As the needle bends

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“Summer Rain” not soothing – “No sleep in Gaza tonight!”

As I have been following the events in Israel over the past week or so, with kidnappings of at least one soldier and a teenager who was murdered shortly after being taken, I have been struck by what has to be frustration on the part of the Israeli officials. The words of the Israeli Prime Minister leads me to believe that there will be more “fireworks” in the Gaza Strip.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in Sunday’s cabinet meeting that “these are difficult days for Israel, but we won’t give in to terror.”

We can’t accept that our communities in the south are living in perpetual fear; I’ve given orders that no one sleep tonight in Gaza, either,” the prime minister declared.

Giving into terror today means more blackmail in the future,” Olmert continued.

Other comments from Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting, in the same Jerusalem Post article, lead me to believe that Israel has reached a saturation point with actions from all the various alphabet groups of Palestinian and other Middle East terror organizations.

Olmert also told the cabinet that “the arrest of Hamas ministers will not remain limited to Judea and Samaria, and will be extended to other places. The basis for these arrests is legal and judicial, and we can arrest them anywhere they are cooperating with terror organizations,” Olmert said. Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz was present to clarify the legal implications of the arrests of the Hamas ministers. Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the cabinet that Israel would go after “higher-caliber targets” in the future – a reference to senior Hamas officials inside and outside of the Palestinian territories, a high-ranking political official said.

When you combine those comments with this report at DEBKAfile:

Hamas is gearing up for action. Seven Fatah-al Aqsa Brigades factions have rallied to Hamas and are pledged to fight – not with RPGs or roadside bombs but by hurling themselves bodily against incoming Israeli tanks as martyrs.

The signal for war came Saturday night from Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. He was urged by the Egyptians to state that diplomacy had run out of steam in the absence of a Hamas partner for dialogue on the fate of Gideon Shalit. DEBKAfile’s sources disclose that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his aides derailed their own mediation effort out of hubris, while Mahmoud Abbas is picking up the pieces in the hope of maneuvering Israel into doing his dirty work and toppling the Hamas regime.

I get the impression that there may be more fireworks in the world the next few days besides those at US Independence Day celebrations, and that there truly will be little sleep, both by those in Gaza, and those of us watching the Middle East. When I add consideration of the number of times there have been major terror actions following the release of statements, video or audio tapes of Osama, and the fact there have been two this past week, within 24 hours of each other, I may sleep, but surely not well.

As The Needle Bends

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July 2, 2006 - Posted by | Life and Ramblings

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