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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Palestinian Qassams wound 69 IDF troops

Reports of the number of soldiers hurt by the Qassam rocket strike at the IDF base near Kibbutz Zikkim this morning vary: Hamas hails rocket strike that wounds 66 IDF troops states Ha'aretz, but others give different numbers. The strike was hailed by the Hamas, who called it a "victory from God," but it was supposedly carried out by the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees.
The riddle is, how can Israel conclude a serious peace agreement with Mahmoud Abbas, as he asks, if he doesn't control Gaza. The theory is, that concluding at least a framework agreement will empower Abbas and the Fatah to retrieve the situation in Gaza. In theory it might work. In practice, it is going to be difficult to get political support for Israeli concessions while in effect, Abbas cannot offer anything, because he doesn't control security in Gaza at all, and his hold in the West Bank is also theoretical.  The value of the deal for Israel is disentanglement from the occupation and European and possibly Arab support, important in the confrontation with Iran. The dangers are all too obvious.
Israel is doing the usual retaliatory raids, that are just enough to get everyone mad at us, but not enough to stop the rockets. They only seem to demonstrate Israeli powerlessness. IDF seems to be vetoing a larger operation, on the grounds that tension with Syria might lead to a two front engagement. Does anyone remember the Six Day War?

Ami Isseroff

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  • Technically it is not a problem to stop rockets: divide the enemy land into squares and make them clear that if there is a rocket out of the square everything is grounded there. They want to live somewhere, aren't they? Garbage-in, garbage-out. The only point is that this will cause too much causalities and none wants to use such means.
    The answer of Mr.Peres to this issue was: "Nanotech beats rockets". That is, cover all the area with hornet planes and knock down by artillery or whatever, everything that appears similar to launchers.


    By Blogger medvegonok, At September 11, 2007 6:40:00 PM GMT+00:00  

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