The Israeli regime has ordered its military to mobilize 40,000 reservists for a possible ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.
Media reports say the decision was made during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Yaalon says Tel Aviv is “preparing for a battle against Hamas which will not end within a few days.”
Reports say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also threatened that “all options are on the table”, including a ground invasion.
Earlier, dozens of heavily armored vehicles, including tanks and bulldozers, were lining up on the Gaza border.
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has pledged to retaliate in the wake of renewed wave of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. The group is warning that Israel’s latest escalation could lead to a third Intifada or uprising.
At least 14 Palestinians, including two children, are killed and more than 80 others are wounded as Israel continues to pound the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli army says it carried out some forty air attacks on the coastal strip on Tuesday. Several residential buildings were targeted in the raids. Mohammad Shabaan, a Hamas military commander, is also among the fatalities.
Hamas has pledged to retaliate, warning that Israel’s latest escalation could lead to a third Intifada or uprising.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri has blamed Tel Aviv for a “grave escalation” in violence and vowed to retaliate, saying Israel “will pay the price.”
Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed due to Israel aggression over the past few years.
The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.
Roy Tov — roytov.com July 6, 2014
passing through the valley of Baca make it a well—The Valley of Tears in Psalms 84:6
Entering a city wearing a field-uniform is a bad idea, it brings undesired attention while failing to camouflage. Adding a weapon and ammunition to the sight is even worse; it is like telling police informants “please rob my M16.”
Entering downtown with an entire battalion is asking for troubles. Unless of course, you are exercising the conquest of the city. That is what Battalion 82 of the IDF Armored Brigade 7 did in Ashkelon while simulating the conquest of Gaza City in the last week of November 2013. This event is one of the first visible results of the new redeployment plan of the IDF.*
The images of the event are strange. Soldiers equipped for war waiting for traffic lights to change. Soldiers ready to fight being studied with interest and no fear by passersby. Newspapers interviewing the forces during action. Despite their uniforms, they weren’t camouflaged at all. Yet, the importance of the event was not visible.
Still using old Merkava-2 tanks, Armored Brigade 7 is considered the best of its kind in the IDF. Active since 1948, it was the unit that fought the Valley of the Tears (Emek Bacha) Battle in 1973, defeating a much larger Syrian force. Formally part of Division 36 in the Golan Heights, it is experiencing sharp changes due to the IDF ongoing reorganization.
Division 36 is the IDF’s heaviest and largest regular division. The redeployment designed it as one of the five multi-theatre division of the army. This explains why this battalion appeared near Gaza. One of its company’s commanders disclosed that the event was part of a division-level exercise which included also elite units.
What was reported by the Hebrew media fits regular IDF methods of operation. Such an event is called “skeletal exercise” (targil shildi) and includes only part of the forces to be deployed in a real event. It is mainly a test of the commanding process.
The event belongs also to a category known as “rolling exercise,” a phrase describing a developing event rather than a single action. In this case, it showed the attack and conquest of Ashkelon, near Gaza, including entrance to populated and forested areas, all the way to the coast, including the conquest of IDF bases (Zikim, a training base).
According to the IDF, it was the first time that the army performed such an exercise of urban conquest in real conditions. One of the commanders said “This is not Tzeelim (a training base in the desert), this was an exercise in a real city, with a lot of constructed areas, we entered areas with civilians in real time (referring to the planned schedule). The civilians asked questions and were interested. We told them that Ashkelon, like any other coastal city is very similar to Gaza.”
Beyond the surprised comments of the commanders on the unusual sight of “living and moving people” in an exercise, they summarized it as “The IDF is ready for conquering Gaza.”
At this stage, Zionist readers will wipe an escaping tear and bless God for this fine young men ready to kill every “living and moving people” in Gaza, even if they have no reason for doing that. Don’t ask questions and obey the State, that is the main lesson from WWII. Right?
I don’t want to comment on the moral of war today. I just want to ask the readers to look at the images above while remembering the captain’s words “The IDF is ready for conquering Gaza.” Now, even readers that do not served in the army can answer the following question, would IDF soldiers conquering Gaza be allowed to use the X-ing marks?