Friday, April 08, 2011

Escalation between Hamas and Israel
Nadene Goldfoot
 Israel has been attacked for the past two years with a low level shelling of mortars and missiles, but last month the terrorists really let loose with a barrage attack of missiles that wouldn't quit.  Yesterday they hit a school bus with a new weapon, an anti tank heat seeking missile that was purposely aimed at it. The 16 year old boy on the bus  is suffering from a serious head wound.  That was terrible.   The distance between Hamas terrorists and southern Israel is only a couple of miles.  For Portlanders, think of the West side of the Ross Island bridge being able to volley a missile into Ladds Addition.  That's about the same distance that the school bus was. 

Israel is sick of it and returned fire, killing nine of which one was a terrorist commander, three others being his soldiers and 5 civilians who were in the line of fire.  A house of theirs was also hit.  The defining feature of escalation  is hitting children and civilians and the hitting of a school bus hardened Israel's retaliation. 

Leaked WikiLeaks tell that Hezbollah terrorists, out of Iran and Lebanon,  have plans to hit Tel Aviv with a huge bombardment of 100 missiles a day. They already have 40,000 of them ready.   Israel just came up in time with a defense mechanism, Iron Dome,  to stop missiles, but it didn't get all of them in their first trial yesterday.  It did stop a Grad missile heading for Ashkelon. 

It seems to me that Hamas in in compliance with Hezbollah and was testing the waters wondering what Israel's reaction would be.  They found out. 

Resource: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/palestinians-9-killed-in-idf-air-strikes-on-gaza-1.354827
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20110408/wl_time/08599206407200
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