Report: Netanyahu told Obama Israel not planning ground op
Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 18.11.12, 06:09
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1. bibi's on his knees, obumma's 1st term isn't over
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (11.18.12)
2. ??????
michel ,   Ashkelon   (11.18.12)
So they are telling them they have nothing to be afraid of, that they can send their missiles without problem ?
3. Interesting. some papers say they ARE.
JUST DO IT! ,   STOP TALKING!   (11.18.12)
This is what I hate. When ever we are in a tense situation, the MEDIA does this swinging back and forth: their are going in, they have no intention of going in, they are going in, they have no intention...yesnoyesnoyesnoyesno..........I'm sick of it!
4. Ready to go
Joe Mevorah ,   Lincoln, U.S.A.   (11.18.12)
So there are 75 thousand plus troops and equipment ready to go but no one is going in. What a charade.
5. For sure this governement will not be reelected
michael ,   israel   (11.18.12)
They are sending to hamas the message :"don`t worry youcan still send the missiles on our people and you will not pay the price."
6. No plans for ground op ? Then we will
DT ,   TA Israel   (11.18.12)
be back in there in a few months while terrorism remains alive and well . Exactly as before
7. listen bibi
if you side with obama, you lose the election
8. Discreteness
US of Morons   (11.18.12)
If the US does not want Israel to invade Gaza, leaking this was the stupidest thing you can imagine. Hamas will just keep launching rockets until Israel has no choice but to go in.
9. Escalation
Chaya ,   Bat Yam   (11.18.12)
This was said before long-range rockets were fired at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. escalation...
10. Rockets?
Aaron ,   Delaware USA   (11.18.12)
OK, so how did all those rockets get to Gaza ? Oh, Yea, IDF didn't finish the op into Gaza cause O was elected. Einstein defined insanity as repeating the same thing and expecting a different result ; not going to happen.
11. "Bibi on his knees"
Emma ,   Los Angeles, U.S.A.   (11.18.12)
12. What is this?
S ,   Israel, Ashqelon   (11.18.12)
What the hell is this strategy of kicking the hornet's nest, letting the south suffer, calling up seventy five thousand troops and then just ...walking away? Nothing was accomplished. Netaniyahu tried to score cheap reelection points at the people's expense and a few weeks down the line we'll return to the grand strategy of stopping grads with our faces, because as the coward politicians always say - the south meatshield is oh so resilient. -signed, a fellow meatshield.
13. IDF Plans Should Not Be Layed out in the Media
Israelit ,   Israel   (11.18.12)
I hope that Bibi and Barach will do their job for once and restore some of Israel's deterrance. I hope that the people in the South will regain normalcy and quiet in their life. Do I trust our illustrious leaders? Not as far as I can throw them.
14. obama = new caesar
15. Hopefully the voters will remember this in
jason white ,   afula, israel   (11.18.12)
Jan. We need to remove bibi and ehud buraq from power. We need leaders who will defend Israel. With bibi and buraq, we do not need an army. Just an air force. An air force that will bomb empty buildings and deserted fields. Perhaps it would be best for the security of Israel to ban all former members of commando units from politics. Look at bibi and buraq as examples of what you get from former commandos. The same goes for anyone who did not serve in the I.D.F. We also need to use the money that fischer has in bank of Israel accounts to buy the best weapons and equipment for our military.
16. Many Need To Die ???
bracha ,   Israel   (11.18.12)
From this article it sounds as though " Bibi " states that many more Israelies must suffer injury and death to warrent our goverment to wipe out the Terroriests! Looks like were in for atruely bloody future... or at best a future only waiting more bloodshed,
17. capitulation
Lance ,   Cape Town ,RSA   (11.18.12)
I agree with you -your weak kneed politicians have just sold you israelis out - this operation is already lost - remember folks,there is an election coming up - vote them out.God bless israel and protect her from her enemies and from the ones within.
18. It is not a planned operation
Matt   (11.18.12)
It was a targeted killing gone wrong, the PM statements about deterrent after the kill, you can see that from the call up and deployment of ground forces. By Wed the IAF and IN will run out of targets except for rocket launching sites. The first few days it was to soft, strikes have been increased since then to a more appropriate level, but still weak. Hamas have been increasing the tension for a year, Hamas rule Gaza with an iron fist, if they wanted to stop it they could have. This talk of no control is a lie.
19. One is to write it all off as a grim farce?
Cameron ,   USA   (11.18.12)
Well I'll be damned.
20. Why let the terrorists know
jeff ,   tlv   (11.18.12)
1. why not do a anti hamas operation once and for all, give the people some peace of mind, doing this half stuff every 3 or so years is not right for the sanity of the people 2 why tell terrorists what you will and wont do, the us says its israels choice, no its not, israel listens and is worried about what others think, kinda like the reason wwii happened, because jews didnt want to get people upset so they stayed quiet, the day you base the security of the people on how some anti semite euro trash or usa leader in love with erdogan feels is the day you say "i learned nothing from wwII" and then history repeats itself the world is watching, iran is watching, by doing a weak operation and running from a smaller terror group like hamas, what do u think it makes iran think? please stand up, you didnt train so u can be scared of some loud mouth leaders trying to please arabs, get respect, and u get that by showing strength
21. the answer to Obama's question: you are not invading Gaza?
observer ,   Egypt   (11.18.12)
Sad to say ,but Netanyahu is yellow and has shown himself to be a poor leader. Not because I am eager for a ground operation against Gaza ,but because Bibib called up thousands of miluilm ( army reservists ) and has backed down and capitualted to the impostor in the White House. Poor show Bibi.
23. Bibi vs. other options, get real
jeff ,   tlv   (11.18.12)
everyone else wants us to make nice with arabs as if that stops them from attacking, the idea the jew can be quiet and nice and wont be attacked has been tried before, its the reason there are only 14 million jews left on the planet only thru power and fighting can we survive, wake up and show some respect to those who already perished
24. if there is no ground invasion what was the point of this ?
zionist forever   (11.18.12)
I hate the prospect of a ground invasion because Hamas will have the advantage because they know Gaza and have plenty of booby traps so will put up a good fight that will result in heavy IDF casualties especially if we are worried about avoiding civilian casualties. if though the conditions of the ceasefire is just an immediate end to the rocket fire then why did we bother with any of this? Traditional tactic is Hamas fire rockets, we drop a couple of bombs and Hamas agree to a temporary hudna and if thats all this turns into then its going to cost Bibi the election and heaven forbid we may even end up with Yair Lapid as PM with traditional Likud voters not wanting Labor or the far right and may see Lapid as an alternative to Bibi. Bibi had the advantage before this operation but now he may have created a no win situation for himself be launching the operation this side of an election.
25. 100% Israeli Show
Mark of Lewiston ,   USA   (11.18.12)
Netanyahu should stop bugging Obama and do his own job and leave the US out of this. He has the Egyptian phone numbers if he wants to talk to them. It's not like he respects Obama's opinion on anything anyway.
26. The Daily Beast? LOLOL
Keats ,   Syracuse USA   (11.18.12)
You guys do know that The Daily Beast is a second rate rag right? It's not like some dependable news source. Good heavens, I can't even believe it's being used as a source! And PS, One of Obama's top advisors, Samantha Power, along with hubby, Cass Sunstein, think Israel is guilty of GENOCIDE. You be the judge of what Obama thinks based on his actions.
27. @16 On the contrary
David ,   Haifa, IL   (11.18.12)
A ground op may cause a lot of casualties. Taking this risk is only justified if there's a clear strategy and a well defined mission objective. Otherwise a ground op will be ineffective and inconclusive. With the current strategy, a full scale ground invasion is not needed. Air strikes and special forces will do the job just fine.
28. 15
zionist forever   (11.18.12)
The problem is who do we vote for if we don't go with Bibi? Shelly Y, been in the Knesset for just six years. Career has been journalism and did journalism in the army. Is going to be a big spender almost certainly will borrow alot and slash the army budget making it less able to fight wars. Yair Lapid, has no political background at all. The only career he has ever known is journalism including when he was in the army. Shaul Mofaz, yes he is a former general so understands about warfare and has plenty of political experience but as a politician he has been far from spectacular. He leads a leftist political party thats heading for meltdown. Barak, Shas, Habayit Hayehudi or one of the other single issue parties? Bibi is a very experienced politician who has been PM twice. Former special forces with combat experience, spent more on the army than any PM has since oslo and has a very good on the economy. When the alternative is trash then Bibi is the only practical choice.
What his own intentions / plans are ,or aren't ?
30. Why not? no ground op
Palestinian   (11.18.12)
2009 war - the rocket war was places near by, idf came near GAZA then ran away because they cannot fight man to man "lets say same carry on wepons " idf ran away 2012 war - the rocket war Tel Aviv and Dimona are coming to places near you. Ground operation would be a lot nicer than 2009 and idf will run away but this time a lot faster lol.
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