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  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:32:16 AM PDT · 12 of 15
    Star Traveler to Patton@Bastogne

    Israel is working on that with Hamas right now - and doing so in cooperation with Egypt. However Hezbollah is not in the equation at the present time.

  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:30:33 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    Star Traveler to 2ndDivisionVet

    No, Egypt has shut down a majority of the tunnels at their border. Those tunnels that the IDF are demolishing are “attack tunnels” meant for Hamas teams to attack villages in Israel.

    The IDF said recently that Hamas still had almost 4,000 rockets left, so they’ve got enough to go for quote a whole lot longer.

    What they are trying to do is “go for broke” and get Israel or Egypt to LIFT THE EMBARGO, so that they will be able to get more arms in - in the future.

    Right now, Hamas is being squeezed real hard because both Egypt and Israel are cooperating against Hamas.

  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:26:08 AM PDT · 9 of 15
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    One thing that must be made clear here is that the USA doesn’t give money or arms to Hamas, but the USA does give humanitarian aid to the People there in Gaza through agencies, such as UNRWA who administers the programs.

    And Israel, who controls the goods that go into Gaza (they have a blockade around Gaza) does let the goods that the USA sends in through UNRWA go through their checkpoints, as Israel has no problem with that.

    What Israel doesn’t let go through their checkpoints or past their blockade are arms and material for war going to Hamas.

    ALSO ... humanitarian aid or aid to the Palestinian Authority, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lobbied and urged Congress to continue supporting (because Israel doesn’t want it’s soldiers administering the PA territories) ... is given to the Palestinians on the West Bank.

    And don’t be confused by the “unity pact” which is nothing but a “paper document” for foreign consumption ... with Hamas ... when it is the Palestinian Authority” and Abbas who are fully in control of Judea and Samaria.

    The problem some have is that they can’t see the details and distinguish what is going on. And they confuse criminals and criminal actions of terrorists with support that the USA is giving to Palestinians, versus the terror groups.

    They ignore that Prime Minister Netanyahu has no problem with humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians and he also wants support for the Palestinian Authority to continue so Israel won’t have to administer the territories.

    What neither the USA or Israel wants is any money or arms to the terrorist organization and neither one of them is doing that.

    Israel and the USA are against Hamas and against supplying them in Gaza!

  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:24:03 AM PDT · 7 of 15
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    Israel singles out Qatar as key Hamas terror sponsor
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3184241/posts

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/as-it-battles-hamas-israel-singles-out-its-sponsor-qatar/

    Gulf emirate is branded the villain behind Hamas belligerence, with PM’s former security adviser saying it funds tunnel diggers and rocket launchers.

    President Shimon Peres accused Qatar on Wednesday of becoming “the world’s largest funder of terror” due to its financial support for Hamas in Gaza.

    “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and tunnels which are fired at innocent civilians,” the outgoing statesman told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem. “Their funding of terror must stop. If they want to build then they should, but they must not be allowed to destroy.”

    Qatar’s recently attempted to transfer funds for the salaries of Hamas civil servants in Gaza, following the formation of a Palestinian unity government, but was blocked by the United States, which pressured the Arab Bank not to process them. But former national security adviser Maj. Gen. (res) Yaakov Amidror told The Times of Israel that the emirate’s funding for the organization’s terror apparatus, including tunnel diggers and rocket launchers, has continued unabated.

  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:21:30 AM PDT · 6 of 15
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border [Israel and Hamas]
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3184786/posts

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-gaza-war-egypt-taking-hard-line-over-border/

    Vilification of Hamas in Cairo has only increased since Operation Protective Edge erupted.

    CAIRO (AP) — In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas’ battle isn’t only with Israel, even though that’s the country it is firing rockets at. The terrorist group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory

    Even as it presents itself as a mediator in the conflict, Egypt is taking a hard line, refusing any opening that would strengthen Hamas, a group it accuses of fueling militancy on its soil.

    And so far, the Egyptian public has largely gone along.

    But as civilian casualties rise in Gaza, Egypt’s government runs the risk that Egyptians will blame it for not making concessions that could stop the bloodshed.

    Still, authorities in Cairo have insisted they won’t bend. Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri called Rafah a “red line,” warning against pressuring Egypt on the issue.

    Both Israel and Egypt have enforced a crippling, years-long blockade of Gaza. Israel also faces demands to open its crossings, which are vital to reviving the strip’s economy, but it is likely to resist doing so.

    For its part, Egypt has made it clear it won’t open the border unless the Gaza side is run by Hamas’ rival, President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority.

  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:21:06 AM PDT · 5 of 15
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    Hamas has been looking for allies, so far in vain [Israel]
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3184802/posts

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.607178

    While Islamic Jihad remains an Iranian protégé, Hamas decided two and a half years ago to break with Iran and return to its natural Arab and Sunni home. This decision was sparked by the Iranian-backed Syrian government’s slaughter of its largely Sunni citizens, which generated pressure to sever ties from both fellow Palestinians and Arab states. But Hamas also thought this move wouldn’t exact too high an economic price, thanks to the support it received from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government.

    That calculation collapsed when Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted last year; Egypt’s new government is waging war on the Brotherhood and all its branches, first and foremost Hamas. But Hamas can no longer return to Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. Qatar and Turkey remain its only refuge, and both are loathed by Egypt and the Gulf states.

  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:20:37 AM PDT · 4 of 15
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3185239/posts

    http://www.jpost.com/Features/Front-Lines/Behind-the-lines-Desperately-seeking-relevance-368838

    Hamas is not an isolated player. It is part of a Muslim Brotherhood regional alliance bankrolled by the Emirate of Qatar.

    The last year has not been good for this alliance. In 2011-12, they were riding high. They had come to power in Egypt and in Tunisia and seemed fairly placed to triumph in Syria too. Hamas elected to back what looked like an emergent Muslim Brotherhood power bloc – and drew away from its alliance with Iran.

    Not much is left of all that. Egypt and Tunisia are gone. In Syria, only the regime, Islamic State and the Kurds remain as serious players. The Muslim Brotherhood’s moment in the sun was exceedingly brief.

    This left their Palestinian iteration, Hamas, looking somewhat beached in 2014. The Iranian funding declined.

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decimated the tunnel system through which the rulers of Gaza brought in goods and money. Fuel shortages and power outages became part of daily life. There was no money to pay state employees.

    The Hamas decision to relaunch its military campaign, its refusal to accept Israel’s offer of “calm for calm,” and its rejection of an Egyptian cease-fire proposal that Israel accepted represent an attempt to bring about a “reset” in the position of Hamas and its backers in the region.

  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:19:58 AM PDT · 2 of 15
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn’t save Hamas
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3185241/posts

    http://freebeacon.com/columns/israel-can-win/

    Secretary Kerry arrived in Cairo earlier this week. No one wanted him there. Egypt’s ruler, General Sisi, has no interest in saving Hamas through international diplomacy: The Muslim Brotherhood is his mortal enemy. Kerry then went from Cairo to Jerusalem, where he met with U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon, who flew to the meeting on a plane chartered by Qatar, Hamas’ primary source of cash. Kerry also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is too gracious to tell the secretary to go back to Boston. (Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has said publicly what the Israeli government will not: Kerry is an unwelcome guest.) Next up was Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, who honored Kerry’s presence by endorsing Hamas’s call for a “Day of Rage” in the West Bank. Kerry “will soon decide if Hamas and Israel are willing to agree on a Gaza ceasefire,” Reuters says.

    Who wants a ceasefire? Qatar. The sheikhs who bankroll the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Jazeera, and Hamas would see their status rise. A ceasefire would lend credence to the theory that the traditional Sunni powers—Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia—have been eclipsed both by Shiite Iran and by Brotherhood-friendly Sunnis in the Gulf and Turkey. Having lost Egypt and possibly Gaza, the Brotherhood finds itself on the precipice. A Qatari-backed ceasefire that does not include disarmament of Hamas would pull the movement back from the abyss.

    — — —

    Now, the article does have the headline mentioning Obama, but the real key to this article doesn’t have to do with Obama — it has to do with these two big Muslim blocks described here. Obama and Kerry are simply “fish who are out of water” and are useful idiots ... not much more.

    This is really a “game” (so to speak) being played on the “game board” of Israel and Hamas, with Hamas being the central “played piece” — by these two big Muslim blocks described here.

  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:18:09 AM PDT · 1 of 15
    Star Traveler
    This has been in effect for a while now, so it won't continue much longer. If there is any subsequent cease-fire, it should be from the "Egyptian block" and not the "Qatari block". The Egyptian block is working with Israel to hit Hamas hard, while the Qatari block is trying to save Hamas. Obama and Kerry don't have much ability to control these two big players in the Muslim world.
  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 6:56:53 AM PDT · 36 of 43
    Star Traveler to samtheman

    Was I mistaken in thinking that you posted to me? ... LOL ...

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 6:55:48 AM PDT · 35 of 43
    Star Traveler to bert

    I agree with killing the enemy, and so does Israel.

    The problem here (in the discussion) is that Israel itself, the IDF itself, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself - is NOT defining the enemy as “all Gaza”, but is protecting the residents of Gaza as “NOT THE ENEMY”.

    Kill all the enemy you want, but at least have the same definition of “the enemy” as Israel MAINTAINS LOUDLY to the world ... :-) ...

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 6:45:57 AM PDT · 32 of 43
    Star Traveler to Bailee

    Some people seem to be “just itching” to commit war crimes. It is very fortunate that this does not include Israel or the IDF or Prime Minoster Benjamin Netanyahu!

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 6:44:34 AM PDT · 30 of 43
    Star Traveler to bert

    I’m not sure what an “IDF Troll” is ... but I can tell you I have immense respect for the way the IDF is conducting this war and immense respect for the way Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is governing the country along with his policies.

    I’m not sure if that makes me an “IDF Troll” ... :-) ...

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 6:40:59 AM PDT · 28 of 43
    Star Traveler to Tzfat

    The IDF points this very thing out about Hamas, that they don’t protect the Gaza residents like the IDF does, while in the very same article they point out that the IDF DOES PROTECT the residents of Gaza.

    What the IDF is calling attention to is, in so many words, that ...”We do NOT view the residents of Gaza as Hamas!”

    That’s from the IDF itself!

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 6:35:48 AM PDT · 24 of 43
    Star Traveler to samtheman

    You said ... “So yeah, we get it. The IDF respects Gaza civilians.”

    There would be nothing more to say if everyone did get it like you say. But instead, I see many saying things that Israel itself never says or what they want the world to know.

    Israel does NOT want the world to think or believe that Israel views “The people of Gaza are Hamas” ... :-) ...

    IF ONLY everyone did get it, as you say ...

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 6:20:00 AM PDT · 21 of 24
    Star Traveler to Netz

    In short Obama is a TOTAL DISASTER!

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 6:19:04 AM PDT · 20 of 24
    Star Traveler to Iron Munro

    That’s one reason why we must insist on what comes out of the “Egyptian block” as opposed to the “Qatari block” ... because Egypt is not putting up with nonsense from Hamas and Israel is cooperating with Egypt!

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 6:16:24 AM PDT · 17 of 43
    Star Traveler to Tzfat

    Then the IDF is spreading Hamas propaganda as that information and quote came from the IDF website ... LOL ...

    OH ... and also, don’t forget to include that Israeli Ambassador who must have been spreading Hamas propaganda when he was speaking before the UN Human Rights Council.

    AND THEN ... of course, don’t leave out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was also spreading Hamas propaganda, because he also said that he ordered the IDF to do everything they could to minimize any harm to the residents of Gaza, while attacking the Hamas terrorists at the same time ... :-) ...

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 6:07:56 AM PDT · 14 of 43
    Star Traveler to Tzfat

    If you’ve got a problem with the official policy of Israel and the IDF itself - then I would suggest you take it up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And if you don’t like the results of your conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I would suggest you GET ANOTHER PRIME MINISTER ... :-) ...

    As for me, I FULLY BACK Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies and decision, and I fully back the IDF in how they are handling this war against Hamas.

    And I fully back the Israeli Ambassador who was speaking before the UN Human Rights Council and was DISPUTING CHARGES against Israel that Israel commits war crimes ... and what he said when he said that Israel was fighting Hamas and NOT the residents of Gaza.

    I would suspect if you are going to change ALL THIS in Israel and it’s officials and the government and the IDF, you’re going to have to hire some “mercenaries” from Poland or the Ukraine to replace ALL THESE PEOPLE in Israel that you disagree with ... LOL ...

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 5:52:55 AM PDT · 11 of 43
    Star Traveler to Tzfat

    And here is something to INFORM YOU about HOW the IDF protects the residents of Gaza, while at the very same time, the IDF targets and kills Hamas operatives and bombs their facilities!

    Exclusive Interview With IAF Pilots: How They Limit Casualties
    http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/20/exclusive-interview-iaf-pilots-limit-casualties/

    While the IDF goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid civilian casualties, Hamas deliberately puts civilians in the line of fire. The terrorist organization bases command centers, weapons storage facilities and concealed rocket launchers inside civilian neighborhoods, sometimes even inside houses. Lt. Or and Lt. Omer are two pilots in the Israel Air Force whose work reduces harm to civilians in Gaza.

    Lt. Or is a 25-year-old soldier with an enormous responsibility. He decides whether to call off an airstrike in Gaza for the sake of preserving human life.

    Lt. Or operates drones over Gaza in order to gather intelligence before airstrikes. The drones provide the IDF with a clear picture of the ground in real time. “Before every flight, we have a briefing about what is happening in the Strip,” said Lt. Or. “Then we perform a reconnaissance mission to ensure the intelligence matches the reality on the ground.”

    The purpose of this intelligence gathering is to ensure that a strike on a target will not cause harm to civilians. “Before every airstrike, the pilot needs permission from us,” Lt. Or. emphasized. “We [Israel] are the only side in this conflict that attempts to prevent civilians from being harmed.”

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 5:48:20 AM PDT · 10 of 43
    Star Traveler to Tzfat

    Not according to the IDF ... :-) ... since they go out of their way to PROTECT the residents of Gaza — while at the very same time, they bomb and kill Hamas operatives and their facilities!

    The following is from the IDF itself on their own web page ...

    How is the IDF Minimizing Harm to Civilians in Gaza?
    http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/16/idf-done-minimize-harm-civilians-gaza/

    The IDF does everything possible to limit civilian casualties in Gaza. Hamas exploits these efforts by encouraging Palestinian civilians to ignore the IDF’s warnings.

    Phone Calls and Text Messages

    As part of its efforts to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza, the IDF makes phone calls and sends text messages to civilians residing in buildings designated for attack. In the following video, you can hear a recording of an IDF soldier calling a Gazan to warn him of an impending airstrike in his vicinity.

    Leaflets

    The Israel Air Force has dropped leaflets over Gaza that warn civilians to avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives. These leaflets urge civilians to move away from Hamas targets, making clear Israel’s intention to minimize civilian casualties. Since the operation began, Hamas has repeatedly instructed Palestinians to ignore these warnings.

    Roof-Knocking

    “Roof knocking” is when the IAF targets a building with a loud but non-lethal bomb that warns civilians that they are in the vicinity of a weapons cache or other target. This method is used to allow all residents to leave the area before the IDF targets the site with live ammunition.

    The following video demonstrates how Hamas exploits the IDF’s efforts to avoid civilian casualties. On July 9, Palestinians fled a Hamas target after the IAF fired a warning shot. Moments later, people in the surrounding area flocked to the roof of the target, acting as human shields. The IAF called off the strike to avoid civilian casualties.

  • Victory for Israel, by Israel - If Obama gets out of the way

    07/26/2014 5:45:25 AM PDT · 15 of 15
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    In regards to the Israelis distinguishing the Palestinian residents in GAZA from the HAMAS operatives ... here’s what the Israeli Ambassador said just a couple of days ago!

    “THE GAZA RESIDENTS ARE NOT OUR ENEMY!”

    Don’t let the enemies if Israel “spread the lie” that Israel treats all of Gaza as the enemy. It’s only Hamas that is the enemy!

    — — —

    Speaking at the conference, Israel’s ambassador to the body, Eviatar Manor told the debate that “Israel will destroy Hamas’ military infrastructure.” He also added that “the Gaza residents are not our enemy. Israel is fully committed to international law.” The ambassador also slammed the UN Human Rights Council saying they had “failed to protect the human rights of Israelis,” Haaretz reports.

    http://rt.com/news/174948-un-israel-palestine-talks/

  • Victory for Israel, by Israel - If Obama gets out of the way

    07/26/2014 5:44:39 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    One thing that must be made clear here is that the USA doesn’t give money or arms to Hamas, but the USA does give humanitarian aid to the People there in Gaza through agencies, such as UNRWA who administers the programs.

    And Israel, who controls the goods that go into Gaza (they have a blockade around Gaza) does let the goods that the USA sends in through UNRWA go through their checkpoints, as Israel has no problem with that.

    What Israel doesn’t let go through their checkpoints or past their blockade are arms and material for war going to Hamas.

    ALSO ... humanitarian aid or aid to the Palestinian Authority, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lobbied and urged Congress to continue supporting (because Israel doesn’t want it’s soldiers administering the PA territories) ... is given to the Palestinians on the West Bank.

    And don’t be confused by the “unity pact” which is nothing but a “paper document” for foreign consumption ... with Hamas ... when it is the Palestinian Authority” and Abbas who are fully in control of Judea and Samaria.

    The problem some have is that they can’t see the details and distinguish what is going on. And they confuse criminals and criminal actions of terrorists with support that the USA is giving to Palestinians, versus the terror groups.

    They ignore that Prime Minister Netanyahu has no problem with humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians and he also wants support for the Palestinian Authority to continue so Israel won’t have to administer the territories.

    What neither the USA or Israel wants is any money or arms to the terrorist organization and neither one of them is doing that.

    Israel and the USA are against Hamas and against supplying them in Gaza!

  • Everything in the Israeli-Hamas Conflict is *ss Backwards! (Rush)

    07/26/2014 5:39:08 AM PDT · 10 of 18
    Star Traveler to servo1969

    Israel did accept a 12-hour cease-fire for humanitarian purposes. That should be in effect right now.

  • A tunnel terror underneath a bathtub in Gaza exposed

    07/26/2014 5:37:15 AM PDT · 7 of 43
    Star Traveler to Tzfat

    One should always keep in mind that Israel distinguishes between the residents of GAZA -versus- the Hamas Terrorists and their organization.

    Israel makes it VERY CLEAR to the world I that they are at war with Hamas, but they are NOT at war with the residents in GAZA. Always keep in mind what Israel, itself, says about this!

    “THE GAZA RESIDENTS ARE NOT OUR ENEMY!”

    Don’t let the enemies if Israel “spread the lie” that Israel treats all of Gaza as the enemy. It’s only Hamas that is the enemy!

    — — —

    Speaking at the conference, Israel’s ambassador to the body, Eviatar Manor told the debate that “Israel will destroy Hamas’ military infrastructure.” He also added that “the Gaza residents are not our enemy. Israel is fully committed to international law.” The ambassador also slammed the UN Human Rights Council saying they had “failed to protect the human rights of Israelis,” Haaretz reports.

    http://rt.com/news/174948-un-israel-palestine-talks/

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 5:30:21 AM PDT · 17 of 24
    Star Traveler to nikos1121

    Qatar is using Hamas as leverage to gain ascendency over the “Egyptian block” (which Israel is quietly associated with).

    This is a big “power play” among the two big Muslim blocks in the Middle East, using “Israel and Hamas” as the chessboard!

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 5:27:45 AM PDT · 16 of 24
    Star Traveler to ryderann

    I haven’t seen any reports, but this money from Qatar to Hamas has been going on for longer than those guys were released. That doesn’t mean that they are doing nothing right now, but rather, Qatar was already involved with Hamas?

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 5:25:27 AM PDT · 15 of 24
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    And here is another way that Israel distinguishes between fighting and killing Hamas -versus- the Gaza residents, which the Israeli Ambassador says Israel has no fight with ... Only a fight with Hamas, the terrorist organization. And that’s why when the USA gives aid to UNRWA to bring that aid to the residents of Gaza - Israel lets all that aid go through that the USA gave them — precisely because Israel knows the difference between giving money to Hamas -versus- giving humanitarian aid to Gaza residents.

    This is what you posted yesterday, I believe ... :-) ...

    IDF Opens Hospital for Palestinians, Hamas Prevents Access
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3185114/posts

    http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/25/idf-opens-hospital-for-palestinians-hamas-prevents-access/

    The IDF has opened a temporary hospital for Palestinians on the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing. Even as terrorists fire rockets at Israel, the hospitals treating wounded civilians in cooperation with the Red Crescent. Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules Gaza, has prevented Palestinians from entering Israel in order to reach the hospital.

  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 5:24:44 AM PDT · 16 of 16
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    And here is another way that Israel distinguishes between fighting and killing Hamas -versus- the Gaza residents, which the Israeli Ambassador says Israel has no fight with ... Only a fight with Hamas, the terrorist organization. And that’s why when the USA gives aid to UNRWA to bring that aid to the residents of Gaza - Israel lets all that aid go through that the USA gave them — precisely because Israel knows the difference between giving money to Hamas -versus- giving humanitarian aid to Gaza residents.

    This is what you posted yesterday, I believe ... :-) ...

    IDF Opens Hospital for Palestinians, Hamas Prevents Access
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3185114/posts

    http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/25/idf-opens-hospital-for-palestinians-hamas-prevents-access/

    The IDF has opened a temporary hospital for Palestinians on the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing. Even as terrorists fire rockets at Israel, the hospitals treating wounded civilians in cooperation with the Red Crescent. Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules Gaza, has prevented Palestinians from entering Israel in order to reach the hospital.

  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 5:18:20 AM PDT · 15 of 16
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    Hamas is officially designated as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” which puts the full complement of the US Government “machinery” in action AGAINST IT, and at all levels.

    Now, many people CONFUSE the money that goes to UNRWA, which is a humanitarian aid organization for these Palestinian civilians, with thinking that money is given to Hamas.

    And it’s not, because Israel MANS THE BORDER and has a FULL EMBARGO on Gaza, but Israel lets through all the aid that goes through UNRWA, because the Israelis are not designating the Palestinian civilians as the enemy, but they are designating the Hamas organization as the enemy.

    And it’s likewise with the USA.

    — — —

    Hamas is a designated foreign terrorist organization with the USA. This carries legal ramifications in our law in the USA and there are severe penalties for anyone supporting them with arms or money.

    The USA not only does not “do it” (in terms of supplying Hamas with money or arms), they go beyond that and have listed Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization, and have those legal penalties.

    Foreign Terrorist Organizations
    http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm

    Legal Criteria for Designation under Section 219 of the INA as amended

    It must be a foreign organization.

    The organization must engage in terrorist activity, as defined in section 212 (a)(3)(B) of the INA (8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(B)),* or terrorism, as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. § 2656f(d)(2)),** or retain the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism.

    The organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.

    Legal Ramifications of Designation

    It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to a designated FTO. (The term “material support or resources” is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(1) as “ any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including currency or monetary instruments or financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safehouses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel (1 or more individuals who maybe or include oneself), and transportation, except medicine or religious materials.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(2) provides that for these purposes “the term ‘training’ means instruction or teaching designed to impart a specific skill, as opposed to general knowledge.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(3) further provides that for these purposes the term ‘expert advice or assistance’ means advice or assistance derived from scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge.’’

    Representatives and members of a designated FTO, if they are aliens, are inadmissible to and, in certain circumstances, removable from the United States (see 8 U.S.C. §§ 1182 (a)(3)(B)(i)(IV)-(V), 1227 (a)(1)(A)).

    Any U.S. financial institution that becomes aware that it has possession of or control over funds in which a designated FTO or its agent has an interest must retain possession of or control over the funds and report the funds to the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    Other Effects of Designation

    Supports our efforts to curb terrorism financing and to encourage other nations to do the same.

    Stigmatizes and isolates designated terrorist organizations internationally.

    Deters donations or contributions to and economic transactions with named organizations.

    Heightens public awareness and knowledge of terrorist organizations.

    Signals to other governments our concern about named organizations.

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 5:16:18 AM PDT · 13 of 24
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    Hamas is officially designated as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” which puts the full complement of the US Government “machinery” in action AGAINST IT, and at all levels.

    Now, many people CONFUSE the money that goes to UNRWA, which is a humanitarian aid organization for these Palestinian civilians, with thinking that money is given to Hamas.

    And it’s not, because Israel MANS THE BORDER and has a FULL EMBARGO on Gaza, but Israel lets through all the aid that goes through UNRWA, because the Israelis are not designating the Palestinian civilians as the enemy, but they are designating the Hamas organization as the enemy.

    And it’s likewise with the USA.

    — — —

    Hamas is a designated foreign terrorist organization with the USA. This carries legal ramifications in our law in the USA and there are severe penalties for anyone supporting them with arms or money.

    The USA not only does not “do it” (in terms of supplying Hamas with money or arms), they go beyond that and have listed Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization, and have those legal penalties.

    Foreign Terrorist Organizations
    http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm

    Legal Criteria for Designation under Section 219 of the INA as amended

    It must be a foreign organization.

    The organization must engage in terrorist activity, as defined in section 212 (a)(3)(B) of the INA (8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(B)),* or terrorism, as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. § 2656f(d)(2)),** or retain the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism.

    The organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.

    Legal Ramifications of Designation

    It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to a designated FTO. (The term “material support or resources” is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(1) as “ any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including currency or monetary instruments or financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safehouses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel (1 or more individuals who maybe or include oneself), and transportation, except medicine or religious materials.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(2) provides that for these purposes “the term ‘training’ means instruction or teaching designed to impart a specific skill, as opposed to general knowledge.” 18 U.S.C. § 2339A(b)(3) further provides that for these purposes the term ‘expert advice or assistance’ means advice or assistance derived from scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge.’’

    Representatives and members of a designated FTO, if they are aliens, are inadmissible to and, in certain circumstances, removable from the United States (see 8 U.S.C. §§ 1182 (a)(3)(B)(i)(IV)-(V), 1227 (a)(1)(A)).

    Any U.S. financial institution that becomes aware that it has possession of or control over funds in which a designated FTO or its agent has an interest must retain possession of or control over the funds and report the funds to the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

    Other Effects of Designation

    Supports our efforts to curb terrorism financing and to encourage other nations to do the same.

    Stigmatizes and isolates designated terrorist organizations internationally.

    Deters donations or contributions to and economic transactions with named organizations.

    Heightens public awareness and knowledge of terrorist organizations.

    Signals to other governments our concern about named organizations.

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 5:10:41 AM PDT · 12 of 24
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    Here’s how the IDF distinguishes the RESIDENTS of GAZA from the Hamas operatives, and they do as much as they humanly can to not have any collateral damage to the Palestinian civilians in Gaza!

    How is the IDF Minimizing Harm to Civilians in Gaza?
    http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/16/idf-done-minimize-harm-civilians-gaza/

    The IDF does everything possible to limit civilian casualties in Gaza. Hamas exploits these efforts by encouraging Palestinian civilians to ignore the IDF’s warnings.

    Phone Calls and Text Messages

    As part of its efforts to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza, the IDF makes phone calls and sends text messages to civilians residing in buildings designated for attack. In the following video, you can hear a recording of an IDF soldier calling a Gazan to warn him of an impending airstrike in his vicinity.

    Leaflets

    The Israel Air Force has dropped leaflets over Gaza that warn civilians to avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives. These leaflets urge civilians to move away from Hamas targets, making clear Israel’s intention to minimize civilian casualties. Since the operation began, Hamas has repeatedly instructed Palestinians to ignore these warnings.

    Roof-Knocking

    “Roof knocking” is when the IAF targets a building with a loud but non-lethal bomb that warns civilians that they are in the vicinity of a weapons cache or other target. This method is used to allow all residents to leave the area before the IDF targets the site with live ammunition.

    The following video demonstrates how Hamas exploits the IDF’s efforts to avoid civilian casualties. On July 9, Palestinians fled a Hamas target after the IAF fired a warning shot. Moments later, people in the surrounding area flocked to the roof of the target, acting as human shields. The IAF called off the strike to avoid civilian casualties.

  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 5:09:21 AM PDT · 14 of 16
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    Here’s how the IDF distinguishes the RESIDENTS of GAZA from the Hamas operatives, and they do as much as they humanly can to not have any collateral damage to the Palestinian civilians in Gaza!

    How is the IDF Minimizing Harm to Civilians in Gaza?
    http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/16/idf-done-minimize-harm-civilians-gaza/

    The IDF does everything possible to limit civilian casualties in Gaza. Hamas exploits these efforts by encouraging Palestinian civilians to ignore the IDF’s warnings.

    Phone Calls and Text Messages

    As part of its efforts to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza, the IDF makes phone calls and sends text messages to civilians residing in buildings designated for attack. In the following video, you can hear a recording of an IDF soldier calling a Gazan to warn him of an impending airstrike in his vicinity.

    Leaflets

    The Israel Air Force has dropped leaflets over Gaza that warn civilians to avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives. These leaflets urge civilians to move away from Hamas targets, making clear Israel’s intention to minimize civilian casualties. Since the operation began, Hamas has repeatedly instructed Palestinians to ignore these warnings.

    Roof-Knocking

    “Roof knocking” is when the IAF targets a building with a loud but non-lethal bomb that warns civilians that they are in the vicinity of a weapons cache or other target. This method is used to allow all residents to leave the area before the IDF targets the site with live ammunition.

    The following video demonstrates how Hamas exploits the IDF’s efforts to avoid civilian casualties. On July 9, Palestinians fled a Hamas target after the IAF fired a warning shot. Moments later, people in the surrounding area flocked to the roof of the target, acting as human shields. The IAF called off the strike to avoid civilian casualties.

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 5:06:46 AM PDT · 10 of 24
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    In regards to the Israelis distinguishing the Palestinian residents in GAZA from the HAMAS operatives ... here’s what the Israeli Ambassador said just a couple of days ago!

    “THE GAZA RESIDENTS ARE NOT OUR ENEMY!”

    Don’t let the enemies if Israel “spread the lie” that Israel treats all of Gaza as the enemy. It’s only Hamas that is the enemy!

    — — —

    Speaking at the conference, Israel’s ambassador to the body, Eviatar Manor told the debate that “Israel will destroy Hamas’ military infrastructure.” He also added that “the Gaza residents are not our enemy. Israel is fully committed to international law.” The ambassador also slammed the UN Human Rights Council saying they had “failed to protect the human rights of Israelis,” Haaretz reports.

    http://rt.com/news/174948-un-israel-palestine-talks/

  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 5:06:03 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    In regards to the Israelis distinguishing the Palestinian residents in GAZA from the HAMAS operatives ... here’s what the Israeli Ambassador said just a couple of days ago!

    “THE GAZA RESIDENTS ARE NOT OUR ENEMY!”

    Don’t let the enemies if Israel “spread the lie” that Israel treats all of Gaza as the enemy. It’s only Hamas that is the enemy!

    — — —

    Speaking at the conference, Israel’s ambassador to the body, Eviatar Manor told the debate that “Israel will destroy Hamas’ military infrastructure.” He also added that “the Gaza residents are not our enemy. Israel is fully committed to international law.” The ambassador also slammed the UN Human Rights Council saying they had “failed to protect the human rights of Israelis,” Haaretz reports.

    http://rt.com/news/174948-un-israel-palestine-talks/

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 5:03:34 AM PDT · 9 of 24
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    One thing that must be made clear here is that the USA doesn’t give money or arms to Hamas, but the USA does give humanitarian aid to the People there in Gaza through agencies, such as UNRWA who administers the programs.

    And Israel, who controls the goods that go into Gaza (they have a blockade around Gaza) does let the goods that the USA sends in through UNRWA go through their checkpoints, as Israel has no problem with that.

    What Israel doesn’t let go through their checkpoints or past their blockade are arms and material for war going to Hamas.

    ALSO ... humanitarian aid or aid to the Palestinian Authority, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lobbied and urged Congress to continue supporting (because Israel doesn’t want it’s soldiers administering the PA territories) ... is given to the Palestinians on the West Bank.

    And don’t be confused by the “unity pact” which is nothing but a “paper document” for foreign consumption ... with Hamas ... when it is the Palestinian Authority” and Abbas who are fully in control of Judea and Samaria.

    The problem some have is that they can’t see the details and distinguish what is going on. And they confuse criminals and criminal actions of terrorists with support that the USA is giving to Palestinians, versus the terror groups.

    They ignore that Prime Minister Netanyahu has no problem with humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians and he also wants support for the Palestinian Authority to continue so Israel won’t have to administer the territories.

    What neither the USA or Israel wants is any money or arms to the terrorist organization and neither one of them is doing that.

    Israel and the USA are against Hamas and against supplying them in Gaza!

  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 5:02:25 AM PDT · 11 of 16
    Star Traveler to Diogenesis

    One thing that must be made clear here is that the USA doesn’t give money or arms to Hamas, but the USA does give humanitarian aid to the People there in Gaza through agencies, such as UNRWA who administers the programs.

    And Israel, who controls the goods that go into Gaza (they have a blockade around Gaza) does let the goods that the USA sends in through UNRWA go through their checkpoints, as Israel has no problem with that.

    What Israel doesn’t let go through their checkpoints or past their blockade are arms and material for war going to Hamas.

    ALSO ... humanitarian aid or aid to the Palestinian Authority, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lobbied and urged Congress to continue supporting (because Israel doesn’t want it’s soldiers administering the PA territories) ... is given to the Palestinians on the West Bank.

    And don’t be confused by the “unity pact” which is nothing but a “paper document” for foreign consumption ... with Hamas ... when it is the Palestinian Authority” and Abbas who are fully in control of Judea and Samaria.

    The problem some have is that they can’t see the details and distinguish what is going on. And they confuse criminals and criminal actions of terrorists with support that the USA is giving to Palestinians, versus the terror groups.

    They ignore that Prime Minister Netanyahu has no problem with humanitarian aid for Palestinian civilians and he also wants support for the Palestinian Authority to continue so Israel won’t have to administer the territories.

    What neither the USA or Israel wants is any money or arms to the terrorist organization and neither one of them is doing that.

    Israel and the USA are against Hamas and against supplying them in Gaza!

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 3:58:15 AM PDT · 5 of 24
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/as-it-battles-hamas-israel-singles-out-its-sponsor-qatar/

    Gulf emirate is branded the villain behind Hamas belligerence, with PM’s former security adviser saying it funds tunnel diggers and rocket launchers.

    President Shimon Peres accused Qatar on Wednesday of becoming “the world’s largest funder of terror” due to its financial support for Hamas in Gaza.

    “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and tunnels which are fired at innocent civilians,” the outgoing statesman told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem. “Their funding of terror must stop. If they want to build then they should, but they must not be allowed to destroy.”

    Qatar’s recently attempted to transfer funds for the salaries of Hamas civil servants in Gaza, following the formation of a Palestinian unity government, but was blocked by the United States, which pressured the Arab Bank not to process them. But former national security adviser Maj. Gen. (res) Yaakov Amidror told The Times of Israel that the emirate’s funding for the organization’s terror apparatus, including tunnel diggers and rocket launchers, has continued unabated.

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 3:57:19 AM PDT · 4 of 24
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border [Israel and Hamas]
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3184786/posts

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-gaza-war-egypt-taking-hard-line-over-border/

    Vilification of Hamas in Cairo has only increased since Operation Protective Edge erupted.

    CAIRO (AP) — In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas’ battle isn’t only with Israel, even though that’s the country it is firing rockets at. The terrorist group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory

    Even as it presents itself as a mediator in the conflict, Egypt is taking a hard line, refusing any opening that would strengthen Hamas, a group it accuses of fueling militancy on its soil.

    And so far, the Egyptian public has largely gone along.

    But as civilian casualties rise in Gaza, Egypt’s government runs the risk that Egyptians will blame it for not making concessions that could stop the bloodshed.

    Still, authorities in Cairo have insisted they won’t bend. Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri called Rafah a “red line,” warning against pressuring Egypt on the issue.

    Both Israel and Egypt have enforced a crippling, years-long blockade of Gaza. Israel also faces demands to open its crossings, which are vital to reviving the strip’s economy, but it is likely to resist doing so.

    For its part, Egypt has made it clear it won’t open the border unless the Gaza side is run by Hamas’ rival, President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority.

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 3:56:01 AM PDT · 3 of 24
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    Hamas has been looking for allies, so far in vain [Israel]
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3184802/posts

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.607178

    While Islamic Jihad remains an Iranian protégé, Hamas decided two and a half years ago to break with Iran and return to its natural Arab and Sunni home. This decision was sparked by the Iranian-backed Syrian government’s slaughter of its largely Sunni citizens, which generated pressure to sever ties from both fellow Palestinians and Arab states. But Hamas also thought this move wouldn’t exact too high an economic price, thanks to the support it received from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government.

    That calculation collapsed when Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted last year; Egypt’s new government is waging war on the Brotherhood and all its branches, first and foremost Hamas. But Hamas can no longer return to Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. Qatar and Turkey remain its only refuge, and both are loathed by Egypt and the Gulf states.

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 3:55:14 AM PDT · 2 of 24
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3185239/posts

    http://www.jpost.com/Features/Front-Lines/Behind-the-lines-Desperately-seeking-relevance-368838

    Hamas is not an isolated player. It is part of a Muslim Brotherhood regional alliance bankrolled by the Emirate of Qatar.

    The last year has not been good for this alliance. In 2011-12, they were riding high. They had come to power in Egypt and in Tunisia and seemed fairly placed to triumph in Syria too. Hamas elected to back what looked like an emergent Muslim Brotherhood power bloc – and drew away from its alliance with Iran.

    Not much is left of all that. Egypt and Tunisia are gone. In Syria, only the regime, Islamic State and the Kurds remain as serious players. The Muslim Brotherhood’s moment in the sun was exceedingly brief.

    This left their Palestinian iteration, Hamas, looking somewhat beached in 2014. The Iranian funding declined.

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decimated the tunnel system through which the rulers of Gaza brought in goods and money. Fuel shortages and power outages became part of daily life. There was no money to pay state employees.

    The Hamas decision to relaunch its military campaign, its refusal to accept Israel’s offer of “calm for calm,” and its rejection of an Egyptian cease-fire proposal that Israel accepted represent an attempt to bring about a “reset” in the position of Hamas and its backers in the region.

  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 3:53:16 AM PDT · 1 of 24
    Star Traveler
    Now, the article does have the headline mentioning Obama, but the real key to this article doesn't have to do with Obama -- it has to do with these two big Muslim blocks described here. Obama and Kerry are simply "fish who are out of water" and are useful idiots ... not much more.

    This is really a "game" (so to speak) being played on the "game board" of Israel and Hamas, with Hamas being the central "played piece" -- by these two big Muslim blocks described here.

  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 3:41:16 AM PDT · 9 of 16
    Star Traveler to Joe Boucher

    It could be because of this ...

    It kinda started with the Gulf War and the USA’s placement of troops and assets for the Middle East ... and then now it also comes from having the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East - for CENTCOM - moved from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base south of Doha, the Qatari capital.

    Plus it also involves the “Defense Cooperation Agreement” which has been expanded even more than when it was first agreed upon.

    There’s a lot going on there for the USA that started several Presidents back.

  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/26/2014 3:38:20 AM PDT · 38 of 38
    Star Traveler to the anti-mahdi

    And another from those who are involved in running Israel ...

    What the Israeli Ambassador said just a couple of days ago!

    “THE GAZA RESIDENTS ARE NOT OUR ENEMY!”

    Don’t let the enemies if Israel “spread the lie” that Israel treats all of Gaza as the enemy. It’s only Hamas that is the enemy!

    — — —

    Speaking at the conference, Israel’s ambassador to the body, Eviatar Manor told the debate that “Israel will destroy Hamas’ military infrastructure.” He also added that “the Gaza residents are not our enemy. Israel is fully committed to international law.” The ambassador also slammed the UN Human Rights Council saying they had “failed to protect the human rights of Israelis,” Haaretz reports.

    http://rt.com/news/174948-un-israel-palestine-talks/

  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/26/2014 3:35:39 AM PDT · 37 of 38
    Star Traveler to the anti-mahdi

    More from those who are involved in running Israel ...

    IDF Opens Hospital for Palestinians, Hamas Prevents Access
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3185114/posts

    http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/25/idf-opens-hospital-for-palestinians-hamas-prevents-access/

    The IDF has opened a temporary hospital for Palestinians on the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing. Even as terrorists fire rockets at Israel, the hospitals treating wounded civilians in cooperation with the Red Crescent. Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules Gaza, has prevented Palestinians from entering Israel in order to reach the hospital.

  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/26/2014 3:32:46 AM PDT · 36 of 38
    Star Traveler to the anti-mahdi

    Some more from those Involved in the running of Israel ...

    How is the IDF Minimizing Harm to Civilians in Gaza?
    http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/16/idf-done-minimize-harm-civilians-gaza/

    The IDF does everything possible to limit civilian casualties in Gaza. Hamas exploits these efforts by encouraging Palestinian civilians to ignore the IDF’s warnings.

    Phone Calls and Text Messages

    As part of its efforts to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza, the IDF makes phone calls and sends text messages to civilians residing in buildings designated for attack. In the following video, you can hear a recording of an IDF soldier calling a Gazan to warn him of an impending airstrike in his vicinity.

    Leaflets

    The Israel Air Force has dropped leaflets over Gaza that warn civilians to avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives. These leaflets urge civilians to move away from Hamas targets, making clear Israel’s intention to minimize civilian casualties. Since the operation began, Hamas has repeatedly instructed Palestinians to ignore these warnings.

    Roof-Knocking

    “Roof knocking” is when the IAF targets a building with a loud but non-lethal bomb that warns civilians that they are in the vicinity of a weapons cache or other target. This method is used to allow all residents to leave the area before the IDF targets the site with live ammunition.

    The following video demonstrates how Hamas exploits the IDF’s efforts to avoid civilian casualties. On July 9, Palestinians fled a Hamas target after the IAF fired a warning shot. Moments later, people in the surrounding area flocked to the roof of the target, acting as human shields. The IAF called off the strike to avoid civilian casualties.

  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/26/2014 3:31:23 AM PDT · 35 of 38
    Star Traveler to the anti-mahdi

    Here’s something from those who,are running Israel ... the government, via the IDF ...

    Exclusive Interview With IAF Pilots: How They Limit Casualties
    http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/20/exclusive-interview-iaf-pilots-limit-casualties/

    While the IDF goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid civilian casualties, Hamas deliberately puts civilians in the line of fire. The terrorist organization bases command centers, weapons storage facilities and concealed rocket launchers inside civilian neighborhoods, sometimes even inside houses. Lt. Or and Lt. Omer are two pilots in the Israel Air Force whose work reduces harm to civilians in Gaza.

    Lt. Or is a 25-year-old soldier with an enormous responsibility. He decides whether to call off an airstrike in Gaza for the sake of preserving human life.

    Lt. Or operates drones over Gaza in order to gather intelligence before airstrikes. The drones provide the IDF with a clear picture of the ground in real time. “Before every flight, we have a briefing about what is happening in the Strip,” said Lt. Or. “Then we perform a reconnaissance mission to ensure the intelligence matches the reality on the ground.”

    The purpose of this intelligence gathering is to ensure that a strike on a target will not cause harm to civilians. “Before every airstrike, the pilot needs permission from us,” Lt. Or. emphasized. “We [Israel] are the only side in this conflict that attempts to prevent civilians from being harmed.”

  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 3:25:39 AM PDT · 7 of 16
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce [Israel and Hamas]
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3183170/posts

    http://news.yahoo.com/arab-rifts-may-complicate-search-gaza-truce-162358992.html;_ylt=AwrBJR_XRM1Tm1oAjoHQtDMD

    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 the humanitarian goal of protecting Palestinian lives from the Israeli military.

    “Gaza has turned very suddenly into the theater in which this new alignment within the Arab world is being expressed,” said UK-based analyst Ghanem Nusseibeh.

    “Gaza is the first test for these new alliances, and this has affected the possibility of reaching a ceasefire there.”

    He was referring to Qatar, Turkey, Sudan and non-Arab Iran, the main members of a loose grouping of states which believe Islamists represent the future of Middle East politics.

    That camp stands in increasingly overt competition with a conservative, pro-Western group led by Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, most of whom are intent on crushing the Brotherhood and see it as a threat.

    That cleavage is now apparent in the diplomacy over Gaza.

  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 3:24:19 AM PDT · 6 of 16
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    Egypt still holds the key in cease-fire talks [Israel and Hamas]
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3183248/posts

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.606289

    “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 from above.

    This discourse could turn at any given moment. Egypt is mired in a national loss much more troubling than the death of over 400 Palestinians in Gaza. Although the deaths of 22 Egyptian soldiers near the western border at the hands of unidentified terrorist gangs has drowned out discussions of Gaza, the Egyptians continue to hold the position that they, and no other state – Turkey, Qatar or any other – should mediate the diplomatic efforts at a cease-fire.

    It’s not just Turkey and Qatar that are in Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi’s political crosshairs. Sissi made clear to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he does not intend to visit the American-African summit meeting, where he was meant to meet President Obama. Instead, Sissi will send Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri.

  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 3:22:30 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    Star Traveler to Star Traveler

    Ceasefire Talks to Renew in Cairo as Egypt Slams Hamas [Israel]
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3183468/posts

    http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/07/22/ceasefire-talks-to-renew-in-cairo-as-egypt-slams-hamas/

    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 for the political and military escapades of the organization,” the official said, according to Israel Hayom.