By Dr. Abdul Ruff
It was not immediately clear whether Lebanon‘s Hezbollah guerrillas, against whom Israel fought a 2006 war or the Palestinians, fired the rockets into Israel (so as to end Israeli terrism in Gaza) in an attack that presented a new challenge to Israeli terrorists waging a 13-day-old Gaza campaign, but now the Jewish state is worried and Israel and Lebanon trade fire. However, not reveal its wickedness and weakness to the world, Israel has launched shells into Lebanon in response to rockets fired into its territory. Israel aimed “a pinpoint response at the source of fire” in Lebanon. An Israeli security source said Israel had fired five artillery shells.
The Lebanese action took the Israeli terror forces by shock. Israel aided by powerful global terrorist nations like USA is attacking and killing innocent Palestinians in Gaza and the Gazans are not as well equipped as Israeli terrorists are. Hence the Islamic world should assist the Hamas with necessary weapons and other goods so that Israeli terrorists don’t kill more Palestinians and occupy their lands. Rice who blamed Hamas for Israeli terrorism, met into the night with counterparts from key Arab and European nations over the Security Council‘s next step. Israeli representatives were expected to arrive in Cairo on Thursday for Egyptian-brokered talks on a cease-fire proposal after the U.N. Security Council failed to agree on action to end the escalating crisis in Gaza. Egypt’s top diplomats said Wednesday that the “technical” talks would be held separately with representatives of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas on the Egyptian-French cease-fire initiative.
It is believed the attack is linked to Israel‘s 13-day-old offensive against Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip, presenting a new challenge to Israeli leaders. The four rockets fired from Lebanon hit the Israeli resort town of Nahariya and three other locations, wounding two people, Israeli police and medics said. It was not clear whether Lebanon‘s Hezbollah guerrillas – against whom Israel fought a war in 2006 – or Palestinians fired the rockets. Israeli forces have been on high alert in the north fearing that Hezbollah could send rocket salvoes into northern Israel as they did in the 2006 conflict and lend support to Hamas and the Gaza Strip’s 1.5 million inhabitants.
Israeli officials were noncommittal on the truce or peace plan because they want to occupy the lands of Palestinians. A Hamas representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, said only that the group was considering the proposal, along with other ideas presented by Turkey and by Arab states. Arab ministers said one reason they are pushing for a Security Council resolution is Israel‘s refusal to give outright support the Egyptian-French initiative. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said the 22-nation organization didn’t want “a statement to express views, but a decision on a resolution that calls for a cease-fire that has the weight of the Security Council.”
Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes have continued to bomb targets across the Gaza Strip and tanks have advanced on Palestinian guerrillas. Residents in Gaza described the overnight bombardments to the east of the city as among the heaviest in the offensive. In the south of the territory a column of tanks has advanced closer to the town of Khan Younis, witnesses said. It was the first break in the nearly two-week offensive in which medics say 658 Palestinians have been, officially, killed, although the number exceeds 3000 with several more seriously wounded. At least 20 people were killed on Wednesday, including three children in an air strike on a car.
Talks to end the bloodshed are taking place later between Israelis, Palestinians and other Arab leaders in Egypt. Although Israel pressed on with the offensive, it said it accepted the “principles” of a European-Egyptian ceasefire proposal. And US backing for a truce proposal raised expectations of an end to the offensive. “We believe a ceasefire is necessary,” said US Secretary of State Rice. US Secretary of State for a few more days, Condoleezza Rice applauded the Egyptian-French cease-fire proposal and said she had talked with both the Israelis and Arab envoys about “the importance of moving that initiative forward.”Egypt will be asking Israel and Hamas for a temporary cease-fire “that would lead to a consolidated permanent cease-fire.” Then, he said, negotiations would take place with the European Union and the Palestinian Authority, which lost control of Gaza, on how to open the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian-Gaza border. Arab ministers said one reason they are pushing for a Security Council resolution is Israel‘s refusal to give outright support the Egyptian-French initiative.
Post-Script: Disarm Israel!
Israel has been pounding the Palestinian territories as their wont because of the encouragement and support it receives form US-led nations and anti-Islamic media smear campaign against Islam. As a weapons depot in the Mideast for supply for the developing world, including India, Israel plays important destructive role in the region. Close terror associates with hidden agendas in Mideast, Israel and the USA are demanding that border monitors destroy tunnels that Hamas has used to smuggle arms into Gaza from Egypt. But before that Israel should be totally disarmed and each and every weapon it has amzed over decades should be destroyed from there.
Even with small amount of arms Israel Hamas is fearied by Israel and so if Gaza is reinforced with more sophisticated arms form Islamic nations, Israeli terrorists would flee Palestine and vacate the stolen lands of Palestinians and so the divided Palestinian groups will come together to form a unity government. Israel should be made to realize the explosive situation it would create in the region by continuing its destructive air-cum-ground strikes. State terrorism is worse than non-state ones.