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  • UN chief 'shocked and alarmed' by Gaza tunnels

    10/24/2014 1:35:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Irael Hayom ^ | 15 October 2014 | Shlomo Cesana, Gadi Golan, Daniel Siryoti
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits southern Israel, Gaza Strip • Ban: The build-destroy, build-destroy cycle in Gaza must be broken • Ban tours terror tunnel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, calls threats posed by rockets and tunnels "not acceptable." The U.N. Human Rights Council's investigation of Operation Protective Edge will go ahead as planned, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the two met in Jerusalem earlier this week. Israel tried to convince Ban that an internal Israeli probe of the recent Gaza operation would be sufficient, but Ban made clear he would await the results of the...
  • U.S. Cut Off Arms Supply to Israel During Gaza War-Why decision likely came from the White House

    10/22/2014 5:14:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 10-22-14 | P. David Hornik
    Revealed: U.S. Cut Off Arms Supply to Israel During Gaza WarPosted By P. David Hornik On October 22, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 11 Comments Last August 14 the Wall Street Journal reported that, in July, after Israel had launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, Washington had surprised Israel by turning down an Israeli request for “a large number of Hellfire missiles.” Hellfires are an important air-to-surface precision weapon, suited to the kind of warfare Israel was waging against Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza.But as Amir Rapaport, a veteran Israeli military-affairs writer and editor...
  • Israeli PM denounces UN agency as ‘terrorist rights council’ for Gaza investigation

    09/29/2014 9:46:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:05PM BST 29 Sep 2014 | Philip Sherwell
    Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, launched a scathing attack on a United Nations organization from the podium of the UN itself when he denounced its Human Rights Council as a “terrorist rights council”. […] In a controversial address to the General Assembly, he contended that the council’s treatment of Israel was “biased” and rooted in a global upsurge in anti-Semitism. Mr. Netanyahu argued that it was Hamas, the faction that controls the Gaza Strip, that should be investigated for war crimes as it used civilians as human shields and fired missiles at Israel from batteries planted by mosques and...
  • Mahmoud Abbas Accuses Israel of "Genocide" in Gaza

    09/26/2014 1:18:37 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/26/2014 | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    NEW YORK (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Friday of conducting a "war of genocide" and a "series of absolute war crimes" during the 50-day summer conflict in Gaza, but stopped short of saying he will pursue war crime charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court...
  • Miracle in Gaza: Power Plant the Guardian Declared “Destroyed” Comes Back to Life

    09/18/2014 5:01:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 16th, 2014 | Adam Levick
    Elder of Ziyon just published a fascinating update on the widely reported story from late July, in which Gaza’s only power plant was allegedly completely “destroyed” by an Israeli missile strike. Here’s how the Guardian covered the incident in a July 30th report by Harriet Sherwood.The report, quite naturally, didn’t mention that Israel not only denied attacking the power plant, but explained that they didn’t bomb anything in the vicinity of the power plant that day. Here are the relevant paragraphs from Sherwood’s report: Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza‘s only power plant on after it was...
  • Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza?

    09/07/2014 11:28:47 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09.07.14 | Jesse Rosenfeld
    GAZA CITY, Gaza—More than a month after The Daily Beast reported evidence suggesting Israeli soldiers carried out the summary execution of six men amid fierce combat in late July, there are no signs that the Israeli government is investigating the matter. It has declined to respond to repeated inquiries. The independent organizations Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, which the Israeli authorities have barred from Gaza, are unable to follow up in detail. And a United Nations investigation of abuses on both sides is barely under way.The Daily Beast has continued its own investigation, however. And the picture that’s emerging...
  • Why Israel's bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers 'stunned'

    08/27/2014 5:26:20 AM PDT · by bert · 61 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | Mark Perry
    Analysis: Military sources say Pentagon's assessment of Shujaiya shelling alarmed even Secretary of State John Kerry August 27, 2014 4:00AM ET by Mark Perry @markperrydc The cease-fire announced Tuesday between Israel and Palestinian factions — if it holds — will end seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 Gazans and some 69 Israelis. But as the rival camps seek to put their spin on the outcome, one assessment of Israel’s Gaza operation that won’t be publicized is that of the U.S. military. Still, even though the Pentagon shies away from publicly expressing judgments that might fall afoul of...
  • Peculiar: New York Times Reporters Stick Up for Hamas on Social Media, Television

    08/13/2014 9:20:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 12, 2014 | Clay Waters
    As a 72-hour ceasefire takes hold in Israel, New York Times Gaza-based reporters remain locked in a peculiar moral equivalency between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas bent on the nation's destruction, with reporters taking pains on social media and television to stick up for Hamas, dismissing the idea of Hamas harassment of journalists as "nonsense," and even criticizing Hillary Clinton for taking on the group.. Reporter Anne Barnard appeared on Sunday's edition of CNN's Reliable Sources, hosted by former Times colleague Brian Stelter. When Stelter asked Barnard about the "biggest misconceptions" in the coverage offered by naysayers "thousands of...
  • Obama, Netanyahu clash on phone as U.S.-Israel relations sink to new low

    08/14/2014 6:54:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 14, 2014
    U.S.-Israeli relations sink to new low. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a “particularly combative” phone call Wednesday over efforts to secure a lasting peace in Gaza, a sign that relations between the two countries have fallen to a new low, according to a Wall Street Journal report from Jerusalem. White House officials are said to think Netanyahu and his national-security team are both reckless and untrustworthy. The U.S. administration was caught off guard when it learned the Israeli military had been quietly securing tank rounds from the Pentagon during the Gaza conflict.
  • How Hamas diverted internationally-supplied concrete to build terror tunnels

    08/12/2014 2:44:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 8/12/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Fox News has obtained a copy of an internal report by a United Nations audit committee that reveals how Hamas diverted internationally supplied moneys and concrete for the construction of terror tunnels and the purchase of weapons. And guess who is right in the thick of things.... UNRWA. While controversy continues to swirl around the huge Hamas tunnel network in Gaza, an internal United Nations audit report reveals that a U.N. Development Program office that funds and monitors spending on construction in the territory allowed at least five non-staff contract employees to handle “core” procurement  processes that only staffers...
  • Lessons of the War in Gaza (Good, clear, succinct)

    08/12/2014 2:44:32 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Unity Coalition for Israel ^ | August 9th, 2014 | Daniel Pipes
    As Israeli operations against Hamas wind down, here are seven insights into the month-long conflict: Missile shield: The superb performance of Iron Dome, the protective system that shot down nearly every Hamas rocket threatening life or property, has major military implications for Israel and the world. Its success signals that “Star Wars” (as opponents maliciously dubbed it upon introduction in 1983) can indeed provide protection from short-range and also presumably from long-range rockets and missiles, potentially changing the future of warfare. Tunnels: Tunneling behind enemy lines is hardly a new tactic; historically, it has had success, such as the 1917...
  • Saudi FM Slams Israel, Pledges $500 Million to Gaza

    08/12/2014 2:42:41 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-12-14 | Ari Yashar
    On the heels of reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) promised funds to Hamas in order to procure the current 72-hour ceasefire, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal openly pledged $500 million to "rebuild" Gaza. Speaking at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Jeddah on Tuesday, al-Faisal accused Israel of trying "to wipe off Palestinian existence," and blamed the world for supporting "Israel's savagery against the people of Gaza." Calling for Arab unity at a time when internecine bloodbaths are raging throughout the Middle East, al-Faisal urged the Arab nations to stand together on...
  • As war with Israel shatters lives, more Gazans question Hamas decisions

    08/13/2014 1:04:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/13/2014 | By Sudarsan Raghavan
    Ziad Abu Halool says he is tired of seeing his neighborhood destroyed. He’s tired of having no running water for 10 days, no electricity for even longer. He’s tired of watching Hamas and other Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel from his neighborhood — and tired of praying that Israeli retaliation won’t obliterate his house. So, after more than a month of war and devastation, Abu Halool speaks words that once seemed unthinkable: He says that although he despises Israel, he also blames Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups for his woes. They have “committed many mistakes,” said Abu Halool,...
  • Israel's Gaza operation galvanizes users of boycott app

    08/13/2014 12:52:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/13/2014
    According to Sky News, over 400,000 people downloaded Buycott, which makes it easier for shoppers to shun Israeli goods. The popularity of a new smartphone app that allows consumers to more effectively boycott products according to their political tastes has skyrocketed thanks to the international outrage sparked by the conflict in the Gaza Strip. According to Sky News, over 400,000 people downloaded Buycott, the app that gives users the option of making sure that the wares they purchase in stores do not financially benefit a cause to which they are opposed. Shoppers simply activate the app by waving it in...
  • Stories From The Battlefield: Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel’s Kindergartens

    08/13/2014 11:17:09 AM PDT · by GilGil · 23 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | 7-27-2014 | Mordecai Ben-Menachem
    The attack was meant to generate as many as ten thousand casualties, men, women and particularly children and hundreds of captives. Explosives were particularly placed underneath kindergartens to make certain that these “institutions” would be the first struck, even before any thing else. The known cost of the infrastructure – each tunnel costs upward of some $1 million – clearly shows that Hamas was planning a coordinated mega-attack. It must be understood that use of even one tunnel would inevitably trigger Israeli retaliation against the entire network
  • Netanyahu: UN Grants Legitimacy to Terrorists

    08/13/2014 9:10:41 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-13-14 | AFP, Arutz Sheva
    Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lashed out Wednesday at the UN Human Rights Council, accusing it of granting "legitimacy to terror organizations" by investigating Israel for alleged war crimes in Gaza. "UNHRC gives legitimacy to murderous terror organizations like Hamas and Daash (Islamic State)," he said, accusing the rights body of overlooking "massacres" committed elsewhere in the Middle East in favor of investigating Israel for defending itself against rocket attacks from Gaza. The UNHRC has selected Prof. William Schabas to head an investigation into Operation Protective Edge. Speaking in a 2013 panel, Schabas clearly revealed his great eagerness to bring...
  • Schabas Urged 'Twisting Things' to Get Israel in the Dock

    08/13/2014 9:08:46 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-13-14 | Gil Ronen
    Speaking in a 2013 panel, Prof. William Schabas, who has been tapped to head the United Nations' investigation into Operation Protective Edge, clearly revealed his great eagerness to bring about the prosecution of Israel over its actions in Gaza, even if that involved “twisting things and maneuvering” in the international legal arena. He said that it is his “profound belief, that international law can be used to demonstrate and underscore the violations committed by the state of Israel, and moreover can be used to hold accountable individuals who have perpetrated international crimes against the people of Palestine.” Asked about various...
  • Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing

    08/10/2014 11:14:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 6, 2014 1:51pm EDT | (Sabine Siebold, Maggie Fick)
    Germany, France and Britain have proposed reactivating a European Union mission on the Egypt-Gaza border to help stabilize the Palestinian enclave after a month-long war, a German diplomatic source said on Wednesday. […] Egypt, which was not involved in the negotiation of the 2005 agreement, has repeatedly shut the Rafah border over the past year, significantly increasing pressure on Gazans, who already face a rigid land and sea blockade imposed by Israel. […] Egypt wants any discussion over Rafah to take place bilaterally with the Palestinian Authority, rather than as part of any deal between the Palestinians and Israel to...
  • Circus of Ceasefires Leaves Israelis Irate

    08/11/2014 11:09:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Israel Today ^ | Monday, August 11, 2014 | Aviel Schneider
    Criticism of the government’s handling of the Gaza war is reaching fever pitch. No one seems to understand what direction Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pulling them in vis-a-vis Hamas. And everyone is getting the feeling that the terrorists increasingly determine the flow of life in Israel. Hundreds of families from the villages in the vicinity of Gaza protested what they said is the government’s failure to provide security in Israel’s southern regions. The sentiment, which is shared by Israelis across the country, is that the army pulled out of Gaza too early. A number of cabinet ministers agree. Foreign...
  • How Hamas Beat Israel in Gaza

    08/11/2014 7:56:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 8/10/14
    If body-counts and destroyed weaponry are the main criteria for victory, Israel is the clear winner in the latest confrontation with Hamas. There’s no doubt that Israel could conquer the entire Gaza Strip and completely wipe out Hamas’s military apparatus. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has chosen not to do so and now enjoys his highest approval ratings ever. But counting bodies is not the most important criterion in deciding who should be declared the victor. Much more important is comparing each side’s goals before the fighting and what they have achieved. Seen in this light, Hamas won.
  • So, a lot of those civilian casualties in Gaza were young men in their 20s…

    08/08/2014 6:52:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/8/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The lopsided death toll in the conflict in Gaza, which appears to be resuming following the conclusion of fruitless peace negotiations, has prompted many Western commentators to condemn Israel’s prosecution of that conflict. Even United States officials have urged Israel to observe even more “restraint,” well beyond the lengths the Israeli Defense Forces already go to in order to minimize civilian deaths. Since the start of the conflict on August 6, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), 1,843 Palestinians had died in this conflict, many of whom were civilians. 66 Israelis lost their lives in the fighting,...
  • Greenfield: Are All Dead Children Created Equal?

    08/07/2014 5:00:37 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, August 07, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, August 07, 2014 Are All Dead Children Created Equal? Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog While furious mobs of leftists draped in Keffiyahs and corn syrup were shrieking about Gaza in the public squares of every major city, ISIS was continuing its genocidal advance on Baghdad. In the last 24 hours, the Yazidis, a non-Muslim minority, fled ISIS to a mountaintop where their children are dying of thirst.  The stark reality of their plight, caught between thirst and a genocidal army, is in sharp contrast to the phony claims made about Gaza where truckloads of goods...
  • A brave few are reporting on Gaza’s human shields (Daily Telegraph's Defence Editor on biased media)

    08/07/2014 3:49:30 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 19 replies
    The Jewish Chronicle ^ | August 7, 2014 | Con Coughlin
    In the chaos of any military conflict, even the best generals can find it difficult to work out precisely what is taking place between the warring factions. Amid the rapidly changing landscape of the battlefield, fighters on the ground need to take spur-of-the-moment decisions to gain the advantage and protect the lives of their comrades. Even with the benefit of sophisticated communications, modern-day combatants will rarely have any profound understanding of what is going on elsewhere on the battlefield. If this is the predicament facing those actively engaged in the fighting, then just imagine the difficulties experienced by international media...
  • Ecuador’s President Cancels Visit to Israel

    08/06/2014 9:49:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 8/7/2014, 4:43 AM | Elad Benari
    Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has cancelled his visit to Israel scheduled for the second half of this year due to “Israeli attacks against the Palestinians”, Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing Ecuador’s Andes Agency. During an interview with a local radio station on Wednesday, the president reportedly accused Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. …
  • BREAKING: Sunday’s Gaza UNRWA School Bombing Was COMPLETELY STAGED

    08/05/2014 3:28:03 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-5-2014 | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday the Obama White House criticized Israel for firing on terrorists operating near a United Nations School in Gaza. Ten people were reportedly killed when Israel targeted terrorists on a motorcycle near the school. The Obama State Department said: The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed. But it was all a hoax. Hamas staged the entire media spectacle. Via Jihad Watch: (video) The Israeli shell hit just outside of the UN school targeting and killing...
  • By Slamming Israel, Media Ensure HAMAS Kills More Palestinians

    08/05/2014 8:00:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    As it winds towards a 72-hour truce brokered by Egypt, the latest round of conflict between Israel and Hamas has--finally--resorted to the pattern with which the international media are familiar: Palestinian terrorists attack Israel, Israel defends itself for a bit, a civilian target is hit, and Israel is forced to stop. Usually the media neglect to mention that Hamas hides weapons in, or initiates battles from, those same civilian sites, on purpose.
  • Israel Confirms Acceptance of 72-Hour Ceasefire

    08/04/2014 1:52:56 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-4-14 | Elad Benari
    Israel confirmed on Monday night that it has agreed to Egypt’s proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, to begin Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. local time. The confirmation came after the ministers in the Security-Diplomacy Cabinet held a telephone discussion during which they voted to agree to the ceasefire. According to Channel 10 News, the ministers also decided that an Israeli delegation, headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzhak Molho, would make its way to Cairo for talks on a permanent ceasefire. Earlier Monday, a senior Egyptian official said that both sides had agreed to the ceasefire. "Egypt's...
  • Was a UN School in Gaza Really Bombed? (Update: No, It Wasn’t)

    08/04/2014 7:53:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/04/2014 | Rick Moran
    The UN is going bonkers because they say another one of their schools in Gaza was shelled. Ten people were killed and dozens injured, but read this account carefully from The Guardian: A deadly attack on a school in the city of Rafah in the south of Gaza has been denounced as a “moral outrage” and “criminal act” by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. At least 10 people were killed and dozens more wounded after a projectile struck a street outside the school gates on Sunday morning.The school was sheltering more than 3,000 people displaced by fighting in...
  • Why Hamas stores its weapons inside hospitals, mosques and schools (from Washington Post!!)

    08/04/2014 8:16:45 AM PDT · by dennisw · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 31 | By Terrence McCoy July 31
    The United Nations found troves of rockets hidden in three UN schools since the conflict began. “We condemn the group or groups who endangered civilians placing these munitions in our school,” Chris Gunness, spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, said Wednesday. “This is yet another flagrant violation of the neutrality of our premises. We call on all the warring parties to respect the inviolability of U.N. property.” Earlier this month, the United Nations also found rockets piled inside one of its vacant schools — near other schools used to accommodate displaced people. Inside a Gaza Strip mosque in...
  • Welcome to the 1930s

    08/04/2014 2:17:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8-3-14 | Roger L. Simon
    When I was a kid, I mean a little kid, my favorite nurse in my father’s office — he was a doctor — was Mrs. Mindus. I’m not sure how old she was or even how she spelled her name — I was about six and the year was 1950 — but she was a sweet woman and very welcoming to me when I visited the radiology office. She used to bring me crayons and a coloring book and sometimes candy as if I were her own child. The only other things I remember about her were that she spoke...
  • Erdogan: Israel Deliberately Killing Palestinian Mothers

    08/03/2014 10:52:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 8/4/2014, 5:13 AM | Elad Benari
    In yet another verbal tirade against Israeli, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused the Jewish state of “deliberately killing Palestinian mothers”, Reuters reported. Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters at his biggest rally so far ahead of the August 10 election, Erdogan again likened Israel’s actions to those of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. “Just like Hitler, who sought to establish a race free of all faults, Israel is chasing after the same target,” Erdogan told the sea of cheering supporters at an Istanbul arena, according to Reuters. “They kill women so that they will not give birth...
  • How Will it End? Bibi's Unenviable Choice

    08/03/2014 8:45:51 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-3-14 | Ari Soffer
    The decision to redeploy IDF forces in Gaza was a "purely military one", but marks a crucial crossroads for the Israeli government to decide whether it will deal decisively with Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza, or merely push off the next round of fighting for a few years. That's according to former Israeli National Security Adviser Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror, a fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University. Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Amidror explained that the IDF's mission upon entering Gaza was very clear: "to identify and destroy" Hamas's tunnel network. Amidror...
  • No More Cease-Fires: Netanyahu Promises ‘Full Scale’ Assault Against Hamas

    08/02/2014 12:41:22 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 57 replies
    The Blaze via CNN ^ | 9-2-2014 | Zach Noble
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to continue waging war on Hamas Saturday afternoon, saying Israeli operations would continue “at full scale” in order ”to bring back the quiet, peace and calm to citizens of Israel and severely harm terrorist projects.”
  • Netanyahu to US: Don't Second Guess Me on Hamas

    08/02/2014 9:36:54 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. The strong reaction came as top Israeli officials questioned the effort to forge the truce, accusing the U.S. and the United Nations of being naive in assuming the radical Hamas movement would adhere with its terms. The officials also blamed the Gulf state of Qatar for not forcing the militants to comply.
  • Netanyahu adamant about unilateral end to Gaza op, Channel 2 says

    08/02/2014 9:34:27 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 2 replies
    timesofisrael ^ | Aug 02-14 | staff
    Channel 2′s Udi Segal, reporting on the security cabinet decision overnight, says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and colleagues now firmly set on unilateral end to the conflict in the next few days. He says Israel adamant that Hamas cannot be trusted in any ceasefire deal, and that it has to be deterred. He also says the US understands this, since the US also recognizes that the Hamas attack on Israeli troops in Rafah on Friday morning was a “spit in the eye” of the US and other mediators. Netanyahu will deliver a televised statement and take questions from the media...
  • Clueless in Gaza

    08/02/2014 5:35:08 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt. The talks also undermined Egypt’s cease-fire proposal, which Israel had accepted and Hamas rejected (and would have prevented the vast majority of the casualties on both sides). “Kerry tried through...
  • Kidnapped IDF soldier's unit unearthed tunnel that stretched 2 kilometers into Israel

    08/02/2014 4:52:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | August 2, 2014 | By YAAKOV LAPPIN
    A Hamas terror cell attacked a Givati unit on Friday in Rafah and kidnapped an officer after the Israeli soldiers discovered a large cross-border terrorism tunnel, stretching from Rafah deep into Israel, a senior army source said Saturday. A tunnel shaft on the Gazan side surfaced in an open area surrounded by homes. Terrorists emerged from the shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated himself near the soldiers, before the officer was kidnapped, the source said.
  • Fox News Megyn Kelly Grills Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer

    08/01/2014 10:44:43 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/31/2014 | Megyn Kelly
    This is a rush transcript from "The Kelly File," July 31, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.... Fox News Megyn Kelly Grills Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer!?
  • With Kidnap of Israeli Soldier, John Kerry’s Ceasefire Has Made Matters Much, Much Worse

    08/01/2014 6:49:17 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 35 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | August 1, 2014 9:26 am | Arik Elman
    Let’s just recap what happened with the abduction of an Israeli soldier this morning. The Israeli government believed the word of the Secretary of State of the United States that, via his Turkish and Qatari friends, he had obtained acceptable terms for a ceasefire with Hamas. Mr. Kerry’s flunkies even bragged about the success of his Turko-Qatari connections, chiding those who looked askance at his bromance with friends and sponsors of Hamas. What happened next – a surprise attack on Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip an hour and a half into the “ceasefire”, an abduction of a soldier...
  • The Evil Mind of John Kerry

    08/01/2014 2:39:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    ".....From the moment he burst on the national scene in 1971 as a young Vietnam vet, his family connections and anti-war views landing him a spot testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, right straight through to today as the U.S. Secretary of State, Kerry has demonstrated repeatedly that he is unable to grasp not only serious threats to the United States and the larger world as well. What has been on display again and again in Kerry’s public career is a tone-deafness when it comes to the manifestation of evil. Unless, of course, in the style of that old...
  • Booby-Trapped Explosives Built into Walls of UNRWA Clinic

    07/31/2014 10:11:52 AM PDT · by Piranha · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) ^ | July 31, 2014 | Uzi Baruch and Elad Benari
    New details have emerged about the booby-trapped clinic explosion that killed three IDF Maglan unit soldiers in Gaza earlier this week - Sergeant First Class Matan Gottlieb, 21, from Rishon LeZion; Sergeant First Class Omar Chai, 21, from Savion; and Sergeant First Class Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv, hy"d. Over eighty kilograms of explosives were built into the UN-funded hospital's walls themselves, it was cleared for publication Thursday - revealing that the clinic itself was built to mask, and perform, potential acts of terror on the IDF. Moreover, the clinic was built over tens of terror tunnels, according to...
  • Gaza UN shelter attack 'totally unacceptable' - White House

    07/31/2014 11:47:34 AM PDT · by mojito · 65 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/31/2014 | Unattributed
    The US has said the shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible". In its strongest criticism yet of Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territory, the US - Israel's closest ally - also said the civilian casualties were "too high". It urged Israel to do more to protect civilian life. Israel says its offensive in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants. The UN has also criticised Israel over the worsening situation in Gaza, saying people there are "facing a precipice".
  • Israeli Air Force takes out 40 mosques-cum-rocket stores, brings new drone into Gaza operation

    07/31/2014 10:59:28 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 61 replies
    Debka ^ | July 31, 2014 | Debka
    The Israeli Air Force bombed 40 mosques in Gaza Tuesday night, July 30, in the most extensive operation against Hamas’ religious institutions-cum-military bases so far. In total, at least 50 mosques have been blown up along with their stockpiles of rockets and arms caches. These concentrated air strikes on rocket arsenals are as integral to Operation Protective Edge as the ground work in destroying tunnels. They have been stepped up in advance of the preparations launched by the government on Wednesday for the possible termination of the IDF ground operation in the Gaza Strip and the withdrawal of troops. debkafile's...
  • Greenfield: Obama's Gaza Game

    07/31/2014 6:07:10 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 35 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, July 31, 2014 Obama's Gaza Game Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog While Israelis are fighting and dying, families huddling in bomb shelters and soldiers going off to face death, the men and women in suits and power suits moving through the great halls of diplomacy are using them as pawns in a larger game. During the Cold War, Israel was a pawn in a larger struggle between the US and the USSR. Now it is back to being a counter in a larger game. Israel’s function within the great halls of diplomacy was always as...
  • Third Rocket Arsenal Found At Un School In Gaza

    07/30/2014 3:16:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/30/2014 | by JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    The United Nations Relief & Works Agency For Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced Tuesday that another rocket stockpile has been found at one of its schools in Gaza. This instance marks the third time since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge that a weapons arsenal has been found at an UNRWA school in Gaza. UNRWA has yet to place blame on any individuals or organizations for placing the weapons stockpile within a children’s school. The UN body refused to do so on the past two previous occasions as well.The UN body, after both previous findings, has handed the rockets it had...
  • 'Israel has ample evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA schools for terrorist purposes'

    07/30/2014 3:19:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/30/2014 | By HERB KEINON
    Deputy FM Hanegbi says that “instead of blaming Israel, UNRWA should make a real effort to stop being manipulated by terrorist organizations.” Israel has ample evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA schools and facilities for terrorist purposes, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzahi Hanegbi said Wednesday. Speaking at a press briefing in Jerusalem, he pointed out that on three separate occasions UNRWA itself has admitted that rockets were hidden in the basement of their facilities. “Who knows how many were not found,” he said, adding that this phenomenon was “totally unacceptable.” Each time that the rockets were found, he said, they were...
  • Israeli Official To Obama: ‘Leave Us Alone’

    07/29/2014 9:05:03 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    CBS DC ^ | July 29,2014
    A top Israeli official wants President Barack Obama to stop meddling with the Jewish state during its conflict with Hamas in Gaza. Speaking to Israel’s Army Radio, Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel criticized Obama telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there should be an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. “Leave us alone,” Ariel told Army Radio, directing his words at Obama. “Go focus on Syria.” Obama spoke with Netanyahu Sunday about the rising number of Palestinian deaths in Gaza and the worsening humanitarian crisis. “Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an...
  • The Steady Stain of Oama's Incmpetence

    07/28/2014 7:31:40 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Mona Charen
    Email Print 0Comments An estimated 93,000 people have died in Syria's metastasizing civil war. Hundreds of thousands of that conflict's refugees strain resources and stability in neighboring countries. Iran continues its steady march toward nuclear weapons development. North Korea menaces its neighbors and episodically threatens to launch nuclear missiles at Los Angeles. Turkey, long lauded by Obama as a model for the region, is violently cracking down on peaceful demonstrators. Slow growth and high unemployment hobble the world's most advanced economies as growing bureaucracy and crippling debt take their toll. Islamist movements are making gains in Mali, Indonesia, Pakistan and...
  • Hamas’ evil lurks beneath the surface

    07/28/2014 7:17:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-28-14 | Michael Goodwin
    As casualties mount and calls  for a cease-fire grow, the war  in Gaza is probably close to  quitting time. But nobody should be foolish enough to think that silencing the guns will mean a return to the pre-war status quo. For Israel, a business-as-usual approach is no longer possible. The barrage of Hamas rockets cannot be tolerated again because the weapons’ increased range puts the entire population in harm’s way. But something else also happened in the last two weeks, and the shock waves are just starting to roll through Israeli society. The discovery of Hamas’ vast tunnel system, which...
  • Qatar's Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry — Support For Hamas — Awkward Foreign Policy

    07/27/2014 3:20:45 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    BI ^ | Armin Rosen
    Qatar's Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry — And Support For Hamas — Shows How Awkward Foreign Policy Can BeArmin RosenJuly 23, 2014 Qatar recently cemented an enormous weapons deal with the United States. But this week, the tiny, resource-rich Gulf kingdom with outsized geopolitical ambitions — and a seemingly bottomless pocketbook — might be setting itself up for more problematic relations with the U.S. Last week, Qatar closed the largest sale of American weaponry so far this year, purchasing $11 billion worth of Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters. The sale revealed that Qatar hasn't exactly been lacking...