Let me start this thing off with an IDF Captain being interviewed by Al-BBC:
Here are the two live-blogging war horses of Operation cast Lead:
The Muqata, with today's coverage Day 16 of the War, Sunday, January 11, 2009
Israelly Cool, with today's coverage Operation Cast Lead Sun Jan 11th, 2009
War in Gaza Update #14
YID With LID
Elder of Ziyon
And here are some more traditional news outlets:
BBC Middle East
UK Telegraph Israel
Yahoo! News: Middle East Conflict
And here is my update of what I found on the Internet regarding Operation cast Lead and the reaction to it that you might not see in the pro-Palestinian [and terrorist] Legacy Media...
Summary of Overnight Events, 11 Jan 2009, 08:24 IST
An Inside Look at the Israeli Troops in Gaza
PaHamas Pajamas! [new EoZ video]
German police break into private home to remove Israeli flag that 'offended' Muslims
Israel and Hamas vow to fight on in Gaza - Reuters
Armed resistance fighters clash with Israeli ground troops in northern Gaza; projectile launches continue
Israel Is Committing War Crimes - Wall Street Journal
Obama declines briefings from Israeli government
Pro-Israel Rallies in Mexico, Britain and Elsewhere
SATURDAY NIGHT CINEMA The Nazi Muslim Connection, Hitler and the Mufti
JIHAD IN USA: PRO-HAMAS DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS THE USA "I want you to watch as I kill your children, cover your children in their own blood!" I want you to to watch me blow your children's brains out"
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that the IDF was getting close to the objectives set for Operation Cast Lead.
Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, the prime minister warned that what had been achieved thus far in an "unprecedented effort" must not be lost at the last moment.
Olmert also hit back at the mounting international criticism of the Gaza operation.
"No country in the world, even those preaching morals to us, would have shown the tolerance and restraint that we have," he said.
Source: |Jerusalem Post|, in Olmert: We are approaching goals set for Gaza operationhttp://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1231424917424
There is one inexplicable fact that the "kumbaya" forces in the American Government, and governments around the world for that mater, will never get...
Hamas' Politburo Chief, Khaled Mashaal, slammed the door on all Gaza ceasefire proposals Saturday, saying his organization would treat any international peacekeeping force in Gaza as an occupying entity. Speaking after Hamas representatives met with international officials in Cairo to discuss ceasefire proposals, Mashaal added that Hamas would not accept the inspection of the numerous smuggling tunnels in Gaza by international observers. "The objective of the war in Gaza is to subdue the Palestinian people and to dictate its political concessions. Source
Source: |YID with LID|, in Negotiations With Hamas Are Pointless
The IAF also attacked overnight a mosque in the town of Rafah in the southern Strip, used as a Hamas training camp, a meeting place and a weapons cache. The IDF reported that the mosque contained machine-guns and antiaircraft missiles.
This was not the first mosque to be attacked since the start of the Gaza operation, as the army claims Hamas has turned the holy sites into terror centers assuming the IDF would refrain from striking them.
In additional strikes Saturday night the Air Force attacked a Hamas police station, 10 weapon storehouses, some of them in organization members' homes, nine tunnels on the Philadelphi Route, 10 terrorist cells in different areas in the Gaza Strip, and several rocket launching pads.
Source: |YNET NEWS|, in IDF strikes home of 'Hamas chief of staff'
The media loves to cover demonstrations, the more colorful and loud the better. And there has been ample opportunity to show lots of demonstrations about Gaza these past couple of weeks.
The only problem is that the vast majority of the protesters don't really care about "Palestinians."
When thousands of Palestinian Arabs were killed during Black September in 1971, there were no crowds at Jordanian embassies. When hundreds of Palestinian Arab civlians were killed in a single day in Lebanon in1975, no one protested. When thousands of Palestinian Arab civilians were murdered by Syrian-backed militia in Lebanese camps in 1985-86 (including Sabra and Shatila!), there were no demonstrations. When hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs were expelled from Kuwait in a single week in 1991, there were no rallies. When Hamas and Fatah fought only two summers ago, killing hundreds in a month, the so-called "peace camp" was silent.
Only when Israel gets involved in a conflict do these "activists" come out of the woodwork. Ignoring the many conflicts around the world, their fake indignation is ignited at the thought of Israel defending itself. Muslims who barely go "tsk, tsk" when Arabs kill each other are driven to a frenzy when Israelis finally decide to act after years of provocation. International ANSWER, the Communist party behind a large number of Western anti-Israel demonstrations, has nothing that is "pro-Palestinian" on its website; only diatribes against Israel and the United States.
Source: |Elder of Ziyon|, in The myth of the "pro-Palestinian" rallieshttp://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2009/01/myth-of-pro-palestinian-rallies.html
The violence started when police tried to move protesters away from the gates of the Israeli embassy. One police officer was knocked unconscious and two more were injured. Many people were pleading with police to allow them out of the cordon as they were trapped between two lines of officers. There were running
skirmishes between the officers and groups of young men, each time prompting a further charge from the officers and sending the crowd running screaming in the opposite direction.
Demonstrators also hurled shoes over the heads of riot police. In Edinburgh, three police officers suffered minor injuries.
Fifteen protesters were arrested in London.
Scotland Yard’s Commander Bob Broadhurst said: "A group of people on this demonstration have set out to deliberately confront and antagonise police officers trying to protect the Embassy of Israel.
"We are very disappointed by the irresponsible and criminal actions of those who have challenged police by ripping apart security barriers and throwing objects at them.
"A hard core of demonstrators are undermining the cause of the vast majority of people on this demonstration."
Source: |UK Telegraph|, in Gaza protesters clash with police in London
Israeli forces kept up the pressure over Saturday night on the Gaza Strip. Air strikes continued on targets throughout the territory. The air force also dropped leaflets with a warning that the IDF was not working against the people of Gaza but against Hamas and the terrorists only. The leaflets called on residents to stay safe by following the IDF orders. They urged Gaza residents not to help Hamas and to stay away from its members.
Israeli defense officials said they are prepared for a third stage of the Cast Lead offensive in which ground troops would push further into Gaza, but are waiting for approval from the government. Israeli officials were also quoted as saying the army has a fourth stage planned taht calls for a full reoccupation of Gaza and toppling of Hamas.
Hamas and the other gunmen in the Gaza Strip continued to lob rockets and mortars at Israel. Twenty-three were fired Saturday, the lowest level since the operation began on December 27.
The head of the IDF southern command, Major General Yoav Galant, reportedly called for the expanding of the operation. Yediot Ahronot newspaper reports Sunday morning that he told Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak that expanding the operation now would lead to years of quiet in the south. He said that a victory could be achieved by conquering part of the Gaza Strip.
A senior IDF officer said that Israel should continue the operation at least until the end January in order to guarantee that new tunnels cannot be dug. He also said that the political and military wings of Hamas are valid targets from Israel's point of view.
The IDF said 35 targets were attacked Saturday night. They included rocket launching sites, weapons storage facilities, smuggling tunnels, an anti aircraft missile launcher. The spokesman said that at least 15 gunmen were killed. Among those killed was Amir Mansi, a senior member of the Hamas military wing and commander of its rocket division in Gaza City.
Palestinian sources said that in one incident Saturday, a tank shell killed nine people in a garden outside a home in Jebalya. The IDF, however, said that its forces did not carry out attacks in the area on Saturday.
Palestinians reported Sunday morning that Israeli tanks were moving near the central Gaza border and the area was coming under heavy bombardment. Hamas claimed that fierce battles were in progress early Sunday morning in eastern Gaza City and northern Gaza.
On Friday, the security cabinet gave the green light to continue the operation. Israeli officials hav made it clear that without strict international supervision that will prevent the smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip there is no alternative but to continue.
On the diplomatic front Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit of Egypt said that his country would not open the Rafah crossing in order to assist Hamas rearm. Aboul Gheit said that it is not Egypt's task to improve the military capabilities of the organization. He said that Egypt should grant humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday urged Israel and Hamas to agree to a truce.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, on a mission to the region, visited the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt. He met Saturday in Cairo with Mubarak and Abbas before traveling on to Israel. He is due to meet this morning with Defense Minister Barak.
US President George W. Bush spoke by phone with Turkish President Abdullah Gul who has been involved in the ceasefire efforts. A spokesman for the US president said Bush emphasized the importance of bringing an end to the rocket fire against Israel and preventing arms smuggling into Gaza as a basis for a durable ceasefire.
Source: |Israel Broadcast Authority|, Wire Service) no link available to story.
Commentary on the Israel-Hamas war has tended toward partisan pleading, making the moral case for or against Israel. That’s a crucial debate but not the only one; there’s also a need for a cool strategic assessment: Who is winning, who is losing?
Hillel Frisch argues that Hamas (which he calls “a small isolated movement that controls a small strip”) has “grossly miscalculated” by antagonizing the Egyptian government and making war on Israel. He concludes that Hamas has embarked on “strategic suicide.”
Perhaps, but scenarios exist in which Hamas gains.
Khaled Abu Toameh notes the powerful and growing support for Hamas around the Middle East. Caroline Glick notes two ways Hamas wins: a return to the status quo ante, with Hamas still in charge of Gaza, or a cease-fire agreement whereby foreign powers form an international monitoring regime to oversee Gaza’s borders with Israel and Egypt.
Source: |IsraPundit|, in Israel’s strategic incompetence in Gaza
After the first week of fighting in Gaza, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights estimated that the death toll stood at 161, including 41 civilians. That figure included 7 children and 11 women. After another week of fighting, Amnesty International upped the death toll to 350 and estimated that 2,000 people were injured.
Journalists were barred from the areas of conflict, so the particulars were hazy. But as reports trickled in, the world learned that Palestinians were being shot point-blank in the legs and arms to ensure permanent disabilities. Others were pushed from tall buildings to a horrifying death.
Indeed, just a few days ago, the Jerusalem Post reported that 35 innocents were executed and another around 75 were shot in the legs. Still others had their hands broken or were placed under house arrest.
Readers may be surprised to learn that the violence I describe above is not the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that has dominated the headlines in recent days. Rather, these are chillingly accurate reports from an internecine conflict between two Palestinian factions: Hamas and Fatah.
Source: |IsraPundit|, in Civil War in Gaza - MSM ignores it
Full Text of US House Resolution Supporting Israel
Gaza Protests in Raleigh and Durham, NC
Using Children As Human Shields and Cannon Fodder
Joe The Plumber Becomes Joe The War Correspondent
WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING AN OVER-REACTION European Leaders Blame Jews for Disproportionate Response
Israel Agrees to French Ceasefire Proposal;
Hamas Rejects Proposal
Update Palestinian Authority Accepts Proposal
Updated Again: Sarkozy Lied About Israeli Acceptance
Operation Cast Lead Update for Jan 7th
The Background on Hamas
Hamas Leader: "There is no chance that true Islam would ever allow a Jewish state to survive in the Muslim Middle East. Israel is an impossibility."
Operation Cast Lead Update for January 6, 2009
Day 10 Update on Operation Cast Lead;Hamas War Criminals Conduct Operations From Hospital
36 Hours with Israeli Firefighters in Southern Israel
An Update on Day 9 of Operation Cast Lead
Anarchists, Lefties, Flower Children and Terrorists Oppose Operation Cast Lead
Day 9 of Operation Cast Lead Begins With Ground Invasion of Gaza
Day 8 of Operation Cast Lead
Operation Cast Lead Day 7
Update And Recap
IAF Takes Out Hamas Rocket
Gaza Grad Rockets Made in China
Operation Cast Lead Update for New Year's Eve
Communist Party USA Condemns Israel
Moonbat McKinney's Yacht Turned Back
Israeli Consulate to Hold Twitter Press Conference Today
Day Four of Operation Cast Lead
Photo of the Year: "Death to all Juice"
A Prayer for the IDF
President-elect Obama Stands with Israel
Living in the Shadow of Qassams
Report of IDF Troops About To Enter Gaza
Hamas Weapons R&D Center Hit By IDF
Into the Bowels of Jew-Hatred
IDF Calls to Warn Gazans of Airstrikes
Day Two of Operation Cast Lead Begins
Live Blogging Operation Cast Lead
Operation Cast Lead Begins in Gaza