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Friday, May 18, 2007

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Hamas said the Israeli military had called the home of Ahmed Jaabari, head of Hamas' military wing, and warned his family the house would be hit. People gathered around the building to discourage an attack, he said. The Israeli military had no comment.


Neither do I.


The Jerusalem Post

May. 19, 2007

The US House of Representatives authorized a sum of 205 million dollars for financing joint US-Israel missile defense system projects, Israel Radio reported early Saturday morning

The sum, part of a $504 billion defense spending bill passed Thursday, will be directed to projects currently being developed in Israeli factories.

According to the report, the defense systems are meant to be able to withstand ballistic missiles developed by Iran.

Within this framework, $25 million will be added to the production of Arrow missiles, $45 million will be provided for developing David's Sling, a missile defense system that is capable of intercepting medium-range rockets and $135 million will buy the ground-based Theater High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system


Add to this a system against short-range missiles, an absolute must for the military that, as the above example illustrates so well, has largely lost the ability for offensive actions against population centers. The army that is no longer capable of striking back, should at least know to intercept.


Lesson Learned

Washington Post Foreign Service

JERUSALEM, May 20 -- The Israeli air force fired missiles Sunday evening that hit the Gaza home of an elected Hamas legislator, killing at least eight people and wounding more than a dozen.

The lawmaker, Khalil al-Haya, was not at home during the mid-evening strike in Gaza City, which witnesses said destroyed the family guesthouse. Palestinian hospital officials said all but one of those killed -- they ranged in age from 16 to 66 years old -- had the last name of Haya.

"These crimes will not stop us or our people from continuing the struggle and resistance," Haya, the head of Hamas's parliamentary bloc, said later at Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

But Israeli military officials said Haya was not the intended target. They said Israeli aircraft fired on a "terrorist cell" in the Sharjiya neighborhood where Haya lives. Israeli officials said one of the men killed was Sameh Ferwanah, 28, a senior Hamas military official from Gaza who has been involved in rocket and shooting attacks on Israel. The name appeared on the list of dead provided by Palestinian medical officials.

"We know from initial reports that of the terrorist cells we targeted, all five were hit," said Capt. Noa Meir, an Israeli military spokeswoman. "They were the target and they were hit. Anything else that happened, that was not our intention."

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