Israeli air strikes hit Gaza strip

2012-01-24 09:40

Jerusalem - Israel carried out air strikes on the Gaza Strip overnight on Monday in response to recent rocket fire against Israel, the army said in a statement.

The Israeli planes targeted an arms factory in the centre of the Palestinian territory as well as three tunnels used for smuggling contraband, two in the north and one in the south, the army said.

The targets were hit, the statement added.

"The targeting of these sites was in response to rockets fired against Israel in recent days," the military said.

So far this month at least seven rockets have been fired toward Israeli territory from the Palestinian enclave controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement.

They resulted in no injuries or major damage.

Hamas has engaged in a tacit truce with Israel, secured with Egyptian mediation, but that has not stopped more radical organisation, notably among Gaza's Salafist minority, from firing projectiles into southern Israel.

Four Palestinian fighters have been killed by Israeli strikes since the end of December.

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 09:58

    Social justice will arrive when social injustice becomes an expensive luxury.

      Boaz - 2012-01-24 15:16

      Social justice will arrive when the Palestinians realise that PEACE not WAR is the only way out of their misery. Hamas are not just criminal against Israel – they are fundamentalist criminals against their own people – by killing any chance of peace.

  • rarnot - 2012-01-24 10:09

    Israel gave up Gaza on condition that there would be peace (no violence from the Ps. As the Palestinians have broken this condition ten thousand times, Israel must take Gaza back (now!) Gaza inhabitants must be sent back to the arab 'paradise'of Syria and Egypt WHERE THEY CAME FROM!

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 10:46

      Should Australians, New Zealanders or Americans be sent back to Europe where they came from? In which year did the Palestinians get into Israel?

      Tommy - 2012-01-24 11:08

      Should the "sons and daughters of the soil" be send back to central Africa where they came from? Good to see you recognize Israel in your post.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 11:16

      You can construct a history where Mapungubwe were produced by some mysterious, ancient White race that has dissapeared off the face of the earth (apartheid history), or you can construct a history where they were produced by the Bantu culture living in that area (real history). Africa is for Africans, whichever way you want to interpret that!

      rarnot - 2012-01-24 11:25

      Palestinians were only called such FROM 1966!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The ancient land belongs to the Jews as of Torah/Bible times The Palestinians were Arab migrant workers from Egypt and Syria who came there during the British occupation 1930/40s and Jordan was since created for them as a homeland! Viva Israel

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 12:07

      Ignorance of the History one does not know is one thing, and forgivable. Denying History when indeed one knows full well the sequence of events is another. 1930/40s.....? I don't know if it is your ignorance of history or your propaganda which is most appalling!

      Tommy - 2012-01-24 12:27

      Mthuthuzeli, give me a reference where apartheid history says Mapungubwe was build/produced by some ancient white race, and i'll give you a couple of references of internationally recognized history of where your ancestors lived and came from.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 13:39

      My ancestors lived in Africa and migrated up and down the continent depending on climate and water availability. Trying to deny Africans an existance in their own continent is stupid and fallible.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 13:42

      By the way the San and the Khoi are Africans!

  • tony.delucchi - 2012-01-24 10:51

    ...why do we only hear about this when the Israeli’s have had enough?

      Jaba - 2012-01-24 15:05

      Cause Israeli restraint 99% of the time never makes news... only the retaliation. If it was any other nation (USA, UK, Germany, China or Russia) constantly under threat, there would be no Gaza left. Israel is to kind – being kind may open the door to abuse – in this case the Palestinians know full well they can abuse the high value for life Israel hold dear. The one Israeli for a thousand prisoner exchange is proof to this. Where East & West connect there is friction. Israel, being on the front line has ‘friction’ every day.

      Barry - 2012-01-24 19:50

      No Jaba. It is religion that is the cause of this murder and mayhem that the radical Zionists and Islamists love to continue with.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-24 11:23

    This is one healthy relationship as long as nuclear misiles are not used used. arabs: oh disbiliver give it to me baby. israel: yeah im gonna give it to you just like in "eye to an eye".

  • Barry - 2012-01-24 12:10

    Surely it is high time leaders on both sides showed some quality character to resolve this war and live in peace together. Seems both sides have little care for human lives.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 13:40

      How about a freeze in settlement construction.

      Boaz - 2012-01-24 15:12

      How bout Hamas accept Israel as a free nation that isn’t going to disappear – no matter how much they plea. Israel can not make peace as long as the final objective of the Palestinian is the annihilation of Israel.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 15:50

      Isn't it in Israel's interests to talk to Hamas so that, as part of a final agreement, Hamas does recognise Israel's right to exist? Right now, Hamas's non-recognition of Israel is its starting position - in a negotiation, you don't give away your strongest cards before you start.

      Tommy - 2012-01-24 16:03

      Mthut, wtf, are you serious. Hamas's non-recognition of Israel is its starting position? Dude, i like you f'all.....but in my heart I like you, it is just my negotiation tactic to say i hate you now. And just to prove to you I hate you, I'll stick a couple of needles up your finger tips...but remember, I like you. And that's how much sense you make. Also, I didn't know you are San or Khoi. The banthu tribes took your land you know.

      Boaz - 2012-01-24 16:23

      Hamas's non-recognition of Israel is not its starting position... it is Hamas' one and only goal! From Wikipedia: "Hamas's 1988 charter calls for the replacement of Israel and the Palestinian Territories with an Islamic Palestinian state...Hamas was willing to declare a truce that could last as long as 20 years (only), and stated that Hamas will never recognize the "usurper Zionist government" and will continue "jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem"...and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel...The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews [and kill them]; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: Oh Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!” The document also quotes Islamic religious texts to provide justification for fighting against and killing the Jews of Israel, presenting the Arab-Israeli conflict as an inherently irreconcilable struggle between Jews and Muslims, and Judaism and Islam" Quote unquote. So… how is peace possible?

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 16:26

      Silky little argument. The San were Normadic hence they are able till this day to move freely between SA, Botswana and Namibia. Give it up on you divide and rule tactic, its not working.

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 17:26

      @Boaz Have you ever seen the Likud charter. There are extremist in both Israel and the Palestinian territories. That is no excuse for the moderates on both side to sit down together. We had extremist in this country on both sides of the political divide and the ANC only suspended the armed struggle after the Nats agreed to certain principles even though it was the Nats starting position that the ANC suspends the armed struggle beforew any negotiations.

      Barry - 2012-01-24 17:43

      @Boaz.. Assume there was no religion. Would your opinions still be the same ?

      Boaz - 2012-01-24 18:51

      Mthuthuzeli i have read the Likud charter right now. Although they are by far the most right wing and extremist party in Israel - thier charter does not call for the death of anyone (unlike Hamas) yes they support building in the west bank - however that is due to the non negotiation stance of Palestinians... they neither endorsed nor ruled out the idea of a Palestinian state (please compare that to extremist Palestinian groups.) Likud has also been the party which carried out the first peace agreements with Arab states. For instance, in 1979, Likud Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, signed the Camp David Accords with Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat. Mthuthuzeli i agree with your point of laying down arms, but I'm afraid you just don't seem to digest the fact that Hamas (probably the main leader of the Palestinians at this point in time) refuses to accept Israel and have stated the war will never end until they have won. so please refrain from comparing Hamas to the ANC - for the one decided in a peacefully process while the other is religiously inclined to fight till their death.

      Boaz - 2012-01-24 18:57

      on that note - Barry I cant imagine a world without religion, i am a Jew and there is nothing i can or would want to do about it. I don't mind religion as long as there is respect and understanding for others. every few years Israelis vote for a new government. Israeli Jews, Muslims and Christians turn out to practice their democratic right to vote - All of these elections have been won by different parties that all had one promise - a promise of peace! the vast majority of Israelis want peace, however the other side is led by "religious" fundamentalists at this point in time, they do not want peace and as such Israelis will have to wait until one day... maybe the Palestinian leadership will realise that peace will be to their peoples benefit. have to run... later... Salam aleikum

      Barry - 2012-01-24 19:44

      @Boaz.. Well I live without religion whilst respecting other peoples beliefs. Most conflicts through out history have not had any benefit of using religion as an excuse to murder people as both the Iraeli IDF and the Palestine Freedom Fighters do currently. So I think you will get it. Jewish this ..Islam that..what a load of bull. You just hate Arabs right ?

      Mthuthuzeli - 2012-01-24 20:09

      The ANC military wing had songs that promised/s the killing of "boers" Afrikaaners and yet this didn't stop the Nats from sitting down with the ANC.

      Boaz - 2012-01-24 21:02

      why would i hate Arabs barry? i might hate Hamas but why you generalize like that? your false belief that Jews hate Arabs is not only not true... its sad; and is also proof that anti Israel propaganda is working well i guess. Mthuthuzeli - there is a difference between a few songs and actual continuous firing of rockets in the hope to get Israel to retaliate. i mean seriously... why fire rockets if Israel left Gaza in 2005... why keep on calling on the IDF to come back for a visit? Israel want nothing to do with Gaza - why does Gaza remind the Israelis they are there on a daily basis (over 10000 rockets while Israel left 2190 days ago)? but it seems you refuse to even consider that... you are mistaken if you view ANC & Hamas as similar in any way. their respective roots might sound similar - but the direction they have ended up taking is different. terror will lead the Palestinians to more hardships, not independence - the ANC realised this fact very fast into their struggle for freedom. Barry & Mthuthuzeli - you both are infused in anti Israel thoughts, that there is no reason to open the floor to a debate. in hope that future leaders have a wider view of the situation than you two have. g.bye :)

      Barry - 2012-01-25 09:31

      @Boaz, I generalized as most pro Irsaeli commentators on here openly express there hatred for Arabs with their bible tucked under their arm. I find it quite hypocritical. Sorry if you took offense. I have friends who are Jews and live in Israel so I can tell you I am not anti Israel just anti their approach, ensuring this conflict continues. Just as I am anti the approach of the radicals in Palestine. Seems an awful waste of effort when in the end they WILL have to live together in a unitary state.

  • Hallo - 2012-01-24 15:23

    Hand held rocket launchers fired by a couple of dudes in some bushy areas VS Isreali F-15 and F-16's.

  • Ask - 2012-01-24 15:30

    I pray for the day that we could do the following... Too much hate in this world...

      Boaz - 2012-01-24 16:08

      so true here is another nice one in the right direction. a Jewish businessman Robert Harush who grew up in Ashkelon spends fortune on renovation of large Muslim house of worship in Montereau, in effort to promote co-existence,7340,L-3907600,00.html

      Ask - 2012-01-24 17:29

      @Boaz These people are believers... beautiful... they have divine guidance... brothers unto each other...

  • spartanx93 - 2012-01-24 16:15

    both groups are a complete fail.

      Barry - 2012-01-24 19:47

      I agree. They should look to South Africa for inspiration. South Africa is for sure a miracle.

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