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  • Delta cancels all Israel flights over missile fear

    07/22/2014 8:58:57 AM PDT · by DFG
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 07/22/2014 | AP
    Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board. US Airways, which has one daily flight from Philadelphia, canceled that flight Tuesday and the return trip from Tel Aviv. United Airlines, which has two flights daily to Israel out of Newark, N.J., did comment immediately on the status...
  • Delta suspends flights to and from Tel Aviv

    07/22/2014 8:19:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Steve Goldstein
    Delta Air Lines said it's suspending flights to and from Tel Aviv, citing security reasons. The airline noted that Delta flight 468, a Boeing 747 from JFK with 273 passengers and 17 crew, diverted to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Tuesday after reports of a rocket or associated debris near the airport in Tel Aviv.
  • Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

    07/22/2014 8:15:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT
    Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip. At the start of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said he planned to work with U.S. and other world leaders “to not only resolve this issue but also to set in motion once again the peace process that Secretary Kerry has been so actively involved in so as to end this ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”...
  • No More Aid to the Palestinian Authority

    07/22/2014 8:12:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    The anti-Semitic "tradition" of blaming Jews for the world's problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Major newspaper editorials condemned Hamas, but their condemnation was hedged by calls for "restraint" on "both sides" and "proportionality" in Israel's response to the attacks. There is little or no mention of Hamas' directive to ignore Israel's warning to leave homes in areas where the rockets have been placed among civilians. The Hamas strategy is to parade the bodies of the dead before TV cameras to demonstrate Israel's "cruelty"...
  • French ease ban on pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris

    07/22/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.07.14 @ 09:28 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The French authorities have reportedly authorized a demonstration in support for Gaza on Wednesday (23 July) after two government-banned protests over the weekend turned violent. Wednesday’s gathering is to be allowed because the pro-Palestinian organizers are considered “serious and responsible” by the authorities, reports French daily Le Parisien.The Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) as well as a handful of left wing groups is behind the demonstration, set to kick off in the early evening from the city’s center. The move comes on the heels of a controversial French government ban on demonstrations in the capital after several protesters...
  • UN chief arrives in Israel, but no cease-fire expected

    07/22/2014 7:09:57 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Barak Ravid
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to land in Israel 2 P.M. Tuesday in an attempt to push for progress on a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Ban's attempts to secure an hours-long humanitarian cease-fire over the course of the morning failed, however, after Israel rejected the proposal. Immediately after landing in Israel, Ban will be taken to the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, where he will meet with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ban and Netanyahu are expected to hold a press conference at 4 P.M., after which Ban will head to Ramallah...
  • Zbigniew Blames 'Disgustingly Destructive' Netanyahu

    07/22/2014 7:01:35 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The man who suggested that the US shoot down Israeli airplanes is at it again. Surveying the Israeli/Hamas conflict, Zbigniew Brzezinski couldn't summon up one word of condemnation for Hamas' intentional targeting of Israeli civilians with thousands of rockets and mortars. Instead, Jimmy Carter's national security adviser had harsh words for only one person: Benjamin Netanyahu. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Brzezinski said he didn't include Netanyahu in the category of leaders man enough to negotiate, accusing the Israeli PM of having "scuttled" peace efforts--again without a word of criticism for Hamas. Zbigniew ended his anti-Israel tirade by decrying that...
  • Israel’s Foreign Minister Lieberman Calls for Assassination of Hamas Leader Mashaal

    07/22/2014 6:44:24 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | Dave Bender
    Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday reportedly called for killing arch-terrorist and Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal. “This is the only way to hurt Hamas,” Lieberman said, according to Channel 2 News. The Hamas official is currently in safe refuge in Qatar, which backs the group. Qatar “has become a problem for the entire world,” Lieberman told visiting Rwandan Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, and slammed the Arabian Peninsula nation’s support for Hamas.
  • Report: Hamas’s High Demands Preventing Cease-Fire

    07/22/2014 6:43:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 7/22/2014, 8:41 AM | Tova Dvorin
    Hamas and Egypt are at odds over an unconfirmed cease-fire deal with Israel, Walla! News reports Tuesday—after Cairo refused to add to the terms of its mediation unprecedented “conditions” tempering the move. Hamas, which has rejected not one, but three separate ceasefire attempts, called on Israel over the past week to submit to a number of “conditions”—or demands—in return for an end to the violence against Israelis. The calls were accompanied by threats against the Israeli people, made through a series of weakly-worded text messages. These “conditions” include, among other things, greater access to international waters, reopening of border crossings,...
  • Ceasefire Talks to Renew in Cairo as Egypt Slams Hamas [Israel]

    07/22/2014 6:32:37 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | JNS.org
    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday that Israel will continue its offensive “as long as necessary” to stop rocket attacks by Hamas and terrorist infiltration from Gaza. Meanwhile, a senior Egyptian official on Sunday accused Hamas of neglecting Palestinian citizens after officials claimed that one of the terrorist group’s leaders, Khaled Mashaal, had been invited for Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire talks in Cairo. “This is yet another lie in a string of lies made by Hamas leaders, who continue to live comfortable lives abroad while abandoning the Palestinian citizens who are being killed by the day and paying with their lives...
  • US, UN pushing hard for immediate cease-fire in Gaza [Israel]

    07/22/2014 6:10:52 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Herb Keinon and Khaled Abu Toameh
    “If Hamas really wants a cease-fire, I am sure that we can get to that, but they don’t want one,” Netanyahu tells Sky News Arabic; Arab TV reports say humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza imminent. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in an interview with Sky News Arabic, pointed out that Israel accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire last week. That proposal called for an immediate end to the violence, followed 48 hours later by negotiations regarding a more lasting agreement. Part of the proposal called for Palestinian Authority security officers, rather than Hamas men, to man the border crossing with Rafah....
  • 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...
  • Erdogan 'Not Talking' to Barack Obama [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 5:55:17 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva a Israel National News ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Staff
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and Gaza, AFP reports Tuesday. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government...
  • Hushed, determined Israel in a war ‘for our home’

    07/22/2014 5:45:02 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | David Horovitz
    There’s a kind of hush over Israel at the moment. The streets are emptier; the cars are honking less; cafes are not deserted but they’re quieter; young kids’ laughter in the little park near our office rings out startlingly loud and carefree. We’re a nation glued to the news — to the TV, the radio, the internet. And it’s almost unremittingly grim. Just a few days ago, we were worrying about hundreds of rockets hitting all over Israel, and shaking our heads at the mini-miracle of Iron Dome intercepting most of them. Now it’s the residents of the kibbutzim and...
  • The Lone Soldiers of Israel

    07/22/2014 5:41:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Carol Brown
    While jihadists are recruiting people from all corners of the earth to join them in the war against Jews (and all infidels), there are also young men and women from around the world going to Israel to fight for her survival. The Israeli Defense Forces calls them lone soldiers. Lone soldiers have no family in Israel. They are young men and women who come to Israel to join the IDF and defend the Jewish homeland, as well as young people considered “at risk” who live in poverty, come from broken homes, or who are estranged from their parents. Estimates of...
  • Why Israel Needs to Finish the Job Now

    07/22/2014 5:41:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/22/2014 | Spengler
    There will be endless admonitions to Israel from the Obama administration, the United Nations, and so forth, demanding an early end to the Gaza war now underway. Israel’s security needs dictate the opposite: Hamas’ capacity to make war must be crippled.Tel Aviv last week remained one of the safest cities in the world despite the incessant rocket bombardment. In the bomb shelters at the David Intercontinental, we joked about the lack of drinks and canapes at the hotel’s hastily improvised guest mixers. The cafe terraces were full every night on Dizengoff Street. But complacency on Israel’s part would be...
  • Netanyahu: Hamas ‘grotesque’ but there’s hope for truce [Israel]

    07/22/2014 5:36:54 AM PDT · by Star Traveler
    The Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Aaron Donzis and Itamar Sharon
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Monday that “there’s hope” for a ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, but that he doesn’t know if it will happen under the current conditions. “There are some in the West who tell us, we support Israel’s right to defend itself… as long as you don’t exercise that right,” the premier declared. “Well what else could we do, what would you do… if 80 percent of your people were in bomb shelters?” Netanyahu also blamed the terror group for “the cruelest, most grotesque war that I’ve ever seen.” “There’s one side that is...
  • Golani soldier Oron Shaul caught in Gaza ambush is MIA [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 5:26:54 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Mitch Ginsburg
    The IDF has identified only six of the seven soldiers caught in a deadly ambush in Gaza City’s Shejaiya area earlier this week, the army announced Tuesday. The seventh soldier, named Tuesday afternoon as Oron Shaul, would appear to be missing in action. There is no definitive evidence of whether he is alive or dead Hamas, which, like Hezbollah, has a long history of sadistically toying with Israel over the fate of its soldiers, has released an ID photo of the apparently missing soldier along with his army ID number. The battle in Shejaiya began on Saturday night. During the...
  • Wave of anti-Semitic rallies hits cities across Germany

    07/22/2014 4:20:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/21/2014 | MICKI WEINBERG
    BERLIN — An angry mob gathered on Berlin’s famed Kurfürstendamm avenue Thursday. Draped in Palestinian flags and shaking their fists in rage, they chanted in German, “Jude, Jude feiges Schwein! Komm heraus und kämpf allein!” (“Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own!”) Earlier last week in Dortmund and Frankfurt anti-Israel protester chanted, “Hamas Hamas Juden ins gas!” (“Hamas Hamas Jews to the gas!”). On Friday, a 200-strong mob in Essen chimed in, “Scheiss Juden!” (“Jewish shit”) This week, similar mobs gathered in Kassel, Nuremberg, Mainz, and other cities throughout Germany. The crowds are largely young, with...
  • 'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

    07/22/2014 4:09:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/22/2014
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV...
  • Watch: Police Knock Arab MK to the Ground

    07/22/2014 12:46:46 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    Police have been showing less patience for extremist Arab MKs' antics lately, MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash) learned Monday in Nazareth when he attempted to storm the local police station. The video shows Barakeh, who has been inolved in numerous scuffles with authorities over the years, trying to storm the Nazareth police station together with an Arab mob. The police form a wall and push the crowd back, and Barakeh eventually finds himself on the ground. Police arrested two of Barakeh's sons, and 21 other citizens, following the large scale demonstration in Nazareth on Monday, which was attended by thousands. The...
  • Two More IDF Soldiers Killed in Gaza

    07/21/2014 7:42:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 7/23/14 | Elad Benari
    Two more IDF soldiers have been killed in Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit cleared for publication on Monday night. According to the statement, the two soldiers were killed during the afternoon hours on Monday. One of the soldiers has been identified as Sergeant Oded Ben Sira, 22, from Nir Etzion. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the military section of the Nir Etzion cemetery. The name of the second soldier has not yet been cleared for publication. The latest deaths bring the total number of officers and soldiers who have been killed in...
  • U.S. scrambles as violence escalates in Israel-Hamas conflict

    07/21/2014 7:39:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/14 | Guy Taylor
    With diplomats from Middle Eastern states and several outside powers scrambling to stem the spiraling Israeli-Palestinian crisis on Monday, President Obama called for a cease-fire and cited “serious concerns” about the rising toll of dead on both sides. The Obama administration also dispatched to the region Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who arrived in Egypt late Monday to try to mediate calm between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. But the violence continued to surge Monday night, with the top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip signaling that the Islamist group, whose charter calls killing every Jew a...
  • Israeli Christian Leader: 'We Must Unite Against Terror'

    07/21/2014 6:48:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/21/2014 | Paul Bois
    On Monday, Father Gabriel Nadaf, a leader in Israel's Greek-Orthodox Church, wrote a letter to various ambassadors stationed in Israel asking they support the IDF during Operation Protective Edge and unite against terrorist to "safeguard the Holy Land." Here is the complete text: Edmond Burke, the 18th century Irish philosopher and political theorist, said, ‘The only thing necessary for evil to win is for good men to do nothing.’ Therefore, we are all brothers in the face of evil, with no regard to religion, race, and faith. The outcry about the atrocities we are crying out together. As the spiritual father of...
  • WH: We Haven't Changed the President's Schedule Amid Crises Because it Might Scare People

    07/21/2014 6:38:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Guy Benson
    On Thursday, we chronicled President Obama's series of decisions to carry on with his public schedule -- a burger joint photo op, a partisan speech on infrastructure spending, and a pair of Manhattan fundraisers -- in the midst of two major international crises. First, Russian-backed and -armed separatists in Ukraine shot down a commercial airliner, killing nearly 300 innocent civilians, including one American. The attack marked a dramatic and lethal escalation of the war in Eastern Ukraine, in which Russia is a malignant and destructive actor. New evidence appears to indicate that Moscow has been highly interested in obtaining the...
  • The Balfour Declaration: the Legal Right to a Jewish State

    07/21/2014 6:09:24 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | Sunday, July 20, 2014 | Lenny Ben-David
    The government of Great Britain issued the Balfour Declaration 95 years ago. The document in effect served as the birth certificate for a Jewish national home. British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour's declaration was in the form of a letter to a leader of the British Jewish community. It stated: His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish...
  • US Support Wavering Obama Has Serious Concerns about Gaza Casualties

    07/21/2014 5:59:56 PM PDT · by SJackson · 34 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 Asks London: What Would You do if You Were Under Attack?

    07/21/2014 4:26:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Monday 21 Jul 2014
    Israel’s armed forces have distributed an image of London’s Houses of Parliament under missile attack, posing the question: ‘What would you do?’The military’s bid to justify its actions comes on the day five patients were killed in their beds as Israeli bombs hit a hospital in Gaza. The strike on the Al Aqsa Hospital, in the town of Deir el-Balah, was the fourth attack by Israeli forces on a medical facility this month. The Israel army did not comment on the incident but has previously accused militants of firing rockets from locations close to schools and hospitals. There were renewed...
  • Egypt still holds the key in cease-fire talks [Israel and Hamas]

    07/21/2014 3:45:49 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | Zvi Ba'r'el
    “I take my hat off to Israel, and I say to the army, the people, and the Israeli leadership – you’re good men,” enthused Tawfik Okasha, owner and anchor of the Egyptian television channel Al-Faraeen. Although it’s true that Okasha has a personal vendetta against the Muslim Brotherhood, which closed down his channel during their rule, statements such as these haven’t been heard in Egypt in generations. There’s no doubt that the official and public discourse in Egypt is more favorable to Israel than it is to Hamas, but it’s still too early to rejoice about any kind of miracle...
  • The Actions of Israel do not Give you the Excuse to Be Anti-Semetic

    07/21/2014 3:39:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The recent killings in Gaza have again helped to bring to the surface a level of prejudice towards Jews. What is quite apparent is that there is a section of Jewish people who are equally disgusted with the actions of Israel. Regardless, of this, sadly some Muslims do tend to become more anti-Jewish during these testing times. Some people may not like this to be stated so bluntly but let us face the facts. Ramadan or no Ramadan the evening discussions centre upon conspiracy theories about how Jewish people are controlling the British media and are intent on burying the...
  • US to send $47m in humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip

    07/21/2014 2:34:51 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 45 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 21 July 2014 | AP & Gavriel Fiske
    CAIRO - The US is sending $47 million in humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip to help tens of thousands of Palestinians.....
  • UNREAL: Obama Tells Israel to Cut Back on Fighting Terrorists

    07/21/2014 2:03:41 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 52 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | July 21 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    Barack Obama is trying his best to stand in between Israel and the destruction of one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations. The president has made it clear since the conflict in Gaza began heating up a few weeks ago, that his support of Israel begins and ends at the podium, as his actions outside of his famously scripted and egocentric speeches demonstrates a hidden hostility toward the Israelis. President Obama warned Israeli leaders to use “restraint” in dealing with terrorists who were bombing their country, doing untold amounts of damage and putting people’s lives in danger. After a...
  • Ex-Israeli envoy to US: Kerry wasn’t invited, shouldn’t be coming

    07/21/2014 1:47:33 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 21, 2014, 3:27 pm | Lazar Berman
    In a notably critical interview, Michael Oren emphasizes that Israel would prefer Egyptian, not American, mediation Michael Oren, who until recently served as Israel’s ambassador in Washington, said US envoy John Kerry was coming to the region “to our chagrin.” US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in Cairo Monday for discussions surrounding a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The White House said Kerry would seek “an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement,” and stressed the need to protect civilian life both “in Gaza and in Israel.” In strikingly outspoken comments...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Had to Tell John Kerry "This is Not Vietnam"

    07/21/2014 1:08:09 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 66 replies
    Reason ^ | July 21 2014 | Ed Krayewski
    The New Republic has a longish piece on how John Kerry got the latest iteration of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process restarted and how it fell apart around him. It involved a lot of talking and self-importance on all sides. The article includes a lot of reporting on the details of conversations between John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and other Israeli and Palestinian officials. Among the reported conversations is this one that started about Palestinian incitement: Kerry pressed on: "When I fought in Vietnam, I used to look at the faces of the local...
  • Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce [Israel and Hamas]

    07/21/2014 12:37:38 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Monday,,July 21, 2014 | Amena Bakr, Yasmine Saleh and Shadia Nasralla
    DOHA/CAIRO (Reuters) - The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, with rival powers competing to take credit for a truce, analysts and some officials say. The main protagonists are Arab heavyweight Egypt and the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, on opposite sides of a regional standoff over Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, and its ideological patron the Muslim Brotherhood. Both camps suggest the other is motivated as much by a desire to polish diplomatic prestige and crush political adversaries as by...
  • Israel Tweets Fake Photo of Rockets Over London to Answer Critics

    07/21/2014 12:35:35 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 21, 2014
    0 inShare. . An image on Twitter of rockets sailing toward London's Houses of Parliament is the Israeli military's official response to criticism of its ongoing offensive in Gaza. Captioned "What Would You Do?" the fake photo appeared Monday on the official Twitter account of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The Palestinian militant group Hamas has fired more than 1,000 missiles from Gaza into Israel since hostilities between the two sides escalated into exchanges of rockets and airstrikes beginning July 9. The greater civilian death toll on the Palestinian side of the conflict has prompted criticism of Israel's military offensive,...
  • Diplomat: UN Gave Hamas Rockets to the Palestinian Government

    07/21/2014 12:27:40 PM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 21, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    United Nations officials handed Hamas missiles found last week in a U.N.-run school in Gaza to the Palestinian government, according to a Western diplomat familiar with the case who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. At least 20 rockets were discovered last week in a Gaza school run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which operates several schools in Gaza and elsewhere. Israeli officials claimed on Sunday that the weapons were given back to Hamas, but Western sources familiar with the case say that they were turned over to “local authorities” working under the Palestinian unity government
  • Seven More IDF Soldiers, Officers Killed Death toll in Operation Protective Edge reaches 25

    07/21/2014 12:22:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    inn ^ | 7/21/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The IDF Spokesperson's Office stated Monday night that seven additional soldiers and officers have been killed in Gaza, as the fourteenth day of Operation Protective Edge draws to a close. Their families have been notified. Sergeant First Class Yuval Dagan, 22, from Kfar Saba, served in the Golani Brigade. Dagan's funeral will be held Monday night in the military cemetery in Kfar Saba. Lieutenant General Dolev Keidar, "Gefen" commander, 38, from Modi'in was killed during the infiltration attempt into Israel early this morning. Sergeant First Class Tal Yifrah, Golani Brigade, 22, from Rishon LeTzion. Yifrah was killed in clashes in...
  • 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...
  • Israel May Have Bombed A Sudan Ammunition Warehouse Suspected Of Supplying Hamas

    07/21/2014 10:25:36 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI - Times Of Israel ^ | Elhanan Miller
    Elhanan Miller, The Times Of Israel July 21, 2014A large explosion in a Sudanese ammunition warehouse last Friday was the result of an Israeli attack targeting weapons intended for Hamas, and not a fire, as claimed by the government, an Arab daily reported on Monday. Sudanese Intelligence had claimed that the explosion, which took place in a military training camp in Al-Gaili, north of the capital Khartoum, early Friday morning, was caused by “a local fire.” A Sudanese army spokesman, A-Sawarmi Khaled Sa’ad, said the explosion had no connection to “external hands, or a domestic act of sabotage.” But unnamed...
  • All The News Hamas Sees Fit to Print

    07/21/2014 9:44:41 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 20, 2014 | Noah Pollak
    Something important is missing from the New York Times's coverage of the war in Gaza: photographs of terrorist attacks on Israel, and pictures of Hamas fighters, tunnels, weaponry, and use of human shields. It appears the Times is silently but happily complying with a Hamas demand that the only pictures from Gaza are of civilians and never of fighters. The most influential news organization in the world is thus manufacturing an utterly false portrait of the battle—precisely the portrait that Hamas finds most helpful: embattled, victimized Gaza civilians under attack by a cruel Israeli military. A review of the Times's...
  • Gaza death toll tops 500, Israel kills tunnel infiltrators

    07/21/2014 9:24:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/21/2014 | BY NIDAL AL-MUGHRABI AND CRISPIAN BALMER
    The Palestinian death toll in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip rose above 500 on Monday as the army said it had killed 10 militants who tunnelled into Israel, while Gazan officials said an Israeli tank shelled a hospital, killing civilians. A day after he was caught by an open microphone saying sarcastically that the Israeli assault was "a hell of a pinpoint operation", U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Cairo to try to secure an end to the two-week conflict. Despite a U.N. Security Council appeal on Sunday for an immediate ceasefire in the worst bout...