Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Filling In the Blanks for the MSM

As retrieved from ABC News Article: Chronology of Israel's Relationship With Gaza

— June 1967: Israel captures the Egyptian-controlled Gaza Strip during six-day Mideast war. An Israeli census put the population at 380,000, at least half of whom were refugees from Israel. Today the population stands at about 1.5 million. The U.N. lists just over 1 million as refugees and their descendants.


Preceded by PLO/Fatah border attacks and concerted attempts to cut off all water supplies to Israel, war on Israel is declared by Egypt, Syria and Jordan with supporting troops supplied by Kuwait, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Employing courage, guile and a stubborn refusal to lay down and die, Israel decisively wins the "Six Day War" which allows them to take ownership of the strategically important Gaza area.

— December 1987: A clash in the Jebaliya refugee camp sets off Palestinian uprising, which lasted until 1993 and claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Palestinians and 192 Israelis. The militant Islamic Hamas is formed early in the uprising.


Palestinians continue lobbing rockets and mortars into Israel in defiance of existing ceasefire treaties.

— September 2005: Israel withdraws its troops and all of its 8,500 Jewish settlers. It retains control of Gaza's airspace, coastal waters and border crossings.


Israel completes withdrawal from Gaza as part of the so-called 'Land For Peace' process. Incoming Palestinians destroy all material improvements made by the Israelis, including the destruction of farms, roads and office buildings/supplies. Palestinians continue lobbing rockets and mortars into Israel in defiance of existing ceasefire treaties.

— June 2007: Hamas violently seizes control of Gaza after routing forces loyal to rival Fatah faction of President Mahmoud Abbas.


Any remaining Gaza infrastructure previously created by Israelis is demolished. Palestinians continue lobbing rockets and mortars into Israel in defiance of existing ceasefire treaties.

— June 2008: Hamas and Israel reach truce to halt the cross-border rocket attacks and end Israeli offensives in Gaza.


With the assistance of Palestine, Lebanese Hezbollah terrorists add the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers to their repertoire. In defiance of a general ceasefire truce, Palestinians continue lobbing rockets and mortars into Israel.

— November 2008: Palestinians resume rocket and mortar fire into Israel after Israeli incursion.


Previous quote should read: November 2008: In response to rocket attacks initiated by Palestinian militants acting IN DEFIANCE OF A CEASEFIRE TRUCE *and to shut down the main tunnel through which the militants were smuggling those rockets*, Israel launches an incursion into the Gaza Strip.

— Dec. 19, 2008: Hamas formally declares the truce over, rocket fire on Israel intensifies.


Undeterred by the lack of a ceasefire treaty to violate, Palestinian terrorists continue lobbing rockets and mortars into Israel. Rockets reach as far south as Beersheba, with Tel Aviv thought to be within Palestinian missile range.

— Dec. 27, 2008: Israel launches a fierce air offensive, killing more than 200 Palestinians in the first day.


Palestinians continue lobbing rockets and mortars into Israel. Following sound military tactics, Israel responds with superior tactics and weaponry.

— Jan. 3: Thousands of Israeli troops launch a ground offensive in Gaza.


Palestine's ability to lob rockets and mortars into Israel is somewhat diminished by the Israeli destruction of munitions dumps in a UN school, various mosques and most police stations. Smuggling tunnels used to transport weaponry supplied primarily by Iran and Syria, are among the targets Israel attempts to destroy via strikes launched with pinpoint accuracy (designed to minimize civilian casualties).

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There you go, ABC News. FTFY. Glad I could help.

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