Report: Israel Preparing for Gaza Operation

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idf tank.jpgAccording to an exclusive Ynet report, Israel has decided to order an IDF operation in Gaza, and preparations are underway for an offensive targeting Hamas-controlled Gaza. According to the Ynet report midday Sunday, the decision was made during a secret meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Quoting a “senior [unnamed] security establishment source,” what remains is to decide certain tactical and logistical steps but the green light has been given for the operation. The meeting between the two was held on Thursday night in Olmert’s Tel Aviv office after a senior security briefing took place. The two briefed Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the third member of the Mini-Security Cabinet.

Immediately following the decision, the order was given to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi to prepare a list of ‘quality Islamic Jihad’ targets, since the terror organization over recent days boasted responsibility for rocket attacks. Ashkenazi reportedly favored the decision and was actually part of the decision-making process of the defense minister. The commander instructed his air force commander to prepare for operational strikes. The three senior officials decided that there would be no statements or any outward change in policy until the operation is launched.

The three also decided they will work to enlist the support of the international community to permit Israel a freehand to launch the offensive, which will undoubtedly be met with a response from Gaza. Livni will be working to prepare relevant senior officials in the international community.

The focus of diplomatic efforts will be concentrated on the United States, European Union, and Security Council members, particularly the permanent members, America, China, Russia, France and Britain.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


8 COMMENTS

  1. talk is cheap! but thats what barak was always good at.remember the lynching when he was pm? “we will know how to deal with this”(right- we will talk big and do nothing- that should scare the enemy)but thats what you get with a medina that has nothing to do with a torah life

  2. Very true, the injuries that soldiers got during the second lebanon war were caused by missiles falling on them after the media printed where the soldiers were based. Mindless media causes casualties. Think before you print. “shomer pesoim ha’shem”

  3. I wonder. How would the World react if Mexico started lobbing rockets into Texas on a Daily basis? Or, more accurately (based on Bush’s Two-State solution)if Connecticut starts lobbing missiles into New York.

    Would the US or NY in either analogy not fight back to defend their citizens?

    Oh, but we’re talking about Israel defending their citizens. That’s a totally different story!

    I rest my case.

  4. DUMB & DUMBER — “a secret meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.” and what will be the brilliant, secret plan of these 2 ga’onim? – to send Jewish boys in on the ground to get themselves killed or injured for life? They would never make a plan to just carpet bomb the terrorist nest that Aza has become, because “innocent” (hahaha!)civilians might get hurt! So, we will sacrifice OUR Jewish boys to save the enemy!?! Sick! Despicable! -and will their plan accomplish anything? Yes, it will probably get Israel criticized in the UN!!!