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Israel Readies Forces For Gaza Border Assault
Israel is massing troops and military equipment close to the border with Gaza after hundreds of airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave failed to stop militants launching scores of rockets into the South and central areas of the country.
The government has given the go-ahead for 75,000 reservists to be put on stand by for call-up for any ground incursion into Gaza.
Israel knows that the eyes of the world are on it and that a ground war brings not only military dangers, but international and diplomatic ones too.
But the politicians are all too aware that with an election now just two months away they have to be seen to be doing something to clampdown on the missile strikes coming out of Gaza and forcing Israeli citizens to have to run to their shelters.
"We are under attack," Israeli Defence Ministry spokesman Josh Hantsman said.
"Three million Israeli citizens are now within the range of the Hamas fire, we have a responsibility and a duty to make sure the other side knows we are serious. We will consider all the options."
For now the option appears to be a show of strength and a hope that Hamas will back down and stop targeting Israel before a ground war becomes inevitable.
That means more airstrikes and more attempts to degrade Hamas's ability to hit back from Gaza.
In the mean time the diplomatic pressure carries on apace with the Tunisian foreign minister visiting political leaders in Gaza, 24 hours after the Egyptian Prime Minister did the same thing.
US President Barack Obama has been in touch with both the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and President Morsi of Egypt - whose Muslim Brotherhood is sympathetic to Hamas - to try and mediate.
As yet there has been no breakthrough, so the very public military build-up from Israel carries on as do the airstrikes which the Israeli government hopes will mean the soldiers and their kit can be stood down as quickly as they were called up.
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what do you think?
This is all to do with the israeli elections
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It is a terrible situation that perhaps Hamas can avert by stopping the missile strikes
OH JUST DO US ALL A FAVOUR AND PUSH THE BUTTON!!! Then maybe just maybe we can all go back to doing constructive scientific based stuff that benefits mankind instead of destructive religious based things that benefit the arms dealer
Since when did war make anything better?
1939 for a start.
You say that with hindsight. Think about the minor details and how many people it affected.
the Mayan calendar is scarily close
You do realise that there is nothing in the dresden codex about the end of the mayan long count. Thanks to the spanish destroying most of the tablets and drawings when they invaded south and central america. The conquistadors saw the mayan pictoglyphs as blasphemous and destroyed them. The remaining works that survived were then subjected to flood damage while in their protective vault in the museum where they now call home. Any thing that is left doesnt make a lot of sense. Although there is one "page" that shows a great lizard devouring people, while it rains from the sun. This idea that the world will end on the 21st of december is ,as always the abrahamic religions jumping on the band wagon and hijacking everything. It even says somewhere in the bible something along the lines of no man shall know the end of days. What doesnt help the theory that the world will end on 21/12\12 is we use the roman calender that has leap years. Something the mayans had no need for. The world should of ended two years ago. There was however some talk that one of these many secret societies who control everything Has plans to create a false second coming to gain control over the worlds population. By starting a "final battle " in the holy land and using technology that can cause mass halucinations across many countries. Of course thats just conspiracy theorists talking rubbish and we will be most likely be talking about this on the 22nd Although the only way to find out if the mayans were right is to wait till then
The terrorist zionist state can never destroy the will of the palestinian people
It's amazing how monarchy, religion and governments can steal what they want. But when normal people steal they get a prison sentence. What message does that teach people.