The American Kafir

2011/03/23

A Running Time Line of Recent Events In Israel, Palestine and Gaza

It has been a busy several of weeks in Israel, I have been keeping articles aside in order to build this time line. What it shows is a whole lot of Islamic Militants have decided to send rockets into Israel. Now Abbas is asking Russia to take the lead in talks between Israel and Palestine. Russia???

Israel: Pipe Bomb Explodes In Hebron

March 23, 2011

A pipe bomb exploded March 23 near an Israel Defense Forces post in Hebron but did not cause any injuries or damage, Ynet reported. Troops patrolled the area following the explosion.

U.S. Defense Secretary Condemns Bus Bombing

March 23, 2011

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates condemned the Jerusalem bus bombing March 23 as a “horrific terrorist attack,” Reuters reported. Speaking during his visit to Cairo, Gates said that despite the attack, he did not see the situation in Israel deteriorating.

Israel: Mortar Shells Fired At Ashkelon, None Injured

March 23, 2011

Five or six mortar shells and a Qassam rocket were fired from the northern Gaza Strip to Ashkelon, Ynet reported March 23. Only open areas were hit and no injuries or damages were reported.

Israel: Palestinian President Condemns Jerusalem Attacks

March 23, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas released a statement March 23 condemning the Jerusalem bus bombing and earlier Israel Defense Forces attacks on Gaza, Israel News reported.

Israel: French Support For Operations Against Hamas Sought

March 23, 2011

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will leave for Paris on March 23 to request support from his French counterpart, Alaine Juppe, for Israel’s operations against Hamas’ missiles from Gaza, Voice of Israel Network B reported. Lieberman said that Hamas is creating escalation by firing missiles at Israeli population centers in an attempt to take advantage of the instability in the Middle East in order to harm civilians.

Israel: ‘Quiet Period’ Has Ended – Lawmaker

March 23, 2011

War has restarted in southern Israel along with terror in Jerusalem, an Israeli lawmaker from the Kadima party said March 23, The Jerusalem Post reported. Speaking at a Knesset meeting on rocket attacks in the south, the official said the quiet period was ending.

Israel: Woman Dies After Bus Bombing

March 23, 2011

A woman wounded in the March 23 bus bombing in Jerusalem has died, Al Jazeera reported.

Israel: Government Must Consider Anti-Terror Operations – Minister

March 23, 2011

Recent attacks in Israel require the government to consider anti-terrorism operations, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said March 23, Ynet News reported. No decision has been made, Yishai said, but options are being weighed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency meeting following the bombing in Jerusalem, but he had not canceled his trip to Moscow. The Jerusalem district police commander said there were no leads on potential suspects behind the attack. The March 11 attack in Itamar does not appear related to the March 23 bombing, Israel’s internal security minister said, but rocket attacks in the south could be linked.

Israel: Popular Resistance Committees Praise Attack

March 23, 2011

The Popular Resistance Committees, a coalition of militant Palestinian groups, praised the recent bomb attack near a bus in Jerusalem, saying the attack comes in direct response to Israel crimes, Ynet reported March 23.

Israel: Device Weighed 1-2 Kilograms

March 23, 2011

The explosive device that detonated March 23 in central Jerusalem weighed 1-2 kilograms (2.2-4.4 pounds) and was packed with shrapnel, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Israel: 25 Wounded In Bombing

March 23, 2011

At least 25 people were injured, four seriously, when an explosive device attached to a telephone pole exploded March 23 at a Jerusalem bus stop, Haaretz reported. The blast happened outside the International Convention Center, opposite the central station in Jerusalem. There were no fatalities, according to the Magen David Adom emergency services. Preliminary reports had said at least two people had died, Sky News reported.

Israel: Explosion Not Suicide Bombing – Official

March 23, 2011

Contrary to initial reports, the March 23 blast outside a bus in Jerusalem was not a suicide bombing, the spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in the United States said on his Twitter account. Haaretz meanwhile reported that a suicide bomber detonated a device outside the bus. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delayed a planned visit to Moscow due to the blast, Al Arabiya reported.

Israel, Palestinian Territories: 20 Injured In Bus Blast

March 23, 2011

At least 20 people were wounded March 23 in an explosion on a public bus outside the International Convention Center, just opposite the central station in Jerusalem, Haaretz reported. Four were seriously wounded; there were no reported fatalities, the Magen David Adom emergency services reported. The city’s entrance has been closed.

Israel: Militant Group Vows Attacks On Israeli Cities

March 23, 2011

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad’s military wing al-Quds Brigades said it will fire rockets further away deep into Israeli cities as part of a “new phase” of resistance and bombing targets, AFP reported March 23. Al-Quds spokesman Abu Ahmad said the days of just bombing the southern Israeli towns of Ashkelon and Sderot are over, adding there will be no lines al-Quds will not cross as long as Israel does not respect U.N. conventions and keeps killing civilians. He said al-Quds will respond in kind.

Israel: Abbas Asks Russia To Help Stop Gaza Escalation

March 23, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to pressure Israel to halt the escalation of strikes in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian news agency Maan reported March 23. Abbas said Israel has no right to object to Palestinian reconciliation, since Israel has no stake in Palestinian unity, adding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complained to the United States about Palestinian division and his inability to negotiate with them. Abbas said unity between Islamist Hamas and secular Fatah increases the chances for a Palestinian state.

Israel: Middle East Quartet To Meet In April – Abbas

March 23, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the next meeting of the Middle East Quartet (the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia) will be April 15, Itar-Tass reported March 23. Speaking on a visit to Moscow, Russia, Abbas said he discussed with Russian leadership solutions to regional issues that could be adopted at the upcoming meeting. Abbas said Russia pays great attention to the meeting’s agenda and is making every effort for its successful completion.

Israel: Gaza Rocket Attacks May Be Prelude To War

March 23, 2011

Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said the current situation in the region recalls the run-up to the 2008-2009 Israeli Gaza offensive and Israel might consider a return to such an operation, adding he understands another war would bring the region to a far more combustible situation, Israel Radio reported March 23. Shalom said the recent Hamas rocket attacks might be an attempt to open an new front with Israel to prevent any intra-Palestinian dialogue or for Hamas to come to the intra-Palestinian negotiations in a far stronger position.

Israel: Palestinians Push To Resume Peace Talks

March 23, 2011

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Israel must return to peace talks “before it is too late,” adding Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is the most moderate leader in the region and if a peace agreement is not reached by September, Abbas will resign and all hope for peace will be over, Ynet News reported March 23. Speaking at a peace convention at Tel Aviv University, al-Maliki said he expected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to condemn the March 22 Israel Defense Forces attack in the Gaza Strip just like Netanyahu asked the Palestinian Authorities to condemn the attack on Israeli settlers in Itamar.

Israel: Gaza Militants Fire Rocket At Beersheba

March 23, 2011

Militants from the Palestinian Gaza Strip fired a Grad-type Katyusha rocket at the southern Israeli city of Beersheba early March 23, striking in the center of a street in a residential area, Haaretz reported. Shrapnel from the rocket penetrated a nearby third-floor apartment, moderately injuring one man.

Israel: Islamic Jihad Claims Ashdod Attack

March 22, 2011

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the Grad rocket attack at Ashdod and denied reports that one of its members was killed by an Israel Defense Forces strike, Ynet reported March 22. The militant sustained serious wounds but did not die, Islamic Jihad stated.

Israel: IDF Strikes Gaza Targets

March 22, 2011

An Israel Defense Forces plane attacked a target in the northern Gaza Strip on March 22 during a “terrorist attempt” to shoot a Grad rocket toward Ashdod, according to an IDF spokesperson, The Jerusalem Post reported. The target was located east of the Zeitun neighborhood in Gaza City, Palestinians said, adding some members of the “terrorist unit” were injured, Ynet reported. A separate target was reportedly attacked east of the Shujayya neighborhood in Gaza City.

Palestinian Territories: Grad Rocket Fired From Gaza

March 22, 2011

A Grad rocket was fired from Gaza in the direction of the Israeli city of Ashdod and landed south of the city, Ynet reported March 22.

Palestinian Territories: Qassam Rocket Fired Toward Ashkelon

March 22, 2011

A Qassam rocket was fired from northern Gaza toward the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon and landed south of the city, Ynet reported March 22. No injuries or damage were reported.

Israel: Salah al-Din Brigades Claim Attack On Sufa

March 22, 2011

Fighters from the Salah al-Din Brigades, the military arm of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees, launched a homemade projectile at the military post at Sufa on March 22, Maan news reported. The attack was made in response to “Israeli aggression” in Gaza, the group said.

Israel: Rocket Hits Eshkol Region

March 22, 2011

A Qassam rocket hit an open area in Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council early March 22, but no injuries or damages are reported, Israel National News reported.

Israel: Iran, Hezbollah Training Gaza Militants – Official

March 10, 2011

Hamas has recovered from the war with Israel and very much resembles an army, due in part from Iranian and Hezbollah assistance, a senior Israeli official in Israel’s Southern Command said March 10, AP reported. Hamas now has a vast amount of anti-tank and anti-aircraft rockets, a large arsenal of rockets that can strike deep inside Israel, and a sophisticated communications system, according to the official. Hamas also has developed greater expertise in roadside bombs. Iran and Hezbollah send experts though illicit tunnels to train Hamas; Israeli authorities know the names and whereabouts of these experts, the official said. A spokesman for Hamas’ military wing characterized the statements as “incitement” against the group and the resistance.

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