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  • Growing opposition to Israel in Germany

    07/22/2014 4:50:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 22.07.2014 | Jeanette Seiffert
    “Berlin police cower before Jew-haters,” proclaimed a headline in the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel—and this line has been posted numerous times on social networking sites. It was reported that a group of Arabs shouted “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone” at a recent demonstration and police officers did not interfere.In many European cities, what began as peaceful protests turned into outpourings of anti-Jewish sentiments and violence against counter-demonstrators. […] The Gaza conflict has stirred up public opinion in Europe, and it has brought Israel-hatred to Germany along with it, according to political scientist Stephan Grigat. […] Grigat has...
  • Man sets himself on fire outside Israeli embassy (Berlin, Germany)

    07/22/2014 4:41:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jul 2014 14:39 GMT+02:00
    A man set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin on Monday night. Police said it was too soon to say whether it was part of a political protest. Amid tensions in Berlin over pro-Gaza protests and a rise in anti-Semitism, the 46-year-old doused himself in a flammable liquid and then set himself alight with a cigarette lighter at 11.45pm on Monday. Police said the man, who is of Arab descent, only suffered minor injuries outside the Israeli embassy in south-west Berlin. …
  • Soldier: Terrorists Charged with Babies in Hand

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

    07/22/2014 3:34:46 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 30 replies
    The times of a Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    As of Tuesday night, despite the efforts of international intermediaries here in the region, there was no sign of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had failed to achieve the long-term humanitarian truce he planned. This despite signs Monday that Hamas might want to halt the fighting. The Al-Mayadeen satellite station, which has good contacts in the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed late Monday that Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal had reached a ceasefire deal, based on Egypt’s proposal for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Abbas’s intelligence chief Majid Faraj set...
  • EU calls for disarmament of terrorist groups in Gaza

    07/22/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    The European Union on Tuesday called upon terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm, and to end and renounce violence. The official statement read: "The EU strongly condemns the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians. These are criminal and unjustifiable acts. The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm. The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields."
  • Livni: 'No real option for cease-fire now'

    07/22/2014 12:05:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    Left-wing justice minister says IDF operation in Gaza is "unavoidable"; Kerry meets Egyptian leaders in Cairo in attempt to forge resolution to conflict between Israel, Hamas. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni dismissed on Tuesday the possibility of an imminent halt in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, adding that the IDF ground incursion in the Strip was impossible to avoid. Related: • US, UN pushing hard for immediate cease-fire in Gaza "There is no real option for a cease-fire now. This operation is unavoidable," the left-wing minister told Army Radio. "Hamas is not close to a cease-fire in terms of...
  • Carter calls for end to fighting in Gaza

    07/22/2014 2:43:55 PM PDT · by NCjim · 57 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 22, 2014 | Shelia Poole
    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has called for an end to the fighting and bombing in Gaza. “Both sides must distinguish between combatants and noncombatants, and Israel must ensure that its use of force is proportionate in accordance with international humanitarian law. More immediately, all combat operations must stop, and Israeli troops should withdraw from Gaza,” Carter said in a statement released Tuesday. So far, more than 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the fighting, according to reports. The Israeli death toll is estimated at 29, including two civilians. Humantarian groups have also called for an end to...
  • EU defends Israel’s Gaza incursion (but…)

    07/22/2014 2:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.07.14 @ 20:14 | Andrew Rettman
    EU countries have defended Israel’s use of force in Gaza, but blamed it for harming peace prospects in the longer term. Foreign ministers in a joint statement on Tuesday (22 July) said they are “appalled by the human cost” of some parts of “the Israeli military operation”, which has killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians. But they “recognized Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself”, while blaming Hamas, the militant group which rules Gaza, for “indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel”, in what they described as “criminal and unjustifiable acts”. They also gave credence to Israeli claims that Hamas is urging civilians...
  • Hospitalized soldiers: Terrorists charged with babies in hand

    07/22/2014 11:35:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 7/22/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    I think the picture above was intended to be humorous. It's not. It really happened. Parents of wounded soldiers spoke to Kol Yisrael on Tuesday and shared some of the disturbing stories they had heard from their sons. They said soldiers have repeatedly seen young children in Sheijaya, Gaza, be sent out into the streets with guns to try to attack IDF troops. One parent reported that terrorists had run at IDF soldiers with a gun in one hand and a baby in the other, apparently in hopes that the soldiers would see the child and hold their fire....
  • ISIL Spearheads Worldwide War On Christians

    07/22/2014 8:24:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | July 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: The fanatical Islamist group torches an 1,800-year-old church built before the founding of Islam and forces the Christian residents of Mosul to convert, pay a tax, leave or face execution. This is what the West faces. 'From Boston to Zanzibar, there's a worldwide war on Christianity," Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said at the Values Voters Summit last October, an annual conservative gathering. The number and intensity of attacks was so great, he said, that it's "almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages." That was an era when the swords of Islam had conquered much...
  • Ron Paul Defends Russia After Malaysian Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 25 replies
    Nusiness Insider ^ | 7/21/14 | Colin Campbell
    Former Congressman Ron Paul defended the Russian government on Sunday and slammed Western leaders for spreading "propaganda" after a Malaysian Airlines plane was allegedly shot down by Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine. "Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said," the former presidential candidate wrote. "While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report." One of those unreported things, Paul claimed in his weekly "Texas Straight Talk" column, was the...
  • Indian PM says India won’t take sides as Gaza toll rises to 518

    07/21/2014 7:50:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Times of India ^ | 21 July 2014 | PTI
    Asserting that India's policy on Palestine issue remains unchanged, government on Monday refused to take sides over the Gaza conflict as it said Israel and Palestine should have peace talks and forestalled a resolution in Rajya Sabha which was demanded by the opposition. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the House should not be divided but send out a joint message that wherever there is violence, it is condemnable and both Israel and Palestine should accept Egypt's offer of peace talks. She was replying to a short-duration debate on Gaza situation during which opposition condemned the violence in Gaza, pressed...
  • Israel May Have Bombed A Sudan Ammunition Warehouse Suspected Of Supplying Hamas

    07/21/2014 10:25:36 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI - Times Of Israel ^ | Elhanan Miller
    Elhanan Miller, The Times Of Israel July 21, 2014A large explosion in a Sudanese ammunition warehouse last Friday was the result of an Israeli attack targeting weapons intended for Hamas, and not a fire, as claimed by the government, an Arab daily reported on Monday. Sudanese Intelligence had claimed that the explosion, which took place in a military training camp in Al-Gaili, north of the capital Khartoum, early Friday morning, was caused by “a local fire.” A Sudanese army spokesman, A-Sawarmi Khaled Sa’ad, said the explosion had no connection to “external hands, or a domestic act of sabotage.” But unnamed...
  • Report: IDF Destroys Iranian Missiles Meant for Hamas

    07/21/2014 9:04:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014 | israelnn.com
    A report in London-based Arabic language newspaper Al-Arab Monday said that Israeli planes over the weekend destroyed a warehouse in Sudan that was holding a large number of long-range Iranian missiles. The missiles belonged to Hamas, and were to be used against Israel after they were smuggled into Gaza. According to the report, eyewitnesses said they saw a "huge explosion" after planes flew over the building. Six people were injured in the attack, witnesses said. The resulting blaze required the services of large numbers of firefighters, they added. Sudanese officials confirmed that there was an explosion, but denied any connection...
  • Khartoum, Sudan: Editor Beaten, Hospitalized After Televised Call For “Normalized Ties” W/Israel

    07/20/2014 10:41:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Vos Iz Neias ^ | July 20, 2014 12:18 PM | Glen Silver
    The chief editor of a Sudanese newspaper was attacked and beaten by an angry mob late Saturday just days after a televised appearance in which he called for “normalized ties” with Israel. AFP is reporting that Osman Mirghani, editor in chief of Sudan’s Al-Tayar daily newspaper, was taken to Al-Zaytouna Hospital after the mob stormed the paper’s offices Saturday night. …
  • UN Chief: Gaza is “An Open Wound’

    07/20/2014 6:49:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    INN ^ | 7/21/2014, 2:13 AM | Elad Benari and AFP
    United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Sunday to “exercise maximum restraint” and spare civilian lives in its campaign in Gaza, AFP reports. He also condemned what he called the “atrocious action” of Israel in Shejaiya, near Gaza City, where 62 people were killed in an Israeli attack on Hamas terrorists. […] “Gaza is an open wound. We must stop the bleeding now,” said Ban, adding that beyond a ceasefire the “root causes of the conflict” must be addressed. …
  • Putin Posied to Retaliate Against Obama by Trashing Iran Deal

    07/18/2014 7:00:32 PM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 7/18/2014 | Josh Rogin
    Now that the U.S.-Russia relationship has broken down, Moscow could throw a wrench into the teetering nuclear negotiations with Iran. The escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow, brought to fever by the MH17 airliner disaster, are finally to the point where they threaten to spoil the number one item on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda: the nuclear talks with Iran. The man doing the threatening is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier this week, Putin promised to retaliate against the United States for new sanctions targeting his friends and business associates, as well as large Russian defense, energy, and financial firms....
  • Israel pulls diplomats from Turkey after missions attacked

    07/19/2014 3:52:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | Friday, July 18, 2014 | unattributed
    Israel on Friday ordered some of its diplomatic staff in Turkey to leave the country for security reasons, after protesters angered by its assault on Gaza sought to storm Israeli embassy buildings. Turkish protesters overnight tried to break into the ambassador's residence in Ankara as well as the consulate in Istanbul, with the diplomatic controversy over the Gaza assault risking a new crisis in relations between Turkey and the Jewish state. "Foreign Minister (Avigdor) Lieberman issued a statement... following the demonstrations and instructed the Israeli consulate and embassy to reduce their diplomatic staff in Turkey," an Israeli embassy spokesman told...
  • Hillary: Qatar Could Mediate Peace Process Between Israel and Hamas (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 18 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed that Qatar – the chief financier of Hamas – could play a key role in mediating peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Clinton, during an interview with Charlie Rose, touted Qatar as a country that could play a constructive role in arbitrating peace between Hamas and Israel, which recently launched a full-scale ground incursion into Gaza in an attempt to cut off the terror group’s access to sophisticated weaponry. Qatar, which has served as Hamas’ chief financial lifeline, keeping the group afloat and facilitating its arms buildup, could convince Hamas to stop trying...
  • Envoy says US will work to get Abbas back ruling Gaza after conflict over [Israel and Hamas]

    07/19/2014 1:11:03 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Staff
    Dan Shapiro: ‘We’ll seek to help moderate Palestinians become stronger in Gaza,’ since they’d run it better than ‘Hamas, a terrorist group’ The US wants to see Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority restored to ruling Gaza after the current conflict is over, and will make efforts to bring this about, American Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro indicated Saturday night. In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 news, Shapiro was asked about the unity government formed last month by Abbas’s Fatah faction and Hamas. He did not reply directly and instead noted that Abbas was currently in close contact with Egypt, trying...
  • Gunmen kill 21 Egyptian soldiers in checkpoint attack

    07/19/2014 1:24:41 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 16 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 7/19/14 | Jay Deshmukh
    Cairo (AFP) - Egypt's military said militants firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a border guards checkpoint Saturday, killing 21 soldiers in one of the biggest assaults since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster. The attack in a desert area 630 kilometres (390 miles) west of Cairo left four soldiers wounded, the military said in a statement, blaming "terrorists". It said a rocket propelled grenade fired by the militants set off an explosion in an ammunition depot at the El-Farafrah post, killing the soldiers. Militants have stepped up attacks on the security forces since Morsi was toppled in July 2013...
  • MH17: British families say 'Russian gangsters killed our loved ones'

    07/19/2014 12:28:43 PM PDT · by free_life · 91 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 18, 2014 | Gordon Rayner, Keith Perry and Martin Evans
    The families of some of the 10 British victims of flight MH17 angrily accused “Russian gangsters” of killing their loved ones in an “act of war”, as evidence mounted that a missile supplied by Moscow brought down the Malaysia Airlines flight. Grieving relations also demanded that the airline and the aviation authorities explain why the Boeing 777, with 298 people on board, was allowed to fly over a war zone where three military aircraft had been shot down in the previous four days. Among the Britons killed in Thursday’s disaster in Ukraine were two undergraduates on their way to Australia,...
  • Moral Clarity in Gaza (Krauthammer)

    07/18/2014 11:14:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/17 | Charles Krauthammer
    Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone...
  • US Officials Unload on Israel: ‘Jewish People Are Supposed To Be Smart’

    05/04/2014 11:25:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-4-14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    US Secretary of State John Kerry apologized this week for using the term ‘Apartheid’ in describing Israel’s status following the collapse of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Nonetheless, it appears that the Obama administration is convinced that Israel is by large responsible for the impasse in the peace process and therefore slated to pay the price for it in the near future. “The Jewish people are supposed to be smart. You’re supposed to know how to read the map: In the 21st century, the world will not keep tolerating the Israeli occupation,” a US official told Yediot Ahronot....
  • Islamic State overruns Camp Speicher, routs Iraqi forces

    07/19/2014 6:51:37 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | July 19,2014 | BILL ROGGIO
    Two days after repelling an Iraqi military attempt to retake the city of Tikrit, the Islamic State and its allies are said to have overran Camp Speicher, a large base just outside the city that was being used in the failed effort to retake the provincial capital. The Islamic State's Salahaddin Division claimed in an official statement released on Twitter yesterday that it overran Camp Speicher and is in "control of the airport and the base completely." In the statement, the Islamic State claimed it killed "scores" of Iraqi military personnel, including a brigadier general and a colonel. It also...
  • My Neighbor the Terrorist: A Bizarro Cinderella Story

    07/19/2014 7:00:22 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 19,2014 | Anne Evans
    Miss Conley might have had honeymoon visions of romance, but in reality she was in for a nasty fate. Despite embracing radical Islam, she wouldn’t have been able to erase the self-respect she was raised with in only six months. Many of the abuses the other women in the camp would have been used to, (imprisonment in the house, husbandly beatings, unwanted polygamy and a cheating husband), Miss Conley would have rebelled against. This “rebellion” would have given Terrorist Fiancé even more reason to beat her, starve her, or worse. Miss Conley is in an American jail where she’s not...
  • Egypt: We will not revise cease-fire proposal rejected by Hamas [Israel]

    07/19/2014 4:41:01 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Staff
    Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri says Cairo's offer 'provides the needs of all sides.' Egypt does not have any plans to revise its ceasefire proposal to end the fighting in Gaza, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukrisaid in a joint press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Cairo. "It provides the needs of all sides and we will continue to offer it, hoping to get their support as soon as possible," said Shukri, referring to the initiative rejected by Hamas. On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked France to use its influence on Hamas allies such as Turkey and Qatar to...
  • Paris: Police Ban Pro-Palestinian Protest Due to Anti-Semitism

    07/16/2014 2:44:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 7/16/2014, 8:36 PM | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Paris police have banned pro-Palestinian activists from demonstrating this Saturday night, an official told AFP Wednesday, after violent protesters blockaded French Jews in a local synagogue and attacked them earlier this week. Saturday night’s protest was planned for the Barbas–Rochechouart metro station near the northern Gare du Nord train station, the official said. However, Paris police oppose the demonstration, citing “serious risks to public order” in “a context of elevated tension,” according to news broadcaster RTL. Protesters have already taken to Twitter, they said, with the intent to “smash the Jews” in Saturday’s protest. “We’ll smash the Jews Saturday,” wrote...
  • Palestinian, pan-Arab media blast Egypt's failed cease-fire offer [Israel and Hamas]

    07/16/2014 3:17:56 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Palestinian and other Arab commentators are blasting Egypt's cease-fire offer this week in the Israeli-Gazan fighting, saying it was a gift to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accepted it, and a trap for Hamas, which rejected it. Azmi Bishara, the fugitive former Knesset member who now heads the Arab Center for Research and Policy in Doha, Qatar, wrote in the pan-Arab alaraby.co.uk that the offer gave no relief to Gaza, nor freedom for the Hamas members recently returned to Israeli prisons. "This Egyptian declaration represents a stab in the back to the resistance and the people of Gaza. … [T]his...
  • Hundreds for a one [Google translated: German view on Ukrainian crisis]

    07/16/2014 7:34:50 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Junge Weit ^ | July 15, 2014 | Rüdiger Göbel
    Ukraine's President Poroshenko escalating war in the East. Comprehensive revenge for killed government soldiers. Report insurgents heavy losses Seconded by the Kiev transitional government military forces are to beat the resistance movement in eastern Ukraine devastating. The army has launched an offensive to the weekend. Ruthlessly cities are bombed, sometimes houses in neighboring Russia. The rebels said on Monday by heavy losses in their own ranks. In attacks of the Air Force 30 fighters were killed in Alexandrovka. This was announced, according to Interfax, a spokesman of the "Information Centre southeastern front," Konstantin Knirik, on Monday. The data are consistent...
  • @ISIS Is #Winning: Why's a barbaric caliphate so much better at social media than Washington?

    07/11/2014 12:21:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kori Schake
    The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is running a brilliantly effective social media campaign. With the group rebranded as the Islamic State (IS), its grisly messaging gets attention and discourages resistance to its military operations, both where it is fighting and among countries that might be inclined to intervene against it. After it took Mosul, IS streamed video of its men executing dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers -- which very likely helped encourage the choice of Iraqi security forces to quietly desert their posts. IS live-tweeted its military advance through Iraq, showcasing the bravery of its fighters and what...
  • Iran connection: Why are Gaza rockets reaching so deep into Israel?

    07/09/2014 2:44:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Howard LaFranchi
    A recent United Nations report, still classified, confirms that Iran is implicated in exporting longer-range missiles to the region, such as the M-302 rockets launched from Gaza. UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — Evidence that Hamas is firing more sophisticated weapons at Israel – including longer-range rockets – than in past conflicts is focusing a new light on Iran’s role in arming the militant organization....
  • Digging in, Hamas believes time is on its side

    07/15/2014 4:47:21 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 19 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    The celebrations in Israel Tuesday morning over the Egyptian ceasefire initiative were premature. Contrary to the assessment of all manner of eminent Israeli notables, Hamas is not sufficiently weakened to accept an immediate ceasefire that meets none of its demands. Far from it. As Hamas made clear in the course of a rocket-filled Tuesday, it doesn’t give a damn about Egypt or Arab public opinion, and it is continuing on its own path, one of escalation. You can say a lot to Hamas’s detriment in its handling of this conflict: It was wrong to enter this round of hostilities and...
  • IDF alerts residents in northern Gaza to evacuate homes

    07/15/2014 3:39:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | by KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Military sending voice messages advising Palestinians to vacate by 8 a.m. Wednesday as part of efforts to avoid causing harm to civilians ahead of supposed strikes; Hamas urges residents against heeding IDF calls. The IDF was sending voice messages to residents of the northern Gaza Strip late on Tuesday, advising them to evacuate their homes by 8 a.m. as part of Israeli efforts to avoid causing harm to civilians ahead of supposed strikes. Hamas' Interior Ministry urged residents of Gaza not to heed to the IDF calls to leave their homes, saying the warning were part of Israel's "psychological war."
  • Qatar spends big on American choppers and missiles

    07/15/2014 3:49:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter, is using its gas money to cash in on some top-of-the-line U.S. supplied military hardware. Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah, met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and signed acceptance letters for $11 billion worth of Apache attack helicopters, Patriot missile defense batteries and anti-tank Javelin missiles, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” said Rear Adm....
  • CNN's Cuomo: 'Proportionality is a Big Part' of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    07/15/2014 2:17:50 PM PDT · by DFG · 28 replies
    Newbusters ^ | 07/15/2014 | Connor Williams
    The ‘blame Israel’ rhetoric from the mainstream media has shown no signs of slowing down. This time, on the July 15 edition of CNN’s New Day, host Chris Cuomo and CNN contributor Peter Beinart decried the unevenness of the war, citing high casualties on the Palestinian side while pointing to virtually nonexistent casualties on the Israeli side of the conflict. Cuomo naturally led off his interview of Beinart with this statement: “Proportionality is a big part of this story always when there's conflict. Israel obviously has the advantage militarily...Now, on the other side from the Ministry of Health there, close...
  • Turkish PM Erdogan: Israeli policy in Gaza no different than Hitler’s mentality

    07/15/2014 8:43:19 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 15 2014 | The Right Scoop
    And to think that Erdogan is a much closer ally and friend to Obama that Netanyahu himself. Despicable: YNET – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday stepped up his rhetoric against Israel over its deadly air offensive on Gaza when he compared Israel to Adolf Hitler, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported. Erdogan reportedly told members of his party that Israel’s policies regarding the Palestinians were no different to the mentality of the Nazi leader. Referring to a purported remark by a Knesset member that “all Palestinians are our enemies,” Erdogan reportedly said this was no different to the views...
  • Turkish PM accuses Israel of ‘state terrorism’

    07/15/2014 9:58:35 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | Staff
    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday stepped up his rhetoric against Israel over its deadly air offensive on Gaza, accusing the Jewish state of committing “state terrorism” against the Palestinians. Presenting himself as the sole world leader speaking up for the Palestinians, Erdogan said that any normalization in the troubled ties between Israel and Ankara was currently out of the question. “Israel is continuing to carry out state terrorism in the region. Nobody, except us, tells it to stop,” Erdogan told members of his ruling party in parliament, accusing Israel of perpetrating a “massacre” of...
  • Israel military's 'knock on roof' warnings criticized by rights groups [Can you win a war this way?]

    07/15/2014 2:24:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/15/2014 | By Tim Lister and Salma Abdelaziz
    It's become another military euphemism, along with "collateral damage" and "friendly fire." The "knock on the roof" is the Israeli military's warning for civilians before it fires on a building and is being used extensively as Israeli airstrikes target Hamas sites in Operation Protective Edge. The Israeli Air Force developed the technique in 2009 as a way to warn civilians in Gaza to leave buildings it has identified as locations where Hamas keeps ammunition, a rocket stash or command post. But it is a controversial policy that has been criticized by human rights groups. The procedure generally begins with a...
  • Kerry slams Hamas for bucking ceasefire with Israel

    07/15/2014 5:15:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 07/15/2014 | MICHAEL WILNER
    "I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire," he says; Kerry cancels trip to the Middle East Tuesday morning, relying on ceasefire. VIENNA -- US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through a ceasefire with Israel, brokered by the Egyptian government and accepted by Israel's cabinet Tuesday morning. At least 35 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip since the ceasefire was set to begin, mere hours ago. "I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so...
  • First Lesson of Gaza War: The Blockade Works

    07/15/2014 5:09:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 15, 2014 | Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
    During the first 24 hours of the Gaza war, Palestinian terrorists fired more than two hundred rockets into Israel. Yet only one Israeli was wounded, and none were killed. How is that possible? When Israel fires missiles at enemy targets, they strike with pinpoint accuracy. Sometimes they hit a lone terrorist on a motorcycle, or a single, targeted apartment in the middle of a dense cluster of apartment buildings. Yet when Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other Palestinian terror groups fire rockets into Israel, the vast majority land in empty fields or parking lots or other uninhabited sites. The difference is...
  • Netanyahu: Hamas leaves no choice but to expand op

    07/15/2014 10:10:38 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday evening that despite Israel's decision to accept the Egyptian cease-fire proposal, Hamas rejected it and continued fire. Hamas will pay the price for its actions."Anyone who tries to harm Israel, will be harmed," he said. "We would have prepared to solve this diplomatically, but Hamas has left us no choice." Israel's security cabinet will meet at 9 P.M. on Tuesday, 12 hours after accepting an Egyptian cease-fire proposal. Several Hamas officials rejected the proposal, but sources said that Hamas was holding talks with Egypt on the matter and an official statement by the Hamas...
  • Report: Israeli Prime Minister Backs Away From Two-State Solution

    07/15/2014 11:51:50 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | Melanie Batley
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who for years has been on record supporting the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, appears to have abandoned the idea, according to The Times of Israel. "He made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank," the Times reported. While he did not renounce support for the two-state solution, his comments reflected a view that he believes such a state is no longer a possibility after Israel repeatedly evacuated Arab territories only for it to come under the control of Palestinian extremists...
  • Don’t believe the hype: Hamas isn’t desperate for a truce

    07/14/2014 5:40:32 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    Despite devastation in Gaza, and its inability to inflict Israeli casualties, the organization is in robust shape — personnel unharmed, rocket supplies plentiful, popularity soaring. headquarters and the IDF have been repeating over the past two days assertions like “Hamas is frustrated” and “Hamas wants a ceasefire.”In principle, they’re right,but those statements must be accompanied by two critical caveats that in practice prevent a halt in the fighting. True, Gaza’s Hamas rulers are frustrated to a certain extent. They aren’t happy that the almost 1,000 rockets they’ve fired at Israel so far have caused few injuries and haven’t even significantly...
  • I Hope Bibi Turns Gaza Into a Ditch

    07/15/2014 3:26:52 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Of course it's a shame for civilians, alas they've become all but indistinguishable from actual Hamas members after mass brainwashing of the territory's youth, who are considered military assets... And it's those same ordinary Gazans that democratically elected martially-obsessed Islamists (w/ charter sworn to destroy Israel) to be their leaders in the first place- so you could say they have it coming...  Yeah, that's a bit harsh, and actually some in Gaza are also blaming Hamas for recent escalations, asking why they brought this retaliation/pending invasion upon them, and what exactly did they expect to gain from starting a battle they can't win...
  • Breaking: Hamas Fires Rockets on Israel After Egyptian ‘Truce’

    07/15/2014 12:56:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 7/15/2014, 10:54 AM | Tova Dvorin
    Sirens are sounding again at 10:36 am throughout the Eshkol region, after a volley of rockets fired less than one hour after Israel’s Security Cabinet agreed to a cease-fire mediated by Egypt landed in open areas. Two rockets have hit in open areas. No injuries or damage were reported. Sirens sounded at roughly 10:00 am in Ashkelon, throughout the Eshkol region, and in communities near Gaza. Two rockets fell in open areas in the Eshkol region; no injuries or damage have been reported. Israel accepted the truce in a surprise move Tuesday morning, after Hamas categorically rejected the notion of...
  • Egyptian ceasefire proposal leaves Hamas cornered

    07/14/2014 6:28:53 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 19 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    Either the Islamists accept near-humiliating terms, or they risk isolation and a stepped-up Israeli military assault [O]ne thing is certain: This is the darkest hour for the Hamas leadership in Gaza and abroad If they accept the Egyptian proposal, they will be perceived as having been heavily defeated in the latest round of conflict with Israel; a defeat that is close to a humiliation. That’s because the conditions in the Egyptian proposal do not include any of the demands that Hamas has been repeating day and night in the last few days. As reported in the Egyptian media, there is...
  • Israel expected to accept Arab-backed truce

    07/14/2014 8:42:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 50 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Itamar Sharon
    US and Palestinian Authority also support ceasefire terms, but Hamas appears set to refuse the offer. Israel was poised to accept on Tuesday an Arab League-backed ceasefire deal with Hamas which would go into effect in the evening, Israeli officials indicated Monday night, as the terrorist group signalled that it would refuse the deal Israeli media sites quoted diplomatic sources suggesting that Jerusalem was inclining to accept the Egyptian proposal. Earlier, sources told The Times of Israel that “Those proposals are being considered very seriously.” If the cabinet accepts the ceasefire, it would be doing so despite staunch opposition from...
  • Hezbollah Suffers casualties in fight to root out rebels

    07/14/2014 3:33:22 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | Jul. 15, 2014 | 12:41 AM | Rakan al-Fakih|
    HERMEL, Lebanon: Further fighting broke out Monday night along the Lebanese-Syrian border following fierce battles which flared over the weekend between Syrian rebels and Hezbollah as the group seeks to root out the last opposition fighters from the region. At least seven Hezbollah fighters and over 30 Syrian rebels were killed in the clashes, which erupted Saturday night in the border area between Baalbek, Arsal and the Syrian village of Nahleh, sources told The Daily Star. In April, Syrian forces backed by allied fighters from Hezbollah retook control of most of the Qalamoun region. According to a high-level source, Hezbollah...
  • Nationalist MKs Outraged Over Impending Ceasefire

    07/14/2014 3:54:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/7/14 | Hezki Ezra & Elad Benari
    Nationalist Knesset Members expressed outrage on Monday night over Egypt’s proposal for a ceasefire in Gaza, which the Cabinet is to vote on early Tuesday morning. Diplomatic officials said that the Egyptian proposal would return the situation on the ground to the state it was before Operation Protective Edge, but with a Hamas that is much weaker than before. Officials close to Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett said he would vote against the ceasefire. Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) told Channel 2 News that the ceasefire proposal is “very bad. I hope the reports are not correct and if...