Israel kills Hamas gunman, Gaza salvo hits Israeli city

GAZA Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:57am EDT

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GAZA (Reuters) - Israel killed a Hamas gunman it accused of preparing to fire a rocket from the Gaza Strip on Sunday and a separate Palestinian salvo struck a southern Israeli city, causing no damage.

The incidents followed a three-day lull since an upsurge in violence last week in which Israel killed at least four Gaza militants as dozens of rockets were fired at Israeli towns, damaging some homes and wounding several agricultural workers.

An Israeli air strike before dawn on Sunday struck two gunmen from the Palestinian enclave's governing Hamas movement as they rode a motorcycle near the central town of Khan Younis, local officials said. One man was killed and the other wounded.

An Israeli military spokesman said the air force had targeted a squad preparing to fire a rocket into Israel.

Hamas said its gunmen had fired mortar rounds at Israeli ground forces who had penetrated the coastal territory nearby. The military said those soldiers, who were unhurt, had been carrying out "routine work along the boundary fence".

Separately, two Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza struck Beersheba, a city 40 km (25 miles) away, causing no damage, the military spokesman said. Beersheba sounded air raid sirens and shuttered its schools as a precaution against further attacks.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), one of several smaller Palestinian factions in Gaza that often operate independently of Hamas, said it had launched one of the Beersheba rockets. There was no immediate claim for the second.

Though Islamist Hamas is hostile to the Jewish state, it has recently sought to avoid cross-border confrontations as it tries to shore up its rule of Gaza in the face of more radical challengers and to build relations with potential allies abroad.

Israel's policy is to hold Hamas responsible for any attack emanating from Gaza.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Peter Cooney and Andrew Osborn)

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Reuters1945 wrote:
@DeanMJackson
Your very detailed comment is interesting although no doubt various historians and/or Middle East experts, of various persuasions, would likely argue as to the 100 % correctness of everything you have written. People never seem to like to agree about anything- do they ?

Not being an expert myself on the history, in all its myriad forms, regarding the Middle East, a history one can arguably take back thousands of years, I would hesitate to venture any opinion as to what you have stated.

That said, I believe that one must be fairly stubborn in general, (I do not here refer to you, Sir), to believe it was anything less than a disastrous mistake for the Arabs not to have accepted the Partition Plan, as suggested by the U.N. just before the State of Israel declared itself an independent nation, back in the day- so long ago.

For over sixty years, the Arabs (so-called “Palestinians”), could have been building a modern, prosperous nation state of their own, along side the State of Israel. What a gargantuan shame they chose not to take that route for everyone’s sake.

One must be certifiably insane to advance the idea that the attack upon Israel by so many Arab nations in 1948, as well as all the subsequent wars, have in any way brought the Arabs one inch closer to a situation that is in their own best interest/s, whether short term or long term.

In fact it is fair to say that there is a large degree of self deception, bordering on outright self delusion on the part of anyone who still believes that the State of Israel can ever be destroyed in any type of war. In fact Israel is stronger now, in every way, than it has ever been in its short history. Indeed, constant threats against them, have ensured and required that Israel will always be prepared for even the worst case scenario.

There is no nation on this earth, aside from the State of Israel, that has had to endure non stop rocket and mortar attacks for years on end- even to this very hour, directly across its borders. What the perpetrators of these senseless rocket attacks hope to achieve by such insanely provocative activity is a riddle I shall never hope to fathom.

Tragically, it is difficult at this late date in history to imagine that there will ever come a “Two State solution” or indeed any form of permanent solution in that troubled part of the world.

In fact, the United Nations, over half a century ago proposed a form of Two State solution, however imperfect, but the entire Arab world rejected that Two State solution out of hand.

Thus, it is hard to imagine that after all these many years of war and destruction, that the Arabs will alter their attitudes regarding the State of Israel now.

And frankly the above mentioned never ending rocket attacks across Israel’s border/s, help to ensure that no sane Israeli citizen has any interest in taking a so-called “Two State solution” seriously.

For most citizens of the State of Israel, for an endless list of quite good reasons, that “train” has left the station, that “boat” has sailed
and they are never coming back.

The entire Arab world very foolishly rolled the proverbial dice in 1948 and subsequent history has made it abundantly clear, in hindsight, that they lost.

As the great Israeli Statesman, Aba Eban, once so eloquently and correctly observed: “The Arabs have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity”.

I rather doubt that truer words were ever spoken.

Oct 28, 2012 1:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:
DeanMJackson is flat out wrong. ‘Palestine’ as an area is marked on maps centuries old. If there was a Palestine, obviously there were Palestinians living in it.

Here, for example, is a map of Palestine 1020BC. -> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/Palestine_1020BC_Smith_1915.jpg

Here is one made by Ptolemy, 100AD -> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Palestine%2C_Ptolemy%2C_Claude_R_Conder%2C_1889.jpg

Oct 28, 2012 3:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
onamemmet wrote:
The big print throughout: Palestinian and Lebanese terrorists are raining rockets and missiles on Israel.
The small print or not printed at all: The body count.
If these terrorists are keeping up an unending barrage of unprovoked rocket attacks on innocent Israelis, how many Israelis have died? Very few, because these “rockets” are steel tubes with a small explosive head bootlegged in a garage and lobbed over the border. How many are dead on the Palestinian side? I defy you to provide a body count.
Won’t happen though, because it might show what it looks like when a desperate, oppressed, occupied people driven into abject forced deprivation, lash out against a high-tech military, armed to the teeth and surrogate-fed by the next most contemptible “civilization” on earth. I don’t expect to see those numbers any time soon.

Oct 28, 2012 4:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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