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  • Qatar, Saudi rulers meet in Jeddah for Gaza cease-fire talks [Israel and Hamas]

    07/23/2014 8:37:06 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 1 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late on Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip. A senior Saudi official told The Associated Press that Saudi Crown Prince Salman, and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin also attended the meetings with Qatar's Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the coastal city of Jeddah. King Abdullah's security adviser Prince Bandar bin Sultan and the king's son who heads the...
  • Amanda Carpenter wants answers on FAA banning flights to Israel

    07/23/2014 8:35:55 PM PDT · by Nachum
    twitchy ^ | 7/23/14 | staff
    Jake Tapper ✔ @jaketapper Follow AIPAC says FAA "decision appears overly harsh and excessive." Because local armed conflicts would never bring down a passenger jet? 2:40 PM - 23 Jul 2014 Jake Tapper ✔ @jaketapper AIPAC says FAA "decision appears overly harsh and excessive." Because local armed conflicts would never bring down a passenger jet? Amanda Carpenter @amandacarpenter Follow @jaketapper Flights are still going to all kinds of dangerous places. Makes sense to ask how/why the decision was made.
  • Gulf Arab states weigh sanctions on sisterly Qatar for its drift into Iran orbit

    07/23/2014 7:47:26 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 14 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Monday, March 10, 2014 | Staff
    ABU DHABI Qatar could face Gulf Cooperation Council sanctions amid its support of Hizbullah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials and analysts said Qatar could be penalized by the GCC for Dohas support of groups deemed threats to the region. The officials said the sanctions could include the closure of borders by Qatars neighbors. Qatar could face sanctions imposed by the Gulf countries, including the closing of borders with Qatar, and air space to it if Doha doesnt stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, a leading United Arab Emirates analyst, said. On March 4, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and...
  • Hamas is losing on the battlefield but hitting Israel where it hurts

    07/23/2014 7:14:44 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Anshel Pfeffer
    The all-clear had sounded in Nir Am quarter of an hour prior but soldiers were still walking the kibbutz's paths in helmets and full combat gear on Monday morning. The fact that two Hamas attack teams had emerged from a tunnel exit only a few hundred meters away from the fence and in the ensuing firefight killed four soldiers, including a battalion commander, before they were killed themselves, was hard to shake off. For three hours the members of the kibbutz and guests at the small motel (mainly journalists) had to remain indoors while the soldiers made sure no Hamas...
  • Turkish PM Erdogan to CNN: "Israel is a terror state."

    07/23/2014 7:05:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/23/2014
    In an interview recorded Wednesday with CNNs Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a terror state, saying that the countrys operation in Gaza was creating a wave of terror.Erdogan also denied that the governments of Turkey or Qatar were involved in the funding of Hamas terrorist activities, saying the only support his country is offering to the people of Gaza is humanitarian.Qatars cooperation with Turkey has always been to be on the side of the persecuted and to support them through humanitarian aid. This is whats being done.
  • In Qatari-Backed Trip, UN s Ban Ki-moon Laid Low by Israels Peres

    07/23/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Joshua Levitt
    Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Israel would not stand by while Qatar, which paid for the UN officials private flight to the Middle East, continued to finance Hamas militants, and took Ban to task for the two UN-run schools found to be housing Hamas rockets in Gaza. In his last full day in office, Peres, a historically dovish leader, struck a defiant tone in a statement delivered to the media after meeting Ban at the Presidents Residence, in Jerusalem. Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and...
  • Islamic Cleric calls for Muslim fighters to join the fighting against...

    07/23/2014 6:19:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 7/23/2014 | Pamela Geller
    Islamic Jew-hatred and genocide its an Islamic imperative.What Rabbi or Priest ever talks this way? Islam is not like other religions. Jihadi cleric calls for Muslim fighters to join the fighting in Gaza, J Post, July 23, 2014Our heart yearns to arrive and fight the sons and brothers of the apes and pigs, says rebel fighter. isis caliphate,A new jihadi media outlet called Al-Fawaris released a video calling on Gazans to endure the military operation, saying that victory looms and that Muslims all over the world support them.According to a report published on Monday by the MEMRI (Middle East...
  • Khamenei to Palestinian Arabs: Keep Fighting Israel

    07/23/2014 5:53:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2014, 3:42 AM | Elad Benari and AFP
    Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged Palestinian Arabs on Wednesday to keep fighting Israel, according to AFP. The only way to deal with this savage regime is to continue resistance and armed struggle and extend it to the West Bank (Judea and Samaria -ed.), the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei as saying. Iran, which does not recognize Israel, is a supporter of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups that have been at the forefront of the fighting in Gaza.
  • Rely on deterrence, not on understandings with Hamas

    07/23/2014 5:51:00 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 6 replies
    YNet News ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Nahum Barnea
    Here's an idea the cabinet may find interesting: Within two or three days, when the IDF completes its work on the tunnels leading to Israeli territory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon will announce that Operation Protective Edge has ended, and that a new operation is underway. From now on, Israel is taking initiative into its own hands: It is removing the ground forces, but if Hamas continues to launch rockets, it will pursue and even intensify the Air Force bombings, or the artillery fire. When it wants to, it will send ground forces back into Gaza....
  • Israel singles out Qatar as key Hamas terror sponsor

    07/23/2014 5:08:41 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 35 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    Gulf emirate is branded the villain behind Hamas belligerence, with PMs former security adviser saying it funds tunnel diggers and rocket launchers. President Shimon Peres accused Qatar on Wednesday of becoming the worlds 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. Qatars recently...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 4:59:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    jihad watch ^ | 7/23/14 | Robert Spencer
    Once again, this Council fails to address the situation in Israel and in the Palestinian territories with any semblance of balance. There is no mention of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas into Israel or the tunnels used to cause mayhem. It is good to see someone from the Obama Administration actually speaking the truth about Israel. U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza, by Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles, Reuters, July 23, 2014 (thanks to Kenneth): GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may...
  • Bibi & Bloomberg at Ben Gurion Airport 7/23/14 (Video with partial transcript)

    07/23/2014 4:45:32 PM PDT · by bd476 · 29 replies
    You Tube h/t Yossi Gestetner ^ | July 23, 2014 | Partial transcript by bd476
    This is a good video, only 2 minutes and 45 seconds long and in the last part, around 45 seconds long, Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu speaks in Hebrew. Note: I added bold highlights to denote words heard emphasized in the spoken discussion between Bloomberg and Netanyahu. Michael Bloomberg is shown de-planing from El Al Airlines. Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu greets Bloomberg warmly, both men shake hands, then hug after Bloomberg has descended to the bottom of the plane's steps. Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu formally and warmly welcomes Michael Bloomberg to Israel. After welcoming Bloomberg as "a...
  • Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT

    07/23/2014 1:12:00 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 49 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 23 July 2014 | Right Scoop Staff
    FULL TITLE: Ted Cruz: The facts suggest President Obama has just used the FAA to launch an ECONOMIC BOYCOTT on Israel//// Sen. Ted Cruz ripped the president today for using a federal agency, the FAA, to launch an economic boycott on Israel in order to force them to comply with his demands. He pointed out that this economic boycott aids Hamas while simultaneously hurting Israel. What Cruz is calling for is the Obama administration to answer the following questions: Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? If the FAAs decision was based on airline safety, why...
  • Kerry To Bereaved Parents Of Fallen Max Steingberg [sic]: Hows Your Day?

    07/23/2014 2:11:42 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 60 replies
    Jewish Political Updates blog ^ | July 23 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday paid a shiva call to the parents of Max Steinberg, a Los Angeles native IDF soldier who was killed Sunday in Gaza, at the Crowne Palza hotel in Jerusalem. Its just a huge statement about a young guy finding a place that he was so passionate about, and giving his all, putting himself on the line, Kerry told the Steinbergs. Its an amazing story. Hows your day? Kerry asked them as he sat down, according to The Jewish Journal. Hows your day? Evie Steinberg asked back. My days going better than yours, he...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 12 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Obama to the Rescue--of Hamas

    07/23/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Realclear Politics ^ | July 23,"2014 | Caroline Glick
    Qatar hosts three major US military bases on its territory. And it is becoming one of the most important clients for US military contractors. Earlier this year Qatar signed an $11.4 billion dollar arms agreement with the US. At the same time, according to the Calacalist report, Qatar is the major bankroller of ISIS and al Nusra in Syria and Iraq. It gives $50 million a month to jihadists in Libya. It gives Hamas $100m. in annual aid. And in the past two years Doha has provided Hamas with an additional $620m. dollars, including $250m. it transferred to Hamas leader...
  • 'Their God changes path of rockets in mid-air'

    07/23/2014 3:35:58 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    WND ^ | June 23 , 2014 | Joe Kovacs
    We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.
  • Muslim cleric: Oh our brothers in Gaza, know that you are fighting an enemy following Satans path

    07/23/2014 3:22:58 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | July 23, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Oh our brothers in Gaza, know that you are fighting an enemy following Satans path, whereas you are fighting in the way of [Allah] the merciful, Maqdisi said.
  • European airlines extend Ben-Gurion flights ban as Israel mulls diverting plans to Eilat

    07/23/2014 3:19:55 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    YNet News ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of ongoing safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Germany's Lufthansa and Air Berlin extended their cancelations through Thursday and Air France said it was suspending its flights "until further notice." Polish state airline LOT also said Wednesday that it has suspended its flights to Israel from Warsaw until Monday because of concern for passengers' safety. "This is caused by the tense situation in the region," LOT added in a statement. "The connection will be re-established as soon as possible and when...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • Israel opens airport in Negev as alternative to Ben-Gurion

    07/23/2014 2:44:34 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Zohar Blumenkrantz
    Ovda, a military airfield, has opened after the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency temporarily canceled all flights to Israel due to a Hamas rocket attack on Tuesday. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz announced on Wednesday that Israel would be opening the Ovda Airport as an alternative to Ben-Gurion Airport. In practical terms, this means that foreign airlines that wish to land there instead of at Ben-Gurion Airport will be able to do so. No airline that operates at Ben-Gurion Airport has given its approval or agreement to move its flights to Ovda Airport as yet. The idea of opening...
  • Israel criticises airlines as US flight ban extended

    07/23/2014 2:04:26 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 31 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Andrew Parker and John Reed
    Israel has accused airlines and aviation regulators of damaging its economy after carriers stopped flying to Tel Aviv because of the conflict between government forces and militants in Gaza. Mr Romm said about 25 airlines had stopped flying to Ben Gurion, adding this would have a very bad impact on the Israeli economy. Lufthansa on Wednesday extended its flight suspension to include Thursday, and Air France is not expected to review the case for resuming services until Friday.
  • Hamas Refuses International Cease-Fire Efforts - Again

    07/23/2014 12:54:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 7/14/14 | Dalit Halevi, Tova Dvorin
    Hamas continues to be uncompromising in its position regarding an international cease-fire, AFP reports Wednesday. "We reject today and will reject in the future," Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal insisted, in a public speech in Qatar. Meshaal insisted that Israel must accept his list of unprecedented conditions for a cease-fire - which included lifting several security measures, such as the naval blockade and border control, designed to prevent terrorists entering into Israel, as well as re-releasing terrorists arrested earlier this month - and only then will Hamas deliberate with Israel on a date for a cease-fire. Meshaal claimed that the terms...
  • U.N. Human Rights Council Produces Resolution Bashing Israel, Ignoring Hamas

    07/23/2014 12:28:22 PM PDT · by opentalk · 5 replies
    CNS news ^ | July 23, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    The U.N. Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session on Wednesday to consider a draft resolution that condemns Israel repeatedly for its military offensive against Hamas, but does not mention the terrorist group once.The resolution calls for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to probe allegations that Israel has committed war crimes and violated international law. Alongside multiple criticisms of Israel whose conduct the council condemns, strongly condemns and condemns in the strongest terms there is a single reference in the three-page type written draftto rocket attacks on Israeli civilians
  • Air Canada cancels Tel Aviv flight over safety concerns

    07/23/2014 12:27:39 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    CBC News ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Air Canada has cancelled its scheduled flight to Tel Aviv from Toronto Tuesday night, following the lead of other airlines concerned about rocket fire near Ben Gurion Airport. Air Canada had a flight scheduled to leave for Tel Aviv from Toronto at 6:10 p.m. ET. The airline will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates as needed, a spokeswoman said. The return flight to Toronto from Tel Aviv for Wednesday, July 23, has also been cancelled, the carrier confirmed. In response to a CBC News query, Transport Canada said the suspensions of flights to Israel are decisions taken by...
  • Israeli ambassador: Our troops should get a Nobel Peace Prize for their 'unimaginable restraint'

    07/23/2014 12:26:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Week ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jon Terbush
    Israel's ambassador to the United States says the Israeli Defense Forces deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for showing so much restraint in the nation's ongoing conflict in Gaza. Speaking at a Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington on Tuesday, the ambassador, Ron Dermer, said that, "No military in history has taken greater care than the IDF to protect innocents of the other side." While admitting there had been heavy civilian casualties on the Palestinian side, he said the threat Hamas posed to Israel in some cases justified attacks even when those attacks jeopardized non-combatants. "Some are shamelessly accusing Israel...
  • Israel to open Eilat airport in effort to resume flights

    07/23/2014 12:15:58 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 49 replies
    Ma'an News Agency ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Ministry of Transportation on Wednesday offered to open an airport in the southern Israeli city of Eilat to international flights after a slew of international carriers pulled flights to Tel Aviv out of safety concerns, Israeli media said. A report on Israel's Channel 10 highlighted that Israel had exerted major efforts in the last 24 hours to convince international companies to resume flights to Ben Gurion airport, which many European and US carriers halted after a Gaza rocket landed in the nearby town of Yehud. The cancellation of dozens of flights in and out of...
  • FAA extends ban on US flights to Israel by 24 hours

    07/23/2014 11:28:03 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Niv Eli's
    Lufthansa, Delta, US Airways extend flight bans to Israel along with US Federal Aviation Administration along with most European airlines. The FAA on Tuesday said it told US carriers they were prohibited from flying to or from Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for up to 24 hours, citing "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza." The FAA later extended the ban by another 24 hours on Wednesday evening. The decision to halt flights to Israel follows the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine with nearly 300 aboard. Germany's Lufthansa on...
  • Muslims in Miami Scream: 'We Are Hamas'

    07/23/2014 11:16:31 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 23 , 2014 | Tom Trento
    From-the-River-to-the-Sea, Palestine-will-be-Free.
  • Netanyahus Wikipedia page replaced with giant Palestinian flag

    07/23/2014 9:46:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 723/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    The Wikipedia page for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was revised on Tuesday with all biographical information removed and replaced with a large, single Palestinian flag. The Wikipedia user responsible for the message, who uses the handle TSKAero 1, also changed the Israeli Defense Forces description Tuesday afternoon to the bunch of people randomly and unrepentantly murdering innocent Palestinian civilians, the New York Daily News reported.
  • Israel asks U.S. for $225 million to replace missing Iron Dome parts

    07/23/2014 9:39:35 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 38 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Amir Oren
    Israel has requested an additional $225 million in United States funding for the production of Iron Dome components, in light of the wide-scale use of the system during Operation Protective Edge. In a letter to the leaders of both houses of Congress on Wednesday, U. S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel wrote that the Department of Defense "has reviewed and supports this urgent request." The additional funding, if granted, will increase Iron Dome funding from the U.S. to more than half-a-billion dollars in the current financial year. Both houses, which previously doubled the Iron Dome allocation requested by the administration, are...
  • 30,000 attend Jerusalem funeral of lone, US-born soldier [Israel]

    07/23/2014 9:25:43 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 3 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Jessica Steinberg
    They arrived by the thousands for Max Steinbergs funeral. In flip-flops and tank tops, dressed in youth movement uniforms and army unit T-shirts, with yarmulkes and hats, bareheaded and with sunglasses, they filed in to the cemetery at Mount Herzl, standing in uncharacteristic silence under the hot sun to pay their respects. Were here to give the family the feeling that were with them, said Nirit Friedlander, a Jerusalemite who came with two friends. They should feel that were holding them. Hes a lone soldier, said Yisrael Schwartz, another local. Hes part of us.
  • Unrest All Around: Israel Ripe for a Third Intifada?

    07/23/2014 8:26:10 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    CBN News ^ | July 23, 2014 | George Thomas
    BETHLEHEM, Israel -- As the war in the Gaza Strip continues, some fear a third intifada (armed Palestinian uprising) may be brewing. Forty-six miles away from the fighting against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, there's another battle some say is being dangerously ignored by the world. "My big concern right now is this -- is that the West Bank is being neglected with the riots that are being done every single night, almost now 13, 14 nights in a row," Pastor Steven Khoury, with Holy Land Missions, told CBN News. Khoury, a prominent Christian Arab who lives in Bethlehem, worries the...
  • Lufthansa cancels another day of Tel Aviv flights

    07/23/2014 6:54:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 8:29 AM EDT
    Germanys largest airline, Lufthansa, says it is canceling all flights to Tel Aviv for at least another 24 hours because of ongoing safety concerns. [] The European Aviation Safety Agency on Tuesday strongly recommended that airlines not fly to Tel Aviv after a Hamas rocket exploded near the Ben Gurion airport.
  • Israel, Hamas battle over public opinion online

    07/23/2014 6:33:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 7:09 AM EDT | Tia Goldenberg
    Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration. Using videos, Twitter, text messages, leaflets and phone calls, both sides have attempted to direct the tone of the fightingfor their own public, their opponents population and for a global audience. Propaganda and psychological warfare are nothing new in battle, but technology and social media have exponentially increased the ability of each side to penetrate their intended audiences. Each side has sought to tip the moral scale in its favor...
  • Female reservists called up in unprecedented numbers [Israel and Hamas]

    07/23/2014 6:32:47 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    The Times of a Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Renee Ghert-Zand
    Some 60,000 IDF reservists have been called up to serve in Operation Protective Edge so far. Many are parents leaving families behind at home but not all are fathers. According to the IDF Spokesman who would not release exact figures, the thousands of women currently serving in reserves are a higher percentage than in any previous IDF operation. They serve in a variety of capacities, but especially in combat support in the Home Front Command, Intelligence, the Air Force and field operations. While it is never easy for anyone to drop everything and leave home, receiving a tzav 8,...
  • The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas [Israel]

    07/23/2014 6:25:39 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 94 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | David Horovitz
    Israels mood at the start of this war with Hamas was one of confident assurance. We wouldnt be deterred by the rocket threat, and Hamas would be contained. Thats utterly changed. The rockets turned out to be the least of our concerns. And the national mood now is a mixture of anguish at the growing toll of IDF dead, anger at the feckless response of parts of the international community notably the US and confidence in the troops and (atypically) the political leadership. To lose the lives of 30 Israelis to terrorism is, appallingly, nothing new in a...
  • Israel opens second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations

    07/23/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Transportation minister orders that Uvda airport near Eilat be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport beginning noon local time. Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday instructed the relevant agencies to immediately open the Uvda airport, the country's second terminus for air traffic which lies just north of Eilat, in the wake of the spate of flight cancellations announced by major foreign airlines. Katz convened a meeting of senior civilian aviation officials who recommended that the Uvda airport be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport. Related: US urges deferral of travel to Israel, increases first aid to Gaza El Al says...
  • The absurd and amoral disproportionality charge

    07/23/2014 6:13:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | GIL TROY
    A democracy cannot, therefore, allow its soldiers to fight with blinders, handcuffs and leg irons. Tel Aviv House in poor part of south Tel Aviv where rocket shrapnel crashed through roof Photo: BEN HARTMAN CNNs Wolf Blitzer recently asked if Israel was overreacting in Gaza. Rebuffing this new, trendy disproportionality argument, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu mocked those who say yes, you have the right of self-defense, as long as you dont exercise it. Simplistic, voyeuristic media coverage spreads Palestinian porn obsessed with exhibitionist victimization, not sex. Exploiting their dead, Palestinians seek to arouse the worlds guilt while deflecting...
  • Mowing the grass in Gaza

    07/23/2014 6:11:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | EFRAIM INBAR, EITAN SHAMIR
    Those who forlornly ask when is this going to end? and use the clich term cycle of violence have psychological difficulties digesting the facts that there is no solution in sight. Gaza Israeli soldiers stand atop a tank at a staging area, near the border with the Gaza Strip Photo: REUTERS The Israeli military offensive in Gaza reflects the assumption that Israel is in a protracted intractable conflict. It is unlikely that Israel can purge Hamas from Palestinian society, nor is a political solution likely to be achieved. Instead, Israel is acting in accordance with a mowing the grass strategy....
  • Obama to the rescue of Hamas

    07/23/2014 6:09:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    Chances that Kerry will secure a cease-fire in near future are small; government will likely be able to buy time needed to complete mission in whole or large part. Operation Protective Edge is now two weeks old. Since the ground offensive began Thursday night, we have begun to get a better picture of just how dangerous Hamas has become in the nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. And what we have learned is that the time has come to take care of this problem. It cannot be allowed to fester or grow anymore. We have known for...
  • Palestinians Prize for Terror

    07/23/2014 6:04:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 23, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Secretary of State John Kerry who was heard last Sunday on an open mike between Sunday TV appearances disparaging Israels efforts to limit civilian casualties in Gaza arrived in Cairo on July 21st to frantically cobble together an immediate ceasefire. Seeking the help of Egypt and the United Nations, and even the Hamas-friendly countries of Turkey and Qatar, Kerry is looking for some kind of consensus by the major players in the region for a peace-at-any price formula. He is insisting on a premature ceasefire before Israel is able to find and destroy all the tunnels built under...
  • 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...
  • Palestinians Chose Hamas and the Mass-Murder of Civilians Including Their Own

    07/23/2014 5:10:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-22-2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I argued in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy that the illusion’s signature feature is a fantasy: By holding free elections, a people is choosing freedom: joining modernity, adopting pluralism and tolerance, rejecting revolutionary violence and totalitarianism.Today, we are yet again being inundated with tales of Palestinian woe after Hamas’s familiar barbarism has provoked an Israeli military response. It thus bears remembering that the Palestinian people chose Hamas. What ever happened to all those Democracy Project paeans to self-determination? Hamas is Palestinian self-determination. Hamas was not forced on Palestinians. Hamas did not militarily conquer Gaza. No, Hamas swept parliamentary...
  • Mark Levin reacts to Jon Stewart's response on Israel

    07/23/2014 3:25:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    Jul. 22, 2014 - 6:56 - Conservative radio host discusses the comedian's remarks.
  • John Kerry Flies to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban

    07/23/2014 1:29:04 AM PDT · by bd476 · 82 replies
    AP and ABC News ^ | TEL AVIV, Israel Jul 23, 2014, 4:12 AM ET
    John Kerry Files (sic) to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban AP and ABC NewsTEL AVIV, Israel Jul 23, 2014, 4:12 AM ET The top U.S. diplomat defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during what appeared to be a crucial day in the...
  • Hamas Rockets Found in Second United Nations School

    07/23/2014 1:01:22 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies
    The Wire ^ | June 22.,2014 | Adam Chandler 8 hours ago
    If you're looking to confirm the oft-repeated Israeli narrative that Hamas and terrorist groups in Gaza endanger Gazans by hiding weapons among the civilian population, then this episode is your smoking missile
  • Live Cams of the fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 137 replies
    Russia Today Ustream ^ | 7-22-2014 | Russia Today
    RT has two cameras on a split screeen, overlooking Gaza. You can hear the 'crump' of mortars or artillery, and the whine of at least two drones in the air. It is just before the dawn there. You can hear the call to prayer in the background, right now.
  • Watch: Netanyahu Presents UN Chief with Hamas Rockets

    07/22/2014 9:07:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 7/22/14 | Elad Benari
    During United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moons visit to Israel on Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented him with the rockets and operating methods of Hamas terrorists. Netanyahu showed Ban, among other things, some of the long-range rockets that Hamas has used to target central Israel. Netanyahu also showed the UN chief some proof that Hamas has been using civilians as human shields.
  • Former NY mayor flying to Israel in protest of FAA flight ban

    07/22/2014 8:24:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel on Tuesday in protest of the Federation Aviation Administration's decision to halt American flights to and from the country. On his twitter account, Bloomberg wrote "This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel." In a statement on his website, Bloomberg also said that " The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately." It is unknown when Bloomberg is expected to land in Israel and...