Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Israel Hamas War -- News Updates For December 31, 2008

Smoke rises from an explosion on a house hit by an Israeli missile in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. Israel rejected mounting international pressure to suspend its devastating air offensive against Palestinian militants. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

Israel Rejects Truce Call, Attacks Gaza -- Yahoo News/AP

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel rejected international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian militants whose rocket barrages are striking close to the Israeli heartland, sending warplanes Wednesday to demolish smuggling tunnels that are the lifeline of Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers.

The diplomatic action was set in motion by the scale of destruction in Gaza since Israel unleashed its campaign Saturday, and a casualty toll that Gaza officials now put at 390 dead and some 1,600 wounded. Hamas says some 200 uniformed members of Hamas security forces have been killed, and the U.N. says at least 60 Palestinian civilians have died. Four Israelis have been killed by militant rocket fire, including three civilians.

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More News On The Israel Hamas War

Israel says Gaza truce proposal unrealistic -- Yahoo News/Reuters
Israel Rejects Immediate Cease-fire with Hamas -- Voice of America
Israel Rejects Proposed Cease-Fire -- Washington Post
Israeli security cabinet rejects Gaza truce proposals: official -- Yahoo News/AFP
Israel 'Rejects 48-hour Ceasefire Plan for Gaza' -- The Times
Despite Deeper Strikes, Israelis Vow to Soldier On -- New York Times
Gaza rockets hit deep into Israel -- BBC
Israel Presses on With Gaza Strikes -- Washington Post
IAF Aircraft Strike Haniyeh's Offices -- Jerusalem Post
Behind Gaza Operation, An Uneasy Triumvirate -- Washington Post
Israel Pressed to End Gaza Attacks -- Washington Times
Volunteer suicide bombers seek to attack Israel -- Yahoo News/AP
Gaza militants await Israeli troops -- Reuters
Amid a Buildup of Its Forces, Israel Ponders a Cease-Fire -- New York Times
Vulnerable Israeli homefront rethinks withdrawals -- Yahoo News/AP
Foreign Leaders Push for Gaza Cease Fire -- Wall Street Journal
Israelis Ponder Ceasefire Calls -- BBC News
Behind Closed Doors, US Seeks Israel Exit Strategy -- Los Angeles Times
Hamas Misjudged Israel's Mood -- Toronto Star
Hamas Steps Up Grad-type Rocket Attacks -- Jerusalem Post
Gazans unsure where to flee violence -- Yahoo News/AP
Civilians Increasingly at Risk in Assault on Hamas -- Christian Science Monitor
Moderate Arab States Feel Popular Anger -- New York Times
Egypt Will Not Fully Open Gaza Border Crossing -- Voice of America
Egypt Offers Humanitarian Aid but Is Criticized -- New York Times
The Already-strained Hamas-Egypt Relationship Sours -- Los Angeles Times
FACTBOX - Countries pledge aid to Palestinians in Gaza -- Reuters
Israel Under Pressure to Open Gaza 'Aid Window' -- Daily Telegraph
At Lebanon's Shatila Refugee Camp, a Welter of Opinion -- Los Angeles Times

Commentary, Editorials, And Analysis

Israel's Options in Gaza -- Los Angeles Times editorial
Security Dilemmas in Gaza -- The Times editorial
Security Dilemmas in Gaza -- Times of London
Plenty of Blame to Go Around in Gaza -- Int'l Herald Tribune
Israel Justified, But at What Cost? -- Toronto Star editorial
Bush, Obama and the Gaza blitz -- MSNBC
Darkness in Qassam-Land -- Washington Post opinion
Fight Fire With a Cease-Fire -- New York Times opinion
Obama Needs to Stand Up to Israel -- CS Monitor
What Hamas Wants -- National Post
We Must Adjust Our Image of Hamas -- The Times opinion
Israel, Hamas, and Moral Idiocy -- Christian Science Monitor opinion
Hamas As A Political Failure -- Harry's Place
Gaza: Crossroads for Obama -- Christian Science Monitor opinion
Is Israel Repeating Mistakes of the Past? -- Der Spiegel
Israel Leaves Peace Process in Ruins -- Daily Telegraph opinion
Excessive Force? -- National Review
Injustice of Israel's Heavy Hand -- The Australian opinion
'Disproportionate Force' in Gaza? -- Jerusalem Post opinion

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