02 January '10
Two years after Israel's launch of Operation Cast Lead, Ha'aretz Magazine purports to take a fresh and comprehensive look at what it describes as the "opening act" of the operation, Israel's Dec. 27, 2008 attack on a Gaza City police station ("Shock and Awe," by Shay Fogelman). Yet, the article brings little in the way of new information, and instead rehashes misinformation seen earlier in media outlets like CNN.
Namely, under the heading "Who broke the tahadiyeh?" the article states:
To understand the escalation that led Israel to launch its attack on the Gaza Strip and indirectly, the character of its opening strikes, we must go back to November 4, 2008, a month and a half before the start of Cast Lead. That day, IDF troops entered Gaza to destroy a tunnel in the central district; they were acting on seemingly solid intelligence about plans to kidnap an IDF soldier. The destruction of the tunnel left one Hamas man dead and several others wounded. This was the first violation of the tahadiyeh (a temporary lull ) after four and a half months of relative quiet in the south. (Emphasis added.)
In the period of "relative quiet," from the time the ceasefire was declared on June 19 until the Nov. 4 tunnel incident:
(Read full "Two Years Later, Ha'aretz Too Distorted on Cast Lead")
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