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JAN.10,2009: ISRAEL IS BLOWING GAZA & HAMAS TO BITS. KHALED MESHAAL IS ANGRY.
THE SPEECH CONTAINS SIMULTANEOUS ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRANSLATION. The date was Jan.10,2009. Israel was retaliating against contstant missile barrages in Gaza by Hamas militants & Meshaal was pinning all the blame of the Jews but he calls them Zionists. So what else is new? The Gaza War was a three-week armed conflict that took place in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel during the winter of 2008--2009. In an escalation of an ongoing conflict, Israel opened the attack with a surprise air strike against the Gaza Strip on December 27, 2008. Israel's stated aim was to stop rocket fire into Israel and arms import into the Gaza strip. Israeli forces attacked police stations and other Hamas government buildings in the opening assault, striking in the densely populated cities of Gaza, Khan Younis and Rafah. An Israeli ground invasion began on January 3. Infantry commanders were given an unprecedented level of access to coordinate with air, naval, artillery, intelligence, and combat engineering units during this second phase. Various new technologies and hardware were also introduced. On January 5, IDF forces began operating in the densely populated urban centers of Gaza. During the last week of the offensive (from 12 January), Israel mostly hit targets it had damaged previously and struck Palestinian rocket-launching units. Hamas intensified its rocket and mortar attacks against Southern Israel, reaching the major cities of Beersheba and Ashdod for the first time during the conflict <b>...</b>