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View Diary: Gaza Death toll tops 110 as Israel hits targets in densly packed residential areas killing civilians (201 comments)

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  •  Noone was more surprised (5+ / 0-)

    than Hezbollah that the Israelis chose to invade in 2006 since the tit-for-tat kidnappings etc had been a feature of the previous months. And not matter how efficient the Israeli military, they are not prepared to invade another country at a moment's notice. Israel had a strategic goal it wanted to implement which was the destruction of Hezbollah and it had prepared for it for months.

    •  And if wikileaks is to be believed (6+ / 0-)

      Israel planned total war on Lebanon and Gaza according to a memo on talks between Israeli Chief of Staff Ashkenazi and Congressman Ike Skelton held in 2010.

      The general’s plans are driven by fear of growing stockpiles of rockets in Hamas-controlled Gaza and in Hizbullah-controlled Southern Lebanon, the likely theaters of the planned major new war. Ashkenazi does not seem capable of considering that, given a number of Israeli invasions and occupations of those regions, the rockets may be primarily defensive.

      Ashkenazi told the visiting delegation that Israeli unmanned drones had had great success in identifying rocket emplacements in southern Lebanon, and that it had been aided in this endeavor by the US National Security Agency,which spies on communications.

      The new, major war will be a total war on civilians, Ashkenazi boasted: “In the next war Israel cannot accept any restrictions on warfare in urban areas.”

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