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On the Gaza Border: Israelis Cheering On the Attacks
Time/CNN ^ | 12-29-08 | Aaron J. Klein

Posted on 12/29/2008 3:24:16 AM PST by atomic conspiracy

In the first 36 hours after the Israeli offensive against Gaza started, Hamas militants fired only 150 rockets, some with a range of about 22 miles, toward Israeli towns. That is below their capacity of up to 200 a day, an estimate by Israeli military sources. "They are keeping their heads down," says a senior military intelligence officer. "Their accuracy is very low right now because of the dense aerial presence by Israeli planes. They know that the chances that they are being spotted by Israel surveillance and intelligence forces is very high." The officer adds, "The clear skies above the Gaza strip did not helped them also."

The clear skies have also afforded ordinary Israeli citizens a chance to watch the onslaught — and applaud. At noon Sunday two Israeli Apache combat helicopters hovered in the air two miles east of Sderot, an Israeli town less than four miles from the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza strip. Below the choppers, a dozen Israeli spectators perched on a hilltop watched with anticipation. A minute went by and the first Apache fired a Hellfire missile, which went rumbling into the Palestinian side of the border. A few seconds later the crowd broke into cheers at the resulting sight: somewhere between the Jibalya refugee camp and the outskirts of Gaza city a ball of heavy black smoke was rising.

Then the second Apache moved forward and two minutes later it shot another hellfire missile. Another ball of smoke, smaller but just as black, rose half a mile north of the first target. Later on, the spectators listened to radio reports that Israeli helicopters had attacked Qassam launchers, the weapons that Hamas militants have been using to terrorizing Israeli towns along the Gaza strip.

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hurray; shootinggallery; showtime
(Much more at link) Always good to cheer the home team. Apache+Hellfire: From America with love, your tax dollars at work. Money well spent imho.
1 posted on 12/29/2008 3:24:17 AM PST by atomic conspiracy
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To: All

A bit off topic:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2155473/posts


2 posted on 12/29/2008 3:35:25 AM PST by Cindy
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To: atomic conspiracy

Israelis applauding at the defense of their country. Does the news item want us to think that is bad?
What about the cheering and festivities in the streets when fanatical death cult members flew planes with passengers into occupied office buildings? What about the joy and partying when death cult members kill Israeli High School children on the way to school?


3 posted on 12/29/2008 3:39:42 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism = serious mental deficiency)
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To: atomic conspiracy
On the Gaza Border: Israelis Cheering On the Attacks

At the Keyboard: Freepers Cheering On the Attacks

Way to go Israel.

4 posted on 12/29/2008 3:46:42 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Show them what you got, Israel.

Be damned what the Palis, the UN or the world says.

You have every right to defend yourself.


5 posted on 12/29/2008 3:51:31 AM PST by GulfWar1Vet
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To: atomic conspiracy

Sitting on a hilltop on a Sunday afternoon watching Apaches shoot missiles into Gaza...

Now that’s a great weekend!


6 posted on 12/29/2008 4:00:52 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: atomic conspiracy
Hamas militants fired only 150 rockets, some with a range of about 22 miles....

Only 150 rockets fired from the USA into, say, Canada. What would the reaction from the world be regarding that?


7 posted on 12/29/2008 4:03:57 AM PST by Islander7 (This Atlas is shrugging! ~ I am Joe!)
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To: mikey_hates_everything

I would have taken a sammich and made a day out of it.


8 posted on 12/29/2008 4:04:18 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Go Israel! Good luck to the warriors and may the spectators enjoy the show.

I remember the day we started hitting the Taliban back in October 2001. It was a Sunday and all across America the crowds in the football stadiums cheered as the news was shown on the jumbo-screens. Just one of the many times I’ve been proud of my country. Michelle Obama can go F herself.


9 posted on 12/29/2008 4:06:02 AM PST by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: Islander7

Well, I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I would be a tad annoyed.

:^)


10 posted on 12/29/2008 4:18:23 AM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: Islander7

Only 150 rockets? What a statement from CNN.

And the pic of the “big toothed” Georgia peanut farmer! What a Goober!


11 posted on 12/29/2008 4:19:51 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

Welcome to FR.

There are tons of ‘news’ articles down playing the ‘odds’ of being injured or killed by Palestinian rockets. The gist of these are: “The Israelis should just take it all in stride.”

Amazing, truly amazing.


12 posted on 12/29/2008 4:31:05 AM PST by Islander7 (This Atlas is shrugging! ~ I am Joe!)
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To: GulfWar1Vet

And notice there is no mention of the Egyptians firing on pali’s trying to sneak into their country.


13 posted on 12/29/2008 4:39:58 AM PST by Carley
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To: Islander7

Better analogy would be 150 rockets fired from Mexico into the US... trying to drive out the ‘evil Americans’ from what the Mexicans consider ‘mexican’ territory.


Come to think of it, that might actually happen. Mexican drug cartels using rockets as a diversion as to preoccupy our border agents... and smuggle drugs in at a different point.

:-(


14 posted on 12/29/2008 4:45:16 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Islander7; Texas Fossil
What would our reaction be, if Mexico was lobbing 150 missiles into Houston?

Oh, never mind, I forgot we have a very leniant policy toward Mexico and it's crime and corruption toward us.

15 posted on 12/29/2008 4:56:55 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Join the Constitution Party)
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To: gogogodzilla

I used Canada in my analogy because Canadians represent no threat to the US.

Mexico does represent a threat to US security.

Israel is not a threat to the Palestinians. If the Palestinians disarm, there will be peace. If the Israelis disarm, there will be a blood bath.


16 posted on 12/29/2008 5:02:40 AM PST by Islander7 (This Atlas is shrugging! ~ I am Joe!)
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To: atomic conspiracy
Right about here the Israelis should advise Egypt that they have guests coming, and push all of the Palestinians out of Gaza.

The Palis on the West Bank should get a telegram saying if so much as a firecracker is thrown at the IDF, they are headed for Egypt too.

The Gaza strip has been nothing but an open sore in Israels side since the 1950's. Time to cauterize the wound.

17 posted on 12/29/2008 5:03:04 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: gogogodzilla
"Mexican drug cartels using rockets as a diversion as to preoccupy our border agents"

I wouls hope that we would rummage around in our military for another J.J.Pershing.

He may have not caught Villa, but things settled down south of the border pretty quickly after he got busy.

18 posted on 12/29/2008 5:05:45 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: atomic conspiracy
Sderot, an Israeli town less than four miles from the border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza strip

Yeah, Sderot is just a border town notable for nothing else; sort of like Champlain, NY.

ML/NJ

19 posted on 12/29/2008 5:08:51 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: atomic conspiracy

They try to make Israel look like they are the aggressors.
how many of us would be cheering if we were finally fighting back after being bombed day and night?

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Why have they not reported this?

from
http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/1959.htm

Following are excerpts from an interview with Hamas Leader Khaled Mash’al, which aired on Al-Quds TV on December 14, 2008 (two weeks before the Israeli attack in Gaza):

Khaled Mash’al: The tahdiah [”calm”] was limited to six months, ending on December 19. It should be noted that the enemy did not comply with the terms of the tahdiah, and that the siege still pressures our people. Therefore, we in Hamas, and I think most of the [other] forces, [say] loud and clear that after December 19, 2008, the tahdiah will end, and will not be renewed.

Interviewer: This may be a scoop. You are declaring that there will be no tahdiah after it ends on December 19...

Khaled Mash’al: The tahdiah will not be renewed, but we, as a resistance force on the ground, will act in accordance to the circumstances in the field, and in keeping with our resistance to the occupation and defense of our people.
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They were planning on starting more strikes again two weeks before Israel attacked in DEFENSE of it’s people.


20 posted on 12/29/2008 10:43:48 AM PST by Munz (Infiltrate Interrogate Eradicate NEXT!)
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To: Jimmy Valentine
Right about here the Israelis should advise Egypt that they have guests coming, and push all of the Palestinians out of Gaza.

The Palis on the West Bank should get a telegram saying if so much as a firecracker is thrown at the IDF, they are headed for Egypt too.

The Gaza strip has been nothing but an open sore in Israels side since the 1950's. Time to cauterize the wound.

Outstanding idea. A reverse Exodus, I love it.

"Let your people come back."


21 posted on 12/29/2008 10:53:47 AM PST by TonyStark
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To: TonyStark

“So let it be written; so let it be done.”


22 posted on 12/29/2008 12:29:17 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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