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|The Israeli Air Force bombed a target deep inside neighboring Syria early today in retaliation for a deadly suicide bombing in Israel a day earlier, threatening to escalate the three-year-old Palestinian uprising into a larger, regional conflict.
Israeli military sources said the 3 a.m. attack targeted a training camp about 10 miles northwest of the capital of Damascus that was used by several Palestinian groups, including the radical Islamic Jihad, which asserted responsibility for Saturday's suicide bombing at a bustling seaside restaurant in Haifa in which at least 19 people were killed. It was the first such attack inside Syria in 26 years, Israeli security sources said.
In Washington, President called Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and they "agreed on the need to continue fighting terrorism," White House spokesman Ken Lisaius said, according to Reuters.
|Where does Israel get its military equipment, planes and bombs from?|
|Israel said the airstrike target, which it identified as the Ain Saheb camp, is about 10 miles northwest of Damascus, and had served as a training ground for several Palestinian factions, including Islamic Jihad and Hamas, the groups behind most of the suicide bombings in Israel.
Syria dismissed the Israeli claim, calling it a civilian facility for Palestinians. Also, Islamic Jihad said it had no "military presence" in Syria.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a radical group that has been largely dormant in recent years, said the base belonged to its organization, but had been deserted for years, according to The Associated Press.
Israeli officials described the air raid as a limited operation and acknowledged it would not diminish Islamic Jihad's overall ability to carry out attacks.
|The problem here is that Israel has the blessing of the US (who has not condemned the attack) - now how will that play in the Arab world?|
|Originally posted by Nursing Mother
1) if the camp was deserted, why was it guarded?
2) if only two guards there, then why more than one ambulance, as reported?
Could it have been an underground facility like footage from Iranian television is showing? I guess they are showing that footage on cable news now.
|Tomorrow we will most likely read in the headline.
"Israel strikes training camp, and kills hundreds of innocent youths." Remember the Jenen incident a year or so ago? The gross exaggeration was astounding:
|You are right. It would be nice NOT to have to fight things out this way. But look at what Israel is dealing with. Men and women willing to kill themselves for the blood of civilians. This most recent suicide bomber said it was over revenge for her brother who was killed by the IDF. Well the article I read failed to say he was a member of Islamic-Jihad, a well known terrorist group.|
|I see that Israel has no other choice. Diplomatic attempts have not worked. Arafat is still a criminal on the loose, who fails to do nothing to stop the killings. (well by words he does, but not actions). Really now, what other recourse does Israel have?|
|It would be nice NOT to have to fight things out this way. But look at what Israel is dealing with. Men and women willing to kill themselves for the blood of civilians. This most recent suicide bomber said it was over revenge for her brother who was killed by the IDF. Well the article I read failed to say he was a member of Islamic-Jihad, a well known terrorist group.
I see that Israel has no other choice. Diplomatic attempts have not worked. Arafat is still a criminal on the loose, who fails to do nothing to stop the killings. (well by words he does, but not actions). Really now, what other recourse does Israel have?
|I don't think we are going to talk or charm the Islamists -- who by Daniel Pipes' estimate number around 150 million - 200 million -- into acting like humans, with a sense of quickly gathered morality and acceptance of Jews|
|As for the Palestianians. They deserve a country too....there is plenty of Arab land and countries around. Why can't they be simulated into another Arab states?|
|Soon, I believe,Israel will be faced with some very tough decisions. (if they haven't already). It's clear that the US will advise Israel to continue absorbing mass murder attacks with only token responses of "restraint" ( and something of course we would never put up with if these mass suicides happened on our soil) so as not to make the Arab/Muslim world, which is obsessed with Jew hatred, mad. Israel is damed is she does, and damed if she doesn't. What a state to be in. I think they clearly understand that the objective of the Islamic terrorist is to drive thier country into the sea, not simple to live-together on the land. Are not there many Arabs to do live peacefully in Israel?|
|The leaders had better wake up fast. I don't think we are going to talk or charm the Islamists -- who by Daniel Pipes' estimate number around 150 million - 200 million -- into acting like humans, with a sense of quickly gathered morality and acceptance of Jews, especially Jewish women and children, (who they seem to target). We need to send them a message they can understand, and I'm afraid that the longer it takes us to do that the more likely that message will be soaked in the blood of both Jews and Arabs.|
|Uness of course we are willing to see the Jews scattered again and or facing another sort of holocaust. I believe as in the story of Masada.....they would rather die together on their given land, then face the brutality of a world that has persecuted them for centuries.|
|...As for the Palestianians. They deserve a country too....there is plenty of Arab land and countries around. Why can't they be simulated into another Arab states? The peaceful Palestianians will be welcome in Israel (and have in the past). To me it seems (as I said before) they want ALL the land (ridden of Jews) for themselves and will settle for nothing less. What more can one think?|
|Israel must return to the so-called Green Line -- the border before the 1967 Six Day War. It must dismantle most of the settlements. It must do this because occupation is corrupting and, in the long run, impossible. The more Israel expands or retains settlements, the more it gets stuck in a quagmire where the enemy is everywhere. From September 2000 until recently, some 17,400 attacks were recorded in the territories -- and 40 percent of all fatalities. Even when terrorists struck in Israel proper, they invariably came from the West Bank.|
|The US and Israel have managed to make themselves more hated and despised in today's world than ever before. They already have far more insubordination and chaos on their hands than they can possibly handle. Yet they continue to behave like the newly blinded Cyclopses, groping for more enemies to kill. Hitting Syria, as the Israelis have just done, or Iran, as the Americans keep threatening to do, is not the answer - reading the writing on the wall is: occupation never lasts.|
|Part of the problem with Israel is they must "play nice" with others who declare their intention to destroy the very existance of a Jewish state.|
|Israel must return to the so-called Green Line -- the border before the 1967 Six Day War.[snip] The more Israel expands or retains settlements, the more it gets stuck in a quagmire where the enemy is everywhere.|
|Isn't that exactly where they were in 1967? Isn't that exactly what precipitated the Six Day War? Why should they give back land if no one will make any promise of peace? I certainly wouldn't. "Let us move our borders closer to you, please.|
|Labor legislator and former party leader Amram
Mitzna, who as an IDF general openly broke with then-defense minister Sharon over the conduct of the Lebanon war in the early 1980s, on Tuesday picked up the theme of the Syria strike
"This government is simply irresponsible, endangering its own citizens with - there is no other way to describe this - adventures. What was the point of attacking Syria? Who can even
explain the goal? Was the goal to calm down the Israeli public? To divert the public's attention from our day-to-day problems here and the government's inability to deal with terrorism?"
|Israel has the right to defend herself. How long would Americans sit by and watch homicidal terrorists continuously attack American civilians without a military response?|
|Syria is a well-known supporter of terrorists I have no trouble sleeping at night because of what Israel did.|
|Originally posted by DebraBaker
Israel has the right to defend herself. How long would Americans sit by and watch homicidal terrorists continuously attack American civilians without a military response?
Syria is a well-known supporter of terrorists I have no trouble sleeping at night because of what Israel did.
|JERUSALEM - Israel dispatched troop reinforcements to the West Bank and Gaza Strip (news - web sites) on Wednesday and weighed a call-up of reserves, citing new warnings about planned attacks by Palestinian militants.|
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