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Israel withdraws most troops from Gaza
AP ^ | August 3 2014 | KARIN LAUB and JOSEF FEDERMAN

Posted on 08/03/2014 3:14:32 PM PDT by PoloSec

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead.

Even as Israel said it was close to completing its mission, heavy fighting raged in parts of Gaza, with at least 10 people killed in what U.N. and Palestinian officials said was an Israeli airstrike near a U.N. shelter. The United States lashed out at Israel, saying it was "appalled" by the "disgraceful" attack.

And with Hamas officials vowing to continue their fight, it remained uncertain whether Israel could unilaterally end the war.

Israel launched its military operation in Gaza on July 8 in response to weeks of heavy rocket fire, carrying out hundreds of airstrikes across the crowded seaside territory. It then sent in ground forces July 17 in what it said was a mission to destroy the tunnels used by Hamas to carry out attacks.

Hamas has fired more than 3,000 rockets into Israel during what has turned into the bloodiest round of fighting ever between the two enemies.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, confirmed the bulk of ground troops had been pulled out of Gaza after the military concluded it had destroyed most of the tunnel network.

He said Israel had detected some 30 tunnels that were dug along the border for what he called a "synchronized attack" on Israel.

"We've caused substantial damage to this network to an extent where we've basically taken this huge threat and made it minimal," he said. The army had thousands of troops in Gaza at the height of the operation.

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TOPICS: Egypt; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; gaza; hamas; iran; irondome; israel; lebanon; russia; sinai; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 08/03/2014 3:14:32 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Bad idea.


2 posted on 08/03/2014 3:15:44 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

Sooner or later they will have to finish the job, that’s a given


3 posted on 08/03/2014 3:18:15 PM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: PoloSec

Mistake, Bibi.


4 posted on 08/03/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: PoloSec

As long as the world and Democrats support terrorists like Hamas, terrorism is what they will get.


5 posted on 08/03/2014 3:19:13 PM PDT by pallis
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To: TBP

I’m no military expert - my idea of military expertise is creating a recipe without eggs during WWII - but could this be withdrawing troops before annihilating Gaza?


6 posted on 08/03/2014 3:19:22 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
I’m no military expert but could this be withdrawing troops before annihilating Gaza? Me neither. But no.
7 posted on 08/03/2014 3:21:02 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: miss marmelstein
I’m no military expert but could this be withdrawing troops before annihilating Gaza?

Me neither. But no.
8 posted on 08/03/2014 3:21:32 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: miss marmelstein
but could this be withdrawing troops before annihilating Gaza?

You mean Hamas? Hopefully this sets back Hamas many years but I think the US and other countries will be rushing in with a lot of money for the Palies.

9 posted on 08/03/2014 3:23:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: bakeneko

Ah, a man after my own heart. Hope your post doesn’t get pulled.


11 posted on 08/03/2014 3:31:35 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: GeronL

Well, I meant Hamas but I also meant Gaza who turned an orchard into a killing field.

Last night, I saw a video of IDF giving out ice cream bars to P. kids. The video reminded us that these children would grow up to be vicious haters of Israel, too.


12 posted on 08/03/2014 3:35:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

It’s the tunnels underneath the hospitals and the day cares that need to go


13 posted on 08/03/2014 3:36:41 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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Haven't read the thread, but I bet there's some criticism. It's Israel's call, and my guess the decision is based less on the American administrations views than any since Israel became a state. I can't know if they've adequately degraded Hamas capability any more than I can assess the northern threat. And while it would be nice to crush Hamas, who runs Gaza? Israel doesn't want to, Egypt won't though they'd be a good choice, and Abbas doesn't seem to be interested. This should have been a no brainer for him.

14 posted on 08/03/2014 3:41:51 PM PDT by SJackson (incompetent and feckless..the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f***ing tiller, Hillary)
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To: PoloSec

Perhaps when a nuclear detonation occurs over Washington D.C. - then the PC jackasses running our federal government will finally “get it” ... That is, at least those jackasses not vaporized in the attack.

Considering all the OTM that are now freely crossing our southern border; and considering that Jihaddists have been flocking to South America to learn Spanish and blend in with the Hispanic culture ... I expect the WMD detonations in our cites to be an event not to far removed from the present. Of course, knowing the Islamic inclination of the chief jackass now “in charge” - that SOB would probably be part of the plan in getting Americans killed by the millions ... I am certain the genocidal result would make Bill Ayers, his mentor, quite happy.


15 posted on 08/03/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT by WTFOVR (I find myself exclaiming that expression quite often these days!)
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To: WTFOVR
Perhaps when a nuclear detonation occurs over Washington D.C. ....

I'm reminded of a cartoon where a missionary is preaching hellfire to a group of Eskimos, who are all standing there with big, approving grins on their faces.

16 posted on 08/03/2014 3:54:36 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: PoloSec

The United States lashed out at Israel, saying it was “appalled” by the “disgraceful” attack. “

Correction. Barry and his sympathizers “lashed out”, not the United States. Barry Soetoro’s words do NOT represent my opinion, nor the opinion of millions of outraged Americans. We’ve got a very bad man pretending that he is speaking on our behalf.


17 posted on 08/03/2014 3:58:30 PM PDT by mom of young patriots
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18 posted on 08/03/2014 4:00:40 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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> Hamas has fired more than 3,000 rockets into Israel during what has turned into the bloodiest round of fighting ever between the two enemies. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, confirmed the bulk of ground troops had been pulled out of Gaza after the military concluded it had destroyed most of the tunnel network.

That’s what, a mere 100 a day? /s


19 posted on 08/03/2014 5:21:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: PoloSec
Dang it! The Israelis only whacked 0.1% of their Hamas problem. The only reason to withdraw ground troops is when you smother Gaza in MLRS rockets and cluster bombs. Hamas has learned nothing. Israel — you must destroy their arms, caches, command and control, logistics, and underground tunnel warren. Stay the course: destroy, destroy, destroy.
20 posted on 08/03/2014 5:28:36 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: miss marmelstein

Apparently it was.

Bottom line: This is a war of peoples, unlike what is understood by enlightenment European norms.

Sorry, but Israel has all justification to go not ‘all medieval on their ass’, but Old Testament on their ass.


21 posted on 08/03/2014 5:50:39 PM PDT by bakeneko
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To: WTFOVR
You labor under the opinion that they might be interested in preserving the USA as we know it,

Steve Emerson was on Fix the other night saying that the administration has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

22 posted on 08/03/2014 8:56:09 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I understand that this Republic, as it was constituted, is now dead, and only a second civil war may restore it to its former iteration, if at all.

I understand that the present oligarchical establishment of “Republocrats” and “Demonicans” - otherwise known as the “ruling class” would much like to see half of the American population exterminated, so they might better “manage” those left alive to become good obedient slaves of the police state, formally known as the American Republic ...

I understand that the majority of these same politicos purposely spread disinformation about two very important aspects of American culture:

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I understand that the oligarchs systematically raise taxes on the productive, doing so through a plethora of immoral devices that operate both in plain sight and hidden, while they simultaneously reward and perpetuate sloth ...

I understand that, in doing all these things, the ruling class creates the “first crisis,” which provides the desired separation of the parents’ influence from their children ...

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I also understand the most of my fellow countrymen prefer to be provided with their “bread and circuses” rather than to possess freedom.

BTW, Who is Steve Emerson?


23 posted on 08/03/2014 10:04:57 PM PDT by WTFOVR (I find myself exclaiming that expression quite often these days!)
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