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  • Why is Gaza blockaded?

    07/24/2014 7:02:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul 21, 2014 | Maurice Ostroff
    The demand by Hamas that the blockade be lifted before even negotiating a ceasefire leads straight to the IMPORTANT question about its purpose. Was the blockade imposed because of the rockets or did rocket fire start because of the blockade? The answer will surprise many, including the BBC, France 24 and other influential mainstream media as well as politicians and journalists with short memories. When Israel evacuated the Gaza strip there was no thought of a blockade. Rather, as will be shown in this article, the intention was to improve the lives and economy of all Palestinians including Gazans by...
  • Egyptian army thwarts two attacks against Israel

    07/24/2014 6:50:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-24-14 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Egyptian military sources stated that the army shot and killed a suicide bomber on his way to Israel, destroyed vehicle carrying rocket launcher. The Egyptian army thwarted an attack against Israel on Wednesday night, killing a suicide bomber who ran towards the border near Kerem Shalom, Egyptian military sources said. The Egyptian sources told the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency in a report published Thursday that the suicide bomber carried an explosive device in addition to wearing an explosive belt on his body. The sources also said that the army destroyed a vehicle loaded with Grad rockets before they were fired...
  • Palestinians’ Prize for Terror

    07/24/2014 6:23:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 23, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Palestinians’ Prize for TerrorPosted By Joseph Klein On July 23, 2014 @ 12:58 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 35 Comments Secretary of State John Kerry – who was heard last Sunday on an open mike between Sunday TV appearances disparaging Israel’s efforts to limit civilian casualties in Gaza – arrived in Cairo on July 21st to frantically cobble together an immediate ceasefire. Seeking the help of Egypt and the United Nations, and even the Hamas-friendly countries of Turkey and Qatar, Kerry is looking for some kind of consensus by the major players in the region for a peace-at-any price formula. He...
  • Israel’s Morally Impossible Self-Defense

    07/24/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 24, 2014 | Richard L. Cravatts
    Israel’s Morally Impossible Self-DefensePosted By Richard L. Cravatts On July 24, 2014 @ 12:49 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 10 Comments Seeming to give credence to Orwell’s observation that “Everyone believes in the atrocities of the enemy and disbelieves in those of his own side, without ever bothering to examine the evidence,” the world’s attention has turned once again to the clash between Hamas and Israel, as the Jewish state launches its ground incursion into Gaza in what is being called Operation Protective Edge. And predictably, as the body count rises on the Palestinian side, the moral arbiters of acceptable...
  • ISIS Torches 1800 Year Old Mosul Church After Expelling Christians-1st time no mass in 1600 years

    07/23/2014 7:58:45 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    The Wire ^ | 7-23-14 | Adam Chandler
    ISIS, which recently rebranded as the Islamic State, has solidified its control over Iraq's second-largest city by imposing Sharia law and expelling Christians who won't convert to Islam. The end of last month marked the first time a mass wasn't held in the city in more than 1600 years. Then, matters got worse. From the Daily Beast: Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. But the day before the final exodus, Christians were informed jizya was...
  • Israel opens second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations

    07/23/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Transportation minister orders that Uvda airport near Eilat be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport beginning noon local time. Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday instructed the relevant agencies to immediately open the Uvda airport, the country's second terminus for air traffic which lies just north of Eilat, in the wake of the spate of flight cancellations announced by major foreign airlines. Katz convened a meeting of senior civilian aviation officials who recommended that the Uvda airport be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport. Related: • US urges deferral of travel to Israel, increases first aid to Gaza • El Al says...
  • The absurd and amoral disproportionality charge

    07/23/2014 6:13:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | GIL TROY
    ‘A democracy cannot, therefore, allow its soldiers to fight with blinders, handcuffs and leg irons.’ Tel Aviv House in poor part of south Tel Aviv where rocket shrapnel crashed through roof Photo: BEN HARTMAN CNN’s Wolf Blitzer recently asked if Israel was “overreacting” in Gaza. Rebuffing this new, trendy disproportionality argument, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu mocked those who say “yes, you have the right of self-defense, as long as you don’t exercise it.” Simplistic, voyeuristic media coverage spreads “Palestinian porn” – obsessed with exhibitionist victimization, not sex. Exploiting their dead, Palestinians seek to arouse the world’s guilt – while deflecting...
  • Mowing the grass in Gaza

    07/23/2014 6:11:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | EFRAIM INBAR, EITAN SHAMIR
    Those who forlornly ask “when is this going to end?” and use the cliché term “cycle of violence” have psychological difficulties digesting the facts that there is no solution in sight. Gaza Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank at a staging area, near the border with the Gaza Strip Photo: REUTERS The Israeli military offensive in Gaza reflects the assumption that Israel is in a protracted intractable conflict. It is unlikely that Israel can purge Hamas from Palestinian society, nor is a political solution likely to be achieved. Instead, Israel is acting in accordance with a “mowing the grass” strategy....
  • Obama to the rescue – of Hamas

    07/23/2014 6:09:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    Chances that Kerry will secure a cease-fire in near future are small; government will likely be able to buy time needed to complete mission in whole or large part. Operation Protective Edge is now two weeks old. Since the ground offensive began Thursday night, we have begun to get a better picture of just how dangerous Hamas has become in the nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. And what we have learned is that the time has come to take care of this problem. It cannot be allowed to fester or grow anymore. We have known for...
  • Palestinians’ Prize for Terror

    07/23/2014 6:04:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 23, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Secretary of State John Kerry – who was heard last Sunday on an open mike between Sunday TV appearances disparaging Israel’s efforts to limit civilian casualties in Gaza – arrived in Cairo on July 21st to frantically cobble together an immediate ceasefire. Seeking the help of Egypt and the United Nations, and even the Hamas-friendly countries of Turkey and Qatar, Kerry is looking for some kind of consensus by the major players in the region for a peace-at-any price formula. He is insisting on a premature ceasefire before Israel is able to find and destroy all the tunnels built under...
  • EU calls for disarmament of terrorist groups in Gaza

    07/22/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    The European Union on Tuesday called upon terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm, and to end and renounce violence. The official statement read: "The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts. The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm. The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields."
  • 35 trucks through Israel Tuesday to GAZA for UNWRA-CONDEMNS ROCKETS, for second time, in schools

    07/22/2014 12:23:10 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    IMRA ^ | 7-21-14
    At least 35 trucks through Israel on Tuesday to GAZA for UNWRA PRESS RELEASE: Dubai [Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: Lionello Boscardi - UNRWA Partnership, told IMRA that at least 35 trucks will make their way from Amman through Israel to the Gaza Strip this Tuesday and that there will be many more trucks to follow as the program is already slated to continue through the 27th.] PRESS RELEASE Dubai Begins Humanitarian Airlift for UNRWA in Gaza 21 July 2014 East Jerusalem As the number of casualties and injured civilians rises in the Gaza Strip, aid agencies have geared up...
  • U.S. may not have shared satellite intel with Israel identifying 60 tunnels

    07/22/2014 12:18:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    IMRA/Jerusalem Post ^ | July 22, 2014
    U.S. may not have shared satellite intel with Israel identifying 60 tunnels on the Israel-Gaza border "Emerson said that he is unaware if Israel requested such intelligence from the Americans or if it has yet been shared between the two nations" Exclusive: US intelligence source claims Hamas has many more tunnels than Israel says By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON The Jerusalem Post LAST UPDATED: 07/22/2014 09:44 http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Exclusive-US-intelligence-source-claims-Hamas-has-many-more-tunnels-than-Israel-says-368364 Steven Emerson, founder and executive director of the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism, told the Post in an exclusive interview on Sunday that US intelligence officials believe that Israel is underestimating the number of...
  • Livni: 'No real option for cease-fire now'

    07/22/2014 12:05:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    Left-wing justice minister says IDF operation in Gaza is "unavoidable"; Kerry meets Egyptian leaders in Cairo in attempt to forge resolution to conflict between Israel, Hamas. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of an imminent halt in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, adding that the IDF ground incursion in the Strip was impossible to avoid. Related: • US, UN pushing hard for immediate cease-fire in Gaza "There is no real option for a cease-fire now. This operation is unavoidable," the left-wing minister told Army Radio. "Hamas is not close to a cease-fire in terms of...
  • No holds barred: Israel is being crucified by unchallenged lies

    07/22/2014 11:00:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    I recently received an email from a reporter asking me to comment on questions of the “when did you stop beating your wife” variety. I receive these near daily from anti-Israel and anti-Semitic publications who accuse me of everything from supporting genocide against Palestinians, to lending my name to African regimes that slaughter their people (they’re referring to my friend President Paul Kagame, who actually stopped the genocide in Rwanda in 1994), to abandoning Michael Jackson. But this one came from a Jewish publication and included these gems: Do I disappear for days, sometimes weeks, into a room where I...
  • America’s curiously selective moral calculus vis-à-vis Israel

    07/22/2014 10:56:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | MICHAEL FREUND
    In most such cases, the US does not even acknowledge its responsibility for its own lethal drone attacks, let alone issue an apology. With a predictability that is rapidly becoming mind-numbing monotony, various US officials from the president on down have been stressing the need for Israel to exercise restraint in its counter- terror operation in Gaza so as to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. In addition to President Barack Obama, this concern has been voiced in recent days in one form or another by none other than US Secretary of State John Kerry, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, as...
  • FAA bans flights to Israel for 24 hours-US urges deferral of travel, increases first aid to Gaza

    FAA bans American flights to Israel for 24 hoursDecision comes after Delta, US Airways and United Airlines cancel flights due to rocket fired from Gaza causing damage in Yehud, some 5 kilometers from Ben-Gurion Airport The US Federal Aviation Authority on Tuesday banned US flights from traveling to and from Ben Gurion Airport for 24 hours after a Hamas rocket landed in Yehud, near Ben Gurion Airport, earlier in the day. "The FAA immediately notified US carriers when the agency learned of the rocket strike and informed them that the agency was finalizing a [Notice to Airmen]" prohibiting the flights....
  • Are the Gazans Who Voted for Hamas Ever Responsible for their Actions?

    07/22/2014 6:03:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 21, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Are the Gazans Who Voted for Hamas Ever Responsible for their Actions?Posted By Daniel Greenfield On July 21, 2014 @ 8:14 pm In The Point | 13 Comments Hamas didn’t just take power. It won an election. There was never any doubt then or before what its favorite tactics involved.The media acts as if the Muslims in Gaza are in a category apart from Hamas, but they’re no more separate than the Japanese were from their government or the Germans were from their government. Less so since Hamas did win an election.That’s the question that Thane Rosenbaum raises. The...
  • Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class

    07/22/2014 5:34:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Cutler
    Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle ClassPosted By Michael Cutler On July 22, 2014 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Periodically so-called “buzz words” and “buzz phrases” become fashionable.  Of late, the concept of “wage equality” has been bandied about by members of the administration, politicians and some media personalities.In point of fact, on July 15, 2014, the publication “Mail Online” published a report with a self- explanatory title:  “America’s 1 percenters are even richer than we thought: Richest actually control 37 percent of U.S. Wealth”It has been said that “beauty is in the eye of...
  • Texas to Take Action on Obama’s Border Crisis

    07/22/2014 5:31:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    Texas to Take Action on Obama’s Border CrisisPosted By Arnold Ahlert On July 22, 2014 @ 12:53 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Texas Governor Rick Perry announced Monday afternoon that he is sending 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexican border. “Over the years I have repeatedly called on the federal government to live up to its responsibility of protecting this great nation by securing the border,” said Perry, who added that he will “not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor.”Under assault might be...
  • US Support Wavering Obama Has Serious Concerns about Gaza Casualties

    07/21/2014 5:59:56 PM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | July 21st, 2014 | Hana Levi Julian
    Secy of State John Kerry is on his way to the region to begin efforts to force another 'cease fire' down Israel's throat before the threat from Hamas is ended. Israel’s ‘strongest supporter’ is already wavering. Doubts about the wisdom of continuing Operation Protective Edge are being expressed from the White House as soon as the IDF struck a decisive blow in a Gaza neighborhood where Hamas terrorists stored some of their most deadly missiles. The ordnance was, of course, stashed under civilian buildings — a mosque, a hospital, a children’s playround, and more. For three days the IDF dropped...
  • PM Netanyahu: “The Operation Will Be Expanded Until the Goal is Achieved”

    07/21/2014 5:53:48 PM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | July 21st, 2014 | Aryeh Savir
    JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu held a security meeting with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sammy Turgeman this afternoon (Jul. 21) at an IDF base in the south. Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “The IDF is making progress in the field according to plan and the operation will be expanded until the goal is achieved – restoring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period. The achievements in the fighting in the field are outstanding. I am impressed by the operation to hit the tunnels; it is achieving results...
  • Al Jazeera Publishes Updated List of Gaza Dead; Analysis Confirms Israel Targeting Combatants

    07/21/2014 5:52:13 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | July 21, 2014
    Al Jazeera on Sunday published a list of Gazans who died since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge Began two weeks ago, based on data provided by Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry. A breakdown by age and gender published on the Israellycool blog on Sunday confirmed the trend reported in a similar analysis last week by CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, that showed most of the dead were combatant age males, not women or children. The analysis showed that 82% of the dead were men, and 50 per cent of them were...
  • Israel holds moral high ground in Gaza

    07/21/2014 12:01:39 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-21-14 | Charles Krauthammer
    Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. "Here's the difference between us," explains Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles." Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent "cycle of violence." This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting?...
  • Democrats losing moral clarity on Israel

    07/21/2014 12:00:12 PM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 7-21-14 | Jeff Jacoby
    The Pew Research Center last week released a new survey of American attitudes in the Middle East. The results weren’t surprising. In the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, 51 percent of Americans say they sympathize more with Israel. Only 14 percent feel greater affinity for the Palestinians. Pew’s findings demonstrate the strength of pro-Israel feeling in the United States. The poll was conducted amid the current fighting with Hamas, but the bottom line hardly changed from Pew’s last survey in April, when it reported that in the 36 years it has been sampling public opinion, “sympathy toward Israel has...
  • Media Anti-Semitism on the March-In solidarity with academia and the political world.

    07/21/2014 11:51:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7.19.14 | Ben Stein
    July 18, 2014 Well, this has been a depressing day. The smoke here in Sandpoint is like soup. A short walk through the city beach left my lungs on fire. Apparently the forest fire in Washington state blowing our way is one of the biggest forest fires in decades. Close to 200,000 acres burned so far. At times, the breeze blows away the smoke but then it comes back and it’s oppressive. The fire is zero percent contained. Smokey, gritty Sandpoint isn’t the Sandpoint we know and love. But I love it anyway. I slept late, as always when I...
  • It’s Another “Death to the Jews” Weekend

    07/21/2014 11:46:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 21, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    From Berkeley to Boston and from Paris to Sydney, the season is upon us again. Hipsters twirl Keffiyahs from some Shanghai factory around their necks, don army surplus jackets and Decembrist t-shirts and head to the nearest Israeli embassy to scream about a new Holocaust. Shiites and Sunnis temporarily put aside their blood feuds and entire families of Syrian Alawites and Turkish Sunnis stand in London or Berlin screaming “Death to the Jews”. Joining them are elderly Trotskyists and aging Stalinists, normally as mutually hostile as Shiites and Sunnis, who put aside their differences to feebly wave cardboard signs about...
  • Over 700 Syrians Were Killed Last Week. But Jews Didn't Do it, So the Media Doesn't Care

    07/21/2014 11:43:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-21-14 | Raheem Kassam
    From reading the international and national news you would probably never have known that last Thursday and Friday alone, over 700 people were killed in Syria at the hands of jihadists and pro-Assad forces. Muslim on Muslim, Arab on Arab, human on human, whatever you like to think of it as - Western media is doing an awful job of reporting these abhorrent incidences - and I think I know why. My colleague Jonathan Spyer from the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, and fellow at the Middle East Forum (full disclosure: a position I also hold) noted it...
  • Leaflets Threaten Chicago Jews Over Israel in Gaza

    07/21/2014 11:41:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Forward ^ | July 21, 2014
    Chicago Police Investigates Possible Hate Crime Leaflets threatening the Jewish community because of Israel’s Gaza operation were found on parked cars in a Chicago neighborhood. The leaflets found Saturday on six cars in the Pulaski Park neighborhood, in the northwestern part of the city, threatened violence if Israel did not pull out of Gaza and end its operation in the coastal strip that began July 8, the Chicago Tribune reported. Chicago Police opened an investigation and notified the department’s hate crimes unit, according to the newspaper. The leaflets were discovered a day after hundreds of protesters held a demonstration in...
  • Israel’s Gaza Incursion Sets Off Protests in Europe [with links to other articles]

    07/21/2014 11:37:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 21, 2014 | DAN BILEFSKY
    PARIS — The conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza is spilling into the streets of dozens of cities in Europe, as thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters have depicted Israel as the aggressor and sought to isolate it internationally. Thousands of demonstrators gathered over the past several days in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam and other European cities in mostly peaceful expressions of support for Palestinians in Gaza, where Israel has carried out a 14-day offensive aimed at stopping rocket fire and closing tunnels used to infiltrate fighters into Israel. In addition to the large number of Palestinian casualties, the conflict...
  • Hit the Road Barack: Newsweek cover calls out president on policy promises

    07/21/2014 6:50:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-20-14 | Emily Anne Epstein
    <p>Niall Ferguson, a British professor of history at Harvard University, relies heavily on the idea of promises to lampoon Barack Obama into submission - a surprising argument for the historically liberal, and pro-Obama publication.</p> <p>It is urgent, he argues, to lose the rhetoric and spring for reform.</p>
  • Who Is Killing Palestinian Children?

    07/21/2014 6:38:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 18, 2014 | Anna Geifman
    Who Is Killing Palestinian Children?Posted By Anna Geifman On July 18, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 44 Comments Political differences aside, few will disagree that Palestinian children are innocent victims of the on-going hostilities in Gaza. Israel’s air strikes, aimed to defend its citizens from Hamas’ terrorization, resulted in civilian casualties, which included child victims. Yet, none other than Hamas, the rulers of Gaza, are responsible for the general humanitarian crisis there and for scores of killed, wounded, and traumatized children.Civilian fatalities are inevitable in any war, and thus far there are 230 in Gaza, despite...
  • How to Win in Gaza

    07/21/2014 6:35:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 18, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Israel deployed ground forces in Gaza Thursday night both because Hamas’s terror tunnels into Israel have become an unacceptable threat, and because it had to break the deadlock that had developed between it and Hamas. Until the ground invasion, Israel and Hamas were in a holding pattern. Hamas would not accept a ceasefire deal because Egypt’s offers provided the Iranian sponsored, Muslim Brotherhood terror army with no discernible achievements. And absent such achievements, Hamas prefers to keep fighting. Israel for its part is unwilling to make any concessions to Hamas in exchange for its cessation of its criminal terror war...
  • A Tale of Two Gazas

    07/21/2014 6:34:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 21, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    A Tale of Two GazasPosted By Joseph Klein On July 21, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 8 Comments There are two Gazas. One is at street level, where Palestinian civilians serve as Hamas’s human shields in the face of Israel’s narrowly targeted response to the more than 1500 rockets that have rained down on its citizens in recent days. The other is the subterranean Gaza, consisting of a labyrinth of elaborate tunnels where Hamas military commanders hide in relative comfort and which they use as their bases for rocket launchings and incursions into Israel. Hamas’s political chief...
  • Israel Batters Hamas —- Kerry to the Rescue

    07/21/2014 6:33:16 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 21, 2014 | P. David Hornik
    Israel Batters Hamas —- Kerry to the RescuePosted By P. David Hornik On July 21, 2014 @ 12:39 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 24 Comments As of Sunday evening, on Day 13 of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas was still fighting on against Israel, although its prospects didn’t look good.With Hamas’s rocket fire on Israel intensifying two weeks ago, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, with Iran’s nuclear program the main thing on his plate, kept ordering only small-scale retaliatory strikes from the air, hoping to avoid a larger conflict. But Hamas kept firing—more and more. So Israel launched Operation Protective Edge—but...
  • The Incoherent Excuses for Hating Israel

    07/21/2014 6:32:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 21, 2014 | Bruce Thornton
    The Incoherent Excuses for Hating IsraelPosted By Bruce Thornton On July 21, 2014 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 23 Comments Israel’s military operation to degrade Hamas’ ability to rain rockets down on Israeli cities has stirred up the usual noisy and nasty protests in Europe. We need not dwell on demonstrations by Muslim immigrants, whose genocidal Jew-hatred has been an Islamic tradition for 14 centuries. More revealing is the hatred of Israel by so many Europeans, ranging from leftover leftists and idealizers of the dark-skinned “other,” to far-right xenophobes and morally addled Christians. Whatever its origins, one thing...
  • Hillary Clinton: Europe must lead on plane react

    07/17/2014 7:16:54 PM PDT · by SJackson · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17/14 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Hillary Clinton says there’s “growing awareness” that Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was probably shot down by Russian insurgents — but argued that European leaders must “take the lead” on any action if that proves to be the case. Clinton made the comments about the doomed plane in a wide-ranging interview with TV host Charlie Rose set to air Thursday night. Portions of the taped interview were released ahead of airtime. “The questions I’d be asking is, No. 1, ‘Who could have shot it down? Who had the equipment?’” she said. “It’s obviously an antiaircraft missile.” The former secretary of state,...
  • Why Did Hamas Launch Its Current Rocket Offensive Against Israel?

    07/17/2014 5:28:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 7-17-14 | Y. Carmon and Y. Yehoshua
    Introduction The current Gaza conflict, which broke out following a deliberate escalation by Hamas when it fired dozens of rockets into Israeli cities over a wide radius (including Beersheba, Rehovot, and Ashdod and later Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa) raises questions about the reasons for this rocket offensive by Hamas. Why is it that, on July 7, 2014, Hamas broadened the scope of the battle beyond the exchanges of fire with Israel that had occurred previously, and fired rockets deeper into Israel than it had since Operation Pillar of Defense in late 2012? Apparently, Hamas' decision to launch a rocket...
  • What’s Left of Obama After the Magic

    07/17/2014 5:21:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | July 13, 2014 | Bernard Goldberg
    I ran into a guy I know at the gym the other day, a card-carrying liberal from Berkeley. He was puzzled. “Why didn’t Obama go down to the border?” he wanted to know. When a lefty from lib Mecca is wondering what the heck is going on, you know the president has a problem. In fairness, the president almost went to the border, but he stopped several hundred miles away where he raised millions from fat cats to help the Democratic Party. Hey, we all have our priorities. But his failure to visit the kids on the border was such...
  • Honest Questions for Eric Holder

    07/17/2014 5:12:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    While being interviewed recently by ABC News’ Pierre Thomas, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his belief that he and Barack Obama have been subjected to a measure of “vehemence” unlike that with which other public figures have had to reckon. Anyone who’s been alive for more than a few years doesn’t need this spelled out for them, but Holder couldn’t resist the impulse to make explicit the point at which he’s always driving: For Obama’s and Holder’s critics who are always “talking about taking their country back,” there is “a certain racial component,” “a racial animus,” that animates them. To...
  • Backgrounder: The Students for Justice in Palestine-Making Jew-hate fashionable on campuses

    07/17/2014 5:10:07 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | Lee Kaplan
    Backgrounder: The Students for Justice in PalestinePosted By Lee Kaplan On July 17, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) today exists as a consortium of campus “clubs” throughout the American and Canadian college systems which work to oppose the existence of Israel and to promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the Jewish state. There are at least 80 chapters of these clubs on campuses throughout the US and Canada. The SJP goes under other assorted names on some campuses. Names such as Palestine Solidarity Committee or Students for...
  • Obama Administration Suppresses Talk of Muslim Persecution of Christians

    07/17/2014 5:07:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 17, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Obama Administration Suppresses Talk of Muslim Persecution of ChristiansPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On July 17, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.Along with an especially egregious list of atrocities committed against Christian minorities throughout the Islamic world, March also saw some callous indifference or worse from the U.S. government.President Barack Hussein Obama was criticized by human rights activists for not addressing the plight of Christians and other minorities during his talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia, where Christianity is banned.According to the Washington-based International Christian Concern (ICC) advocacy group, Obama did not “publicly...
  • Bloodguilt Over Jews Leads to Blood Libels Against Jews

    07/16/2014 5:45:36 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    If there’s one place on Earth that should understand the danger of Jew hatred, it is Frankfurt, Germany. In 1933, boycotts targeted Jews; by 1938, Germans were burning synagogues down. Between 1933 and 1945, the Jewish population of the city was decimated, dropping from 30,000 to 602. Few Jews, most of them Soviet expatriates, live in the city now. So Frankfurt seems an odd place for a new blood libel against the Jews. Nonetheless, this week, 2,500 protesters, including Muslims and neo-Nazis — allied once again — showed up downtown to scream about Israel’s defensive action against Hamas in the...
  • The Popular Palestinians

    07/16/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    The Popular PalestiniansPosted By Caroline Glick On July 16, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. If the Palestinians are merely engaged in a nationalist struggle for self-determination, then why are they inciting genocide of Jewry? In the midst of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas released a music video in Hebrew calling for the Palestinians to bomb Israel and kill all Israelis. “Raze it [Israel] to the ground, exterminate the cockroaches’ nest, and banish all the Zionists,” the lyrics read. Some human rights activists and lawyers may get a sense of dĂ©jĂ ...
  • The (Gaza) question that must be answered

    07/15/2014 5:18:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 07/15/2014 | MICHAEL FREUND
    The surest way to minimize the number of Palestinian rockets is to maximize Israeli control over Gaza. Allowing Hamas to command territory enables it to rearm, rebuild, reorganize for next round of fighting. idf soldier With Israel poised to launch a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, the country finds itself at an important crossroads, one that could determine the strategic environment for many years to come. The daily barrage of rocket fire, coupled with the ability of Hamas missiles to reach as far as Haifa, has once again brought to the fore a critical question, one that Israeli society...
  • Kerry slams Hamas for bucking ceasefire with Israel

    07/15/2014 5:15:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 07/15/2014 | MICHAEL WILNER
    "I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire," he says; Kerry cancels trip to the Middle East Tuesday morning, relying on ceasefire. VIENNA -- US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through a ceasefire with Israel, brokered by the Egyptian government and accepted by Israel's cabinet Tuesday morning. At least 35 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip since the ceasefire was set to begin, mere hours ago. "I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so...
  • First Lesson of Gaza War: The Blockade Works

    07/15/2014 5:09:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 15, 2014 | Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
    During the first 24 hours of the Gaza war, Palestinian terrorists fired more than two hundred rockets into Israel. Yet only one Israeli was wounded, and none were killed. How is that possible? When Israel fires missiles at enemy targets, they strike with pinpoint accuracy. Sometimes they hit a lone terrorist on a motorcycle, or a single, targeted apartment in the middle of a dense cluster of apartment buildings. Yet when Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other Palestinian terror groups fire rockets into Israel, the vast majority land in empty fields or parking lots or other uninhabited sites. The difference is...
  • Obama’s ongoing shameful behavior against Israel

    07/14/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/13/2014 | ISI LEIBLER
    It is surely now time for the United States and the EU to unequivocally support the forces of democracy against the forces of evil. We are now reconciled to the fact that in any conflict – even when we are exercising our right of self-defense – we will either be condemned or, at best, accused of acting disproportionately. However, the latest round of hypocrisy by Western leaders, including US President Barack Obama, beats all records. Despite anger and condemnation from many of his constituents, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has, until last week, effectively been acting as a supplicant by virtually...
  • IDF Eliminates Road Terrorist in Judea

    07/14/2014 11:17:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 7-14-14 | Hana Levi Julian
    A gang of three was waiting along Route 60 in Judea to ambush drivers near Samua. Rock-throwing Arabs are a serious danger on roads in Judea and Samaria. IDF troops eliminated a Palestinian Arab road terrorist in Judea early Monday, identified by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency as 22-year-old Munir Ahmed Badarin. The attacker was one of a gang of three terrorists hurling firebombs and sharp rocks and cinder blocks at Israeli motorists as they passed the ambush site. The masked attackers were waiting to attack Israelis along the southern end of Route 60, just west of the Arab village...
  • Homeland Security officer fires shot during altercation at pro-Israel rally in Westwood. No one hurt

    07/14/2014 10:50:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 13, 2014 | Rick Loomis
    A federal officer attempting to break up an altercation during a pro-Israel demonstration Sunday at the federal building in Westwood fired a single shot but no one was harmed, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.. The rally, which drew some 500 people, was breaking up about 5:45 p.m. when Israel supporters and pro-Palestinian protesters began to clash, said sheriff's Deputy Juanita Navarro. An officer with the Department of Homeland Security sought to intervene and fired his weapon once, Navarro said.