Hamas Announces It Is Now In "Open War" With Israel

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As expected, the escalation out of Gaza has been fast and furious with Al Arabiya reporting that the Hamas response to the operation that Israel has code named "Operation Pillar Of Cloud", which an IDF spokesperson has clarified Israel is ready to escalate into a ground operation into Gaza if needed, is that "Hamas is now in open war" with Israel. Moments later the organization Islamic Jihad has unsurprisingly, chimed in: "Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences." Stay tuned folks cause this may get very messy quickly. Now if only the US military wasn't currently the functional equivalent of a grotesque reality gong show.

A picture of Gaza:

Straight from the IDF, which may be engaged in live tweeting a war for the first time in history:

Some recent updates courtesy of Enduring America:

Israel/Palestine Describing Gaza as a "forward Iranian base", IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai claims that Israel has struck 20 underground rocket launchers belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in an airstrike.

Israel/Palestine. Islamic Jihad responds unsuprisingly strongly to Israel's attacks today. Reuters reports the organisation as saying:

Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences.

Israel/Syria. Earlier today, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu toured the occupied Golan Heights region. The Jerusalem Post reports that Barak told journalists that nearly all of the Syrian villages along the Israeli border are in the hands of rebels. Barak added that the IDF was closely monitoring "the painful crumbling of the Assad regime".

Since Sunday, Israel has twice fired into Syria, claiming that it is responding to shells which have struck territory in the occupied Golan Heights. On Monday, the IDF claimed it had made "direct hits" on Syrian targets. Barak said today that the IDF is working to stop any Syrian fire crossing the border into Israel, "while making more wide-scale preparations for all developments". He continued:

It's very difficult to estimate what will be in Syria in the future, and we need to be alert and ready here, like in other areas.

We are determined to defend our land and our borders. We made that clear to the other side.

Israel-Palestine.. Citing Palestinian sources, Hareetz reports that Hamas military wing chief in Rafah, Raed al-Atar, has also been killed in IDF strike.

The Jerusalem Post also reports al-Atar's death, citing Israel Radio.

Israel-Palestine. Charlotte Alfred, a journalist working for Ma'an News, an independent Palestinian news organization, has sent me the following comment.

Multiple airstrikes are ongoing across the Gaza Strip. Ahmad al-Jabari is Hamas' most senior military leader. This is the most serious assassination of a Palestinian figure in years. Qassam [the military wing of Hamas] are furious. Just hours earlier [Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh] was expressing defiance that Israel's assassination threats will amount to nothing.

Rockets -- not much reported right now but they will come

There are already reports of rocket attacks against Israel - here are the last 3 updates from the IDF's own liveblog, though the last update was about an hour ago:

4:30 PM: A rocket fired from Gaza hits the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

6:00 AM: A rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel.

2:10 AM: In response to rocket fire from Gaza, the Israeli Air Force targeted a weapon storage facility in the central Gaza Strip, as well as two launching sites in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel-Palestine. An Israel Defense Forces spokesman has put out s statement on the assassination of Hamas's head of military operations Ahmed Jabari in central Gaza. Yoav Mordechai said, "The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations."

Mordechai described Jabari as a man with "a lot of blood on his hands", as he raised the prospect of more operation. Over the past 48 hours, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz reportedly approved a series of steps following border clashes and the exchanges of Israeli airstrikes and rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel.

"All options are open," Mordechai said. "We are very determined to strike at terror organizations."

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Aziz's picture

Bullish for stocks, BTFD.

john39's picture

madness.  they want the world to burn, because they think they will come out on top and in control... no matter the cost in terms of human suffering and lives.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Sad how many corporate and government leaders I can think to insert as "they," and your post would remain spot on with each one of them.

bigdumbnugly's picture

??   hams have never been accepted by isreal.

THX 1178's picture

Hmm. Religion. This is the real issue here... the Israel-Palestine thing just SEEMS political on the surface. We're such children.

El Viejo's picture

Hamas?

I thought that was some kinda dip made from chickpeas.

kralizec's picture

Doesn't go well with kneidl either.  Nothing new here, move along...

Dalago's picture

Is this an all out way to get into a war with Syria then Iran?

kralizec's picture

Nothing "all out" yet...

economics9698's picture

Jews killing Arabs, Arabs killing Jews…just saying.

icanhasbailout's picture

Let's skip the news boy, I'll make some tea

The Arabs and the Jews boy, too much for me

They get me confused boy, puts me off to sleep

And the thing I hate, oh Lord

Is staying up late, to watch some debate, on some nation's fate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeZRdd_1b4g

HobbyFarmer's picture

Shockingly, this happens after the U.S. elections.  Next thing you know, gas prices will begin to rise back to the level they were at a couple weeks ago.

 

DaveyJones's picture

it's like Ichan and...Netflix  - it does get old

redpill's picture

This incident was merely a spontaneous escalation of a couple Israeli F-16s peacefully demonstrating against an offensive Palestinean street play depicting Moses overpaying his stone tablet mason.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

 

Jews killing Arabs, Arabs killing Jews…just saying.

 

Ashkenazis (anti-Semites) killing Semites (Arabs). God said that the descendants of Abraham would inhabit the promised land. They did until a gang of European terrorists showed up. But the the name Israel does mean "he fights against God," so that was to be expected.

economics9698's picture

Does this mean we have to pay Israel for this war?

SilverFish's picture

Sure does.

 

Unless you dont mind being labeled ANTI-SEMITE!!

DaveyJones's picture

"Open War?" Does this mean they can sleep with other countries?

SilverFish's picture

Looks like 2 semites think we should pay for their war. LOL

knukles's picture

Something else to buttress confidence.
The economy will rebound nicely with all the tax increases, increased government investment, regulations, political uncertainty, astute well defined foreign policy and clearly established well thought out domestic programs, bipartisan love fest, love, happiness and charitable feelings for all.

mick68's picture

10 or 20 scud missiles and those jokers are finished with their "open war."

 

That's why the mid east will not rule the world. All emotion and bravado, zero brains.

forwardho's picture

K, That was beautiful. almost like a kinder gentle version of MDB

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

A picture of Gaza

Stucco buildings with explosions?  It is a good thing that could never happen where I live.

malikai's picture

Shouldn't be a concern to you. Texas' secession plea with Obomber is over 90k signatures now.

Surely he will oblige.

Gert_B_Frobe's picture

Dude, your area needs a definate technology upgrade. Hell, even a Polaroid will net you a better image.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

Upgrade?

We have the best technology in the world!

Skynet will keep us safe.

 

In April, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a Shadow Hawk drone through a Department of Homeland Security grant, at which time Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel indicated it would be put to use by its SWAT and narcotic departments.

 

The drone is equipped with an HC camera, capable of shooting video day and night, according to PBS. Now it seems McDaniel is looking to enhance the military-style Shadow Hawk, which can fly at heights of 15,000 feet while traveling up to 55 mph, with weapons now only given to sheriff’s deputies.

 

http://www.mintpress.net/texas-sheriff-plans-arm-countys-drones-rubber-bullets-tear-gas/

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

 

Yes, but is the boy ignoring the instructions for use he swore to obey?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. 
   
malikai's picture

Next, hellfires. Just in case those domestic extremists get out of hand..

Henry Hub's picture

"Hams aren't kosher"

Not until there blessed by the Rabbi

blunderdog's picture

You really don't know *anything* about that whole "kosher" thing, do ya?

zuuma's picture

..sigh...

"THEY" will do whatever.

I have no say. You have no say. Fuck it.

I'm tired of the middle east.

I don't care a twit about them anymore. Any of them: Isrealies, arabs, persians,kurds, turks, etc.

They've been slaying each other since they started to farm and have villages - 10,000 years, or so.  Centuries before moses or jesus or mohammed were invented.

Let them have at it.

Also, lets bring all the US troops in the area home. Their presence improves nothing. The minute they leave an area - BAM! - back to the stone age. Why waste the money?

And bring 'em all home from Korea, Okinawa, Germany, etc, too!  Also a Huge waste of money. Since the euros invite the wreched refuse of every teeming shore to move to their countries & collect welfare, anyway, they can guard their own border (or not).

The big giant reset bubble is gonna pop soon enough. 

When 650 TRILLION in notational derivatives worldwide start to unspool, NOBODY will care about middle eastern cannabalism or European borders

The middle east is just a big, self-cleaning oven. Let it run the way it wants to. It'll be FINE in the end.

DaveyJones's picture

the derivatives will finally reveal their true value in this country...and so will oil. Unfortunately, none of that will get us out of there until we collapse 

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Things to do after work:
1. Hit Costco for a years worth or canned food.
2. Stop the newspaper until 2014.
3. Masturbate.
4. Lock self in bunker for 12 months.

Troll Magnet's picture

dont forget to pick up some weed and cheetos!

DaveyJones's picture

funny, the congressman's list only has number 3

mjcOH1's picture

"dont forget to pick up some weed and cheetos!"

Don't forget to fuel the Choom-wagon, Barry.

SmallerGovNow2's picture

you forgot about your case of bourbon....

Pseudo Anonym's picture

who's "they":

they want the world to burn, because they think they...

that's what i want to know

cranky-old-geezer's picture

 

 

madness.  they want the world to burn, because they think they will come out on top and in control... no matter the cost in terms of human suffering and lives.

Hmmmmm.... sounds like our govt

Treeplanter's picture

Hamas leaders hiding during all out war. 

jeff314's picture

yeah very bullish...jerk

Cortez the Killer's picture

Thank you allah, may I have another

Thank you allah, may I have another

Dalago's picture

Crazy how Israel will bomb their creation of the largest refugee camp in history.

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_refugee