Video: Israel attacking Hamas’ infrastructure of power

posted at 8:12 am on December 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

NBC reports on the strategy employed by Israel in its response to a week of attacks from Hamas in Gaza. Instead of attacking Gaza’s infrastructure in general, Israel has selected its targets more precisely to humble Hamas:


The only way Israel will gain from this war will be if they can separate Hamas from its support base in Gaza. Attacking Gaza on a wide scale would bind the people to Hamas in the long and short run, but if they can eliminate the power structures of Hamas without too much collateral damage, they could weaken Hamas in the long run. I think everyone recognizes that an attack in the short run will still generate feelings of unity and support for Hamas, which means that Israel is taking the longer vision with this.

This also creates a financial problem for Hamas. Islamic University, its governing installations, and its other offices will all have to be rebuilt in the middle of a siege brought on by Hamas themselves. They need this infrastructure to undergird their power, but if they take resources needed by Gazans to survive to rebuild it, that will make them even more unpopular. With Egypt already blaming Hamas for the war and Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah an available option, Gazans may not stick with Hamas for much longer — or so the Israelis must hope.


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And Israel blocked food and medicine into Gaza, essentially turning it into 1 big concentration camp. (Ah, the irony.)

I hope they nuke each other into oblivion so the rest of us can go on with out lives.

angelat0763 on December 29, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Ah, the usual delusions of anti-Semites. No need for facts, just feeling and emotions of hatred towards Jews.

But here a few minor details that destroy your comments. Not that it matters though. Scumbags like yourself never want to know the real facts, otherwise you might have to change your preordained position.

Here are multiple reports on how those “evil” Zionist are starving the Palestinians to death: http://hotair.com/archives/2008/12/29/video-idf-humanitarian-shipments-to-gaza/

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1230456504485

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230111726432&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11274577.html

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11274019.html

http://www.solomonia.com/blog/archive/2008/11/wide-screen-tv-in-gaza/

No not facts! It burns my eyes!!!!

Lance Murdock on December 29, 2008 at 12:43 PM

I truly belivee Israel plans on taking control of Gaza — an action I fully support. Hamas screwed up by not extending the cease fire agreement and by lobbing rockets across the border even before the agreement ended.

Israel knows that a new administration in America and all this talk of change does not bode well for them if they had waited to do this. As usual, they picked the perfect time to begin this and I do not see it ending until they have decimated Hamas. To do this will require a significant ground force presence.

An additional benefit for Israel during this time is that Iran can see that the Israel Air Force is still top-shelf and certainly capable of reaching Tehran. They are sending a message to Tehran, Moscow and most importantly, Washington, that they do not care about what happens in the U.S. with their new and weakened foreign policy. They will do what they need to because they have learned not to count on anyone else to help them.

grdred944 on December 29, 2008 at 12:45 PM

And Israel blocked food and medicine into Gaza, essentially turning it into 1 big concentration camp. (Ah, the irony.)

I hope they nuke each other into oblivion so the rest of us can go on with out lives.

angelat0763 on December 29, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Ah, the usual delusions of anti-Semites. No need for facts, just feeling and emotions of hatred towards Jews.

But here a few minor details that destroy your comments. Not that it matters though. Scumbags like yourself never want to know the real facts, otherwise you might have to change your preordained position.

Here are multiple reports on how those “evil” Zionist are starving the Palestinians to death: http://hotair.com/archives/2008/12/29/video-idf-humanitarian-shipments-to-gaza/

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1230456504485

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230111726432&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11274577.html

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11274019.html

No not facts! It burns my eyes!!!!

Lance Murdock on December 29, 2008 at 12:47 PM

whoops. Sorry about the multiple posts. But the HA anti-Semites need their comments refuted as quickly as possible.

Lance Murdock on December 29, 2008 at 12:53 PM

That’s because up until yesterday it was 0. Now it is 1. It’s hard to kill people with homemade bottle rockets.

The press reports that Israel has been planning the invasion of the Gaza strip for 6 months. This is hardly retaliatory for the firing that began when the truce expired.

I hope they all kill each other and we can be rid of all of them.

angelat0763 on December 29, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Your stats are all wrong. Two Israelis have been killed since the so-called ceasefire was ended by Hamas, and 2 Palestinian girls were killed by a kassam intended for Israel.

And prior to the “ceasefire”, which never actually saw the complete cessation of mortar and rocket fire, the number is far higher. You’ll note from the information below that the number of deaths has gone way up since Israel withdrew from Gaza.

Of course, the body count isn’t the whole story. In those parts of Israel within mortar, kassam and now grad missile range, life is intolerable under the conditions that prevailed before the “ceasefire” and Israel isn’t going to allow that to resume.

June 28, 2004 – Mordechai Yosepov, 49, and Afik Zahavi, four, were killed when a Kassam rocket fired by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip struck near a nursery school in the northern Negev town of Sderot.

Sept 29, 2004 – Yuval Abebeh, 4, and Dorit (Masarat) Benisian, 2, both of Sderot, were killed by a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza while playing in the street. Some 20 people were wounded. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dec 14, 2004 – Jitladda Tap-arsa, 19, a female agricultural worker from Udon Thani’s Nong Han district in northereastern Thailand, was killed and two other foreign workers from Thailand and Nepal were wounded by mortar shells fired at Ganei Tal in the Gush Katif settlement bloc from the Gaza Strip.

Jan 15, 2005 – Ayala-Haya (Ella) Abukasis, 17, of Sderot was mortally wounded when a Qassam rocket landed near her and shrapnel penetrated her cerebellum, leaving her brain dead. She was struck while protecting her younger brother, who was lightly wounded. Kept on life support throughout the week, her parents agreed to stop treatment when doctors told them there was no chance of recovery. She died on January 21.

June 7, 2005 – Three workers were killed and five wounded when a Qassam rocket hit a packing shed in Ganei Tal, in the Gaza Strip, penetrating the building’s roof and exploding indoors. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Chinese worker killed has been identified as Bi Shude, 46, from Jilin province in northeastern China. The Palestinian workers killed were Salah Ayash Imran, 57, of Khan Yunis, married and the father of 8, and Muhammed Mahmoud Jaroun, of Khan Yunis.

July 14, 2005 – Dana Galkowicz, 22, of Kibbutz Bror Hayil, was killed by a Kassam rocket fired at Netiv Ha’asara north of the Gaza Strip. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Fatah all claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nov 15, 2006 – Fatima Slutsker, 57, of Sderot, was killed by a Kassam rocket fired into the town by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip. A barrage of six rockets hit Sderot at about 7 a.m., also seriously wounding a security guard for Defense Minister Amir Peretz.

Nov 21, 2006 – Yaakov Yaakobov, 43, of Sderot, died following a day-long struggle by doctors to save his life, after he was mortally wounded by a Kassam rocket fired in the morning by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Nov 15, 2006 – Fatima Slutsker, 57, of Sderot, was killed by a Kassam rocket fired into the town by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip. A barrage of six rockets hit Sderot at about 7 a.m., also seriously wounding a security guard for Defense Minister Amir Peretz.

Nov 21, 2006 – Yaakov Yaakobov, 43, of Sderot, died following a day-long struggle by doctors to save his life, after he was mortally wounded by a Kassam rocket fired in the morning by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

May 21, 2007 – Shirel Friedman, 32, of Sderot was killed when a Kassam rocket scored a direct hit on a car near the town’s shopping center.

May 27, 2007 – Oshri Oz, 36, of Hod Hasharon, was killed when a Kassam rocket landed near his car in Sderot. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jan 15, 2008 – Carlos Andrés Mosquera Chávez, a 21-year-old volunteer from Quito, Ecuador, was killed by a Palestinian sniper from the Gaza Strip as he was working in the fields of Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. The Hamas Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Feb 27, 2008 – Roni Yihye, 47, of Moshav Bitcha in southern Israel, a student at Sapir College, was killed Wednesday afternoon when a Kassam rocket exploded in a parking lot near the Sderot campus. He died shortly after sustaining massive wounds to his chest. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 9, 2008 – Jimmy Kadoshim, 48, of Kibbutz Kfar Aza, was killed by mortar fire from the Gaza Strip while tending his garden.

May 12, 2008 – Shuli Katz, 70, of Kibbutz Gevaram, was killed while visiting relatives at Moshav Yesha, some 15 kms (9 miles) from the Gaza Strip.

June 5, 2008 – Amnon Rosenberg, 51, of Kibbutz Nirim was killed and four other employees were wounded when a mortar bomb fired by Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip exploded outside the Nirlat paint factory in Kibbutz Nir-Oz. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

ProfessorMiao on December 29, 2008 at 1:00 PM

The problem with the Gaza Strip and Hammas can only be solved in Milimeters.

44Magnum on December 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM

When they start targeting the leadership on a daily basis this circle/cycle of perpetual violence will end. The average person, anywhere in the world, follows not leads. Left alone we all want basically the same thing.

Cut of the head and the body will follow as they say.

patrick neid on December 29, 2008 at 1:16 PM

That’s because up until yesterday it was 0. Now it is 1. It’s hard to kill people with homemade bottle rockets.

But they keep on trying, don’t they. And Israel has every right to defend herself. BTW, your numbers are wrong.

The press reports that Israel has been planning the invasion of the Gaza strip for 6 months. This is hardly retaliatory for the firing that began when the truce expired.

It is preventive. How many dead Jews do you require to see before you grant Israel the right to take action?

I hope they all kill each other and we can be rid of all of them.

angelat0763 on December 29, 2008 at 12:23 PM

You should follow the news more closely. The man killed today was the second Israeli to die from a kassam since the so-called ceasefire ended. And last week, two Palestinian children in Gaza were killed by one that failed to reach Israel.

Israel is not out to retaliate on a tit-for-tat basis. Her objective is to stop the attacks emanating from Gaza, which have only escalated since she left in 2005. Prior to Israel’s leaving Gaza, 5 Israeli civilians were killed by rocket or mortar fire or snipers from Gaza (including 3 children). Since then, another 9 civilians have been killed and many others injured, some very seriously.

But the numbers of dead and injured don’t tell the whole story. A year and a half ago, a barrage of rockets was launched from Gaza on the morning of the first day of school, at the hour when children would be on their way or gathering in the school yard. Some weeks, literally hundreds of kassams have been launched, making life intolerable in towns bordering Gaza and now, with the longer range grads being brought into play, threatening major cities like Ashkelon and Ashdod with the same chaos. Sderot’s population dropped by something like 30% according to one report I read, and a huge proportion of its residents, especially the children, suffer from PTSD.

I hope they all kill each other and we can be rid of all of them.

angelat0763 on December 29, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Too bad you can’t tell the difference between those who fight to defend their children and those who fight to kill children and use their children to protect themselves.

ProfessorMiao on December 29, 2008 at 1:27 PM

The Gaza Strip is about 25 miles long (along the coast) and about 5 miles wide–with a small Southern border with Egypt. It has about 1.5 million “people” living in it. They elected the Hamas terrorists as their leaders–like Nazi Germany elected Adolf Hitler as their leader.
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Most of the Gaza people support the DEATH TO ISRAEL plans–they indoctrinate their children to kill all infidels and that murdering innocents in suicide attacks is their duty and that it is approved by God. After 20 years of brainwashing and indoctrination there are no longer any innocent persons in Gaza–only future terrorists and their supporters and enablers.
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Remember the “high fives” and “praise be to Allah” videos from the Arab street when the 9/11 attack T.V. showed our people jumping from the Twin Towers rather than burning to death in the flames. Most of the Islamic world was overjoyed with this attack.
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The 1400 year long history of Islam is replete with large scale attacks on infidels and their countries–there is nothing new here. Only military force deters them–trying to live in peace with them is seen as weakness and invites more attacks.
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The U.S.A. and other civilized countries faced similar regimes and threats in the past–think of Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire. Peace follows victory–it does not precede it. Only wiping out the leaders and the ability to fight can win this type of war. We understood this clearly and killed so many enemies that they couldn’t take it any more. Now Germany and Japan are decent peaceful countries–it never would have happened except for overwhelming military action.
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Now it is Gaza’s turn–Israel must wipe out the terrorists and their supporters / enablers. Block the sea and Egypt escape routes first. Then full military ground invasion and summary execution of all terrorists–or anyone with gunpowder / explosive residue on their hands. Total news blackout–with total victory as the only objective. If gunfire comes from a building–don’t send in troops to check it out–call for the 1000 pound bomb from the F-16 (or cannon shell, etc.) and flatten the place and move on.
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General Sherman said, “War is Hell!”–and then he gave Hell to the South during the U.S. Civil war. Sock it to them–no quarter or mercy for terrorists.
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John Bibb

rocketman on December 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Sorreeee… it looks like I did a multiple post of sorts. I looked for the first one but couldn’t find it before writing the second. My bad.

ProfessorMiao on December 29, 2008 at 1:54 PM

“Israel’s offensive enters a third day“.

I didn’t hear much about how “Palestinians’ breach of their truce enters its third month.”

Tzetzes on December 29, 2008 at 2:42 PM

You give me waaay too much credit. I’m just a simple man. :)

OldEnglish on December 29, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Everything should be as simple as possible… but no simpler.
- Albert Einstein

MB4 on December 29, 2008 at 3:01 PM

rocketman on December 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Best post on the whole site.

TOTAL VICTORY

jtpcamp on December 29, 2008 at 3:45 PM

I hated it when they gave the Gaza strip back. They needed it to keep from having rockets launched at them all the time. I don’t really think there was a cease fire ever, Hamas just kept launching.
I think it’s high time Israel said enough is enough.
Too bad the Jews couldn’t see the wisdom of putting mccain in, he’s not great, (actually far from it) but greater by miles than obama and the clinton crowd.
Reap what you sow!

Bambi on December 29, 2008 at 6:49 PM

rocketman on December 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM

I’ll never forget these idiots cheering on 9/11. Now Israel has been using bunker busters to kill the rats in their underground tunnels. I love it. Once the Israeli troops go in they can sit outside the tunnels and kill the rats as they escape.

I have no and I mean NONE…no sympathy for the palistinians at all. Once I almost felt sorry for their plight then 9/11 happened. They earned my disrespect then, permanently. Israel can send them all to hell for what I care.

kanda on December 30, 2008 at 9:20 AM

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