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Gaza-Israel Violence: The Fuller Story

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Shortly afterwards, Palestinian fighters blow up a tunnel along the Gaza-Israel frontier, injuring one Israeli soldier.


An anti-tank missile fired by Palestinian fighters wounds four Israeli soldiers driving in a jeep along the Israel-Gaza boundary.

An Israeli artillery shell lands in a soccer field in Gaza killing two children, aged 16 and 17. Later, an Israeli tank fires a shell at a tent where mourners are gathered for a funeral, killing two more civilians, and wounding more than two dozen others.


One Palestinian civilian is killed and dozens more wounded in Israeli attacks. Four Israeli civilians are also injured as a result of projectiles launched from Gaza, according to the Israeli government.

During an Israeli government cabinet meeting, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz urgesthe government to "cut off the head of the snake... take out the leadership of Hamas in Gaza." He also calls for a cutting off of water, food, electricity, and fuel shipments to Gaza's 1.7 million people.


Palestinian militant factions agree to a truce if Israel ends its attacks.


Israel breaks two days of calm by assassinating Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas' military wing. According to reports, at least eight other Palestinians are killed in Israeli attacks, including at least two children. Palestinian militant groups vow to respond.

3.  Comment by Uri Avnery:

Netanyahu and Barak have decided to deliberately violate a cease-fire which had just been stabilized.

At the price of great and ongoing suffering on both sides of the border, the government's aim  had been accomplished: social issues will be removed from the public agenda and the election campaign

"Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak have decided -- for the second time in a row the State of Israel will conduct general elections under the shadow of war in the Gaza Strip. The cease-fire which already started to stabilize has been broken deliberately and shattered to pieces. The inhabitants of the communities of southern Israel, who just started to breathe freely, are sent right back to air raid alarms and to running to shelters" said  former Knesset Member Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom.

"At the price of great suffering on both sides of the border, the government's aim has been accomplished: the social issues, which threatened to assume prominence in these elections, have been pushed aside and removed from the agenda  of the elections campaign. Forgotten, too, is the brave attempt of Mahmoud Abbas to address the Israeli public opinion. In the coming weeks, the headlines will be filled with constant war and death, destruction and bloodshed. When it ends at last, it will be revealed that no goal has been achieved and that the problems remain the same, or perhaps exacerbated. "

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Rabbi Waskow is a treasure and   I canno... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 11:09:41 AM
Thank you for giving this perspective of the event... by Chantal Laurent on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 12:26:58 PM
I only wish Americans were asking the same things ... by Timothy Gatto on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:00:58 PM
Please continue with informative articles such as ... by Steve Ward on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 2:03:15 PM
The brutal right-wing apartheid Israeli government... by Dan Sa on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 8:02:22 PM
Any objective person who knows the full history of... by E. J. N. on Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 8:19:54 PM
Finally, an article in the NYT by Ethan Bronner st... by Robert P. Philipps on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 4:44:23 PM
This current conflict to me is going to lead ... by janet jacoby on Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 at 9:17:12 PM
I also long to hear precisely what the JNF's "valu... by adventa on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 8:03:19 AM
DemocracyNow! did an excellent story last week on ... by Sister Begonia on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 at 12:58:58 PM
Thank you for speaking up. Mark Regev might consid... by Popsiq on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 9:46:57 PM