The Israeli Defense Forces gave Hamas’ leader of their missile forces, Yehia Bia, a close-up look at their own missiles yesterday according to the Washington Times;
An Israeli rocket launched Sunday killed a senior Hamas leader in charge of the terrorist movement’s missile operations, as fighting between the Jewish state and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip entered its fifth day and foreign leaders scrambled to prevent the conflict from escalating.
President Obama reiterated U.S. support for Israel but urged a diplomatic solution to the violence, which flared up when Hamas started firing rockets at Israeli towns and cities over the past several months.
The Israeli army said it killed Yehia Bia, the Hamas commander in charge of missile operations, when a missile flattened a two-story house in a residential neighborhood of Gaza City as Israel expanded its targets to include the homes of wanted terrorists.
I hope Yehia Bia took advantage of the opportunity and learned something from his brief examination of the weapon. More importantly, I hope Hamas as a whole takes away some lessons. I’m sure they’re listening to our president’s pleas for a diplomatic solution, one of things that Hamas is famous for embracing. Of course, immediately, Hamas harped on the 11 civilian casualties that the missile attack supposedly produced. I’m pretty sure that their idea of “civilian casualties” is different from what the rest of the world thinks are civilian casualties.
Israeli missiles also hit two media centers in Gaza, wounding six Palestinian journalists Sunday and damaging the equipment of several foreign media outlets from Europe. The buildings were targeted because they housed the offices of Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV station and the pro-Islamist Al Quds TV of Lebanon.
That probably won’t help Israel’s image, but, meh.