Saturday, 3 November 2007

News:US said to give 'green light' to wide-scale IDF operation in Gaza

Take this one with a pinch of salt, as the original source is a Lebanese newspaper. I find the idea of the Israelis going cowering to their American masters for a "green light" to do anything, to be preposterious and right out of the Arab paranoid fantasy mindset. Israel, remember, doesn't even have a Gitmo - they send out an Apache helicopters instead for pre-emptive targetted assassinations, irrespective of what the U.S. thinks about it.

But still, there could be a grain of truth in it, in terms of Israel sharing intelligence and gearing up in order to stop Qassam rocket attacks.

From the Jerusalem Post:

The United States has given a "green light" to an IDF operation in the Gaza Strip, the Lebanese newspaper, Al-Akhbar reported Saturday morning. The report cites "credible diplomatic sources" as saying that American approval came after Israeli intelligence impressed on US officials the importance of a wide-scale operation as an answer to the unprecedented arms smuggling within Gaza.

According to the newspaper report, the intelligence was shared during Defense Minister Ehud Barak's last visit to Washington. Sources told Al-Akhbar that the intelligence depicted a worrying picture of an "arms race" between Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. In addition, Israel presented details of money transfers between the Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aksa's Martyrs Brigades.

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