watch says it’s their typical Hamas-centric view.