the chosen people .....
Israeli troops turned heavy firepower on rocket squads bombarding southern Israel Saturday, killing 54 Palestinians in the deadliest day in Gaza since the current round of fighting erupted in 2000.
Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded in the clashes, the military said.
The violence took a heavy toll on Gaza civilians. Moderate Palestinian leaders called the killings a "genocide" and threatened to call off peace talks.
Early Sunday, Israeli aircraft destroyed the office building in Gaza City used by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, witnesses said. Five people were lightly wounded in the raid.
At least two dozen Palestinian civilians, including a baby, were among those killed Saturday, and militants said 25 fighters died. Health officials said about 200 people were wounded, 14 of them critically.
The overall death toll was the highest in a single day since the current round of violence erupted in September 2000. The highest previous death toll was 38 on March 8, 2002.
The intense fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll to more than 80 since fighting flared Wednesday. About half of those were civilians.
While expressing regret for civilian casualties, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak blamed "Hamas and those firing rockets at Israel," his office said in a statement, pledging to continue the offensive to protect Israeli towns and cities.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the chosen people, Matan Vilnai, the Israeli deputy defence minister, warned last week that Palestinians firing rockets from Gaza would be punished with a "bigger holocaust" from Israeli armed forces.As Israel continues its cynical campaign to paint itself the victim of Palestinian ‘terrorism’, many wonder at the miracle that only 11 Israelis have been killed by Palestinian rocket attacks since the first one was launched in 2003 (an average of 2 a year), whilst many hundreds of Palestinians have been killed, mainly women & children, in retaliatory attacks by the goliath’s military machine, including 100 alone in the past week.
Chosen people indeed …..