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Don’t test Israel, Netanyahu warns Gaza militants

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, February 24, 2011 16:15 EDT
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JERUSALEM – Israel on Thursday warned militants in the Gaza Strip not to “test” the Jewish state, as fighter jets pounded targets across the coastal enclave after a Palestinian rocket attack.

Slamming into a house, it was the first rocket to strike Israel’s city of Beersheva since the devastating 2008-2009 Gaza war, significantly raising tensions along the enclave’s border.

“I don’t suggest anyone test the determination of the state of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

“We are determined to defend our citizens and will not accept anyone bombing our people and our civilians.”

Netanyahu’s firm warning came after 24 hours of tit-for-tat violence along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Early Thursday, Israeli jets raided sites across the coastal strip.

Netanyahu said he had ordered the military “to respond with force and they did that immediately on a wide scale.”

The military said it targeted several Hamas camps throughout Gaza and a “terrorist squad in the northern Gaza Strip, in the same location where rockets were fired towards the Israeli city of Beersheva.”

Later, war planes bombed several other sites across the coastal strip, which the military called “hubs of terror.”

On Thursday night, the army said warplanes hit “terrorist targets” in southern and “direct hits were confirmed.”

Local rescues services said two people had been wounded in a strike on Rafah, on the Egyptian border.

That would make five Israeli strikes reported by the Palestinians, including three in Gaza City and one in the southern town of Khan Yunis.

There were no reports of casualties in Beersheva, where television footage showed a crater gouged out of a street next to a badly damaged home.

Visiting the city later, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the attack on Beersheva was an attempt to “extend” what he called a “permanent conflict” underway on the Gaza border.

Residents of the town said they escaped harm after warning sirens sent them running for the bomb shelters before the rocket struck.

Emergency services raised the alert level in southern Israel and braced for further attacks.

Beersheva, known as the capital of the Negev Desert, is home to about 200,000 people and is 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

The city’s deputy major Heftsi Zohar called on the Israeli government and military to “do whatever it takes” to prevent the city from being attacked.

The rocket was fired after clashes along the Gaza border on Wednesday, in which one Islamic Jihad militant was killed and 10 people wounded.

The group said its members were hit as they fired two mortar shells at Israeli tanks operating inside the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said an explosive device detonated near a regular patrol along the Gaza border and a mortar shell fired.

“The force spotted several terrorists and opened fire on them, identifying a hit,” a spokeswoman said, accusing militants of placing 12 bombs along the border fence in the past two months.

The Ezzedine al-Qassem Brigades, the armed wing of Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement, said it participated in attacks against the military, and Israel said it held Hamas “solely responsible” for the flare-up of violence.

Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan rejected the accusation, blaming the “Zionist enemy” for “this escalation and the targeting of our people.”

Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom described the attack on Beersheva as “a very grave act carried out by the agents of Iran, Hamas.”

Israel carried out a massive 22-day offensive in Gaza from December 2008 to January 2009 to stop rocket fire from the coastal enclave.

The offensive killed 1,400 Palestinians, more than half of them civilians, and 13 Israelis, 10 of them soldiers.

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  • Anonymous

    “militant” = someone who lives there ?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I wonder, was that “warming” issued before or after he sent in the drones & planes to bomb Gaza, killing/injuring 16 civilians?

    Israeli drone raid wounds 6 Palestinians

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/166885.html

    Israeli jets launch airstrikes on Gaza

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/166777.html

    About that terrorism…

  • Anonymous

    “We are determined to defend our citizens and will not accept anyone bombing our people and our civilians.”

    Aaaah, the hypocrisy. We will accept anyone bombing our people and our civilians but we reserve the exclusive right to bomb their people and their civilians. And don’t you dare criticize me cause that’s anti-semitic.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Stay locked up in your open-air prison, Netanyahu warns Gaza militants

  • Anonymous

    just like if you criticize Obama, you are racist.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Once again Israel provokes the Palestinians and then claims to the world they were the victim.

  • Anonymous

    We know how Bibi fights his “war on terror”

    This Medical Warehouse Bombing occured two weeks ago and was totally Ignored by the Western Media.

    Ken O’Keefe reports from Gaza 02.09.11
    Israel has intentionally dropped two large bombs on the AL-Qerem Medical Supplies Factory in Jabalya, Gaza. The building is totally destroyed, as was all of the medical supplies and equipment. Gaza is already in crisis mode for lack of medical supplies, this bombing will mean even the most basic of medical needs will continue to be impossible to satisfy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ5-ZcU0ea4

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    Don´t be ridiculous. That would depend on the intent of the “criticism” all critics are not racist and you know that.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely. Same word they use in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. Anyone who refuses to obey is a “militant”. Public brainwashing to think of a militant like a person with bullet belts across his waist and wielding 2 machine guns and hand grenades hanging from his chest pockets. The “terrorist” just doesn’t fly as well, because you really gotta be stupid to believe that the entire Gaza is nothing but terrorists, although that sort of thing still flies around in Fox News and even CNN or pretty much anyone deeply tied to the Zionists.

  • Anonymous

    They live off from victimhood there. According to them, the whole world is nazi and anti semitic and you must pay your dues, because of the holocaust. Funny, because Urkanians could also claim such benefits for the Holodomor, or the Armenians. Or Darfur. Or even Germany for the firebombing of Dresden. What about Hiroshima or Nagasaki? Anyone doesn’t know what I’m talking about google them.

  • cannotvote

    I wonder who makes these rockets? Maybe it’s Brock’s or The Srtandard Firework Co., or a mixture of saltpetre, urine, a little sulphur and some charcoal wrapped in a goat hide and fizzled out from some piping or other hollow item – who knows?

  • Anonymous

    Bibi the “no nonsense” PM of Israel and real boss of Republican Congressman Eric Cantor is threatening the crocodiles, as his buddy Ehud Barak calls the Palestenians in Gaza.

    As a starter he shuld email them :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gELw6Hfh95c

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Tell me, do the Israelis and the Fidelistas work for the Lizard People, or do the Lizard People work for the Jooz? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Why are you asking me? Shouldn’t you be asking the “real” Cubans that you know? After all, you seem to like their opinion better than mine because they’re all reich wing nutjobs just like you.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    You are full of shit, Paul, and you know it. Any criticism of Israel is anti-semitic™. And that is a fact.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    For those of you who don’t understand the repeated references to “Zionists,” it’s a Soviet Era euphemism for Jews, trotted out whenever one of their “democratic” rulers wanted to appear less antisemitic than their czarist forebears. During the Cold War, the euphemism was adopted by elements of the American Left, and some of the older members of that community have never managed to get past it. Why someone who claims to be an anti-Castro Cuban would be using this same terminology is not at all clear. I think that some of Fidel’s propaganda may have lodged itself somewhere in the simian level of their brains.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t bother about him. He has a duty to defend Israel, he may be doing it for a paycheck or voluntarily.

  • Anonymous

    Where did you dig up all this garbage? Zionism was invented by Theodor Herzl in the 19th century.

    The term “Zionism” was first introduced in 1893 by Nathan Birmbaum, but Theodor Hertzel, an Austrian Jew born to a prosperous, emancipated Budapest family, is recognized as the founder of the Zionist ideology when he published his book in 1896, “The Jewish State”, where he declared that the cure for anti-semitism was the establishment of a Jewish state. As he saw it, the best place to establish this state was in Palestine.

    While Hertzel claimed that the establishment of a “Jewish” state would cure anti-Semitism, he also promoted anti-Semitism to further his cause.

    http://www.nkusa.org/Historical_Documents/Herzl_quotes.cfm

    If you’d think that site is “biased” even though it’s written by Orthodox anti-zionist jews (Neturei Karta), then let’s see other sources:

    Theodor Herzl (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין זֶאֶב הֵרצְל‎, Hungarian: Herzl Tivadar, Serbian: Теодор Херцл; Teodor Hercl); May 2, 1860 – July 3, 1904), born Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl, also known as חוֹזֶה הַמְדִינָה, Hozeh HaMedinah, lit. “Visionary of the State” was an Austro-Hungarian journalist and the father of modern political Zionism and in effect the State of Israel.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodor_Herzl

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Oh, trust me, I know. However, this one is a special case (special as in education). It trolls me all over the place and I keep whooping his ass. What can I say? I enjoy it :) no apologies there. Every time it opens its asshole, it puts his foot in it.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    Personally, I hope that Egypt will now open it’s gates to Gaza and end the blockade.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds to me from the tone of the comments NetanYahoo made that he is a bit on edge at the moment. Was very defensive and grumpy like this was the last thing he needed with all the revolutions collapsing his friendly dictators and leaving Israel alone.

    I propose that since Netanyahoo said “Don’t test us” that everyone should take it as the perfect time to test Israel.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    It’s really simple: if you want to do the right thing then go back where you came from — get out of Palestine.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    Netanyapoo is probably calling in favors from his Kosher Nostra friends in America as well as his friends in the Russian-Israeli Mafia. It’s going to be impossible for a bunch of Zionists to take the moral highroad here. Expect a nuclear holocaust.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    The Zionists are the ones who bankrolled Hitler before WWII and then worked out a “Transfer Agreement” with him to establish Der Judenstaat on Arab lands. Baron Rothschild threatened the UK with a banking holiday if he didn’t get the “Balfore Declaration,” notwithstanding his bribery and bankster criminality. Hitler, more than anyone else, was responsible for the establishment of Ashkenaziville. As for the real Semites: They’ve been driven from the land by Zionazi ethnic cleansing.

    I guess if you want to insult Jews by calling them Zionist Pigs you can do that, but most AshkeNazi fascists who illegally occupy Palestine are agnostic by default and Zionist Pigs by ideology.

  • Anonymous

    Paul, how on earth do you know what i know?

  • Anonymous

    The Israelis are in need of another round of blood letting. Their provocative acts of invading the Gaza village of Qarara on Monday with tanks and bulldozer and shooting up the place was guaranteed to exact some response. Yet they ignore the cause for the Beersheva rocket and chomp at the bits for a reason to resume the shooting of unarmed women and children with high powered rifles, cluster bombs wp and dp.

    4000 dead and wounded of Cast Lead wasn’t enough to satiate their appetite for the blood of the innocents and the US can again be counted on to veto any UNSC sanctions for their atrocities against the Palestinians whose land they covet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    After Isreal murdered 1,400 innocent Palestinians I think they already got the picture, but you can never stop those 5 friend who have had enough so except another “war” (a “war” in Palestine is just an attack by Isreal as Palestine can not defend itself)

  • Johnny Warbucks

    He’s a paid troll for the Zionist entity known as Israel. They get paid for spreading lies and misinformation. These are the ‘techno terrorists’ our gracious officials have been warning us about.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    No, it isn’t. You lie and you know it. It is a reference to the radical, racist movement started by one Theodor Herzel, lovingly known by racist jews all over the land as “the Father of Zionism” whose sole purpose was to steal the Palestinian land thru terrorism.

    Theodor (Binyamin Ze’ev) Herzl

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/Herzl.html

    “Philanthropic colonization is a failure. National colonization will succeed.” Theodor Herzl

    “The character of a people may be ruined by charity.” Theodor Herzl

    “In Basle I founded the Jewish state . . . Maybe in five years, certainly in fifty, everyone will realize it.” – Theodor Herzl

    “Four years ago in speaking of a Jewish nation one ran the risk of being regarded ridiculous. Today he makes himself ridiculous who denies the existence of a Jewish nation.” Theodor Herzl

    “I prefer being penetrated by iron to seeing Palestine is loose.” Theodor Herzl

    It goes without saying that the Jewish people can have no other goal than Palestine and that, whatever the fate of the proposition may be, our attitude toward the land of our fathers is and shall remain unchangeable. “ Theodor Herzl

    “We must expropriate gently the private property on the state assigned to us. We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it employment in our country. The property owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discretely and circumspectly. Let the owners of the immoveable property believe that they are cheating us, selling us things for more than they are worth. But we are not going to sell them anything back.” (America And The Founding Of Israel, p. 49, Righteous Victims, p. 21-22)

    For more racist quotes from this rabid, racist bastard, visit:

    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/theodor_herzl.html

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Double post. Sorry!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    They will. It was supposed to have happened this week. Not sure if it has, I haven’t heard anything. The Zionists are scared out of their collective Kosher pants and that’s why they’re revamping the violence against the Palestinians. To show the rest of the Arab world how brave and tough they are and how they will not hesitate to blanket bomb civilians in order to terrorize them into submission.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Well, at least now, they’ve got Chicago on their side. All the more power to them.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Go on the Ha’aretz and will see hundreds of comments from the jew citizenry calling for just that. There’s nothing they enjoy more than a good bloodshed in the spring time. As long as it’s not their blood, of course.

  • Balthazars Rebellion

    Yeah but, the fake Jew Zionazis are “special.” Even though they hijacked “the Holocaust” for sympathy and “ant-Semitism” to stifle the truth.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Netanyahu can kiss a few billion butts.

  • Anonymous

    You can tell Israel’s government and U.S. government are cut from the same cloth.
    The two enforcers. Laws and human rights do not apply to them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    If they drop the blockade, I wonder how many Egyptians will get killed by Israel while the Egyptians are trying to feed Palestinian children and dress the wounds of the women. If Israel starts killing Egyptians, it’s going to be a huge mess over there.

  • YeaSayer

    It’s no accident that Israel has chosen to slaughter Gazans now while another major international story dominates the news.

  • Anonymous

    It will not be in the bible belt. The Religious leaders preach that anyone which brings harm to Israel will be punished by God.
    The Religious leaders have been using religion and the fear of Hell to control their sheep into doing as these corporate republicans demand.
    Remember when Bush tried or had the religious leaders give them a list of their names.
    What do you believe that was for.
    And anyone who can say Bush is religious after the way he has committed crimes to person who has not do a d… thing to him and most anyone , surely doesn’t not really know Jesus teachings.

    It will not be in the bible belt. The Religious leaders preach that anyone which brings harm to Israel will be punished by God.
    The Religious leaders have been using religion and the fear of Hell to control their sheep into doing as these corporate republicans demand.
    Remember when Bush tried or had the religious leaders give them a list of their names.
    What do you believe that was for.
    And anyone who can say Bush is religious after the way he has committed crimes against persons who has not done a d… thing to him and most anyone else , surely doesn’t not really know Jesus teachings.
    Most of your religions today are (of course not saying that those of the past did not) use religion , the bible for controlling people for profits and power.
    Look at the 700 club which is continuously getting people to give them they last dime , claiming that they have to give an much as 25 percent of their income to them.
    The 700 club also claims they can heal you over the airways.
    Wonder how many times they can heal different people with their reruns.
    They are no where around when the healing is to be done.
    Organized religion and these Global Monopolies are the biggest threat to our citizens and our country.
    It is now about greed , wealth , power and control.
    Just how much wealth has Robertson

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