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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Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:01 | 2979906 Aziz
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Bullish for stocks, BTFD.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:04 | 2979920 john39
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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.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:08 | 2979940 LetThemEatRand
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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.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:13 | 2979964 bigdumbnugly
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??   hams have never been accepted by isreal.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:15 | 2979982 THX 1178
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Hmm. Religion. This is the real issue here... the Israel-Palestine thing just SEEMS political on the surface. We're such children.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:24 | 2980030 El Viejo
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I thought that was some kinda dip made from chickpeas.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:28 | 2980049 kralizec
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Doesn't go well with kneidl either.  Nothing new here, move along...

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:30 | 2980066 Dalago
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Is this an all out way to get into a war with Syria then Iran?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:32 | 2980083 kralizec
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Nothing "all out" yet...

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:34 | 2980091 economics9698
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Jews killing Arabs, Arabs killing Jews…just saying.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:37 | 2980102 icanhasbailout
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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


Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:50 | 2980182 Dalago
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Samson Option, bitchezzz!

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:00 | 2980219 HobbyFarmer
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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.


Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:00 | 2980221 DaveyJones
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it's like Ichan and...Netflix  - it does get old

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:40 | 2980124 redpill
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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.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:13 | 2980280 El Viejo
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MDB is that you?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 17:05 | 2980335 CrockettAlmanac.com
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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.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:33 | 2980089 economics9698
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Does this mean we have to pay Israel for this war?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:49 | 2980170 SilverFish
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Sure does.


Unless you dont mind being labeled ANTI-SEMITE!!

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:19 | 2980311 DaveyJones
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"Open War?" Does this mean they can sleep with other countries?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:17 | 2980657 SilverFish
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Looks like 2 semites think we should pay for their war. LOL

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:26 | 2980041 knukles
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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.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:37 | 2980108 mick68
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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.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:13 | 2980638 forwardho
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K, That was beautiful. almost like a kinder gentle version of MDB

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:20 | 2979986 hedgeless_horseman
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A picture of Gaza

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

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:26 | 2980043 malikai
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Shouldn't be a concern to you. Texas' secession plea with Obomber is over 90k signatures now.

Surely he will oblige.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:27 | 2980046 Gert_B_Frobe
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Dude, your area needs a definate technology upgrade. Hell, even a Polaroid will net you a better image.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:42 | 2980092 hedgeless_horseman
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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.



Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:59 | 2980218 10mm
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A boy with a new toy.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:14 | 2980260 hedgeless_horseman
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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. 
Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:03 | 2980234 malikai
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Next, hellfires. Just in case those domestic extremists get out of hand..

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:30 | 2980071 redpill
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Not even kosher ham?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:38 | 2980113 blunderdog
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Hams aren't kosher.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:31 | 2980399 Henry Hub
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"Hams aren't kosher"

Not until there blessed by the Rabbi

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:49 | 2980514 blunderdog
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You really don't know *anything* about that whole "kosher" thing, do ya?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:35 | 2980096 zuuma
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"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.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:27 | 2980373 DaveyJones
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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 

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:36 | 2980106 Bangin7GramRocks
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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.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:45 | 2980150 Troll Magnet
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dont forget to pick up some weed and cheetos!

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:10 | 2980265 12ToothAssassin
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Repeat step 3

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:28 | 2980384 DaveyJones
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funny, the congressman's list only has number 3

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 23:53 | 2982944 mjcOH1
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"dont forget to pick up some weed and cheetos!"

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

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:48 | 2980171 SmallerGovNow2
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you forgot about your case of bourbon....

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:50 | 2980180 Pseudo Anonym
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who's "they":

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

that's what i want to know

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:35 | 2980744 cranky-old-geezer
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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

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 18:23 | 2981847 Treeplanter
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Hamas leaders hiding during all out war. 

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:05 | 2979923 jeff314
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yeah very bullish...jerk

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:18 | 2980001 Cortez the Killer
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Thank you allah, may I have another

Thank you allah, may I have another

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:07 | 2979925 Dalago
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Crazy how Israel will bomb their creation of the largest refugee camp in history.




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