On Saturday, Israel graduated from its murderous bombing raids on Gaza to sending soldiers into the locked-down territory. “For the first time since the start of Operation Cast Lead, IDF ground troops entered the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening, exchanging fire with Hamas gunmen,” reports the Jerusalem Post . “The IDF said that a large amount of troops from the Armored Corps, Engineering Corps and Infantry Corps entered the territory with the purpose of destroying Hamas infrastructure… The IDF warned that terrorists using civilians as human shields would bear full responsibility for their fate.”
Earlier in the day, Israel dropped leaflets over the sprawling open-air prison where 1.4 million Palestinians live, most on less than two dollars a day. “Leaflets signed by the commander of the Israeli military were dropped over northern Gaza on Saturday morning, warning residents to ‘leave the area immediately’ to ensure their safety,” reports CNN .
CNN did not note that this is at best a sadistic joke because the “residents,” or gulag inmates, have nowhere to go to escape the onslaught as the whole of Gaza is a free-fire zone. In essence, the leaflet is a flaccid attempt to make an excuse for the slaughter that will soon take place. Israel will claim it had warned the “residents” of Gaza, so they cannot be held responsible for the mass murder that is about to take place.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak admitted as much when he declared the bombardment of Gaza is “war to the bitter end.”
“Due to the terrorist actions undertaken by terrorist elements from the region of your residences against the state of Israel, the Israel Defense Forces are compelled to respond immediately in the region of your residences. For your safety, you are ordered to leave the area immediately,” the leaflets say.
In fact, the state of Israel, run by fanatical nationalists, considers all Palestinian Arabs as little more than terrorists. In 1969, Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel, declared there “is no such thing as a Palestinian people.” Instead of a people, the state of Israel considers the Palestinians a motley assemblage of terrorists who are to be slaughtered, not negotiated with.
On December 30, four leading Israeli rabbis sanctioned the high-tech murder of the civilian population of Gaza. “The ruling seems to give a free hand to Israeli commanders to attack Gaza’s civilian population and persuade those troops who have reservations to kill civilians due to humanitarian considerations,” reported Press TV . “The rabbis argued that the army should announce that it would bomb any civilian community from which a rocket is fired to force the local residents into confronting those who fire rockets or mortars at Israeli targets.”
In other words, the Palestinians are not allowed to defend themselves against saturation bombing and invasion.
As usual, the excuse provided for this barbarism is that Hamas fired first with their puny rockets.
“Conscientious Israelis acknowledge that the Hamas rockets rationale is fraudulent,” Dennis Rahkonen  wrote on January 1. “Israeli apologists have presented absurd propaganda about those devices…. At any point during the past six decades, Israel could have had peace, simply by assenting to the great moral imperative of our time, namely the Palestinians’ right to their own, unitary, sovereign homeland.”
Conscientious Israelis, however, seem to be in short supply. According to a Haaretz-Dialog poll released on January 1, “52 percent of respondents favor continuing the air campaign. Nineteen percent say the Israeli army should send in troops on the ground.” Only 19 percent of Israelis say the government should negotiate an immediate cease-fire, reports VOA News . Moreover, the indiscriminate bombing campaign has provided Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with a popularity boost. More than half of Israelis are satisfied with Barak’s performance compared to just 34 percent six months ago.
Meanwhile, in the United States, those who naively believed the election of Obama would change the situation are discouraged. Obama’s selection of “Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, have raised doubts that much will change,” reports Reuters . “The Arab world was largely enthusiastic about Obama’s election victory in November, in the belief that a fresh face in the White House must be better than outgoing President George W. Bush, who invaded Iraq and gave strong support to Israel.” Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Institute’s Middle East Center in Beirut, noted that Obama “will not put large amounts of pressure on the Israelis” and “will not force Israel (into concessions).”
In fact, support for Israel’s genocidal actions against the Palestinians is part of the ongoing globalist “divide and conquer” strategy designed to sow discord among Muslims and bring Islam into disrepute, as Peter Meyer  notes. Hamas is part of this “clash of civilizations” campaign, a fact unrealized by most Palestinians.
Hamas was founded in 1987 by the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.”The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine. Moslem Brotherhood Movement is a universal organization which constitutes the largest Islamic movement in modern times,” states the Hamas Charter (see How Britain Helps Hamas And The Muslim Brotherhood ).
At its core the Muslim Brotherhood consists of “secretive bankers and financiers who stand behind the curtain, the members of the old Arab, Turkish, or Persian families whose genealogy places them in the oligarchical elite, with smooth business and intelligence associations to the European black nobility and, especially, to the British oligarchy,” writes Robert Dreyfuss . “By allying with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Anglo-Americans are not merely buying into a terrorists-for-hire racket; they are partners in a powerful and worldwide financial empire that extends from numbered Swiss bank accounts to offshore havens in Dubai, Kuwait and Hong Kong.”
Hamas’ ludicrously ineffective and crude rocket attacks on Israel are designed to villainize the Israeli intelligence spawned terrorist group. As exit polls conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Public Opinion during the election revealed, Fatah received 42 percent of the vote and Hamas 35 percent. “Palestinian pollsters were at a loss to explain the discrepancy between the exit polls and the result,” the Associated Press  reported at the time. “The concern is that the victory by Hamas means there will be an all-out Palestinian war with Israel since Hamas will not only control its own forces but will also yield authority over the 50,000 police that belong to the Palestinian Authority. Hamas does not recognize the State of Israel and is sworn to its destruction,” writes J. Adams (see previous link).
Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip is but another chapter in the global elite’s “clash of civilizations” agenda, the ultimate result being the establishment of a world government under the dictatorial control of the banking elite. Israel, of course, has its own agenda, but it is merely a subset of a larger globalist plan. It was, after all, Baron Edmond de Rothschild who nurtured Zionism in the 1880s. Between 1884 and 1934, Rothschild donated about $6 million, an enormous sum at the time, to the project that ultimately resulted in the creation of the state of Israel.