Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Israeli tanks began shelling Palestinian positons in the northern Gaza Strip in Beit Hanoun after dropping leaflets warning Palestinians to leave ahead of next stage of IDF ground offensive.
Beit Hanoun, by the way, is a center of terrorist bases and Qassam missile launchings against Israel.
As I said, this is about more than just rescuing Corporal Gilead Shalit.
The IDF also took out a Hamas training camp near Rafah, but have not gone into Rafah itself, and Israeli jets are `buzzing' Gaza city and causing some fairly disturbing sonic booms. My guess is that they want to try to force Hamas to release Shalit by making things as uncomfortable as possible. I don't see Hamas releasing Shalit voluntarily, frankly. He will have to be rescued and that will mean going into Rafah. The Palestinians will try to kill as many Jews as they can and hope for the usual sob stories from the media on any Palestinian casualties. Pallywood is undoubtedly set to go into full production mode.
Fatah's al Aqsa Brigades (you know, the terrorists commanded by `moderate' President Abbas sent out a couple of warnings. First they threatened to target an already marked Israeli embassy overseas. They also threatened to kill two Israeli civilians, a teenager and a 62 year old man from Rishon Lezion they claimed to be holding as hostages.
Definitely look for some action in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank)before this is all over.
For his part, Olmert appears to be hanging tough so far. He's rejected negotiations with any terrorist organization for the release of the abducted Israeli soldier. If he is not returned, “we will not shrink from extreme action,” said Olmert.
In a seperate move, the IDF buzzed the Latakia resort home of Syrian President Basher Assad. Latakia is a seaside resort on the Syrian coast. Assad was `in residence' as they say, and was definitely NOT pleased. This was a subtle hint from the Israelis that they disapprove of Syria sheltering terrorists like Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal...who the Israelis suspect actually gave the orders to start abducting Israelis.
Posted by Freedom Fighter at 4:28 PM