Israel and Palestine: New war is looming?

Israel and Palestine: New war is looming?

Israel’s four-day-old air offensive in the Gaza Strip expanded to target Hamas government buildings on Saturday, and Palestinian militants continued firing a torrent of rockets at civilian areas in southern Israel, as both sides stepped up diplomatic efforts to win support.

Israel cyber-attacked

The Israeli government has fought off millions of attempts to hack state websites since the start of its Gaza offensive four days ago.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday that in the past four days Israel had "deflected 44 million cyber attacks on government websites. All the attacks were thwarted except for one, which targeted a specific website that was down for six or seven minutes."

His remarks came a day after the online activist group Anonymous claimed to have downed dozens of websites of Israeli state agencies and a top bank in protest over the Jewish state's deadly air assault.

Arab League mulls aid for Gaza

The Palestinian Authority has called for an emergency meeting of Arab heads of state and government to discuss measures to end the Israeli aggression in Gaza.

According to Arab League officials, the organization will be meeting very shortly to provide political and considerable economic and financial assistance to the Palestinians.

Operation Pillar of Smoke which has been carried out by Israel since November 14 aims to destroy the Gaza militants and their infrastructure. The sides have so far been exchanging rocket fire, but Tel Aviv is not ruling out a full-scale ground invasion of the enclave.