Israel Tells World It’s Gearing For Major Ground Gaza Operation


idfWith Operation Pillar of Defense well into its fourth day, Israel has launched a diplomatic campaign meant to lay the ground for an expanded offensive on Gaza.

In a message to the world’s nations, Israel said the IDF is gearing towards significantly expanding its operation in the Gaza Strip, and has begun drafting tens of thousands of reserve troops ahead of a ground incursion.

In addition, Israel is making use of gruesome images of the destruction caused by the rockets fired on southern communities from the Hamas-ruled enclave. A statement accompanied by pictures of a baby injured when a projectile hit the city of Kiryat Malachi on Thursday accuses Hamas of hurting “children on both sides” of the conflict.

The statement further asserts that the terror group uses Gaza kids as human shields.

“The citizens of Israel are behind the operation, and their resilience is a major component of our national strength,” the message added.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said today that the Gaza offensive has three goals – to restore the calm in Israel’s south, reinstate Israel’s deterrence and destroy the stockpiles of long-range missiles belonging to Gaza terror groups.

“The only way we can achieve peace and security is to create real deterrence via a crushing response that will make sure they don’t try to test us again,” Lieberman said at a lecture in Kiryat Motzkin. “This isn’t an all-out war, but an operation with defined goals.”

The minister stressed that in the event that such a ground incursion is launched, Israel will have to see it through.

“This wasn’t done during Operation Cast Lead, which is why we failed to achieve our goal and had to pay a heavy toll when it came to global public opinion,” he argued.

‘Start talks with Hamas’

Meanwhile, Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On warned against the expanded operation.

“Our leadership is trying to drag us into another unnecessary war that will claim victims for naught,” she said. “Our experience indicates that ground operations are a recipe for a bloody conflict.”

Gal-On urged the government to initiate talks with Hamas via Egyptian or international mediation.

For the time being it appeared the US is backing the operation. The White House said in a statement early on Saturday that President Barack Obama reiterated US support for Israel’s right to defend itself during a phone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

However, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration fears that an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza will result in civilian casualties, play into Hamas’ hands and cause damage to Israel.

The report said American officials have been urging their Israeli counterparts not expand the conflict for fear that further escalation would damage Israel’s already shaky relations with Egypt and Jordan.

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  1. to the stupid libs take your stupid ideology and jump in the lake. the only reason it hasnt worked is because you always quit in the middle

  2. Now is the time for tefillos and sympathy,


    p.s. Excerpt from Ruth Blau, convert to Judaism, in her autobiography. Trail to Truth.

    ‘… My past did not contain these elements. Military parades with uniformed participants did not elevate my spirit. I had often seen much more impressive presentations than the Israeli Independence Day parade without being moved more than any Frenchman of lesser or greater intelligence. Marching Israeli soldiers and Israeli airplane formations made no more impression on me than their French counterparts. Could I not see all this in the Champs Elysees? I knew the French military tradition almost by heart yet french military prowess had not kept me from converting to Judaism. Was I to think that the Israeli prowess and its concomitant nationalism would constitute my Jewish happiness? Had I left my father and mother, for lack of nationalism in the land of my birth? ‘