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Israeli soldier captured, 70 Palestinians reported dead in worst day of conflict
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-begins-heaviest-bombardment-yet-in-gaza-sending-residents-fleeing/2014/07/20/578ae882-0fe5-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html ^

Posted on 07/20/2014 1:55:12 PM PDT by nuconvert

Seventy Palestinians were killed Sunday in a heavy bombardment of a Gaza neighborhood and 13 Israeli soldiers were slain in the most intense day of fighting in Israel’s current offensive against Hamas fighters, officials said. The Hamas military also announced its fighters had captured an Israeli soldier.

Abu Obaida, a spokesman for the Al Qassam Brigades, appeared on Hamas TV to announce the soldier had been taken prisoner. Minutes later, there were fireworks in the streets and shouts of “God is great!” from loudspeakers in mosques.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army was investigating the claim.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; israel

1 posted on 07/20/2014 1:55:12 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

I suppose Israel will trade another thousand terrorists to get him back.


2 posted on 07/20/2014 1:58:46 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: Hugin

This is devastating news for Israelis


3 posted on 07/20/2014 2:02:43 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

The IDF denies Hamas captured a soldier..the media won’t report that the dead in Gaza today were Hamas fighters..in fact the majority of those killed have been members of Hamas..that’s something you won’t be hearing in the Jew hating press


4 posted on 07/20/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Just saw Michael Oren on tv & I didn’t hear him say the IDF was denying it.


5 posted on 07/20/2014 2:04:48 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

The IDF twitter feed is denying it..but they could be saying that because they don’t want to give Hamas the edge, I hope to God its not true otherwise that soldier is as good as dead


6 posted on 07/20/2014 2:05:53 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

But I hope you’re right


7 posted on 07/20/2014 2:06:12 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

why devastating...... the capture is merely the of misfortune of war


8 posted on 07/20/2014 2:09:40 PM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: nuconvert

Great. Another 1000+ Terrorists get out.


9 posted on 07/20/2014 2:14:20 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: bert
why devastating…

Perhaps devastating to Israelis because they know the Palis maim and torture the prisoners, unlike how Israel treats prisoners with compassion. Would suck to be in that position of misfortune.

10 posted on 07/20/2014 2:23:42 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: nuconvert

Israel cannot allow itself to be deterred. They must clean out this islamist rat’s nest, or give it all up now.


11 posted on 07/20/2014 2:26:09 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Hugin

Of course. It worked so well last time./s


12 posted on 07/20/2014 3:14:37 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
In the context of this war a POW doesn't mean much.

It's not like all of a sudden Israel is going to quit taking action.

They ought to bulldoze the entire thing once and for all and make it a free fire zone.

13 posted on 07/20/2014 3:19:41 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: bert

I think 13 soldiers killed & 1 captured would have a a big effect on the Israeli people and their stomach for this ground operation.


14 posted on 07/20/2014 3:35:14 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Rome2000

This time Israel can refuse to leave Gaza until the prisoner is returned. Gilad Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid and not during an operation in Gaza.


15 posted on 07/20/2014 4:22:29 PM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: nuconvert

And the alternative is what?


16 posted on 07/20/2014 4:34:48 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: nuconvert

Isn’t there some kind of aerial micro-doppler method with drones that Israel could use to locate tunnels 50 feet below the dry soil of Gaza?


17 posted on 07/20/2014 5:26:22 PM PDT by montag813
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To: nuconvert
This is devastating news for Israelis

Why? They focus WAY too much on captured soldiers. Like they did with that idiot Gilad Shalit, who was careless and got captured and Israel insanely released 1,000 terrorists for the doofus teenager. 18 soldiers are dead today. What's one more captured? Ignore him and move on with greater intensity.

18 posted on 07/20/2014 5:28:41 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

I don’t think so. That would be interesting if someone does that, it could probably be used for other purposes too.

Ground penetrating radar is one way to locate them, in South Korea they have listening devices along the border to listen for anything being dug by machinery under the ground.


19 posted on 07/20/2014 5:31:22 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nuconvert

Flex cuff Obama.


20 posted on 07/20/2014 5:55:15 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: nuconvert
Obama may escape justice here on earth, but God is going to deal with Obama.
21 posted on 07/20/2014 5:58:12 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: montag813
Why? They focus WAY too much on captured soldiers.

They shouldn't, but they do.

Israel brings this on themselves. They give away so much for the return of a POW that they make their soldiers a primary target for kidnapping.

Furthermore, by spending days warning Gazan's to leave Shejaiy they gave Hamas days to prepare IED fields, booby traps, ambush sites, murder holes, etc. Sad to say, but the Israeli military brought this bad day on themselves by trying to appease world opinion makers whom will never be on their side.

This crop of Hamas fighters, by the Israeli military's own admission, are much better and more sophisticated fighters than they've encountered in the past. If Israel agrees to a cease fire now, they will turn what was a fairly decisive military victory into a moral and long term strategic defeat.

22 posted on 07/20/2014 7:17:46 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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Israel Denies Abduction Claims but Arabs
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3182933/posts
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183139


23 posted on 07/21/2014 6:47:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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