The Associated Press reports that the first major combat of this incursion into Gaza by the Israeli Defense Force has killed dozens of Palestinians and a bakers’ dozen of Israeli troops.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the offensive would continue “as long as necessary” to end attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilians.
But Hamas seems defiant, international cease-fire efforts are stalled, and international criticism is becoming more vocal as the death toll among Palestinian civilians rises.
It makes me wonder what Hamas has to be defiant about. But, according to Reuters, two of the IDF troops killed were US citizens;
Max Steinberg, a native of California’s San Fernando Valley, was a sniper in the Golani Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces, according to a letter sent by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to its email list.
Nissim Sean Carmeli, of South Padre Island in Texas, was also fighting in the Golani Brigade, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The U.S. Department of State confirmed both deaths, and said both men were citizens of the United States. It was not immediately clear whether they also held Israeli citizenship.
Oh, yeah, remember those 20 missiles that the UN found in one of their schools last week? Well, the UN demanded that Hamas remove them – in effect handing the missiles back to Hamas, according to Gateway Pundit.
The IDF posts video evidence of Hamas troops hiding in and firing from Palestinian homes;
Not to worry, John Kerry is enroute to some secure part of Israel to negotiate a ceasefire. Meanwhile the UN Security Council has demanded that there has to be an immediate halt to the fighting with a resolution, according to Fox News;
A press statement issued by the Security Council expressed “serious concern at the escalation of violence,” called for the protection of civilians under international humanitarian law, and said it was troubled by the growing number of casualties.
The Palestinian United Nations envoy, Ambassador Riyad Mansour, was disappointed. “We were hoping for the Security Council to adopt a resolution to condemn the aggression against our people,” he told reporters. But he said Sunday’s council statement was “a test” for Israel to see if it would comply.
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