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Israeli troops dance as they await the order for a Gaza war

ALONG THE ISRAEL-GAZA STRIP BORDER — In a muddy field overlooking the smoke-blackened Gaza Strip skyline on Tuesday, young soldiers from an Israeli tank unit linked arms with euphoric civilians and joined them in the hora, a circular dance, in anticipation of a possible ground invasion of the Palestinian territory.

Far overhead, a pair of Israeli Apache helicopters fired on a target inside Gaza, unleashed diversionary flares and disappeared to the north. Elsewhere in the autonomous Palestinian region, Israeli jets, helicopters and ships pummeled the area with new strikes against dozens of targets.

Hour after hour, Israeli jets, helicopters and ships pummeled the region with new strikes against dozens of targets as diplomats took the first tentative steps to head off a ground offensive.

Four days into the Israeli military campaign, the death toll among Palestinians topped 370, including at least 90 civilians, according to U.N. personnel and Palestinian human rights workers.

Palestinian rocket attacks have killed four people on the Israeli side since the offensive began Saturday, and Israel says its military operation won't end until the rockets stop crashing into Israeli cities.

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They are joying in life

before they go into battle and maybe die. That is their way. I don't begrudge them. We could learn a few things from them. Their dancing is better than our cursing.

No foriegn aid to anyone.

No foriegn aid to anyone.

I agree - just read where Bush

gave millions to Palestine.

Still playing both sides of a war, as usual!

Your point being???

Israel is about to invade and you dwell on customs and rituals? I don't get it.

So, they did the Hora... so what. We played fife and drum. So what. Some men pray, some weep. Others rejoice in the coming battle.
It matters very little what an Israeli tank commander does before he engages the 'enemy'.

It matters greatly the political, economic and pseudo-religious background of the region that I don't understand, nor ever will. That is why I keep my nose out of other people's affairs.

I wish my government had the same common sense.

I may not know the truth, but I know when I'm being lied to...

I may not know the truth, but I know when I'm being lied to...

Israeli troops dance

Right...Just like they were pushed kicking and screaming into Lebanon...leaving bloody and wailing.

"Give a man a gun, and he could rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he could rob the world."