Tonight, Israel is on the brink of launching a ground attack into Gaza to destroy enemy positions being used to launch rocket attacks into Israel. Today, a rocket attack was launched against Jerusalem itself, the first time since 1970 that Jerusalem has been targeted. Israel is calling up 75,000 reserve troops to prepare for a possible ground offensive into Gaza:
NEW YORK TIMES: Emboldened by displays of Egyptian solidarity and undeterred by Israel’s advanced aerial firepower, Palestinian militants under siege in Gaza broadened their rocket targets on Friday, aiming at the holy city of Jerusalem for the first time, sending a second volley screeching toward Tel Aviv and pushing the Israelis closer to a ground invasion.
Israel’s government more than doubled the number of army reservists it could call to combat if needed in the increasingly lethal showdown with Gaza’s Hamas fighters and their affiliates, after they fired more than 700 rockets into southern Israel over the last year. The escalation has raised fears of a new chapter of war in the intractable Arab-Israeli conflict.
The Israeli military closed some roads adjacent to Gaza in anticipation of a possible infantry move into the territory, which would be the first Israeli military presence on the ground in Gaza since the three-week invasion of 2008-2009. The Israeli military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, went south to brief regular forces and reservists.
“We are here tonight on the eve of a possible ground operation,” he said. . . . Read More
WH: Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza.— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) November 16, 2012