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article imageOp-Ed: Israel prepares for ground offensive into Gaza

By Eliot Elwar     Nov 17, 2012 in World
Today the IDF continues responding to rocket attacks from Hamas as two rockets were fired toward greater Tel Aviv area. An all-out Middle East war could erupt soon as Israel moves its troops toward Gaza.
From Jerusalem Post: “Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip in the direction of the greater Tel Aviv area on Friday afternoon prompting a red alert air raid siren to be sounded in the city for the second straight day. Defense officials gave no immediate word of a rocket being located. Local residents reported hearing an explosion following the siren. No injuries or damage were reported.”
From Anchorage Daily News: "Israeli tanks and troops moved toward the Gaza Strip on Thursday night in apparent preparation for a possible invasion of the crowded seaside enclave after a day of violence that included two militant rocket strikes on the southern suburbs of Tel Aviv, raising the likelihood that the region was on the brink of all-out war."
After increasing terrorist attacks from Gaza this week where over 100 rocket and mortar attacks have been launched against southern Israel in recent days, the Israeli military has begun a series of counterstrikes. Over 20 rocket launching sites were destroyed recently, and one top Hamas military leader was killed during a pinpoint airstrike. The Israeli government has publicly declared their intention to enforce renewed calm by any means necessary.
Israel completely withdrew from Gaza on 22 August 2005, forcing all Jewish residents to leave and handing over their homes and businesses to the Palestinians. Although the American and Israeli governments believed that this action would lead to peace, Gaza transformed into the hotbed of anti-Israeli and terrorist activities. The Gaza strip provided a convenient launching pad for attacks against the Jewish People.
Gaza is completely controlled by the Hamas terrorist movement. The Palestinian Authority, the governing body led by Mahmoud Abbas, has no effective control over the region. While Egyptian officials are attempting to negotiate a conclusion to the latest round of terrorist attacks against Israel, the IDF will have to annex Gaza to create real peace.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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