Israel’s air force has bombarded the Gaza Strip for three full days. The country’s defense minister is calling it “a war to the bitter end” against Hamas, the Palestinian militant movement that has ruled Gaza for two years and whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction.
Hamas fighers provoked this Israeli offensive by firing rockets and mortars into Israeli border towns in recent weeks.
So far, more than than 300 people have been killed and 1,400 wounded in this Gaza war, making it Israel’s deadliest campaign against Palestinians in decades.
The Bush administration renewed its call for Hamas to stop its rocket attacks on Israel. The Gaza offensive may make the Middle East an even greater priority for the incoming Obama administration.
For more on the violence in Gaza, listen to Worldfocus interviews with experts on the ground in Gaza and surrounding regions.
Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies speaks with Martin Savidge about the military situation on the ground, including the potential for Hamas to re-arm itself and for the war to escalate.
Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Sallai Meridor, joins Martin Savidge to discuss Israel’s military objectives going forward, the effectiveness of Israel’s attacks and prospects for a new truce.
Edward Kaufman, a senior research associate at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland, speaks with Martin Savidge about the role the U.S. can and should play in the Gaza conflict.