IDF conditionally ceases air strikes on Hamas targets, but Hamas has not ceased!

April 10, 2011

Palestinian official says Hamas,
Israel agree to truce shortly before Kassam rocket
explodes near Ashkelon;
no injuries or damage reported;
Defense Ministry official:
Israel will hold fire if Hamas does same.

Ehud Barak says a STRONG country uses RESTRAINT? IDF conditionally ceases air strikes on Hamas targets

The IDF stopped its air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday after Palestinian terror groups cut back on rocket attacks against Israel, in what appeared to be the beginning of a shaky cease-fire. The decision was made shortly before a Kassam rocket exploded near Ashkelon. No injuries were reported and no damage was caused.

“It all depends on the other side,” the Defense Ministry official said. “If a barrage of missiles falls in a town and there are casualties, that will change the situation – but if a rocket lands in an open field we will look at that differently.”

At the same time, a Palestinian official close to UN-and Egyptian-mediated negotiations told Reuters on Sunday that Israel and terrorist groups in Gaza had agreed to a truce, as cross-border violence abated.

“Palestinian factions have agreed to halt rocket fire and Israel agreed to cease attacks on the Gaza Strip,” the Palestinian official said.

A senior IDF officer said Sunday that the IDF has a list of 19 names of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who have been killed in air strikes and ground attacks since Israel stepped up military operations following Thursday’s anti-tank missile attack against a school bus near Nahal Oz.

Another 47 terrorists have been wounded, and there are two known deaths of civilians.

“We believe that Hamas has understood the message,” the senior defense official, who requested anonymity, said.

“We are ready to escalate our operations, however, if the attacks continue.”

Meanwhile, the star of the latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas continued to be the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system, which has intercepted eight rockets since Thursday.

On Sunday, the Defense Ministry’s MAFAT Research and Development Directorate released video footage from the Iron Dome, showing how the Tamir interceptor shot down a number of Katyusha rockets over the weekend.

Israel plans to increase the number of operational batteries to six in the coming years, with the arrival of $205 million the Obama administration has pledged it will provide Israel to purchase additional rocket defense systems. The money is supposed to be included in the US’s upcoming annual budget.

The Defense Ministry recently completed negotiations with Iron Dome manufacturer Rafael about the upcoming deal.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the system’s success “has deeply impacted Israel’s ability to act operationally and to maneuver diplomatically against challenges, not just routinely, but also during much broader events.”

Once the money is received, it will still take at least 18 months before the first of the four batteries is delivered to the Air Force and up to two-and-a-half years before the last of the four is operational.

Reuters contributed to this report.  via jpost.com

Golda Meir fatal flaw was in thinking the Arabs had nothing to gain by attacking

Kissinger: Gassing Jews would not be a US problem

December 21, 2010

New tapes show Kissinger and Nixon opposed helping Soviet Jews escape Communist repression because it did not affectUS interests.” 

Henry Kissinger is heard saying the genocide of Soviet Jews would not be an American problem on newly released tapes chronicling President Nixon’s obsession with disparaging Jews and other minorities.

Kissinger’s remarks come after a meeting between the two men and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on March 1 1973, in which Meir pleads for US pressure on the Soviet Union to release its Jews.

via jpost.com


Israeli Government Before the Yom Kuppur War Were Worried About World Opinion. Hundreds Die

October 6, 2010
Calling up all reservists before even one bullet was shot – everyone will say we were the attackers,” Dayan explained.

“A pre-emptive attack is a huge advantage,” IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. David Elazar said. “It will save a lot of lives. If we get into a war where the first stage is to block – and I am sure that we can do this – then after the attack, there will be a serious war.” He added that he would be able to destroy the entire Syrian air force at noon of that day, and get rid of their missiles within 30 hours.
Elazar gave then-prime minister Golda Meir, defense minister Moshe Dayan, and head of intelligence Maj.-Gen. Eli Zaira four hours to talk to the US and make a decision.
Dayan, however, spoke out against Elazar’s plan. “We can not allow ourselves to attack pre-emptively this time. If Egypt attacks, we can attack Syria. According to what I know, there can’t be a pre-emptive strike. Not even five minutes before. Impossible.”
Elazar also said that the IDF should call in some of its reserve soldiers. “If they attack in 10 hours, we are as ready as possible with regular soldiers, but we did not call up any reserves at all. The IDF’s power is 25 percent regular and 75% reserves. Therefore, we need to increase our power immediately. We need at least 24 hours to call up reserves – those that are called up now, can be put into action tomorrow.”

Feminists often point out Golda as an example of a successful woman who ran a government. She was a good woman, but a lousy military leader. The pant suit brigade seem to have a hard time realizing that she was a liberal who could not garner the logic of suicide bombers and the behavior of the Arabs. In her mind they would eventually give in to peace because they loved their children too. Golda and Dayan like other liberals and progressives might of meant well, but they were very wrong.  She simply could not imagine why the Arabs would do what they do.