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  • Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Israeli Embassy

    07/22/2014 5:14:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    The Local ^ | 22 Jul 2014
    A man set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin on Monday night. Police said it was too soon to say whether it was part of a political protest. Amid tensions in Berlin over pro-Gaza protests and a rise in anti-Semitism, the 46-year-old doused himself in a flammable liquid and then set himself alight with a cigarette lighter at 11.45pm on Monday. Police said the man, who is of Arab descent, only suffered minor injuries outside the Israeli embassy in south-west Berlin. A police spokesman told The Local his feet and legs were burnt and he was now...
  • Growing opposition to Israel in Germany

    07/22/2014 4:50:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 22.07.2014 | Jeanette Seiffert
    “Berlin police cower before Jew-haters,” proclaimed a headline in the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel—and this line has been posted numerous times on social networking sites. It was reported that a group of Arabs shouted “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone” at a recent demonstration and police officers did not interfere.In many European cities, what began as peaceful protests turned into outpourings of anti-Jewish sentiments and violence against counter-demonstrators. […] The Gaza conflict has stirred up public opinion in Europe, and it has brought Israel-hatred to Germany along with it, according to political scientist Stephan Grigat. […] Grigat has...
  • Man sets himself on fire outside Israeli embassy (Berlin, Germany)

    07/22/2014 4:41:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jul 2014 14:39 GMT+02:00
    A man set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin on Monday night. Police said it was too soon to say whether it was part of a political protest. Amid tensions in Berlin over pro-Gaza protests and a rise in anti-Semitism, the 46-year-old doused himself in a flammable liquid and then set himself alight with a cigarette lighter at 11.45pm on Monday. Police said the man, who is of Arab descent, only suffered minor injuries outside the Israeli embassy in south-west Berlin. …
  • Soldier: Terrorists Charged with Babies in Hand

    07/22/2014 4:34:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/14 | Shimon Cohen, Maayana Miskin
    Wounded soldiers have given shocking testimony regarding Hamas’ use of young children as human shields. Parents of wounded soldiers spoke to Kol Yisrael on Tuesday and shared some of the disturbing stories they had heard from their sons. They said soldiers have repeatedly seen young children in Sheijaya, Gaza, be sent out into the streets with guns to try to attack IDF troops. One parent reported that terrorists had run at IDF soldiers with a gun in one hand and a baby in the other, apparently in hopes that the soldiers would see the child and hold their fire. If...
  • El Al says there is 'no chance' it will cancel flights to, from Israel

    07/22/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 27 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Niv Elis and Lahav Harkov
    European and US airlines suspend flights to and from Israel after rocket falls 5km from Ben Gurion; El Al has historically continued flight service during times of war. Israeli airline El Al said it would not cancel any flights as air travel to Israel from all American carriers and several European ones came to a halt on Tuesday after the Federal Aviation Authority banned US airlines from traveling to and from Ben Gurion Airport for 24 hours. "There is no chance we will stop operations," an El Al spokesman told the Post. In labor disputes with the government, El Al...
  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 3:34:46 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 24 replies
    The times of a Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    As of Tuesday night, despite the efforts of international intermediaries here in the region, there was no sign of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had failed to achieve the long-term humanitarian truce he planned. This despite signs Monday that Hamas might want to halt the fighting. The Al-Mayadeen satellite station, which has good contacts in the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed late Monday that Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal had reached a ceasefire deal, based on Egypt’s proposal for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Abbas’s intelligence chief Majid Faraj set...
  • Carter calls for end to fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 2:43:55 PM PDT · by NCjim · 46 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 22, 2014 | Shelia Poole
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has called for an end to the fighting and bombing in Gaza. “Both sides must distinguish between combatants and noncombatants, and Israel must ensure that its use of force is proportionate in accordance with international humanitarian law. More immediately, all combat operations must stop, and Israeli troops should withdraw from Gaza,” Carter said in a statement released Tuesday. So far, more than 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting, according to reports. The Israeli death toll is estimated at 29, including two civilians. Humantarian groups have also called for an end to...
  • Israel Transportation Minister: Cancellation of Flights to Israel Gives a ‘Prize to Terror’

    07/22/2014 3:10:00 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 31 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Shiryn Ghermezian
    Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said on Tuesday that the just announced cancellation of European and U.S. flights to Israel handed a victory to terrorism. “There is no reason for the American companies to stop their flight and give a prize to terror,” Katz said, according to Jerusalem Post correspondent Niv Elis. On Tuesday, four major U.S. airline carriers announced their decision to cancel flights heading to Israel indefinitely, one specifically citing the danger of Gaza rocket attacks near Israel’s Ben Gurion airport. Shortly after the airlines announced their decision, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it told all U.S....
  • FAA tells U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 2:52:30 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | Staff
    The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours starting Tuesday afternoon due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza. The notice came after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv - a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine. It was the latest blow to...
  • EU defends Israel’s Gaza incursion (but…)

    07/22/2014 2:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.07.14 @ 20:14 | Andrew Rettman
    EU countries have defended Israel’s use of force in Gaza, but blamed it for harming peace prospects in the longer term. Foreign ministers in a joint statement on Tuesday (22 July) said they are “appalled by the human cost” of some parts of “the Israeli military operation”, which has killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians. But they “recognized Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself”, while blaming Hamas, the militant group which rules Gaza, for “indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel”, in what they described as “criminal and unjustifiable acts”. They also gave credence to Israeli claims that Hamas is urging civilians...
  • U.S. flight ban could be Hamas' biggest success in latest clash with Israel

    07/22/2014 12:29:27 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Spencer Brown
    Several airlines already had suspended operations or diverted flights. The ban comes less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down over Ukraine. For Hamas, it could be the biggest break the Islamist group has had since the most recent fighting started -- potentially increasing Israeli's physical and psychological isolation from the rest of the world. The airport handles about 14 million travelers a year.
  • EU calls for disarmament of terrorist groups in Gaza

    07/22/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 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 · 15 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 · 23 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...
  • EU calls on Hamas to disarm, condemns use of civilians as shields [Israel]

    07/22/2014 12:07:05 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Herb Keinon
    Jerusalem hails European condemnation of Hamas violence; EU condemns rocket fire, calls for renunciation of violence. Israel received a strong back-wind from an unlikely source on Tuesday, when the EU issued a statement strongly denouncing Hamas and condemning their use of civilians as human shields. The EU's foreign ministers, following a monthly meeting in Brussels, issued a statement on the Middle East condemning “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 statement also called on Hamas to immediately put an end to...
  • Livni: 'No real option for cease-fire now'

    07/22/2014 12:05:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 32 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 · 10 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...
  • How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering

    07/22/2014 10:59:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dean Obeidallah
    When I interviewed The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart two years ago for a documentary I co-directed, The Muslims Are Coming!, one of the questions I posed to the talk show host was: Do you think your show has had an impact on issues? Surprisingly, Stewart responded “no.” At first, my co-director, Negin Farsad, and I thought Stewart was being unduly modest. But he was actually being sincere. Stewart went on to list issues he had railed against for years—such as media sensationalism—and noted that nothing tangible had changed despite his best efforts. But if that question were put to Stewart...
  • 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....
  • Why Did the State Department Announce a Travel Warning for Israel?

    07/22/2014 10:48:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/22/14 | NOAH POLLAK
    Yesterday, moments after Secretary of State John Kerry departed for the Middle East to attempt to broker a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war, the State Department issued a warning recommending that “U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel” due to the threat from “long-range rockets launched from Gaza.” Interesting timing. Long-range rocket fire from Gaza has been dramatically curtailed in recent days by the IDF’s ground operation, and was heaviest at the beginning of the war – some two weeks ago. Despite Hamas and Islamic Jihad barrages of M75 and M302 rockets fired at Tel Aviv and...
  • Israel Supporters Attacked by Crowd Shouting ‘Kill Jews’ in Canada

    07/22/2014 10:13:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/22/14 | Adam Kredo
    A group of Canadian Israel supporters who were violently beaten last week by a crowd shouting anti-Semitic slurs said they continue to be bullied on the Internet and in the media by those who claim that they were looking for a fight. A family of six pro-Israel supporters demonstrating in downtown Calgary was assaulted late Friday by a crowd of around 100 protestors who were demonstrating against Israel’s military action in the Gaza Strip. The victims said they were just trying to express their support for Israel when an angry mob of pro-Palestinian demonstrators surrounded them, began shouting anti-Semitic slogans,...
  • One round trip to Gaza, Please

    07/22/2014 10:09:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Despite their reluctance, the Israelis are back in Gaza -- for the third time in a decade, and for who knows how many times to come. It's become almost a regularly scheduled round trip by now. Their reluctance is understandable; Gaza has been a trap since the old days. Specifically, the Old Testament days. ("The Philistines are upon thee, Samson!" --Judges 16:20.) All of which may explain why the Israelis didn't invade this time until Hamas rejected their (and the Egyptians') repeated offers of a truce. Now they're back to block the tunnels Hamas was using, or rather planning...
  • FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    07/22/2014 10:07:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    AP ^ | July 22, 2014 | Joan Lowy
    The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby. The FAA said in a statement that the ban on flights is for 24 hours beginning at 12:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday.
  • Two U.S. airlines suspend Israel flights after rocket attack near airport [FAA suspends all flights]

    07/22/2014 9:49:29 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 71 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Staff
    7:41 P.M. The FAA prohibits all U.S. airlines from flying to and from Ben-Gurion International Airport "for a period of up to 24 hours." 5:57 P.M. Delta Airlines and U.S. Airways suspend flights to and from Israel on Tuesday. This follows a warning from the Federal Aviation Authority given after a rocket fell earlier Tuesday in Yehud, near Ben-Gurion International Airport. United Airlines announced it will continue operating as usual. A Delta Airlines flight from New York to Israel landed in Paris following the decision. U.S. Air has relocated planes currently at Ben-Gurion airport tonight's planned flight has been canceled....
  • US airlines scrap Israel flights over missile fear

    07/22/2014 9:39:37 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 12 replies
    <p>Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.</p> <p>Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said Tuesday they are suspending service between the U.S. and Israel indefinitely. US Airways scrapped its Tel Aviv service Tuesday and said it is monitoring the situation in regards to future flights.</p>
  • In Cairo, Kerry urges Hamas to accept truce [Israel]

    07/22/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Shaun Tandon
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday again placed the onus on Hamas to accept a ceasefire along the lines of an Egyptian proposal to end the raging conflict in Gaza The top US diplomat was speaking in Cairo after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, whose government’s ceasefire proposal last week was accepted by Israel but rejected by Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Kerry voiced support for the initiative as a “framework” to end the fighting that has killed almost 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis in two weeks of fighting. But Hamas, which has been relentlessly firing rockets and tunneling...
  • Poll: 73% say Israel more successful than Hamas in Gaza op (only 16% want ceasefire)

    07/22/2014 9:26:40 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 7/22/14
    Support for Operation Protective Edge among the Israeli Jewish public remains strong, and a majority say that Israel has racked up more successes than Hamas since the beginning of the campaign, which entered its ground phase last week, a poll conducted by Israel Hayom and the New Wave Research firm shows. When asked if they supported or opposed Israel's ground incursion into Gaza, 80 percent of respondents replied that they supported it, 12 percent said they opposed it and 8 percent said they didn't know. When asked if Israel should expand its current ground operation, 71 percent of respondents said...
  • UN's Ban arrives, says no country would allow rockets to rain down on its cities [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 9:14:40 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Herb Keinon
    No country would accept rockets raining down on its civilians, and all countries and parties have an international obligation to protect civilians, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Ban, who arrived in Israel as part of his effort – together with US Secretary of State John Kerry – to broker a cease-fire, said at a press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the UN position was clear: “We condemn strongly the rocket attacks, and these must stop immediately.” Furthermore, he said, “we condemn the use of civilian sites, schools, hospitals and other civilian facilities for...
  • Delta cancels all Israel flights over missile fear

    07/22/2014 8:58:57 AM PDT · by DFG · 3 replies
    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 · 3 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 · 7 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 · 10 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 · 43 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 · 8 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 · 7 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 · 11 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 · 24 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 · 24 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...