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  • UKRAINE: "Interview: I Was A Separatist Fighter In Ukraine" [VIDEO]

    08/17/2014 7:05:36 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 19 replies
    Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2014
    Sunday, August 17, 2014 Artur Gasparyan, a 24-year-old native of Spitak, Armenia, was recruited in Moscow in May to fight in eastern Ukraine. Now back in the Russian capital, he spoke with Mumin Shakirov of RFE/RL's Russian Service (see original in Russian here) in detail about his experiences. RFE/RL: You expressed interest in going to Ukraine on a forum on Vkontakte after you read about the fire in the Odesa Trade Union Building in which 42 pro-Moscow separatists died. What happened next? Artur Gasparyan: About 10 guys showed up at a meeting somewhere near VDNKh [the All-Russian Exhibition Center in...
  • The town is being re-populated with migrants from Western Ukraine.

    08/15/2014 9:14:48 AM PDT · by GilGil · 6 replies
    Slavyangrad.org ^ | 08/14/14 | S. Naylor
    “Where are my friends, will you tell me, Kiev junta? As I found out from communication with others, the same experience was shared by others who had returned home after Kiev’s army occupied the town. The streets are practically devoid of people; those who do walk there are clearly not locals.
  • My Midnight Call From Benjamin Netanyahu

    08/15/2014 8:54:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 8-15-14 | David Merrick
    In 1991 – several years after my conversion to Christianity and well into my own life as a husband and father – every Saturday morning, my two youngest children would drag me out of bed to watch cartoons with them. I would quietly sit on the sofa, wiping the sleep from my eyes, while Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny did their thing. One particular Saturday morning, the cartoons were regularly interrupted with updates on the Gulf War. My oldest son, Travis, was a Marine on a big gunboat in the Persian Gulf – so we would listen carefully, wanting to...
  • DEBKAfile’s quick guide to the perplexed reader (Israel silences rocket alarm)

    08/15/2014 6:45:31 AM PDT · by Dave346
    DEBKAfile ^ | August 15, 2014, 12:09 PM (IDT)
    When is a red alert the real thing? This week saw three grades of rocket alert: Red Alert, False Alarm and No Alert. We propose this key to set minds at rest within the radius of Hamas rockets: The first signifies an authentic rocket attack in response to which everyone should take shelter; the second attests to wishful thinking that a ceasefire may actually hold and so you must pretend you didn’t hear the explosion; and the alarm system is silenced when the government is determined to convince everyone that peace is at hand. So now you know you were...
  • A brief pause for reflection of the turmoil in the Mideast. (Vanity - Opinion)

    08/14/2014 12:09:44 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 15 replies
    Vanity | Aug 14, 2014 | Enterprise
    It was only a relatively few years ago when our nation suffered one of the worst terrorist attacks in our history on 9/11/2001. I recall video of much rejoicing from the Islamic nations over this attack. There was much celebration and dancing in the streets. So, forward to what we have today and we are witness to a rolling holocaust in some of those countries where the citizens rejoiced at our suffering. The face of terror now looks at the citizens of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the nations of the Mideast. My questions...
  • US Post Offices Reportedly Refusing Mail to Israel (What's next?)

    08/14/2014 11:18:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8/14/2014, 1:52 PM | Ari Yashar
    ADL complains to US Postmaster General after mail to Israel turned away in several states. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written to complain to the US Postmaster General, after receiving widespread reports that US post offices around America have been refusing to accept mail to Israel. In the last several days ADL reports that it has received complaints from Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey, revealing postal customers were incorrectly told that the US Postal Service is not accepting mail for Israel due to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. "The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says...
  • Some Lawmakers Press for War-Powers Vote Over Iraq (Hussein's flexibility)

    08/14/2014 2:27:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/13/14 | Siobhan Hughes
    WASHINGTON—A handful of lawmakers are saying President Barack Obama must get congressional authorization for military action in Iraq, a vote that could exacerbate tensions between the branches and present members with a difficult vote just before the midterm elections. Mr. Obama's announcement of limited airstrikes last week aimed at slowing the advance of militants from the Islamic State toward the Kurdish city of Erbil initially triggered few complaints that he had usurped the power to declare war that Congress claims as its own. But with the president warning over the weekend that "I don't think we're going to solve this...
  • Hamas fires rockets at southern Israel before end of ceasefire. Cairo talks fail (Anyone surprised?)

    08/13/2014 1:14:29 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | August 13, 2014, 10:09 PM (IDT)
    Two hours before the Gaza truce was due to end Wednesday midnight, Palestinian rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at large parts of southern Israel, including Ashkelon, Kiryat Gath, Yoav District, Shear Hanegev. Two were intercepted. No casualties were reported. Hamas envoys said that the Cairo talks had broken down and the truce would not be renewed unless their conditions were met. They called off a scheduled news conference without explanation. Hamas went back to launching rockets after Israel nodded its acceptance of a further truce, while at the same time concentrating armored forces on the Gaza border in...
  • Vanity: A TIME FOR CHOOSING (The Speech – October 27, 1964)

    08/12/2014 11:12:30 AM PDT · by Krosan · 7 replies
    www.reagan.utexas.edu ^ | October 27, 1964 | President Reagan
    Now let's set the record straight. There's no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there's only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender. Admittedly, there's a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back...
  • Hamas Clarifies Truce Would Only Be to Plan Next War

    08/12/2014 6:57:23 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/8/14 | Ari Yashar
    Even as Israeli representatives are in Cairo to discuss a truce with Hamas on Tuesday, the terrorist group is taking pains to clarify it has no intentions of desisting from trying to wipe Israel off the map. Hamas's "military wing," the Al-Qassam Brigades, released a statement presenting its position on the ongoing talks in Egypt. "The warriors in Gaza are waiting with Allah's help to renew the fighting, or to return to planning the next campaign. There's no escape. Either jihad or planning (for the next jihad)," declared the statement. The remarks leave no doubts that even in the case...
  • Circus of Ceasefires Leaves Israelis Irate

    08/11/2014 11:09:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Israel Today ^ | Monday, August 11, 2014 | Aviel Schneider
    Criticism of the government’s handling of the Gaza war is reaching fever pitch. No one seems to understand what direction Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pulling them in vis-a-vis Hamas. And everyone is getting the feeling that the terrorists increasingly determine the flow of life in Israel. Hundreds of families from the villages in the vicinity of Gaza protested what they said is the government’s failure to provide security in Israel’s southern regions. The sentiment, which is shared by Israelis across the country, is that the army pulled out of Gaza too early. A number of cabinet ministers agree. Foreign...
  • Obama’s Remarks on Iraq and Afghanistan(2008 "I will end this (Iraq) war as President.")

    08/11/2014 8:16:28 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 17 replies
    Obama "And this is the future we need for our military. We cannot tolerate this strain on our forces to fight a war that hasn’t made us safer. I will restore our strength by ending this war, completing the increase of our ground forces by 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 marines, and investing in the capabilities we need to defeat conventional foes and meet the unconventional challenges of our time. " "So let’s be clear. Senator McCain would have our troops continue to fight tour after tour of duty, and our taxpayers keep spending $10 billion a month indefinitely; I want...
  • IS Actively Joining Gaza Terror War on Israel

    08/11/2014 4:25:26 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8-11-2014 | Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
    As Operation Protective Edge holds in a temporary ceasefire, evidence has come out revealing the extent of the extremist Sunni group Islamic State's (IS, formerly ISIS) involvement in the terror war against Israel from the Hamas stronghold of Gaza. Terror organizations associated with IS and Al Qaeda have been proven to be joining the fight against Israel in Gaza, firing rockets on Israeli civilian population centers and attacking IDF troops. On Sunday the Abdullah Azzam Brigades declared it had fired a Grad missile towards the Israeli town of Mivtahim located near southern Gaza. The announcement comes after similar ones last...
  • Current Events Quiz

    08/10/2014 2:03:02 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 10, 2014
    Freepers: Can you match the brutal, murderous terrorist group with its corresponding religions affiliation? Note: The link is posted rather than the cartoon due to excerpting requirements.
  • Hezbollah & Iran Flags, Netanyahu Effigies, and Cameron's Head on a Stick: London's Latest Protest

    08/10/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Aug 2014 | Raheem Kassam
    LONDON, United Kingdom – Today's anti-Israel protests in London reportedly attracted around 150,000 according to organisers, making the rally the largest since Israel's war against the terrorist group Hamas began over a month ago. The Independent newspaper quotes London's Metropolitan Police in saying that the march from the BBC's studios on Regent Street to Hyde Park "was entirely peaceful and no arrests were made". But photos obtained exclusively by Breitbart London show a dark side of the protests that mainstream media organisations refuse to report. The march, which was attended by Members of Parliament, media commentators and more, also played...
  • Bennett: Mission Not Accomplished (Netanyahu faces backlash from cabinet)

    08/10/2014 11:11:05 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8/10/2014, 8:25 PM | Hezki Ezra, Yoni Kempinski
    Jewish Home head says Protective Edge has not succeeded as long as residents of the south are not safe. Jewish Home Chairman, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, said Sunday that Israel prefers the security of its citizens to international approval of its actions. He made clear that he did not see Operation Protective Edge as having achieved its aims. “The government of Israel embarked on the Protective Edge campaign and defined the goal as bringing back security to the residents of the south. We need to look at the picture with honesty and say that the goal has not yet been...
  • A Marine’s Testimony

    08/09/2014 7:29:28 AM PDT · by OneVike · 7 replies
    The Relevant Christian Magazine ^ | 7/31/14 | Karmann Powell
    At the tender age of seven, Brian Vanderpool experienced a life changing moment when he watched the movie, Saving Private Ryan. It left such a deep impression on him that he decided to become a Marine. He found out later the movie actually depicted Army personnel, but he had his mind made up.Recently, Lance Corporal Vanderpool, now 20, returned home on leave from an 8 month tour of Afghanistan. He was not expecting to be greeted by a cheering crowd at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, which, in his words, “left a big grin on my face.”Early on,...
  • Ukraine to get helmets, vests from Canada to help protect border

    08/07/2014 12:27:45 PM PDT · by Krosan · 6 replies
    CBC News ^ | Aug 07, 2014 | Laura Payton
    Canada will send military equipment to help Ukraine protect its eastern border, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday. Nicholson made the announcement at CFB Trenton, a busy air base located a 90-minute drive east of Toronto. "Ukraine has asked for this and once again we are delivering," Nicholson said. "[Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s failure to end his support to armed rebel groups constitutes a real threat to international peace and security​." The equipment includes includes helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first-aid kits, tents and sleeping bags, according to a news release from the Prime Minister's Office. The release says the...
  • NATO Fears Ground Invasion as Russia Masses Troops on Ukraine Border

    08/07/2014 9:04:06 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2014 10:48 am | Barbara Lewis and Maria Tsvetkova
    BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia has massed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine’s border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday, its starkest warning yet that Moscow could soon mount a ground assault against its neighbor.
  • The American Volunteer in the Donbas Battalion: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 66)

    08/07/2014 8:17:45 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    Vice News via Yahoo! ^ | Published on Aug 6, 2014
    In this dispatch, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky interviews an American volunteer in the Donbas Battalion to find out why he joined the unit, and what he thinks about the crisis in Ukraine.
  • Putin’s Ukraine invasion threat is more than a bluff — but not his preference

    08/07/2014 8:26:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2014 | Ian Bremmer
    As Ukraine has gained, Putin has prepared Russia for invasion: 20,000 combat-ready troops are amassed at the border. The chance that Russia invades is certainly going up. But it’s still Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Plan B. Here’s why that’s the case … and what could change his mind.
  • Western Anti-Semitism

    08/06/2014 6:38:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Navi Pillay, U.N. high commissioner for human rights, has accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the Gaza conflict. Her harshest criticism, as well as that of most nations, has been reserved for the Israeli government, charging that it has committed war crimes in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions. In the wake of the huge difference in casualties and property destruction, many in the West have accused the Israeli government of making a grossly disproportionate response to terrorist rocket attacks. A New York Times (July 23, 2014) article titled "As Much of the World Frowns...
  • The United States must return to Iraq to fight ISIS and achieve glory

    08/05/2014 8:03:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Chicago Now's An Atheist in Illinois ^ | August 5, 2014 | James Kirk Wall
    “An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.” – Arab Proverb There is a lion in the Middle East known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS.) They are devouring the sheep. A strategically orchestrated mob of sexually repressed angry young men gladly pledging allegiance in the name of god, murder and rape is winning victory after victory. The local law enforcement are getting beheaded and the towns are being taken one after the other. Anything that doesn’t conform to their ideology of Islam is being destroyed. Non-Muslims...
  • 'HAND OF GOD SENT MISSILE INTO SEA'

    08/05/2014 10:14:07 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 8-5-14 | JOE KOVACS
    "“Suddenly, Iron Dome (which calculates wind speeds, among other things) shows a major wind coming from the east, a strong wind that … sends the missile into the sea. We were all stunned. I stood up and shouted, ‘There is a God!’"
  • The War to End All War Meets the President Who Means to End All War

    08/05/2014 6:26:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | John Ransom
    History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes, quipped Mark Twain. As with most of Twain’s homilies, it’s funny because it’s true. So as the world commemorates the Guns of August—that is, the start of World War I-- history is not repeating itself. But the world today does seem to have a certain poetic, unrhymed iambic pentameter in common with the Great War. “With a dimming of the lights and ceremonies across this country and in Belgium, monarchs, princes, presidents and citizens prepared on Monday to mark the day 100 years ago when Britain entered World War I at the start...
  • US Republican calls for bombing of Iran nuclear sites (Louie Gohmert - Texas)

    08/04/2014 4:15:12 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Press TV ^ | Thu Jul 24, 2014
    A US Republican congressman has called for the bombing of Iran’s nuclear sites, saying in case of US hesitancy, Israel should be allowed to do that. Speaking on the House floor on Tuesday, Republican Louie Gohmert said that Israel’s invasion of Gaza means that it is time to bomb Iran. “It is time to bomb Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It is time for the United States, if we are not going to stop Iran’s nukes, then let Israel do it. A friend will not put another friend in this kind of jeopardy.” Israel and the US accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian...
  • Two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. An Israeli killed, a soldier injured. Security forces beefed up

    08/04/2014 8:07:22 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | August 4, 2014, 5:18 PM (IDT)
    In the space of a few hours, two Palestinian terrorist attacks occurred in Jerusalem, both in areas close to Arab districts. In the second, Monday afternoon, Aug. 4, a motorcyclist shot an Israeli soldier outside the tunnel leading to Mt. Scopus and Wadi Joz, injuring him seriously. As the assalant raced off, a passerby shot at him and missed. The soldier was evacuated with stomach wounds to the nearby Hadassah Hospital which shares Mt. Scopus with the Hebrew University campus. A large-scale hunt has been launched for the assailant. Three hours earlier, a 19-year old Palestinian rammed a heavy excavator...
  • 5 facts that prove Putin's behind the conflict in Ukraine [7:08]

    08/03/2014 1:22:27 PM PDT · by Krosan · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | Jul 30, 2014 | Boris Nemtsov, Leonid Martynyuk
    Short documentary with English subtitles presenting 5 facts proving Putin is behind the conflict in Ukraine.
  • And the War Came

    08/02/2014 6:33:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The innocent American could only read the headlines and shake his head sorrowfully at the continuing carnage in Gaza -- a pillar of fire by night and a cloud of smoke by day. How did this happen again? Simple: Hamas renewed its indiscriminate attacks on Israel through overhead rockets, underground tunnels, words and deeds -- and Israel finally responded in force. Not just the innocent but the sophisticated observer has to wonder: Why? What's the sense of it? There seems none from the rational -- that is, the conventionally Western -- point of view. Which may explain why generations...
  • Don’t second guess me again: Netanyahu to US

    08/02/2014 4:13:49 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 2, 2014 | 5:50am
    WASHINGTON — Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be “trusted” on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks. An Israeli official said the Netanyahu government viewed...
  • Azeri troops killed in clashes with Armenia as tensions flare

    08/01/2014 10:49:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 8-1-2014 | Emil Guliyev with Mariam Harutunian
    Azerbaijan said Friday eight soldiers had been killed in three days of clashes with arch-foe Armenia on the border and near the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region as tensions spiked in the long-running conflict. International mediators, who have for years sought to help the two countries reach a breakthrough, expressed concern over the violence, with the United States renewing a plea for the presidents from both countries to meet for talks. Azerbaijan's defence ministry said Armenian troops had ramped up their activity in the past few days and attacked Azeri positions. "Reconnaissance and sabotage groups of the Armenian armed forces attempted...
  • [Graphic] Missing Civilian Bodies found in Mass Graves: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 63)

    08/01/2014 12:40:42 PM PDT · by Krosan · 7 replies
    Vice News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Simon Ostrovsky
    On July 24, 14 bodies were exhumed from a burial site in Sloviansk. The victims were civilians, all of whom are believed to have been killed by pro-Russia separatists when they were occupying the area. According to Ukrainian officials, there are roughly 300 people missing in Sloviansk, and mass and individual graves are consistently being found. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky investigated what may have been behind these murders, traveling to the mass grave site near Sloviansk as the bodies were being unearthed. He also met up with journalist Chris Miller, who found signed death warrants and proof that the...
  • The West's Reckless Rush Towards War With Russia

    08/01/2014 11:16:09 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/31/14 | Tyler Durden
    For reasons that have no rational explanations at this time, the US and Europe have embarked on a concerted program to demonize Putin, ostracize Russia, and bring the world as close to a major conflict as it's been since the Cold War, a time hardly memorable to many in the current crop of our elected officials. Within hours of the MH-17 plane crash, the United States pinned the blame on Russia generally, and Putin particularly. The anti-Putin propaganda (and if there were a stronger term I'd use it) has been relentless and almost comically over-the-top (see image above, and those...
  • 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!?
  • 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 · 35 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...
  • IDF Soldier Possibly Kidnapped in Battle During Ceasefire

    08/01/2014 4:16:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 50 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.
  • CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza

    07/31/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 30, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    If you want to judge a nation, look at how it treats its most vulnerable civilians. Hospitals are a good place to start. Al-Shifa, the largest hospital in Gaza, is housed in a converted British army barracks. Some 126 miles north is Israel’s Ziv Medical Center in Zefat. Hamas, which controls Gaza, is using the civilian population as human shields. The terrorist group has placed its missiles in schools and mosques and, even more deplorably, burrowed its command center underneath the al-Shifa hospital. Hamas‘ activities are taking place in plain sight. Just two weeks ago, The Washington Post described al-Shifa...
  • Israelis overwhelmingly back war

    07/31/2014 12:32:39 AM PDT · by Netz · 9 replies
    Associated Press (Philly.com) ^ | July 31, 2014 | Aron Heller and Tia Goldenberg
    <p>JERUSALEM - Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both.</p>
  • House passes resolution to condemn Hamas for Israel rocket attacks

    07/30/2014 12:51:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014, 03:20 pm | Cristina Marcos
    The House on Wednesday passed a resolution to condemn the extremist group Hamas for its recent rocket attacks against Israel. The measure, passed by voice vote, specifically denounces Hamas's use of civilians as "human shields" during combat. "Hamas is engaging in a crime of enormous proportions, perpetrated by those who are deliberately hiding among civilians to protect themselves," said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.). "The world can't let terrorists embed their forces among the civilian population, using them as human shields, without speaking out." It also expresses support for Israel to defend itself against Hamas, as well...
  • Three Israeli soldiers killed in action in Gaza and 27 injured. Cabinet orders operation expanded

    07/30/2014 12:01:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 30, 2014, 9:30 PM (IDT)
    Three Israeli soldiers were killed and 27 injured in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 30, on the 23rd day of Israel’s counter-terror operation Defensive Edge against Hamas. A bomb planted in the wall of a building in Khan Younes blew up as the soldiers went in to examine a tunnel shaft. Maj. Gen. Sami Torjeman, OC Southern Command, told reporters that the soldiers had fought “stubbornly” and “seriously impaired” Hamas’ strength. Hundreds of enemy fighters have been killed, he reported, including scores of Hamas’ elite troops and some of the commanders hunkered down in their hideouts. Dozens too had been...
  • The Truth About the War in Israel

    07/30/2014 6:07:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Sarah Palin Channel ^ | 7/29/2014 | Sarah Palin
    Governor Palin uses two unlikely sources to get to the truth about what’s happening in Israel.
  • Report: Obama Was Rude and Hostile During Phone Call With Netanyahu (transcript leaked)

    07/29/2014 12:03:27 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 269 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 7/29/14 1:48pm | Jacob Kombluh
    The conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama was tense and tough, according to a report on Channel 1 Tuesday evening. Based on a transcript of the conversation, obtained by Israel’s channel 1, Obama “behaved in a rude, condescending and hostile manner,” the network’s foreign correspondent concluded. During the 35-minute conversation on Sunday, the president reportedly demanded that Israel should immediately and unconditionally end the operation. When Netanyahu asked what Israel would get in return for unilaterally ending the strikes, Obama replied: “I believe Hamas will stop firing rockets – quiet in return for quiet.” To which...
  • Nine out of 10 Israel’s war dead Monday died on Israeli soil – a microcosm of the IDF operation

    07/29/2014 11:12:24 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 29, 2014, 3:25 PM (IDT)
    That nine of the 10 Israeli servicemen who died in the counter-terror operation against Hamas Monday, July 28, were killed on Israeli soil was a wake-up call for Israel’s war leaders. It meant that Hamas had used the 22 days of combat to carry the contest from its own home ground into Israel by grabbing the tactical advantage of surprise. The Nahal Oz encounter was a tragic microcosm of the current face of Operation Defensive Edge. The tunnel, from which a band of Hamas infiltrators jumped out – and about whose existence the IDF admits to have known – ran...
  • Senior IDF officer to government: The troops must go forward or quit

    07/29/2014 10:59:17 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 29, 2014, 2:43 PM (IDT)
    IDF chiefs have asked the government for a clear decision on whether to expand their counter-terror operation in the Gaza Strip which entered its 22nd day Tuesday - or terminate it. This was reported by a senior IDF officer Tuesday. He put it this way: “Decide now whether we go in or out.” DEBKAfile: This comment reflects the mounting criticism in the IDF high command of the government’s slowness in reaching a decision about the next stage of the operation against Hamas. This irresolution, they say, exposes the troops to danger and point to the 10 fatalities the IDF suffered...
  • High IDF death toll in Hamas upsurge of violence on “ceasefire” day.

    07/28/2014 2:43:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 28, 2014, 11:55 PM (IDT)
    Israel expands counter-offensive In the past 48 hours, Israel was pressured to accept its fifth “humanitarian” ceasefire in Gaza by President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came close to folding, whereas Hamas saw the truce as applying only to Israel and therefore used it as a call to arms. The slogan Israel broadcast: Quiet will be met with quiet and fire with fire, was seen by Hamas as a sign of Israel weakening. This impression was confirmed on Sunday when...
  • 100 years ago today Austria declared war on Serbia, the first declaration of World War 1

    07/28/2014 8:03:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    VA Viper ^ | July 28, 2014 | VA Viper
    Although many consider the opening act of World War I to be the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo - its centennial was just a month ago (28 June) - the first actual declaration of war took place a hundred years ago today, when Austria-Hungary initiated hostilities against Serbia, after the latter rejected a draconian Austrian ultimatum intended to give Austria a free hand in bringing Franz Ferdinand's killers to account. As a result, Russia - self-appointed protector of the "South Slavs" - mobilized against Austria, which panicked the Germans (fearful of a two-front war against both France...
  • Israel rejects UN Sec Council call for Gaza ceasefire

    07/28/2014 6:43:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | July 28, 2014, 4:39 PM (IDT)
    Israel Monday rebuffed the UN Security Council’s call for an immediate and humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. In a call to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Binyamin Netanyahu said that the text relates only to the needs of “a murderous terrorist organization which attacks Israeli civilians.” It fails to address the harm inflicted on Israeli citizens and Hamas’ misuse of UN facilities for launching attacks on those citizens. Netanyahu delivered his reply as Hamas renewed rocket attacks at noon Monday, with Israeli resuming air strikes on rocket targets towards evening.
  • Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House

    07/27/2014 9:00:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:50 PM 07/27/2014 | Reza Kahlili
    The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed revenge against Israel for its ongoing military incursion into Gaza, which has already killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis. “You [people of Israel] are trees without any roots which were planted in the Islamic lands by the British,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said at this week’s Friday prayer sermon in Tehran, Fars News Agency reported. That statement referred to the Balfour Declaration, which led to the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after World War I and the eventual creation of the state Israel in 1948. “We will chase you house...
  • Who's Winning the War in Ukraine? Answer May Shock You!

    07/27/2014 6:25:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Here's the question, not of the day, but of the month: Who's Winning the War in Ukraine? That may sound like a simple question, but it isn't. That question leads to a second question "In whose eyes?" It also depends on the definition of "war". And it also depends on the definition of "win". And finally it depends on which media source you believe. Military Aspect From a military aspect, I have seen reports from both sides. The Western media portrays Ukraine on the march with the rebels surrounded, and losing ground. Is that accurate reporting? I will let you...
  • Hamas resumes shelling after agreeing to new 24-hour ceasefire

    07/27/2014 4:33:25 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-27-2014 | RT
    Fighting briefly subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Strip. Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu, however, slammed the group for failing to accept its own ceasefire and continuing to fire. "In response to UN intervention and considering the situation of our people and the occasion of Eid, it has been agreed among resistance factions to endorse a 24-hour humanitarian calm, starting from 2 pm on Sunday," Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman said in a statement. Eid al-Fitr, also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide...