Posted by: Lister | December 30, 2008

Another Victim in Ashdod

The military campaign has increased the rate of death in Israel, too. Reuters:

A rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip killed an Israeli woman in the southern city of Ashdod on Monday, the second fatality within an hour, Israeli media reported.

The attack brought to four the number of Israelis killed by Palestinian rocket fire since Saturday, when the Jewish state launched a major air offensive in the Gaza Strip that has so far killed 327 Palestinians.

CNN reports that Retired Gen. Anthony Zinni says Obama should engage Hamas:

In order for the new administration to engage with Hamas, Zinni said the militant group must be willing to end its rocket attacks and violence against Israel and commit to a peace process.

In the long term, Zinni said, the next administration will have to take a new approach in dealing with the problem.

“The old way of using envoys and summits and us putting plans on the table — that has never worked. I think we need a fresh start, more involved, a greater presence on the ground and a commitment to do it throughout the term of an administration,” Zinni said.

[…] Asked Sunday if the Obama administration would be as supportive of Israel as the Bush administration has been, Obama’s senior adviser said the president-elect would “honor” what he sees as “the special relationship between the United States and Israel.”

“But he will do so in a way that will promote the cause of peace, and work closely with the Israelis and the Palestinians on that — toward that objective,” David Axelrod said.

Real friends don’t let friends drive drunk. Bush poured Vodka down Israel’s neck and warmed up the car.

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