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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Operation Cast Lead Update for January 6, 2009

The sentiment of anti-Semitism in the wake of Operation Cast Lead has led to a terrorist attack in France, as a burning car was rammed into a Toulouse synagogue:

A burning car was rammed into a synagogue door in southwest France as the interior minister convened Muslims, Jews and police in Paris to warn against contagion from the Gaza conflict.

Damage to the synagogue in a Toulouse neighborhood was limited to a blackened door, and there were no injuries even though a rabbi was giving a course to adults inside, said an official of the regional prefecture, Anne-Gaelle Baudouin.

Police called to the scene found remnants of a Molotov cocktail in the car and a car nearby with three unlighted Molotov cocktails, Baudouin said.

Source: |Ynet News|, in
Burning car rams synagogue door in France

Here are the two bloggers who have been live-blogging Operation Cast Lead:

The Muqata, with Day 11 of the War, Tuesday January 6, 2009

Israelly Cool, with Operation Cast Lead Tues Jan 6th, 2009

And here are others who have been covering it with numerous posts full of information and rich with links to other sources of information:

Mere Rhetoric (a new discovery!)
Israel Matzav
Elder of Ziyon

And here are some more traditional news outlets:

Al Jazeera
Arutz Sheva
BBC Middle East
IDF Spokesperson
Internet Haganah
One Jerusalem
Israel Politik
Jerusalem Post
UK Telegraph Israel
Yahoo! News: Middle East Conflict

Here is my roundup of events relating to Operation Cast Lead on January 6, 2009...

Michael Bloomberg to CNN: Check your Facts:

Does Hamas have a surprise?

Dozens of missiles - some scoring direct hits - have been indiscriminately launched at Israeli civilians in the last 24 hours. Hamas's mid level soldiers are bragging about how they have even bigger rockets and other "tools" that they haven't used yet. The good news: given that the IDF's Gaza intel was top-notch and that they've already captured some Hamas operatives, Israel might well know what's coming. The bad news: Israel might well know what's coming

Source: |Mere Rhetoric|, in

Here we have a reminder that Israel is fighting a war against terrorists; A Hamas leader has threatened the lives of Jewish children around the world...just classy enough to earn the love of lefties everywhere!

"They have legitimised the murder of their own children by killing the children of Palestine," said Mahmoud Zahar, in a televised broadcast recorded at a secret location. "They have legitimised the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people." Mr Zahar, a hard-line political leader, made his first appearance since Israeli launched its offensive against his organisation.

Source: ||, in
Hamas leader: Revenge for Israel's Gaza assault will be murder of Jewish children across the world

Here is speculation about Israel possibly re-occupying the Gaza strip:

The way events played out yesterday did not stir the political leadership into thinking of stopping the ground offensive and moving toward a cease-fire. On the contrary, Israel is moving toward a decision to occupy the whole Gaza Strip.

The message yesterday from Jerusalem was that it is impossible to end Operation Cast Lead without an achievement, and if in the next two days there is no satisfactory diplomatic solution, Israel will have to broaden the operation.

“Broadening the operation” could mean moving from house to house as in Operating Defensive Shield in 2002 in the West Bank, aiming to kill or capture as many Hamas fighters as possible. Or it could mean surrounding Gaza City, similar to the way the Egyptian Third Army was cut off in 1973, or like the siege of Beirut in 1982, until Hamas’ leaders emerge from their hideouts with their hands up. This could take several weeks.

Source: |IsraPundit|, in
ANALYSIS / Israel is on its way to reoccupying all of the Gaza Strip
...which leads me to ask, "If Israel occupies Gaza as part of a war, doesn't that mean Israel can officially annex the Gaza Strip into Israel?" The only problem I see with that is that Israel would give these idiots the right to vote in Israeli elections, where they could do more harm than any number of terror attacks.

This from Al Jazeera:

The Israeli military appears to be broadening its assault on the Gaza Strip as heavy artillery fire is reported from the southern Gazan city of Khan Younis.

Palestinian witnesses said Israeli tanks have moved into Khan Younis, the second biggest urban area in the Strip after Gaza City, in what seems to be an attempt to isolate it from Rafah.

Ayman Mohyeldin, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Gaza, said Khan Younis is strategically significant on several levels - including that Palestinian fighters can fire missiles into Israeli territory from there.

He stressed reporting teams cannot confirm the reports as they are unable to reach the south from Gaza City in the north because the Strip has been effectively dissected by a column of Israel troops.

Source: |Al Jazeera|, in

Jewish homes attacked, firebombed in Europe:

In the course of the day [Sunday January 4] it became known that in the night from Saturday to Sunday a fire bomb was thrown at a house in Antwerp. The house belongs to a Jewish family. As if by a miracle the fire extinguished itself. The consequences could otherwise have been disastrous because at the time of the attack 12 children were sleeping in the house.

The targeted house is located in the Oedenkovenstraat in Borgerhout, within walking distance of the Turnhoutsebaan. The Turnhoutsebaan was in 2002 the location of serious riots after an AEL [Arabisch Europese Liga, “Arabic European Legue”] demonstration went out of control.

UPDATE: There were rags with fire accelerators stuffed in the letter box and then set on fire. The public prosecutor takes the matter very seriously. Mayor Janssens [SP.A, Socialist Party] said that the Police continue to conduct surveillance to protect the Jewish community.

More details about the attempted arson are not known and/or not yet released. However, it is known that several people from the Jewish community have received serious death threats.

Source: |Atlas Shrugs|, in

This note from Hamas:

Gaza, 5 Jan. (AKI) - Despite Israel's continuing military offensive in the Gaza Strip, the ruling Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned on Monday it had "thousands of fighters" ready to fight and would finally be victorious in the conflict.

"We are sure of victory and we have bombed Israeli cities with hundreds of missiles," brigades spokesman, Abu Obeida, told the Arab network, al-Aqsa.

"We have prepared thousands of brave fighters who are waiting for you in each corner of the street and will welcome you with fire," he said.

"As long as the aggression intensifies, your losses will increase."

Israeli troops, backed by aerial and naval firepower, were reported to have surrounded Gaza City on Monday after 10 days of aerial bombardment.

Soldiers were also reported to be positioned on the north-south road at Netzarim, effectively splitting the besieged territory in two and blocking Palestinian supply lines.

"Israel has only killed innocent civilians and this proves the failure of its military action," he said.

He claimed that that his group was about to launch Qassam rockets and for the first time a new type of missile that was only the beginning.

"We want to experiment with other arms and bombs against you," he warned Israel.

Source: |ADN Kronos|, in
Middle East: Hamas fighters 'waiting' to strike Israel

And this shocker of a story that Mubarak (Egyptian President) wants Israel to win against Hamas:

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stunned visiting foreign ministers Monday when he said he wanted Israel to emerge as the winner in the current conflict in Gaza.

The European foreign ministers, headed by Karel Schwarzenberg of the Czech Republic, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, met with Mubarak in Cairo before travelling on to Jerusalem.

The ministers met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni after arriving in Jerusalem and briefed her on their discussions with the Egyptian president.

It was at that meeting that ministers confided that Mubarak had told them 'Hamas must not be allowed to emerge from the fighting with the upper hand.'

Source: |The Irish Sun|, in
Egyptian President Mubarak says he wants an Israeli victory in Gaza

That is all I have time for right now. Maybe I will put up more later.

My prayers are with the brave soldiers of Israel and the people of Israel.