Liveblogging the War: Wednesday July 26th

In southern Lebanon , the battle continues, with IDF exchanging fire with Hizbullah terrorists in the village of Bint Jbeil. A number of IDF soldiers have been wounded.

 

For their part, Hizbullah are still firing Katushas at Israel, with 5 barrages landing in Tiberias and Safed this morning. And their leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, threatened that they would begin firing rockets deeper into Israel, south of Haifa, which would place more of us in harm’s way. 

 

The main news overnight, though, was the UN base incident, in which the IAF struck a UN base in southern Lebanon, killing 4 UN Observers. Israel apologized for the incident, and promised to launch a thorough investigation. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan continued to show his one-sided handling of this conflict by accusing Israel of striking the site deliberately, prompting Israel’s UN ambassador Dan Gillerman to respond:

“I am shocked and deeply distressed by the hasty statement of the secretary-general, insinuating that Israel has deliberately targeted the UN post,” he said, calling the assertions “premature and erroneous.”

Israel’s Ambassador to Washington, Danny Ayalon, was even more blunt, demanding that Annan apologize to Israel for his “scandalous” comments.

 

On the southern front, approximately 50 IDF tanks moved back into northern Gaza overnight in a new operation titled “Samson Pillars,” designed to stop terrorism and rocket barrages at Israel. Also, the IAF struck terrorists spotted firing an RPG at troops, killing 7 palestinians, 2 of which were Hamas terrorists. The IDF also took over rooftops of several houses in northern Gaza, and Israeli aircraft struck several houses of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists after warning the people to leave. And on the subject of warning people to leave, the palestinian phone company claimed that more than 1,000 residents of the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis received recorded messages from Israel, warning them not to hide weapons or shield militants.

 

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

 

Thursday updates here.


10:58PM: According to a poll, 70% of Lebanese residents support the capture of IDF soldiers by Hizbullah.

10:55PM: I just saw Kofi Annan on television, claiming that people were ignoring the fact that he said Israel’s attack on the UN post was apparently deliberate.

Like that makes his statement much better?

10:00PM: Lebanon’s Prime Minister is going all John Lennon on us, asking that we give peace a chance.

Fuad Siniora told a news conference that Israel could only hope to live in peace and security through good relations with all of its neighbors.

One way to achieve that, he said, would be to renew discussions over Shaba Farms, a small, disputed territory between the two nations.He seems to forget that Israel has been trying to give peace a chance since her establishment. But besides this, we withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, in full compliance with UN resolution 1559, and all we wanted in return was peace and quite in the north. He also seems to forget that we were not required to withdraw from the Shaba Farms, which is not considered Lebanese territory.

In any event, the Shaba Farms is not the issue. The issue is that Hizbullah and the other terrorist organizations want to destroy us.

9:18PM: One of our soldiers wounded in today’s fighting has described the heroism he witnessed.

Sergeant Ram Boneh, 20, from Hadera, who was wounded Wednesday in fierce battles between Hizbullah and the IDF at Bint Jbeil, said he saw many act of courage during the rescue operation to retrieve the casualties, which took place under heavy enemy fire. ‚ÄúSoldiers went in to get their friends; they didn’t think a bullet could hit them, and they gave their all for one another,‚Äù he said.

And a warning to Hizbullah: IDF morale is great.

When asked whether morale plunged after casualties were incurred, the sergeant answered: “You’d be surprised, but even after a day like today, morale was soaring. We must not be discouraged. I want to leave here and go back there. Just let me out of here so I can go back to my friends. We’re going to win big.”

8:50PM: As I suspected, the Israeli media have followed suit and reported the deaths of our soldiers. But they have reported the death of 8, not 9. For now.

 

8:20PM: My wife surmises that a possible reason why the international mainstream media are reporting that at least 9 soldiers died today, and the Israeli media are not reporting any such deaths, is because the IDF does not announce the deaths to the media until the families have been notified. But the international media may have reporters who saw the dead firsthand.

We may have seen a similiar thing two days ago, when the Israeli media reported that the chopper pilots were injured, but other sources suggested they were killed. Later in the day, the Israeli media confirmed they had been killed.

Let’s hope Fox and company got it wrong.

 

6:45PM: Lebanese President Emil Lahoud has said that he supports Hizbullah “because they liberated our land.”

 

6:41PM: The IAF has struck a vehicle belonging to Hizbullah, 3 Hizbullah buildings, as well as headquarters of the Amal terror organization in Lebanon.

 

6:40PM: The Iraqi Foreign Minister has reportedly told US lawmakers that Iraq will join Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in condemning Hizbullah. This comes after some lawmakers asked him to apologize or clarify his remarks denouncing Israel as the aggressor in the conflict in Lebanon.

 

6:25PM: Knife-Thrower at the Carnival: The Belmont Club questions the plausibility of Kofi Annan’s accusations by examining previous incidents involving UNFIL.

 

6:23PM: Elder points out that Fox News have been reporting that 9 IDF soldiers died today, but the Israeli news sites are reporting 30 wounded.

 

6:12PM: A reader has sent in this picture of a UNIFIL outpost with both UN and Hizbullah flags.

 

At best, it shows that UN observers have been tolerating Hizbullah, and have done nothing to prevent them from operating near the UN outposts.

 

At worst, it could show that UN observers have been actively cooperating with Hizbullah.

 

Now, I don’t know exactly what happened last night, and I certainly do not believe that Israel would deliberately target a UN outpost (on both moral and practical/PR grounds). I’ll leave it to the investigators to ascertain this. I’m just raising the possibility that Hizbullah terrorists may have been operating near the post – with or without the UN observers’ consent – and this might explain wha happened.

 

6:00PM: So far today, 199 rockets have been fired at northern Israel (compared to 90 fired yesterday), wounding 55 people.

 

The tally since the beginning of fighting along the northern border is now 1,402 rockets, 19 Israeli civilians killed, and 1,262 wounded.

 

5:50PM: It looks like Hizbullah have their sights set on Netanya.

A senior Hizbullah official said that the organization has set a new target for itself – the city of Netanya, as reported by the Iranian news agency Fars in Lebanon.

 

According to the report, Fuad Dirani, commander of the Hizbullah organization, called for the residents of Netanya to evacuate their
houses because “soon the range of our rockets will reach 100 kilometers (62 miles) into Israel and we will attack military installations and infrastructure. The fact that more than two million Israelis have run away from their homes has put pressure on senior officials in Israel.

This would put much more of Israel’s population in the firing line (Netanya has a population of close to 200,000, about 100,000 less than Haifa, which has already been repeatedly hit by Katushas).

 

5:25PM: Since my last post, the number of IDF wounded from the battle in Bint Jbeil climbed to 30. The wounded soldiers have been evacuated under heavy enemy fire, and it is still unclear what exactly occurred during the battle which led to such a high number, although it has been reported that there was “close-quarter fighting.” 

 

4:05PM: The number of wounded IDF soldiers from the battle in Bint Jbeil has climbed to 25.

 

4:00PM: It has been revealed that the Shin Bet arrested a Canadian-Israeli geographer by the name of Professor Razi Salakh, 18 days ago, on suspicion of spying on behalf of the Hizbullah. 

 

Razi was apprehended as he photographed military installations in the North. I somehow doubt he took these photos merely to use as the backdrop for a postcard.

 

2:03PM: When the Iranian government is not denying the Holocaust, they are denying other things..like hiding wanted terrorists.

Spokesperson of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hamid-Reza Asefi, denied that the Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah is hiding in the Iranian embassy in Lebanon, reported the Iranian news agency, Irna.

Which means that Nasrallah probably is hiding in the Iranian embassy.

 

But there’s more:

Asefi also denied what Iranian ambassador to Lebanon said Tuesday in his warning that if Syria is attacked, Iran will aid her. According to Asefi, “The words of the ambassador were not properly understood. It was in reference to diplomatic and humanitarian aid.”

1:58PM: Jacques Chirac opposes NATO leading any international force in Lebanon.

“In our opinion, it is not the job of the northern Atlantic alliance to lead this kind of force,” he said.

The question is, who does he think should be leading this force? Since it would involve more than waving a white flag, I would oppose France for this role.

 

1:10PM: How’s this for a report?

Egypt won’t go to war with Israel

 

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak declared Wednesday at a press conference that his country did not plan on going to war with Israel, regardless of the latest conflict with Lebanon.

Err..I did not know that this was on the table, but thanks for clearing that up for us.

 

11:48AM: 13 soldiers have been injured today in the battle in Bint Jbeil. And 2 people have been wounded by this morning’s Katusha rocket attacks on Haifa and surrounding areas .

 

9:14AM: A Kassam fired from Gaza has landed south of Ashkelon.

 

9:13AM: Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has spoken with Kofi Annan about the UN base incident, expressing Israel’s “deep condolences” for the accidental killing of 4 UN observers, promising a thorough investigtion of the event, and stating it was not intentional.

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  • Anonymous

    I think they should take a page out of the other playbook, and call for Annan’s resignation as UN Secretary-General. It won’t happen, but it will get the point across loud and clear.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Israel did not have to fight these conflicts with one hand tied behind its back playing by the rules. Sometimes I wonder why Israel bothers, you’re damned anyway, so why not go for broke. Then talk.

  • Anonymous

    Annan did the same thing before with the “shelling on the beach” – leapt to lay the blame on Israel, relying on ‘eyewitness’ accounts which were not so conclusive. And here with this incident – instead of stating obvious regret and waiting to get more information he leaps out again with accusations that it wasnt an accident.

    If you’re going to make statements like that – he owes it , not just to the accused , but also to rest of us . We deserve and demand the right to know what he’s not telling. Since an issue like this can turn reasonable people away from Israel.

    I’d like to think he’s a good man. But I really have doubts now.

    As if Israel would target a UN facility deliberately? For what gain?

    Its been absolutely great PR hasnt it?

    What are they doing there anyway? Observing what?

    Scott, NZ

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to see the world reaction if after investigation it turns out that there were katyushas hidden underneath the UN facilities… Not like it’s so hard to imagine, we’ev seen UN vans being used to transport suicide bombers and ammunition and what not, the world still didn’t care…

    off topic, Dave, do you have any idea where I can get these “◊ô◊©◊®◊ê◊ú ◊ó◊ñ◊ß◊î” and “◊ê◊†◊ó◊†◊ï ◊†◊†◊¶◊ó” stickers i see all around? (I’m in Israel for the summer). I can’t even find any pictures of them on the net, or of the posters I see all over the cities with “◊ó◊ñ◊ß ◊ï◊ê◊û◊•” etc.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure where you can buy them as I am not in Israel, but I found an image of one of them online here: http://new.katif.net/pic.php?page=258

  • Anonymous

    I found a site where you can buy a ◊ó◊ñ◊ß ◊ï◊ê◊û◊• sticker….

    http://www.israeliwishes.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=321

  • http://pajamasmedia.com/2006/07/mideast_war_xliv.php Pajamas Media

    MidEast War: XLIV

    July 26, 2006 00:00 PDT Frequent updates. Scroll. Previous coverage @ right. Links to Lebanese and Israeli bloggers covering the conflict are @ Truth Laid Bear, plus a map view of bloggers in war zone. Map of war zone here….

  • Anonymous

    Chrisse, I think Israel are going for broke and the US (shadowed/mimicked by Britain) are allowing Israel to force a buffer zone before entering dialogue – Condolezza Rice hesitated for so long before having talks it seems everyone is dragging their feet.

    What do you think of Amos Oz’s theory that Israel can never demand exclusive rights to land once lived on by others, and that sharing and living together is the true solution?

  • Anonymous

    Hi all!

    I can’t follow most of your pleadings…

    It is absolutely unacceptable to bombard an official uno base whether it was a mistake or a deliberated action!

    Additional it should be beyond the pale to kill noninvolved people and civilians on both sides.

    There is no excuse for homicide!

    Furthermore both sides have to cognize that war and violence is causing more violence, and it is not an answer to resort to violence!

    So there’s nothing else for it but to hope that the politician will be rethinking their acts of negligence…but that’s just my opinion.

    All the best to all people of Middle East!

    Pete

  • Anonymous

    I read your column every day – keep up the good work. Get some more info on the UN observers, if you can. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Heh, great comment on the Egyptian war thing. I was thinking the same thing…’huh?’

    An egyptian blogger Big Pharaoh tells his father’s (an Egyptian general) opinion of Nasrallah. It is good wisdom, gained from experience!

  • Anonymous

    There are plenty of other nations that would have to step up to the plate and do this first. Umm… actually most of the known world. It won’t happen till Messiah sets things right.

  • Anonymous

    If it is the right thing to do – to try and get different religions each with a solid case for living on the land to live together peacefully – isn’t it worth trying? So what if it hasn’t been done before. Today’s “global village” is all about multi-culture, not the homogenous racist societies fundamentalist Christians/Muslims/Jews would have us believe are desirable or workable.

  • Anonymous

    Foxnews has been reporting all morning at least 9 Israeli soldiers killed. I can’t find any corroboration.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a great read. Pass the link around the blogsphere:

    A Knife-Thrower at the Carnival

    Shy Guy

  • Anonymous

    On the up side, if the numbers are correct, there has been less than a casualty per rocket fired. Now if they could just get more of the rockets before they are fired.

    Thanks for keeping the updates coming.

  • Anonymous

    Pete,

    First, War is Hell! There are going to be civilian casulaties. It is apart of war, no war has been exempt from this travesty. No use trying to condemn it now, espeically when Israel drops leaflets before it drops bombs to MINMIZE casulties.

    Secondly, the UN is as much as a beligernt force as Hezbullah and Hamas in my opinion. The UN is FIXING the roads that are being used to re-supply these terrorsit organizations. If anything Israel should take the gloves off, bomb every UN building in Lebanon just like they are with the Hezbulloh bldgs.

    Finally, Pete, your moral equilivence absolutely disgusts me. You should be hanging out with people at the DU or DailyKos where antisemitism is accepted and promoted. Not here. And, there is plenty of reasons to go to war. Without war Nazism would still exist, Slavery would still exist.

    Israel is fighting for its life. If Mexico was bombing the US the US would respond with clear and absolute force. There is no reason in HELL a state should be forced to fight with one hand tied behind its back, as Israel has done.

  • Anonymous

    A good comment at dailypundit.com re the bombing of the UN idiots:

    “If Israel was deliberately targeting the hapless UN “observers,” there wouldn’t be any of them left in southern Lebanon by now.”

    Anyway, can someone ask one of the Israelli air force pilots to drop one of their precision amunitions over here in NY … midtown, east side, ATTN: Kofi Annan. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Robert!

    First I will give you a definition of Antisemitism:

    Antisemitism is hostility toward or prejudice against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group, which can range from individual hatred to institutionalized, violent persecution. The highly explicit ideology of Adolf Hitler’s Nazism was the most extreme example of this phenomenon, leading to a genocide of the European Jewry.

    Ok my friend, where in my last post you will find antisemitic components? Show it to me, otherwise I am awaiting an excuse…

    I am NOT an anti-Semite!

    With reference to your bizarre beliefs about the UN:

    Maybe you should read this article by CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/07/26/mideast.observers/index.html

    Quotation:

    first bomb exploded about 200 yards from the U.N. outpost at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, prompting the first call by the UNIFIL observers to their designated contact with the Israeli military. The officer said they were assured by the Israeli liaison that he would stop the attacks.

    A series of about nine more bombs hit within 100 to 400 yards from the observers over the next several hours, with a call to the Israeli military following each explosion.

    The U.N. base at Noqoura lost contact with the outpost at 7:40 p.m., apparently the time of the direct hit

    Very interesting…

    These four men were unarmed, tried to contact the IDF and so they have to be killed…which great syllogism!

    Your crude argumentation sounds like an ultraconservative Jew. I’m right, am I not?

    And some more:

    I would be very carefully to compare the situation in Middle East with Nazism and Slavery.

    That could be misunderstood…

    Greetings

    Pete

  • Anonymous

    Bomb every UN building in lebanon, thats a GREAT solution. Say what you will about this war, but 12 UN casualties is a shit-load, especially considering the IDF knows exactly where the UN posts are since they have been there for years.

    The fact that several UN observers have been killed with artillery speaks volumes about Israel’s tactics. Artillery is an AREA weapon that is by no means precise. Yet the IDF continues to shell areas filled with both civilians, combatants and UN observers. Yes, the terrorists are staying in areas that have civilians. However, that doesn’t justify shelling the entire fucking village. Drop a precision guided bomb on a terrorist lair, or send in ground troops… but artillery is the equivalent of carpet bombing.

    Also, anti-israel posters are NOT anti-semites. When will you understand that criticism of ISRAEL and ISRAELI policies has NOTHING to do with anti-semitism. Just because your state has a national religion doesn’t mean it can hide behind accusations of anti-semitism any time someone has a problem with foreign policy. Especially in America, claims of anti-semitism are used as a bludgeon to try and stifle intellectual debate about american support for israeli policies.

  • Anonymous

    Rockets are generally considered artillery. Except, the rockets that Hizb’allah is firing specifically at civilian targets are much less accurate than Israeli artillery, which can be very accurate. It’s usually possible to group the shells an area the size of a house, depending upon the range and type of munitions.

    So the terrorists can lob rockets into Israel and Israel can’t respond with counter-battery fire to destroy the rocket launchers and the infrastructure which supports them? In what way can that be considered fair?

  • Anonymous

    so your argument in support of israel’s actions is “the terrorists are killing civilians so we can too.” explain to me how that puts you on a higher moral ground than them? the IDF’s disregard for civilian life is placing them on the same level as the terrorists.

  • Anonymous

    also, on a different note. has anyone noticed how the frequency of rocket attacks on israeli cities doesn’t seem to be decreasing over the course of this engagement. even after weeks of assaults terrorists still launched nearly 200 rockets today. could it be that the assault has done nothing to prevent further attacks on israel and has only killed civilians and inflamed the terrorists and their supporters further? of course not! that would mean israel did something wrong for once!

    Seriously though, can anyone supporting israel’s current stance show me ONE positive thing that has come of this conflict for israel? innocent civilians on BOTH sides continue to die, israeli soldiers continue to die, and the rocket attacks have not been hampered. where is the benefit of this loss of life?

  • Anonymous

    here’s all you need to know about the UN incident straight from the associated press.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see what morals have to do about this. It’s a case of self-defence.

  • Anonymous

    I suppose the answer is yes, I think if their enemies are “fighting dirty” then they are within their rights to use the same tactics to defend themselves. Anything else leads to a bad situation, it encourages your enemies to fight dirty, because they know it will give them an advantage. Well, they opened this particular can of worms.

    If someone with a gun is screaming that they’re going to kill you, and have shot at you in the past, you don’t ask them to mediation to sort out your problems. You shoot the bastard. To do otherwise is suicidal. It may not be polite; you may be a very polite person normally; but desperate times call for desperate measures.

  • Anonymous

    I got a different song Siniora should sing, something that most Steeler fans would understand:

    http://www.lyric4you.com/artist_s/styx_lyrics/renegade_lyrics.html

  • Anonymous

    The thing that is most disgusting about you leftists is how you argue by pretending not to understand the patently obvious. If the IDF had “disregard” for civilian life, there would be tens of thousands dead by now. IDF is going after Hizbullah, not civlians. Hezbollah is hiding behind civilians. It is Hizb that is showing the disregard.

  • Anonymous

    nobody is saying that you can’t shoot someone who is holding a gun to your head. However, if they are standing in a crowd of people and you kill them and everyone around them, it wasn’t the right move.

    your belief that Israel has the right to kill civilians because its civilians are being targeted is RIDICULOUS. if israel is retaliating against terrorist attacks with acts that are just as terrible, how are they any better?

    Focus on what I am saying. There is a difference between targeting terrorists and targeting civilian populations. I support actions against terrorists, I don’t support the killing of civilians and UN observers. Contrary to what most posters on this site and the IDF believe, you can accomplish one without accomplishing the other. Obviously some civilians die in every war, but Israel clearly has not made saving innocent lives a priority.

  • Anonymous

    Funny, that’s exactly the same argument used to justify bombing Germany and Japan into oblivion. They bombed our cities, we bombed theirs. Only we did it better and they lost. So why is that ridiculous, exactly?

  • http://prosandcons.us/?p=3837 Pros and Cons

    Israel’s strategy in Lebanon

    Well, Israel seems to have scaled back it’s objective in Lebanon to interdicting reinforcements, causing pain to Hizb’Allah and those who thought associating with it was the cool path to popularity and influence and primarily to flattening…

  • Anonymous

    Cameron,

    There is one good thing that has come out of this war. It will continue until the rockets stop.

    Were you aware that 150 rockets were fired on the day the soldiers were killed and capture, before any Israeli response.

    And 10, 15, 40 hezzies get killed every day. Allah can welcome them. What could be better for a believer in Islam? Israel is helping them fulfil their religious duty. Why it is almost ecumenical.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully Iran and Hezbollah will soon kill all Jewish people.

  • Anonymous

    Cameron,
    There have been some positive results. 10, 15, 40 Moslem fighters are getting to heaven every day.
    Consider Israel’s efforts ecumenical. One religion aiding another.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly! You are idiots if you think an eye for an eye works. Keep bombing. Soon a rocket will kill someone you know if it hasn’t already, and no doubt you will feel justified in punishing families you don’t know. It’s a vicious circle – and you won’t end the violence because you act and sound like children.

  • Anonymous

    that is the most absurd analogy i have ever heard. World War Two was a “total war.” We were fighting entire NATIONS not a cluster of individuals within that nation.

    carpet bombing of cities was intended to kill civilians, but to destroy factories and industrial production. Also, carpet bombing was the only strategy available, because the technology was so primitive compared to today. They dropped bombs that just fell and exploded wherever they happened to land, based on an optical bomb sight on the bottom of the plane.

    to compare the hezbollah attacks with the nazi invasion of an entire fucking continent is simply a joke, and i think you know it.

  • Anonymous

    So let me see if I get it. Fighting will not solve the problems of attacks and not fighting hasn’t worked either.
    So here is what i propose Israel fights until the Israelis are dead or the Arabs surrender. That should settle it.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my. 70%, you say? We’re at bloody war, and nobody seems to get it yet. It’s long, long past Dresden time – we’re fighting a genocidal enemy and we handle them with silk gloves! Unbelievable, especially considering the fact that we’re surrounded by other enemies – and yes, every Arab state is an enemy. with most of Europe soon to join them – who would also happily genocide us. This is so unbelievably stupid… what do you do with a genocidal enemy? You crush it, destroy it’s house, and interrogate all of its family and friends to find out whether they have aided and abetted. And then you hang its head on the gates – lema’an yiru ve-yirau.
    The Arabs live and die by “honor” and might. And to them might=honor, and the ability to oppress is also honor. Were we to show them that we have more might and we can and will oppress them if they give us shit, we’d have honor. These people need to be crushed to dust.
    Pfah… gibor Yisrael, ayeka?

  • Anonymous

    And Cameron wonders why jews are concerned about anti-semitism?

  • Anonymous

    Cameron,

    Somehow you seem to know all about how to take care of terrorism. You say you are okay with going after the terrorists and apparently are a genius in how to solve the problem as well. As you sit in your home from California and haven’t had rockets fired on you on a daily basis for the past 6 years from a terrorist organization that calls for you to be wiped off the map in what was a supposed land for peace exchange, you somehow have figured out how to create peace. Where were you making a big stink when Hezbollah was stockpiling weapons with ball-bearing to use solely at Israeli civilians over the past 6 years? Perhaps there wouldn’t be so many lebanese causulties, which Israelis don’t want to see either, if the rest of the world did something to prevent Hezbollah from becoming more powerful!

    People didn’t through up their arms in World War 2 when 30,000 Germans were killed within a few hours. People also didn’t raise a big stink about the US going after bin Ladin in which over 3500 people were killed. If you want to address disproportionate responses, its the people who did NOTHING to address terrorist regimes from becoming more powerful and suddenly have something to say while sitting on their fat asses a thousand miles away.

  • Anonymous

    And another thing…if you want to taut the anti-semitism card and say it doesn’t exist by being anti-Israel….just take a look at the message below in this blog. Anti-semitism suddenly seems to be no longer a taboo in America…people have been blogging everywhere “If you get rid of Israel and the jews, there would be no problems in this world” and “Now I can understand why the Nazis commited the Holocaust”. If you don’t believe that being anti-Israel is being anti-Jewish than I suggest you distinguish yourself from the clear anti-semites who are using the problems in the middle east to justify their hatred towards jews.

  • Anonymous

    maybe “Israel” didnt attack deliberatly. But in the long run they sue the same methods as US. Just bombs away. I hope they get whats coming to them… oh and please stop sucking on the US-nipple for once.

  • Anonymous

    Is Iran poised to strike?

    If after reading this, your not confused or scared or just plain baffled…well you might check your pulse to see if your really alive.

    Papa Ray

  • Anonymous

    The Canadian officer killed in the IDF attack at Khiam appears to have been Major Paeta Hess-von Kruederer.

    Fatefully, he had sent an email to CTV News which was published on their website (it’s still there). I provide for your consideration (without further comment), his own words about IDF targeting:

    “What I can tell you is this: we have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both artillery and aerial bombing. The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but has rather been due to tactical necessity.”

  • Anonymous

    Hi Pete,

    Wow, trying to trip me up in regards to the “claim” that you are an anti-semite. Nice try, it wont work. I said your moral equilivence disgusts me and that you would be at home with those who espouse those types of arguments. It is your moral equivilence that utterly disgusts me and repulses me.

    Citing CNN as a source of news is ironic given that Eason Jordan admitted to aiding Dictator Saddam Hussein in hiding his crime. Not to mention the latest broohaha with Nic Robertson. However, let it also be known that Hezbullah USED that same UN building as well. Little Green Footballs documents it from UN Press Releases and the Canadian Prime Minister. Here is the links:

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=21787&only&rss – Prime Minister responds to Kofi Annan’s Condemnation of Israel.

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=21786&only&rss – Canadian General – Unobserve Post used by Hezbullah

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=21784&only&rss – Hezbullah firing from UN Positions

    Then there is the pic that I believe was posted at this very website showing the UN compound and inside that UN compound next to the UN flag was the Damned Hezbullah flag waving!

    The UN are at war with Israel. Israel should be fighting this war much more fiercly than it has. The fact that Israel is not means that Israel will have to fight this war alot longer than it has to be, IMHO.

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