The IDF evidently claims it has lost 32 killed so far but from my count of the dead mentioned in this Haaretz piece I would make that 34 counting the two armored corps captains killed by snipers who are mentioned farther down in the article. Armored officers are killed by small arms fire usually when parts of them are outside the vehicle. A head sticking out of a hatch where visibility is better makes a good target. IDF casualties will continue to accumulate and IMO will increase in number if the IDF presses farther into Gaza City.
Richard Engels' linked video makes it clear that the IDF is targeting clearly marked ambulances employing the lame excuse that they are being used to transport armaments. They are doing the same with marked medical facilities. The IDF has long done such things. A Givati lieutenant once told me in Bethlehem that they "normally shoot people giving first aid to Palestinian wounded."
IMO the whole Gaza strip is one big undergraound fortified zone with interconected bunkers, tunnels, fighting positions, supply points, etc. The underground facilities are very well built, have electric power and uninterceptable communications.
Hamas/IJ want a big bite out of the IDF and if this continues they will get it.
At the same time Ben Gurion airport remains closed. People like Bloomberg have flown over there to show "solidarity." IMO he should volunteer for service in the Golani Brigade and stay there. The Israeli government wants more US money for Iron Dome so that it can continue to defy the US government's desire for a cease fire? Bloomberg should show his solidarity by donating the money. pl
"I’d like to propose a new rule of thumb for writers: When your op-ed’s first sentence reads “Let’s state the obvious: No one likes to see dead children,” you should step away from the keyboard, take a look in the closest mirror and think long and hard about exactly the argument you’re about to make. Otherwise, you may end up with an execrable screed like the one New York University law professor Thane Rosenbaum published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. Rosenbaum argues that the adult residents of Gaza are not innocent civilians, as even Israeli leaders (sometimes begrudgingly) admit, but part of a “citizen army.”" Washington Post
This linked oped by Rosenbaum is contemptible, racist, fascist evidence that some Jews evidently learned a lot from their experience if the Shoa. Unfortunately, what they learned were the worst things possible. pl
"Hanin Zoabi, a favourite target for the right, was briefly arrested at a rally in Haifa on Friday. Lieberman called her political party Balad "a party of traitors", and suggested that she be barred from running for office in the next election.
The vitriol directed at Zoabi, Barakeh, and others, is rarely applied to Jewish politicians who make incendiary statements. Ayelet Shaked, a prominent member of Bennett's Jewish Home party, penned a status on Facebook earlier this month suggesting that Israel kill the mothers of Palestinian fighters, lest they give birth to more "little snakes". There was no public outcry or official censure.
"When they are under fire, soldiers killed, rockets flying in the centre [of the country], they become irrational, totally irrational," said Basel Ghattas, another Knesset member from Zoabi's party.
Public criticism has come mostly from the relatively liberal enclaves of Tel Aviv and Haifa. But those voices are being drowned out in a society that has drifted steadily to the right over the past decade.
Knesset members have pursued laws to declare Israel a "Jewish state", drive Palestinian parties out of politics and crack down on left-leaning NGOs. Opinion polls find that younger Jewish Israelis are increasingly right-wing and hold negative views of Palestinians. Al-Jazeera
Bennett is frequently interviewed in US TV as a supposedly rational actor on the Israeli political scene. pl
And then there is the question of Hizbullah. What will Nasrallah say on Friday? pl