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Incomoda como a maioria absoluta dos formadores de opinião aqui em Pindorama toma partido automaticamente da causa palestina. Israel é alvejado diariamente por foguetes, sofre ataques contra seu território e sua população e só o que aparece é a grita geral pelos direitos dos palestinos. Alto lá!

Não estou tomando partido dos israelenses, mas convém que haja uma análise menos ideológica e parcial dessa situação. São décadas de insurgência, ataques terroristas e mesmo guerras convencionais envolvendo árabes (aí incluídos os palestinos) e israelenses. Circulam pelo mundo imagens de árabes sangrando ou mortos, mas muito pouco se fala dos civis israelenses vítimas dos foguetes palestinos, do estado de tensão nas cidades, da quebra da paz em Jerusalém. Alguém considerou o fato de que o país (Israel) está sendo atacado?

Há alternativa a Tel Aviv além de entrar logo em Gaza e por fim à ameaça? Não me venham com essa de que é Davi contra Golias… Desde a independência, Israel teve que se tornar forte, senão seria trucidado pelos vizinhos. E lembro que os primeiros ataques, no dia seguinte à criação do Estado, em 1948, foram externos (dos vizinhos) e internos  (com o levante palestino). Os israelenses não devem responder à agressão, então, só porque seriam “mais fortes” que aqueles que os atacam? Ou a resposta deveria ser “moderada” (isso é possível?)? E o Hamas, está disposto a negociar a paz?

O jogo ali se mostra bem mais complexo do que análises simplistas tentam explicar. É muito fácil condenar Israel a partir do ar condicionado de um escritório ou de um estúdio… Difícil é estar recebendo bomba na cabeça e ter que aguentar críticas para que não se revide…

LIVE BLOG: At least 15 rocket fired at Ashdod in less than 5 minutes

Rocket scored direct hit on Be’er Sheva home; three wounded in attacks on south; Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Tel Aviv, car catches fire from shrapnel; Lieberman: Cease-fire is contingent upon total cessation of fire by all terrorist groups.

^Haaretz.com – By ,     Gili Cohen and         |      Nov.18, 2012 | 12:37 AM |  

Israel was bombarded by a barrage of rockets on Sunday, as Operation Pillar of Defense entered its fifth day.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem that Israel was prepared to significantly expand its operation in the Gaza Strip.

The premier told U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he was ready to accept a comprehensive cease-fire if the rocket fire from Gaza will stop.

Jerusalem residents received their first taste of rocket warnings over the weekend as terror groups fired more missiles on the south and at Tel Aviv.

 After the first rocket was fired at the Tel Aviv area on Friday, the army deployed a fifth, new, Iron Dome anti-missile battery in the region on Saturday morning. Within two hours, the system considered more advanced than the previous four because of its more sophisticated radar system intercepted a Fajr-5 missile fired at the city.

More than 70 rockets have been fired at Israel since Saturday, and the IDF has attacked a similar number of targets in the Gaza Strip. At least 10 Palestinians have been killed since Saturday night, and three Israelis have been wounded.

LIVE BLOG

2:48 P.M. In press briefing, Foreign Minister Lieberman says a cease-fire is contingent upon a total cessation of fire by all terrorist organizations active in Gaza.

2:36 P.M. Rocket alert sounds in Ashdod (Israel Radio)

2:31 P.M. Due to high volume of calls, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality asks residents to keep entrances to their buildings open in order to allow people to seek shelter when siren sounds (Haaretz)

2:25 P.M. Chief of Staff concludes meeting on assessment of the situation,  instructs IDF to pick up the pace of the strikes on Gaza (Haaretz)

2:16 P.M. Environment Ministry considering scaling down hazardous materials in Tel Aviv area (Haaretz)

2:04 P.M. At least 15 rockets fired at Ashdod (Haaretz)

2:03 P.M. Rocket alert sounds in Eshkol Regional Council (Haaretz)

1:57 P.M. Rocket alert sounds in Ashkelon, Ashdod, and Be’er Tuvia (Haaretz)

1:43 P.M. Rocket scores direct home on Be’er Sheva (Yanir Yagna)

1:24 P.M. Rocket alert sounds in Be’er Sheva

1:13 P.M. Iron Dome intercepts rocket en route to Netivot, two headed for Ofakim, and two fired at Sderot (Yanir Yagna)

1:06 P.M. Five rockets fired at Ashkelon, all intercepted by Iron Dome (Haaretz)

12:57 P.M. Rocket alert sounds in Ashkelon

12:40 P.M. 117 trucks carrying humanitarian aid cross Kerem Shalom into Gaza

12:14 P.M. Rocket alert sounds in Ashdod (Haaretz)

11:43 A.M. Palestinian killed as IAF resumes attacks on Gaza (Haaretz)

11:43 A.M. Five rockets land in Sha’ar Hanegev; Israeli seriously wounded (Haaretz)

11:26 A.M. Rocket alert sounds in Sdot Negev and Sha’ar Hanegev (Israeli Radio)

11:15 A.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins cabinet meeting in Jerusalem by saying that Israel is suffering a heavy price at the hands of Hamas, and is“prepared to significantly expand the operation.”

Netanyahu does not discuss efforts toward reaching a cease-fire. He mentions his conversation with various international leaders over the weekend, adding that he had stressed to them that Israel is making an effort to prevent harming innocent civilians. (Barak Ravid)

10:54 A.M. Rocket strikes house in Ashkelon, causing severe damage to building; no immediate word of injuries (Haaretz)

10:50 A.M. Car catches fire in Holon, just south of Tel Aviv, after hit by shrapnel from Iron Dome rocket interception (Haaretz)

10:42 A.M. Rocket alert sounds on Ashkelon beach (Haaretz)

10:36 A.M. Two rockets fired at Tel Aviv area; at least one intercepted by Iron Dome missile system (Haaretz)

10:31 A.M. Rocket alert sounds in Tel Aviv, Holon, and Bat Yam

10:27 A.M. Rocket alerts sounds in Ashdod and Ashkelon beach

10:00 A.M. Four rockets fired at Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, strike open areas. Rocket alerts sounded in Be’er Tuvia, Ashdod, Kiryat Malkhi.

9:58 A.M. Rocket alert sounds in Eshkol region (Israel Radio)

9:06 A.M. Rocket alert sounds in Ashkelon (Israel Radio)

8:35 A.M. Two Israelis lightly wounded from shrapnel after rocket hits building in Ashkelon. Five people treated for shock.

8:26 A.M. Iron Dome intercepts two rockets over Ashkelon

8:26 A.M. Two rockets strike open field in Eshkol

8:25 A.M. Rocket hits home in Ashkelon, another rocket strikes car, causing damage; another rocket hits high wire in city.

8:17 A.M. Rocket alert sounded in Ashkelon (Army Radio)

7:37 A.M. Since Operation Pillar of Defense began, 52 Palestinians have been killed, 9 on Saturday night alone, and 400 wounded; A third of the rockets fired from Gaza have been intercepted by Iron Dome missile defense system (Haaretz)

7:28 A.M. Rocket falls in open area in the Gaza envelope in Israel’s south, for the first time on Sunday, no damage or casualties reported (Haaretz)

03:53 A.M. Palestinian media reports two children killed in an IAF strike in the Beit Lahiya area in Gaza (Haaretz)

02:55 A.M. Palestinians news agency Ma’an: Israeli airstrike damages complex of media offices in Gaza City injuring six journalists (Haaretz)

00:11 A.M. Palestinians say number of Gazans killed in operation rises to 45, 17 of them civilians, with another 36 wounded. (Haaretz)

11:50 P.M. “The Israelis will commit a stupid mistake if they decide to launch a ground operation against Gaza,” Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah says during a Shi’ite religious ceremony in Beirut’s southern suburbs. “The resistance in Gaza has acquired power, determination and planning capabilities,” Nasrallah said, adding that the firepower possessed by Hamas militants was putting Israelis increasingly on edge. (DPA)

11:40 P.M. Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi says his government is in contact with both the Israelis and the Palestinians and that “there are some indications that there could be a ceasefire soon.” Morsi made the comments at a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but he stressed that there were still “no guarantees.” (DPA)

11:30 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with a number of foreign leaders over the weekend, telling them he would be prepared for an immediate, comprehensive ceasefire with Hamas if the latter agrees to halt all rocket fire from Gaza. The leaders asked Netanyahu to refrain from escalating the operation and to give Egyptian attempts to mediate a ceasefire a few days to play out. Netanyahu’s office refused to comment. (Barak Ravid)

11:15 P.M. Prime Minister’s Office denies media reports that an Israeli government representative has been dispatched to Cairo to conduct ceasefire talks. (Barak Ravid)

11:00 P.M. Fifty-seven rockets were intercepted on Saturday by Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system. Since the beginning of the operation in Gaza, 267 rockets have been intercepted. (Gili Cohen)

For Saturday’s live updates, click here. 

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Overnight IDF Strikes bring Target Total to 500

By Maayana Miskin First Publish: 11/16/2012, 8:36 AM

The IDF hit roughly 150 terrorist targets in Gaza over Thursday night. Most of the targets hit were rocket launchers used for mid-range missiles. IAF planes also took out several weapons storage sites. A total of 500 Gaza targets have been hit since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense. The Palestinian Authority media reported that another site targeted Thursday night was the home of senior Hamas commander Mohammad Sanour in Khan Younis. Two people were reportedly injured in the strike. The strikes have so far had the desired effect: a significant reduction in the frequency of rocket attacks on Israel. Terrorists launched several rockets overnight, compared to several dozen per night earlier in the week. Strikes continue, with the IDF taking out underground launch sites. IDF sources said the military has precise intelligence information on the location of the sites. IDF spokespeople have urged civilians in Gaza who are aware of Hamas installations or rocket launching near their home to temporarily leave the area.(Note: accompanying pictures are in Gaza.) The Hebrew name for the operation is Amud Anan, a reference to the G-d-sent Pillar of Smoke (cloud) that protected the Children of Israel in their  desert sojourn during the day, while a pillar of fire lit their way at night. Since the literal translation would not have that association, the English official translation differs from the literal meaning of the expression.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/162152#.UKYW24dtgRx

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