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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Liposuction's picture

Bully lobs rockets randomly into Nerd's yard. Yeah, it's the nerd's fault for kicking the bully's ass.

N. B. Forrest's picture

These subtle analogies are beyond the comprehension of most of the posters on this web site. 

buzzsaw99's picture

methinks you don't know squat about who the big brother backed bully is.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture


Bully lobs rockets randomly into Nerd's yard. Yeah, it's the nerd's fault for kicking the bully's ass.


And the "nerd" only had to blow up innocent British, Arab and Jewish people in order to get title to "his" yard.


The King David Hotel bombing was an attack carried out on 22 July 1946 by the militant terrorist right-wing Zionist underground organization the Irgun on the British administrative headquarters for Palestine, which was housed in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.[1][2][3] 91 people of various nationalities were killed and 46 were injured.[4]



Shizzmoney's picture

How is this NOT a moonlanding to HAMAS?

BTW, I hope Krugman is right and the aliens invade.  I'll gladly go to them and point to the part of the map (Israel/Iran) where they can point the laser beams.

cossack55's picture

I think if you want the aliens to eliminate sources of evil, you may wish to point them to DC, NY, London and Brussels.

Uncle Remus's picture

Nuke it all from orbit, just to be sure...

DaveyJones's picture

At least they admit their targets openly. Can't say the same for us

krispkritter's picture

Welcome to WW III; Iraq, Iran, Israel...ad Infinitum

cossack55's picture

The US military is too busy searching for MILFs....er....terrists.

buzzsaw99's picture

Ehud and Binyamin are cool with people getting assassinated? Okay, just so everyone is clear on the rules right?

Uncle Remus's picture

Well, by God, if it's good enough for Israel...

knukles's picture

Then it's subtle enough for the rest of us.

cherry picker's picture

God's chosen against  the world.  Unfortunately God's chosen has forgotten the commandment about loving thy neighbor.

BBullionaire's picture

“For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will also gather all nations,
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
And I will enter into judgment with them there
On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also divided up My land.

“Behold, I will raise them
Out of the place to which you have sold them,
And will return your retaliation upon your own head.
I will sell your sons and your daughters
Into the hand of the people of Judah

Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
And your pruning hooks into spears;
Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’”
11 Assemble and come, all you nations,
And gather together all around.
Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord.

Joel 3

cherry picker's picture

Then we have the Man from Galilee who was said to be a leader of God's chosen saying blessed be the peacemakers and if I am not mistaken that was written a long time after the book of Joel

DaveyJones's picture

yes, it's called "The Big Book" 

knukles's picture

Davey, last time I saw him at JFK he didn't look like he'd read a page out of it, been to a meeting nor probably bothered to even chat let alone see his sponsor for a long while....

DaveyJones's picture

I believe you. Brinkley or the bottle Brinkley or the bottle.........

Hulk's picture

Billy Joel 4:13 "And they surrounded the walled city with their pianos and banged the shit out of the middle c key until

the walls collapsed. Then he finished with "just the way you are", just to rub it in..."

BBullionaire's picture

Thr Prophet Jesus? we moved on from him we now have the prophet Mohammed(peace be upon him) allah akbar and all that

john39's picture

not true.  Muslims revere Jesus.  Mohammed did not replace Jesus in Islam.  Mohammed simply warned people of the great evil that was taking control of the earth.  (not hard to spot if you think for two seconds).

john39's picture

that God, the creator of all, would chose one small and especially war like tribe of people from all of humanity, seems dubious at best...   more like a clever lie designed to get humans to do some dark nefarious bidding...  hey that sounds like someone familiar....

Mysteerious Rooshian Vooman's picture



How odd of God

To choose the Jews.


walküre's picture

"chosen" - they defined it

nice gig

Totin's picture

So does that mean they were previously in a closed war with Israel?

sharky2003's picture

How nice of them to wait until after the election.

MsCreant's picture

Yea, the Petraus thing, this, what else is waiting to "come out" now that Obama is in?

Uncle Remus's picture

I hear the closets in the White House are really big...

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture




In 1928, Nan Britton published a book entitled "The President's Daughter" claiming that she and Harding had been lovers and had conceived a child in 1919. According to her, the affair continued for six years, and the lovers' meeting places included a coat closet in the executive offices of the White House. Historians generally agree she was indeed his lover.



Dr. Engali's picture

Marc Faber seems to think that there will be a lot coming out...he's been right so far.

N. B. Forrest's picture

I'd say a lot, now that he has "more flexibility".

DaveyJones's picture

oh...if adultery was the only scandal inside the CIA

MFLTucson's picture

Can someone send this information to Panetta and Clinton?  Sorry to bother them during the wine testing, afterall, that is more important.

Jugdish's picture

uhht ohh. What if all the jihadis we put in Syria decide to go fight a jihad in Palestine with all the guns and money we provided. The question is what is more important to them - Assad or killing jews? And another - How fanatical and jihadi are they really? Or are they just opportunistic AL-CIA-DA mercenaries. Hillary Clinton loves them. (Maybe) She gives them money and guns and lets them gangbang her even though they don't bathe. Bill doesn't know.

Uncle Remus's picture

"Bill doesn't know."

Bull. Who do you think is selling the DVDs?

Inthemix96's picture

If you Americans would stand aside and let "gods chosen", fight for the right in what they believe in.

This would be over before dinner time tommorow.

Fucking racist, suppremicist, aparthied fucking criminals.

And the Germans must never forget eh????????  While the "state" of isreal gets away with fucking murder eh???????

Overfed's picture

If it were actually up to us Americans.......

machineh's picture

You took the words right out of my mouth ...


blunderdog's picture

Nonsense.  The pragmatists in Israel haven't yet convinced the majority that they need to exterminate the Palestinians.

That's what the long-running theater has been all about for the past 40 years--convincing the moderates that ethnic-cleansing/"final solution" is the only viable option.

Totentänzerlied's picture

You mean like when the Catholics, not one American among them, stopped Crusading?

dwdollar's picture

Maybe it's time to give Obama another Nobel Peace Price.

LeisureSmith's picture

It would be more honest if the IDF substituted the words "Is ready" with the word want in the Tweet. Want to and has been planning for some time would work too.

ebworthen's picture

Did the war ever stop?

Haven't they been at each other's throats for a thousand years or more?

Did the Crusades ever really end?