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  • Hamas Issues ‘Terrorism 101 Handbook’

    08/01/2014 7:20:19 PM PDT · by Innovative · 1 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Hamas has been disseminating to its followers in the Gaza Strip a detailed terrorism training manual that teaches would-be bombers how to make explosives and conceal them in household items such as televisions, according to documents seized by the Israeli military during recent raids. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers discovered the handbook on the ground in the Gaza Strip as they conducted raids of homes and other facilities used by Hamas to plan its terror activities. Hamas’ terrorism manuals instruct readers on how to build homemade explosive devices and how to set them to explode in unlikely places.
  • Operation Change The Subject - While world falls apart, Dems obsess over Limbaugh and impeachment

    08/01/2014 6:31:46 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 4 replies
    The Media Equalizer ^ | August 01, 2014 | Brian Maloney
    What’s really important in today’s troubled world? One might think the answers are obvious: the disturbing war between Hamas and Israel that threatens to spread into something much larger, out-of-control spread of Ebola in Africa, corporate and sovereign defaults in Portugal and Argentina, Chinese military aggression in South Asia and whatever else we may have left out. But to Democrats, the focus is on Operation Change The Subject 2014, as partisans shift blame for presidential inaction away from Obama just as he heads to Martha’s Vineyard for yet another extended holiday.
  • Hamas’s Shift to Tunnel Warfare Catches Israel by Surprise

    08/01/2014 5:36:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By ISABEL KERSHNER
    JERUSALEM — Israel entered its latest conflict with Hamas armed with a high-tech arsenal, real-time battlefield intelligence and strong domestic support for dealing a heavy blow to Hamas. But again on Friday, Israeli forces were taken by surprise, this time with two soldiers killed and one taken prisoner when militants once again attacked from a tunnel in Gaza. “Hamas has changed its doctrine and is using the tunnels as a main method of operation,” said Israel Ziv, a retired general who headed the military’s Gaza division and its operations directorate. “This is something we learned amid the fighting.” Of the...
  • US seeks Qatari, Turkish help to free reportedly abducted IDF soldier

    08/01/2014 4:19:11 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/01/2014 | HERB KEINON
    Turkey offers help on possibly captured IDF soldier, says Gaza cease-fire priority; UN condemns Hamas for violating 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire; Livni: "Hamas has paid, and will yet pay a heavy price." ISTANBUL - Turkey will do what it can to help free an IDF soldier whose capture led to the breakdown of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas but the priority should be the reinstatement of a truce, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday. "What is important is that the cease-fire is reinstated. To ensure this, together with others, we can take any step that could resolve this Israeli...
  • Liberals Go Crazy After Simon Cowell Donates $150,000+ to the Israeli Military

    08/01/2014 3:58:49 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    y say that difficult times bring out the best in people. That appears to be true among some of the Hollywood elite during this most recent period of bloody conflict between the Israel Defense Forces and the radical Islamic terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Celebrities like Joan Rivers and Howard Stern–neither known for their history of insightful political commentary–have recently weighed in on the Israeli side of the conflict, condemning the pro-Palestinian bias of the liberal international media. John Voight also spoke recently at a pro-Israel rally. Now comes news from ynetnews of a generous gift from reality...
  • Woman Used As Human Shield in ‘70s Exposes Hamas Propoganda

    08/01/2014 3:42:43 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 3 replies
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  • UN Blasts Israel for Not Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas

    08/01/2014 1:26:28 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 63 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Aug 1 , 2014 | Elad Benari
    In what may be one of the most ridiculous accusations yet against Israel, the UN's top human rights official condemned Israel on Thursday for failing to share the Iron Dome anti-missile system with Hamas, Breitbart reports. According to the report, human rights commissioner Navi Pillay condemned Israel’s military actions to stop Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, telling reporters that Israel was “deliberately defying International Law... in a way that may constitute war crimes.” "There is a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” Breitbart quoted Pillay as saying following...
  • Ann Coulter tells Sean Hannity she wishes Netanyahu were 'our president'

    08/01/2014 12:32:19 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 40 replies
    The Week ^ | 8/1/14
    In an interview on Fox News' Hannity, Ann Coulter told Sean Hannity that she wished Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were the U.S. president. Coulter said that Netanyahu "could deal with our border problems the way he deals with border issues in his own country," comparing tunnels at the U.S.-Mexico border with the Hamas tunnels."More than a hundred tunnels have been found on our border... We need a Netanyahu here," Coulter told Hannity. "Yes, sometimes Palestinian kids get killed... they're associated with a terrorist organization that is harming Israel, and Netanyahu doesn't care what the religious leaders say, weeping about...
  • Israel’s Endgame in Gaza

    08/01/2014 11:41:10 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    Caroline Gllick ^ | 8/1/2014 | Caroline Glick
    The fighting is still raging in Gaza. Each day the IDF destroys more and more tunnels and other terrorist infrastructure. Each day, we discover new facets of Hamas’s depravity. The three soldiers from the Maglan commando unit who were killed on Tuesday in the southern Gaza Strip, were buried in the rubble of a UN clinic. They entered the building to seal a terror tunnel whose entry shaft was located inside the clinic. A Hamas terrorist was inside the tunnel waiting for them. He detonated the building. Works out that Hamas had booby-trapped the structure, hiding 12 barrels with 80...
  • The Most Dangerous Moment in Gaza: What happens if this conflict comes off the rails?

    08/01/2014 11:29:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    It is too early to say anything definitive about the Hamas decision to apparently break the ceasefire and attack an Israeli position, except that if it is true, as reports indicate, that Hamas militants came through a tunnel and carried underground and back into Gaza a live Israeli captive, then this moment could represent not another terrible, dispiriting incident in a terrible, dispiriting mini-war, but a fairly decisive turning point in which all swords are unsheathed. This is assuming—as seems probable, but not 100 percent certain—that this raid is even what the Hamas leadership wanted (for what it's worth, its...
  • Terrorism's Useful Idiots

    08/01/2014 11:21:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | John Nantz
    The Hamas propaganda machine is running full throttle, pumping out disinformation faster than their murderous barrage of indiscriminate missiles, tunneling like grubs into the psyche of the unsuspecting. Their fellow travelers and supporters in the establishment media are all too happy to carry Hamas' corpse-laden water. Worse still are the useful idiots in our own government who parrot the terrorist narrative without so much as a moments reflection. Recently, the addled Nancy Pelosi mouthed what she'd been fed by the Qataris, claiming that "Hamas is a humanitarian organization." Simply astounding. Israel was most recently provoked by Hamas’ kidnapping of three...
  • Jackie Mason Goes Off on Anti-Israel Celebrities

    08/01/2014 10:49:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 1, 2014 | Paul Bond
    Jackie Mason, who spent three years as an ordained rabbi before launching his six-decade career as a comedian, will claim during a radio show to air Sunday that Hollywood is run by Jews but is nevertheless "anti-Semitic," "ignorant" and "stupid" when it comes to issues involving Israel.
  • Hamas' Propaganda Victory

    08/01/2014 10:48:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Linda Chavez
    The pictures are horrific: schoolroom walls covered in blood, parents running with injured children against a backdrop of bombed-out rubble, women with outstretched arms imploring Heaven. But they do not tell the full story of what is happening in Gaza any more than the casualty or rocket tallies printed daily in The New York Times and elsewhere do. Midweek, the Times reported that 1,410 Palestinians have died and only 59 Israelis, while Israel had launched 3,577 rockets into Gaza compared to 2,753 fired by Hamas at Israel. But these figures are grotesquely dishonest, implying a moral equivalence that simply does...
  • Fox News Megyn Kelly Grills Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer

    08/01/2014 10:44:43 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/31/2014 | Megyn Kelly
    This is a rush transcript from "The Kelly File," July 31, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.... Fox News Megyn Kelly Grills Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer!?
  • UN Condemns Israel's Latest War Crime: Not Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas

    08/01/2014 10:30:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/31/14 | Thomas Rose
    The UN's top human rights official again condemned Israel for its military actions to stop Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, accusing the Jewish state of “deliberately defying International Law... in a way that may constitute war crimes.” Navi Pillay told reporters following yet another "emergency" meeting of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council that Israel was not doing enough to protect civilians. "There is a strong possibility,” said the known Israel critic, “that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.” Among the UN’s long bill of particulars against the beleaguered Jewish state...
  • Israelis Know Hamas Leaders Hiding in Shifa Hospital Because They Built the Bunkers

    08/01/2014 10:03:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Tower ^ | 07.31.14
    Israel knows that the leaders of the terrorist group Hamas are headquartered the Shifa hospital in Gaza: It was Israel that build the hospital – including the bunker in the basement that Hamas uses as its headquarters. The Israelis are so sure about the location of the Hamas bunker, however, not because they are trying to score propaganda points, or because it has been repeatedly mentioned in passing by Western reporters—but because they built it. Back in 1983, when Israel still ruled Gaza, they built a secure underground operating room and tunnel network beneath Shifa hospital—which is one among several...
  • Hamas Rockets Exploding in Gaza Strip

    08/01/2014 9:56:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Wa FB ^ | July 31, 2014 | Abraham Rabinovich
    More than a third of the 140 rockets fired by Hamas at Israel yesterday fell short and exploded inside the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli Army spokesman’s office. Rocket shortfalls have increased, according to Israeli military sources. They attribute these misfires to the intense pressure Hamas rocket squads face from Israeli air and artillery attacks, as well as poorly assembled rockets. ... Hamas fighters in Israeli army uniforms have succeeded in killing close to 10 Israeli soldiers during incursions utilizing the tunnel network. Residents of kibbutzim along the border have demanded that the army eliminate the tunnel threat before...
  • Driving Off a Cliff

    08/01/2014 8:47:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Last week, The Washington Post's Tehran, Iran, correspondent was arrested. The charges are unspecified, but according to the paper, Jason Rezaian, 38; his Iranian wife, Yeganeh Salehi; and two other U.S. citizens were detained. State Department spokesman Marie Harf issued a protest that didn't even rise to the level of tepid, saying "Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad." Reassured? Rezaian and the others join a list of Americans held captive -- many for years and years. Former FBI agent Bob Levinson, 66, went missing after traveling to Iran in 2007. Warren Weinstein, 72, was...
  • Smoke Over Gaza

    08/01/2014 8:41:47 AM PDT · by keat · 20 replies
    Occupied Air via Ustream ^ | 08/01/14 | self
    Yesterday we had to listen to John Kerry bloviating on his success at mediating a cease fire in Gaza. "It wasn't just me and the President, there are many to thank, blah, blah, blah.... Later we were treated to the flea-brained bimbos at the State Department smugly delivering I-told-you-sos on the wisdom Turkey/Qatar/Hamas "peace alliance". (Cuz Obama is, like, so smart, you know?) Today, well, here you go. The terrorists broke the cease fire within hours, kidnapped an IDF soldier (abetted by Obama and Kerry) and now are hopefully dying in significant numbers as Israel hits back.
  • Legitimizing Hamas’s War Criminality

    08/01/2014 6:54:31 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | 8/01/2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent ceasefire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt.</p>
  • With Kidnap of Israeli Soldier, John Kerry’s Ceasefire Has Made Matters Much, Much Worse

    08/01/2014 6:49:17 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | August 1, 2014 9:26 am | Arik Elman
    Let’s just recap what happened with the abduction of an Israeli soldier this morning. The Israeli government believed the word of the Secretary of State of the United States that, via his Turkish and Qatari friends, he had obtained acceptable terms for a ceasefire with Hamas. Mr. Kerry’s flunkies even bragged about the success of his Turko-Qatari connections, chiding those who looked askance at his bromance with friends and sponsors of Hamas. What happened next – a surprise attack on Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip an hour and a half into the “ceasefire”, an abduction of a soldier...
  • Israeli Spox's Super Response to Mohyeldin Claim That Hamas 'Very Highly Revered' By Gazans

    08/01/2014 6:23:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Do Gaza civilians support Hamas' military operations that use them as human shields and store weapons in their schools and mosques? Ayman Mohyeldin would have you think so. On today's Morning Joe, the NBC reporter claimed that among Gazans, Hamas' military wing is "very highly revered." To which Israeli spokesman Mark Regev had a stunning comeback: "I mean, if you walk down the street in Gaza with an NBC camera and you ask people, well, was Hamas shooting from this building that the Israelis targeted? No, everyone will say, of course, not. Because you have a regime what is highly...
  • Israel-Gaza cease-fire collapses within hours

    08/01/2014 5:49:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08/01/2014 | LAURA KING, BATSHEVA SOBELMAN
    A hard-won internationally brokered truce between Israel and Palestinian militants collapsed within hours Friday after the Israeli military said one of its soldiers was missing amid heavy fighting in the southern Gaza Strip and may have been captured by Hamas fighters. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of declaring the cease-fire dead, but accused Hamas of “flagrantly violating” what was to have been a three-day truce. Hamas in turn insisted it was Israel that had broken the cease-fire terms agreed to only hours earlier. Although Netanyahu distanced himself from personally announcing the breakdown of the truce – as he...
  • Hamas executes alleged spies, shoots protesters in Gaza

    08/01/2014 5:35:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/29/2014 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
    Palestinian media reports Hamas has executed more than 30 civilians accused of collaborating with Israel. Hamas shot some 20 Palestinians on Monday night for protesting against Hamas for the massive destruction inflicted on their neighborhood in Shejaia by the IDF in the past weeks, Channel 10 reported on Tuesday. Over the past few days, Hamas has executed more than 30 civilians from various parts of the Gaza Strip which it suspected of collaborating with Israel, unidentified Palestinian security sources told the Palestine Press News Agency. Hamas claimed it had detected alleged “spies” in the area of Shejaia and said that...
  • Hamas Violates 72-Hour Cease Fire Agreement With Suicide Bombing

    08/01/2014 5:33:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/1/2014 | Katie Pavlich
    After agreeing to a 72-hour ceasefire less than 24 hours ago, Hamas has once again broken another temporary truce agreed to by both sides. It is believed Hamas has kidnapped an Israeli soldier and the fighting is continuing. More from Fox News:
  • Pro HAMAS Rally Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    08/01/2014 5:23:56 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 4 replies
    youtube.com ^ | November 18, 2012 | J. Mark Campbell
    Two years ago - nothing has changed. Screaming "back to the oven". Watch the video. It is infuriating. Don't know if they have been protesting lately in Ft. Lauderdale but they have in Miami.
  • Obama and the U.N.’s Alternate Universe

    08/01/2014 5:02:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | Bruce Thornton
    Obama and the U.N.’s Alternate UniversePosted By Bruce Thornton On August 1, 2014 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Barack Obama has managed to push American foreign policy into an alternate universe in which everything the human race has learned over the past 2500 years about human nature, aggression, and its deterrence has been stood on its head. He is not solely to blame for this. For 150 years the West had indulged the illusion that human nature is progressing away from our violent past toward a world of reason in which conflict can be resolved and negotiated...
  • America Stands with Hamas against Israel

    08/01/2014 4:59:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 30 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    America Stands with Hamas against IsraelPosted By Ronn Torossian On August 1, 2014 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments The Obama Administration stands with Hamas – an organization which is a designated foreign terrorist organization in America, Canada, the UK and most other civilized countries. Despicable and simply amazing that America is standing with an organization whose leadership and people is anti-American. Shameful, horrible, awful conduct. Clearly, the alliances in the Middle East have changed – Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Israel stand against Muslim extremist fundamentalists – and lining up on the other side is...
  • IDF Soldier Possibly Kidnapped in Battle During Ceasefire

    08/01/2014 4:16:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 48 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | August 1st, 2014
    The IDF believes there is a high likelihood that a soldier was kidnapped this morning in Rafah (Rafiach) at 9:30am. Hamas terrorists attacked IDF troops this morning during the cease fire, a battle ensued, at it is believed they managed to kidnap a soldier. They have made numerous attempts, since the war began, to abduct soldiers, and this may have been their goal all along. The soldier’s family has been notified.
  • (Col. Ralph) Peters: ‘Disdain for Israel Among Obamacrats Is Visceral’

    08/01/2014 3:56:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Fox News Insder ^ | Jul 31, 2014 10:27 PM
    Today, Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, while the White House called Israel’s actions “indefensible” after its munitions reportedly hit a school. Tonight on Hannity, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said the Obama administration is pandering to radical Islam and thereby “undercutting the chances of moderates in the Islamic world—those who don’t want Islam to be constant jihad.” …
  • Israel to resume Gaza operation as truce with Hamas crumbles

    08/01/2014 3:24:25 AM PDT · by John W · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | August 1, 2014 | BBC
    The Israeli military has told people in Gaza it is resuming operations, saying Hamas broke a planned 72-hour ceasefire just hours after it had begun. The army said it had warned residents to stay indoors. Palestinian sources said at least 30 people had been killed in an Israeli attack in Gaza. Israel said it was in response to rocket fire from Hamas. Some 1,460 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict and 63 Israelis, mostly soldiers. The ceasefire had been brokered by the US and UN to give civilians a reprieve from the violence, and had been seen as...
  • Iran leader calls Israel ‘rabid dog’, urges arms for Palestinians

    08/01/2014 2:25:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:12am EDT | Mehrdad Balali
    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a “rabid dog” for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide. […] In a speech marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Khamenei criticized the United States and European countries for what he said were their efforts to limit the military capacity of Palestinian fighters in the enclave. Of Israel, he said: “This rabid dog, this rapacious wolf, has attacked innocent people and humanity must show a reaction. This is genocide, a catastrophe of historical...
  • Militants ‘blow up UNRWA clinic,’ killing 3 soldiers (terror tunnel inside)

    08/01/2014 1:26:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 30, 2014, 8:47 pm | Updated: July 31, 2014, 2:00 am | Mitch Ginsburg
    Three IDF soldiers were killed Wednesday morning in Gaza in an explosion at a booby-trapped UNRWA health clinic that housed a tunnel entry shaft, the IDF’s Gaza Division commander, Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein, said in a briefing. After describing certain precautionary measures, Edelstein said, “And then we enter with our people, and they [the militants], from the very same terror tunnel, they blow up half the clinic on our troops.” “They blow [up] the UNRWA clinic on our troops.” UNRWA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. …
  • State Department Hits Back at Israeli Criticism Over Kerry

    07/30/2014 4:08:25 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Israeli attacks against US Secretary of State John Kerry accusing him being of a supporter of Hamas are "offensive and absurd," a senior US diplomat said Wednesday. In a sharp exchange with reporters, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf hit out against a torrent of abuse from "respected voices in Israel talking about the secretary of state, claiming that he supports Hamas, which is offensive and absurd." The United States had been given Israel "a level of support which has been quite frankly unprecedented in our history, even when we stood alone," she added. Kerry has been the subject of...
  • Watch: 12 Examples of Hamas Firing Rockets from Civilian Areas

    07/31/2014 6:28:04 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-31-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Hamas has stored and fired rockets from within densely-populated civilian areas, making Israeli attempts to stop them without causing collateral damage virtually impossible. To compound the problem, Hamas has openly encouraged civilians to act as human shields, glorifying their actions as heroism. Misfired rockets by Islamists falling on Gaza's citizens are common, as the IDF's rocket coverage has consistently shown, but are skewed to blame Israel for alleged attacks on civilian centers. Terrorists have also used hospitals and schools as command centers and military bases.
  • Joe Scarborough turns on Israel

    07/31/2014 7:57:20 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/31/14 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Joe Scarborough on Thursday had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing. “This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”
  • Brent Budowsky: John Kerry is right (He's serious)

    07/31/2014 5:45:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014 | Brent Budowsky
    Robert Kennedy, speaking of John Kennedy, using words they would both probably use to praise John Kerry, said that JFK’s favorite quote was this: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.” This quote from Dante, derived from his Inferno, describes the way Kerry performs his role as secretary of State. Kerry clearly envisioned and passionately warned that the people of Israel and Palestine must choose between two alternative futures. The first future is the negotiated creation of a two-state solution that would leave Israel and a new state of...
  • Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent

    07/31/2014 5:34:40 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-31-14 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    CAIRO — Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not this time. After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more...
  • No home for Israel inside the Democratic Party

    07/31/2014 5:33:25 PM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | GIDON BEN-ZVI
    Slaves to gut emotion, and averse to rigorous academic research, liberals do not bother to figure out who is right or wrong in any conflict. It's official: the Democratic Party has abandoned Israel to its fate. This development has nothing to do with that most ancient of hatreds, anti-Semitism. Rather, in an age when a compelling narrative increasingly trumps a cold, hard history lesson, Israel's version of the events leading up to Operation Protective Edge, while factually sound, is a snoozer. The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll revealed the largest partisan gap in forty years on the...
  • Leftist Canadian author explains her slow drift to the right

    07/31/2014 5:32:00 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | July 13, 2014 | Michael Posner
    Faced with increasing anti-Semitism on campus masquerading as anti-Zionism, Nora Gold found herself filled with ‘impotent fury’ — and the impetus for her novel ORONTO — After living in Israel for several years, a Canadian woman returns home to pursue a post-graduate degree. In Israeli political terms, she has been a confirmed Lefty, active in peace organizations, committed to an equitable two-state resolution of the ancient Arab-Israeli conflict. Back in North America, however, she finds herself immersed in a toxic academic milieu of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment. The safe, familiar ground of civilized debate is giving way to ugly polemic....
  • Gaza crisis: Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

    07/31/2014 3:08:20 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31 , 2014 | Foxs News
    Israel and Hamas agreed Thursday to an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza conflict, set to begin Friday, the United States and United Nations said. The cease-fire was scheduled to commence at 8 am local time on Friday, and is expected to last for a period of 72 hours unless it's extended, the State Department said in a statement. Military forces will be expected to stay in place during the cease-fire. In a joint statement, the U.S. and U.N. said they had gotten assurances that all parties to the conflict had agreed to the halt in hostilities.
  • White House Blames Israel for UNRWA School Deaths

    07/31/2014 2:48:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/7/14
    The United States said Thursday there was little doubt Israeli artillery was the source of a "totally indefensible" strike that killed 16 people at a UN school in Gaza. White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said all available evidence pointed to Israeli artillery and that the Israeli government had acknowledged its forces were firing in the area in response to Hamas fire near the school. “So while we underscore the importance of a full and prompt investigation of this tragic incident, as well as a shelling of other UN facilities and schools that have...
  • Flanagan: No plans to expel Israeli ambassador

    07/31/2014 2:48:21 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 9 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | July 31 2014 | Staff Report
    The Foreign Affairs minister Charlie Flanagan has said he has no plans to expel Israel's ambassadorto Ireland. Minister Flanagan said Ireland's foreign policy had always been based on dialogue, which could not happen if ambassadors were not present. He was facing calls in the Seanad for Ireland to expel Israeli ambassador Boaz Modai over Israel's actions against Palestinians in Gaza. Minister Flanagan said expelling the ambassador would only mean more difficulties for Ireland. "The corollary of course would be the recall or expulsion of our own ambassador in Israel and the crippling of our own embassy in Tel Aviv," he...
  • 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...
  • Yesha Arabs Plan Day of Rage for Friday

    07/31/2014 2:37:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/7/14
    Hostile Arabs in Judea and Samaria who identify with Gaza terrorists have planned a "Day of Rage" for Friday. .....
  • 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...
  • Administration's Bias Against Israel Obvious

    07/31/2014 12:45:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt Towery
    With every word spoken and every roll of his eyes, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes it clear that the Obama administration is no fan of Israel. So why is it that media will not call the White House on this major shift in American foreign policy? The most convincing evidence was Kerry's hot-mic comment about the accuracy of Israel's "pinpoint" missile launches, which have been an effort to deter Hamas from its never-ending attacks on Israel, including its civilians. Since then his disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been more camouflaged, but evident nonetheless. Perhaps...
  • This time, Gaza fighting is 'proxy war' for entire Mideast

    07/31/2014 11:44:10 AM PDT · by Borges · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/31/2014 | Josh Levs
    The conflict raging in Gaza is different this time. While Hamas' rocket attacks and Israel's military actions may look familiar, they're taking place against a whole new backdrop. "This is unprecedented in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict," says CNN's Ali Younes, an analyst who has covered the region for decades. "Most Arab states are actively supporting Israel against the Palestinians -- and not even shy about it or doing it discreetly." It's a "joint Arab-Israeli war consisting of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia against other Arabs -- the Palestinians as represented by Hamas."
  • Gaza UN shelter attack 'totally unacceptable' - White House

    07/31/2014 11:47:34 AM PDT · by mojito · 65 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/31/2014 | Unattributed
    The US has said the shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible". In its strongest criticism yet of Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territory, the US - Israel's closest ally - also said the civilian casualties were "too high". It urged Israel to do more to protect civilian life. Israel says its offensive in Gaza is designed to defend its population from attacks by Palestinian militants. The UN has also criticised Israel over the worsening situation in Gaza, saying people there are "facing a precipice".
  • WHOA! Obama Halts Visa Applications From Israel

    07/31/2014 11:23:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 104 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-31-2014 | Andrew Marcus
    No Jews Allowed Democrats have a Jewish problem: US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis Tourist visa process cancelled until further notice, embassy announces. From the Obama State Dept: “Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services,” the statement says. “Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis.”