PM: North Gaza Attack Plan ‘No Good’, Cover for Hostage Negotiations??

Olmert Delays Northern Gaza Incursion

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Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday rejected a proposal by Defense Minister Amir Peretz and the Israel Defense Forces for a ground operation in the northern Gaza Strip against the ongoing Qassam rocket fire.

Olmert demanded that they present him with an approved operational plan.

According to government sources, the operation, which will target Beit Hanun, will take place, but Olmert wants the operation to be “prolonged and exhausting,” and did not believe that the plan he was shown fit the bill.  [...]  Click here to read more.

Any Ceasefire Bodes Ill for the Future …

Weekly Commentary: Cease Fire Only Means Harder Future

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The kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, ongoing Qasaam fire, the acceptance by “man of peace” Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas of the “National Conciliation Document” (in a version even more radical than the original) and the murder of Eliahu Asheri provides Israel with a window of opportunity to launch an important – and possibly critical – operation to roll back the ever growing Palestinian capability to engage Israel in a debilitating war of attrition and bog down Israeli forces needed in the event of the threat of invasion. [...]  Click here to read more.

Rocket-Proof Walls, but What About Overhead Protection? Ghettoization of Israel Begins?

Rocket-Proof Wall a Success

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The beginning of the ghettoization and encagement of the Jews? And what about Kassams crashing through roofs? Just what is DM Peretz looking up at? (picture below) MB

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After successfully testing out the wall, the defense establishment could adopt it for beefing up structures in communities on the Gaza border and Sderot, with a special focus on educational institutions and kindergartens.

A military source explained that the wall can be place at the front of the building and will repel a strike by a Qassam rocket. [...]  Click here to read more.

Gaza Invasion, Sderot Blitz and Other Thursday Night, Friday War News …

OC Central Command: Asheri Murdered Immediately Upon Capture …

Asheri Shot in Head Sunday Immediately After Abduction

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The IDF confirmed early Thursday a report the Popular Resistance Committees issued from Gaza that it had executed Eliyahu Asheri, 18, of Itamar, who was kidnapped earlier this week in the West Bank. Asheri’s family has been notified.

His funeral was scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. in Jerusalem, with the funeral procession to pass from Beit Sanhedria to the Mount of Olives in the city.

OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh revealed Thursday morning that the youth had been shot in the head immediately after the kidnapping on Sunday.  [...]  Click here to read more.

War is War, Even When Cowardly, Murderous Foes Hide Behind Civilians …

Morality Requires: Hurt Hostile Population, by Rabbi Yisrael Rosen

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In face of intellectuals stabbing nation in back, Jewish tradition and law require us to respond to enemy fire in like kind.

The Qassams are blasting away at Sderot, and a group of well-meaning professors and authors are shouting about the defense establishment about shooting at the terrorists and signing declarations entitled “Would you kill the righteous with the sinner?”, a reference to the biblical Abraham’s plea with God not to destroy the city of Sodom.  [...]  Click here to read more.

Reservist Arrested for Failure to Report for Duty — One Year Later …

Reservist Arrested for Conscientious Objection Almost a Year Ago

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A resident of Shaarei Tikvah, in Samaria, was arrested Monday night for an act of conscientious objection he made nearly one year ago, on the eve of Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and northern Samaria. At the time, Reuven Weissblich, a father of three and a Lubavitcher Chassid, refused to report for reserve duty, writing to his commanders that he “does not want to be a part of the crime of expulsion” and that the Torah forbids relinquishing parts of the Land of Israel.  [...]  Click here to read more.

Sderot Blitz, Gaza Invasion and Other War News …

IDF Arrests Over 60 Senior Hamas MPs

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In an unprecedented operation, the IDF arrested overnight Wednesday over 60 senior Hamas members throughout the West Bank, including ministers in the Palestinian Authority parliament.

Detainees included such senior figures as Finance Minister Omar Abdel Razek, Labor Minister Muhammed Barghouti, parliament member Mohamemd Abu Teir and the mayors of Kalkilya and Jenin. Army Radio revealed that Deputy Prime Minister Naser a-Din Shaer was not arrested, as was reported earlier.  [...]  Click here to read more.