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Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border
Reuters ^ | 7-28-2014 | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Crispian Balmer

Posted on 07/28/2014 12:23:21 PM PDT by Citizen Zed

Deputy Islamic Jihad chief Zeyad Al-Nakhala said mediation had made progress and the group was working with neighboring Egypt to craft a deal.

"We are days away from the end of the battle, the clouds will clear and you (Palestinians) will see victory," he told Islamic Jihad's radio station Al-Quds. "We will not accept anything less than ending the blockade."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region last week to try to stem the bloodshed, his contacts with Hamas - which Washington formally shuns - facilitated by Egypt, Turkey, Qatar and Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Tension between Netanyahu's government and Washington has flared over U.S. mediation efforts, adding yet another chapter to the prickly relations between the Israeli leader and Obama.

Repeated U.S.-led negotiations over 20 years have failed to broker a permanent peace deal. The most recent round collapsed in April, with Palestinians livid over Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank and Israelis furious that Abbas had signed a unity pact with old foe Hamas.

Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Atteya said Israel had not respected a ceasefire agreement brokered by Cairo that ended the last Gaza war in 2012 and it was time the blockade of the coastal enclave - also enforced by next-door Egypt - was lifted.

Israel has signaled it wants a de-facto halt to fighting rather than an agreement that would preserve Hamas's arsenals and shore up its status by improving Gaza's crippled economy.

The main U.N. agency in Gaza, UNRWA, said more than 167,000 displaced Palestinians had taken shelter in its schools and buildings, following repeated calls by Israel for civilians to evacuate whole neighborhoods ahead of military operations.

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1 posted on 07/28/2014 12:23:21 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

When did SOS Kerry and Obama KNOW about the tunnels
and the plan mass infiltrate in September?

When?


2 posted on 07/28/2014 12:32:30 PM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: Citizen Zed
Repeated U.S.-led negotiations over 20 years have failed to broker a permanent peace deal That is flat out wrong. Hamas, Fatah, Arafat, and all the other terrorist Palestinian groups have failed to live up to any deals
3 posted on 07/28/2014 12:34:52 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Citizen Zed

“Repeated U.S.-led negotiations over 20 years have failed to broker a permanent peace deal.”

There can be no peace until Hamas and the PA are crushed the Palestinians who now occupy Gaza and the West Bank are repatriated to Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt or which ever Arab country they or their ancestors came from.


4 posted on 07/28/2014 12:42:58 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: F15Eagle

Bump! I pray the days are short.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 1:02:35 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: Citizen Zed

How about a decapitation strike on Hamas?

Just a sudden armored thrust to the command bunker, and collapse all the entrances, burying them inside. Back at base in time for the next meal. Then shoot anyone who tries to dig them out from the air for a few days.

Maybe inject an aerosol marker chemical inside, before blowing the entrances, so you can detect if unknown doors are later opened, and drop a 2,000 pounder on any detected. Maybe insert some monitoring devices.

Perhaps it will soften their negotiating position.

Hit them where it hurts them. Teach them to fear their tunnels and bunkers as death traps.


7 posted on 07/28/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT by BeauBo
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