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JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Israel will unilaterally halt its 22-day offensive against Hamas but keep troops on the ground in Gaza for the time being.

Government leaders voted to stop the assault during an emergency security meeting Saturday. Shortly before the meeting began, Hamas vowed to keep fighting until Israel pulled its forces out of Gaza.

More than 1,100 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli offensive began on Dec. 27, according to Palestinian and U.N. officials. At least 13 Israelis have also died.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090117/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians



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Lets just say, about time



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This is a wise strategic move by Israel. Here is an excellent piece from "The China Post" on why Israel is unilaterally halting its offensive.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/commentary/reuters/2009/01/18/192562/Why-Israel.htm



and was it worth it?



Jackson50 said:
This is a wise strategic move by Israel. Here is an excellent piece from "The China Post" on why Israel is unilaterally halting its offensive.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/commentary/reuters/2009/01/18/192562/Why-Israel.htm

 

While that's a very good article, there is another point I would put forth.

Obama takes office in 4 days. Israel doesn't want to start the US Presidency on a potential bad foot.



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PS360ForTheWin said:
and was it worth it?

no, it wasn't.

 

Israel is not any safer now that it was a few weeks ago. Only thing that has changed is the dead count.

 



superchunk said:
PS360ForTheWin said:
and was it worth it?

no, it wasn't.

 

Israel is not any safer now that it was a few weeks ago. Only thing that has changed is the dead count.

 

 

thats what i thought, i mean what is 1,100 dead? and alot of them were civilians!



PS360ForTheWin said:
superchunk said:
PS360ForTheWin said:
and was it worth it?

no, it wasn't.

 

Israel is not any safer now that it was a few weeks ago. Only thing that has changed is the dead count.

 

 

thats what i thought, i mean what is 1,100 dead? and alot of them were civilians!

alot? try 80-90%.

UN tallies count all males of fighting age to be combatants. That's stupid.

 



where are the defenders?
22 days of killing and nothing has been accomplished



It's good that the troops stay. Should rocket fire resume, the operation will also resume.

And if you ask "what has been ahieved", then I can tell you a lot of the Hamas brass has been wiped out. They'll act a lot more unorganized now. Plus, they'll think thrice before trying to smuggle any weapons again.