U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro leveled some harsh criticism at the country during a security conference in Tel Aviv, saying that Israel has “two standards of adherence to the rule of law: one for Israelis and another for Palestinians.” This sort of public admonishment is nearly unheard of in current American-Israeli relations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put Israel's military plans plainly this morning: "We have neutralized dozens of terror tunnels and we are committed to complete this mission, with or without a cease-fire." The Israeli army has called up 16,000 more reservists and asked the U.S. for more ammunition.
Since Tuesday, Israel's offensive on Gaza has killed 41 Palestinians, including eight children. And the operation, aimed at stopping Hamas' recent barrage of rocket attacks, shows no sign of letting up. The New York Times reports that Israel is calling up as many as 40,000 reservists to "free them for a possible ground invasion of Gaza."
Israel has launched an offensive from air and sea aimed at Hamas militants in Gaza. Palestinian officials say these military strikes have killed at least 10 Palestinians so far, including two children. This could be a long-term offensive, and the Israeli government is authorized to deploy 40,000 more troops.