Joe the Plumber has replaced his wrench for the reporter's microphone. Joe Wurzelbacher is in Israel reporting for the conservative TV website of Pajamas TV www.pjtv.com.
Israel is defending its right to freedom from the Ultra-conservative Islam group of Hamas. The AP reports that Joe is calling for Obama to Help Israel. This coming from a man, who on the campaign trail with Senator McCain agreed with a supporter saying, "vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel." Joe the war correspondent, who rose to fame during the U.S. presidential campaign for asking Barack Obama about his tax plan, was in southern Israel to tell about the rockets that rain down from the neighboring Gaza Strip. The black, red and gold rocket given to Wurzelbacher had writing on it thanking him for supporting Israel.
The Gaza Strip is a narrow piece of land along the Mediterranean coast between Israel and Egypt.
Just 40km (25 miles) long and 10km wide, it is home to more than 1.5 million Palestinians.
The shape of the territory was defined by the Armistice Line following the creation of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent war between the Israeli and Arab armies.In 2005, Israel pulled out the troops occupying Gaza, along with thousands of Jews who had settled in the territory. As far as Israel was concerned that was the end of the occupation.
However, that has not been accepted internationally as Israel still exercises control over most of Gaza's land borders, as well as its territorial waters and airspace. Egypt controls Gaza's southern border.
In June 2007, the Islamist militant group Hamas took over the strip, ousting the forces of Fatah, the faction led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and effectively splitting Gaza from the West Bank in terms of its administration. Hamas had won legislative elections in January 2006.
TODAY JANUARY 13, 2009, Gaza Strip: Israel's land, sea and air bombardment continues for an 18th day, with shelling and air raids hitting Gaza City, Rafah and elsewhere. Israel's military says it hit 60 targets overnight.
Ground troops advance into the southern and eastern suburbs of Gaza City. The Israeli military says an officer and two soldiers are injured by an explosion in a booby-trapped house in the northern Gaza Strip.
Shelling is reported during a three-hour ceasefire held to allow Palestinians to seek food, water and other supplies.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak makes an unannounced visit to Saudi Arabia where he discusses the Gaza situation with King Abdullah.
US Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration will make "every effort" to forge Israeli-Palestinian peace. But for now, Joe the Plumber and I agree Israel's War with Hamas is a JUST WAR and ISRAEL MUST NOT ACQUIESCE BUT WIN.