Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hamas vows to kidnap IDF soldiers if Israel enters Gaza

What else is new.  Hamas saw how kidnapping a IDF soldier reaped rewards in the hundreds of released jihadists for one IDF soldier.  No reason to stop now, given the benefit Hamas receives.

From the Telegraph July 11 by Robert Tait

We will kidnap soldiers if you invade, Hamas warns Israel

Hamas leaders issued a blunt warning to Israel against invading the Gaza Strip on Friday by promising that it would exploit any ground incursion to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

The threat came as Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, pondered sending thousands of troops into the tiny coastal enclave after days of aerial and naval bombardment in which more than 100 people have been killed and 340 Palestinian houses have been destroyed.

About 33,000 Israeli reservists have been mobilised and are poised near the Gaza frontier in southern Israel with tanks and artillery for an invasion order that could signal an even bloodier phase of the conflict.

Navi Pillay, the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights, criticised Israel’s practice of targeting houses used by known militants, saying it contravened international law – in contrast to Israeli claims – and had displaced 2,000 people. Mr Netanyahu issued a stern riposte, saying international condemnation would not deter Israel from “striking the terrorists who are attacking us”.

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