Israeli forces appeared to be stepping up the pressure on the Palestinians. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Israel would not hesitate to use “extreme steps” in its effort to rescue the soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, 19.
Israeli forces conducted an air strike on a Hamas training camp in southern Gaza. According to witnesses, Israeli troops also took over the old Gaza airport and moved toward Rafah on the road that marks the border between Gaza and Egypt while Egyptian troops watched.
As Israeli tanks took positions on the outskirts of the airport, more tanks and ground forces massed in staging areas along the northeastern and southern border fence with Gaza, especially around Nahal Oz and Kerem Shalom.
Posted by Karol at 07:07 AM
Technorati Tags: Israel Gaza+Strip Gilad+Shalit
Very interesting that the Egyptian troops took no action. I think it is pretty safe to say that no Arab will ever voluntarily die for a Palestinian. The only ones who will are left-wing Europeans and Americans.
Has Israel Realized Its Mistakes?
Last night, Israel began a series of military measures in an attempt to gain the release of one of its soliders. As I write there are reports that Israel is buzzing a Palace of the Syrian President as a public warning…
This time I can’t really argue with the Israelis decision. Not sure its a good idea for the peace process but the group concerned brought it on themselves (and evidently the people of Gaza as well) when they kidnapped a soldier (lets face it a kid at 19).
Sad thing is Fatah and other sections of hamas were close to agreeing a deal under which Hamas would have recognised Israel. That would have been a better course of action.
What Hamas defines as recognizing Israel and how the rest of the world defines is two very different definitions. See Crosblog entry about it.
I think it is pretty safe to say that no Arab will ever voluntarily die for a Palestinian. The only ones who will are left-wing Europeans and Americans.
You mean some ISM volunteers could be caught in the crossfire? One can only hope!
I think it is pretty safe to say that no Arab will ever voluntarily die for a Palestinian.
Probably not. It’s a pretty well-regarded notion that Arab leaders use the Palestinians to drum up support from their own people.
Not that he didn’t have the funds to do it, but does anyone here really think Saddam Hussein was being charitable when he said he would pay suicide bombers’s familes thousands of dollars in compensation?