AFP - Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said on Wednesday that Israel had “failed in all its goals” after a Gaza truce deal came into effect, while thanking Egypt and Iran for their support during the conflict. ”After eight days, God stayed their hand from the people of Gaza, and they were compelled to submit to the conditions of the resistance,” Meshaal said.
“Israel has failed in all its goals,” he told reporters in a Cairo hotel. Meshaal also thanked ceasefire mediator Egypt, as well as Iran, which he said “had a role in arming” his Islamist movement during the conflict.
TEL AVIV — Israel and the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip made dueling victory claims Wednesday night after an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire ended a blistering week-long crackdown on militants in the Palestinian enclave.
(Reuters) – The United States blocked on Tuesday a U.N. Security Council statement condemning the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, setting the scene for a possible showdown between Washington and Russiaon the issue.
The United States opposed the statement – which had to be approved by consensus – because it “failed to address the root cause” – missile attacks by Hamas – of the escalation in fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, said Erin Pelton, spokeswoman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations.
75,000 IDF reserve soldiers are definitely being called up for action — up from 30,000 on Thursday, and 16,000 on Wednesday.
“Home Front Command asks local authorities to prepare for seven-week fighting period,” reports Ynet News.
NOVEMBER 15, 2012 ESCALATING WAR IN ISRAEL & GAZA
Israeli Strike Kills Hamas Commander
TEL AVIV—Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with artillery shells and about 20 airstrikes on Wednesday, killing Hamas’s top military commander and at least seven other people in the most violent assault on the coastal territory in four years. The Israeli strikes came in retaliation to a wave of missile attacks on Israeli territory in recent days from the Gaza Strip.
TEL AVIV – For the first time since the 1991 Gulf War a siren was heard to day in Tel Aviv sending residents to bomb shelters. The sources of those possible explosions are under investigation by the Israel Defense Forces
IDF pummels Gaza, orders call-up, after rockets encroach on Tel Aviv
Rockets hit Gush Dan area for first time since 1991 Gulf War; Israel suffers first three fatalities after rocket hits residential building in Kiryat Malachi; three soldiers injured by mortar fire; 274 rockets fired into Israel since start of operation