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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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john39's picture

zionists must have the land...all of it....  my precious!

machineh's picture

There they go -- Israel replays Operation Cast Lead (Dec. 2008), which killed more than 700 civilians.

http://www.hrw.org/en/features/israel-gaza

The Zionist entity times its attacks based on the political cycle of its U.S. patron.

DEFUND ISRAEL!

Jugdish's picture

Ya. it's like the Warsaw Ghetto vs the Nazi Wermacht.

camaro68ss's picture

More kinetic wars

I see another peace prize for Obama in the future

azzhatter's picture

he will but after Netanyahu

TruthInSunshine's picture

***USCENTCOM SPECIAL ALERT***


ATTENTION ALL PERSONNEL: 

 

WE ARE CURRENTLY AT READINESS ALERT. ALL PRIAPISTIC U.S. GENERALS REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO  TASK FORCE HQ. THIS MESSAGE WILL REPEAT.

SilverTree's picture

Really or is is a little joke?

zuuma's picture

HAHAHAH!!

Army Urologist: "whatsa matta General? Can't get it up?"

 

PRIAPISTIC General: "Nope. Can't get it down"

 

HAHAHAHAHA!

johnQpublic's picture

lets get biblical

 

 

bitchez

MsCreant's picture

I see a perky Olivia Newton John re-doing her famous "Let's get physical"

pokrova's picture

Maybe the Myans were right afterall

LongSoupLine's picture

What does any of this have to do with Facebook being up today?

govttrader's picture

War in the middle east has always had 2 clear short term outcomes in the financial markets. 

1) bullish for crude oil (expecting supply disruptions)

2) bullish for US Treasuries (flight to safe haven assets)

The effect on the stock market is not so clear.  In the stock market, there are both winners and losers.  Clearly, the defense contractors and those who provide the things that usually get destroyed and need to be rebuilt, profit from conflict no matter where it is. But those people who are actually involved in the conflict tend to remove themselves from the consumer economy (temporarily) not to partake in "back to school shopping" and other normal consumer based activity. War puts a damper on some of this activity (not all...but some)

The clear short term winners in the stock market are the makers of destructive things...and the long term winners are the makers of rebuilding things. The stock market as a whole is more difficult to predict...the more direct trade is oil and defense contractors

HD's picture

Beyond throwing rocks and launching a few rockets what exactly can Hamas do? Nothing.

Same story repeated for decades.

http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2012/11/13/score-boards/1065_808a_400-jpeg/

nonclaim's picture

While they have plenty of rocks where do rockets come from?

Tubes, propellant, explosives... they don't produce it there. So, there's a supply chain and delivery system. Do the palestinians pay for it? If so with what money, if not with whose money it is maintained? Could all that be used instead for bettering their wellfare system, if not, why not?

blunderdog's picture

Gee, what a good point--it's not as if anyone else in the world could possibly have any reason to want to harm Israel...

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

You're right. The inmates of perhaps the world's largest prison have no native means to defend themselves. More's the pity.

nonclaim's picture

Never thought that region (gaza) as the New Cuba... interesting parallel, thanks.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Well the Zionists are historically communist.

 

A kibbutz (Hebrew: ??????? / ?????, lit. "gathering, clustering"; plural kibbutzim) is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises.[1] Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism. In recent decades, some kibbutzim have been privatized and changes have been made in the communal lifestyle. A member of a kibbutz is called a kibbutznik (Hebrew: ????????????)

 

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

nonclaim's picture

It works for a small community, anywhere in the world, I give you that... but Communism as a recipe for a larger area/population always end in disaster.

Back to Gaza as New Cuba, miserable, disarmed population under a heavy handed government allowing a foreign entity to use it as a base to launch missiles. That's what I meant.

I'll stop now. Need to think about a reactive armor for car roof. There's money to be made there...

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Prosperity can only be found in peace.

blunderdog's picture

and what?   you just sore you haven't convinced your buds to exterminate the Gazans yet?  ...?

swissaustrian's picture

Fuck you Netanyahu, fuck you Hamas. Fuck them all.

Dalago's picture

I guess Israel started the war.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Well the Palestinians certainly didn't invade Europe and steal land owned by Zionists.

Rock the Casbah's picture

freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

Mercury's picture

…and like his hero Lincoln, Obama is eager to grant us this “freedom”.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Obama does seem to hate black people as much as Lincoln did. The social welfare system devised by the Democrats and sold mercilessly to poor blacks and other unfortunate individuals is just a kinder and gentler version of the Fugitive Slave Act.

ziggy59's picture

Hmmmm...OPOC... So close to OPEC...

Seriously..who the frig thinks up these names?