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Israeli Strike Takes Out Iranian General And Hezbollah Leaders

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Israel pulled off a very successful air strike today near Syria’s Quneitra border crossing.As many as 12 Hezbollah and Iranian officials took the dirt nap as an Israeli attack chopper scored direct hits on the three car convoy they were traveling in.

Among the dead were Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, who had just been promoted as the IRG commander in charge of Iranian troops and Iran trained Shi’ite militiamen fighting for Syria’s Basher Assad. His aides were also killed.

Another was a prominent Hezbollah commander, Jihad Mugniyeh, the son of the late and unlamented Imad Mugniyeh.

 Hezbollah supporters carry the coffin of militant Jihad Mughniyeh during his funeral in a southern Beirut suburb on January 19, 2015. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO /JOSEPH EID)

According to my sources, the Israelis got wind of a plan to ramp up terrorist attacks on their northern border and decided on a little preventive pest control.

Kol Hakavod, Chevra…well done.

We’ll see if Hezbollah responds. The IDF has already deployed a couple of Iron Dome batteries in the Golan they say they’re prepared. My guess is that Hezbollah swallows this and limits itself to rhetoric, for now.  The Israelis have been crystal clear that unlike 2006, any attack by Hezbollah will be considered as coming from Lebanon, since Hezbollah pretty much runs that country as an Iranian colony now.

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Israel’s Syria Strike Wipes Out Russian Weapons Designed To Prevent US ‘No Fly’ Zone

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The Israeli Air Force conducted a decisive raid over the weekend on Syrian arms stocks warehoused near Damascus and at an airfield in the Dimas area, northwest of the Syrian capital and near the Lebanese border.

The arms targeted were newly-arrived Russian anti-air weaponry, radar and hardware, including advanced, Russian-made S-300 missiles.

Israel’s main strategic interest was the planned delivery of these item to Hezbollah in Lebanon, but it also affected an interesting back and forth between Russia and the Obama Administration.

Israel had a tacit agreement with Russia’s Vladimir Putin that he would avoid introducing this kind of weaponry into the region, and Israel would avoid strikes on Assad’s forces. That fell apart just as the last one did because of the actions of the Obama Administration.

The Obama Administration has decided to establish a ‘no fly’ zone in Syria to aid the Islamist rebels in their war against Bashir Assad.

Contrary to what’s in the linked article, the deal has already been drafted with Turkey according to my sources. The draft agreement allows American warplanes to take off from the U.S. leased Turkish airbase of Incirlik for operations against Syrian planes, assault helicopters or drones entering the no-fly zone. Formerly, only non-combat recon aircraft like unarmed drones were allowed to use Incirlik to fly over Syria. The Turks originally wanted the no-fly zone extended to Aleppo, where the Syrian Army is on the verge of defeating the rebels. Instead, the U.S. insisted on a much narrower area, between one half and three quarters of a mile.That makes little strategic sense unless the primary object is to provide a safe haven for the Islamist rebels close to the Turkish border to train,rearm and regroup.

The Russians have repeatedly told the Obama Administration that any attempt to establish a no-fly zone would be regarded as a direct intervention against their ally Assad and would lead to use of the Russian military to defend the Assad regime in response.When Putin found out about the draft agreement between Turkey and the U.S., he told Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman that all bets were off and responded immediately with a huge Russian shipment of anti-air missiles, radar systems and computer hardware.

The Israelis were left with no choice but to take them out…which also leaves Putin little choice but to bring in the Russian military directly when and if U.S. planes start intervening on behalf of Syria’s Islamist rebels.

Russia reacted promptly to the Israeli raid with a formal protest to the UN demanding “that such attacks should not happen again… Moscow is deeply worried by this dangerous development, the circumstances of which demand an explanation.”

Stay tuned.

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Remaining Two Kidnappers Of Three Israeli Teens Brought to Justice

Marwan Kawasme (left) and Amer Abu Aysha (right), suspected by Israel of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha,two Hamas operatives responsible for the kidnap and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach (HY”D) were finally found hiding out in Hebron by the Shin Bet and IDF soldiers from the Yamam anti-terrorism unit.

The two opened fire on the Israelis during the arrest attempt and were both killed in the fire fight that followed.

“Two members of the Izz A-Din al-Qasam brigades, Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha, were killed after a journey of sacrifice and giving,” Hamas spokesman Hussam Badran said in a statement. “This is the path of resistance and we walk it side by side.”

The IDF made its usual error in turning the bodies back over to the Arabs. What they should have received  is an unmarked  hole in the desert somewhere with a nice piece of pork in their mouths.

Instead, the two had a huge heroes’ funeral in Hebron featuring mourners waving Palestinian and Hamas flags, s pretty much the standard response when one of the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians murders a Jew and is killed doing it. They’re ‘holy martyrs.’ And of course, role models.

Kawasme’s brother, Hussam, was arrested on July 11 for masterminding the operation, and told the Shin Bet that Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha came to his house on the night of the attack after killing the three teens, and that he helped Marwan and Abu Aysha escape and hide.

Hussam also admitted to receiving money for the attack from Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. Hamas, after initially denying they were responsible finally admitted that this was their ‘operation.’

The three kidnapped and murdered teens, from left to right: Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach (photo credit: Courtesy)

The parents of the three Israeli victims received a personal call from Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu, telling them what had happened and that justice had been done. The mother of one of the victims reportedly said that at least there’s some closure, some light at the end of the tunnel for her now.

Speaking of justice, You may remember a piece I wrote about three weeks ago asking this question; Will Eric Holder Extradite A Hamas Terrorist Involved In Murdering A US Citizen?.

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The Hamas terrorist in question was this man, Hamas West Bank commander, Saleh al-Arouri, who lives in Turkey and was the financier,control and planning contact for the Hamas cell thast murdered the three Israeli boys, including Naftali Fraenkel, an American citizen.

The Israelis asked Holder to use the current extradition treaties between Turkey and the U.S. to have al-Arouri extradited to the U.S. as an accessory to Frankel’s murder, since Turkey supports Hamas and will not honor extradition requests from Israel. Israel could then have him extradited from the US to face similar charges in Israeli courts.

Holder has not done so. Nor apparently, will he.

Another point I mentioned in this article was that according to U.S. law, the FBI is required to investigate the death of an American citizen overseas. That policy has never been implemented when either Fatah or Hamas have been the perpetrators. And it was not implemented in the case of the murder of Naftali Fraenkel.

Justice indeed.

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Israel Takes Out Three Senior Hamas Commanders

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Israeli Soldier Feared Kidnapped By Hamas Declared Dead

A coffin being carried at Hadar Goldin's funeral Sunday, August 3, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The IDF has determined that Lt. Hadar Goldin,(HY”D) who was feared kidnapped by Hamas was in fact killed in action. The IDF confirmed the death by checking the DNA of parts of his body that were found in the tunnel used to attack his unit.

Goldin went missing in action on Friday following a deadly ambush by Hamas fighters that killed two other soldiers. The ambush came an hour and a half into an agreed upon 12 hour humanitarian ceasefire.

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Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told the AFP Goldin had been identified by exhaustive DNA tests of body parts found in the tunnel.

“What we know for sure was that one suicide bomber and at least three or four other gunmen came out of a tunnel.

“One blew himself up, killing two on the spot, and the others were shooting — they grabbed Hadar and snatched him down into the tunnel,” he said.

“We don’t know if he was alive and wounded, or dead at this time. Only in the aftermath, with the forensic investigation, were we able to conclude that he was killed,” he said.

Remains of Goldin’s body were discovered inside the tunnel east of Rafah where the confrontation took place, Lerner said.

“He was identified by his DNA,” he told AFP, saying what they found proved he was dead, not being held by a militant group.

“There was enough to determine that he had been killed and to carry out a burial.”

Lt. Hadar Goldin was buried today in his home town of of Kfar Saba near Tel Aviv.

The family of Hadar Goldin at his funeral Sunday August 3, 2014. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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The Deaths Of Civilians In Gaza Must End, And Only The UN Can Do It!!!

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Gaza War Update – The Latest

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Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu blasted the UN statement calling for an unconditional ceasefire, and with good reason.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday slammed a UN Security Council statement calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, saying during a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the statement addresses the needs of a murderous terrorist organization, but not those of Israel.

The statement, he said, does not address Israel’s demands for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, a principle already established by previous interim agreements with the Palestinians.

“The statement did not deal with the harm done to Israeli civilians, nor to the fact that Hamas turned Gaza civilians into human shields,” he said. Netanyahu, who met Ban in Jerusalem last week, also complained that the statement made no mention of the fact that Hamas used UN facilities to attack Israeli civilians.

Israel accepted a UN request for a humanitarian cease-fire three times, he said, while Hamas violated each one.

“They are continuing to fire even now at Israel citizens,” he said. “Israel will continue to deal with the terror tunnels, which is only the first step in demilitarization.”

Instead of having its money used by Hamas to build terror tunnels to attack Israel, Netanyahu recommended that the international community “should work to demilitarize Gaza.”

And has anyone else noticed that with all the aid money being promised to Hamas, no one in the ‘international community’ is offering Israel one cent to help its civilian population who were victimized by an aggressive attack by a terrorist group?

In spite of rejecting an unconditional ceasefire, the Israelis stupidly allowed themselves to be pressured into a humanitarian ‘ceasefire in place’ for the supposedly sacred Muslim Eid al-Fitr that ends Ramadan.

Hamas took advantage of that ill-advised humanitarian instinct by launching missile and mortar attacks
on Israel, as well as an attempted tunnel attack. Ten Israeli soldiers were killed as a result.

It started with missile attacks on Ashkelon and was followed by a salvo against the Lachish District and the towns of Netivot and Ofakim. At about 4:30PM Israeli time, Hamas launched one of its large Iranian-supplied Fajr-5 missiles in the direction of Tel Aviv, but instead it fell short and hit Shifa Hospital, the main Hamas command post and killed a number of Hamas fighters holed up there.

The next Hamas strikes didn’t end quite so well. At 5:00 PM, Hamas opened fire with mortars at the Eshkol district in Israel near Beersheba, and one of them landed in a crowd of people. Five soldiers were killed and a number of civilians who were bringing parcels to the troops were wounded, four of them critically.At the same time, rocket barrages were fired at at Ofakim and Mt. Carmel.

At around 6 p.m., 5 Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel near Kibbutz Nahal Oz and surprised the IDF troops on guard there. Five IDF soldiers were killed and so were the Hamas terrorists in the resulting firefight

The tenth soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper in the Gaza Strip this morning, bringing the toll of IDF deaths to 53 during the entire three weeks of the Gaza War.Today was the costliest single day of the war for Israel.

In response, the IDF appears to be ramping up its offensive. Inhabitants of Jebalya and Zeitun, two other Hamas strong points next to the main Hamas headquarters at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City were told to evacuate.

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Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moishe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff General Benny Ganz addressed the Israeli public in a joint television appearance this evening.

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Netanyahu told the Israeli people to be prepared for a long war, but that he, Ya’alon and Ganz were not going to end the offensive until Hamas’ missile arsenal was destroyed, along with the tunnels. He said that demilitarizing Gaza has to be part of any solution and the ‘international community’ must forcefully demand it rather than supplying money, cement and concrete to Hamas for more tunnels. There must be supervision.

He’s mistaken there in my opinion,  but that calls for a separate piece devoted just to demilitarization.

Ya’alon pretty much repeated the same thing, that Israel will not compromise on the nation’s security and that Israel will continue to  destroy tunnels and rockets and missiles.  Ya’alon said that Israel will not show fear and that the IDF will continue  to hit Hamas  from land, air and sea in the coming days.

Ya’alon also made the point that as much as Israel regretted every civilian casualty, the Israeli population would come first. He and Ganz both explained what was entailed in destroying the tunnels and asked that the Israelis support the IDF and its mission.

They do. The latest polls indicate that over 86% of Israelis want the war to continue until Hamas is defeated..and that comes from a poll by Left-leaning Mina Tzemach.

The last I heard, the IDF is already attacking Zeitun and Jabaliya after warning the population to leave.

Stay tuned…

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IDF: Deaths AT UNRWA School Were Caused By Hamas

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The press about an attack on an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun that resulted in the death of 15 children was one of those naturals just made for Hamas groupies in the media. Especially after UNRWA head Chris Guinness accused the IDF of preventing civilians from leaving:

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Over the course of the day UNRWA tried 2 coodinate with the Israeli Army a window for civilians 2 leave & it was never granted RT

In previous times, the IDF would have simply expressed sorrow for the loss of human life and apologized as if it were at fault. A month or so later, after the propaganda had been published world wide, the results of an IDF forensic investigation would come out showing definitively that Israel was not at fault and that it was yet another Pallywood propaganda coup…but by then it was too late.

Things have changed. Rather than admitting any blame, the IDF said right from the first that their troops were under fire from the school, that they had made every effort to evacuate the school that there was a good possibility that it was Hamas who had fired on the school, and that they would investigate.

Today, that inquiry was concluded and the IDF released a statement.

“The inquiry concluded that during the intense fighting between IDF forces and Hamas militants, the militants operated adjacent to the UNRWA school. The militants fired anti-tank missiles at IDF soldiers, who then responded by firing several mortars in their direction,” the army statement said.

“The inquiry… concluded that a single errant mortar landed in the courtyard of the UNRWA school, when it was completely empty.”

“The IDF stresses it does not operate or target international organizations in the Gaza Strip, and the ongoing coordination conducted via the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) is continuous without change, even during times of combat.”

“In light of the inquiry’s findings, the IDF rejects the claims that were made by various officials immediately following the incident, that people were killed in the school premises as a result of IDF operational activity,” the statement concluded.

An Israeli drone view of the explosion backing this up can be seen here.

It gets better. The IDF also accused UNRWA head Chris Guinness of outright lying when he claimed that the IDF wouldn’t allow civilians to evacuate:

Multiple IDF sources rejected UNRWA’s claims and characterized them as outright falsehoods when reached by the Washington Free Beacon.

“For two days we were trying to move people out of that school in particular and the Beit Hanoun area in general,” said an IDF official who was involved in the interactions between the IDF, UNRWA, and International Red Cross (ICRC) leading up to the incident.

The official continued, “This morning we sought a ceasefire in the area and a humanitarian evacuation of civilians, but Hamas refused—because they wanted to keep civilians in the area to protect their fighters who were firing on the IDF.”

The claim by Gunness and UNRWA that the IDF did not respond to their request to evacuate civilians, the source said, is “a flat-out complete and total lie,” the official told the Free Beacon. […]

An official IDF statement released to the Free Beacon said that “the IDF authorized a humanitarian time window for evacuation between 10:00-14:00 IDT earlier today. Hamas prevented the civilians from leaving it and once again used their infrastructure and international symbols as human shields. In the course of the afternoon, several rockets launched by Hamas from within the Gaza Strip landed in the Beit Hanoun area.”

Again, here’s another possibility that could easily account for the carnage. Two UNRWA schools have already been outed as doubling as Hamas missile depots, with large amounts of explosives stored within. In each case, UNRWA, instead of destroying the rockets happily turned them over to their Hamas frends to fire against Israeli civilians. If the Beit Hanoun school was also being used to store rockets, one of the misdirected Hamas rockets aimed at Israeli forces that fell short could easily have hit the school and exploded the ordnance stored there.

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As for Guinness and UNRWA…well, let’s just say that being caught lying and actively aiding and abetting Hamas is not exactly unprecedented.

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Hamas And Israel Agree To A 12 Hour Ceasefire

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US Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to broker a long term truce ended in failure as neither Israel nor Hamas was interested.Israel’s security committee unanimously rejected Kerry’s proposition, especially when they saw he had changed the original Egyptian formula to favor some of Hamas’ inane demands.

Kerry is now attempting to bypass the Egyptians and use Hamas funder Qatar and Islamist Turkey as his intermediaries. Good luck with that where the Israelis are concerned.

The ‘humanitarian’ ceasefire is ostensibly supposed to be about removing Hamas casualties and allowing humanitarian aid to be brought in. As the Israelis and any other honest person knows, and aid that comes in will go to the Hamas leaders and the fighters rather to the general Gaza population, but they still agreed to go through with it, starting at 8 Am Saturday local time.

You will notice that no one is proposing any humanitarian aid for the Israeli civilian population, some of whom are injured and homeless.Apparently, they don’t count for much in the eyes of the ‘international community.’

The Israelis insisted on the following conditions. Their forces will stay in position in Gaza, and that they they will continue to locate Hamas’ tunnels, although they will not destroy them until the ceasefire is over, or unless Hamas violates this ceasefire as they have all the others.

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What Kerry and the odious UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon wanted was a 7 day truce to carry out what amounts to talks about talks, while Hamas regroups. I doubt the Israelis will agree to that, but we’ll see.

One sign that they won’t  came from  Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who along with other Israeli military leaders is briefing the troops to be ready for what he called  a significantly expanded ground assault in Gaza,

The next step,of course is Shifa Hospital in central Gaza, home of the main Hamas command post and it’s weapons depots, and the terminus of the huge network of tunnels.The head of the IDF’s Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Sami Torjeman said in an interview Friday that, in a week, the army had managed to destroy half of the tunnel network which took Hamas 4-5 years to build, a major accomplishment but without cutting the head off the snake, it will just be a temporary respite.

Hamas is particularly vulnerable right now. Much to their surprise, the advanced Russian Kornet-E, and 9M113 Konkurs guided anti-tank missiles Hamas received from Iran have so far proven to be worthless against Israel’s new Merkava Chariot-4 battle tanks equipped with the Israel’s Windbreaker armor. The 401st armored brigade equipped with these tanks has been virtually unstoppable. Like the IronDome, the Windbreaker armor missile defense system is made by Israeli defense company Rafael. If the assault on Shifa happens, it may very well be spearheaded the 401st and its Chariot-4s.

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Hamas Rockets Fall Short And Hit A School – So They Blame Israel!

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Today an UNRWA school was hit in southern Gaza, killing at least 15 and wounding dozens of others.

The immediate reaction from the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinains and their various groupies was to bring out the bleeders and say ‘look what those horrible Zionazi Jews did!’

Unfortunately for them, the IDF, which is doing a superb job of handling the media war this time was right on top of it. The school is in the Beit Hanoun area, where the IDF is engaged in combat with Hamas fighters. Here’s the IDF spokesperson:

“During the afternoon a battle took place between Hamas terrorists and IDF forces in the Beit Hanoun area. Besides that, we indeed have indications that rockets fell in the vicinity, fired by Hamas from within Gaza in the Beit Hanoun vicinity,” the spokesman said.

The Israel Defense Forces has counted at least 100 rockets fired by Hamas as striking within Gaza.

“Have you heard? #Hamas are launching rockets at…..#Gaza over 100 times in 9 days,” IDF Spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, said last week.

Hamas rockets falling on Gaza are not at all an unknown occurrence:

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An analysis by the always astute Elder of Ziyon showed that of the 192 rockets fired last Tuesday by Hamas and counted by the Gaza NGO Safety Office, the IDF said 122 rockets struck Israel and 26 were intercepted by the Iron Dome, leaving 44 Hamas rockets striking within Gaza.

 “Of course, 44 rockets can do a lot of damage and kill a lot of people. Reporters on the scene in Gaza have yet to talk about this or even admit the possibility that some of the casualties they are highlighting may have been killed quite directly by Hamas or other terror groups.”

Another possibility not being discussed by the UN for obvious reasons is the rockets setting off Hamas rockets and armaments stored within the school itself.  UNRWA has been caught several times storing Hamas rockets and arms within these schools during the conflict, a gross violation of international law.

Another reason journalists in Gaza aren’t discussing this or any other information that deviates from what Hamas wants reported  is direct threats of violence  from Hamas. Even Palestinian reporters aren’t necessarily protected if they work for anyone but the Pals own propaganda mills and don’t parrot the party line. Link in French but here’s a partial translation:

Correspondent Radjaa Abu Dagga for years divided his time between Paris, where his wife and son live, and Gaza, where his parents live and where he works. On 18 June, when he wanted to cross the Rafah border, an officer banned his way and took his passport like all Palestinians trying to cross into Egypt that day.

After four blocked attempts to leave Gaza without explanation over weeks, the Palestinian journalist was summoned by the security services of Hamas on Sunday. “I received a call from a private number. They summoned me to Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza City center, ” explains Radjaa. He carried with him his two phones, his press card and a small camera.

A few meters from the emergency room where the injured from bombings are constantly flowing, in the outpatient department, he was received in “a small section of the hospital used as administration” by a band of young fighters. They were all well dressed, which surprised Radjaa, “in civilian clothing with a gun under one’s shirt and some had walkie-talkies ” . He was ordered to empty his pockets, removing his shoes and his belt then was taken to a hospital room “which served that day as the command office of three people.”

A man begins his interrogation: “Who are you? Who do you call? What are you doing?” “I was very surprised by the procedure,” admits Radjaa, who showed him his press card in response. Questions came. They asked if he speaks Hebrew, he has relations with Ramallah. Young Hamas supporters insistently ask the question: “Are you a correspondent for Israel?” Radjaa repeated that only works for French media and a chain of Algerian radio.

It was then that the three men delivered this message: “This is yours to choose. We are an executive administration. We will carry the message of Qassams. You have to stay at home and give us your papers. ” Stunned to be covered by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, Radjaa tried to defend himself and especially to understand why such a decision was taken against him. In vain. “It is impossible to communicate with these people,” laments the journalist.

He is not the first to undergo this kind of pressure and combatants in front of him did not hide. “They are enraged against the presidency and accused me of collaborating with Mahmoud Abbas,” he says. Reporters Without Borders confirms that this is not an isolated case. The organization has indeed been alerted by the threats of Hamas against Palestinian and foreign journalists for their professional activities.

The parts emphasized show a little detail worth mentioning, caught by the Elder of Ziyon. The headquarters of Hamas’ Izz-e-Dine-al-Qassam Brigades is located right next to the emergency room in Gaza City’s Shifa hospital.

That’s no accident. As I’ve mentioned earlier, Shifa Hospital is the main Hamas headquarters,rocket launching base  and weapons depot, and sits above the huge Hamas underground ‘city where the tunnels terminate.

The UN has had nothing to say about this whatsoever, even though they just accepted Hamas/Fatah’s application to join the Geneva Convention. They’re busy, you see, condemning and investigating Israel.Nor will you see this in the New York Times, the openly anti-semitic Guardian, in the Washington Post or most other media outlets.

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As Israel’s Wins Its War With Hamas, It Mulls Over Its Next Step

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Today, Day 16 of the War against Hamas was a decisive day for Israel, both militarily and strategically.

The fight for Shejaiya was the one most on the radar, where a Gaza City suburb accurately described as a terrorist fortress was essentially leveled. But the IDF enjoyed equal and important successes in eastern Rafah and eastern Khan Yunis in the south.

The IDF’s ground game was to split its forces into 5 mobile task forces, each one the size of half a division and attack Hamas at multiple points in coordination with attacks from the air. The strategy has worked well and both PM Netanyahu and Chief of Staff General Benny Ganz have been quite open in praising the IDF’s performance. This isn’t Lebanon in 2006 with amateurs at the helm. The war has been run not by Israel’s security cabinet but by Netanyahu, Ganz and Defense Minister Moishe Ya’alon.And Aluf Ganz is not sitting in Jerusalem, but in the front lines with his men.

Visiting Colonel Tomer Yifrach, the 188th Armored Corps commander who had injured in his back Ganz asked how he was feeling. Yifrach answered: “I have amazing men who watch my back.” He does.

Here is Ganz with the heroic Golani Brigade commander, Colonel Ghassan Alian, who defied the medics and returned to his men after being wounded  and evacuated to the hospital over the weekend. He still bears the scars of battle.

IDF Chief of Staff Lieut. Gen. Gantz and Col. Ghassan Alian (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

The cost has been high, but  spirit of the Tzahal is superb:

This video is of soldiers dancing just before they went into action in Gaza. The song is “We Have No one to Rely Upon Except Our Father In Heaven.”

While destroying the tunnels could still take weeks, that goal is now in sight. But the main decisive battle is yet to be fought.At this point, what’s being considered is a major assault on the Hamas central command post,  the bunker complex housing Hamas’ top military command and infrastructure inside and below Shifra Hospital (yet another  violation of international law by Hamas, but who’s still counting at this point?). That assault could come as soon as tomorrow.

Hamas at this point has rejected any ceasefire except on the most ridiculous of terms. Hamas Chief Khalid Mesha’al, safe in Qatar is insisting that any ceasefire has to involve the removal of the Egyptian and Israeli blockade, which would make reconstruction of the tunnels and the restocking of Hamas’ missile arsenal a matter of ease.

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Meshaal said, “We will not accept any initiative that does not lift the blockade on our people and that does not respect their sacrifices. Let us agree on achieving our demands and we will then agree on the zero-hour for a ceasefire.”

In view of that attitude and the fact that Hamas has violated three ‘humanitarian truces’ since this war began, is obvious that any cessation of hostilities is not going to come easy.

The EU foreign ministers surprisingly came out with a joint statement calling for Hamas to be disarmed. Of course, none of them are talking about sending in any boots on the ground to help with the job.

There’s no advantage to Israel in a ceasefire or in leaving Hamas in place so that the whole scenario can be played out again in a year or so.What Israel’s security cabinet will debate is what comes next.

Should Israel simply destroy or at least badly cripple Hamas,declare victory and go home? Do they want to occupy Gaza,and have responsibility for 1.5 million people, a significant number of whom have always hated Jews just because? Do they turn it over to Abbas and the PA? To the UN?

I still stick with my original solution – defeat Hamas utterly,annex Gaza and transfer a significant amount of the current inhabitants to to Abbas’ little reichlet in Area A. Then repopulate it with Jews and watch Gaza turn from a terrorist swamp into Singapore or Hong Kong. Even the Arabs left in Gaza wil be astounded at how much better their lives will be.

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The IDF continues to strike back at Hamas.

There were several reports of a ‘humanitarian ceasefire’ in the making that was scheduled to begin at 10 AM local time, but Hamas made so many ridiculous demands that if never came off.

There was also some apprehension that Hamas may have captured an Israeli soldier, but Sergeant Oron Shaul, a combat soldier of the Golani brigade, 21 years old from Poria has now been accounted for as a KIA (HY”D). Apparently Hamas merely recovered some of his documents.

The UN’s pro Hamas/Fatah Secretary General Ban ki-Moon met with PM Netanyahu today to whine about Hamas civiian casualties while saying nothing about his Hamas friends violating the Geneva Accord they just joined with Ban’s help by using civilians as human shields, storing armaments in UNRWA facilities, and targeting civilians in Israel. PM Netanyahu had a few things to say to him, after showing Ban the steps the IDF ( unlike Hamas) is taking to avoid civilian casualties (emphasis mine):

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Mr. Secretary, I appreciate the fact that you came here and that you took time to see what we’ve just shown you. I think it’s clear that Israel is doing what any country would do if terrorists rained down rockets on its cities and towns – hundreds of rockets, day after day, week after week. In addition, as I’ve shown you, Hamas has dug terrorist tunnels under hospitals, mosques, schools, homes, to penetrate our territory, to kidnap and kill Israelis.

Now, in the face of such wanton terrorism, no country could sit idly by. It would exercise its right, inherent and legitimate right of self-defense as we are doing, and act decisively to end the threat to its citizens. This is what Israel is doing. We did not seek this escalation, Mr. Secretary. We accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal. I don’t need to remind you it was a proposal that was supported by the UN, by the Arab League, by the United States, by Europe. Hamas rejected it. We accepted the humanitarian ceasefire proposal that the UN proposed afterward. Hamas rejected that. We accepted the ceasefire proposal of the Red Cross in Shejaia. Hamas rejected that, twice. I think the international community must take a clear stand; it must hold Hamas accountable for consistently rejecting the ceasefire proposals and for starting and prolonging this conflict. The international community must hold Hamas accountable for its increasing and indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians. And the international community must hold Hamas accountable for using Palestinian civilians as human shields deliberately putting them in harm’s way, deliberately keeping them in harm’s way.

Mr. Secretary, we have made every effort and will continue to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties. We are targeting Hamas terrorist targets. We’ve just shown you these targets, embedded in civilian areas, embedded in mosques, embedded in hospitals, embedded in agricultural schools. Hamas is embedded in there in order to sustain civilian casualties, because they know that we will have to protect our citizens; that we have to act against their targets. So they are committing a double war crime: both targeting our civilians and hiding behind their civilians. And they want, I repeat: They want more civilian casualties, whereas we want no civilian casualties at all, and we’re taking the utmost pain to minimize that. I think the people of Gaza, and that’s become absolutely clear to the world, are the victims of the brutal Hamas regime. They are holding them hostage and they are hiding behind them.

You know, Mr. Secretary, the international community has pressed us to give cement to Gaza to build schools, hospitals, homes. And now we see what has happened to those deliveries of cement. They have been used to dig tunnels next to a kindergarten, not to build a kindergarten but to build a tunnel that penetrates our territory so that Hamas can blow up our kindergartens and murder our children. They’ve used for a long time our willingness to try to keep civilians at a minimum. They’ve been using them to keep on firing at us. We have even opened up a field hospital, Mr. Secretary, to help Hamas civilians, and Hamas is preventing civilians of Gaza from going to our hospital. I believe that you understand this. I believe that you understand that it is the right of every state to defend itself. And Israel will continue to do what it needs to do to defend its people.

Mr. Secretary, this is not only our right; this is our duty.

So far, Bibi Netanyahu is standing up to cretins like Ban. Let’s hope it continues.

Here’s the IDF’s own summary of today’s events:

Since the beginning of the ground phase of the operation, the IDF has targeted over 1,800 terror sites. Over the course of the day the IDF has targeted approximately 260 terror activity sites in Gaza. Among the targets were military posts, concealed rocket launchers, weapon manufacturing facilities and military command centers. IDF soldiers uncovered thus far approximately 30 offensive tunnels and 66 access points.

2,160 rockets have been fired at Israel since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 420 of them were intercepted and some 1,700 hit Israel. Today, 87 rockets were fired at Israel, 18 of them intercepted and 67 hit Israel.

This morning, militants fired anti-tank missiles from within a mosque at IDF soldiers in Khan-Yunis. In response, IAF aircraft targeted the mosque, identifying a hit. Staff Sergeant Avitar Moshe Torjamin was killed and several soldiers were wounded in this incident.

In a separate incident, terrorists fired anti-tank missiles at IDF soldiers in Khan-Yunis. The soldiers responded with fire and killed 4 terrorists.

Around noon, IDF soldiers uncovered 3 tunnel access points in the northern Gaza Strip.

Later today, elite unit soldiers uncovered a cache of ammunition in the central Gaza Strip. The ammunition included anti-tank missiles, heavy machine guns and AK- 47 assault rifles.

Recently, 2 terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers who responded to the threat and killed them.

The IDF thus far has lost 29 of its soldiers in the war against Hamas. The Hamas toll is well over 600,and contrary to what you’re hearing the majority of those deaths are combatants.

Today was also the day the U.S. and a number of EU carriers suspended service to Israel after a Hamas rocket damaged a house a mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. As I wrote earlier this is sheer nonsense that gives Hamas a prize for attacking Israel, just like the $47 million President Obama and Secretary John Kerry have pledged to gift them with. They’re not pledging any finds for rebuilding anything in Israel hit by Hamas rockets, of course.

One can only wonder what the reaction of Hamas/Fatah would be if President Obama said flat out that if they launched any more rockets at Israeli civilians, U.S. financial support would rend immediately. Of course, we don’t have that kind of president in the White House, although the Canadians certainly have that kind of PM in Ottawa.

Of all people, former NY mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg slammed the FAA ban on U.S carriers flying to Israel and is on his way there via El Al. You have to give him credit.

And speaking of real heroes…The commander of the IDF’s Golani Brigade, Raslan Alian, was wounded on Saturday night. He’s the highest ranking Druze in the IDF. He insisted on returning to his men in Gaza on Tuesday to finish the mission, with the scars of battle still evident on his face:

The motto of the Tzahal commanders? ‘Follow me.’

In other tidbits, more Hamas rockets were found stored in UNRWA facilities, which of course UNRWA claims to know nothing about. Just like the last batch that was found, UNRWA will hand the latest batch to Hamas to fire against Israeli civilians.

Such people do not even merit contempt. They’re simply cockroaches in human form.

Here’s hoping that when this is all over, Israel expels UNRWA, never to return.

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The IDF is continuing its ground assault on the Hamas tunnels. It should be noted that these are not simple structures, but concrete reinforced structures leading to what amounts to an underground Hamas fortress, complete with missile factories, command bunkers and armories. All the building supplies the UN and the rest of the Hamas groupies were screaming and pressuring Israel to allow into Gaza didn’t go for civilian projects, but to build up this huge terrorist infrastructure. Israel can simply not allow them to exist, especially since a number of them now have adits that were constructed under Israel’s border fence and lead to civilian areas. The raw video below displays one of the six the IDF have found so far and destroyed.

Here’s an IDF summary of how the war on the tunnels is going.

The IDF released the following summary of today’s events:

Over the course of the day, IDF forces have detected and detonated 6 offensive tunnels both in the Gaza Strip area and in Israeli territory. The tunnels pose an imminent threat to the safety of Israeli civilians living in communities along the Gaza Strip border; therefore the IDF operates in order to destroy them.

Several offensive tunnels were uncovered during the ground phase of operation “Protective Edge”:

· An offensive tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip that had 4 access points to it- one in Israel, one blocked, and 2 others in the Gaza Strip. During the detonation several secondary explosions were identified, suggesting it contained explosives. One of the access points in Gaza was uncovered inside a house. The tunnel was 1.2 KM long.

· A tunnel that had 4 different access points in Gaza and an additional access point in Israel that was discovered close to an Israeli community.

· One offensive tunnel uncovered in the northern Gaza Strip had 5 different access points and contained barrels of explosives and a communication cable.

· An offensive tunnel in the central Gaza Strip had 2 access points, one of them in Israeli territory.

· An offensive tunnel in the central Gaza Strip that had 8 access points.

· An offensive tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip.

Since the beginning of the ground phase of the operation the IDF engaged and killed 110 terrorist, and targeted 1,032 terror sites, 341 of which were targeted since this morning. Amongst the sites that were targeted were: rocket launching facilities, command and control headquarters, and underground rocket launchers.

In addition, the IDF along with the ISA targeted today the head of the Hamas observation alignment in the Gaza Strip.

IDF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner: “Since the beginning of the ground phase of the operation, the IDF has exposed 14 tunnels headed towards Israel, all intended to infiltrate Israel and carry out terror attacks. It’s like the ‘Underground’, the ‘Metro’ or the ‘Subway’. These tunnels are all connected. I would describe it as ‘Lower Gaza’.”

The war has not been without cost. The IDF Golani Brigades lost 13 soldiers (H’YD) in combat with heavily armed Hamas fighters entrenched among civilians early this morning in a raid on Shejayia, a neighborhood of Gaza City. Sheijaya is a major Hamas stronghold, with large rocket arsenals and arms factories and is the site of concealed openings of terrorist tunnels that snake under the border into Israel near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. The Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians claimed a death count of over 60 and over 200 wounded.Hamas, through the Red Cross, had requested a two hour truce for a three-hour the truce and began launching rockets from Shejayia and other areas again.Shejaiya residents were told to evacuate days ago.

So when Hamas broke the ceasefire, The IDF attacked Shejayia..and with good reason:

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What Hamas is attempting to do is recreate Hezbollah’s strategy in Lebanon. Hamas is not only bringing its deadly tunnels into play, but also planting small commando units heavily armed with anti-tank rockets across the paths of advancing Israeli armored forces. Unfortunately for Hamas, the Israelis learned from Lebanon, and this time they’re not being sent in haphazardly without any plan by Ehud Olmert and ‘Comrade’ Peretz.The Israeli Merkava battle tanks, equipped with ‘Windbreaker’ armor fended off most of the anti-tank rockets without a scratch. The 13 Golani soldiers, from what I’ve heard, were in an APC that was ambushed. There was an earlier claim by Hamas that they had captured an Israeli soldier. So far, it appears to be unfounded.

Needless to say, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the Israel attack on Shejayia this evening, calling it an ‘atrocious action’, He had nothing to say about Hamas/Fatah using civilians as human shields, Or violating humanitarian ceasefires granted through an international organization. That’s apparently AOK with Ban. As I write this, another of those UN Security Council meetings is going on. I’m sure they’ll come out with the usual puerile statement calling for a ceasefire. Although why the UN would expect the Israelis to agree when Hamas has violated all three of them is another question.

Hamas is fighting desperately to save its tunnel system from destruction by the IDF. The tunnels are a major Hamas project, and they’ve spent a lot of time and money building them up. They won’t allow it to be destroyed without a fight to the death.Still to come after thg IDF finishes cleaning out Shejaiya are battles for another three Hamas strongholds in Gaza City: Shaati, Al Bureij and Nuseira.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu spoke on national television to the Israeli people this afternoon. Here’s what he said:

“We are now in the midst of a war to defend our home.”

“Each one of us knows someone at the front. We must stand together, united and be strong on difficult days like this and more to come. Israel didn’t choose this war, but from the moment it entered it, it is determined to complete it.”

“We have uncovered numerous tunnels and equipment unlike we have uncovered until now, Hamas has over the years built them to attack us.If these tunnels were not exposed the outcome could be fatal.”

Netanyahu explained that the tunnels could be used to attack Israeli schools and communities and take hostages, and talked a little about the IDF efforts to find these tunnels and the need to destroy them, and talked a bit about civilian casualties.

“We agreed to a ceasefire, to 2 humanitarian ceasefires, but Hamas still chose to fight and it is our right to defend ourselves.No one can claim that Israel chose escalation so Hamas only is totally responsible for any casualties.”

“Hamas thought they would break our home front with rockets but Iron Dome and air raids have answered that.Hamas bears full responsibility for the loss of lives and use their citizens as human shields. We regret the loss of lives in Gaza.”

“In all battles there are difficulties. This one will expand and continue as necessary we knew this when we set out. We bow our heads before our sons who fell so that we could continue living in our land.”

“This battle against terror is a part of a historical battle targeting the State since its establishment. The eternal people is not afraid of a long road.”

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The IDF is continuing its ground assault on the Hamas tunnels. It should be noted that these are not simple structures, but concrete reinforced structures leading to what amounts to an underground Hamas fortress, complete with missile factories, command bunkers and armories. All the building supplies the UN and the rest of the Hamas groupies were screaming and pressuring Israel to allow into Gaza didn’t go for civilian projects, but to build up this huge terrorist infrastructure. Israel can simply not allow them to exist, especially since a number of them now have adits that were constructed under Israel’s border fence and lead to civilian areas. The raw video below displays one of the six the IDF have found so far and destroyed.

Here’s an IDF summary of how the war on the tunnels is going.

The IDF released the following summary of today’s events:

Over the course of the day, IDF forces have detected and detonated 6 offensive tunnels both in the Gaza Strip area and in Israeli territory. The tunnels pose an imminent threat to the safety of Israeli civilians living in communities along the Gaza Strip border; therefore the IDF operates in order to destroy them.

Several offensive tunnels were uncovered during the ground phase of operation “Protective Edge”:

· An offensive tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip that had 4 access points to it- one in Israel, one blocked, and 2 others in the Gaza Strip. During the detonation several secondary explosions were identified, suggesting it contained explosives. One of the access points in Gaza was uncovered inside a house. The tunnel was 1.2 KM long.

· A tunnel that had 4 different access points in Gaza and an additional access point in Israel that was discovered close to an Israeli community.

· One offensive tunnel uncovered in the northern Gaza Strip had 5 different access points and contained barrels of explosives and a communication cable.

· An offensive tunnel in the central Gaza Strip had 2 access points, one of them in Israeli territory.

· An offensive tunnel in the central Gaza Strip that had 8 access points.

· An offensive tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip.

Since the beginning of the ground phase of the operation the IDF engaged and killed 110 terrorist, and targeted 1,032 terror sites, 341 of which were targeted since this morning. Amongst the sites that were targeted were: rocket launching facilities, command and control headquarters, and underground rocket launchers.

In addition, the IDF along with the ISA targeted today the head of the Hamas observation alignment in the Gaza Strip.

IDF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner: “Since the beginning of the ground phase of the operation, the IDF has exposed 14 tunnels headed towards Israel, all intended to infiltrate Israel and carry out terror attacks. It’s like the ‘Underground’, the ‘Metro’ or the ‘Subway’. These tunnels are all connected. I would describe it as ‘Lower Gaza’.”

The war has not been without cost. The IDF Golani Brigades lost 13 soldiers (H’YD) in combat with heavily armed Hamas fighters entrenched among civilians early this morning in a raid on Shejayia, a neighborhood of Gaza City. Sheijaya is a major Hamas stronghold, with large rocket arsenals and arms factories and is the site of concealed openings of terrorist tunnels that snake under the border into Israel near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. The Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians claimed a death count of over 60 and over 200 wounded.Hamas, through the Red Cross, had requested a two hour truce for a three-hour the truce and began launching rockets from Shejayia and other areas again.Shejaiya residents were told to evacuate days ago.

So when Hamas broke the ceasefire, The IDF attacked Shejayia..and with good reason:

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What Hamas is attempting to do is recreate Hezbollah’s strategy in Lebanon. Hamas is not only bringing its deadly tunnels into play, but also planting small commando units heavily armed with anti-tank rockets across the paths of advancing Israeli armored forces. Unfortunately for Hamas, the Israelis learned from Lebanon, and this time they’re not being sent in haphazardly without any plan by Ehud Olmert and ‘Comrade’ Peretz.The Israeli Merkava battle tanks, equipped with ‘Windbreaker’ armor fended off most of the anti-tank rockets without a scratch. The 13 Golani soldiers, from what I’ve heard, were in an APC that was ambushed. There was an earlier claim by Hamas that they had captured an Israeli soldier. So far, it appears to be unfounded.

Needless to say, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the Israel attack on Shejayia this evening, calling it an ‘atrocious action’, He had nothing to say about Hamas/Fatah using civilians as human shields, Or violating humanitarian ceasefires granted through an international organization. That’s apparently AOK with Ban. As I write this, another of those UN Security Council meetings is going on. I’m sure they’ll come out with the usual puerile statement calling for a ceasefire. Although why the UN would expect the Israelis to agree when Hamas has violated all three of them is another question.

Hamas is fighting desperately to save its tunnel system from destruction by the IDF. The tunnels are a major Hamas project, and they’ve spent a lot of time and money building them up. They won’t allow it to be destroyed without a fight to the death.Still to come after thg IDF finishes cleaning out Shejaiya are battles for another three Hamas strongholds in Gaza City: Shaati, Al Bureij and Nuseira.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu spoke on national television to the Israeli people this afternoon. Here’s what he said:

“We are now in the midst of a war to defend our home.”

“Each one of us knows someone at the front. We must stand together, united and be strong on difficult days like this and more to come. Israel didn’t choose this war, but from the moment it entered it, it is determined to complete it.”

“We have uncovered numerous tunnels and equipment unlike we have uncovered until now, Hamas has over the years built them to attack us.If these tunnels were not exposed the outcome could be fatal.”

Netanyahu explained that the tunnels could be used to attack Israeli schools and communities and take hostages, and talked a little about the IDF efforts to find these tunnels and the need to destroy them, and talked a bit about civilian casualties.

“We agreed to a ceasefire, to 2 humanitarian ceasefires, but Hamas still chose to fight and it is our right to defend ourselves.No one can claim that Israel chose escalation so Hamas only is totally responsible for any casualties.”

“Hamas thought they would break our home front with rockets but Iron Dome and air raids have answered that.Hamas bears full responsibility for the loss of lives and use their citizens as human shields. We regret the loss of lives in Gaza.”

“In all battles there are difficulties. This one will expand and continue as necessary we knew this when we set out. We bow our heads before our sons who fell so that we could continue living in our land.”

“This battle against terror is a part of a historical battle targeting the State since its establishment. The eternal people is not afraid of a long road.”

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UNRWA Caught Storing Hamas Rockets In School

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Not only are the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinian the only ‘refugees’ ever accorded that status by the UN after 4 generations, they are also the only refugees ever given their very own organization to cater to their needs, the United Nations Works Relief Administration (UNRWA). All other refugees, no matter how dire their situation are lumped together and dealt with by the UN High Commission on Refugees, UNHCR.

And of course some refugees, like the almost 1 miilion Jews ethnically cleansed by the Arab world after 1948 and arrived in Israel with, perhaps, the clothes on their backs were never given refugee status at all, let alone any aid. Funny how that works.

UNRWA has been caught in a number of instances not adhering to its own rules of operation. Teachers hired from Fatah and even Hamas have been caught propagandizing children to hate Israel, and staff members have been caught using UN facilities and supplies in support of terrorist activities.

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This is hardly surprising, since unlike UNHCR, UNRWA hires a large amount of locals and makes a point of not testing them for any terrorist ties to groups like, say, Hamas or Islamic Jihad. In fact one Gaza school headmaster employed by UNRWA was also an explosives experts for Islamic Jihad and remained on the payroll even after Israel exposed this to UNRWA.

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UNRWA staff have been caught transporting weapons and explosives in UNRWA vehicles, fighting in jihadist organizations. During Operation Cast Lead in 2009, UNRWA rejected an IDF investigation without reviwing it that presented evidence that Hamas terrorists were firing mortars at Israeli troops from inside  the Jabalya school in Gaza, which caused the death of several civilians inside the school Hamas was using as human shields.

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But this time, UNRWA got caught red handed, as IDF forensic intelligence left them no choice . The Tower reports:

Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.

Immediately after discovery, the Agency informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA has launched a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

The statement isn’t clear if the “relevant parties” are the same as the “group responsible” violating UNRWA’s property.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that though UNRWA didn’t identify the guilty party, the discovery effectively confirms Israeli charges of Hamas involvement.

Israel regularly accuses Hamas and other Gaza militants of using civilian installations to store and launch rockets, including during the current conflict that began on July 8.

Patrick Martin, a reporter for the Globe and Mail, reported yesterday that as he left a UNRWA school that was housing refugees, rockets were fired nearby.

Heading toward the exit, we were overwhelmed by the jet-like sound of two rockets being launched from somewhere near the school. Hamas, or some or militant group, clearly is hoping the Israelis won’t strike at the launchers, which are kept underground until the moment of firing, because they’re close to the school and so many refugees.
As the Hamas-made missiles screamed off into the sky, leaving a white vapour trail, the kids all cheered. One older boy of maybe 12, shouted in Arabic “They’re R160s,” named for the late Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi who was assassinated by Israel in 2004. These are the big, long-range rockets usually reserved for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or the airport in between.

Of course, the back story on something like this, the reality that’s never mentioned is that UNWRA has to support Hamas,Fatah and Islamic Jihad, even if they actually were neutral, which of course they’re not.  Aside from the fact that the Palestinians are capable of killing them outright if they get in the way, the people whom work for UNRWA are a group of highly paid UN bureaucrats with only one function, the perpetuation of Palestinian ‘refugee’ status. End that refugee status and they’re unemployed.
This story was written with the assistance of The Tower staff writers.
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Hamas Drone Laden With Explosives Shot Down Over Israeli City

In one of it’s most blatant attempts to inflict massive civilian casualties on Israel, Hamas sent a drone laden with explosive over a heavily populated neighborhood of the Israeli city of Ashdod. Fortunately, the Israelis were able to shoot it down:

An enemy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), apparently laden with explosives, was shot down by the IDF near the port city of Ashdod Monday morning.

The interception caused a strong explosion to rock Ashdod and the air raid sirens went off, at around 6:30 a.m..

The Navy is reportedly looking for remains of the UAV.

The IDF Spokesman said that the UAV was shot down by a Patriot missile and that it fell in an open space along the Ashdod beach.

Mordechai Weisman, a resident of the Beit Shemesh area, told Arutz Sheva that the downing of the UAV “was accompanied by a very loud and long jet-like rumbling sound” that could be heard dozens of kilometers away.

“I just saw and heard massive column of smoke rising from Tel Aviv / coastal area,” he told Arutz Sheva’s Tamar Yonah. “It sounded as loud as a large jet engine even from here near Beit Shemesh. Like nothing we’ve seen before. Looking at the photo, I would say it is coming from the Ashdod area. And just for the record, it was really scary watching and listening to that. The image does not at all do it justice…”

Here’s a tweet from Avital Leibovich,  a former IDF spokeswoman:

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: tries to send an armed drone to target populated neighborhood in Ashdod. The drone was intercepted.


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Here’s Why A Disproportionate Response To Terrorism Works

 Here’s a good example of why a disproportionate response to terrorist aggression works.This morning, three Katyusha missiles were fired at Israeli towns in the north of the country from the Lebanese border.They landed near Kfar Yuval, between the…

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Great In Uniform – Israel’s Special Needs IDF Volunteers

An inside look at Israel’s program for special needs volunteers for the IDF, in a country where every human life has importance and everyone’s contribution is valued.An IDF story…one of my friends relayed to me a tale about one of Israel’s elite unit…

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A Real Solution For Israel’s Haredi Draft Controversy

My latest over at the Times of Israel concerns the Haredi Draft controversy. Here’s a slice:

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Israel’s Education Ministry can no can no longer transfer funds to yeshivas for students aged 18-20 if the students are eligible for IDF service but fail to enlist.

The ruling came in response to agitation by the anti-Haredi organization Hiddush, who wants Haredi men drafted immediately rather than allowing the Knesset time to craft new legislation. And naturally, they’re rejoicing over the win:

“The Supreme Court has made it clear to the Knesset that even its patience has a limit, and it will no longer allow hundreds of millions of shekels to flow to yeshivas in violation of the law,” declared Uri Regev, head of the Hiddush organization for religious freedom and former head of the Reform movement in Israel.

“Ever since the cancellation of the Tal Law one and a half years ago the state has been violating the law by not enlisting yeshiva students,” he explained, adding, “The government adds insult to injury by funding them.”

Well, perhaps. But on the other hand, a number of Haredi leaders have warned that the majority of their yeshiva students will go to jail rather than join the army. Which of course, helps no one and merely contributes to the climate of baseless hatred I wrote about on these pages previously that is the real danger to Israel.

Forcing conscription is no way to build an effective army and it does not serve Israel’s interests. And the justifiable resentment incurred by those whose children risk their lives while others are free to choose not to is also not healthy for society.

There’s a better way…and the first thing it calls for is an end to the fanning of the flames by people like Hiddush and their attempts to force matters and by the Haredi leaders insisting that their students won’t serve.

According to what I’ve observed, the Haredim’s opposition to military service is based on two things. First, the feeling that Torah study,prayer, scholarship and strict observance incur blessings for the state and are just a necessary as picking up a rifle to defend it. And second, that young men from the yeshiva environment who enlist are tossed into a secular environment they’re not prepared for, where their religious sensibilities are neither respected nor honored.

The solution is simple provided it is implemented with common sense and an absence of the kind of bile that’s been exhibited so far.

Read the rest here.

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