Israeli Incursion in Gaza Imperils Peace Talks

Government denies troop movement represents full-scale invasion
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2007 4:38 PM CST
Israeli soldiers ride on armored vehicles, following an operation in the Gaza Strip, near the Sufa Crossing between Israel and Gaza, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007. Israeli tanks and bulldozers backed by attack...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Israel's incursion into Gaza today, on the eve of the first peace talks with the Palestinians in 7 years, ensures the atmosphere tomorrow in Jerusalem will be tense and may even endanger the peace process, the London Times reports. The Palestinian death toll from the largest incursion into Gaza since Hamas took control in June was at least four and may be as high as eight.

"The Israeli policy of escalation aims to sabotage and place obstacles before the negotiations even before they start," said a spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas. He called for international action to end the incursion, Ha'aretz reports. Israel maintains it is not staging the full-scale invasion called for by some right-wingers, the Telegraph reports.