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Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Invade Amid Gaza Airstrikes
New York Times ^ | November 19, 2012 | By FARES AKRAM, JODI RUDOREN and ALAN COWELL

Posted on 11/19/2012 1:22:38 PM PST by lbryce

GAZA CITY — The top leader of Hamas dared Israel on Monday to launch a ground invasion of Gaza and dismissed diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the six-day-old conflict, as the Israeli military conducted a new wave of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Palestinian enclave, including a second hit on a 15-story building that houses media outlets. A volley of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel included one that hit a vacant school.

Speaking at a news conference in Cairo, where the diplomatic efforts were under way, the Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, suggested that the Israeli infantry mobilization on the border with Gaza was a bluff on the part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

“If you wanted to launch it, you would have done it,” Mr. Meshal told reporters. He accused Israel of using the invasion threat as an attempt to “dictate its own terms and force us into silence.”

Rejecting Israel’s contention that Hamas had precipitated the conflict, Mr. Meshal said the burden was on the Israelis. “The demand of the people of Gaza is meeting their legimitate demands — for Israel to be restrained from its aggression, assassinations and invasions, and for the siege over Gaza to be ended,” he said.

The Hamas Health Ministry said Monday evening that a total of 102 people had been killed since Wednesday morning, when Israeli airstrikes began, following months of Palestinian rocket fire into Israel. A spokeswoman for the Israeli military said she believed that a majority of these were militants, though it is difficult to know because Hamas’s own fighting brigade and the other factional groups are secretive.

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KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; israel
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

“We will make this the burial ground of the- hey, what’s that whistling noise?” [ka-boom!]

Thanks lbryce.


41 posted on 11/19/2012 5:19:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: KC_Lion

Wow look at that dog run...


42 posted on 11/19/2012 5:24:02 PM PST by Freedom_Fighter_2001
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To: lbryce
Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Invade Amid Gaza Airstrikes,


43 posted on 11/19/2012 5:53:08 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: lbryce

Diaperheads are all hat and no camel.


44 posted on 11/19/2012 6:21:15 PM PST by crosshairs (Hurricane Barry is 1000 times more destructive than Hurricane Sandy.)
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To: lbryce

Dear Hamas Leader.....

Be careful what you wish for!

KA-BOOM!


45 posted on 11/19/2012 7:31:52 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: OB1kNOb

I knew I’d find a black knight picture somewhere in this thread.


46 posted on 11/19/2012 7:58:32 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: lbryce

If Israel invades, they risk a regional or world wide war.

That is what Hamas wants.

They are thinking long term. Gaza becomes a smoking hole, but all the islamic world goes out to war, they view it as a win.

In short, Israel has to be very careful in their next move. Egypt and the new Muslim Brotherhood government may just try to intervene this time.


47 posted on 11/19/2012 8:21:56 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: lbryce
Surgically take just HIM out. The IDF has capabilities to do these things very skillfully. Oh,just before the bombs hit, he will turn Nixonian perhaps. "For gentlemen, this will be my LAST press conference. Just think how much you will be missing me. You won't have Khaled Meshal to kick around anymore..."

48 posted on 11/19/2012 9:13:12 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (*Too many* damned conservatives in the GOP primaries split the vote for Romney. We are SO retarded!)
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To: LibWhacker
It is the ONLY way their minds can be changed.

Changed to "Off" maybe.

But that'll work.

49 posted on 11/19/2012 9:24:07 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Or like that knight in Monty Python who kept up his challenges even after all his appendages were chopped off;)


50 posted on 11/19/2012 9:48:21 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: lbryce

Israel, please do this and annihilate this mooslime scum.


51 posted on 11/19/2012 10:08:27 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (We have crossed the line from independence & liberty to dependency & servitude. We are doomed)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I like your solution.

LLS


52 posted on 11/20/2012 4:27:37 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (I AM JOHN GALT)
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To: lbryce
Yet he takes brinkmanship beyond suicidal, daring one of the best, well-equipped armies to blow things up to Kingdom Come. Let them. I wonder, if Meshal survives, probably now will, with Hamas begging for a ceasefire, if he ever dares Israel to ever invade again.

The US was much better armed and equipped than Vietnam. It didn't turn out well.

Meshel is hoping that Israel comes walking into a trap, when Hamas has had lots of time to set up tens of thousands of IEDs all over Gaza, prepared tens of thousands of sniper positions, and made tens of thousands of suicide vests for their women and children.

The Palis are willing to expend many of their lives for each Israeli. What their leadership is hoping for, is to bloody the Israeli Army enough that they commit some atrocities that can be used in a propaganda campaign to strip Israel of all US aid.

53 posted on 11/20/2012 5:17:58 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (political correctness is communist thought control, disguised as good manners)
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To: lbryce
I guess these savages will release their children to be in front of them with bombs taped to their little bodies..

I really wish we could send our troops there to help Israeli.Our soldiers would be more than happy to kill these bastards.. but it won't happen with the Communist Muslim in office..Also wish they would capture Hillary and see where that headed..

54 posted on 11/20/2012 8:10:55 AM PST by PLD
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To: lbryce

Dare? Dare? Aw c’mon Mudball go all out and make it a double dare. Let’s see what you got. If Israel doesn’t clean out this inbred nest of loons once and for all this time then they can blame no one but themselves for future misery.


55 posted on 11/20/2012 10:26:16 AM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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