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The exiled leader of the Palestinian group Hamas said today that Palestinian weapons had caught Israel "off guard" and said Israel had failed to achieve its objectives in Gaza, Reuters reported.

"The weapons of the resistance have caught the enemy off guard," Meshaal told a new conference in Cairo, speaking as Egypt says it could be close to securing a truce between the two sides.

Meshaal said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had requested a truce. "Whoever started the war must end it," Meshaal said.

Meshaal called on Egypt to support Palestinians as much as possible but does not want to transfer 'burden' to Egypt.

Hamas lists demands for truce with Israel

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said today that Israel must halt what he described as its attack on the Gaza Strip and lift the blockade of the Palestinian territory in exchange for a truce that he said the Israeli government was seeking, Reuters has reported.

"We are not against calm (a truce) ... but there must specific demands ... in summary that the Israeli thuggery and aggression stop ... and the siege on Gaza be lifted," he said in a news conference in Cairo.

"Egypt was asked by the Americans, European parties and from Israel directly to work to realise calm. They (Israel) attacked and they requested the calm because their calculations failed," he said. Israel denies its prime minister has requested a truce.

Israel denies requesting truce

However Israel immediately denied Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal's assertion that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanuyahu has requested a truce in the Gaza conflict.

"Hamas's comments about a ceasefire, alleging that Israel is begging for one, are about as accurate as its claims to have shot down an F-15 (warplane) or attacked the Knesset," a senior government official said.

Israeli strikes kill 13, raising toll to 90: medics

Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip killed 13 people early today, raising the Palestinian death toll to 90 as Israel's relentless air campaign entered its sixth day.
In the latest incident, a missile hit a motorcycle east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, killing two men and critically wounding a child who was with them, a statement by Gaza's ambulance service said.
The two were named as Abdullah Abu Khater, 30, and Mahmud Abu Khater, 32, but the relationship between them was not immediately clear.
An earlier strike on Qarara in the same area killed two farmers -- Ibrahim al-Astal and Obama al-Astal, medics said.
In a strike on southern Gaza City, a car was hit, killing one man and injuring another three, officials said, naming him as 23-year-old Mohammed Shamalah.
Shortly before that, three people were killed in a strike on a car in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, all of them from the same family: Amir Bashir, Tamal Bashir and Salah Bashir.
Very early in the day, two women and a child were among four killed in a strike on Gaza City's eastern Zeitun neighbourhood -- Nisma Abu Zorr, 23, Mohammed Abu Zorr, 5, Saha Abu Zorr, 20 and Ahid al-Qatati 35, And medics said another man had been found dead in the northern town of Beit Lahiya, naming him as Abdel Rahman al-Atar, a 50-year-old farmer.

Israel ready for Gaza invasion but prefers a diplomatic solution: official

Israel is ready for a ground invasion in the Gaza Strip but prefers a diplomatic solution, a senior official close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

 "We would prefer to see a diplomatic solution that would guarantee the peace for Israel's population in the south. If that is possible, then a ground operation would no longer be required," the official told Reuters. "But if diplomacy fails, we may well have no alternative but to send in ground forces."

Israel adjusts civil air routes over Gaza rocket threath


Israel has adjusted flight paths for planes using its main international airport near Tel Aviv after rockets were fired from Gaza on the coastal metropolis, the civil aviation chief said today.

 Giora Rom said the new regulations at Ben-Gurion Airport had been in place since Saturday, when an Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery was installed nearby. There was no indication that takeoffs or landings at Ben-Gurion had been affected.

 "Because of the rerouting, there is no danger" to civilian aircraft, Rom told Israel's Army Radio.


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Safiyah Noor Page

11/19/2012 11:54:03 PM

To Truther: Wow and thanks for sharing this. Maybe this explains why the vast majority of Settler men refuse military service and instead stay home on their stolen land. This also explains why the Israel government expects the US military to fight to protect them as they can say it was not their intention to violate the prohibition from Allah. Very sad.

Arnold Yesovitch

11/19/2012 9:37:44 PM

Israel should lift their embargo on Gaza if Egypt takes over the the responsibility of supplying gaza with water, electricity, and food. Then if any rocket is fired from Gaza Israel has the right to carpet bomb Gaza.

ilker avni

11/19/2012 8:43:40 PM

@Mara Have you learned nothing from invading other peoples countries have you not learned a lesson in Vietnam and Korea, the teachings of Islam ,"better to die fighting for ones freedom from bondage then to die a slave".Perhaps you should learn about Islam..I dont like very much the taliban and what they stand for,nor do i like Zionists and what they stand for, and the Zionists dont like you, or I for that matter.I stand with Jesus and the innocence souls.of the children all children regardless.

Blue Dotterel

11/19/2012 7:52:40 PM

Hamas isn't using people as human shields. What propaganda. Gaza is not a military camp, it is a concentration camp. Israel is indiscriminately bombing Gaza in an act of state terrorism. It has even attacked a media center housing foreign journalists. Why? To prevent the outside world from knowing the horrors it is committing against the Palestinians in Gaza.

Ottoman Reactionary

11/19/2012 7:35:13 PM

@GERARD SELTZER I see you have very low opinion about Turkey, Iran, S.Arabia, Egypt. Israel is not stronger than Iran, or Turkey


11/19/2012 5:51:55 PM

Hamas is being manipulated by Iran. Iran supplies the missiles and orders them to be shot into Israel. Iran wants to sacrifice Hamas and the Gaza people to divert attentin from its nuclear bomb building project. This strategy will fail because Israel will invade Gaza, destroy Hamas; arsenal and then bomb Iran's bunkers using US made bombs.

Ed Frias Ed Frias

11/19/2012 5:00:55 PM

The IDF operation – targeting the Hamas terror infrastructure and aimed at putting a stop to incessant rockets fired at Israeli cities - has included over 800 strikes on terrorist targets over five days. It has resulted in 84 Palestinian deaths, half of whom are terrorists – an arguably unprecedented civilian to combatant death ratio of 1:1, especially in the context of Hamas’s practice of using civilians as human shields and firing rockets in civilian areas.

Ed Frias Ed Frias

11/19/2012 4:57:01 PM

I just read, Ismail Haniyeh went into hiding. I guess his speeches about martyrdom-seeking and sacrificing for both Islam and Allah don’t apply to him. True-believers, do as I say, not as I do. Ismail Haniyeh is a typical Palestinian leader. You know that ones that send other's to die for Allah, while Haniyeh lives a life of luxury. I guess Haniyeh don't believe the 72 virgins stor


11/19/2012 4:47:24 PM

Killing is going well, why ask for a truce?


11/19/2012 4:31:56 PM

Zionist Israel will always be remembered as woman and child killers.
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