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August 27, 2014
Heavy Last Minute Palestinian Barrage Kills Two Israelis
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi were able to bring Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip to accept an unlimited cease-fire in hostilities in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, based on the 2012 deal. Netanyahu did not ask for his ministers’ endorsement, knowing he did not have majority support in the cabinet.
Up to the last minute, Hamas kept up heavy rocket and mortar fire, causing two
Israelis' death and injuring seven people, three seriously, in an Eshkol
District kibbutz. It is too soon to tell whether Hamas will honor the deal
during the month’s run-up to negotiations on a durable truce accord to be
A direct hit to a kibbutz in the Eshkol District Tuesday killed two people and
injured seven, three seriously. Rocket fire continued against Ashkelon and
There is no certainty that
Gaza Cease-fire: What Did
By AFP & IsraelNationalNews.com
Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation in the
The first point raised was
Significantly, construction materials needed to repair the water network,
electricity grid and mobile phone networks will be allowed in along with
humanitarian aid, food and medical supplies. It should be noted that
Construction materials have in the past been used to build terror tunnels to
The deal did not give specific details about how construction materials might be
restricted, in line with the Israeli blockade on
As for the
During the operation fishing was canceled due to security threats, as Hamas
terrorists made several attempts to infiltrate
The cease-fire deal likewise would have future discussions held about a swap of terrorists jailed in Israel for the bodies of IDF soldiers Second Lt. Hadar Goldin and First Sgt. Oron Shaul hy''d, who were killed in the operation.
Hamas wants hundreds of prisoners released, among them those arrested in
Operation Brother's Keeper, during which the IDF cracked down on the Hamas
infrastructure in Judea and
They additionally demanded the release of roughly 60 terrorists who were freed in the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal and later re-arrested, some of whom quickly returned to murderous acts of terror.
Hamas is also calling for the release of 37 Palestinian Legislative Council
(PLC) members, all but two of whom are Hamas members, along with the 26
terrorists promised in the fourth batch of releases as part of the Israel-PA
peace talks that broke down in April. The Hamas demand for a
Hamas Official: We'll Build Our Seaport without Permission
Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar declared on Tuesday that the group would
build a seaport and airport in
"We will build our airport and our seaports and we will not ask for anyone's permission, and whoever will attack our ports and our airport we will attack their own ports and will once again attack again their airport," he said.
Al-Zahar, who spoke hours after a new long-term cease-fire in Gaza was
announced, claimed that during the last round of fighting Hamas was able to
topple Israel’s national security strategy by proving that Hamas is has the
power to deter and not Israel. He also called to reconstruct the
One of Hamas’s demands for a cease-fire was that a seaport and airport be built
Iran Warns: We Will Arm Palestinians in
After shooting down what they claimed to be an Israeli drone over the Natanz
nuclear site, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced Monday that
"We are entitled to give any response [to the recent aggression] that we deem
appropriate," said Revolutionary Guard Aerospace Force Commander Brig. Gen. Amir
Ali Hajizadeh, according to Fars News Agency.
By Reuters & IsraelNationalNews.com
A Jewish couple in
Police sources say two cars and several motorbikes suddenly pulled up next to
the couple as they were walking on
The victims, who live in the area, were left shaken but not seriously injured, and refused medical treatment at the scene. Their identities have not been released, but the Post said the husband was 27 years old, and that they may have been targeted because he was wearing a kippah (skullcap).
Police have launched an investigation into the hate-crime, but as of Tuesday no
arrests have been made and a profile of the suspects has not been released.
There has been a dramatic spike in anti-Semitic crimes since
Europe has been particularly hard-hit, but several anti-Jewish hate-crimes have
also occurred in the
How Naïve or Ignorant Israelis Can Be
By Tzvi Szajnbrum, Attorney at Law (Commentary)
"In most cases, people, even the most vicious, are much more naive and simple-minded than we assume them to be. And this is true of ourselves too." Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
People who are "naive" tend to believe in whatever they are told, without questioning whether it is right or wrong and somehow they do it again and again, never questioning if it is right or wrong. Being naive refers to a lack of understanding or a lack of experience and wisdom versus ignorance which is more a lack of knowledge or may be lack of education.
Tsuk Eitan has shown us how our leaders in parliament can manipulate almost an entire population into thinking we are “winning this war, that we have destroyed Hamas’ capability, we have rebuilt deterrence, we now have an upper hand”, and so on.
Our economy has suffered a blow, no one knows when and how we will fully recuperate and at what price. The interest rate has dropped to .025%, its lowest since the creation of the State of Israel. Our education system in the south is on hold and nobody knows how or when school will resume; as a result, hundreds of thousands of children could be wandering in the streets, a much more dangerous situation and no one has a solution for this.
Business all over the southern border has been deadly affected and there is no way the State of Israel can rescue all local business, therefore many hundreds or thousands of small and big business may just vanish during next year.
Every time we use “Iron Dome” it costs us at least $80,000 – for every single use (total estimate including the missile itself and the surrounding logistics needed to fire these missiles). The costs for the so badly needed medical care for all those injured is rocketing and we, the people will feel very soon that cost when the Ministry of Health starts to “re-budget” due to this war.
It is well known in the legal system the dictum “Ignorantia juris non excusat” (or ignorantia legis neminem excusat) - Latin for "ignorance of the law does not excuse" or "ignorance of the law excuses no one", but is ignorance of the current situation an excuse or we are doomed to pay for our ignorance or let’s say our naïveté?
We must apply this rationale on ourselves. Don’t say “I didn’t know”, because we all know that regardless of how long a cease-fire might last, the next operation is already being planned by all sides.
We know if two or more rockets were to hit Ben Gurion airport, somehow in a miraculous change of heart the State of Israel would quickly find a solution to what today they say is “impossible to achieve” – the destruction of Hamas.
Israeli leadership believes that we the people, are either naive or ignorant. It is up to us next time we vote to send them a clear message – we are neither!
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 29th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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