Sunday, July 09, 2006

Israel Withdraws Then Returns To Northern Gaza

Israellycool summarizes the recent news on Israel's Operation Summer Rains.

Yesterday brought news that Israel had withdrawn from Northern Gaza, but that news was later contradicted by reports from Palestinians of the Israeli army's return. Apparently, the withdrawal from Northern Gaza was not treated by Palestinian "militants" as a reprieve, an opportunity to rethink their disastrous war against Israel: Kassam rocket fire against Sderot continues.

In other parts of Gaza, the Israeli incursion continues, as Israel closes on Gaza City.

Abbas has futilely denounced the rocket attacks. The joy with which Palestinian "militants" seem to launch rocket attacks into Israel will not be doused by mere words from the Palestinian president. And Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has called for a cease-fire, an uncompelling plea since it was the exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Masha-’al, who called for an Israeli soldier to be kidnapped to coerce the release of Palestinian prisoners.

A focus of many news reports has been the toll of the war on Palestinian civilians, but Palestinian civilians are not entirely innocent. Not only did they vote in large numbers for Hamas, a majority support the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Here is a complete map of Gaza from the University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection.

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