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Thirteen Israeli troops were killed overnight in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said Sunday. The IDF did not immediately give details. Hamas said it lured Israeli tanks into a Gaza field in which it had hidden improvised explosive devices, and "destroyed the force completely." It was Israel's biggest death toll in the current fighting, bringing the total killed to 18 soldiers and two civilians. Among Palestinians, the death toll has soared past 400.

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Hundreds fled in panic into Gaza City on Sunday as Israeli troops focused their firepower on the nearby town of Shaja'ia. The shelling and bombing killed at least 60 people and wounded 300, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

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It was Israel's biggest death toll in the current fighting, bringing the total killed to 18 soldiers and two civilians. Among Palestinians, the death toll has soared past 400.

A real war of attrition, isn't it?

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-20 02:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

The death toll of Palestinians vs. Israelis is similar to the death toll in Vietnam, a hundred Vietnamese killed for every American.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-20 02:52 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

**** War Criminals getting Killed while they Commit War Crimes is at least partial JUSTICE!

#3 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-07-20 08:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Netanyahu: Hamas to blame for 'gruesome' deaths at 3:36 you can see MSNBC graphic "Kerry: You have a right to go in a take out those tunnels", but in the actual article shows Kerry's statements in a slightly different context and the actual reporting is exposing a massacre.

"Secretary of State John Kerry defended Israel's response and also pointed a finger at Hamas. "What they need to do is stop rocketing," he said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "They've been offered a ceasefire, and they've refused to take the ceasefire."

Kerry also seemed to express some frustration with Israeli's operations when caught on an open mic before his appearance on Fox News. "It's a hell of a pinpoint operation, it's a hell of a pinpoint operation," he said on the phone with an aide. "We've got to get over there," he added. "I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it's crazy to be sitting around."

"When you said it's 'a hell of a pinpoint operation,' are you upset that the Israelis are going too far and in fact do you intend to go back to the Middle East tonight?" Fox News's Chris Wallace asked Kerry.

Kerry returned to his unapologetic defense of Israel. "I think it's very, very difficult in these situations, obviously very difficult, Chris. You've had people who've come out of tunnels. You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels. We completely support that," Kerry said. "And we support Israel's right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in."

#4 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-20 08:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

An Unholy Alliance Between the Military-Security-Industrial Complex and the Israel Lobby. Planned Chaos in the Middle East -- and Beyond.

U.S. citizens celebrated the collapse of the Wall as the end of militarism and the dawn of "peace dividends" -- a reference to the benefits that, it was hoped, many would enjoy in the United States as a result of a reorientation of part of the Pentagon's budget toward non-military social needs.

But while the majority of the U.S. citizens celebrated the prospects of what appeared to be imminent "peace dividends," the powerful interests vested in the expansion of military/security spending felt threatened. Not surprisingly, these influential forces moved swiftly to safeguard their interests in the face of the "threat of peace."

To stifle the voices that demanded peace dividends, beneficiaries of war and militarism began to methodically redefine the post-Cold War "sources of threat" in the broader framework of the new multi-polar world, which goes way beyond the traditional "Soviet threat" of the bipolar world of the Cold War era. Instead of the "communist threat" of the Soviet era, the "menace" of "rogue states," of radical Islam and of "global terrorism" would have to do as new enemies.

#5 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-20 09:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

It was Israel's biggest death toll in the current fighting, bringing the total killed to 18 soldiers and two civilians. Among Palestinians, the death toll has soared past 400.

A real war of attrition, isn't it?

#1 | POSTED BY JPW

Great so at 300 to 1 now Israel has to kill 3900 Palestinians just to even the score.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-21 12:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

The death toll of Palestinians vs. Israelis is similar to the death toll in Vietnam, a hundred Vietnamese killed for every American.

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Fascist imperialism.

#7 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-21 07:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

When Israel starts losing their military by the dozens to IEDs, as we did in Iraq in what was a war for Israel's security(per Philip Zelikow), the dynamics of their public reaction will change from more aggression and land grabs to peace. Their nationalistic fervor will change its tune.

Two of the IDF victims were USA citizens. What does it tell you when they would enlist in the IDF but not the US military?

Israel prefers to have the USA forces dying for them.

www.commondreams.org

#8 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-21 07:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

"No country, no human being is comfortable with children being killed, with people being killed, but we're not comfortable with Israeli soldiers being killed either, or with people being rocketed in Israel. So in war, it's very difficult. There tends not to be a sort of equilibrium in terms of these things. The fact is that we've asked Israel and Israel has said we will try to reduce whatever we can with respect to civilian involvement, and civilians have been warned to move well ahead of time. The fact is that Hamas uses civilians as shields and they fire from a home and draw the fire into the home, precisely to elicit the kind of question you just asked"

- Secretary of State John Kerry

#9 | Posted by CaseyJones at 2014-07-21 10:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

***"#5 | POSTED BY NUTCASE AT 2014-07-20 09:57 PM | REPLY | FLAG:"***

Do you ever write an original post? At least give the person you stole this from some credit.

#10 | Posted by jwil72 at 2014-07-21 01:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

***"When Israel starts losing their military by the dozens to IEDs, as we did in Iraq in what was a war for Israel's security(per Philip Zelikow), the dynamics of their public reaction will change from more aggression and land grabs to peace. Their nationalistic fervor will change its tune."***

You act as though Israelis haven't been dying by the dozens. Granted, not nearly at the pace of the Palestinians, but dying none the less, and for a hell of a lot longer than Americans in Iraq.

***"Two of the IDF victims were USA citizens. What does it tell you when they would enlist in the IDF but not the US military?"***

That they're Jewish?

#11 | Posted by jwil72 at 2014-07-21 01:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Two of the IDF victims were USA citizens. What does it tell you when they would enlist in the IDF but not the US military?"

Maybe because the IDF doesn't send RIF pink slips to soldiers on the battlefield???

"In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers -- many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan -- will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed."

I gotta tell you, this IS NOT your daddy's military! It's really not your daddy's U.S.A. either. I hope to see it turning around before I see the grim reaper but it ain't looking good yet.

"And for far too many, a soldier is an uncomfortable reminder of what we have failed to do in the Middle East.
The most famous soldier in the country at the moment is not Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who was recently awarded the Medal of Honor for absorbing the brunt of a grenade blast in order to save a fellow Marine.
Instead, the media has focused on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier who appears to have deserted his unit.
Consumed with the Bergdahl trade, most have ignored the death of Capt. Jason Jones, a heroic Special Forces commander killed by the Taliban in a firefight in Afghanistan less than a week after the Bergdahl release."

nypost.com

#12 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-07-21 01:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe because the IDF doesn't send RIF pink slips to soldiers on the battlefield???

Why would they RIF them? The IDF is subsidized by billions stripped from the hands and wallets of foolish naive Americans, including our military whose own retirement and economic security are in increasing jeopardy. The cost of our USA insecurity subsidizes their security.

The USA was once a great country whose culture and wherewithal were outsourced by treasonous leaders to other countries and special entanglements.

#13 | Posted by Robson at 2014-07-22 05:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

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