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  • How Hamas Fooled Israel

    07/13/2015 2:58:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    srael tried to retrieve Avraham Mengistu, the Israeli who entered Gaza and is being held by Hamas. A report on Channel Two Monday said that IDF and security forces tried to bring Mengistu back to Israel a short time after he entered Gaza, but were tricked by Hamas into abandoning him. According to the report, talks on returning Mengistu to Israel took place a few weeks after he entered Gaza. According to Israeli officials, Mengistu crossed the fence into Gaza last September due to mental illness and that the move was not in any way a deliberate security risk. According...
  • UNRWA Chief Admits Hamas Hid Weapons in Facilities

    06/17/2015 3:10:59 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/6/15 | Uzi Baruch
    Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, the UN body tasked with aiding "Palestinian refugees," admitted on Wednesday that Hamas terrorists hid weapons at UNRWA facilities during their terror war against Israel last summer. "We were the ones who found the weapons caches in our facilities during inspections," Krahenbuhl told Yedioth Aharonoth in an interview. "The reason that the whole world knew about it is that we told them." Krahenbuhl's reference is to at least three separate occasions in which rockets were found at UNRWA facilities. After the first finding of rockets at an UNRWA school, UNRWA workers reportedly called Hamas to...
  • Netanyahu Vows to 'Expose Truth' Before UN Gaza Report

    06/14/2015 3:30:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/6/15 | Shlomo Pitrikovsky
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hails report from top military officers vindicating Israel's conduct during Gaza war. Video srael will be vindicated, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed during his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday morning, ahead of the UN fact-finding mission's report on the IDF's conduct during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. "We will expose the truth: that Israel has not committed war crimes," Netanyahu said. "We will work everywhere, for as much as it takes, to deal with false claims and anti-Israeli initiatives," he continued. "This report shows the true facts and proves that the actions carried out by the IDF...
  • Gazans Upset with UNRWA Aid to Brethern in Syria

    06/09/2015 10:37:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/6/15 | Dalit Halevi & Ari Yashar
    Israel has often complained that UNRWA, the UN body dealing with "Palestinian refugees," merely exists to continue the conflict without resettling the people it treats as the UN does with all other refugees, but apparently the Palestinian Arabs are unhappy with the organization too - for not giving them enough, and for giving too much to their brethern in Syria's Yarmouk neighborhood. Residents of Gaza defined as "refugees," namely the descendants of Arab residents who left Israel in the 1948 War of Independence, are protesting against UNRWA after the latter transferred resources to displaced Palestinian Arab residents of the Yarmouk...
  • EU Calls for Peace Talks to Resume Immediately

    05/27/2015 3:37:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/5/15
    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called Wednesday on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to resume peace negotiations, saying the situation on the ground was "not sustainable," according to AFP. Mogherini issued the remarks after eyewitnesses said the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out four strikes on terror targets in Gaza on Wednesday, hours after terrorists launched five rockets at civilians in the Jewish state. "We see the situation on the ground as not sustainable and (it is) an illusion to think the status quo is an option," Mogherini said at the opening of an annual meeting in Brussels...
  • Israel Returns 15 Fishing Boats to Gaza

    04/30/2015 5:08:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/4/15
    Israel has returned 15 fishing boats seized in recent years off the Gaza coast, the Israel Defense Forces said late Wednesday. "The naval branch (navy) returned to Gaza 15 fishing boats which deviated from the Strip's permitted fishing zone and were seized over the years," the IDF statement read. The small vessels were dragged back to shore by a boat from the Gaza fishermen's union, an AFP photographer said. Because of security concerns, Israel bans fishing off the coast of Gaza beyond six nautical miles. Boats that exceed that limit are often fired on as a warning. Gazan fisherman, meanwhile,...
  • Hamas Admits It's Producing Rockets to Attack Israel Again

    03/02/2015 3:18:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/15
    A senior Hamas terrorist said Monday his Islamist group which controls Gaza is rebuilding its heavily depleted rocket arsenal to prepare for a new terror war against Israel. "Any regional or international attempt to lay siege to Hamas or its armed wing is bound to fail," said Marwan Eissa, a commander of Hamas's "military branch," the Al-Qassam Brigades, reports AFP. Hamas is "not looking for confrontation" with Israel, he said, as quoted by Hamas-run news agency Al-Ray. "But we are making sure our forces are reinforced in case of a confrontation. We're continuing to make rockets." Hamas fired thousands of...
  • Head of UN's Gaza Probe Resigns

    02/02/2015 4:58:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/2/15 | Elad Benari
    Canadian law professor William Schabas, who was appointed to head the UN committee tasked with probing Israel’s alleged “war crimes” during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, announced on Monday evening he was stepping down. According to the Reuters news agency, Schabas cited Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the reason for his resignation. In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which appointed him to head the inquiry, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, Schabas said he would step down immediately to...
  • Gazan Hamas-Supporters Burn French Flag on Temple Mount

    01/17/2015 3:06:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/1/15 | Ari Yashar
    A full 185 Arab residents of Gaza were given rare permission by Israel to hold prayers last Friday on the Temple Mount, where they promptly waved banners of the Hamas terrorist organization and burned French flags, protesting satire magazine Charlie Hebdo's recent cartoon of Mohammed. The magazine's Paris headquarters were targeted in an Islamist terror attack two weeks ago, with 12 people including senior staff brutally murdered over its depictions of the founder of Islam. Defiantly the paper last week released a new edition with Mohammed on the cover, which has sold out in record time. The nearly 200 Gaza...
  • Is Hamas Considering Direct Talks with Israel?

    12/29/2014 10:29:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/14 | Elad Benari
    After years of calling for Israel’s destruction, is Hamas actually prepared to talk with the Jewish state? According to a report on Monday in the British Independent, the group may be considering it. According to the report, Hamas is reviewing its strategy with the changing times. It is conducting an internal debate, with proposals which have had to be officially refuted. One such proposal was for direct negotiations with the Israelis, currently forbidden by the movement’s constitution. A statement was issued saying direct negotiations with Israel is not the movement’s policy and is not on the table for discussion. The...
  • IDF to Pull Forces from Some Gaza Belt Communities

    12/29/2014 5:09:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/14 | Kobi Finkler & Elad Benari
    The IDF will on Thursday pull out its security forces from Israeli communities that are not located near the security fence with Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced on Monday evening. The move was made after evaluating the security situation, with the understanding that the IDF provides optimal security to the communities in the Gaza Belt, in coordination with the heads of the communities, the statement said. “IDF forces are deployed in the area and are prepared for any scenario,” stressed the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Responding to the decision, the heads of the local communities in the Gaza Belt called...
  • Donors Pledge $5.4 Billion for Gaza, Says Norway FM

    10/12/2014 4:23:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/10/14
    International envoys pledged about $5.4 billion in aid for the Gaza Strip at a meeting in Egypt on Sunday, Norway's foreign minister said. "The participants pledged approximately $5.4 billion (4.3 billion euros)," said Boerge Brende, reading out a closing statement at the Cairo conference which Norway co-hosted. Half of the pledges will go for reconstruction and the rest as unspecified aid to the Palestinians, he said. The donors "committed themselves to start disbursing their assistance as soon as possible," Brende said. The conference aimed at financing the reconstruction of swathes of Gaza destroyed in a July-August war between Israel and...
  • Ban Ki Moon to Visit Gaza Tuesday; Qatar Donates $1 Billion

    10/12/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Qatar promised $1 billion in reconstruction aid for Gaza at a donor conference in Cairo on Sunday, topping US and European pledges for the devastated Palestinian terror enclave. "Qatar announces its participation with $1 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza," said Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, the foreign minister of the gas-rich country. UN chief Ban Ki-moon told the donor conference Sunday that he would visit the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. "I will visit Gaza on Tuesday to listen directly to the people of Gaza," he said, adding he would also visit Israel "shortly." The international community insisted that Hamas's...
  • Hamas: More War Unless Int'l Community Pressures Israel

    10/12/2014 3:53:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The same "conditions" that "provoked" Hamas into waging a war on millions of Israeli civilians still apply, spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri claimed Saturday night. "The conditions for the situation in Gaza exploding still exist," Abu Zuhri stated to Al-Jazeera. "On the contrary, they are even tougher now than they were before the Israeli aggression in Gaza." Abu Zuhri then made some veiled threats to the international community, urging them to put pressure on Israel. "If the international community wishes that the situation will not blow up again, it must step in and resolve the situation and handle it through a...
  • Israel Agreed to Let Gazans Pray on Temple Mount

    09/30/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/10/14 | Dalit Halevy & Ari Yashar
    At a weekly Palestinian Authority (PA) unity government meeting on Tuesday, it was announced that Israel had agreed to allow Arab residents of Gaza to travel to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The move comes as part of a general increase in the number of Gaza residents allowed to travel into Judea and Samaria, a gesture in the ongoing ceasefire talks between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas, which are to resume in Cairo in the last week of October. The talks come amid reports that Hamas has renewed its terrorist preparations to attack Israel. Arab rioters have...
  • PA Paper: Obama Enjoys Gaza Scenes as Revenge for Slavery

    09/11/2014 4:45:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/9/14 | Tova Dvorin
    A Palestinian Authority (PA) official newspaper actively publishes racist comments against US President Barack Obama, a watchdog group revealed Thursday - despite the millions of dollars in US aid it receives. Official publication Al-Hayat Al-Jadida printed an editorial from Ibrahim Abd Al-Majid claiming Obama, as a "black president," has committed "crimes [that] have surpassed those of all the white presidents." Palestinian Media Watch translated excerpts, below, into English: Israel has found an opportunity to start [its] ethnic cleansing [in Gaza],because the Arabs are [currently] busy with what is going on in their countries - as in Iraq IS (Islamic State)...
  • UN: $550 Million to Gaza Despite Renewed Terror Tunnels

    09/09/2014 4:13:29 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/9/14 | Ari Yashar
    The United Nations (UN) and Palestinian Authority (PA) on Tuesday called for international donors to supply $550 million to the Hamas terror enclave of Gaza, despite the fact that Hamas has already restarted construction on its terror tunnels to attack Israel. The appeal seeks to repair damage caused in the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, which started in July after Hamas launched a rocket war on the Jewish state. "The scope of damage and devastation is unprecedented in the Gaza Strip," said UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley in a statement, reports AFP. "The crisis is far from over." Rawley and PA...
  • Tony Blair: Now’s the Time to Restore Gaza

    08/27/2014 3:55:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14
    Middle East Quartet Envoy, Tony Blair, applauded the ceasefire in Gaza and called to focus on a long-term plan to restore the region, which would include opening the Strip to the world, under the control of the Palestinian Authority. “Such a plan can allow Gaza residents to lead better lives, and Israeli citizens to live in safety and security,...
  • Israel Claims 'Victory' Following Gaza Operation

    08/27/2014 3:15:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14 | Gil Ronen
    Israel is claiming victory in the 50-day war with Hamas, which temporarily ended in a ceasefire that went into force Tuesday. "We were victorious in the negotiation phase,” said Liran Dan, Head of the National Information Directorate in the Prime Minister's Office, in an interview with IDF Radio Wednesday. “The military blow that the IDF dealt Hamas – the hardest it has experienced since it was founded – was heavy and meaningful. What we saw is that in a prolonged and well executed campaign, Hamas suffered a harsh military blow and damage to the most heavily constructed arrays it built.”...
  • Ceasefire Upheld throughout the Night

    08/27/2014 12:09:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14
    The first night of the ceasefire was peacefully quiet: no violations were reported on the part of either side. .....
  • Israel, Hamas agree to open-ended Gaza cease-fire

    08/26/2014 2:36:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    AOL News ^ | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUB
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory. Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Hamas' demand that Israel and Egypt open Gaza's borders. Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles...
  • Minister Says Israel Weighing Ground Incursion

    08/23/2014 2:38:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/8/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Israel is considering launching another heavy ground offensive into Gaza, Communications Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) indicated Saturday, in the wake of renewed rocket fire and an exodus of Negev residents from their homes. "Has the decision been made? No," Erdan stated to Channel 2 News. "But we are closer to it than we ever have been." A ground offensive would be the most extensive so far since the 2005 Disengagement, Erdan said. No matter what, he stressed, Israel would take action. "We are committed to this operation, and making sure it does not revert to how life was before," Erdan...
  • New IDF Report Details Hamas Use of Civilians

    08/22/2014 12:21:20 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/8/14 | Ari Yashar
    The IDF has declassified a new special report detailing Hamas's "illegal use of civilian infrastructure" throughout the course of Operation Protective Edge, which began July 8. The report was released on Tuesday, the same day that Hamas breached a ceasefire, and presents an irrefutable case against the terror organization utilizing intelligence maps, photographic and video evidence. According to the report, during the course of its recent terror war on Israel, Hamas has fired over 1,600 rockets from civilian sites, cynically using UN facilities, schools, graveyards, mosques and power plants, among others. The declassified report can be seen here in slideshow...
  • Hamas Executes 3 for 'Collaboration' with Israel

    08/21/2014 4:34:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14
    The armed wing of Hamas has executed three Palestinian Arabs and arrested seven others for allegedly collaborating with Israel during the Gaza war, a website close to the movement reported Thursday. The Majd website quoted a senior security official in the enclave as saying seven people had been arrested on suspicion of scoping out targets for Israel and that three others had been shot dead. The official said that the three were killed after "revolutionary procedures" were completed against them. No date was given for the executions or the arrests. The site added that zero tolerance would be shown to...
  • Security Council Urges Return to Ceasefire Talks

    08/20/2014 4:46:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/14
    The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinian Arabs to return to the negotiating table to quickly agree on a lasting truce in Gaza. In a unanimously adopted statement quoted by AFP, the 15-member council "offered full support to the Egyptian initiative and called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a sustainable and lasting ceasefire." The statement drafted by France was agreed after negotiations in Cairo teetered on the verge of collapse amid a fresh flare-up of violence. The measure fell short of a full resolution, but diplomats signaled they would be ready...
  • Hamas Confirms: Mohammed Deif is Still Alive

    08/20/2014 7:45:20 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/8/14 | Ido Ben Porat & Ari Soffer
    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri has said that the elusive head of the terror group's "military wing", Mohammed Deif, is still "alive and well" despite an IDF assassination attempt which killed his wife and son. "The occupation will pay for its crimes against the Palestinian people," declared Abu-Zuhri, who added a chilling warning to the people of southern Israel. "The residents of the Gaza periphery will return to their homes only by the decision of the commander Mohammed Deif and one Israeli commitment to stop the aggression and lift the siege," he threatened. Adding to the threats, Hamas spokesperson Fawzi...
  • Hamas: Israel 'Opened the Gates of Hell'

    08/19/2014 3:38:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/8/14 | Elad Benari
    Hamas declared on Tuesday night that Israel had “opened the gates of hell”. In a statement, the group’s so-called “military wing” said that it had resumed the rocket fire on Israel because the Israeli Air Force had launched an airstrike on a home in Gaza. The group warned that “the price will be a heavy one”. Senior Hamas official Ezzat al-Rishq warned, according to AFP, "Israel will not enjoy security so long as the Palestinian people do not, and it started it." While the latest truce between Israel and Hamas was set to end at midnight on Tuesday, Hamas violated...
  • IAF Launches Airstrikes on Terror Targets in Gaza

    08/13/2014 4:19:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/8/14 | Elad Benari
    The Israel Air Force attacked targets in Gaza on Wednesday night, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed in a statement. The attacks came after Gaza terrorists fired rockets at southern Israel, the statement said. “The IDF is prepared for this possibility and is determined to continue to maintain the security of the State of Israel,” the statement noted. .....
  • Hamas Executed Dozens of Terror Tunnel Excavators

    08/11/2014 3:03:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 11/8/14 | Shalom Bear
    Photo Over the past few weeks, Hamas executed dozens of tunnel excavators, according to a Mako report. A source in Gaza, familiar with the tunnel industry, told Mako that Hamas suspected these tunnel diggers had information on the location on the tunnels, including their entrances and exits. Hamas was afraid the diggers could have passed the information on these tunnel to Israel. The source said that most of the workers who dug the tunnels did not know their actual locations. Truckloads of blindfolded workers were brought inside buildings, and searched to make sure they had no phones, cameras or GPS...
  • Miracle in Sderot: Rocket Hits House, But No Injuries

    08/08/2014 8:11:13 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/14 | Uzi Baruch
    A rocket fired from Gaza scored a direct hit on a house in the embattled Israeli city of Sderot - but miraculously no injuries were caused as the residents were out at the time. However significant damage was caused to the property itself, and police were called to deal with shrapnel from the rocket. Terrorists usually pack Gaza-made "Kassam" rockets with nails, ball bearings and other pieces of shrapnel to maximise the lethality of the missiles. Several other rockets fired at the same time landed in open areas, including one in the city of Ashkelon and another in the the...
  • Hamas Ultimatum: Open Gaza Sea Port or We Start Firing on Friday

    08/07/2014 4:44:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/8/14
    A spokesman for Hamas's "military wing", the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned Thursday of renewed fighting with Israel if talks in Cairo to extend a 72-truce in Gaza collapsed. "We appeal to the Palestinian delegation to not accept a ceasefire, unless it satisfies the demands of our people," a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address, adding that Hamas fighters were "ready to return to battle." The three-day truce ending four weeks of bloodshed between Israel and Hamas is due to end at 0500 GMT Friday. .....
  • State Department: Kerry Has 'Made Progress' in Ceasefire Bid

    07/31/2014 2:41:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/8/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has "made some progress" in complicated talks to try to reach a ceasefire in Gaza, his department said Thursday. "We know we're not there yet. But I think we have made some progress," said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, according to AFP. "The secretary is very engaged in it. And hopefully soon we'll be able to get something temporary in place," she added. Harf refused to be drawn further, including whether Washington was still trying to put in place a 24-hour truce or something longer, nor would she be drawn on how much...
  • MK Feiglin: Take Gaza, Pay People to Leave

    07/31/2014 2:33:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    Feiglin does not believe in going after rocket launchers or tunnels. Gaza should be retaken in whole, he said, by directly attacking the Hamas leadership and striving for victory, and doing so according to Jewish law, without sacrificing soldiers in order to save members of the local population, which voted Hamas into power. Once this is accomplished, the terrorists who fight Israel must be destroyed, he said, and the remaining population should be encouraged to leave through monetary compensation. Surveys show that 80% of Gazans would like to leave the Mediterranean coastal strip and move elsewhere in the world. The...
  • Hamas Arch-Terrorist: No Ceasefire Until Siege Ends

    07/29/2014 3:53:34 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/7/14 | Elad Benari
    In a rare audio message, the head of Hamas’s “military wing” declared on Tuesday that the only way to reach a ceasefire in Gaza is for Israel to end its “siege” on the coastal territory. The message by Mohammed Deif, head of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was broadcast on Hamas’s television network, and is the first official statement by Deif since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012. In the message, the arch-terrorist repeated Hamas’s conditions for a ceasefire, saying, "The firing will stop only if the [Israeli] aggression ends only if and the blockade is lifted. The Zionist entity...
  • 6 Soldiers Wounded by Mortar Shells as Sirens Sound in Jerusalem

    07/29/2014 3:28:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/7/14 | Talia Blatman
    Six soldiers were wounded on Tuesday evening by a barrage of mortar shells in the Gaza Region. The condition of the six wounded soldiers has not yet been made public. Yesterday, four soldiers were killed by mortar shells near Israel’s border with Gaza: Staff Sergeant Eliav Eliahu Chaim Kachlon, aged 22 from Tzfat; Corporal Meidan Maimon Bitton, aged 20 from Netivot; Corporal Niran Cohen, aged 20 from Tiberias; and Sergeant Major Adi Brigga, aged 23 from Beit Shikmah. Earlier on Tuesday night, at around 8:20 p.m. sirens were heard in Beit Shemesh, the communities comprising the Mateh Yehudah region, and...
  • Obama Speaks to Netanyahu, Stresses Need for Ceasefire

    07/27/2014 4:14:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/7/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening, and stressed the need for an immediate and sustainable ceasefire in Gaza. “The President underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself,” said a statement from the White House. “The President also reiterated the United States’ serious and growing concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza,” it added. According to the statement, Obama “made clear the strategic...
  • Fatah Declares War on Israel

    The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade of Judea and Samaria, the military wing of Fatah (PLO), headed by Mahmoud Abbas, who also serves as the "President of Palestine" and head of the PLO, has declared "open war" against the "Zionist enemy." In a ecorded message from July 23, three armed terrorists from the al-Aqsa brigade announced that they would not sit idly by during the Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip, and that they intend to bring the struggle deep into Israeli territory. "The language of blood is the only way to answer Zionist aggression", they said, stating that international law permits...
  • Kerry told Hamas many of its demands would be met under ceasefire deal’

    07/26/2014 2:40:45 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 26/7/14 | Avi Issacharoff
    US Secretary of State John Kerry informed Hamas via Qatar last week that under his proposal for a ceasefire with Israel, based on the original Egyptian initiative, the US would guarantee the fulfillment of many of Hamas’s demands for an end to the war, Palestinian sources told The Times of Israel on Saturday. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! Kerry’s handling of the ceasefire effort was castigated by Israeli sources on Friday and Saturday, and the Israeli security cabinet unanimously rejected his ceasefire proposal on Friday night. The...
  • IDF Returns Fire After Terrorists Attack From Gaza Hospital

    07/23/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/7/14 | Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Soffer
    The IDF has struck a terrorist position in Gaza's Al Wafa hospital, illustrating the highly sensitive and illegal use of civilian targets as human shields by Hamas and other Gazan terrorist groups. IDF sources say that the controversial decision to attack the position was taken after several days in which ground forces came under heavy fire from gunmen positioned inside the hospital grounds. The fire reportedly included both light weaponry and heavy anti-tank missiles directed towards IDF armored vehicles. "The hospital premises were being used as war rooms and command centers by the terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad," said...
  • Soldier: Terrorists Charged with Babies in Hand

    07/22/2014 4:34:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/14 | Shimon Cohen, Maayana Miskin
    Wounded soldiers have given shocking testimony regarding Hamas’ use of young children as human shields. Parents of wounded soldiers spoke to Kol Yisrael on Tuesday and shared some of the disturbing stories they had heard from their sons. They said soldiers have repeatedly seen young children in Sheijaya, Gaza, be sent out into the streets with guns to try to attack IDF troops. One parent reported that terrorists had run at IDF soldiers with a gun in one hand and a baby in the other, apparently in hopes that the soldiers would see the child and hold their fire. If...
  • Netanyahu: We're 'Turning Back' the Disengagement

    07/20/2014 3:09:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the nation and answered reporters' questions Sunday evening during the prime time newscasts after 8:00 p.m., and spelled out relatively modest aims for Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which completes its 13th day Sunday night. In response to a question, Netanyahu said that Israel has embarked on a gradual process of undoing the harm done by the 2005 unilateral Gaza withdrawal known as the Disengagement, which ended up allowing Hamas to take over Gaza. At the time, he noted, he had warned that the vacuum left behind by Israel would be filled by Hamas, which...
  • Watch: IDF Blows Up Terror Tunnel

    07/20/2014 10:39:06 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/7/14 | David Lev
    A video released by the IDF Sunday shows soldiers in action, destroying a tunnel dug by Hamas terrorists into Israel. The video shows the soldiers stringing explosives and blowing the tunnel up. “This is one of the first tunnels we found during this operation,” a soldier tells the camera. “It was dug in order to infiltrate Israeli communities. The IDF said Sunday that in three days of the ground campaign in Operation Protective Edge, soldiers had found and destroyed dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas terrorists into Israeli territory. Video
  • Thirteen IDF Soldiers Killed in Gaza

    07/20/2014 10:33:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/7/14 | David Lev
    Thirteen IDF soldiers have been killed since Saturday night, the IDF said. The process of identifying the bodies is still ongoing. Golani Brigade, armor and engineering corps forces were met with effective close range guerrilla actions in Shejaiya, Gaza. The dead are apparently all from the Golani Brigade. The Brigade's commander, Col. Rasan Alian, was also lightly injured. According to Channel 2, there were several incidents that involved IDF deaths that occurred one after the other after midnight. In the most serious incident, around 1:00 a.m., an armored personnel carrier hit a large explosive charge, or may have been hit...
  • Kerry Blasts Israel in Hot Mic Moment

    07/20/2014 10:26:22 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    In an unusual moment during Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace presented Secretary of State John Kerry with video recorded before he came on air. Wallace presented the segment as being in reference to civilians killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip, writes the Washington Post. "While you were on camera and while on microphone," Wallace said, "you spoke to one of your top aides between the interviews about the situation in Israel." He then played what the network had recorded. In the clip, Kerry is holding a cellphone conversation with an unidentified person, but Kerry's comments are clear. "It's...
  • Hamas Praises Zoabi For Mocking Ground Offensive

    07/19/2014 5:17:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/7/14 | Hezki Ezra & Tova Dvorin
    Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) continued to openly encourage Hamas in the battle against Israel's self-defense operation, giving another inflammatory interview to Al-Jazeera Saturday " " . "The Israeli Home Front Command is afraid of casualties rising following a ground operation," Zoabi said. "The Israeli public cannot stand [the idea that] confrontation will injure more and more IDF soldiers." "Israeli society is interested in a brief ground offensive, to reduce IDF casualties," she added. Zoabi stated that the Hamas escalation took Israel "by surprise." "The Israeli public was certainly surprised that rockets reached Tel Aviv," she boasted. "Israel tried...
  • Bennett: Hamas Committing 'Self-Genocide'

    07/17/2014 3:28:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/7/14 | Hezki Ezra
    In a special interview on CNN Wednesday night, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett said that incidents such as the killing of four children on a Gaza beach earlier Wednesday were entirely the fault of Hamas – and were no accident. “I think it is terrible that Hamas is butchering its own children like this,” Bennett told senior CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer. “I would never take my children and place them next to rocket missile launchers,” knowing that it was likely to be targeted by the IDF, he said. “Hamas is conducting massive self-genocide, taking women and children and placing them next...
  • Hamas Threatens Israel: You'll Pay for Ground Operation

    07/17/2014 3:20:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/7/14 | Elad Benari
    Hamas threatened Israel on Thursday evening and warned that it will pay a "high price" for launching a ground assault on Gaza. "The start of the Israeli ground attack on Gaza is a dangerous step, the consequences of which have not been calculated," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement quoted by AFP. "Israel will pay a high price and Hamas is ready for the confrontation," he declared. "With this action the Israeli government seeks to restore the morale of its soldiers and the morale of its army leadership - a leadership that is collapsing because of the qualitative...
  • IDF Launches Ground Operation against Gaza

    07/17/2014 12:56:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/17/14 | Gil Ronen
    The Prime Minister's Office has issued a statement that says the IDF has embarked on a ground assault into Gaza against Hamas's tunnels. The operation is deemed as "limited" and will probably not go further than two or three kilometers into Gaza's territory. This is deemed to be deep enough in enemy land to find the openings into Hamas's attack tunnels, like the one that was used in Thursday morning's infiltration into Israel by 13 terrorists. Egypt, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying that Hamas is to blame for the possible deaths of hundreds of Gazan civilians. The statement appears...
  • 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...
  • 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. .....