Does Hamas only attack civilian sites?

From, an Israeli website with disputed provenance.

Hamas wartime rockets missed US anti-Iranian missile radar near Beersheba

DEBKA-Net-Weekly Exclusive Report

January 26, 2009, 10:59 AM (GMT+02:00)

Advanced US X-band radar station installed in Negev  

Advanced US X-band radar station installed in Negev

Following orders from Tehran, the Palestinian Hamas used the cover of the 22-day Gaza conflict to aim rockets at the American Forward-Based X-band Transportable (FBX-T) anti-missile radar system lodged at Israel’s big Nevatim air base east of the Negev capital Beersheba, DEBKA-Net-Weekly disclosed last week. Destruction of the FBX-T, which was installed last November to intercept incoming Iranian Shehab-3 ballistic missiles, would have crowned Hamas’ offensive with success.

Jan. 18, two days before joining Israel’s unilateral ceasefire, Hamas tried to hit the American facility with a salvo of 3 Grad rockets. They missed their aim, landing on empty ground west of Beersheba, without triggering the city’s siren. The windy conditions that day may have spoiled their aim.

Our military sources reveal that the American X-band radar, which can track the path of any missile fired in the Middle East, worked hard during Operation Cast Lead, feeding the Israeli command with accurate advance information on the missiles and rockets aimed from Gaza at southern Israel and their trajectories.

It also tracked the rockets fired at Nahariya and Kiryat Shemona from Lebanon and kept watch for possible missile action from Syria and Iran.

But the American radar facility at Nevatim also kept Washington abreast of Israel’s aerial, naval and missile activity in the course of the conflict. It was the first time the US knew what was going on in an Israel-Arab battle arena without recourse to outside electronic tracking devices.


Hamas vs Likud

A hat-tip to “b” at Moon of Alabama.
It is not -Can Hamas be trusted?

It is can –

    Can Israel be trusted?

From the Likud party platform. hosted at the Israeli Knesset web site.

The Palestinians

Declaration of a State
A unilateral Palestinian declaration of the establishment of a Palestinian state will constitute a fundamental and substantive violation of the agreements with the State of Israel and the scuttling of the Oslo and Wye accords. The government will adopt immediate stringent measures in the event of such a declaration.


The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.

Wait there is more


The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.

The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel’s existence, security and national needs.

Kadima seems to look like Likud Lite. Is there any political party in Israel that has said it will give up  the (illegal) settlements in the West Bank?


Senator George Mitchell

Senator George Mitchell




So when President Obama sends Senator George Mitchell to negotiate, Senator MItchell is off to deal with one side that will not make any concessions. So unless Senator Mitchell can stop the check for Israel, he is going to fail. Of course George may simply be the polite negotiator. The next one that President Obama sends that is going to be the bad news.