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  • Mike Bloomberg: I'm Flying To Tel Aviv Tonight Because The FAA Is Stupid

    07/22/2014 9:14:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Gothamist ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jen Chung
    Perhaps sensing a leadership vacuum with Mayor de Blasio enjoying la dolce vita overseas, former Mayor Bloomberg is back in the news. With an international message: He's traveling to Israel to blast the FAA's decision to ban flights to Israel. Earlier today, the FAA announced that flights to and from Tel Aviv would be prohibited for up to 24 hours after reports of a rocket strike landing about a mile from Ben Gurion this morning. Which prompted Bloomberg to plan a trip. He wrote on his website: This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to...
  • Live Cams of the fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 133 replies
    Russia Today Ustream ^ | 7-22-2014 | Russia Today
    RT has two cameras on a split screeen, overlooking Gaza. You can hear the 'crump' of mortars or artillery, and the whine of at least two drones in the air. It is just before the dawn there. You can hear the call to prayer in the background, right now.
  • There is a sickness festering in Calgary, Alberta

    07/22/2014 5:25:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/22/14 | Diane Weber Bederman
    On Friday July 18, a Pro-Palestinian demonstration took place in Calgary. The organizer of this event was the University of Calgary student club “Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights” whose current president Ala’a Hamdan recently said “My body and soul are ready to fight and die,” and “This land will be proud that Palestinian babies are born men and women ready to spill their blood.” In a fictional battle hymn written to a son, Ms. Hamdan also wrote: “I will soak a koffiah with your blood and save it to show to your siblings ... I will be named the mother...
  • Growing opposition to Israel in Germany

    07/22/2014 4:50:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 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 · 34 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 · 19 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...
  • 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."
  • 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...
  • 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 · 45 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...
  • Carter calls for end to fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 2:43:55 PM PDT · by NCjim · 57 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...
  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 3:34:46 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 30 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...
  • 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...
  • Why was a reading list scrubbed from Rand Paul's website?

    07/22/2014 2:32:44 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 8 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 7/22/14 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In recent days the Weekly Standard and Washington Free Beacon have brought to light a now-scrubbed recommended reading list for students that had resided on Sen. Rand Paul’s website. Why the focus on a book list, and why was the book list scrubbed? The answer to the second question could lie in the answer to the first: the foreign policy recommendations in the reading list take a variety of controversial stances, suggesting that the U.S. is to blame for the rise of Islamic supremacism in the Middle East, that the “Israeli Lobby” controls U.S. foreign policy to America’s great detriment,...
  • Israel Transportation Minister: Cancellation of Flights to Israel Gives a ‘Prize to Terror’

    07/22/2014 3:10:00 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 43 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....
  • Researchers Find Rare Coin, Other Artifacts at Bethsaida Dig Site

    07/22/2014 3:04:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    University of Nebraska Omaha ^ | July 17, 2014 | Charley Reed
    The highlight of the excavation was the discovery of a Judea Capta coin, which was minted by Roman Emporor Domitian during his reign of 81 – 96 CE in honor of the conquest of Judea and the destruction of Jersusalem in 70 CE by his father, Vespasian, and brother, Titus. Christie Cobb, a doctoral student at Drew University in New Jersey, discovered the coin. There are only 48 other versions of this coin that have been found, and fewer still at Biblical sites such as Bethsaida. “The coin confirms other ceramic data about the date of the large Roman period...
  • 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 · 14 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...
  • How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering

    07/22/2014 10:59:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 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...
  • 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 on Hamas to disarm, condemns use of civilians as shields [Israel]

    07/22/2014 12:07:05 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 14 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...
  • Islam's war on Israel

    07/22/2014 12:05:00 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 22, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Islam, the religion of death not peace, continues its winning streak. President Obama shows many signs of approval. An article posted by Daniel Greenfield at Front Page Magazine and republished at Warsclerotic is titled "Israel’s War with the Muslim Brotherhood." It makes a powerful case supporting this thesis: Israel has become a flashpoint in the region because it is the only place where an armed non-Muslim minority has been able to make a stand against Muslim genocide.  Israel has been fighting the forces of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza since right after the Holocaust. Its soldiers are fighting so that the same forces...
  • United, Delta and USAir suspend flights to Israel - UPDATE FAA BANS US FLIGHTS, EUROPEANS FOLLOW

    07/22/2014 11:37:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 95 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/22/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    United, Delta and USAir have suspended all flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport after a Hamas rocket this afternoon landed in Yahud, some 5 kilometers from the airport (Hat Tip: NY Nana). The White House says that it did not order the flights suspended, but Delta said it made its decision in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration. Delta said it suspended service to and from its New York JFK hub "until further notice," while the Israel Airports Authority would only confirm that the carriers had suspended flight scheduled for Monday. US Airways has not yet released a...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • If only the IDF had Mujahadeen Magical Munitions®

    07/22/2014 6:01:13 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 4 replies
    Elder of Ziyon blog ^ | 22 July 2014 | Elder of Ziyon
    The IDF spends hundreds of millions of dollars and untold thousands of man-hours on high-tech weapons and low-tech methods meant to ensure the absolute minimum of innocent lives lost in a conflict. Advanced visual systems, multiple layers of legal consultation, and even thousands of pamphlets - all designed to keep innocent people alive while targeting the terrorists hiding among them. But it turns out that the Jewish state could have saved lots of that money and time. Because Hamas and the other terrorists have the most sophisticated, advanced weapons known to man. Mujahadeen Magical Munitions® are specially designed not to...
  • 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...
  • A blow to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as Israel crushes Hamas

    07/22/2014 5:53:43 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/22/14 | Dr. Ashraf Ramelah
    Experts in the Middle East conflict expected to see a demand on Israel to liberate particular terrorists as a ransom for the kidnapped boys. Such exchanges have been typical of the past. But why not this time? The answer: Hamas wanted to entice Egypt into warfare with Israel in order to help the Muslim Brotherhood regain power in Egypt. Hamas had a broader agenda for the kidnappings, murders, and rocket fire into Israel. Its aggression stirred up pro-Palestinian, pro-Hamas opinion by Egypt’s politicians, journalists and media in order to put pressure on Al-Sisi’s new government to help the “oppressed” Gazans....
  • Hushed, determined Israel in a war ‘for our home’

    07/22/2014 5:45:02 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 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...
  • 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...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/22/14)[Prayer]

    07/22/2014 4:54:57 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/22/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Animals In The Bible Bears New International Version (NIV)  32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” 33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck...
  • Israel Miracle? Gaza Strip Hamas Complain, ‘Their God Changes The Paths Of Our Rockets In Mid-Air’

    Headlines in Israel claim miracles are protecting the Jews during the Gaza Strip ground war, with one headline proclaiming that Hamas terrorists are complaining about God changing the direction of rockets in mid-air. In a related report by The Inquisitr, Hamas leader are worth millions of dollars and critics claim they have been skimming money from donations. The issue of donations also came up in regards to the support provided to the Gaza Strip by Israel since the Hamas tunnels were built with cement provided by the government. Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1364461/israel-miracle-gaza-strip-hamas-complain-their-god-changes-the-paths-of-our-rockets-in-mid-air/#Y7ilHKkEq1jpAwHq.99
  • Hamas Terrorists Wearing IDF Uniforms Attack Israelis

    07/22/2014 1:06:13 AM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Washgington Free Beacon ^ | July 21, 2014 | Abraham Rabinovich
    A Hamas force wearing Israeli army uniforms emerged from a tunnel inside Israel this morning and inflicted losses on Israeli troops before being wiped out. The Hamas squad numbered at least 10 fighters, Israeli sources said. Nine were killed but an Israeli officer said at least two may have escaped through the tunnel. In initial accounts, which gave conflicting narratives, the Hamas force was said to have emerged from a hidden tunnel on the Israeli side of the border only 200 yards from a kibbutz, and split into two groups. Israeli soldiers whom one group encountered shortly afterwards reportedly took...
  • ‘We Stand With Israel’: The Overwhelming Message Around the World

    07/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Chabad.org News ^ | July 18, 2014 | Karen Schwartz and Carin M. Smilk
    Rows of candles were set up last week at the home of Rabbi Zalman and Toba Grossbaum, co-directors of Chabad of Livingston, N.J., so community members and family could welcome in Shabbat and pray for the people of Israel.With the Sabbath approaching, Israel Defense Force troops are on the ground in Gaza, with Jews everywhere praying for their safety. Throughout the world came calls for prayer and good deeds on behalf of the Israeli soldiers, and all people threatened by ongoing missile attacks, with special emphasis on Jewish women and girls lighting Shabbat candles, and for families to join with...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Israel Asks London: What Would You do if You Were Under Attack?

    07/21/2014 4:26:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 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.....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Indian PM says India won’t take sides as Gaza toll rises to 518

    07/21/2014 7:50:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Times of India ^ | 21 July 2014 | PTI
    Asserting that India's policy on Palestine issue remains unchanged, government on Monday refused to take sides over the Gaza conflict as it said Israel and Palestine should have peace talks and forestalled a resolution in Rajya Sabha which was demanded by the opposition. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the House should not be divided but send out a joint message that wherever there is violence, it is condemnable and both Israel and Palestine should accept Egypt's offer of peace talks. She was replying to a short-duration debate on Gaza situation during which opposition condemned the violence in Gaza, pressed...