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chief, a move that followed a scaling up of rocket fire onto Israeli towns over several weeks.An official close to Netanyahu told Reuters: is prepared and has taken steps and is ready for a ground incursion which will deal severely with the Hamas military machine.would prefer to see a diplomatic solution that would guarantee the peace for Israel population in the south. If that is possible, then a ground operation would no longer be required, he added. diplomacy fails, we may well have no alternative but to send in ground forces. KILLEDFortified by the ascendancy of fellow Islamists in Egypt and elsewhere, and courted by fellow Sunni Arab leaders in the Gulf keen to draw the Palestinian group away from old ties to Shi Iran, Hamas has tested its room for manoeuvre, as well as longer range rockets that have reached the Tel Aviv metropolis.Israeli statistics showed some easing in the ferocity of the exchanges on Monday. Israeli police counted 110 rockets, causing no casualties, of which 42 were shot down by anti missile batteries. Compared with more than 1,000 rockets fired in total, the indications were that the level of violence had fallen.Palestinian militants resumed rocket fire into Israel on Tuesday morning, sending Israelis in southern towns running for shelter.Israel military said it had conducted 100 air strikes throughout the night. financial institution used by Hamas to fuel its terror activity was targeted in the northern Gaza Strip, it said.Hamas said 4 year old twin boys had died with their parents when their house in the town of Beit Lahiya was struck from the air. Neighbours said the occupants were not involved with militant groups.Israel had no immediate comment on that attack. It says it takes extreme care to avoid civilians and accuses Hamas and other militant groups of Converse All Star Leather Shoes deliberately placing Gaza 1.7 million people in harm way by placing rocket launchers among them.Nonetheless, fighting Israel, whose right to exist Hamas refuses to recognise, is popular with many Palestinians and has kept the movement competitive with the secular Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who remains in the West Bank after losing Gaza to Hamas in a civil war five years ago.and the others, they our sons and our brothers, we fingers on the same hand, said 55 year old Faraj al Sawafir, whose home was blasted by Israeli forces. fight for us and are martyred, they take losses and we sacrifice too. turned out on Monday to mourn four children and five women who were among 11 people killed in an Israeli air strike that flattened a three storey home the previous day.The bodies were wrapped in Palestinian and Hamas flags. Echoes of explosions mixed with cries of grief and defiant chants of is greatest! INVESTIGATIONIsrael said it was investigating the strike that brought the block crashing down on the al Dalu family, where the dead spanned four generations. Some Israeli newspapers said the house might have been targeted by mistake.For the second straight day, Israeli missiles blasted a tower block in the city of Gaza housing international media. Two people were killed there, one of them an Islamic Jihad militant.In scenes recalling Israel 2008 2009 winter invasion of the coastal enclave, tanks, artillery and infantry have massed in field encampments along the sandy, fenced off border.
and election of President Mohamed Mursi is part of a dramatic reshaping of the Middle East, wrought by the Arab Spring and now affecting the Israeli Palestinian conflict.Mursi, whose Muslim Brotherhood was mentor to the founders of Hamas, took a call from Obama on Monday telling him the group must stop rocket fire into Israel effectively endorsing Israel stated aim in launching the offensive last week. Obama, as quoted by the White House, also said he regretted civilian deaths which have been predominantly among the Palestinians.two leaders discussed ways to de escalate the situation in Gaza, and President Obama underscored the necessity of Hamas ending rocket fire into Israel, the White House said.Obama then called Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and received an update on the situation in Gaza and Israel. In both calls, President Obama expressed regret for the loss of Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives. Israeli civilians and 108 Palestinians have been killed. Gaza officials say more than half of those killed in the enclave were civilians, 27 of them children.EGYPT SEES DEALMursi has warned Netanyahu of serious consequences from a ground invasion of the kind that killed more than 1,400 people in Gaza four years ago. But he has been careful not to alienate Israel, with whom Egypt former military rulers signed a peace treaty in 1979, or Washington, a major aid donor to Egypt.A meeting on Tuesday in Cairo between Mursi and Ban Ki moon, the secretary general of the United Nations who flew in late on Monday, could shed light on the shape of any truce proposals.Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil told Reuters: think we are close, but the nature of this kind of negotiation, (means) it is very difficult to predict. media have said Israeli officials are also in Cairo to talk. Ban is due to meet Netanyahu in Jerusalem soon.After Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal laid out demands in Cairo that Israel take the first step in restoring calm, and warned Netanyahu that a ground war in Gaza could wreck his re election prospects in January, a senior Israeli official denied Converse Sneaker Sale
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