Netanyahu to Israel: Be Ready for 'Prolonged' Gaza War
Meanwhile, military warns some Palestinians to evacuate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2014 7:13 PM CDT
Smoke fills the skyline following Israeli shelling in Gaza City, Monday, July 28, 2014.   (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

(Newser) – Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis today to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City. The warnings came on a day of heavy Hamas-Israeli fighting in which nine children were killed by a strike on a Gaza park where they were playing, according to Palestinian health officials—a tragedy that each side blamed on the other.

Israeli tanks also resumed heavy shelling in border areas of Gaza, killing five people, including three children and a 70-year-old woman, and wounding 50 in the town of Jebaliya, which was among the areas warned to evacuate, the Red Crescent said. Later today, Israeli forces fired a large numbers of flares over Gaza City, turning the night sky a bright orange. The latest bloodshed came despite mounting international calls for a cease-fire and followed failed attempts by both sides to agree to even a lull in fighting of several hours for the start of the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid el-Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan.

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Jul 30, 2014 10:17 AM CDT
Good. G-D speed Israel. Let the haters side with the Islamo fascism trying to usher in the the next dark ages. I stand with Israel as do all others that can differentiate between countries that respect human rights and countries that keep women as second hand citizens, kill people for simply being gay, and act as all around buffoons. The IDF should break the back of Hamas so that it will take ages for them to rebuild their tunnels (which they will), spoon feed their children vitriol and hate to turn them into the next suicidal murderers (which they will), and funnel weapons from the dredges of the world (which they will). This conflict will drag on as long as Islam stays in the Dark Ages. When they let their women drive cars, go to school, have democracy, respect differences of opinion and in general EVOLVE no Israeli concession will ever matter. Hamas has done worse to their own people than Israel has. War is never the answer. But it is the only response Israel has when child murderers are trying to tunnel in and kill every man, woman, and child. Gazans want this to stop, here is the answer: give up all your tin can rockets, stop storing them in schools, hospitals and mosques. Instead of building murder tunnels from your humanitarian aid, build schools, hospitals, and colleges. And grow a country. Most importantly, overthrow the corrupt IslamoFascist regime known as Hamas. They steal from their own people, use them as human shields, while sitting back in 5 star hotels in Dubai watching the mayhem. Gazans, Hamas is not your friend. They are not anyone's friends. They are terrorists like ISIS and Al Qeada who want to see the world burn. Go Israel! The only country at present standing up to the madness of militant, psychotic Islam. The only one. And it has my full support.
Jul 29, 2014 3:31 PM CDT
The words of Hedi Epstein “The victims of genocide became themselves the source of it.” This is how Hedi Epstein sees the essence of the ruling against Israel. A German Jew who survived WWII, she lost her parents to a concentration camp. Epstein was a prosecution witness in the Nuremberg Trials. And in 1982, she learned that the Israeli Army occupied Lebanon and provoked mass executions in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps. From that moment on, Epstein and hundreds of other Jews embarked on an anti-military and anti-Zionist campaign. However, Israel has refused to listen to their voices. They were labeled “self-hating” Jews and banned from the country which, incidentally, announced itself to be the homeland of all Jews in the world. Israel remained deaf to their warning that the Jews who survived genocide do not wish Israel to be committing genocidal crimes against the Palestinian people in their name.
Jul 29, 2014 1:51 PM CDT
There are hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the Gaza without homes. Humanitarian services are overwhelmed and they get bombed along with the Palestinians. The normal 8 hours of electricity has been cut down to 4 hours a day. Without electric, pumps do not work.There is not enough water clean enough to drink. All this while the Israeli enjoy air conditioning and summer resorts. We the people have to think up ways to withdraw any and all support of Israel in the way of a boycott. What they call self defense is a thinly disguised ethnic cleansing.