[News] Israeli Invasion Pre-planned
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Wed Jun 28 13:13:52 EDT 2006
Israeli Invasion Pre-planned, Destruction of Gaza
Power Station Violates Agreement with EU to Spare
Electricity from Military Actions
Olmert Invades Gaza, Dashing Hopes for Swap of
Prisoners PNA: Operation Summer Rains a Pre-planned Israeli Invasion
Palestine Media Center PMC
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) early Wednesday
invaded southern and eastern Gaza Strip and
occupied Yasser Arafat airport, after destroying
three bridges linking south and north Gaza as
well as the only power station in the strip and
knocking out water pipelines in what the IOF
called Operation Summer Rains, driving
thousands of Palestinian civilians to evacuate
their homes looking for safety and paralyzing
civilian life in the densely-populated and
poverty-ridden Mediterranean coastal strip.
Dismissing calls by Russia and the United Nations
Secretary General, Kofi Annan, for restraint and
by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to
give diplomacy a chance, Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert on Wednesday insisted on military
action saying that Israel wouldn't balk at
extreme action to bring home a soldier captured
by Palestinian anti-occupation activists.
Ruling out negotiations, Olmert insisted that,
the age of restraint has come to an end, and
gave an order to military leaders
comprehensive and ongoing military action, he told parliament on Tuesday.
Palestinian chief negotiator and lawmaker, Saeb
Erakat, said Israel wants to reoccupy the Gaza
Strip and the capture of the Israeli corporal,
Gilad Shalit, was only a pretext.
Former Palestinian deputy premier and Foreign
Minister lawmaker Nabil Shaath on Tuesday voiced a similar statement.
Israel was planning a military invasion of Gaza
to stop the launch of primitive home-made
Palestinian rockets before the Israeli soldier
was captured, Sha'ath told the Qatar-based Arabic
satellite television station, al-Jazeera.
Israeli media reported an imminent military
operation in Gaza a week before the capture of
the dual Israeli-French soldier Shalit, 19.
Saeb Erakat told al-Jazeera, on Wednesday that
Israel, by destroying the electricity grid in
Gaza was violating a Palestinian Israeli
agreement with the European Union (EU), whereby
it was agreed to keep power out of military action.
Erakat added that Israels destruction of the
bridges and roads and other infrastructure in
Gaza indicates it was reoccupying the Gaza Strip.
He stressed that We are unarmed civilians and
not an army, as the Israeli media is trying to portray the Palestinians.
The international contacts that are being
conducted intensively by President Mahmoud Abbas
for the world community to intervene and stop the
Israeli aggression were fruitless, he added.
IOF sealed off and banned entry to and exit from
the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, besieging President
Abbas, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and top
officials of the Palestinian National Authority
(PNA) as leading anti-occupation activists went underground.
Palestinian presidential security adviser Jibril
al-Rjoub arrived in Cairo on Tuesday via Jordan
and met with the Egyptian FM Ahmed Abu el-Gheit,
intelligence chief Omar Sulaiman and presidential adviser Osama el-Baz.
Panic Grips Palestinian Civilians
The invasion came shortly after Palestinian
security forces deployed near the Gazan border
town of Rafah said they were ordered out by the IOF.
Thousands of Palestinian civilians evacuated
their homes in Rafah and other communities
looking for safety as the Israeli tanks and
troops rolled into the southern Gaza Strip under
the cover of the US-made F-16s early Wednesday.
Before daybreak Wednesday IOF warplanes flew low
over Gaza city, causing sonic booms and breaking windows.
Men, women and children, packed into rickety
carts and cars fled border areas of southern Gaza
in fear of their lives after Israeli troops rolled into the territory.
We're going someplace safe. We saw the tanks
coming and we decided to leave before anything
else happens, said Mohammed Abu Zakr, arriving
in the southern city of Rafah accompanied by two
female relatives and several young children, AFP reported.
Gazan Infrastructure Targeted
Much of the northern Gaza Strip was plunged into
darkness after Israeli war planes hit the power
station, three bridges, water pipelines and a
road in a series of night-time raids.
Flames poured into the night sky from the power plant in central Gaza.
Grabbed by what Anshel Pfeffer described in The
Jerusalem Post on Monday as the Entebbe
Syndrome, Olmert ruled out negotiations and
rejected a Palestinian demand to free 400 women
and minors among more than 9,800 Palestinian
detainees in the IOF jails, dashing the hopes of
both the Palestinian families and the Israeli family of the missing soldier.
The IOF reported corporal Gilad Shalit missing
following a daring Palestinian attack, in which
two Palestinians were killed when they attacked
an IOF unit protecting the Israeli-Egyptian
border crossing of Karm Abu Salem (known to
Israelis as Kerem Shalom), after killing two
Israeli soldiers and wounding four others.
Russia on Tuesday was seriously concerned over
the dangerous development of the situation around
the Gaza Strip, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said.
The situation on the Palestinian territories and
in the Palestinian-Israeli relations,
regrettably, is already heated. It is apparent
that the force operation in Gaza can lead to
numerous human victims and will be fraught with
the gravest consequences for the future of
Palestinian-Israeli settlement, he said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on the
Israeli government to refrain from tough
scenarios and try to find a solution within political bounds.
Search for Missing Recruit in West Bank
Separately in Gaza, anti-Israeli occupation
activist Hamza Muhareb, 21, was killed and five
Palestinians were wounded in a massive explosion
that demolished a car near the residence of
President Abbas in Gaza on Tuesday.
Meanwhile the security situation in the West Bank was heating up.
IOF said overnight Wednesday that the Israeli
army recruit Eliyahu Oshri, a settler of the
illegal Israeli settlement of Itamar near the
northern West Bank city of Nablus, was missing,
confirming a report by the Popular Resistance
Committees (PRC) it had captured Oshri.
IOF sources they believe Oshri or his body could
be somewhere in or around Ramallah.
The IOF sealed off Ramallah, the home of the PNA
leadership, by military roadblocks and
checkpoints early Wednesday and massive searches
were being conducted by the IOF troops.
Israeli settler goes missing in West Bank: kidnapped or not?
PNN, (Bethlehem) Palestine News Network 28 June 06
There is a missing Israeli settler in the West
Bank. Although his presence is illegal, he does
live in a Nablus area settlement in the northern
West Bank in direct contravention to international law.
The last place 18 year old Elyaho Asheary was
seen was near the Betar Settlement, built on Bethlehem District lands.
At the same time, the Nasser Salah Addin
Brigades, the armed resistance wing of the
Popular Resistance Committees announced they
captured an Israeli soldier in the West Bank.
Although they made no official announcement, the
Israelis fear that this is the missing settler.
The settler was a student at an Israeli military college in the West Bank.
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