The smoke of defeat and retreat emerged Tuesday from “Israel’s” security meeting.
According to “Israeli” media, the forum of top nine ministers has decided that the Zionist entity will attempt to reach a lull.
“A decision was taken that for the time being there is a temporary hold on the ground incursion to give diplomacy a chance to succeed,” an “Israeli” official announced following a late-night session of “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner circle.
Meanwhile, another official told “Ynet” daily that “the goal is to reach a ceasefire and discontinue the operation.”
“While the massive firing of rockets at “Israel’s” south continues… it appears Operation Pillar of Clouds may be drawing to an end,” the daily commented.
Moreover, it mentioned that a heavy barrage of Gaza rockets was fired at the “Israel” Tuesday morning. Also Tuesday, al-Arabiya reported that “Israel” and the Palestinian factions are expected to sign a ceasefire agreement within a matter of hours. It was also reported that preparations for the signing are already underway in Cairo.
This comes as “Israel” asked Egypt to play the role of mediator during a 24-48- hour ceasefire before the final agreement is signed. Sources revealed that the agreement includes the Palestinian resistance conditions of lifting the Gaza blockade and the opening of various crossings.
Another “Israeli” official said that the “Israeli” army will continue to act with force in the Gaza Strip.
In this context, “Israeli” airstrikes martyred two Palestinians on the seventh day of “Israel’s” bombardment of the coastal strip. Continue reading
Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes targeted Interior Ministry building in Gaza City on November 16, 2012 .
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) strongly censures the recent Israeli air strikes against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, urging the UN Security Council to adopt a swift action to put an end to the ongoing violence.
“The Non-Aligned Movement strongly condemns the recent military actions against the Palestinian people and believes that the Israeli regime’s aggression and its resort to bullying against defenseless people requires the immediate attention of the international community,” NAM said in a statement which was unanimously approved on Thursday.
It also urged the UN Security Council, as the body responsible for maintaining international peace and security, to adopt an immediate measure to stop the Israeli attacks on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
The statement added that fresh Israeli air strikes on Gaza have killed and wounded many Palestinians, including women and children.
The use of military force against the Palestinian people with the purpose of intimidation has deteriorated the situation in other parts of the occupied Palestinian territories such as East Al-Quds (East Jerusalem), the NAM’s statement warned.
Over 20 people have been killed and more than 160 others injured in the new wave of Israeli attacks which began on Wednesday.
The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the acts of aggression are being conducted for defensive purposes.
However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured. Continue reading
The fragile truce between “Israel” and the Palestinian Resistance movements is moving towards the already buried grave as “Israeli” air strikes continue on the besieged territory prompting rocket retaliation from Palestinian resistance.
“”Israeli” aircraft struck farmland near Gaza City and an uninhabited area near the southern refugee camp of Khan Yunis, causing no injuries in either case,” Palestinian security officials said.
Palestinian resistance responded with three rockets into southern “Israeli” settlements near Sderot and Bear Sabea (Beer Sheva).
Five “Israeli” occupied towns cancelled school on Thursday.
During a visit to one of the “Israeli” high schools, “Israeli” GOC Southern Command Tal Russo said Wednesday that “there’s no magic solution to rockets.”
“There won’t be a complete solution even if we embark on another round of fighting,” he affirmed pointing out that “I don’t know how long the quiet will hold.”
For his part, “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled two scheduled trips to France and Spain due to the “security situation.”
“Haaretz” “Israeli” paper raised the question “of whether Bibi expects another round of fighting to erupt.”
Speaking to parliament on Wednesday evening, Netanyahu tied the assault on Gaza to tensions with Iran over its nuclear program.
He accused the “Israeli” opposition, which supported the withdrawal of settlers and troops from Gaza in 2005, of having given Iran the chance to take over the territory.
“They put Iran into Gaza and we will take it out. Gaza is an advance post for Iran,” he said.
“What’s happening in Gaza is Iran. Where do the missiles come from? Iran. Where does the money come from? Iran. Who trains the “terrorists”? Iran. Who builds the infrastructure? Iran. And often who gives the orders? Iran,” Netanyahu claimed.
“I hope that the whole world today understands that the terrorist organizations in Gaza – Hamas and Islamic Jihad – and also Hizbullah in Lebanon are sheltered by the Iranian umbrella.”
Source: News Agencies, Edited by moqawama.org