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Worldwide alarm at Israeli ground offensive
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PARIS (AFP) — Israel's tank and troop assault on the Gaza Strip unleashed worldwide cries of alarm on Sunday, but Israel won heavyweight US backing and moves for an immediate ceasefire foundered at the United Nations.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown echoed grave European concerns when he said the ground offensive was a "very dangerous moment" in the conflict, and he called for increased efforts to rapidly secure a ceasefire.

The offensive was condemned across the Middle East, with Egypt saying the UN Security Council's silence on Israel's eight-day campaign of air strikes had effectively given Israel "a green light" for the ground assault.

Asian nations expressed alarm, too, with Pakistan and China calling for an immediate end to the assault and Muslims in Indonesia urging war against the Jewish state.

But in New York, the Security Council failed to agree on a statement calling for a ceasefire after the United States argued that a return to the situation that existed before Israel's ground invasion was unacceptable.

US deputy ambassador Alejandro Wolff said after the four-hour sitting that Washington believed it was important that the region "not return to the status quo" that had allowed Hamas militants to fire rockets into Israel.

"The efforts we are making internationally are designed to establish a sustainable, durable ceasefire that's respected by all," Wolff said. "And that means no more rocket attacks. It means no more smuggling of arms."

As thousands of Israeli soldiers and scores of tanks pushed into Gaza Sunday, the British prime minister said assurances needed to be given to both the Israelis and Hamas to secure a ceasefire.

"I think everybody around the world is expressing grave concerns. What we've got to do almost immediately is to work harder than we've done for an immediate ceasefire," Brown said on BBC television.

"I can see the Gaza issues for the Palestinians -- that they need humanitarian aid -- but the Israelis must have some assurance that there are no rocket attacks coming into Israel," he said.

"So first we need an immediate ceasefire, and that includes a stopping of the rockets into Israel."

Russia dispatched President Dmitry Medvedev's special envoy for the Middle East, Alexander Saltanov, to the region, hoping it could help bring about a ceasefire.

"The new dangerous escalation in the armed conflict after the start of the Israeli land operation in Gaza is a matter of extreme concern," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

"It is essential, without delay, to put an end to the suffering of the civilian population on both sides, to stop the bloodshed and secure a mutual ceasefire."

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said European nations stand ready to contribute international monitors to help keep the peace.

"The ceasefire has to be a ceasefire complied (with) by everybody and be clearly maintained," Solana told the BBC.

At least 23 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since Israel's ground offensive began on Saturday, medics said Sunday.

In total, more than 485 Palestinians have died, including 80 children, with more than 2,500 wounded according to Gaza medics since Israeli military operations began on December 27.

Rocket fire from Gaza over the same period has killed four Israelis.

European reaction to the ground offensive revealed a sharp difference in tone from the official US line.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said the decision to send troops into Gaza was a "dangerous military escalation".

The European Union's new Czech presidency said Israel's ground operation was more "defensive than offensive", although it said Israel did not have the right to take military actions "which largely affect civilians".

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said Israel's incursion into the impoverished territory was in "brazen defiance" of international calls to end the offensive -- and he blamed the Security Council for failing to act.

"The Security Council's silence and its failure to take a decision to stop Israel's aggression since it began was interpreted by Israel as a green light," he said.

In Asia, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the Israeli offensive was "unjustified" and called for an immediate halt to the fighting.

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso warned that Israel's ground offensive would only aggravate difficulties for all concerned.

"I'm very worried that the dispatch of ground troops will make the situation much worse," he said.

There was outrage in Africa as well.

Senegalese Pesident Abdoulaye Wade, who also holds the presidency of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, called the Israeli ground offensive a "flagrant violation of the most elementary principles of international law".

[link to rawstory.com]
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No word from Obama as Gaza crisis deepens
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Published: Saturday January 3, 2009

With less than three weeks until the inauguration of Barack Obama, the president-elect has stayed silent on the deepening crisis in Gaza as Israel begins a ground invasion against Hamas.

Members of Obama's transition team have only said their boss is "monitoring" the situation, where at least 460 people have already been killed in eight days of air raids.

Obama's national security spokeswoman Brooke Anderson issued a statement after the ground assault got underway, but offered no further comment on the violence in Gaza except to use a phrase repeated often by Obama and his aides:

"There is one president at a time and we intend to respect that."

Obama has spent the last several weeks pushing for an economic stimulus plan and has said that fixing the broken US economy is his top priority.

The soon-to-be president would face immense difficulty with his economic plans if he makes any move deemed "anti-Israel," according to a Friday opinion column.

"The White House will see its prime political enterprise, the economic recovery programme, immediately held hostage," according to the column.

Obama's silence is drawing criticism among Arabs who have grown skeptical that his administration will break with the Middle East policies of his predecessor.

The satellite TV network Al Jazeera contrasted footage of Obama wearing shorts and playing golf in Hawaii with scenes of the carnage in Gaza, by way of highlighting what it called "the deafening silence from the Obama team."

Wire services contributed to this report.
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No word from Obama as Gaza crisis deepens
RAW STORY
Published: Saturday January 3, 2009

With less than three weeks until the inauguration of Barack Obama, the president-elect has stayed silent on the deepening crisis in Gaza as Israel begins a ground invasion against Hamas.

Members of Obama's transition team have only said their boss is "monitoring" the situation, where at least 460 people have already been killed in eight days of air raids.

Obama's national security spokeswoman Brooke Anderson issued a statement after the ground assault got underway, but offered no further comment on the violence in Gaza except to use a phrase repeated often by Obama and his aides:

"There is one president at a time and we intend to respect that."

Obama has spent the last several weeks pushing for an economic stimulus plan and has said that fixing the broken US economy is his top priority.

The soon-to-be president would face immense difficulty with his economic plans if he makes any move deemed "anti-Israel," according to a Friday opinion column.

"The White House will see its prime political enterprise, the economic recovery programme, immediately held hostage," according to the column.

Obama's silence is drawing criticism among Arabs who have grown skeptical that his administration will break with the Middle East policies of his predecessor.

The satellite TV network Al Jazeera contrasted footage of Obama wearing shorts and playing golf in Hawaii with scenes of the carnage in Gaza, by way of highlighting what it called "the deafening silence from the Obama team."

Wire services contributed to this report.
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one president at a time...global nations still do not up hold stateless terror militias.....
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I'm beginning to think that this massacre was not meant to take place until after the inauguration. Joe "I'm a zionist" Biden was referring to this massacre when he spoke about Obombus making an "unpopular decision" about an international event.

Next move? Israel, in her usual blood-sucking capacity, is just chomping at the bit. Can't get Iran involved, which was the reason for the massacre and now Israel is receiving worldwide condemnation for a situation which has been going on for 60 years now coming to the Light for all to see.

Israel is screwed beyond all knowing and the slut is fully aware of this.

About 10 years ago I predicted Israel would one day nuke USA. I think that is what we are going to see next.
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I'm beginning to think that this massacre was not meant to take place until after the inauguration. Joe "I'm a zionist" Biden was referring to this massacre when he spoke about Obombus making an "unpopular decision" about an international event.

Next move? Israel, in her usual blood-sucking capacity, is just chomping at the bit. Can't get Iran involved, which was the reason for the massacre and now Israel is receiving worldwide condemnation for a situation which has been going on for 60 years now coming to the Light for all to see.

Israel is screwed beyond all knowing and the slut is fully aware of this.

About 10 years ago I predicted Israel would one day nuke USA. I think that is what we are going to see next.
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.....and of course, it will be blamed on Iran.
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I think its time for the world to form a new 'security council', one that does NOT include USA, or at least does not let USA do whatever it wants with veto powers.

Why should the majority of the human race get the short end of the stick because USA happened to have been 'big' decades ago?
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I think its time for the world to form a new 'security council', one that does NOT include USA, or at least does not let USA do whatever it wants with veto powers.

Why should the majority of the human race get the short end of the stick because USA happened to have been 'big' decades ago?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 430584



cuz maybe americas roots go alot deeper then most people think

if america were so weak nothing would be happening by its actions, but they seem to be involved in alot of things- that sorta thing just doesnt happen by accident
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I think its time for the world to form a new 'security council', one that does NOT include USA, or at least does not let USA do whatever it wants with veto powers.

Why should the majority of the human race get the short end of the stick because USA happened to have been 'big' decades ago?



cuz maybe americas roots go alot deeper then most people think

if america were so weak nothing would be happening by its actions, but they seem to be involved in alot of things- that sorta thing just doesnt happen by accident
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Yea, they've had years to get setup and spread out etc.. but look at what is happening back home while USA is busy messing with the rest of the planet.. The country is falling apart!

How long until the world decides that USA is being more of a pain than helpful, and decides to do something about it? Look at what happened to every other major force that decides to spread out and try to control large portions of the planet.. In the past, such empires crumbled from within, or got taken out by barbarians of all things. In recent history.. the world banded together to crush that sort of thing.

USA is no longer "the big superpower", they should start acting like they share the planet before the planet decides that it has had enough.

Imagine what would happen if the rest of the world put economic sanctions on usa, for instance. Refused to trade, sell you anything, or buy anything from you. How much of our western crap is made elsewhere? Most of it. Our fuel.. mostly imported.

Why would americans let their gov put them in such a situation?
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USA is no longer "the big superpower", they should start acting like they share the planet before the planet decides that it has had enough.

Why would americans let their gov put them in such a situation?
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hopefully the planet decides that soon and every country has its fault and their own issues they need to work out

stop being jealous


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USA is no longer "the big superpower", they should start acting like they share the planet before the planet decides that it has had enough.

Why would americans let their gov put them in such a situation?



hopefully the planet decides that soon and every country has its fault and their own issues they need to work out

stop being jealous


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 Quoting: whyidontknow



Jealous of what? I have the same lifestyle as USA citizens, without the idiocy from my government.. If anything you guys should be jealous of us!

Although I suppose we could do without the winter up here :D
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The problem is some of you are too busy being partisans of one side or the other, which is essentially a product of pre-human instinctual behaviorisms (the same that had us working as tribes, to put it in general terms).

All I know is that humans are killing humans for reasons that are outright retarded.

In fact such religious-defined conflicts are beyond retarded. Everyone responsible, everyone who supports such things.. they should all be institutionalized.
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the world could care less about damm hamas ..people have more to worry about now than that they damm bunch..
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the world could care less about damm hamas ..people have more to worry about now than that they damm bunch..
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Dont mistake the rest of the world for what your own media may or may not tell you to believe..

:p
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US should stop handing out $$$ to Palestine and Israel.
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Re: Worldwide alarm at Israeli ground offensive ...
leaked graphic footage of (palestinian) civilian carnage

like I said it is GRAPHIC

[link to rawstory.com]

no civilian calsuties my ass!

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