Israel: Jabari killing just the start

2012-11-14 17:43

Jerusalem - The Israeli military says its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants.

Wednesday's airstrike in Gaza killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing. The killing was a dramatic resumption of Israel's policy of assassinating Palestinian militant leaders.

Military spokesperson Avital Leibovitch said the attack is the "start of a broader operation."

Jabari is the most senior Hamas official to be killed since an Israeli invasion of Gaza four years ago.

Jabari has long topped Israel's most-wanted list. Israel blames him for a string of attacks, including the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in 2006.

Leibovitch said Israel's military chief authorized an operation to target Gaza militants.

  • tom.poe.12 - 2012-11-14 18:03

    And Uncle Sam will continue to back his illegitimate son.....because his son has him by the short an curlies.

      dragonfire47 - 2012-11-14 18:24


      david.wolpert.39 - 2012-11-14 18:57

      The solution is very simple--if Israel's neighbours accept its right to exist,Israel will be honour bound to ensure peace and a non violent approach. If they continue to attampt to destroy Israel they will get their just deserts.

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-11-14 18:06

    Just like dropping the bomb on Hiroshima, I hope this move will ultimately save lives on both sides.

      tom.poe.12 - 2012-11-14 18:14

      The acute effects of the United States Nuclear bombs were: killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the deaths in each city occurring on the first day. The Hiroshima prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes. During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness. In a US estimate of the total immediate and short term cause of death, 15–20% died from radiation sickness, 20–30% from burns, and 50–60% from other injuries, compounded by illness. You still feel it was justified? Would you have felt the same way if two Nuclear bombs were dropped on Berlin in Europe or Rome in Italy?

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-11-14 18:35 Casualty estimates were based on the experience of the preceding campaigns, drawing different lessons In a letter sent to Gen. Curtis LeMay from Gen. Lauris Norstad, when LeMay assumed command of the B-29 force on Guam, Norstad told LeMay that if an invasion took place, it would cost the US "half a million" dead. In a study done by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in April, the figures of 7.45 casualties/1,000 man-days and 1.78 fatalities/1,000 man-days were developed. This implied that a 90-day Olympic campaign would cost 456,000 casualties, including 109,000 dead or missing. If Coronet took another 90 days, the combined cost would be 1,200,000 casualties, with 267,000 fatalities. A study done by Adm. Nimitz's staff in May estimated 49,000 U.S casualties in the first 30 days, including 5,000 at sea. A study done by General MacArthur's staff in June estimated 23,000 US casualties in the first 30 days and 125,000 after 120 days.When these figures were questioned by General Marshall, MacArthur submitted a revised estimate of 105,000, in part by deducting wounded men able to return to duty. (cont.)

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-11-14 18:39

      King thought that casualties in the first 30 days would fall between Luzon and Okinawa, i.e., between 31,000 and 41,000. Of these estimates, only Nimitz's included losses of the forces at sea, though kamikazes had inflicted 1.78 fatalities per kamikaze pilot in the Battle of Okinawa, and troop transports off Kyushu would have been much more exposed. A study done for Secretary of War Henry Stimson's staff by William Shockley estimated that conquering Japan would cost 1.7-4 million American casualties, including 400,000–800,000 fatalities, and five to ten million Japanese fatalities. The key assumption was large-scale participation by civilians in the defense of Japan.[1] Herbert Hoover, in a memorandums submitted to Truman and Stimson, also estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 fatalities, and those were believed to be conservative estimates. The Battle of Okinawa ran up 72,000 US casualties in 82 days, of whom 12,510 were killed or missing. (This is conservative, because it excludes several thousand US soldiers who died after the battle indirectly, from their wounds.) The entire island of Okinawa is 464 sq mi (1,200 km2). If the US casualty rate during the invasion of Japan had been only 5% as high per unit area as it was at Okinawa, the US would still have lost 297,000 soldiers (killed or missing). tl;dr. Yes. The bomb ultimately "saved" lives.

      ashraaf.fakier - 2012-11-14 20:14

      what utter rubbishs, nuclear bombs saved lves. stop reading the rubbish reports by the americans to justify mass murder. You are delusional.

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-11-14 21:37

      @ashraaf.fakier Why are you disagreeing? Is the problem the sources I used or my conclusion or because my viewpoint differs from yours?

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-14 22:59

      @ashraaf.fakier Are you also one that claims America is weak and has a poor military? If so, why dispute the numbers quoted by Mario? If not, then who is delusional? Could we have you display your superior military expertise and tell us what the casualty rate would have been if Japan had to be invaded? And what it would have been if not invaded? Based on a 3year history that America had, could they have had just perhaps a good insight in casualty estimations? You comments on a 4-9 month campaign and the effect that it would have had in starvation of Japanese civilians would also be welcomed. And your estimate of Japanese military casualties. And comparisons with the 2x A-bombs'? And just so that we can benefit form your insights, could we please have a list of your sources as well as the dissertations that you have written, seeing that Mario is deluded by these "rubbish reports to justify murder". Your explanation of what American, English, Dutch, Malaysian, Australian et al POWs died of in Japanese camps, and what caused the deaths of millions of Chinese (civilians more than soldiers), during the Manchurian campaign, could really clinch your statement re Marios delusions. 'Thank you....

      lana.crous - 2012-11-15 06:24

      mario.dippenaar, would you be so smug if part of that collateral damage was your child, mother, brother or other family member or friend.... You clearly didn't think that comment through...

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-15 07:44

      Derpy, yours is the example of a brain that doesn't have the ability for independent thought! Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship. The bombs were dropped, not to intimidate the Japanese, but to put the fear of the American god into the Russians, The dropping of the A-bomb, it has been said, was not the last shot of World War II, but the first shot of the Cold War.

  • rory.n.price - 2012-11-14 18:16

    Amazing Hamas can fire rockets into Israel on a daily basis, that is war, when they take its leader out, outrage, too many camels I gues

  • KevvyW - 2012-11-14 22:48

    This is a burning issue and will be burning till the end of time.

  • lana.crous - 2012-11-15 06:20

    The Zionist genocide on Palistinians must be stopped! Their land has been forcibly and systematically stolen from them, they are living in tiny little areas in terrible conditions while their freedom of movement is being severely limited. They are bombed, shot, tortured and demonised. And worst of all, all of this is sanctioned by the US who pretend to be the flagship for freedom, equality and justice for all.

      watchman.smith - 2012-11-15 07:10

      Israel has every right to defend herself from terrorists who threaten her. Israel is a land given to the Jews by the God of heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Jew has been central to this land for thousands of years and where the throne of King David stood. The Palestinians are a bunch of migrant workers from other Arab nations, who should take them back, but don't want to. Viva Israel!!!!!

      watchman.smith - 2012-11-15 07:13

      It is a known fact and strategy that Hamas place their rocket and mortar launchers among the civilian population and buildings occupied by women and children. That shows you the type of rubbish they really are!!!!

  • watchman.smith - 2012-11-15 07:15

    News 24. Shame on you for your biast reporting.

      Brownbear - 2012-11-15 09:53

      no Watchman me think you are the biased one . It seems like you are a person who would support aparheid . Cant you see whats happening to the people of Palestine . OUR country has been there , we had first hand Experience of this . Take you head out of your ass.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-11-15 08:44

    Both factions suck. This feud is really just irritating the world for the last who-cares-how-long... Bunch of morons who claims the land was "promised" to them. Stop with this school bully crap poking each other in the chest. Swing away I say. Get it over and done with... Go!

  • shireen.sandersmunnick - 2012-11-15 10:41

  • greg.hurwitz - 2012-11-15 13:58

    Death penalty to a proven murderer. There is nothing more to debate.

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