Israel: We're Preparing for Ground Invasion
Though it says no such Gaza Strip invasion is imminent
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2014 4:37 AM CDT
Updated Jul 8, 2014 8:43 AM CDT
Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Israel launched what could be a...   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) – In what Reuters is calling the "worst outbreak of violence along the Gaza frontier since an eight-day war in 2012," the Israeli military today struck at least 50 sites in the Gaza Strip by air and sea—and mobilized 1,500 reservists for a potential ground invasion, though the military said such an invasion was not imminent. Still, an Israeli army rep emphasized, "indeed we are preparing." To that end, the Israeli government today gave the military the OK to mobilize as many as 40,000 additional reservists. The military says it has no immediate plans to actually do so, but described the order as a contingency if "Operation Protective Edge" needs to be expanded, reports the AP.

Israel says the operation could become a long-term one against Hamas and is aimed at stopping a recent barrage of rocket attacks against Israel. Per the military, more than 200 rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip since it arrested hundreds in the search for three missing teens who were later found dead. Among the 50 locations the Israeli army said it targeted today were four houses it described as "activity sites" belonging to Hamas militants, reports the AP. The armed wing of Hamas threatened an "earthquake" in response to the Israeli strikes and said it would broaden the range of its rocket targets, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas directed Israel to "immediately stop its escalation and the raids on Gaza," reports the BBC.

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tpvero
Jul 8, 2014 10:38 PM CDT
The Israelis are going to use their huge arsenal of American donated weapons, to bomb and terrorize a people using what amounts to fireworks to defend themselves, but mostly they are oppressed residents of territory Israel and all its greedy citizens want to grab. It is absolutely disgusting genocide. The earth should open and swallow Israel and rid us up this awful lying nation.
Matt
Jul 8, 2014 2:43 PM CDT
Problem is there is no such thing as a Palestinian. Palestine was the name made up by the Romans when they conquered ancient Israel and occupied the Jews/Israelis land by force. It was done specifically to disconnect the Jewish people from their homeland; pretty good plan huh... It wasn't until 1948 that the Jews finally got their ancestral homeland back "officially" though Jews have lived in Israel for thousands of years even during the Babylonian, Roman and Arab occupations throughout the years. What is the unique Palestinian culture, history, etc.? There isn't one; these are Egyptian, Syrians, and other Arabs that lived in the land of Israel at the time it was called Palestine but their history is not from there. It's also interesting to note that no one gave a crap about the land of Israel until the Jews were officially given their land back. It was a backwater malaria infested land until the Jews returned to their land and made it thrive. Then all of a sudden, everyone wants their land...love how people say they are simply "anti-Israeli" when it's so obvious they are racist anti-Semites...
Xisiuizado
Jul 8, 2014 2:32 PM CDT
That's it. If we want to relieve ourselves of our terrorist problems, it's time to put an end to Israel's crap. We, the most powerful empire ever, should immediately declare war on Israel, turn the Gaza Strip into a park, and separate the Israeli nation just like Germany was long ago. The steps go like this: 1) Move into position to defend Palestine and launch an invasion of Israel. 2) Declare war on Israel. 3) Full trade blockade. Nothing goes in or out. 4) If they fire upon us, capture their government and split the nation. I don't know why their "leaders" have gone so far off the deep end, but their time is over. Their power, outside of the Lord obviously, comes from us. Thus, the middle eastern nations, in general, hate us for providing them with the means to carry on like petulant children. The power they have has been abused, if we take it away, perhaps they'll return to their proper roots and become the nation they are supposed to be. (You're the chosen ones. You are supposed to bring balance, not destroy it.) On a side note, a question for any Christians reading this... I cannot think of a solution to Israel that is in tune with Jesus' teachings. If any of you have one, please post it. Violence is never supposed to be the answer, but I'm at a loss as to what we're supposed to do. The aforementioned war would begin with a trade blockade, but if they fire at us to stop it...then what?