Militants vow 'struggle' against Israel

2012-04-06 14:31

Jerusalem - A Palestinian militant leader said that his group's "struggle" against Israel will continue despite a cease-fire that stopped an exchange of fire between the Gaza Strip and Israel in March.

The statement by Sheik Nafez Azzam of Islamic Jihad at a Gaza rally late on Thursday came as Israel vowed to strike against the yet-unidentified militants who launched a rocket into the southern Israeli town of Eilat earlier on Thursday.

Gaza regularly sees days- or weeks-long outbreaks of violence, in which rockets are fired into Israel and airstrikes launched at militant targets in the territory, followed by months-long cease-fires.

The last major outbreak of Gaza violence began in early March when Israel killed a militant leader it said was planning an attack, and the Eilat attack together with Azzam's comments have raised fears in Israel as the Jewish state closes its borders with the Palestinian territories and takes other security measures in preparation

"We are continuing the struggle and the jihad," Azzam said at a Gaza Strip rally in comments broadcast on Israeli television. "We will not be broken. We will not surrender. We will not accept the conditions Israel tries to impose."

Sinai militants

Islamic Jihad is a militant group that has operated in Gaza since 1979 and has carried out bombings and rocket attacks on Israel.

Azzam spoke hours after Israeli chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz promised harsh retribution to militants who fired a rocket early on Thursday into Eilat. Israel says that it was launched from the Sinai desert of neighbouring Egypt.

Palestinian groups have ties with Sinai militants, disgruntled tribes and smugglers there. Egypt denied the rocket was fired from its territory.

"The long arm of the State of Israel ultimately reaches everyone trying to harm citizens of Israel and the Jewish people," Gantz said.

The Israeli army closed the West Bank border just before 00:00 on Friday for the first two days of the Passover holiday, which begins Friday at sundown.

Under the ban, no Palestinians are allowed to cross into Israel except those needing medical care, the military said. The ban will be lifted on Sunday at 00:00.

Israel routinely closes the West Bank during Jewish holidays when crowds in synagogues and other public places are most vulnerable to potential attacks by Palestinian militants.

A decade ago, 29 people were killed on Passover eve as they sat down to a traditional festive meal at a hotel in the Israeli resort of Netanya.

  • velvybokov - 2012-04-06 15:51

    I wonder what wud happen if for every missile fired into israel territory israel would retaliate by dropping a bomb with a warhead full of shredded ham pork piggy skins entrails etc.... I wonder if the jihad wud continue then. Its obvious that dying doesn't scare jihad martyr's. It only encourages them... But perhaps if their death were purposeless... Perhaps they'd give living more meaning than they do death?\r\nJust a question.

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 17:02

      The Palestinians could retaliate by firing missiles with Hitler's face and a swastika wrapped around them?

      Benn - 2012-04-06 18:30

      The biggest struggle of the Filistines, is to act like humans

      Larry - 2012-04-06 21:38

      Bwahahah Patrick, you are infantile. bwahaha. (Can you see how stupid you post is) No? I didn't think you would.

      Fred - 2012-04-07 14:13

      Truly infantile Patrick. Anyone can see this.

      Fred - 2012-04-11 19:42

      Parroting words doesn't make them true.

  • Bobo - 2012-04-06 19:33

    Headlines should read : Palestinian Terrorists vow more terror attacks on Israel.

      Larry - 2012-04-06 21:51

      Correct Said, and it will continue to be so (although you over dramatise and overexagerate), until the terms are met as stated above.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-07 13:14

      Which terms Larry, the ones where the apartheid state of Israel gets given all the stuff it has stolen over the years. Screw them.

      Fred - 2012-04-07 13:43

      Actually Said, it's you who are missing what is really happening. You should inform yourself and look deeper.

      Larry - 2012-04-07 21:09

      goyoubadboy. Israel has not stolen a single thing. It was attacked on four fronts and it humiliated all of Islam by conquering the Sinai, Golan Heights, Shatilla Farms of Lebanon and the West Bank which was colonised by Jordan between 1948 and 1967. The Sinai was exchanged for peace with Egypt and peace with Jordan was struck with the deal that Israel would not over-run and conquer their capital Amman, which Israel was poised to do. The peace deals with Egypt and Jordan exist to this day. The West Bank is conquered territory and its inhabitants have no right to demand terms in their favor. This is the law of war. "to the victor goes the spoils", especially since israel was not the aggressor in the 1967 war. So screw the Palestinians (and screw you), until they realise that they will have to accept Israels term, which are reparations in the form of compensation vis a vis east Jerusalem and settlement blocs, Israeli military domination of the West Bank, and recognition of the State of Israel. The Palestinians are free to choose a peaceful way forward, or they will continue to be oppressed. Thats all.

      Larry - 2012-04-08 21:55

      Thank you.

      Larry - 2012-04-09 22:00

      Last word.

  • Jaba - 2012-04-07 01:05

    The Muslims aren't happy! They're not happy in Gaza. They're not happy in Egypt. They're not happy in Libya. They're not happy in Morocco. They're not happy in Iran. They're not happy in Iraq. They're not happy in Yemen. They're not happy in Afghanistan. They're not happy in Pakistan. They're not happy in Syria. They're not happy in Lebanon. And where are they happy? They're happy in England. They're happy in France. They're happy in Italy. They're happy in Germany. They're happy in Sweden. They're happy in the USA. They're happy in India. They're happy in Norway. They're happy in every country that is not Muslim. And who do they blame? Not Islam. Not their leadership. Not themselves. THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

      Jaba - 2012-04-07 09:16

      realities of this world Patrick... are you serious? take this article into consideration. The Palestinians (I remind you, they are the weaker side of this conflict) dictate to Israel if there will be peace or not. Israel is democratic, free and holds human dignity to such high levels (probably because of their dark past in the Holocaust) that they are the only "stronger side" in history to keep their sworn enemy alive. Israel's actions are those of one who strives for peace. Do you think that the US or UK would accept terror daily? how bout China...what would China do to a group of fundamentalists firing rockets at Hong Kong daily? or let us go closer(M.E).. remember Turkey & the Armenian genocide,the illegal occupation of northern Cyprus or even the way Turkey is killing off the Kurds of northern Iraq today. It is you that is blind. your hatred towards Israel is unjustified. In your warped mind you are helping the Palestinians, unfortunately your support for their terror (as you would say - their right to protect themselves) would only cause more grief in the Palestinians side. If you supported a peaceful resolution you would be helping the Palestinians - however like millions of others you are so blinded by religiously inflamed hate and anti-Israel propaganda that you don't even realise that your are hurting the ONLY side of this conflict you are trying to help. cut your nose to spite your face is the Irony of the Islamics and their violent supporters.

      Jaba - 2012-04-07 09:29

      proof to your hypocrisy. 20 % of Israel's population is Muslim - over 70% of which have declared in a recent gallop poll that they would like to remain part of the Jewish sate of Israel if there is peace, and not part of a Palestinian state. Why do you think this is? true democracy - true freedom! might not be the best possible situating with all the violence in the Middle East - however the only truly free & democratic Muslims in the Middle East - are the ones that can vote and go anywhere in their country. they are the over one million Muslims of the democratic state of Israel. you know how comfortable the Muslims of Israel are and how miserable the Muslims of Hamas are; yet you come to the same conclusion as the fanatics - It must be Israel's fault.

      Fidel - 2012-04-07 11:29

      @Jaba 20 % of Israel's population is Muslim - over 70% of which have declared in a recent gallop poll that they would like to remain part of the Jewish sate of Israel if there is peace, and not part of a Palestinian state. Why do you think this is? xxxxxxxx There can be many reasons Jaba, how about their recognition of Israel as still part of Palestine, I mean they are not refugees there, they have always been there, and as such aren't willing to give up that heritage,yes. What do you think will happen if they started to out-breed the Israhellis?

      Fred - 2012-04-07 13:46

      Patrick, you're on record stating that, "the world would be a better place if Jews were removed from all walks of life". Can't be more of a zealot than this. You continue to project your own shortcomings on others.

      Larry - 2012-04-07 21:24

      Fidel, you are clutching at straws. Pathetic reasoning. Try again.

      Larry - 2012-04-08 06:59

      There is no apartheid in Israel.

      Larry - 2012-04-09 22:05

      Of course Israeli Arabs are not refugees. They are Israel citizens and they are perfectly pleased to be so. They are the most fortunate and free 1,2 million Muslim Arabs in all of the Middle East out of 500 million. Why should they want to scrabble in the dust when they live in a veritable garden of eden.

      Larry - 2012-04-10 21:15

      Patrick Patrick Patrick. The Palestinian areas of Gaza and West Bank is not Israel. Please understand this most basic of distinctions. Within the borders of Israel proper (not Gaza or West Bank, understand?), there are no Palestinians, there are only citizens of Israel, be they Jew, Christian or Muslim. Among Isreali's there is no discrimination and all have equal freedom of worship, movement, education, welfare and healthcare, and all can participate equally in business and public life. Do not get confused. OK.

      Larry - 2012-04-10 22:09

      Patrick, I lived in Israel. I have business interests there and family in Israel and I spend two months in the year in Israel. I know Israel intimately. When and where did you go to Israel?

      Larry - 2012-04-10 22:31

      Why am I so surprised? So then Patrick, what instances of apartheid did you experience in Israel? Remember, I am not talking about the West bank or Gaza which is not in Israel.

      Fred - 2012-04-11 19:52

      Those posts are there to protect Israelis from almost daily attacks by extremist Palestinians. These Palestinians are being abused by the UNELECTED dictators of the region who, instead of giving the Palestinians the few neighborhoods they need to call home from the vast lands these dictators control, funnel them billions of dollars of arms over decades and incite them to attack Israel. They do this to present a fake external enemy to their populations so they can hold onto UNELECTED power and continue to enrich themselves. Thankfully the people of the Middle East are removing these dictators. Four countries and one hundred million people are now freer. When all the dictators are gone, the Palestinians will have the land they so desperately need.

      Larry - 2012-04-11 21:35

      patrick, I asked you what experience of apartheid you experienced while in Israel. We were talking real time last night, and after asking this of you you disappeared. I figured that you went on to frantically google 'apartheid in Israel' in order to come up with an answer. And what do you come with? - Junk about 'border posts'. I was very clear. Since you have supposedly visited Israel and have business interest there, WHAT EXPERIENCE OF APARTHEID HAVE YOU TO SHARE WITH US. Border posts are control lines between borders of different countries. South Africa has border posts with Zimbabwe. Does this mean SA practices apartheid on Zimbabweans? There is only one piece of legislated discrimination in Israel, and this is that only Jews may be members of the national defense forces. This is for obvious reasons of avoiding enemy infiltration considering the level of Islamic hostlity face by Israel. Patrick, there is no legislated apartheid in israel. There is of course discrimination, but no more than in SA, the USA, France, India between different castes...or any other nation on this earth. Besides that of islamic nations of course, most of whome are rabidly practicing racism and have institutionalised and legislated apartheid. As a jew or a Christian, we cannot go to Saudi Arabia and build a church or synagogue.

      Fred - 2012-04-12 08:34

      You have to include into the equation the actions being taken by the Palestinian extremists themselves, the funneling of arms to them by the unelected dictators of the region, and the incitement to attack Israel almost daily. You also have to include the open threats to destroy Israel by these dictators, and the denial of the Holocaust, the single biggest attempt at human genocide in history: six million Jewish people exterminated in a few years. You cannot just look at the response. You have to look at the original stimulus. I do however agree that Israel has gone too far on occasion, under extreme circumstances though.

      Fred - 2012-04-12 18:58

      Still wrong. Still upside down. Have you read my posts? The Palestinians, incited and armed by the UNELECTED dictators of the region, are attacking Israel. Israel is defending itself from these attacks. When you recognize this truth, you'll be on the right track.

      Larry - 2012-04-12 21:23

      I think to myself, 'I have never come across such a dense person in my life', but then this is the human condition for very many people so I must be patient. Now listen you bonehead. Obviously I am talking to Patrick. South African apartheid was classified as discriminatory LAWS, such as group areas, no blacks on park benches, pass laws for blacks only etc. There is no such thing in Israel, so there is no apartheid comparable to pre-1994 South Africa. Can you effing get that through your bony cranium. You actually denigrate and dilute the real apartheid that SA experienced. Once again for the record, border post dealings with non-Israeli citizens, that is Palestinians trying to get into Israel for work or any other reason, is strictly controlled for security reasons as Fred has pointed out. No different to border restrictions between the US and Mexico or any other country, excepting that in Israel's case, terrorist infiltration bust be contained to protect civilians. Dingleberry.

      Larry - 2012-04-14 23:20

      What is rubbish about it? In Muslim countries there is legislation against prosetilising, meaning that it against the law to promote Christianity or Judaism (or any other faith for that matter). legally, Jews may not reside or even exist in these countries. This is institutionalised apartheid, much closer to SA apartheid than anything existing in Israel today. Your argument is a made up falacy. it does not work and you continue a lie because you have nothing left but to cry racism. Nothing, nada, niks.

  • Larry - 2012-04-08 22:44

    The world is full of people who create “pseudo issues” to provoke “pseudo outrage”. They then work hard to legitimise the outrage they provoked. Should we play along with this cynical game? The obvious answer is no. Perversions of the truth soon become perceptions of the truth which then become indistinguishable from the truth. When this happens, there is no point in drawing attention to the truth itself. This simply provides an opportunity for a new round of pseudo outrage. The only thing that matters is that the reality exists. Islam is weak and Israel is strong. You can wail and flagelate yourself and bank your head against a brick wall, but you will only be doing yourself harm. It is self-demeaning and psychologically injurious. My sincere advice to Israel haters and pro-Palestinian folk is to get a hobby or do some community service to make yourselves feel better about things.

      Larry - 2012-04-09 22:23

      Context Patrick, context. Surely this is not too hard for you.

      Larry - 2012-04-10 21:23

      It show nothing of the sort. My comments are based on logical observations. You know nothing about me and my tolerances. I am a Jew, I have a Hindu wife and a Muslim sister-in-law and we get along famously. I just cannot tolerate blatant racism and bigotry spewed from low intelligence human being who resist logical debate and truth because it does not suite their inbred bias.

      Larry - 2012-04-10 22:19

      Patrick, I am not religious in any way either so we have something in common. My sister-in-law knows my views well and we do not agree. She is duty-bound to support her beliefs and Islam in general and I respect this. My opinion is that Israel makes Islam look weak, and this is bourne out by the facts that all of Islam (Islamic countries) cannot subdue this little Jewish nation called Israel. The Islamic religion has its virtues, but it also has debilitating faults, chief of which being its inability to keep up and adjust to the progression of the modern world.

      Fred - 2012-04-11 21:31

      This is the level of your intelligence Patrick. Low, in the gutter.

      Larry - 2012-04-11 21:45

      So what and who cares. We all do what we can to survive and prosper. When several Arab nation first attacked the newly established Israel in 1948, Israel defeated their enemies without any assistence and US intervention. Fact is, Islam is weak and their god is weak because they are ineffectual against Israel and the USA. In a nutshell.

      Larry - 2012-04-12 07:06

      Hi five Fred. I think we have sent the cockroach scurrying under the fridge.

      Larry - 2012-04-12 21:30

      Well Patrick, all the thumbs down think you are a low life. Thats a pretty decent poll for me. I know that the job of a troll is to be a troll, but man - get a backbone and stop fighting a losing battle. You are all wrong and any person of reasonable intelligence would have come to this conclusion for themselves. Its OK to be wrong Patrick, but its a personal travesty to know that you are wrong yet keep fighting those who are right. Rather go away quietly and take things as a lesson learned.

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