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IDF blog: Israel Under Fire
2012-03-12
Note: the blog is updated throughout the day as events occur. Click on the title, above, to see the latest.
More than 180 rockets were fired from the Gazoo Strip, and struck major population centers in southern Israel in the last 72 hours. More than 1,000,000 Israelis are under the threat of rocket fire.

Terrorists, such as the PRC
The Popular Resistance Committee was founded in September 2000, and since has categorically refused the idea of peace with Israel. The PRC is a sub-contractor for Iran and Hezbollah, paid for terror attacks against Israel from Gaza.

The PRC are funded and supported directly by Hamas. By allowing the PRC to operate as an ostensibly independent proxy, Hamas is able to carry out terror attacks against Israelis while maintaining an official stance of "restraint". In addition to monthly funding, Hamas also provides the PRC with weapons and training.
are firing rockets into the cities of Ashdod, Be'ersheba, Yavne, Netivot and Ashkelon; as well as into the Eshkol and Shari Ha'Negev regional councils. Iron Dome system has so far intercepted 49 rockets that were to land in densely populated areas..

This post will be updated with information as it arrives. Last update on 12:30, March 12th.

Timeline:

Monday, March 12th, 2012

12:05 - Video: In response to the 180+ rockets fired from Gazoo into Israel, IDF targeted Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
weapons depot.

11:41 - Overnight, 25 rockets fired from Gazoo hit Israel. The Iron Dome active defense system intercepted 5 more rockets. Since the beginning of the latest escalation, the Iron Dome has intercepted a total of 49 rockets.
9.35 --  An IAF aircraft targeted a terrorist squad that was preparing to fire a rocket at Israel from the southern Gazoo Strip.
07:10 - Overnight: Six terror sites targeted in Gazoo, both in the northern and southern parts of the Strip. Initial reports indicate approximately 20 rockets have been fired into Israel since midnight.
06:30 --  False reports of IDF aerial strikes on Sunday night, including the death of a three-year-old girl, were debunked.

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

22:27 -- As of now 147 rockets landed in Israel from Gazoo. The Iron Dome system intercepted 43 rockets out of 52 attempts.
13:37 - IAF aircraft targeted a terrorist moments before firing a Grad rocket at Ashdod.
12:15 -- Photos: Ruined farm building in southern Israel after a direct hit from a rocket originating in Gazoo.
11:55 - Earlier this morning, IAF aircraft targeted a terrorist at a rocket launching site from which two rockets were fired at the city of Ashdod a short time beforehand, in the northern Gazoo Strip. A hit was confirmed. Ashdod is home to over 200,000 Israeli civilians.
8:38 - Overnight, IAF aircraft targeted a terrorist squad that was in the final stages of preparing to fire rockets at Israel from the northern Gazoo Strip. 
In addition, IAF aircraft targeted two rocket launching sites, in the northern Gazoo Strip, used by terror organizations to fire medium-range rockets into Israel (over 40 kilometers).
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#23  Good points trailing wife. Thanks

You are very welcome, dear Northern Cousin. I don't deserve such accolades anything like as often as I would like.
Posted by: trailing wife   2012-03-12 23:38  

#22  I would say a pushback is in order. Rockets into Israel, then push the border back. That and get the coordinates of the sewage ponds, have artillery fire for effect........
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2012-03-12 21:06  

#21  Get a membership list and kill EVERY SINGLE member of Hamas and these other groups. Then tell them for EVERY SINGLE ROCKET that hits Israel, they will forever annex 1 sq mile of Gaza or the west bank.
Posted by: Silentbrick - Halliburton Lost Drill Bit Division   2012-03-12 17:36  

#20   Homestead Act for Israeli Jews on federally owned land in Nevada and Utah.

No.

We were offered Grand Island in the Niagara River once upon a time -- there's a stone marker there still -- and territory in Kenya, if I recall correctly, by the Brits. But our connection to that particular bit of land between Africa and Asia goes back to the Bronze Age.

Besides, Jews have been penned up on reservations before. The Italians called them ghettos, elsewhere they were referred to as Jewish quarters, and the lucky ones had walls and gates to keep the pogroms out and the Jews locked in. The Russians called theirs the Pale of Settlement, which is where "beyond the pale" comes from. The whole point of Israel's existence is that the Jews no longer need live at the permission of others, dependent on their forbearance.
Posted by: trailing wife   2012-03-12 17:24  

#19  I was wondering if anyone here had an opinion on that interview.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain   2012-03-12 16:52  

#18  Actually, hat tip to Drudge for that picture. It's used to highlight a link to a CBS interview with former Mossad man Meir Dagan.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2012-03-12 16:35  

#17  No can do, NS. There are excellent beaches in Israel.



You'd leave this to the Gazooks?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2012-03-12 16:23  

#16  That town ain't big enough for the two of them. Homestead Act for Israeli Jews on federally owned land in Nevada and Utah.

Let the Muzzies have it all and let it become worthless. With the war that is coming, it'll be that anyway.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble   2012-03-12 15:57  

#15  Just been watching T.V and a Hamas official was being interviewed. Basically what he was saying was that the "radicals" were just using "toy" rockets and if Hamas was provoked any more they would have to get involved and use their serious rockets. If Israel is smart it will lure Hamas into firing one of their rockets. They can then reply by decapitating the Hamas leadership. It probably wouldn't hurt to let Fatah help in cleaning out the Gaza of Hamas, root and branch women and children.
Hamas will either have to flee to Hizbollah or to Egypt.
Who will then finance them (other than the EU, especially Norway)? If they head towards Lebanon they can make up with Iran again, otherwise if they go to Egypt, they can be financed by the Soddies.
The main point is that they will never get back to Gaza again.
Posted by: tipper   2012-03-12 15:41  

#14  Good points trailing wife. Thanks
Posted by: Northern Cousin   2012-03-12 15:02  

#13  The question of integration? One out of five Israeli citizens -- note, not merely residents, but full citizens -- is an Arab, and most Israeli Arabs are Muslim. Israeli Arabs volunteer to serve in the IDF, elect their own representatives to the Knesset, and serve in Prime Minister Netanyahu's cabinet.

By contrast, the areas the Palestinians rule over are Judenrein...and well on the way to becoming Christianrein as well. The hardliners have most certainly won on the Palestinian side, where it is illegal to sell or rent property to a Jew. As I recall the sentence is death, though I may be wrong about that last. Quite unlike the situation in Israel.
Posted by: trailing wife   2012-03-12 14:52  

#12  The question of integration being tried raises a good historical point. I recommend reading the book One Palestine, Complete by T Segev. It records the history of the area between 1917 and 1948. Written by a Jewish author in 1999, it records the initial view that integration was to be the centrepoint of the mandate. Basically the hardliners have won out on both sides. Now I am not sure there is a way back to that.
Posted by: Northern Cousin   2012-03-12 14:25  

#11  I always had the idea that Israel should open up an office across the street from the UN. and each time a rocket is fired into Israel - have a marksman fire a high-powered rifle at the U.N. building (in the general vicinity of the office of the General Secretary would be fine). Not at a specific target - but just the general vicinity.
just to see how long it takes the UN to respond when they are in the area....
Not advocating this - I just get wierd ideas sometimes....
Posted by: CrazyFool   2012-03-12 13:58  

#10  To me the whole of this conflict can be described by the almost cliched phrase; "If the Paleos unilaterally disarm there will be NO war; if Israel unilaterally disarms there will be NO Jews"

'moose is correct. Every town that fires a rocket gets moved lock, stock & barrel to the Sinai and then bulldozed. If the West Bank barbarians chime in, they get the same treatment.
Posted by: AlanC   2012-03-12 13:41  

#9  Had integration been tried? There's still unsettled land, if they Isreal's take that and then offer Paleos "safe-haven" for any who give up the Jihad would that work?

Yes, it's been tried. No, it didn't work. What do you think Gaza was all about? Give us land for peace, the Paleos said. So the Israelis gave them land and yet there is no peace. The Israelis have bent over backwards for peace. Every time one group of Palestinians such as the PLA, PLO, Fatah, Hamass or whatever say they are going to stop committing acts of terror some "splinter" group or another emerges and continues to commit acts of terror. Each time the mainstream Palestinians claim to be unable to control the splinter groups. Bullshit. I remember well how Yasser Arafat would condemn the bombings and shootings and missile launches but then wring his hands and claim his inability to rein in the terrorist. Bloody bastard was up to his ears in it.

Anonymoose said it. Push 'em all outta there.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2012-03-12 11:40  

#8  "The PRC are funded and supported directly by Hamas".

Actually the relationship between the PRC and Hamas is pretty complicated. Yes, there are some PRC members who are also in the armed wing of Hamas but most of the PRC are anti Hamas. Hamas has been hurt by the IDF strikes but not nearly as much as the PRC. Hamas is now in the situation of trying to get the PRC to stop firing. It is making Hamas look like wimps.
Posted by: Lord Garth   2012-03-12 11:17  

#7  Had integration been tried? There's still unsettled land, if they Isreal's take that and then offer Paleos "safe-haven" for any who give up the Jihad would that work? Put them up in housing, camps, training courses for everyday jobs. Few takers at first, but even the limited success of a couple hundred integrated into Isreali Society along with other Isreali Arabs might give a push toward cutting off the "aid Money" to Gaza and into the programs. Granted they'd have to be heavily monitored, precautions taken, rights "given", media access, ect.

Far shot, No chance of working, but it seems Isreal is unable to muster up the will to throw the Paleos out. I'm thinking more along the lines of this fails, excuse for concrete wall after driving them out. Hell, with the way Egypt is going they just might be in another war where the opportunity arises.
Posted by: Charles   2012-03-12 11:14  

#6  Killing the guys who launch rockets won't help much. They are paid cash. If more die, the cash payments go up. That's about it.

Moose is right about denying the terrorists any safe place to operate, but the range of the rockets keeps increasing. Over time you would have to clear out all of Gaza, parts of Lebanon and Jordan, etc. Never happen.

I suggest collective punishment. every time a rocket is fired at Israel, the town from which it was launched is cleared out. They can go wherever they like, but they can't stay. Bulldoze it to the ground. After a couple of towns end this way it will become impossible for the terrorists to operate. The locals just won't allow it.
Posted by: Iblis   2012-03-12 10:48  

#5  That works only as a short term tactic. Until the Israelis realize that the one thing, the only thing, that this conflict is about is land, it will continue, and likely get worse.

Since the Paleos and their Muslim backers are entirely focused on land, ALL the land, and literally nothing else matters, this leaves the Israelis only two strategic options.

Either give the Muslims ALL of Israel, or TAKE AWAY the lands used by Muslims to attack Israel.

This can be done gradually, or all at once, but the end result is the same: no more Muslims living where they can and do attack Israel. This means men, women, and children. They all go.

If that means kicking the Paleos out of Gaza into Egypt, and out of the West Bank into Jordan, so be it. In that case, any further hostilities from those two nations are clearly acts of aggressive war, in which those nations are subject to attack. No more excuses. They are responsible for any attack that comes from their soil.

However, given their former actions, both Egypt and Jordan will brutally suppress their Paleo Muslim "brothers", if and when they create a nuisance, or solely to let them know who is boss.

Not the Israelis problem.
Posted by: Anonymoose   2012-03-12 10:07  

#4  Ditto that Phil_B.
Posted by: Dale   2012-03-12 09:48  

#3  I think Israel should line up a few artillery pieces and everytime a rocket is fired, fired a shell into Gaza. If that doesn't stop the rockets fire 2, 3 ,4 shells, etc until they stop.
Posted by: Phil_B   2012-03-12 09:29  

#2  The arstrikes are also a lot more targeted at the militants. The rockets - deliberately at civilians.

But just watch who the LSM and Human [abusers] Rights groups point the finger at.
Posted by: Crazyfool   2012-03-12 08:41  

#1  I would beth the 2 or 3 Israeli airstrikes did alot more damage than alll of the Paleosd rockets combined!
Posted by: chris   2012-03-12 08:24  

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