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  • Canada is Israel's 'most stalwart' friend: Consul-general

    07/17/2014 8:49:10 AM PDT · by rickmichaels
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 17, 2014 | Sue-Ann Levy
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist will announce his running mate Thursday, according to sources. A Democratic sources close to the campaign said Crist will select Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate in his bid for Governor. Taddeo-Goldstein is the head of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and lost in a congressional bid in 2008 against Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Crist’s campaign has said he would make a major announcement but did not specify what it would be. He is scheduled to make the announcement at The LAB Miami located at 400 NW 26th Street.
  • Hamas got rich as Gaza was plunged into poverty

    07/17/2014 8:49:06 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 6 replies
    YNet News ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | Doran Peskin
    With multi-million-dollar land deals, luxury villas and black market fuel from Egypt, Gaza's rulers made billions while the rest of the population struggled with 38-percent poverty and 40-percent unemployment. While the fighting is only expected to worsen the distress of the residents of Gaza, the Strip's economic outlook for the Strip was never good. The unemployment rate in Gaza stood at approximately 40% before the latest conflict, with a similar proportion being classed as living under the poverty line. But while most of the Gaza population tries to deal with the difficulties of daily life, it seems that one sector...
  • After Another Rocket Salvo, Hamas Agrees to UN Ceasefire

    07/16/2014 5:11:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/7/14 | Elad Benari
    Hamas agreed on Wednesday night to a temporary humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, but not before firing another salvo of rockets towards Israel. "The group agrees to a ceasefire for five hours," starting from 10:00 a.m. local time Thursday, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency. "The Palestinian factions agreed to accept the offer from the United Nations for a cooling-down on the ground for five hours starting from 10 in the morning," he told the news agency. Shortly before 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning, however, sirens were heard in the Eshkol region, Hof...
  • Israeli Withdrawal From Gaza Explained (** Flashback **)

    07/16/2014 5:06:22 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/10/2005 | Jefferson Morley
    A brief explanation of Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip: --snip-- Why is Israel withdrawing from Gaza? In announcing the "Disengagement Plan" in December 2003, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the withdrawal was to increase security of residents of Israel, relieve pressure on the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and reduce friction between Israelis and Palestinians --snip-- How will the withdrawal affect the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? The Israeli government expects the withdrawal will reduce Palestinian attacks on Jewish citizens.
  • Secret call between Netanyahu, al-Sissi led to abortive cease-fire

    07/16/2014 4:43:09 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Barak Ravid
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Saturday in a telephone call that has been kept secret until now, after Quartet special envoy Tony Blair urged the Egyptian leader to become more actively involved in promoting a cease-fire, diplomatic sources told Haaretz. Israel agreed to a cease-fire Tuesday morning and briefly halted its air strikes on Gaza. Hamas did not accept the terms of the truce, however, and continued firing rockets. Several hours later, Israel resumed its attacks as well. The Saturday conversation was the first between Netanyahu and al-Sissi since Israel's Operation Protective Edge began...
  • Hamas mortar kills 1st Israeli in renewed Gaza conflict

    07/16/2014 4:02:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Israel resumed its heavy bombardment of Gaza on Tuesday and warned that Hamas would "pay the price" after the Islamic militant group rejected an Egyptian truce plan and instead unleashed more rocket barrages at the Jewish state. Late Tuesday, the military urged tens of thousands of residents of northern and eastern Gaza to leave their homes by Wednesday morning, presumable a prelude to air strikes there. Rocket fire from Gaza killed an Israeli man Tuesday, the first Israeli fatality in eight days of fighting....
  • Egyptians Hoping Israel Will Destroy Hamas

    07/16/2014 3:56:01 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | Sunday, July 13, 2014 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has thus far turned down appeals from Palestinians and other Arabs to work toward achieving a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Sisi and urged him to intervene to achieve an "immediate ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas. Abbas later admitted that his appeal to Sisi and (other Arab leaders) had fallen on deaf ears. Sisi's decision not to intervene in the current crisis did not come as a surprise. In fact, Sisi and many Egyptians seem to be delighted that Hamas is being badly hurt. Some Egyptians are...
  • Kerry: We're Working Hard to Achieve Ceasefire

    07/16/2014 3:40:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/7/14 | Elad Benari
    The United States is doing "everything in our power" to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday, according to AFP. "Our concern is to have a legitimate ceasefire and see if we can find a way to stop the conflict and killing so we can get to the real issues that are underlying it," Kerry told reporters as he met his counterpart from Luxembourg. "And we're doing everything in our power," said Kerry, adding that he has been speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Arab officials. .....
  • Palestinian, pan-Arab media blast Egypt's failed cease-fire offer [Israel and Hamas]

    07/16/2014 3:17:56 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Palestinian and other Arab commentators are blasting Egypt's cease-fire offer this week in the Israeli-Gazan fighting, saying it was a gift to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accepted it, and a trap for Hamas, which rejected it. Azmi Bishara, the fugitive former Knesset member who now heads the Arab Center for Research and Policy in Doha, Qatar, wrote in the pan-Arab that the offer gave no relief to Gaza, nor freedom for the Hamas members recently returned to Israeli prisons. "This Egyptian declaration represents a stab in the back to the resistance and the people of Gaza. … [T]his...
  • Turkey, Qatar foiled Cairo’s cease-fire proposal [Israel and Hamas]

    07/16/2014 3:04:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Jack Khoury
    Haaretz learned that Lieberman told Borg Brende, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Israel, that Hamas lied when it said Cairo had not sent it the cease-fire proposal, which Israel initially accepted. He said Egyptian intelligence officials had given the details of the initiative to Mousa Abu-Marzook, head of the Hamas mission in Cairo. Meanwhile, Israel agreed on Wednesday night to a request from Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East for UNRWA, to a five-hour cease-fire on Thursday in order to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. “Hamas was ready to consider the...
  • Paris: Police Ban Pro-Palestinian Protest Due to Anti-Semitism

    07/16/2014 2:44:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 7/16/2014, 8:36 PM | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Paris police have banned pro-Palestinian activists from demonstrating this Saturday night, an official told AFP Wednesday, after violent protesters blockaded French Jews in a local synagogue and attacked them earlier this week. Saturday night’s protest was planned for the Barbas–Rochechouart metro station near the northern Gare du Nord train station, the official said. However, Paris police oppose the demonstration, citing “serious risks to public order” in “a context of elevated tension,” according to news broadcaster RTL. Protesters have already taken to Twitter, they said, with the intent to “smash the Jews” in Saturday’s protest. “We’ll smash the Jews Saturday,” wrote...
  • Today in London my best friend's wife was assaulted by Muslim anti-Israel demonstrators

    07/16/2014 2:13:48 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | july 16, 2014 | edgar davidson
    The UK's anti-Israel frenzy knows no bounds. My best friend's wife "Charlotte" (a 5 feet tall 57-year old lady who wants this story publicised but wishes to remain anonymous) was surrounded and assaulted by several Muslim anti-Israel fanatics in the middle of Oxford Street in broad daylight. She was shopping there when the demonstrators came marching down the road shouting "Free Free Palestine and Zionists murderers". The photos she took here are from just before the assault (next bit is an update to the original posting). Charlotte (who is a proud Jew) said: "As they passed by with their disgusting chants I...
  • Israel agrees to 5-hour cease-fire to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza

    07/16/2014 1:23:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/16/2014
    Israel agreed Wednesday to halt its airstrikes on Gaza for five hours in order to allow humanitarian aid, following a request from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. It was not immediately clear when the cease-fire would begin. A senior Israeli official who spoke to Reuters said a time for the 6-hour window has not yet been decided, but Israeli Brig Gen. Yoav Mordechai told the BBC that it would occur starting at 10 a.m. local time Thursday. The cease-fire request came from U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Robert Serry, Haaretz reports. After news of the cease-fire...
  • Israel Accepts UN Request for Six-Hour 'Humanitarian Ceasefire'

    07/16/2014 12:19:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 7/16/14 | Ari Soffer
    Israel has accepted a request by UN envoy Robert Serry to enact a six-hour "humanitarian ceasefire" starting Thursday morning. Serry submitted the request to both the Israeli government and Hamas on Wednesday evening in order to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip; while Israel accepted immediately, Hamas has yet to respond. It comes as efforts continue to broker a more long-term truce after Hamas rejected an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement Tuesday morning, and responded by escalating its rocket fire against Israeli civilians. One Israeli man, 38-year-old father of three Dror Hanin, was killed in a mortar attack near the Erez...
  • Activist Exposes Brandeis University Anti-Israel Faculty Listserv

    07/16/2014 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/15/2014 | Chloé Valdary
    One may have believed that the revocation of an esteemed award from human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali by Brandeis University was the lowest level the school could stoop in kowtowing to fascist, racist influences among Brandeis faculty. Yet one would be wrong. In an all-new bombshell uncovered by Brandeis student Daniel Mael, an entire listserv used by Brandeis professors and teachers has been leaked to the public. This email list, entitled “Concerned” contains several exchanges between professors bashing conservatives, Jews, Christians, and anyone who views America as a force for good in this world.Donald Hindley, professor of comparative politics...
  • 4 Palestinian Children Killed in Israeli Air Strike Right in Front of Reporters

    07/16/2014 11:19:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies ^ | 7/16/14 | Joe Coscarelli
    Following yesterday's failed cease-fire, an Israeli naval gunboat has reportedly struck seven children near the port in Gaza, killing at least four. One remains in critical condition. Moments earlier, the kids had been playing soccer with a reporter from NBC, who witnessed the attack firsthand. Dozens of other journalists were nearby.
  • Inside Brandeis’s Anti-Israel Listserv

    07/16/2014 10:53:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/16/14 | Adam Kredo
    Brandeis University officials are working to distance themselves from a virulently anti-Israel internal listserv that shows a group of professors lashing out at the Jewish state in bizarre terms and attacking Brandeis’ Jewish leadership. Professors on the faculty listserv shared false stories about Israel harvesting organs, claimed the Benghazi attacks were “not terrorism,” and used staunchly anti-Semitic terms to describe Brandeis’s Jewish leaders. Campus activists exposed portions of the “Concerned” listserv on Tuesday, but those releases just scratch the surface of a voluminous email cache that shows longtime Brandeis professors engaging in vitriolic attacks on Jews, Israel, and even the...
  • Palestinian Genocide is Real

    07/16/2014 10:45:49 AM PDT · by TrueKnightGalahad · 2 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 16 July 2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    If the Palestinians are merely engaged in a nationalist struggle for self-determination, then why are they inciting genocide of Jewry? In the midst of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas released a music video in Hebrew calling for the Palestinians to bomb Israel and kill all Israelis. "Raze it [Israel] to the ground, exterminate the cockroaches' nest, and banish all the Zionists," the lyrics read. Some human rights activists and lawyers may get a sense of déjà vu upon reading these words. Back in 1994, there were several radio broadcasts calling for the extermination of human cockroaches. They were in Rwanda.
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse cancel Israel concert amid conflict (from Palestinian rocket attacks)

    07/16/2014 10:44:25 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 14 July 2014 03.33 EDT | Sean Michaels
    Neil Young and Crazy Horse have cancelled a 17 July concert in Israel, citing "tensions which have rendered the event unsafe". As the region shudders with rocket explosions and missile attacks, the musicians said they "look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace". "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert," Young and his band said in a statement. Some 30,000 people had bought tickets to the gig at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park – the singer's first Israeli show in almost two decades. According to Reuters, the decision...
  • Israeli Iron Dome Demonstrates Missile Defense Payoffs

    07/16/2014 10:30:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 16, 2014 | Austin Bay
    According to the Israeli government, in this latest round of Israel-Hamas combat, Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system has (so far) intercepted 90 percent of targeted incoming Hamas rockets. Iron Dome is a very sophisticated tactical (short-range) anti-missile and anti-artillery projectile defense system. In terms of combat operations, Iron Dome's "sensor-shooter" system is a drastically scaled-down strategic anti-missile defense system, a mini-ABM system in the mold of the Reagan administration's Strategic Defense Initiative. In fact, Iron Dome is an SDI descendant and a cousin of the current U.S. Missile Defense program. I will return to the cousin connection in...
  • ISIS: “We Are Active In Gaza”, “Jews, We Have Broken The Border”

    07/16/2014 10:24:23 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 11 replies ^ | July 16 2014 | Pamela Geller
    (Visit site to see uploads and hastags referenced) Another Obama mess Israel is left to clean-up. The world should be cheering Israel, thanking Israel, praising Israel for fighting this scourge on the world. ISIS: We Are Operating in Gaza,” Vocatv, July 15, 2014 The extremist terror organization is establishing a toehold inside Gaza, despite Hamas’ claims to the contrary Two-plus weeks into Gaza’s current battle with Israel, ceasefire negotiations are stalled, Israeli forces are mobilizing for a potential ground invasion from the north and east, and the Egyptian government to the south is indifferent. Gazans are finding themselves increasingly isolated....
  • Why Doesn't Israel publish figures and details of Gaza casualties?

    07/16/2014 9:53:02 AM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 16, 2014 | Raphael Ahren
    SSo far, 194 Palestinians been killed during Operation Protective Edge; that’s already a higher death toll than that of the entire 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense. Or at least that’s what’s reported in the press, internationally but also in Israel. The truth is that the number of casualties, and the percentage of civilians among the dead, comes exclusively from Palestinian sources. Israel only publishes its version of the body count — which is always significantly lower than the Palestinian account — weeks after such operations end. Meanwhile, the damage to Israel’s reputation is done. During Pillar of Defense, 160 Palestinians...
  • For ceasefire, Abbas proposes PA forces along Gaza-Egypt border

    07/16/2014 9:48:24 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 39 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    In its efforts to help arrange an Israel-Hamas ceasefire, the Palestinian Authority is set to propose to Egypt that it open the Rafah border crossing under the supervision of PA security forces, and deploy PA forces along the Philadelphi Corridor between Gaza and Egypt. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! Israel does not oppose the idea of PA forces at Rafah, Israeli sources said. The proposal would mark a significant return of Mahmoud Abbas’s forces to positions of authority in Gaza, seven years after Hamas seized the Strip...
  • Israel ambassador to U.S. Jews: Hamas winning war of public opinion

    07/16/2014 9:34:01 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Debra Nussbaum Cohen
    NEW YORK -- Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel’s chief diplomatic representative in the U.S., asked some 700 American Jews on a conference call this week for their help shifting the messaging on Israel. Israel is being routinely portrayed in both conventional and social media as an angry, well-armed giant leaving many innocent victims in its wake during the current crisis with Hamas, Dermer said. The call was organized by the Jewish Federations of North America, which this week sent federation leaders to visit targeted towns in Israel, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. Dermer told his audience that Hamas may...
  • What is UN good for if Gaza in flames, asks Turkish PM Erdogan

    07/16/2014 9:13:53 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/16/2014
    The humanitarian tragedy in Gaza due to Israel’s devastating attacks has moved Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to once again slam the United Nations’ alleged lack of effectiveness. “I wonder, how can we make an explanation for what Israel has done, as a human being, no matter which religion or sect we are from?” Erdoğan said late on July 15. “The United Nations is the number one responsible on this matter. I always ask the U.N: What do you serve for? Why was this U.N. founded? To provide the world’s peace? If the U.N. can’t fulfill its job, then...
  • Israel calls up additional 8,000 reservists for Gaza operation

    07/16/2014 9:04:43 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    The IDF has already called up 48,000 reserves, bringing the total number to 56,000, once the additional forces are called up. The cabinet on Wednesday authorized the call-up of 8,000 additional reservists to assist in the military operations along the Gaza frontier. The IDF has already called up 48,000 reserves, bringing the total number to 56,000, once the additional forces are called up. Last week, the IDF began actively calling up the 40,000 reserves approved to it by the cabinet for Operation Protective Edge. IDF chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz requested the call-up of 40,000 reserves in order to...
  • Sat., Aug. 2: National March on the White House - Stop the Massacre in Gaza! [email from ANSWER]

    07/16/2014 8:55:58 AM PDT · by upchuck · 10 replies
    ANSWER email | July 16, 2014
    Aug. 2 National March on the White House Stop the Massacre in Gaza!Saturday, Aug. 2, 1:00pm Gather at the White House Washington, D.C.Transportation is being organized from all over the countryJoin thousands of people in a National March on the White House on Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm to condemn the Israeli massacre in Gaza. We have been in the streets every day in cities around the country. What is needed now is a massive National March on Washington. Israel receives $4 billion in “aid” from the United States each year. This money is being used to commit war crimes...
  • Rihanna tweets 'Free Palestine,' deletes after 7,000 retweets in eight minutes

    07/16/2014 8:55:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/16/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    This reminds me of the song from A Chorus Line forty years ago. The musical had a song - which I will not post now because it's the three weeks of mourning for the Holy Temples - that described what a woman needs to make it in show business. The lyrics are here. Here's another story that proves you don't need a brain to be a popular entertainer. Just the things described in the song. Pop superstar Rihanna caused a social media firestorm this week when she tweeted "#FreePalestine" from her official account before deleting it eight minutes later. In...
  • Report: Hamas proposes 10-year cease-fire in return for conditions being met

    07/16/2014 6:51:28 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 33 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/16/2014 | By JPOST.COM STAFF, YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
    One day after an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire accepted by Israel, but rejected by Hamas, fell through, the terrorist organization proposed a 10-year end to hostilities in return for its conditions being met by Israel, Channel 2 reported Wednesday. Hamas's conditions were the release of re-arrested Palestinian prisoners who were let go in the Schalit deal, the opening of Gaza-Israel border crossings in order to allow citizens and goods to pass through, and international supervision of the Gazan seaport in place of the current Israeli blockade. Bishara, who fled Israel in 2007 after he was accused of aiding Hezbollah during the Second...
  • Amateurish Hamas Hits Palestinian Territory 100+ Times with Their Own Rockets...

    07/16/2014 6:11:45 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    10% of Qassams fired never even make it out of the  dinky Gaza Strip- some see this as intentional Ironic it is -given the non-stop trumpeting of civilian woes seen in Hamas' (and liberal Western) media- that many of the Palestinian civilian casualties are the result of crude, home-made Qassam missiles gone haywire and roaring into neighborhoods... not exactly the respect for life you see with the IDF's intelligent targeting/notification systems, and killing their own to boot.  But they've always treated Gaza's cramped populace as chaff to be expended whenever deemed useful (or just steam to be blown-off) and the more cynical among us...
  • Attacking Israel with the Big Lie: Genocide

    07/16/2014 6:11:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Here's the difference between us," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on "Fox News Sunday." "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles." It's a classic talking point. It's also objectively true, and that truth is very frustrating for Israel's critics. All one needs to do is delve into the muck of Twitter and read the timelines for such hashtags as #GazaUnderAttack and #GenocideInGaza: "They're killing the women and children to ensure there won't be a new generation of Palestine." "One Holocaust can NEVER justify another." And let's not even...
  • Bloodguilt Over Jews Leads to Blood Libels Against Jews

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

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

    07/16/2014 2:02:38 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Amira Hass
    The Egyptian cease-fire initiative proposes precisely what Hamas said from the outset it would refuse: “quiet for quiet.” Hamas and Islamic Jihad are convinced that Egypt designed the cease-fire together with Israel, and that was why Israel accepted it so quickly. Some even believe that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was also involved in the details, which was why he welcomed it. In contrast, activists from Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization thought the formulation of the Egyptian proposal rendered it unacceptable. Moreover, Hamas found out about it from the media, and viewed it as an attempt to humiliate the organization,...
  • If ordered into Gaza, IDF Ground Forces ready for anti-tank missiles, urban combat

    07/16/2014 1:50:21 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 23 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    If ordered into the Gaza Strip, IDF Ground Forces expect to encounter Hamas cells with anti-tank missiles, heavy urban combat, subterranean warfare, and other challenges. "This is the combat that characterizes a terror organization," the source said. The IDF has maintained large numbers of Ground Forces on the Gaza border. IDF Brigade commanders would have a high degree of independence if ordered to enter the Gaza Strip. Hamas planned to employ bomb-filled tunnels to facilitate large-scale killing sprees and kidnapping attacks on the border, according to Israeli security officials. Hamas will try to prove that an Israeli ground offensive will...
  • Senate panel doubles money for Iron Dome [Israel]

    07/16/2014 1:43:25 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 17 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — The US Congress showed tangible support for longtime ally Israel as Gazan terrorists fired rockets Tuesday, backing a measure that would double the amount of money for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a defense spending bill on Tuesday that would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system that intercepts short-range rockets and mortars. In the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas, Iron Dome has been successful in shooting down rockets and preventing Israeli deaths. “It works,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat and...
  • There is no moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas (so saith Schumer)

    07/15/2014 11:50:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 15, 2014 | 2:34am | Charles Schumer
    Amid the recent troubles between Israel and the Palestinians, many Americans and media commentators are drawing disturbing lines of parallelism between the two societies, asserting a false moral equivalency to the actions of each. In essence, the claim goes like this: “Both sides are fighting each other with similar degrees of violence; both treat each other equally badly; each side is equally to blame for the violence, and they just can’t come together.” That notion that there is a moral equivalency between the defensive and targeted actions that the rule-of-law-based Israel is compelled to take, and the proactive and indiscriminate...
  • Turkey Trying to Broker Gaza Ceasefire

    07/15/2014 10:57:57 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Staff
    Turkey has stepped up diplomatic efforts to secure a ceasefire in Gaza, AFP reported on Tuesday. According to the report, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke separately by telephone with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal to discuss the ceasefire process. Abbas is due to meet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey on Friday but Turkish officials refuse to confirm if Mashaal would visit. No contacts have been made with Israel so far, a Turkish official told AFP. "Concrete steps can only be taken after Israel stops its assault on Gaza," the official...
  • Netanyahu: ‘If there is no ceasefire in Gaza, our answer is fire’

    07/15/2014 10:37:28 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Herb Keinon
    The security cabinet met late on Tuesday night to determine the next steps in Operation Protective Edge, at the end of a topsy-turvy day that started with the prospect of a cease-fire and ended with dozens of Hamas rockets hitting Israel and intense retaliatory attacks on the Gaza Strip. Before convening the security cabinet, which some 12 hours earlier had approved a cease-fire brokered by Egypt that Hamas never accepted, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel would answer Hamas’s rejection of a truce with stepped-up attacks. “If there is no cease-fire, our answer is fire,” Netanyahu said, adding that Hamas...
  • Analysis: Netanyahu talks of demilitarization as rocket barrage continues

    07/15/2014 10:23:04 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Herb Keinon
    Tuesday was a roller coaster day that started with talk of a cease-fire, and ended with fire that would not cease. In the early hours of the day, however, when it appeared – at least in theory – as if the Egyptian- brokered cease-fire might lead to an end to Hamas’s rockets and Operation Protective Edge, diplomatic officials said that the security cabinet agreed to the Egyptian proposal in order to “give an opportunity for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip.” The idea of a demilitarized Gaza Strip is an idea that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his spokesmen began...
  • US blocked Qatari funds intended for Hamas employee

    07/15/2014 8:47:54 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 19 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    The United States has blocked the transfer of Qatari funds earmarked for the salaries of civil servants hired by Hamas in Gaza, The Times of Israel has learned. A diplomatic source in the Gulf state, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Qatar had transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to Arab Bank for the salaries of some 44,000 Hamas civil servants. Those civil servants — employed by Hamas in Gaza since its takeover of the Strip in 2007 – were rendered jobless by the unity agreement with Fatah last month. But the money was never processed by Arab Bank...
  • My Outline for a Solution in Gaza (MK Moshe Feiglin)

    07/15/2014 5:47:29 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 15 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | July 15, 2014 | Moshe Feiglin
    Ultimatum – One warning from the Prime Minister of Israel to the enemy population, in which he announces that Israel is about to attack military targets in their area and urges those who are not involved and do not wish to be harmed to leave immediately. Sinai is not far from Gaza and they can leave. This will be the limit of Israel’s humanitarian efforts. Hamas may unconditionally surrender and prevent the attack. Attack – Attack the entire ‘target bank’ throughout Gaza with the IDF’s maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at...
  • Löfven: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself

    07/15/2014 5:07:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Jul 2014
    Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven has been flooded with thousands of negative comments after he posted on Facebook that "Israel has the right to defend itself" in a post about the ongoing Gaza crisis. The election favourite posted the comment on Saturday night and within minutes he was on the receiving end of angry replies from users of the social network. "Israel must respect international law but obviously has the right to defend itself. It is a huge tragedy that the violence escalates," Löfven wrote. Most of the comments were critical of the political party leader's stance with one user...
  • Netanyahu: This is why Israel can never unilaterally withdraw from the West Bank

    07/15/2014 4:56:29 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Vox Media ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Max Fisher
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, discussing the escalating Israeli air strikes in Gaza and the rockets fired into Israel from Palestinian militant groups there, said at a press conference Friday that this latest violence shows why Israel cannot withdraw unilaterally from the West Bank as it did in 2005 from Gaza. While many have interpreted this as opposition to any two-state solution whatsoever, it reads to me as something a little different: a major Israeli requirement for any peace deal to work, and one that precludes Israel from ending its West Bank occupation without Palestinians agreeing to a deal that...
  • Digging in, Hamas believes time is on its side

    07/15/2014 4:47:21 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 19 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    The celebrations in Israel Tuesday morning over the Egyptian ceasefire initiative were premature. Contrary to the assessment of all manner of eminent Israeli notables, Hamas is not sufficiently weakened to accept an immediate ceasefire that meets none of its demands. Far from it. As Hamas made clear in the course of a rocket-filled Tuesday, it doesn’t give a damn about Egypt or Arab public opinion, and it is continuing on its own path, one of escalation. You can say a lot to Hamas’s detriment in its handling of this conflict: It was wrong to enter this round of hostilities and...
  • IDF alerts residents in northern Gaza to evacuate homes

    07/15/2014 3:39:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | by KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Military sending voice messages advising Palestinians to vacate by 8 a.m. Wednesday as part of efforts to avoid causing harm to civilians ahead of supposed strikes; Hamas urges residents against heeding IDF calls. The IDF was sending voice messages to residents of the northern Gaza Strip late on Tuesday, advising them to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. as part of Israeli efforts to avoid causing harm to civilians ahead of supposed strikes. Hamas' Interior Ministry urged residents of Gaza not to heed to the IDF calls to leave their homes, saying the warning were part of Israel's "psychological war."
  • Israel military's 'knock on roof' warnings criticized by rights groups [Can you win a war this way?]

    07/15/2014 2:24:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/15/2014 | By Tim Lister and Salma Abdelaziz
    It's become another military euphemism, along with "collateral damage" and "friendly fire." The "knock on the roof" is the Israeli military's warning for civilians before it fires on a building and is being used extensively as Israeli airstrikes target Hamas sites in Operation Protective Edge. The Israeli Air Force developed the technique in 2009 as a way to warn civilians in Gaza to leave buildings it has identified as locations where Hamas keeps ammunition, a rocket stash or command post. But it is a controversial policy that has been criticized by human rights groups. The procedure generally begins with a...
  • Netanyahu Fires Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon

    07/15/2014 12:03:43 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | Ari Soffer
    In a dramatic development Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has fired his Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon. Danon, who is a member of Netanyahu's Likud party, has been a consistent and sometimes harsh critic of the prime minister's leadership. Sources close to the PM say Danon's scathing criticism of the government's decision to sign up to a ceasefire agreement with Hamas proved the last straw. Hopes of a ceasefire crumbled after Hamas rejected it and fired dozens of rockets onto Israeli population centers, prompting Israel to respond with more airstrikes after several hours of restraint. While some analysts - including...
  • BREAKING: Netanyahu promises ‘great force’ against Hamas over rejected truce; one Israeli

    07/15/2014 11:59:08 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 15 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Full Title: BREAKING: Netanyahu promises ‘great force’ against Hamas over rejected truce; one Israeli now killed in conflict Sadly, the first Israeli has been killed by a Hamas rocket near the Gaza border:   According to the Jerusalem Post he was a rabbi who was helping feed the IDF soldiers: Shrapnel from a mortar shell killed a man at the Erez Crossing, who, according to Israeli media reports , was a Chabad rabbi who had volunteered to distribute food to soldiers in the dangerous area. Netanyahu has reportedly promised ‘great force’ against Hamas for rejecting the ceasefire:   And this...
  • Report: Israeli Prime Minister Backs Away From Two-State Solution

    07/15/2014 11:51:50 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies ^ | Melanie Batley
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who for years has been on record supporting the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, appears to have abandoned the idea, according to The Times of Israel. "He made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank," the Times reported. While he did not renounce support for the two-state solution, his comments reflected a view that he believes such a state is no longer a possibility after Israel repeatedly evacuated Arab territories only for it to come under the control of Palestinian extremists...