Yedioth’s military correspondent: signs of ‘planned escalation’ by IDF in Gaza

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, war | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

The Israeli government insists that it tries to contain the situation in Gaza, and to prevent unnecessary escalation that would cost more lives on both sides. However, Alex Fishman, the military correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth (Israel’s leading daily paper) is not convinced, to say the least [Hebrew Link from 7th eye site]:

“The Chief-of-Staff, Benny Gantz, declared yesterday that Israel was not interested in an escalation in the Gaza Strip, but Southern Command’s activity sends the exact opposite message,” wrote Alex Fishman this morning in Yediot Acharonot. “[...] The more our side does not want an escalation, the more the border region gets heated up and by now we’ve had a week of it. Last night towns and villages were on alert for rockets and mortars. So whom to believe, the statements or the actions on the ground? [...] Last night the IDF carried out targeted killings.  A targeted killing is not just another step in an uncontrolled deteriorating spiral. It is a clear evidence of a planned escalation.”

[h/t and translation - Sol Salbe of the Middle East News Service].

On Haaretz, Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff think that both Israel and Hamas “apparently have difficulty stopping (the escalation). ” Needless to say, even if Netanyahu did try to calm things down, recent events serve him well, both at home and with the international community. One might say the same thing for certain elements of Hamas.

3 Comments on “Yedioth’s military correspondent: signs of ‘planned escalation’ by IDF in Gaza”

  1. 1 maayan said at 4:22 pm on March 24th, 2011:

    They shot 50 mortar rounds in one day a few days ago. How is the blame falling on Israel, Noam? How is it the blame is always falling on Israel? Should we swallow hard and say, “Thanks, Hamas, how about another fifty?”

  2. 2 annie said at 9:19 am on March 25th, 2011:

    maayan, hamas shot 50 rockets into israel on march 20th. i urge you to read the last haaretz link in noam’s article which confirms the timeline below.

    “On 16 March the Israeli air force attacked a Hamas training base near the former settlement of Netzarim. Two Hamas militants, Adana Eshtaiwi, 27 years old, and Ghassan Abu Amro, 25 years old, were killed in the attack, while a third person was injured.

    The Israeli military claimed the strike was in response to a single mortar projectile launched from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel. No Palestinian faction claimed responsibility for the firing, and the Israeli press reported that the projectile was launched by a small, unknown organization.

    Since Operation Cast Lead, Hamas has generally abstained from firing into Israeli territory while Israel has refrained from targeting manned Hamas facilities.

    Two days later the Israeli military reported that its soldiers were attacked by Gaza fighters while “performing a routine activity”. Again, no Palestinian faction took responsibility for the attack.

    Normally Palestinian factions take responsibility and credit for their attacks on Israeli targets. There have also been cases in which Palestinian military factions claimed attacks that never actually occurred.

    The next day, on 19 March, Israeli tanks shot at targets in the Gaza Strip. Five people were injured in this attack, while additional shelling destroyed power lines.

    In response to Israeli attacks, Hamas fired mortars into Israel on Saturday 20 March. According to the Israeli police, at least 49 mortars exploded within the regional councils bordering Gaza, including Sdot Negev and Eshkol. Two Israelis were lightly hurt by shrapnel. ”


  3. 3 maayan said at 5:18 pm on March 25th, 2011:

    Uh, yeah? So? Two Hamas men are killed after a bomb is launched at Israel? Doesn’t the IDF always respond to rockets? Of course it does. Then again, unlike the Palestinians who targeted civilians (the mortar range from Gaza is limited and can only reach places like Netiv Ha’asara), the IDF killed two Hamas fighters. This did not justify another attack on Israeli civilians in the form of 5o mortars. Sorry.

    And by the way, your source’s bias is absurdly funny.