Gaza Truce Breached As Israeli Soldier Killed In Bombing

January 27, 2009

Israel (ChattahBox) – Just a few days after a tentative step has been taken in a truce between Hamas and Israel, an Israeli soldier has been killed by a border bombing, effectively breaching the truce.

It is unclear who was responsible for the attack, as no group has stepped forward to take responsibility, but there is fear that Hamas may be to blame, and that the conflict may once again heat up, just a little over a week after Israel stopped the attacks that killed over 1,000 people in Gaza.

With an election only two weeks away in Israel, leaders hoping to gain the leading seat are making it clear that the group responsible does not matter.

“I don’t care who fired,” Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (shown above), the leading name on the ballot coming on February 10th, told a crowd of reporters.

“Hamas controls Gaza and is responsible for everything that happens. Whenever they fire at me from Gaza, set off a bomb or launch a missile or smuggle weapons, Israel will respond.”

This comes after threats of renewed efforts from Israel, after it became known that underground tunnels used to smuggle food, weapons, and products from Egypt had once again been opened, and were operational.

The border crossings have been closed, and International leaders are already pleading Israel not to renew their efforts against Gaza.

President Barack Obama arrived in Gaza this morning, hoping to pave the way for peace talks, when the bombing occurred.

“The moment is ripe for both sides to realize that the path that they are on is one that is not going to result in prosperity and security for their people. And that instead, it’s time to return to the negotiating table,” he told leaders.

Egypt has also stepped in, proposing a meeting on the February 22nd to discuss matters. Until then, the next move is up to Israel.


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