No Middle East Peace: Israel Fires Retaliatory Missiles Into Gaza
December 9, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)— Now that any chance of direct peace negotiations have been scuttled by continued Israeli settlement construction in disputed territories, things are back to normal in the Middle East. Normal being, Palestinian militant groups aim rockets into Israel, and the Israelis fire back with air strikes. The latest round of missile strikes were carried out on Thursday in retaliation for mortar fire that injured an Israeli farmer. After the air strikes, an Israeli commander warned of future “wider action” as a show of Israeli strength against the rocket-launching and rock-throwing Palestinians.
The air strikes struck an area where armed members of Hamas reportedly train. Nearby homes were damaged, as well as an elementary school. The injured Israeli farmer was hospitalized, but his injuries were not life threatening.
“An Israeli military spokeswoman said the strikes were aimed at three separate targets, two of which Gaza militants confirmed were sites they used for training. No casualties were reported.”
“The air strikes were launched overnight after a mortar fired by Gaza militants wounded an Israeli man at a farm.”
Israeli armed forces chief General Gaby Ashekenazi predicted increased retaliatory and even preventative air strikes.
‘”We may need to be prepared for wider action. The next round will be big and it needs to end in a way that leaves no doubt who won. We are significantly stronger than the other side,” the commander said, according to Maariv”
Just yesterday, the Obama administration released a statement saying the White House is backing off from pressuring Israel to freeze housing settlements in disputed territories, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to convince his shaky coalition to agree to a temporary freeze.
Peace in the Middle East is as unattainable as it ever was.