U.S. fears Israel-Hamas conflict escalates to ground invasion
November 16th, 2012
03:24 PM ET

U.S. fears Israel-Hamas conflict escalates to ground invasion

By Barbara Starr and Jill Dougherty

The major concern of the United States in the current Israeli-Hamas conflict is a potential Israeli ground incursion into Gaza, U.S. officials said Friday.

That would be a disastrous escalation that could trigger a larger conflict, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

"Escalation is what we are concerned about. We don't want it to escalate to the point where Israel feels it has to take additional action, specifically ground force action," the official said.

Israel has some ground forces on the border and ready to act if they are called to do so, said Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, in a conference call with reporters Friday.

Israel's Cabinet on Friday authorized the call-ups of up to 75,000 reservists, prime minister's spokesman Mark Regev said. Israel's military said earlier in the day that 30,000 troops are being mobilized for a possible move into Gaza.

So far, Israeli tank units and troops have stayed outside Gaza. But the senior U.S. official indicated while the United States unequivocally supports Israel's right to self-defense, the U.S. message right now is for Israel not to enter Gaza on the ground.

"Ground forces would clearly be a major escalation," he said.

The official said the worry is Israeli ground troops could lead to drawing Egypt into the conflict.

"What action would Egypt take, would they move into Sinai?" he said.

He said the assessment is that a number of other Arab nations in the region would then, at least rhetorically, join with Egypt against Israel. The official emphasized this is a U.S. worry and the strong hope is Hamas will stop its rocket attacks on Israel, thereby ending Israeli strikes.

"The question also is how much Hamas wants to risk," the official said.

A second official said the United States also is watching closely to see if Iran, which backs Hamas, attempts to infiltrate new fighters or weapons supplies into Gaza. Neither official would speak on the record because they were discussing sensitive national security matters.

Daniel Ben Simon, an Israeli Knesset member not aligned with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, said Friday that he sensed "almost an absence" from Washington, adding, "It's time for the Americans to step in."

"We need the boss, and the boss is still the White House," Ben Simon said, calling U.S. officials "the only ones that can control the situation and ... talk freely" to all sides. "It seems the White House is too silent."

U.S. President Barack Obama did talk Friday with Netanyahu, after the Israeli prime minister called him to voice "deep appreciation ... for the United States' investment in the Iron Dome rocket and mortar defense system," the White House said.

"The president reiterated U.S. support for Israel's right to defend itself, and expressed regret over the loss of Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives," the statement said. "The two leaders discussed options for de-escalating the situation."

Obama called Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy, commending "Egypt's efforts to de-escalate the situation and (expressing) his hope that these efforts would be successful," the White House said in another statement. The president also "expressed regret for the loss of Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives."

The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a number of phone calls trying to muster international pressure to stop what it terms a "very, very dangerous situation" in Gaza.

Clinton, traveling in Asia, called Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr for the second time in as many days, as well as Jordanian King Abdullah and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday.

"In all cases her message has been the same: that we are urging a de-escalation of this conflict, we are urging those countries with influence on Hamas and other groups in Gaza to use that influence to get a de-escalation."

There will be other calls, Nuland said, to other countries to maximize pressure on Hamas. "I think we are all in the same place. The Egyptians are, the Turkish government is," she said.

Nuland added that the United States is encouraged that Egypt is involved in what she termed "urgent diplomacy."

The Egyptian prime minister was in Gaza on Friday, and Nuland said the call was an opportunity to get an update on that visit and to get a sense from the Egyptians in the wake of the visit what further steps they can take to help de-escalate the situation.

The U.S. Navy is continuing to keep to the standard deployment of three warships in the eastern Mediterranean that can shoot down ballistic missiles fired by Iran that would threaten Israel. Those ships are not equipped to deal with the short-range rockets being used by Hamas.

The Navy also has quietly made the decision to keep three amphibious warships with several hundred Marines on board in the vicinity of the Mediterranean in the unlikely event they might be needed to assist Americans leaving Israel.

Three U.S. military officials stressed strongly that the scenario is very unlikely.

"No one has even drawn an evacuation plan on the back of a cocktail napkin yet," one official said. But the three ships have been told to stay in place until there is more certainty about what is happening.

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv took precautionary measures Friday, reducing its staff and suspending routine consular services, according to an embassy security message. Additionally, embassy staff were instructed to keep their children home from school for the day and were prohibited from traveling to the south of Israel.


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  1. Robert M. Brumfield

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    December 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  3. Ino

    Jews are God Chosen People. We were given the holy land by God. Christians and Muslims should take their sorry ass somewhere else.

    November 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • Jewish Soldier

      I agree with you. I hate Christian who question why we are killing people. They forget that in Bible it is written that Jews should rule the Earth before Jesus will come back

      November 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
      • Get Life

        Really, so killing babies and women is okay in your religion? Oh I forgot thats why God sent Jesus to get you out of your misery. Convert to Christianity, a religion of peace.

        November 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Jewish Soldier

      Atleast we are killing them with precision. Thanks to our friend USA for providing us Weapons. America is our only ally who has always supported us.

      November 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • Darryl Revok

      I would love nothing more than for the United States to leave the Jews and Arabs to there own devices, we need to drill for our own oil and let you people eat each other like dogs in the street. I wouldnt spend a single american life to defend either of you. A Jew is no more chosen by any God than a German is chosen by Nature to be the master race.Your head is so full of delusion I can smell it from here.

      November 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  4. utrefhnuhfgj

    IMAGINE A STAR THE SIZE OF GAZA VISABLE FROM MARS

    November 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  5. utrefhnuhfgj

    FLAGS ARE CHEAP IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD I THINK GAZA LOOKS LIKE A NICE PLACE TOO BAD IT NEEDS TO BE REORGANIZED INTO A PROVERBIAL CROP CIRCLE

    November 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  6. jgfgjkutrdfhu

    HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW NOTHING HAS REALLY HAPPENED

    November 19, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
  7. Ino

    "We the Jews are the chosen people. Therefore, without question, we are the best. People of Israel are superior to all. G-D has made everyone to be used or serve at the pleasure of the Jews "
    Rabbi Ben Artzi

    November 19, 2012 at 6:54 am | Reply
    • Delvin Morizovich

      raciist, religiously deluded, idiot

      November 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
      • Ino

        Antisemetic rants are the last resort of the crazy Arabs and other similar degenerates .

        November 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
      • Stopalready!

        Stop arguing with these crazy Arabs you'll get nowhere. Look how they treat their women. Enough said! Uncivilized group of people.

        November 20, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • srb

      you jews are the biggest criminals and liars on earth..you are right about being the chosen people u are the chosen criminals, liars and thieves of this world. pathetic and discusting people.

      November 20, 2012 at 1:35 am | Reply
      • Ino

        You are low life Arab. We have the right to kill all non Jews.

        November 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  8. termite289

    team Israel;
    sorry Gaza, you haven't been arresting anyone for causing international incidents by firing rockets from your land, so you must condone and approve. deal with it.

    November 19, 2012 at 3:57 am | Reply
    • Dingbat

      You must not blame others when they say nasty things about Israel. There is nothing, least of all the reasons that Israel has laid out, for the massive onslaught on the poorly armed Gazans. This is nothing but to pacify Gaza prior to dealing with Iran. As an American I feel ashamed that we instead of standing by the side of the weak are siding with the bully. Mr. Obama has not even started his second term and he has already began to let down his ardent supporters. The President should stand up for American values and principals . It is these that make the US a moral force and a super power.

      November 19, 2012 at 7:22 am | Reply
  9. Darryl Revok

    Frankly, I couldnt give a damn about the Jews or the Arabs, we should drill our own oil and leave them to fight it out in the street like dogs. Do you really CARE who runs what over their? Would that even effect us in any possible way if we drilled our own oil? No it wouldnt. Our "national security" is in no danger from the fanatic fringe elements we call "terrorists". They could never take us down in a million years, but if we allow our fear of them to dictate policy, then they can. Our civil liberties are under daily, constant attack from our own government, but no one seems to care, as it has become common place. Casualties from a terrorist attack every once in awhile is a small price to pay in order to maintain our civil liberty. Those costs would be far lower than the casualties we sustain from those that would promise us "security" yet send our boys across the globe as cannon fodder for the interests of the banking cartels and military industrial complex. Freedom in a dangerous world is far preferable to slavery in a safe one. Keep your cage, I dont want it. Fact is, the psudo left that fights tooth and nail to block oil exploration and drilling are playing into the very interests that need an insanely huge military presence across the globe to maintain profits and keep us embedded in the foriegn entanglements of the middle east. These entanglements keep us in ever increasing commitments both fiscally and strategically, all to the detriment of the homeland.

    November 19, 2012 at 12:00 am | Reply
    • Derrall

      There use to be a name for Darryls, called Ostrich Democrats came about in the 80s, when US democrats refuse to acknowledge the threat of Soviet domination in Central America- ignore the problem and it will go away – is the theory. Darryl is probably to young, to have heard of Neville Chamblerlin- and his denial and appeasement of Adolf Hliter- (who at the time was claimed to be irrelevent – didnt matter – can't hurt us ). Tell the families of 9 11, how terrorism- can'thurt us -.Thanks Darrly for your commentary- it's sheds light on the emerging culture ignorance and indifference, that is taking over the American psychie, by these young air heads reaching adulthood (physically not mentally).

      November 19, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
      • Darryl Revok

        LOL, You cannot compare the designs of a superpower like the USSR diametrically opposed to the United States with "terrorism"....thats just vapid. Im no leftist, far from it actually, I only care what is in the best interests of the United States, not whats in the best interests of Isreal or the "International community". If we drilled for our own oil and became energy independant, what happens in the middle east would no longer be our problem, it would be Europes, and they would have to adjust their defense strategy accordingly. I would be happy with dominating our half of the globe and leaving the rest up for grabs. We are nearing an impending crisis and are unable to maintain the level of military presence we have across the globe, it weakens us, it dosnt make us stronger. It simply makes us that much bigger a target to be drawn into foriegn wars by having to "save face" and escalate any attacks made against us...and for what? It dosnt benifit anyone but defense contractors and the banks that finance them. We are plenty powerful without having to prove it on a daily basis. Far from being an appeaser, I would of nuked the "holy" city of Mecca after 9/11 and then ask the muslims why thier god didnt stop me.

        November 19, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  10. mjgdhjkjhgjm

    THEY SAY SYRIA IS NICE THIS TIME OF YEAR

    November 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  11. mjgdhjkjhgjm

    IF YOU LIVE IN GAZA ITS BEST YOU STOP COMPLAINING AND START PACKING ITS A VERY VERY BAD PLACE TO BE

    November 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  12. william

    Why the islamic world talk so much for the of the Palestinian right. No islamic countries will have the will nor guts to fight out military with Isreal stop talking and show action to solve this criss

    November 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  13. Gary hayes

    It is funny how we kid our selves about what is real and what is not real. Israel is reacting to anger that has been fermenting for thousands of years. In reality they have o one to blame but themselves for claiming thousands of years ago that their god was the only god and that he loved them more than anyone else. Who am I to say what god is real and who that god may happen to love. What I know is this: Israel spent thusands of years wandering this planet. they settled in many different countries. They held on to their beilefs and their ways of life. During a short and tragic time in the history of our world they were tormented and killed in numbers beyond the pale of consciousness. In 1948 they found the money to buy the weapons and take back land they claim their god gave them. They won that fight and the whole world recognized them as a nation and gave them soveirngty. ( misspelled that my bad). In the 60's full of the courage that comes from being recognized they began their expansion. It is funny how approval brings colonization. That sad part is that in 1948 and every year afterwards Israel has been expanding their boundaries. Those boundaries are putting people out of their homes. Isreael is doing this based on a concept that "god" has given them the right to do so. Unfortunately in today's world, it is the deed of trust that gives ownership. Now we can all say that the bible, the Torah, the Koran are the words of our gods, but the truth is the deed of trust is the rule of law.

    Israel needs to stop expanding and the Arabs and Palestinians need to find a way to forgive their cousins and start the process of peace. if we do not do that then war is coming and it will be a war that no god can save us from.

    It is hard to forgive when the lives of those you love have been taken. God knows the Palestinians and the Jews know that more than we care to imagine.

    For me I want peace. I want to embrace every person and let them know we are all brothers and sisters in this life. sure we think and act differently but in the end we are all part of this one human race. I hope they work it out but in the even you do not get ready for judgement and it wont be coming from god, It will be coming from the consequences of your irrational anger.

    November 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Darryl Revok

      I agree with you on all the theological nonsense with no basis in physical reality. The only way we can achieve peace(at least for the United States) is through complete energy independence. The left does not realize they play into the hands of the oil/military industrial complex interests by blocking oil exploration and drilling. The large defense contractors DONT want energy independance because it would make our currently massive military presence around the world redundant and unecessary, slashing profits under the massive demobilization that would be the end result of not having to guard foriegn access to oil. Until we produce all of our own energy and then some, we will continually be embedded in foriegn entanglements across the planet that do much more to threaten national security by drawing us into conflicts that have the potential to become world wars than anything that could possibly invade us through any direct invasion or terrorist attack. Our current state of affairs in the united states, both economically and militarily, are quite frankly, insane.

      November 19, 2012 at 12:34 am | Reply
      • Texas

        Why deplete ours now, when we can deplete theirs first?

        November 19, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Paul II

      First, none of the Jews I know feel God loves them "more". Second, Israel has not been expanding its borders every year. In fact they have evacuated their people from Gaza, S. Lebanon, and the Sinai.

      November 19, 2012 at 1:53 am | Reply
  14. Dr. Salah Sultan

    Why the USA and world media not tell the world what is happening. why they do not tell the world that the jews kill the palestinians to take the blood!!. they take the blood and knead it in the matzos. the arab and palestinine media will only tell the world what the jews do with the blood. THE WORLD MUST KNOW THE TRUTH THEY USE THE BLOOD FOR THE MATZOS!!.the arab people are only to be told the truth. the USA must be know to the truth why they lie to the people at home? This is the world conspiracy of silence.

    November 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • Gary hayes

      you are so full of it. you claim that Israel kills to sop up blood to make their matzo. you are part of the problem there are Jews just like you and they are part of the problem as well. your anger is so telling. I have no idea who you have lost in this anger but I do know that anger is all that drives you not judgement, not rational thinking just anger. Take a breath and hug your children and your wife if they are still with you. learn how to forgive and move beyond the anger and understand that pain comes to all of us and it is how we process that pain that makes us men.

      November 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
      • Dr. Salah Sultan

        You cover yours eyes ears in america to not know the truth. you sit at safety of your home and shop in the malls. while the arabs are murdered the blood is used by the zionist butchers for the matzos wether you want to know or not. it is truth to be known in arab world. we are known to the truth while butchers seek to coverup and ignore. sleep well in home while the babies are murdered. enjoy your matzos!!! the truth is well to be known in palestine.

        November 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
      • tompatoP

        Sultan... Truth is subject to the side you are on. I think you know this based on your comments. The fact is the middle east is in turmoil – more than in previous years due to the introduction of more powerful weapons. Israel is no better that the rest. That said, we can't possibly look at the actions of one without gauging the actions of all in the middle east. The region is chaotic, confused, and desparate. My fear is that the dispondent populations in the middle east will lead to the next world war – one that they will inevitably lose, but will result in the unneccessary deaths of thousands. One hope remains, and that is education. The smarter we become, the less likely we are to fall victim to propoganda and faith filled rhetoric that is nothing more that fodder.

        November 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  15. eddie russo

    I,ve got the best solution for the jews to live in peace and harmony, and I guarantee you there won'be another rocket fired at them, And that solution is leave palestine at once, go back to Europe, and America. As long as they accupy some one els's land they will never ever be in peace, LOOk after 70 years what they go through, and things gets from worse and worst.

    November 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • Darryl Revok

      I think the United States should just drill its own oil and leave the middle east to its own devices...rendering any interest by the United States in jewish/arab relations irrelevent.

      November 19, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
  16. David Friedman

    Right Wing Animals!
    Hitler would be proud!

    November 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  17. Yaptu Madfatti

    The middle east is like a nest of fire ants that never settles down. All the countries there just take turns with each other. It would be easier to dig out Israel and make it an island resort. Then we can talk about no arms allowed anywhere near it.

    November 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  18. Jim

    Do some research and you'll find that Wolf Blitzer started his career in Israel he then worked as the editor of AIPAC for their monthly publication, the Near East Report. While at AIPAC, Blitzer's writing focused on Middle East affairs as they relate to United States foreign policy. He openly admits to being a ZlONlST before going to work for CNN in 1990. Even Anderson Cooper has ties to the oligarchy that rules our society. Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, the younger son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the artist, designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. His maternal grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and his maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt of the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune. CNN is the enemy to America and Americans.

    November 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
    • Simon

      Zionist? You are a racist and bigot. Good luck with that.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      "The ZlONlST Organization of America (ZOA), founded in 1897, was one of the first official ZlONlST organizations in the United States, and, especially early in the 20th century, the primary representative of Jewish Americans to the World ZlONlST Organization, espousing primarily Political ZlONlSM. The ZOA was initially founded in 1896 as the Federation of American ZlONlSTS." "James Mayer de Rothschild's other son, Edmond James de Rothschild (1845–1934) was very much engaged in philanthropy and the arts, and was a leading proponent of ZlONlSM." "In 1917 Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild was the addressee of the Balfour Declaration to the ZlONlST Federation, which committed the British government to the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." "James A. de Rothschild financed the Knesset building as a gift to the State of Israel and the Supreme Court of Israel building was donated to Israel by Dorothy de Rothschild." "Dorothy de Rothschild continued the ZlONlST interests of her father-in-law and husband, and was a close friend of Chaim Weizmann. She became chairman of Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild family charities in Israel, and saw through her husband's gift of funds to build the Knesset and her own gift of the Supreme Court of Israel building."-Wikipedia
      You can listen to Wolf Blitzer on Youtube promoting ZlONlSM, all you have to do is look it up.

      November 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • Gary hayes

      you know what jim you are tiresome. Okay so you know the h=whole scoop on Anderson Cooper, uber rich white boy, out of the closet and and loving the jews. Give me a break dude. get a life and let Anderson Cooper and CNN do what they do which is report the news. just because you did not come form wealthy parents and dont have a great job and are upset that Anderson does not find you attractive is that really any reason to beat him up. get a life dawg. any life seriously.

      November 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • Darryl Revok

      I always wondered what the big deal about anderson cooper was....I always thought...what did he EVER do to deserve so much praise and attention....a few photo ops near a war zone? But you comment makes more sense, his parents bought his way in to the news industry....makes sense,

      November 20, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
  19. Rasheed

    Palistine is UNARMED; Israel is UNHARMED,

    yet the media can't see the differnce!

    November 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • You're Unbalanced

      Yes, unarmed besides thousands of Qassam 2 missiles. The reason why Israel is unharmed is because Hamas is unable to aim their missiles, and their U.S. backed 70% missile defense system.

      I, as probably you, want this conflict to end, but please base you reason on facts and not emotion.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Ino

      Looks like all the crazy people have crawled out of the gutters and are ranting raving. Listen up: Israel is besting the crap out of the squatters.
      America should continue to watch our back and keep supplying the ammo .

      November 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • Shelly

      The Israelis were not the ones randomly sending over lethal rockets that randomly killed its people. No one should have to live in a situation like that. That is outrageous! All people have a right to defend themselves. The Israelis have every right to ensure that rockets will no longer be a potential threat to its citizens. It wouldn't matter if the Israelis were Jews, Muslims, or anyone else. No one should be living in a situation in which lethal rockets are radomly sent their way.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
    • Robertsh

      They're unarmed but yet they fire rockets into Isreal daily. Most of you folks are so angry and emotional you are without reason.

      November 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
    • Gary hayes

      If Hamas andPalestine are unarmed where are the bombs coming from. I agree that Israel should allow the palestinians to reclaim thier land. I have always held that position, none the less Hamas and most of the araB WORLD HATES ISRAEL AND WANTS THEM DESTROYUED, what is up with that. seriously. I know they said their god is bigger and baddder than everyone else s god and loves them the most but for real who cares. I mean the Arabs formed Islam based on the teachings of a prophet named Mohammed and his beliefs are that the god of the Jews is the same god as the Muslims so what are you all fighting about: Land and the truth is real estate law is pretty straight forward. you do not need a gun or a missile to enforce it just a court.. but Hamas and most Arabs don't want to use the law they want to use anger and hatred. You cant blame Israel for wanting to fight back, regardless of whether or not you support their initial move in 1948.

      November 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  20. Rasheed

    Fair and balanced coverage from mainstream media, finally!

    Only irony is, the situation is neither fair nor balanced! Palestinians are practically unarmed. Israel is pulverizing them, yet the media keeps saying explosions rock gaza AND israel. Which "explosions" are "rocking" israel? Can't believe these hoars can go to sleep at night after lying thru their teeth. And CNN is spying for israel – how, you might ask. – by showing pictures of what sites were hit in real time, giving feedback to israel about which targets were hit and which ones weren't. Fair is foul and foul is fair in today's world. Amraeli justice!

    November 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • bruce

      January 1
      Palestinians fired two mortar shells containing phosphorus into Eshkol Regional Council. The shells landed in open fields, causing no injuries or damage.[4] The Eshkol Regional Council filed a formal complaint with the United Nations, noting that the Geneva Conventions prohibit the use of phosphorus against civilians.[5]
      January 19
      After nightfall, Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[6]
      January 21
      Overnight, Palestinians fired three mortar shells into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage. In response to the attack, an Israeli Air Force helicopter immediately struck a group of terrorists in the Rafah area.[7][8]
      January 22
      Palestinians fired a rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[9] In response to this attack and previous ones, Israel carried out air strikes on a weapons factory in the central Gaza Strip, two tunnels in the northern Strip and one tunnel in southern Gaza, causing no injuries.[10][11]
      January 24
      In the afternoon, Palestinians fired two Qassam rockets into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[12]
      In February, according to the Israel Security Agency's monthly summary, Palestinians launched 36 rockets and 1 mortar shell at Israel in 28 separate attacks.[13]
      February 1
      Between about 6:30 and 9:16 pm, Palestinians fired 8 rockets into the Shaar Hanegev and Ashkelon Coast regional councils, causing no injuries or damage. Local residents were instructed to stay within 15 seconds of bomb shelters in case of additional attacks. Israeli security officials estimated that the attacks were so timed because of the stormy weather, which limits the effectiveness of rocket detection systems.[14][15][16] Next day, Israeli warplanes struck six targets in Gaza in response to previous rocket attacks, hitting two weapons storage facilities, three tunnels used for terror activities and a weapons manufacturing facility.[17]
      February 6
      Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage. The Color Red alarm sounded near in the area prior to the explosion.[18]
      February 10
      After nightfall, Palestinian terrorists fired a rocket into a community in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. The rocket exploded between two homes, sending shrapnel that penetrated one of the homes while civilians were sitting in the living room. The rocket also damaged an electrical pole, cutting off power. No injuries were reported.[19]
      February 11
      Palestinians fired a rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[20] Israel responded to the attack and to the previous one with air strikes on three tunnels used for terror activity – in the south, center and north of the Gaza Strip – and a weapons manufacturing facility in the north. Officials in the Hamas-ruled territory said that one civilian man was killed and another was wounded.[21]
      February 15
      Palestinians fired five rockets at Israel. Two rockets exploded in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, two more fell in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, and a fifth fell in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported. In response, the Israeli Air Force struck two targets in the Gaza Strip: a Hamas militant site in Gaza City, and a Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant site in Nuseirat.[22][23] France condemned both the Palestinian attacks and the Israeli response.[24]
      February 17
      Palestinians took advantage of the stormy weather, which hinders Israeli rocket warning systems, and fired two rockets into Israel. One landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, and the other hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, south of Ashkelon. Later, Palestinians fired an additional rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in any of the attacks.[25][26]
      February 18
      With the stormy weather continuing, at about 11:30 am Palestinian terrorists fired a Grad rocket at Beersheba; the projectile landed outside the city. Sirens sounded in Beersheba and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council, and residents entered shelters.[27][28]
      Palestinian terrorists later fired a rocket toward Israel, but it exploded instead on a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip, causing no injuries.[29]
      Israel responded to recent attacks with an air strike on a weapons manufacturing site in the Gaza Strip.[30]
      February 19
      After nightfall, Palestinians fired two Qassam rockets into the Sdot Negev Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[31]
      February 21
      After nightfall, Palestinians fired a mortar shell into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[32]
      February 23
      Palestinians fired two Qassam rockets into the Sha'ar Hanegev and Eshkol regional councils, causing no injuries or damage. Residents of the former said that the Color Red alarm sounded only seconds before the rocket exploded, and some did not manage to reach rocket shelters in time.[33][34][35]
      February 24
      At about 1 am, a Palestinian terrorist cell attempting to fire rockets at Israel was thwarted when an IAF jet fired at it. Palestinian sources said that two people were injured.[36] At about 2:30 am, Palestinians terrorists fired two rockets into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage. Israel responded with air strikes on two terror targets in the northern Gaza Strip.[34][35][36][36][37]
      February 25
      In the evening, Palestinian terrorists fired two Qassam rockets at Ashkelon. One landed in an open area within the city, and the other landed in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. After nightfall, a third Qassam rocket landed in the southern Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in any of the attacks. In response, IAF aircraft targeted a weapons-manufacturing site and a smuggling tunnel in southern Gaza Strip, causing no injuries.[38][39][40][41][42][43]
      February 26
      In the morning, Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[44]
      February 28
      Palestinians fired a rocket into the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, near Ashkelon, causing no injuries or damage. The Color Red alarm sounded in the region.[45][46]
      Israel sent a demonstratively terse letter of protest to the United Nations, saying: "Ten days, ten rockets and not one condemnation".[47]
      In mid-March there was a significant escalation of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel. Throughout the month, according to the Israel Security Agency's routine monthly summary, Palestinians fired 173 rockets and 19 mortar shells at Israel in 156 separate attacks.[48] However, according to a different report by the agency, during the escalation alone Palestinians fired 281 rockets at Israel, of which 86 were long-range.[49]

      [edit] March 1–8
      March 1
      Palestinians fired three rockets toward Ashkelon. The projectiles landed in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[50]
      March 2
      Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[51]
      March 3
      After nightfall, Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[52]
      March 8
      On the morning of the Jewish holiday of Purim, Palestinians fired a mortar shell into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[53]

      [edit] March 9–15

      Main article: March 2012 Gaza-Israel clashes

      a rocket fired from Gaza hit the city of Netivot
      Palestinians fired over 300 Grad missiles, rockets and mortars deep into Israel. Three civilians were wounded directly by the fire, one of them seriously. Additionally, 21 people suffered from shock and 11 were injured while fleeing for cover. A total of 23 Israeli civilians were injured. Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted many of the Palestinian-launched projectiles aimed at large cities, shooting down 56 rockets in 71 attempts.[54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61]

      Most of the attacks followed an Israeli air strike on Zuhair al-Qaissi, commander of the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, a terrorist group with close ties to Hamas, and Mahmoud Hanini, a top field commander in the group. Al-Qaissi had overseen the 2011 southern Israel cross-border attacks, which killed eight Israelis including six civilians.[62] Israeli officials said that he was preparing the final stages of a new mega-attack that could have claimed multiple lives.[63]

      To protect students from the rockets, Israeli officials cancelled classes in all schools in the cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba, Netivot, Kiryat Malakhi, Kiryat Gat, Gedera, Yavne, Lakya and other southern communities, as well as in Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Ashkelon Academic College and Sami Shamoon College of Engineering.[64][65][66][67] The Home Front Command barred all mass gatherings in southern Israeli communities.[68] The Israel Police raised the level of alert around the country.[69]

      Israel responded with air strikes on weapons storage facilities, rocket launching sites, weapon manufacturing facilities, training bases, posts, tunnels and terror operatives, killing 22 militants, mostly from Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the others from the Popular Resistance Committees. Four civilians were killed as well.[57][70][71][72][73]

      The United States, France, and an official from the United Nations condemned the Palestinian attacks, and the US stressed that Israel has the right to defend itself.[74][75] The Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Arab League, Syria, Egypt and Iran condemned Israel's responsive air strikes on militants.[76][77][78][79][80][81]

      Details of individual attacks follow:
      March 9 Palestinians fired two mortar shells into the Eshkol Regional Council.[82]
      In the early evening, at least four Grad missiles fired at Ashdod, Gan Yavne and Kiryat Malachi were intercepted by Iron Dome.[83]
      Late in the evening, several rockets were fired at Beersheba. Some landed on the outskirts of the city, and at least one was intercepted by Iron Dome.[83]
      Six Qassam rockets were fired on the Shaar Hanegev, Sdot Negev and Eshkol regional councils.[84]
      March 10 During the night, a rocket fired at Beersheba damaged a building and activated air raid sirens. Residents fled to shelters. A second rocket fired at the city was intercepted by Iron Dome.[85]
      Two rockets fired at Ashdod were intercepted by Iron Dome.[86]
      A rocket fired at Beersheba from the northern Gaza Strip landed in an open area.[87]
      Two rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.[88][89]
      A rocket exploded near Sderot. The Color Red alarm sounded in the area.[90]
      A Qassam rocket exploded in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.[91]
      Two rockets fired at Ashkelon were intercepted by Iron Dome.[92]
      Two rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.[93]
      A rocket exploded near Netivot, while another landed near Sderot.[94]
      Shortly before 2 pm, a Qassam rocket exploded in a farm in the Eshkol Regional Council.[95]
      Two rockets hit the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council within the space of an hour.[96]
      Two rockets hit the Eshkol Regional Council.[97]
      Two rockets fired at Ashdod were intercepted by Iron Dome. The Color Red alarm sounded in the city.[98]
      After nightfall, shrapnel from a rocket intercepted over Ashkelon by Iron Dome fell on a home in the city.[99]
      A rocket landed near a farming facility in the Be'er Tuvia Regional Council.[100]
      A Qassam rocket hit a stable near Kiryat Malachi, killing a horse.[101]
      Two Grad rockets were fired at Ashkelon.[100]
      Five rockets exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council.[102]
      March 11
      Palestinians fired at least 39 rockets into Israel.[103]
      In the morning, two rockets were fired into Israel, one into the Eshkol Regional Council and one at Ashkelon.[104]
      Later in the morning, several rockets were fired at Ashdod, at least one of which was intercepted by Iron Dome.[105]
      Shrapnel from a rocket fired at Beersheba and intercepted by Iron Dome fell on the city. A vehicle and a sewer pipe were damaged and several residents suffered from shock.[106]
      A rocket hit a school in Beersheba,[107] exploding in its courtyard and damaging its outer walls and disconnecting parts of the neighborhood from landlines.[108] A second rocket landed in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the city; fifteen homes were damaged and several residents suffered from shock.[109]
      Two rockets were launched at Ofakim.[110]
      Three Qassam rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.[111]
      Two rockets fired at Ashkelon were intercepted by Iron Dome.[112]
      Two Qassam rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council.[113]
      Late at night, four Grad rockets were fired at Ashkelon. Some were intercepted by Iron Dome.[114][115]
      March 12
      Palestinians fired 42 rockets into Israel.[116]
      During the night, seven Qassam rockets were fired into the Eshkol Regional Council. One landed in a village and damaged several homes and vehicles.[117][118][119]
      In the morning, three rockets were fired at Beersheba. One was intercepted by Iron Dome and the two others landed outside the city. A warning siren sounded in the city.[120]
      In the morning, five rockets fired at Ashdod were intercepted by Iron Dome. At least one additional rocket landed near the city. The Color Red alarm sounded in the city and surrounding areas.[121][122]
      Two trucks that were transporting goods from Israel into the Gaza Strip were damaged by mortar shells on the Gazan side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing.[123]
      A Qassam rocket landed in the Eshkol Regional Council.[124]
      Two Qassam rockets landed in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.[125]
      Around 1 pm, two Grad rockets exploded near Beersheba. Air raid sirens sounded in the city.[126]
      Around 1:30 pm, a Qassam rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.[127]
      Around 1:30 pm, one or two rockets landed near Gedera. Two vehicles were damaged, and several people suffered from shock.[128][129]
      Around 2:30 pm, three rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.[130]
      Around 2:30 pm, a rocket exploded in Ashdod. Two people were injured by shrapnel, and several other people suffered from shock. Damage was to caused to stores and a vehicle.[131][132] Two other rockets fired at the city were intercepted by Iron Dome.[133]
      Around 4:30 pm, a rocket exploded near Ofakim.[134]
      Around 5 pm, a rocket fired at Ashdod was intercepted by Iron Dome.[135]
      Around 6:30 pm, two rockets exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.[136]
      Around 8 pm, two rockets fired at Ashkelon were intercepted by Iron Dome. A third rocket landed in an open area.[137] Air raid sirens sounded in the city.[138]
      Around 9 pm, two mortar shells were fired into Israel.[139]
      Around 10 pm, a Qassam rocket exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.[140]
      March 13
      Despite an informal ceasefire, Palestinians fired at least 7 rockets and 10 mortars at Israel.[54]
      Before morning, a rocket exploded in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.[141]
      In the morning, a mortar shell landed in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.[142]
      In the morning, a Qassam rocket exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council.[143]
      Around 10:30 am, a mortar shell fired at the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council set off the Color Red alarm in the area, but it apparently landed within the Gaza Strip.[144]
      Around noon, six mortar shells were fired into the Eshkol Regional Council.[145][146]
      Around 7 pm, a Qassam rocket was fired into the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.[147]
      Around 8 pm, a mortar shell was fired into the Eshkol Regional Council.[148]
      Around 11 pm, a rocket exploded in a parking lot in Netivot. A 40-year-old man was injured by shrapnel, and 20[149] people were treated for shock. Several vehicles were damaged.[150]
      March 14
      Around 7 pm, a Grad rocket fired at Beersheba was intercepted by Iron Dome. A second rocket landed in an empty field. Neither projectile caused injuries or damage.[151] Following the attack, local authorities announced that schools in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council would be closed for March 15. Some schools had been open on March 14 after the recent escalation was perceived as having ended.[152] Israel responded to the attack with air strikes on an infiltration tunnel and a rocket launching site.[153]
      March 15
      Palestinians fired a barrage of rockets into Israel. The attacks were praised by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, who, in a Hezbollah graduation ceremony, lauded that fact that "the resistance was able to force a million and half a million of Israelis to stay in shelters".[154] Details of individual attacks:
      In the morning, Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Sdot Negev Regional Council near Netivot.[155]
      Several hours later, a Grad rocket fired at Beersheba was intercepted by Iron Dome. Air raid sirens sounded in the area.[156]
      After nightfall, a Grad rocket fired at Ashdod was intercepted by Iron Dome, and air raid sirens sounded in the area.[157]
      Around 9 pm, a rocket was fired into the Eshkol Regional Council.[158]
      Around 9:30 pm, a rocket exploded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.[159]

      [edit] March 16–31
      March 16
      Before morning, Palestinians fired a rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council.[160]
      March 19
      In the morning, Palestinians fired a rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[161]
      March 20
      In the morning, Palestinians fired a rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[162]
      March 21
      In the evening, Palestinians fired a rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council. Later, a mortar shell was fired into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. This was followed moments later by a second mortar shell fired at Israel Defense Forces soldiers near the border fence. No injuries or damage were reported in any of the attacks.[163][164][165]
      March 29
      In the evening, Palestinians fired three mortar shells into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[166]
      In April, according to the Israel Security Agency's monthly summary, Palestinians launched 10 rockets at Israel in 9 separate attacks. Two of these rockets were launched from the Sinai in Egypt.[167]
      April 4
      Main article: Rocket attacks on Eilat and Aqaba#April 4, 2012

      After nightfall, unidentified terrorists in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula fired 3 Grad missiles at the resort town of Eilat on Israel's Red Sea coast. No physical injuries or damage were reported, but some residents suffered from shock.[168][169][170][171]
      April 7
      Israel aircraft attacked Gaza militants just as they were about to launch rockets into Israel, injuring two.[172]
      April 8
      In the morning, Palestinians fired two Qassam rockets into the Sdot Negev Regional Council, near Netivot, causing no injuries or damage.[173][174]

      In the evening, a Palestinians rocket fired at Sderot landed in an open area, causing no injuries or damage. The Color Red alarm sounded in the city.[175]
      April 14
      The Ayman Judah Brigades, a division of Fatah, the party that controls the Palestinian Authority, said they fired a rocket into Israel after nightfall. However, the Israel Defense Forces said that no rocket landed in Israel at that time.[176] The Gaza NGO Safety Office, a project of CARE International, reported that a rocket fired at that time from east of Jabalia exploded prematurely.[177]
      April 15
      Palestinians fired Qassam rockets into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in either attack.[178][179]
      April 22
      Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[180]
      April 23
      In the morning, Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. For unknown reasons, the Color Red alarm failed to sound. A second rocket was fired into the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. Neither attack caused injuries or damage.[181][182]
      April 30
      After nightfall, Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage. The Color Red alarm sounded in nearby towns.[183]

      [edit] May
      May 1
      Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[184] Israel retaliated by attacking a tunnel in northern Gaza.[185]
      May 9
      Palestinians launched a Qassam rocket into the Sdot Negev Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[186]
      May 15
      In the morning, Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[187]

      [edit] June

      In June, according to the Israel Security Agency's monthly summary, Palestinians launched 83 rockets and 11 mortar shells, 3 shooting at Israel in 99 separate attacks. Also had been reported that Two were killed and seven were injured,[188]
      June 1
      Palestinians fired two rockets into Israel, causing no injuries or damage. The attack followed a separate incident in which Palestinian fighter Ahmed Nassir infiltrated Israel and opened fire on soldiers, leading to his own death and that of Golani Brigade St.-Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili (21). Israel responded with air strikes on terror facilities associated with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, killing one militant and wounding two others.[189][190][191][192]
      June 3
      Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[193]
      June 5
      Palestinians fired a mortar shell into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[194]
      June 16
      Main article: Rocket attacks on Eilat and Aqaba#June 16, 2012

      A 122 mm Grad missile launched from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula or Jordan exploded near Uvda in the southern Arava region.[195][196]
      June 17
      Palestinians fired rockets into Israel. Israel responded the following day with air strikes on a weapons manufacturing facility in the southern Gaza Strip and a terror activity site in the central Gaza Strip.[197] Also Israeli aircraft attacked a motorbike in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two Islamic Jihad operatives who were behind a series of recent sniper attacks along the Gaza border.[198] An Israeli civilian, Said Fashapshe, 35, of Haifa, had been killed in by terrorists in the clashes.[199] Additional Israeli airstrikes killed other two Palestinians.[200]
      June 19
      Ten Grad rockets and over 30 Qassam rockets were fired into Israel, some by Hamas. Four people were injured by shrapnel during one of the attacks.[201][202]
      June 20
      An estimated 65 rockets were fired into southern Israel. One of the rockets directly hit a home in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.[203][204]
      June 21
      Seven rockets were launched into the Eshkol Regional Council And Ashkelon.[205]
      June 22
      Two Qassam rockets fired from the northern Gaza Strip exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.[206]
      June 23
      More than 20 rockets were fired into Israel. A 50-year-old resident of Netivot was wounded when a Qassam rocket directly hit a factory in the Sderot industrial zone. He received shrapnel wounds in his neck and was transported to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.[207][208][209]
      June 25
      Despite a truce, two mortar shells were launched from Gaza into Israel.[210] landing in the Eshkol Regional Council.
      June 26
      Palestinians fired four rockets into Israel, of which two were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.[211] A chicken coop was damaged.[212]

      [edit] July

      In July, according to the Israel Security Agency's monthly summary, Palestinians launched 18 rockets and 9 mortar shells at Israel in 28 separate attacks.[213]
      July 5
      In the morning, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a Qassam rocket toward Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council.[214]
      July 6
      In the morning, Palestinian terrorists fired a Qassam rocket into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[215]
      July 9
      In the afternoon, a Qassam rocket launched from Gaza landed in the Eshkol Regional Council.[216]
      July 16
      In the morning, a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza landed in an open field in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.[217]
      July 24
      In the evening, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets at Israel. One was intercepted over Ashkelon by the Iron Dome missile defense system. The second rocket hit open territory in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries or damage.[218]
      July 25
      A rocket was fired into the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, with no reported damage or casualties.[219]
      July 27
      Palestinians fired two projectiles into agricultural fields in the Eshkol Regional Council.[220]
      July 28
      Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. A woman was lightly injured while running to a shelter. No other injuries or damage were reported.[220]

      [edit] August

      In August, according to the Israel Security Agency's monthly summary, Palestinians fired 21 rockets and 3 mortar shells at Israel in 16 separate attacks.[221]
      August 5
      A Qassam rocket hit Sderot, with no injuries reported.[222]
      August 6
      A Qassam rocket hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, with no injuries reported [222]
      August 7
      At 7 am, a rocket launched from Gaza hit the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council.[223]
      August 8
      A Qassam rocket hit the Eshkol Regional Council, with no injuries reported.[224]
      August 12
      A Qassam rocket hit the Eshkol Regional Council, with no injuries reported [225]
      August 16
      A rocket was launched from Gaza into the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, with no injuries reported.[226]
      August 23
      A rocket launched from Gaza fell in the outskirts of a kibbutz in the Eshkol Regional Council[227]
      August 26
      Two rockets hit Sderot, and one hit the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council.[228] Two people suffered from shock,[229] and two factories sustained structural damage. Another rocket fell in open areas.[229] An al-Qaeda-affiliated Salafi group, Jamiat ul-Mujahedin Bayt al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the attack.[230]
      August 27
      As the school year was beginning,[230] a Qassam rocket exploded outside Sderot in an open area. No harm was caused.[231] An additional rocket landed in Sderot, and a third rocket hit the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.[231]
      August 28
      Two rockets and one mortar shell were fired from Gaza into the Eshkol Regional Council, landing in open areas. The attack marked the third continuous day of rocket fire from Gaza.[230] Israel responded by carrying out airstrikes on two weapons production sites and a weapons warehouse in northern Gaza.[232] The "Mujahideen Shura Council of Jerusalem" group claimed responsibility for an attack on Ashkelon with five Grad missiles.[233] Two other mortars were launched during the evening,[234] with no casualties or damage reported.
      August 31
      A rocket exploded in Sderot and directly hit a home. A woman developed acute stress reaction symptoms and received treatment.[235] The house sustained damage. Another rocket exploded in an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.[236]

      [edit] September

      In September, according to the Israel Security Agency's monthly summary, Palestinians fired 17 rockets and 8 mortar shells at Israel in 25 separate attacks.[237]
      September 1 In the evening, Palestinians fired several rockets into Israel, hitting open fields in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.[238]
      September 2 Two Grad missiles were launched from northern Gaza.[238] One missile exploded in a closed field in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council after passing over Netivot.[238]
      September 4 Two Grad missiles were launched from northern Gaza.[238] One missile exploded in a closed field in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council after passing Netivot.[238]
      21:35 a rocket fell near Eshkol [239]
      September 6 At 5:40 A.M. two rockets fell near Netivot and the Sdot Negev Regional Council.[240]
      At 17:47 a rocket fell near Eshkol.[241]
      September 7 At 6:20 A.M. two rockets fell near Netivot.[242]
      September 9 A Grad rocket was fired at Beersheba a little past 2 A.M., exploding in an open area.[243]
      A Grad rocket was fired soon after the previous attack and hit two homes in Netivot, causing serious damage to both buildings. The rocket directly hit one of the homes, although the building was empty, and the second home was damaged by shrapnel. Its inhabitant managed to survive by finding shelter in the bathroom.[244] Seven civilians were injured, and four people were treated for shock. Authorities in Beersheba and Ashdod announced that school would be cancelled the following day.[245][244]
      September 11 17:07 A Qassam rocket hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.[246]
      18:56 A Qassam rocket hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.[247]
      21:48 Two Qassam rockets hit the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.[248]
      September 14
      Two Qassam rockets hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.[249]
      September 28
      21:50 A mortar hit the Eshkol Regional Council.[250]

      [edit] October

      In October, according to the Israel Security Agency's monthly summary, Palestinians fired 116 rockets and 55 mortar shells at Israel in 92 separate attacks.[251]

      In late October, Sderot Mayor David Buskila began a hunger strike outside of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, protesting what he perceived as the lack of attention by the government to Israeli towns that suffer from rocket attacks and demanding that the government intervene in the issue.[252] Five days into Buskila's hunger strike, the Israeli government approved a NIS 270 million plan to increase fortifications for all Israeli towns between 4.5-7 km of the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained that "this will bring security to the southern residents. This is something which southern residents have been requesting for a long time."[252]
      October 1
      According to the Israel Police, Palestinians fired a rocket into Israel. No injuries or damage were reported.[253]
      October 4
      In the evening, according to an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson, Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Ashkelon area.[254]
      October 8
      On the morning of the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups fired more than 50 rockets and mortars into Israel. One of the rockets landed in a petting zoo in the Eshkol Regional Council, killing two goats and wounding nine other goats. A worker stated that the zoo was usually "packed with children" but was empty at the time because of the holiday. A residential building was also damaged, but no human injuries were reported. Israelis in the Eshkol Regional Council were instructed to remain in shelters for several hours. This marked the first time since June that Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, claimed responsibility for rocket attacks on Israel. The group's stated aim was vengeance against "Zionist crimes"; this was an allusion to an Israeli air strike the previous day against Muhammad Jerbi, a jihadist militant from Rafah, and Abdullah Mohamed Hassan Maqawi, a member of the The Mujahideen Shura Council of Jerusalem, a Gazan militant group, killing Maqawi and injuring 11.[255][256][257]
      October 9
      Palestinians fired 6 rockets into Israel. No injuries or damage were reported in any of the attacks.
      Around 6 am, a rocket was launched into the Eshkol Regional Council.[258]
      In the afternoon, a Qassam rocket was fired into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.[259]
      After nightfall, two Qassam rockets landed outside Sderot, and three Grad missiles landed outside Netivot.[258][260]

      Israel responded with an air strike on an infiltration tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip.[261]
      October 10
      In the morning, Palestinians fired a rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council.[262] Another rocket exploded in an open area in the city of Netivot.[263] In the evening, a Grad missile was fired toward Netivot.[264] No injuries or damage were reported in any of the attacks. Israel responded with an air strike on a Hamas training camp, causing no injuries.[265]
      October 12
      Around 19:30, Palestinians from the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem fired a Grad missile into Netivot, which exploded in the backyard of a family home. Shrapnel pierced the walls of the home and penetrated a child's bedroom. Though there were no physical injuries, two people were hospitalized for acute stress reaction. Israel responded with an air strike on two Mujahideen Shura Council terrorists riding a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip. One was killed and the other was injured.[266][267][268]
      October 14
      Palestinians fired two rockets into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage. In a separate incident, Israeli forces targeted Palestinians as they were preparing to fire rockets into Israel, killing one and injuring another.[269]
      October 16
      Palestinians fired a rocket that landed near a home in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. The building was damaged and two people were treated for acute stress reaction. A second rocket landed in an open area in the Lachish Regional Council. Local residents were urged to stay close to bomb shelters. The attacks followed a threat against Israel by Sinai-based Salafist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes. Israel responded with an air strike on a base of Hamas' armed wing in the northern Gaza Strip, causing no injuries.[270][271][272]
      October 17
      Palestinian terrorists fired at least seven rockets into southern Israel, one of which struck a kindergarten. The building was damaged, but no one was in it at the time and no injuries were caused. The other rockets landed in open areas. Israel returned fire at the source of the rockets and hit some of the terrorists, according to Palestinian media.[273]
      October 18
      Palestinians fired a rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[274]
      October 22
      Palestinians fired 7 rockets into the Shaar Hanegev and Ashkelon Coast regional councils. No injuries or damage were reported. In two separate incidents, Israel launched air strikes on Palestinians preparing to fire projectiles into Israel, killing two members of the Popular Resistance Committees.[275][276]
      October 23
      Palestinians fired 3 rockets into the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.[277]
      October 24
      Palestinian military personnel fired at least 80 rockets and mortars into Israel; most landed in the Eshkol, Lachish and Ashkelon Coast regional councils. Five people were injured; two of the victims were critically wounded and were evacuated by helicopter to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba. A house was also reportedly damaged. At least 8 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. Municipalities in southern Israel cancelled school. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Israeli air strikes on rocket launching squads killed four Hamas militants throughout the day.[278][279][280][281]
      October 25
      Despite an informal ceasefire, Palestinians launched a mortar shell into the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.[282]
      October 28
      Overnight, Palestinians fired two Qassam rockets into the Eshkol Regional Council. In the morning, a third Qassam rocket[283] and two Grad missiles exploded near Beersheba.[284] The Popular Resistance Committees claimed responsibility for one of the Grad missiles.[285][286] The Beersheba municipality cancelled school; Mayor Rubik Danilovich explained that the decision resulted from experience, saying, "We've had four direct hits on schools, and each of those times was when we were told to resume normalcy."[286] In the afternoon, another rocket landed near Ashkelon.[287]
      October 29
      Throughout the night and morning, Palestinians fired 20 rockets and mortars at Sderot and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. Residents of these towns were cautioned to stay within 15 seconds of reinforced "secure rooms" for protection in case a rocket fell.[288][289]
      October 30
      in 7:44 in the morning a rocket hit the outskirts of Dimona,[290] no injuries or damage reported. That was the first time 45km rocket had been used.
      October 31
      In the morning, Palestinians fired two Qassam rockets into the Eshkol Regional Council. One rocket exploded in an open area within a town, but caused no injuries or damage.[291]

      [edit] November
      November 4
      Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into Israel, causing no injuries or damage.[292]
      November 6
      Following the shooting on the previous day of an unarmed Gazan civilian approaching the border with Israel (who later died after medical staff were prevented from reaching him) [293], at 10:20am [294] Palestinians fired a rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[295]
      November 9
      Following an Isreali incursion on the previous day into 'Abassan village and the killing of a 13 year-old Palestinian boy by Israeli gunfire [296][297], Palestinians fired two Qassam rockets into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[298]
      November 10
      After the previous day's unsuccessful retaliatory efforts for the killing of the 13 year-old Palestinian boy, Palestinian militants fire an anti-tank missile at an IDF jeep patroling the border, wounding 4 soldiers [299]. IDF forces responded with tank fire, killing 4 Palestinians on a football playground (aged 16,17,18 and 19) and wounding 38 [297]. Further airstrikes killed 2 Palestinian militants. Palestinians then fired 25 rockets at Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gan Yavne and other communities. The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted at least one rocket aimed at Ashdod.[300] IDF airstrikes destroyed several Palestinian targets which the IDF alleged were being used for military purposes, including a water tank, an electricty company office, a brick factory, a metal workshop, a concrete factory, a poultry farm, and an agricultural store, damaging several houses, and wounding 13 Palestinian civilians [301].
      November 11
      Gazan groups fired over 100 rockets and mortars at Israeli cities and towns. A barrage against Sderot, timed to coincide with the morning commute to work, injured 3 people. One victim, physical education teacher Moshik Levy, was moderately wounded by shrapnel and glass from his car windshield which exploded in his face. A fourth person was injured while fleeing for cover, and five more people were treated for acute stress reaction. Two homes, one in Sderot and one in the Eshkol Regional Council, were damaged by direct rocket hits. United States Ambassador Dan Shapiro declared that his country "supports Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens from these attacks."[300]
      November 12
      After a relatively calm night, Gaza gunmen fired nine rockets at southern Israel. Seven rockets were fired at the Negev region and two towards Ashkelon.[302]
      November 14-17
      Main article: Operation Pillar of Cloud

      Local children from the town of Kiryat Malachi running for shelter as an air siren sounds. The previous day, three civilians were killed by a rocket strike in Kiryat Malachi.
      Following the Israeli targeted killing of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari, Palestinians fired over 20 rockets at Israeli cities[citation needed]. For the first time, a Grad missile was fired toward Dimona, home to Israel's Negev Nuclear Research Center. Seventeen Grad missiles were fired at Beersheba. One rocket directly hit a store in the city, lightly injuring one woman. Another exploded into a car, setting it on fire. Several other buildings were reportedly damaged. Additional rockets were launched at Ashkelon and the Eshkol Regional Council. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted some 15 rockets. Israeli authorities asked residents within range of rocket fire to remain within 15 seconds of a bomb shelter at all times. Municipalities in the region, including those of Beersheba, Ashdod and Ashkelon, cancelled school for the following day.[303][304]

      On 15 November, all schools within 40 kilometers of the Gaza Strip were closed down, and 13 Israelis were injured during the night. One rocket struck an apartment in Kiryat Malachi, killing 3 civilians, including a pregnant woman. The victims were Mirah Scharf (25), Itzik Amsalem (24), and Aharon Smadja (49).[305][306][307] 5 were injured in the same attack, including children and infants. A house in Ashdod and a school in Ofakim were also struck by rockets.

      Over 740 rockets were fired at Israel between November 14 and 17.[308] Rockets were fired at Jerusalem for the first time and at Tel Aviv for the first time since the Gulf War.[309][310

      November 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Do some research and you'll find that Wolf Blitzer started his career in Israel he then worked as the editor of AIPAC for their monthly publication, the Near East Report. While at AIPAC, Blitzer's writing focused on Middle East affairs as they relate to United States foreign policy. He openly admits to being a ZlONlST before going to work for CNN in 1990. Even Anderson Cooper has ties to the oligarchy that rules our society. Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, the younger son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the artist, designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. His maternal grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and his maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt of the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune. CNN is the enemy to America and Americans.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  21. Rasheed

    Has Mr. Aame Ama Ahmanijaad said anything about this yet?

    November 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Beka

      No, but Alarour has been talking.

      November 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  22. Beka

    Egypt will be drawn in? Is that a joke? CNN, you are so far behind my FB and Twitter feed live on the ground that you are entirely obsolete.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  23. robert jenba

    This whole thing is really very concerning to the civilized world, we definitely need some ceasefire soon from both side. There are thousands other beautiful things in this world other than just fighting. I believe in Santa so I am writting a letter to Santa in santaletter4you to end this conflict as soon as possible. I know if you wish something with your true heart, Santa listens it and hope this christmas will be peaceful for this whole world.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Gary hayes

      robert go to sleep and dont wake up until we call you. it is okay santa said it will be okay

      November 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  24. utesfhjkuteg

    EVERYONE MEANS ALL PEOPLE

    November 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  25. bakerywala

    The Jews are turning the Palestinians into a new Nutcraker parable. Holocaust of the Palestinians in the Gaza Concentration camp.

    November 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • Rasheed

      Iscruel's current behavior is casting serious doubts about the veracity of their hollow-cause claims. If joos then were vicitims of the kind that they are claiming to be now (of Gazans), one wonders if one should believe them in what really happened. As time went by, they probably had to concoct and modify their stories in the difficult attempt to convince the rational world that they were the victims, and MrHit-leur was selectively killing just them. sorry for my spellings – I can't write simple ABC when I notice abc censeurs!

      November 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • John

      you don't think Israel will counter attack when fired upon? The world has said "Israel use restraint??? and they did, but finally got tired of using restraint" YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  26. carl

    Glad to see our newly elected POTUS weighing in on the subject with his sage advice. He stated, "... if Israeli troops are in Gaza they are much more at risk of being wounded." Really? In a war? Thank you for clarifying that Mr. President.

    November 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  27. utfvnkutfvhjyg

    IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE EVERYONE IS HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY WHY IS THAT

    November 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  28. REDFIREBALL

    POTUS was too busy keeping the college girls giggling over romnesia jokes to take care of serious israeli business - and netanyahu is just as crazy for being satisfied with the quality of relations - the lack of FACE-TO FACE

    November 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  29. REDFIREBALL

    POTUS incompetence will result in unnecessary bloodshed. - If Hamas was shooting missiles all this time for months then why the hell didn't Obamabi-poo meet with Netanyahu long ago to de-escalate the tension instead of just giving them the iron dome? This pure pure incomptence in foreign leadership and US-Israeli relations -the Media is giving Poo Poo a deadly free pass again. This is NUTS!

    November 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  30. REDFIREBALL

    FACE-TO -FACE - MANO O MANO - YOUR WIMPS. What's up with the sissy phone calls? This is CRAZY CRAP - and the Pagans just laugh and wait for the blodd to spurt all over the east med map right?

    November 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  31. REDFIREBALL

    If Israel invades Gaza - the bloodshed will be all over the POTUS and media hands. POTUS had no business in Thailand prancing around Buddha with our Secretary of State Clinton. this is an outrage to the highest degree. POTUS and Clinton needed to be with Netanyahu and Hamas at the table –talking tough firm crap. Everyone here are just weak wimps.

    November 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  32. REDFIREBALL

    Simon and Garfunkel "Mrs. Robinson" to Michelle Poo - Obambi prancing around Thailand - It's a little secret, just the Obama's affair - Koo koo ka-choo Boston Hot Lips - Israel about to invade Gaza - Jesus loves you more than you will know.

    November 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  33. REDFIREBALL

    Simon and garfunkel to Michelle Poo Poo: "Mrs. Robinson" while obambi prances around Thailan and Israel strats invading Gaza -Koo Koo Ka-choo - Jesus loves you more than you will know sweetie - IIt's a little secret, just the obama's affair - right "Boston Hot Lips"? (wink)

    November 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  34. Slave

    Time to send in American troops? Israeli lifes are SO IMPORTANT. Say, lets spend a few billion dollars from Sandy reconstruction for Israeli reconstruction instead. We already do that today. Damn i must be anti semite for questioning the right of Americans FIRST.

    November 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • Mud

      We don't have any reconstruction money to redirect. The democrats spent it all.

      November 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  35. REDFIREBALL

    While CNN is counting, how many missiles does Iran have?

    November 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  36. REDFIREBALL

    "Boston Hot Lips" Deval Patrick must be mad because he wasn't invited to the party

    November 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  37. REDFIREBALL

    Didn't POTUS look delicious standing next to the Siamese Prime Minister?

    November 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  38. REDFIREBALL

    Pres. Obama speaking from Far East Thailand: "Hamas, you bad cute boys - stop dropping missiles on the mean Jews. Can't you see I'm busy prancing in my tutus with the Siamese twin boys? We can talk about it later on the phone - we really need to do something about the voting procedures - all those long lines. Too bad Romney's people walked off and stayed home. How's the waether over there? We are still going to get those tax hikes since most of America made it a mandate. Got to pay for the "free stuff" the media jeers Mr. Romney about. Lots of luck over there, and God bless - tell Netanyahu that Jesus still loves him like I do."

    November 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  39. REDFIREBALL

    "The major concern of the U.S. is the Israeli-Hamas conflict" - That is why the media gives the pretty POTUS another "free pass" (the first being the lame weak W.H. press conference, during whi ch time was wasted playing softball) and now Potus prances around in his tutus in Thailand calling America "one of the Pacific Nations." Where does the media place its priority with the darling Obambi-poo poo poo? His lame skinny black butt should have been in the mideast, meeting face to face with Netanyahu and Hamas leadership like a man. Oops, forget. He is a fem-dem. So okay, he is excused. Where are the REAL men like FDR? Reagan? Kennedy? Forget Dirty Boy Clinton. The POTUS needed to be at Israel, like Gov. Romney would have been. POTUS is a weak piece of crap - and the Media will not flush the toilet. What a stink!

    November 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  40. adam

    I was just looking at the photos, especially photo # 5 or 6, not too sure, but one thing for sure, those soldiers did not look different than the Taliban what so ever, in look and thinking.

    November 18, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  41. Michael, Chapel Hill

    Arab Spring !

    November 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  42. cosmo

    I be Assad is sure happy to be out of the news...lol

    November 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  43. Adnan

    and the strong hope is Hamas will stop its rocket attacks on Israel, thereby ending Israeli strikes. the minute I read this, I stopped reading the rest of the biased article

    November 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  44. Siara Delyn

    People who want to be involved in this conflict, please go to the Middle East and volunteer for an army there. I am tired of paying for involvement in a religious war that has nothing to do with my family's religious beliefs. If we become involved, it should be as moderators trying to bring peace to two war-like tribes of zealots.

    November 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  45. david shoup

    I am glad the US does not send missiles into other countries................... I think. When was the last time China or Russia bombed another country?

    November 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Grass

      Where do you think Israel is getting it's missiles : The US of A.

      November 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  46. joe

    I really think the people in the Middle East that think they will win in a war against isreal should see a shrink. Fireing rockets and blowing yourself up shows the world that you are animals and at one point or another animals get put down. The other person who commented Americans are dumb lol I guess that's why we live civilized and you live like dogs. I hope Iran or Egypt does something stupid so we can once and for all get this over with. The good Muslims from that region want this over also, some want to live in peace and raise their kids like normal people.

    November 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • derly53

      Oh right, because it does make Israel animals to take someone else's country and then now claim to be defending themselves as they prepare to go into a minimal speck of land with an all out attack on civilians. Im sorry but attacking a country full force that doesn't even have an army, navy or resources is genocide and a continuous effort to get rid of the only people who stand in their way to have a whole piece of land. It is outrageous and an over use of force. The Palestinian people have the right to take back what was theirs as well.

      November 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
      • ismael martinez

        The Gaza strip is the largest prison on earth. The Jews are the wardens with the backing of the U.S. What do you expect prisoners to do? Did you see the piece 60 minutes had the other day about the Gaza strip? I would rather die than live like that. I don't blame this people for fighting back at all, I am sure you would do the same thing. The state of Israel is nothing but stolen land. Try to find a map before 1948 and see what was that country. Great Britain found out they made a mistake in helping make a state but us stupid Americans stucked around to help a rogue state.

        November 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
      • derly53

        Exactly. My comment was in support of that exactly.

        November 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • Ino

        Bunch of baloney! Crazy Arabs and anti Semites never give up do they!!

        November 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • life

      What are you saying Joe? Egypt has a population of 80 million, Israel has how much maybe 5 million? Let's be smart here. Israel wouldn't dare attack Egypt but what they are planning with the donkey Obama is to take the Sinai region of Egypt and move all Palestinians there in a dream that this will end the conflict. This is why people say Americans are stupid because people in power make these idiotic decisions that any 2 yr old child could clearly see will not work. Of course, President Morsi appointed by Obama will agree to giving up part of this country even against his own peoples frustrations but he's not in office to fulfill his citizens wants but rather Obamas wishes. So in summation, it is The Egyptian who is the ONLY victim in all of this garbage all the others deserve what they get.

      November 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • PE

      I will be happy if Israel and Egypt start a war at least after it there will be no Israel to suck our blood.in a real war Egypt will smash Israel.

      November 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • autocrossgt

      dude, dogs are no where near this bad. Humans are way more capable of being total pieces of garbage. Seriously, give dogs more credit than that.

      November 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
      • Observer

        Well said, especially considering the anagram of "Dog" and the inescapable fact that dogs exhibit more civilized characterisitcs than humans. We could learn much from dogs.

        Human beings are nothing but parasites, and the Earth is their host. Parasites will fight one another over the host upon which they feed and eventually destroy. Ants have a higher IQ than human beings; they work together for the greater good, putting their own selfish needs aside. Too bad we humans can't behave that way. Nature and history are full of lessons, but we're too "intelligent" to pay attention.

        November 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  47. ven

    This war should not start chewing up American Tax payers money. we should stop funding eitherway and take a strong stand that if its advise is not heeded. No UN Support and NO $$ for humanitarion or military support.

    November 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Ino

      If you believe in America then You should feel ashamed and sorry for being an anti Israeli .

      November 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
      • life

        I am pro justice. If my country, America, and all that are in the government act unjust then as a true American I will speak up against them. I am not an Israeli, so I do not have a defense or offense against them but if my govt and my $ are used in the wrong side I will as an American speak up. American and Israeli don't go hand in hand, justice is blind for a reason.

        November 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Siara Delyn

      THANK YOU. This is not my religious tradition. I find the violence disgusting, on both sides. I do not my taxes used to pay for it.

      November 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
      • Costa

        And I do not want my tax money to buy cellphones and health insurance for millions of obamabots, so what is your point?

        November 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • Ino

        Are you thanking me or the MORON

        November 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • Costa

        I am talking to the obamabot who thinks that she can selectively pick where her 200$ of tax go and rather buy an abortion than save a life in Israel.

        November 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
      • Ino

        : America should serve Israel. America's sole purpose should be to fulfill Israel's destiny. If you don't agree with this then you are a degenerate or a crazy arab

        November 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  48. Ino

    It is because of cowards and feeble minded individuals that america is no longer as strong as it used to be in the past. Nobama and other American "leaders" should learn from the Israelis to find out what leadership is all about.

    November 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Siara Delyn

      Why don't you go to the Middle East and volunteer for an army? You could shoot "infidels" to your heart's content.

      November 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • ismael martinez

      If not for the U.S. most Jewish leaders would be tried as war criminals. The U.N. and Europe have always had resolutions against Israel and only the U.S. vetoed them. What does that tell you, the rest of the world are smarter than us.

      November 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • life

      A leader like your Netuyahoo, did I spell that right? Oh who cares. I will refer to him as the baby killer that he is known to be!!! Ino, keep talking you are making the other sides argument much stronger.

      November 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  49. Ciscokid

    Wah wah wah! Lets just sit back and let them take care of themselves...

    November 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • ismael martinez

      Yeah let's sit back and let them take care of it. To make it a fair fight let's arm the prisoners so they would have a chance. Oh you say no no. Well I hope enough people from Iraq got thru to the Gaza strip to at least show them how to make the very successful I.E.D's. The Palestinians will lose no doubt but They will see how much damage and casualties they can cause. Hezbollah will be watching, I am sure they will test the circle of iron.At the end it will be our tax money to pay for the damage caused on both sides. Isn't that nice? Are we dumb or what?

      November 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  50. neilbezaire

    Israel is continually taking Arab Palestinian land in the West Bank at the point of a gun ; and Ariel Sharon snubs President Obama's request that Israel stop adding fuel to the fire and stop building settlements on Arab land in the
    West Bank. Instead of stopping, Ariel Sharon is increasing the pace. And in 1948 Israel purged their land of Arab Palestinians by rounding them up, confiscating their homes and shipping them off to Jordan or relocation centers. Is it any wonder that the Gaza strip Arab Palestinians are attempting to rectify these injustices by whatever means they have at their disposal?

    Almost all people have in common a desire for peace based upon justice. The Israel leaders by refusing to give back to the Palestinians their land and the Hamas leaders by refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist have chosen the path of war.

    A recent book, I SHALL NOT HATE written by a Gaza doctor, shines a bright light on the road to peace and human dignity and should be studied by the leaders of Israel and Hamas. It’s been lauded by many men of good will including Elie Wiesel and Jimmy Carter.

    November 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • Please check the facts

      neilbezaire – Without dissecting every comment that you made: (1) Before making a comment (or copying and pasting old posts), please check your facts. Ariel Sharon has been in a coma for nearly SEVEN years. Unless he has magical powers, I am not sure how he can do anything that you claim that he has done recently. (2) With respect to your comment: "The Israel leaders by refusing to give back to the Palestinians their land..." (and without engaging in a debate of whether it was "their land"), offers have been made over the years (see, for example, Barak's offer to then PLO leader Arafat to more than 98 percent of the West Bank) and the Palestinian leadership has declined.
      I do agree, however, that "almost all people have in common a desire for peace based upon justice." I hope that is not lost on the parties.

      November 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
      • neilbezaire

        Good eye Anonymous!

        You are right, I confabulated Benjamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon. Without excusing myself, but by way of understanding the confabulation, both men are cut from the same cloth.

        In this context I should have said “Benjamin Netanyahu snubs…”

        During my lifetime I’ve witnessed the holocaust, the Zionist movement, and the formation of Israel and the purging of Arabs from their boarders and the Arabs retaliating and threatening Israel’s right to exist and so I have no qualms about steadfastly standing by the rest of the comments.

        Neil Bezaire

        November 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Paul II

      There was no "purge" of Arabs. 1 in 5 Israelis citizens are Palestinian. Get it? Not a purge.

      November 19, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
      • neil bezaire

        Although there is disagreement as to the exact number, it is undisputed that because of Israeli military advances, attacks against Arab villages and fears of massacre around 700,000 Palestinian Arabs were forced out of the new nation of Israel in 1948. I called it a purge because to me that seemed like it was a purge. But that is only a label I afixed to the horrific facts. Please feel free to name it whatever suits your sensibilities.

        November 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  51. mohammmad

    Just youtube oeGmcafoT3s to see BB's at his best. Americans are so dumb.

    November 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  52. roy thompson

    oh now the US wants to put its 2 cents in wher have the been in the last 4 years !!!!!

    November 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  53. dhyde

    I fear that Hamas would like nothing better than to see an invasion by Israel. That, in their minds, would rally the support of Egypt and other Arab countries to come to the aid of Hamas and Gaza, perhaps militarily. With the fighting in Syria, I am sure that the Syrian Government, Iran, and other Arab allies would love to have a justification to unify against Israel. Let us hope that peace is what the leaders of all countries want more than anything, the problem is I am not convinced that to be true. All of the rockets that have come from Gaza for months now are nothing more than to provoke Isreal into taking action. Hamas may want to get something going to prevent Israel from taking out Iran's Nuclear facilities and to unite all Arabs to confront Israel. It is potentially an explosive situation that I pray will deescalate. Everyone on this earth has a right to exist. War is rediculous, human life is prescious, all human life.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  54. Observer

    Wow! There are some very nasty posters here. First, forget about religion being the issue here. Someone else stated it very eloquently in an earlier post...this is about control/power and greed...apparently, a fundamental characteristic of most men, no matter where they were born. Men are uncivilized. Women should rule this world, and men should worship/follow them, knowing full well that it is the best way to evoke any sort of peacefullness on this planet.
    Having said that, I am afraid there is nothing any of us can do to prevent what is surely going to occur. What is really interesting is that what is occurring in the Middle East and the apparent direction these hosilities are taking is clearly spelled out in the Bible in Revelations. Maybe there is a connection with the Mayan calendar...a lot of damage can be done by these lunatics over the next month. Maybe we'll all get a chance to meet Jesus afterall, and much sooner than we thought.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • xdbro

      ur really dumb

      November 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • Observer

        That's a very enlightening and thoughtful comment. The truth hurts, I know, but try not to get angry about it.

        November 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Costa

      No no, you sir actually are really really dumb, the other commentator is absolutely correct.

      November 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • ozman

      Women are too emotional, they'll probably end up falling in love with the enemies leader.. It's happened before.

      November 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  55. Ino

    Boot the Arabs and bomb the Iranians. BB knows what to do, Obama should just follow.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • JaysenJay

      And Israel the bully too.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  56. Mcshannon

    The problem of obtaining real peace is always blocked by Hamas. Maybe its time to duke it out and for Israel, Palestine and Egypt to take casualties. The Palestinian people will never be free until they are free from Hamas and want to be free of Hamas, it must be complete and a totally objective mission.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  57. Atir Zubair

    What an excuse Sir Obama !!!

    Someone please tell U.S. President Barack Obama that U.S. is way powerful than Iran and their defense system.
    Everyone knows that except "Barack Obama" & "Benjamin Netanyahu".

    November 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • xdbro

      Iran has the fifth largest military in the world. Its not a walk in the park.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • Reason

        Largest does not imply strongest, Iran has the 12th strongest in the world behind Israel which has the 10th strongest and the U.S.A having the strongest military in the world. Iran is all bout talk but just like Sadam Hussein will not have the strength and expertise to deal with an invasion and will fall in less than a week, Israel by itself can defeat Iran, you will see it soon. Remember that about 40 years ago Israel attacked Egypt and Syria at the same time and completely defeated them in less than a week

        November 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • PE

      Obama knows what he is doing another war especially with Iran will ruin our economy and kill our soldiers for nothing.iran is not Afghanistan or Iraq it is larger than them and has a powerful military.the worst idea is war.

      November 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
      • life

        Obama knows nothing!!!. This is the peace treaty that currently is being worked out, I know this for a fact. Listen, the Sinai region in Egypt will be given to the Palestinians, they will be kicked out of Israel by force and Israel will be whole once more. Obama is stupid enough to believe this will work. Eventually, the attacks will resume but from Hama in the Sinai region, Israel will attack once more and Egypt will be caught in the crossfires. Egypt has 80 million in population and will be backed by other Arab nations and it will become WWIII. The innocent here are the Egypt people who will lose part of there country because they have a coward for a President (appointed by Obama, not truly elected by the people). People read and stop listening to the censored American media.

        November 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
      • Michael, Chapel Hill

        Pacifism did not help anyone in the past... and will neve help in the future too.

        November 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  58. matilda

    Israel will be in tribulation for 7.5 years with the newly elected US president. That is what the scripture says. I read it online from somewhere.

    November 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • wilben Dahl

      How can anyone believe that Isrial is the agressor? They have always been fighting for their survival. They perfected their military might including nuclear arms to protect themselves. Those that are old enough to remember the 1967 war, will remember that Isrial was attacked by the surrounding coumtries. It was never the other way around. Is anyone stupid enough to suggest that they have ambitions going byond their own borders unless to defend themselves? If there is – please step forward. We all want to hear your argument.

      November 19, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
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