The Izzadin Kassam Brigades â€” the military wing of Hamas â€” (do they have a pacifist wing also?) claimed responsibility today for firing an anti-tank missile from Gaza at an Israeli school bus. A student was seriously injured, and the bus driver was lightly wounded. Israel responded with a series of air attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip, in which five Pal-Arabs were killed. Hamas has announced a cease-fire.
Arabs Â report 2 headbangers toasted, 10 injured in Sajaiya neighborhood; kibbutz building damaged as 2 mortar shells land in Negev; no injuries reported; 30 mortars, rockets launched in total since dawn.More here (TT – KGS) Â Hamas Is Moving Toward War With Israel
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Responding to defensive acts by their enemies as if they were aggressive is a hallmark of jihadist propaganda. “Islamic Jihad vows to strike ‘heart of Israel,'” by Elior Levy forYnet News, April 8:
Islamic Jihad’s military wing vowed to “strike targets in the heart of Israel if the IDF does not stop its aggression in the Gaza Strip”….
Israel expects the next war against Hezbollah will last two months, during which 24,000 to 36,000 rockets and missiles are expected to be launched at Israel âˆ’ about 6,000 of them aimed at Tel Aviv, Wikileaks documents reveal….
A Mossad official said “Hezbollah will want to ensure it can launch rockets and missiles to the very last day of the conflict … Hezbollah will try to launch 400-600 rockets and missiles at Israel per day âˆ’ 100 of which will be aimed at Tel Aviv … [and] sustain such launches for at least two months.”
This means Israel expects a war that would last up to two months, during which 24,000 to 36,000 rockets and missiles would be launched into its territory, about 6,000 of them aimed at Tel Aviv.
An argument erupted between the Israeli and American officials about the American arms supplies to the Lebanese Armed Forces, also known as the Lebanese Army. The Israelis complained about it, saying they could fall into Hezbollah’s hands. The Americans said the aid to the LAF was intended to prevent it from growing closer to Hezbollah and stressed the “U.S. support of the LAF as a counterweight to Hezbollah.”
Amos Gilad, director of policy and political-military affairs at the Defense Ministry, completely disagreed with this approach. He said “the Lebanese Army will come to the defense of Hezbollah if attacked by Israel. Thus, a strengthened LAF hurts Israel.”…