Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Long-term preparation, careful gathering of information, secret discussions, operational deception and the misleading of the public - all these stood behind the Israel Defense Forces "Cast Lead" operation against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, which began Saturday morning.
The disinformation effort, according to defense officials, took Hamas by surprise and served to significantly increase the number of its casualties in the strike.
Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Israeli authorities have prevented a senior UN human rights official from entering the country, accusing him of being seriously biased against it.
Israel has been angered by a series of comments by Richard Falk accusing it of war crimes and comparing its actions in Gaza to Nazi Germany in WWII.
Mr Falk was stopped at Tel Aviv airport on Sunday and sent back to the United States on Monday morning.An official accused him of following a distorted, anti-Israeli mandate.
"For several weeks now our people in Gaza have been living under a comprehensive siege," Nasrallah said, "according to Israel's recent statements, there is no chance this blockade will be lifted anytime soon."
The Hizbullah leader said that beginning Friday the Shiite group will hold a series of rallies in support of the Palestinians and to call for bringing an end to the Israeli siege on the Hamas-controlled territory by opening the Egypt-Gaza border.
AS a convoy of blue-and-white United Nations trucks loaded with food waited last night for Israeli permission to enter Gaza, Jindiya Abu Amra and her 12-year-old daughter went scrounging for the wild grass their family now lives on.
“We had one meal today - khobbeizeh,” said Abu Amra, 43, showing the leaves of a plant that grows along the streets of Gaza. “Every day, I wake up and start looking for wood and plastic to burn for fuel and I beg. When I find nothing, we eat this grass.”
Abu Amra and her unemployed husband have seven daughters and a son. Their tiny breeze-block house has had no furniture since they burnt the last cupboard for heat.