Video: Israel issues 100,000 evacuation warnings to Gazans

posted at 8:01 am on July 16, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Hamas refused to even contemplate a cease-fire in the war it provoked with Israel more than a week ago, and now Israel has begun to widen its area of operations. Overnight, the IDF sent out evacuation notices to more than 100,000 residents in order to prevent collateral civilian deaths, and stepped up the rate of aerial attacks. ABC News reports this morning that the end of the unilateral cease fire has put the possibility of a ground invasion back in play, and perhaps strengthened Israel politically for that option:


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Before today’s airstrikes, tens of thousands of residents in Gaza received phone calls and leaflets advising them to evacuate their homes.

“The evacuation is for your own safety,” the leaflets read. “You should not return to the premises until further notice. Whoever disregards these instructions and fails to evacuate immediately, endangers their own lives, as well as those of their families.”

The latest Israeli barrage comes one day after Israel’s Cabinet approved a cease-fire measure proposed by Egypt. But after Hamas rejected the terms of the cease-fire and fired 47 rockets at Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unleashed his military again.

“Hamas chose to continue fighting and will pay the price for that decision,” Netanyahu said.

Hamas “needs something to save face with the people,” one anchor remarks at the end, and Aaron Katersky notes correctly that life in Gaza is miserable under the blockade, imposed by both Israel and Egypt. The blockade, however, was imposed in reaction to Hamas; it did not immediately get imposed after Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. Hamas (and Islamic Jihad) immediately began using the enclave as a launching pad for terrorist attacks, soon including the very rocket launches that started this current conflict and others in between. That doesn’t make life under the blockade any less miserable for ordinary Gazans, but they chose Hamas as their leadership, and neither Egypt or Israel wants to open their borders with Gaza while a terrorist network is their chosen government. At this point, neither Israel nor Egypt have any interest in giving Hamas an opportunity to “save face,” either.

While Israel is keeping a potential ground offensive very much on the table, they’re not anxious to start one, either. A ground offensive would involve urban warfare, which would mean a lot of civilian casualties, and a not-inconsiderable number of Israeli casualties and POWs, too. The political calculus would begin to change, certainly abroad and probably at home, too, once the escalation in casualties on both sides began to be obvious. Plus, the problem for Israel is that they don’t really want to reoccupy Gaza. The best outcome would be for Gazans to eject Hamas, and a ground invasion isn’t going to incentivize them to do so when Hamas is the only organized force capable of putting up even a modicum of a defense. Israel is better off targeting command-and-control assets and conducting limited commando raids to break down Hamas’ infrastructure and leadership while leaving as much of the rest of Gaza alone as possible.

The White House finds itself without its customary leverage to restrain the Israelis, the Washington Post reports, thanks to Hamas:

Israeli officials, in a series of television interviews, statements and social-media venues, said Tuesday that Hamas’s rejection of a cease-fire offervalidated the force it has used over eight days of conflict and made legitimate their argument for a wider military effort.

The Obama administration appeared to accept that rationale, blaming the armed Islamist movement in Gaza for missing an opportunity to end the eight-day aerial assault and avoid a ground invasion. But if the recent past is any guide, the administration will soon be under pressure from European and Arab allies to call on Israel to end the military operation.

Doing so now would be diplomatically delicate for the administration. Hamas rejected the Egyptian-negotiated cease-fire offer and continued to fire rockets into Israel on Tuesday, claiming the first Israeli life in the most recent conflict.

But a broader Israeli operation and an attendant spike in Palestinian casualties could quickly add pressure on the Obama administration to demand an end to the assault, whether heeded or not by an Israeli government with a historically uneasy relationship with President Obama.

Until Hamas is willing to stop firing rockets at Israel — now more than 1200 since Israel began responding last week — there is no chance for a cease fire anyway. The US would do better to quietly try using its leverage with Arab nations to get Hamas to meet with the Egyptians in Cairo to shut down the rockets rather than cajole Israel in public to stop responding to them. So far, the Obama administration has been doing a pretty good job of focusing on the provocation rather than the response, with John Kerry and Josh Earnest focusing their public ire on Hamas. If Israel launches a ground offensive, though, expect that to change.


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Why?

The Gazan citizens of Hamastan are just as guilty as their government for terrorism. After all, they VOTED FOR THE TERRORISTS.

They deserve no consideration.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

The USA voted for Obama and we have to put up with his incompetence.

Gazans voted for Hamas and they will have to suffer the consequences. Fook them.

txdoc on July 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Maybe Israel should have an open border like the US? Then everything would be perfect. /s

Move the people of Gaza to ISIS. Enjoy the 7th Century you voted for.

Oil Can on July 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM

I saw a Palestinian on the tube this a.m.saying he didn’t want Hamas to stop firing rockets-fine-just level Gaza.

jmtham156 on July 16, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Go get em Bibi

cmsinaz on July 16, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I saw a Palestinian on the tube this a.m.saying he didn’t want Hamas to stop firing rockets-fine-just level Gaza.

jmtham156 on July 16, 2014 at 8:09 AM

After their celebrations on 9/11 I haven’t considered the paleostinians to be above the ant level in evolution.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Some people have to learn the hard way. And the pali’s seem to like to double down on stupid.

Of course, we in the US can’t say anything since we double downed in 2012.

HumpBot Salvation on July 16, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Force march the Gazans into the Sinai.

Force march the West Bankers across the River Jordan.

And so many of Israel’s problems will be solved…

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Gaza Glass Co.

Electrongod on July 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

If there were no Jews who would the Islamists target? We all know it is and would be Christians. At what point do we say no mas?

celtic warrior on July 16, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Lsm portraying Gaza as victims, correct?

cmsinaz on July 16, 2014 at 8:18 AM

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Good ideas. But move the Gazans into Egypt. Have the Sinai as buffer.

Oil Can on July 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Hey, Obama. This is what a responsible leader does. He protects his country.

kingsjester on July 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Good ideas. But move the Gazans into Egypt. Have the Sinai as buffer.

Oil Can on July 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Sinai belongs to Egypt. It shouldn’t be a land grab. It should be an exercise in removing the detritus…

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Lsm portraying Gaza as victims, correct?

cmsinaz on July 16, 2014 at 8:18 AM

And our Caliphate-in-Chief.

Oil Can on July 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Issuing a warning to Hamas will be about as effective as Moses’ warnings to Pharaoh.

As for evacuations, those won’t happen as long as Hamas has the guns and Palestinians have Islam. Half of the civilians will be kept in place at gunpoint, and the other half will stay voluntarily, dreaming of martyrdom.

I agree a ground campaign is a bad idea. Urban warfare is one of the worst kinds of close combat, and Gaza could all too easily be another Stalingrad. With Hamas and company playing Chuikov’s 62nd Army. If all you want is to kill as many of the enemy as possible, and you don’t give a damn about the destruction of the AO, an urban defense is a spectacularly-effective “meat grinder”.

Best course for Israel? Use artillery and airpower until the rubble is bouncing. Don’t bother with anything else.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 16, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Lsm portraying Gaza as victims, correct?

cmsinaz on July 16, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Clearly the Israelis simply need to show up at the border with teddy bears and soccer balls to put a softer more empathetic face on the conflict. /

Happy Nomad on July 16, 2014 at 8:36 AM

They deserve no consideration.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

They VOLUNTEER to act as human shields, declaring themselves combatants and valid targets. They have made it clear that every Israeli is a target and they have proved they mean it.

They kill real civilians in Israel all the time. Presented with this situation, the Israelis need to guarantee their safety by killing as many of their enemies as necessary.

They have two choices, as I said in the other thread.

dogsoldier on July 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM

After all, they VOTED FOR THE TERRORISTS.

They deserve no consideration.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Disagree. This logic would make us all responsible for Obama too. Some of us lost and are proud of it.

rhombus on July 16, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Israel, bury hamas in the sand where they stand.

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 8:41 AM

If there were no Jews who would the Islamists target? We all know it is and would be Christians. At what point do we say no mas?

celtic warrior on July 16, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Apparently 2900 dead Citizens wasn’t enough. Apparently Four more in Benghazi and all those at Fort Hood and Little Rock and on and on and on are not enough for the mentally ill and corrupt socialist idiots in our midst.

dogsoldier on July 16, 2014 at 8:42 AM

rhombus on July 16, 2014 at 8:40 AM

If that dipshit started WWIII not too many would care whether we voted for him or not. We get the consequences of what he does. How many Germans in Dresden supported Hitler and the Nazis?

What did they do to remove him? If we all rose up and marched on Washington demanding Zero’s impeachment, Bonehead and the others would be quite afraid and they would get the message, would they not?

dogsoldier on July 16, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Hamas could care less about their own civilian dead.Israel knows that.Let it rain.

docflash on July 16, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Libfree to explain why a terrorist nation that only targets civilians why they would send leaflets warning same said civilians any minute…

anuts on July 16, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Israel should begin to eliminate the Imams that stoke the fires of hatred that they fill their children with that leads them to hate Israel and the west. Without stopping that cycle, better keep your weapons clean and ready for action.

Deano1952 on July 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Israel reports that their leaflets are dropped three minutes before the airstrikes begin, so…where are people supposed to go? 100,000 people just go down the block? There’s not a lot of space in Gaza, in case you didn’t know.

It’s like dropping 100,000 leaflets on Manhattan warning of coming airstrikes, and then blowing up all ways out of the city.

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Israel reports that their leaflets are dropped three minutes before the airstrikes begin, so…where are people supposed to go? 100,000 people just go down the block? There’s not a lot of space in Gaza, in case you didn’t know.

It’s like dropping 100,000 leaflets on Manhattan warning of coming airstrikes, and then blowing up all ways out of the city.

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Can you ever not lie???

Blake on July 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

I know! It’s hard to take shelter in places full of explosives, shells rockets bullets and grenades! But they don’t seek shelter anyway. They run out and stand around rocket batteries to protect them.

Israel should blow them all to hell and be done with it.

dogsoldier on July 16, 2014 at 9:18 AM

the administration will soon be under pressure from European and Arab allies

I’d tell Muslim America and its Muslim friends to go pray to Allah.

BL@KBIRD on July 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Why?

The Gazan citizens of Hamastan are just as guilty as their government for terrorism. After all, they VOTED FOR THE TERRORISTS.

They deserve no consideration.

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

You consistently bring the bloodlust to every issue.
I hope you end up disappointed.

verbaluce on July 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

That only took 11 minutes.

anuts on July 16, 2014 at 9:22 AM

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

How much time would you rather have them give the terrorists to move their rockets? And is 3 minutes still more time than the only warning Israeli citizens get is the sound of incoming rockets?

anuts on July 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Hague Regulations (1899)
Article 26 of the 1899 Hague Regulations provides: “The commander of an attacking force, before commencing a bombardment, except in the case of an assault, should do all he can to warn the authorities.”

Hague Regulations (1907)
Article 26 of the 1907 Hague Regulations provides: “The officer in command of an attacking force must, before commencing a bombardment, except in cases of assault, do all in his power to warn the authorities.”

Hague Convention (IX)
Article 6 of the 1907 Hague Convention (IX) provides: “If the military situation permits, the commander of the attacking naval force, before commencing the bombardment, must do his utmost to warn the authorities.”

Additional Protocol I
Article 57(2)(c) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I provides that, with respect to attacks, the following precautions shall be taken: “Effective advance warning shall be given of attacks which may affect the civilian population, unless circumstances do not permit.”

II. Other Instruments

Lieber Code
Article 19 of the 1863 Lieber Code states: “Commanders, whenever admissible, inform the enemy of their intention to bombard a place, so that the noncombatants, and especially the women and children, may be removed before the bombardment commences.”

Brussels Declaration
Article 16 of the 1874 Brussels Declaration states:
If a town or fortress, agglomeration of dwellings, or village, is defended, the officer in command of an attacking force must, before commencing a bombardment, except in assault, do all in his power to warn the authorities.

Oxford Manual
Article 33 of the 1880 Oxford Manual states: “The commander of an attacking force, save in cases of open assault, shall, before undertaking a bombardment, make every due effort to give notice thereof to the local authorities.”

New Delhi Draft Rules
Article 8(c) of the 1956 New Delhi Draft Rules states that the person responsible for ordering or launching an attack shall, first of all, “whenever the circumstances allow, warn the civilian population in jeopardy, to enable it to take shelter”.

Customary IHL- Practice Relating To Rule 20: Advance Warning

Just because these protocols are rarely obeyed does not mean they no longer exist.

The Israelis obviously know this, and abide by them. Just as obviously, you haven’t got a clue, but that’s entirely normal for you.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM

The IDF (from their facebook page)

Drops Leaflets

Makes Phone calls

Roof “Knocks”

Aborts air strikes on civilians

and they make pinpoint target strikes on their enemies.

Meanwhile Hamas deliberately attacks Israeli citizens.

dogsoldier on July 16, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Hopefully Mohamhead will ascend from Hell and part the Mediterranean, otherwise they got nowhere to evacuate to.

SickofLibs on July 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM

http://www.enca.com/38-killed-raid-nigerian-village

Sub-set.

Ben Hur on July 16, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Israel reports that their leaflets are dropped three minutes before the airstrikes begin, so…where are people supposed to go? 100,000 people just go down the block? There’s not a lot of space in Gaza, in case you didn’t know.

It’s like dropping 100,000 leaflets on Manhattan warning of coming airstrikes, and then blowing up all ways out of the city.

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

And yet all they have to do is stop lobbing rockets to kill civilians. Ever hear the story of the frog and the scorpion? These hamas animals can’t resist their bloodlust.

And you side with them.

What does that say about you?

dominigan on July 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Simply amazing, the anti war left said the Dome would not work. Ask the Israelis if it does or does not work.

MSGTAS on July 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Stomp all of the cockroaches until there aren’t anymore, Israel.

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

F*ck you.

Midas on July 16, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Simply amazing, the anti war left said the Dome would not work. Ask the Israelis if it does or does not work.

MSGTAS on July 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Many have been in bomb shelters for months, according to those who live there. They get 30 seconds notice before Palestinian rockets hit. The Israeli people have been remarkably patient, but they don’t need to be patient any longer.

We all know the only way they can end their suffering. They are in a life or death situation.

dogsoldier on July 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Israel should issue one warning only to Gaza:- If you are still in Gaza tomorrow, it will be as a corpse. Then make it so.

OldEnglish on July 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Israel should issue one warning only to Gaza:- If you are still in Gaza tomorrow, it will be as a corpse. Then make it so.

OldEnglish on July 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Yeah, pretty much.

Midas on July 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Sinai belongs to Egypt. It shouldn’t be a land grab. It should be an exercise in removing the detritus…

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Israel capture the Sinai and gave it back for a gesture of peace. A peace they never received. They can have it back and move the Gazan to Egypt or a very small corner of the Sinai.

Oil Can on July 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Verb – the only way to stop this is to make the residents of Gaza understand there are consequences to actions. At this point, the only way to get peace is to utterly destroy them in war. Bloodlust has nothing to do with it. Fixing the current problem will be bloody. But when your adversary has no interest in stopping it makes sense to find a way to come to a final conclusion. And with as little loss of life to your side as possible. The other side? They made their bed, they can die in it.

Zomcon JEM on July 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

Occams Stubble on July 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Freakin’ A…!!!

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Oil Can on July 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I am not aware that Egypt has been a problem for Israel. The new government said some stupid things but once the military got rid of them it quieted down. They don’t want to fight the Israelis because they know how it would end. No need to engage the Sinai. There are many other better places to ship the Gazans.

Zomcon JEM on July 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Israel capture the Sinai and gave it back for a gesture of peace. A peace they never received. They can have it back and move the Gazan to Egypt or a very small corner of the Sinai.

Oil Can on July 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Right now, Israel’s real problem is not with Egypt. In fact, Egypt, right now, is probably one of the few Arab states that Israel could work with (the displacing of a couple of million civilians notwithstanding). Internal political crises can have that effect.

But you go grabbing the Sinai, and with it control of one side of the Suez Canal, Egypt will all of a sudden be a very big problem for Israel…

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

No need to engage the Sinai. There are many other better places to ship the Gazans.

Zomcon JEM on July 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

None quite as close…

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

They just need a hashtag.
Or teddy bears.
Or soccer balls.
Or something.

Galtian on July 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

It’s like dropping 100,000 leaflets on Manhattan warning of coming airstrikes

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Does this ignorant arse really think it takes the same amount of time to evacuate buildings in Gaza as buildings in Manhattan? Of course it’s enough time to evacuate a typical building in Gaza.

Have you learned the difference between Gaza and the West Bank, yet? It will prevent you from embarrassing yourself so much.

corkie on July 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Hamas . . . All talk and zero strategy skills or competence.

coolrepublica on July 15, 2014 at 7:52 PM

corkie on July 16, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Hamas aims for Israel, but its rockets have hit Gaza over 100 times in 9 days.

Blake on July 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

LOL!

WhirledPeas on July 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Until Hamas is willing to stop firing rockets at Israel — now more than 1200 since Israel began responding last week ….

…I”m waiting for the state department blonde bimbo to state that the darn Jews shouldn’t have responded!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

None quite as close…

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I don’t care how far they have to walk.

Zomcon JEM on July 16, 2014 at 11:38 AM

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Even though you’re lying (as usual) about the details – fundamentally you’ve got the right idea.
Israel should NOT be giving them any warnings – just make the hit unannounced.
I don’t recall hearing that we gave advance warning before bombing Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or any other major city we bombed in WW2.
And Hamas doesn’t warn Israel that they’re getting ready to launch a rocket barrage – in Hamas WANTS to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible. Israel should give the Palestorons the same consideration.

dentarthurdent on July 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM

None quite as close…

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I don’t care how far they have to walk.

Zomcon JEM on July 16, 2014 at 11:38 AM

How far away can they get in 40 years?

dentarthurdent on July 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I hate to say it, but the only way to respond to this is with overwhelming force. I’d start leveling Gaza neighborhood by neighborhood until they surrendered.

Outlander on July 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I hate to say it, but the only way to respond to this is with overwhelming force. I’d start leveling Gaza neighborhood by neighborhood until they surrendered.

Outlander on July 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I agree.
HOWEVER, we all know that if Hamas were to surrender, it would only be to give them time to rearm and gear up for their next attack. This will never end until the Palestinians are gone – completely GONE.

dentarthurdent on July 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Israel reports that their leaflets are dropped three minutes before the airstrikes begin, so…where are people supposed to go?

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

They are supposed to go meet Allah, you stinking pile of dogsh*t terrorist supporter.

NOMOBO on July 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

You consistently bring the bloodlust to every issue.
I hope you end up disappointed.

verbaluce on July 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

I think you’re complaining to the wrong party. The bloodlust in this issue has been brought by Hamas, Hezbollah, and every other Islamofascist regime. They are the ones who wish death to Israel, a country and a people who simply want to live in peace.

Maybe you can try commenting again when you get your head screwed on straight.

NOMOBO on July 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM

100,000 people just go down the block? There’s not a lot of space in Gaza, in case you didn’t know.

libfreeordie on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Maybe they can come live with you.

zoyclem on July 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Has anyone charted the rocket expenditure numbers for the two sides?

Does Israel have plans for a Gatling gun alternative to Yamir?

goatweed on July 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Hamas aims for Israel, but its rockets have hit Gaza over 100 times in 9 days.

Blake on July 16, 2014 at 9:14 AM

In fact a Hamas rocket two days ago struck one of the high-voltage power lines that Israel uses to supply electricity to Gaza. 70,000 “palestinians” will be without power until the line is safe to repair.

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Tamir

goatweed on July 16, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Once again, I ask what policy of the National Socialist party does Libfree and other liberals disagree with? They love Auschwitz and dead Jooooos, they love fascism, they even agitate for Hispanics to have unlimited immigration in their own version of lebenstraum. They worship a maniacal, narcissistic man who promised to heal the world.

What is the exact difference, really, between Libfree and someone in the SS?

Vanceone on July 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Just carpet bomb Gaza. Don’t we still have a bunch of dumb iron bombs we could give to Israel? Maybe help them out with a good old fashioned Arclight?

schmuck281 on July 17, 2014 at 12:32 AM

“Humanitarian” cease fire broken by Gazan missiles a few minutes ago. Netanyahu is a loser. SOS.

Shy Guy on July 17, 2014 at 5:10 AM