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The Gaza War:

Ehud Barak Announcement on the Start of the Israeli Ground Offensive January 3, 2009

 

 "We are peace seekers..."

 

Video of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Statement on the Israeli Ground Invasion of the Gaza Strip on January 3, 2009

 

 

 

Text of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Statement on the Israeli Ground Invasion of the Gaza Strip on January 3, 2009

A few hours ago, Israeli ground forces entered the Gaza Strip as part of operation Cast Lead against the Hamas terrorists and their affiliates and infrastructure in Gaza.

So far, the Israeli Defense Forces have dealt an unprecedented heavy blow to Hamas. In order to complete their mission we now launched the ground operation.

I have said all along that our military activities will widen and deepen as much as needed. Our aim is to force Hamas to stop its hostile activities against Israel and Israelis from Gaza, and to bring about a significant change in the situation in southern part of Israel.

We have carefully weighed all our options. We are not war hungry but we shall not, I repeat — we shall not allow a situation where our towns, villages and civilians are constantly targeted by Hamas. It will not be easy or short, but we are determined.

We are well aware of the humanitarian aspect and are doing and will continue to do everything possible to provide all humanitarian needs to Gaza.

While we are fighting in Gaza, we keep an open eye on the sensitive situation in our northern border. We have no aggressive intentions there. We hope the situation there will remain calm; nevertheless we are ready and alert to face any unwarranted development in that area.

We are peace seekers. We have restrained ourselves for a long time but now is the time to do what needs to be done. We are determined to afford our citizens what any citizen anywhere in the world is entitled to — peace, tranquillity and freedom from threats.

 

This map from Unosat presents a preliminary situation of the reported attacks by Israeli and Hamas forces from 25-30 December 2008, within and surrounding the Gaza Strip. Damage locations have been taken exclusively from open media sources. Many recorded damage sites shown are approximate and may not represent all known incident locations.

Map scale for A3: 1:115,000 ;Projection: UTM Zone 36 North ; Image Copyright : Digital Globe 2008 ; Incident Data : AP, Reuters, BBC, AFP, YNet, NYT, Al-Jazeera, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post ; Map Production : UNOSAT (31 December 2008)

 

 

 

 

Links and Resources on the Gaza Strip Conflict/Gaza War:

 

Second Stage of Operation Cast Lead Begins--Israeli Defense Force Website, Jan. 4, 2009

Israeli guns bombard Gaza in escalation of Hamas war--AFP, Jan. 3, 2009

IAF unleashes massive strike on Hamas tunnel network near Rafah--Haaretz, Dec. 31, 2008

Israel and Gaza--Boston Globe, Dec. 31, 2008

Israel Reminds Foes That It Has Teeth--NYTimes, Dec. 28, 2008

List of Qassam rocket attacks in Israel in 2008--Wikipedia article

Operation Summer Rains--Wikipedia article on 2006 Gaza War

Israeli assault on Hamas kills more than 200--Associated Press, Dec. 27, 2008

UN debates urging Israel to halt Gaza bombings--International Herald Tribune, Dec. 28, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

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