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August 1, 2014
By IsraelNationalNews.com & VOA News
"This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve
from violence," Kerry said in a hastily arranged mid-morning statement on a
"Overdue repairs on essential water and energy infrastructure could also continue during this period," said Kerry, who noted he was announcing the truce jointly with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has also invested intense efforts in brokering an end to the bloody conflict.
According to a statement posted on the UN website, “the forces on the ground will remain in place” during the 72-hour cease-fire. "We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the cease-fire,” it said.
Kerry, who aides said has held some 100 phone calls on the crisis in the past
week despite a trip to
Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had said that
Major General Sami Turgeman, chief of Israeli forces in
The United Nations on Thursday reported about 15,000 more Palestinians seeking
refuge in its shelters in
Netanyahu faces intense pressure from abroad to stand down, however. The
Israelis Know Hamas Leaders Hiding in
The Tower's Tablet magazine has explained how
The Israelis are so sure about the location of the Hamas bunker, however, not because they are trying to score propaganda points, or because it has been repeatedly mentioned in passing by Western reporters—but because they built it. Back in 1983, when Israel still ruled Gaza, they built a secure underground operating room and tunnel network beneath Shifa hospital—which is one among several reasons why Israeli security sources are so sure that there is a main Hamas command bunker in or around the large cement basement beneath the area of Building 2 of the Hospital, which reporters are obviously prohibited from entering.
The bunker, coupled with ongoing media reports that document the presence of Hamas in the hospital, indicate that the terrorist group is headquartered there.
On July 15, for example, William Booth of the Washington Post wrote that the
hospital “has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen
in the hallways and offices.” Back in 2006, PBS even aired a documentary showing
how gunmen roam the halls of the hospital, intimidate the staff, and deny them
access to protected locations within the building—where the camera crew was
obviously prohibited from filming. Yet the confirmation that Hamas is using
Tunnels for Tunnels:
As anyone who has traveled to or from
This week, with Hamas death tunnels in the news in
Representatives of both the government and the Netivei Yisrael Company, which won the tender to construct this segment of the highway, cheered as the bulldozer poked through the top of the tunnel-in-progress and the first rays of sunlight shone through the crack.
Each of the two tunnels along this segment will be 800 meters long (approx. a half-mile), 15 meters wide, and 40 meters underground, with emergency passages between them. They will each have three traffic lanes, and state-of-the-art safety and traffic control systems.
The tunnels are being dug using a "drill and explode" technique, enabling
progress of between four and six meters a day. Much of the 14,000 truckloads of
earth and rock that will have been removed to make way for the tunnels will be
used to fill in the nearby
The Latest Threat from Hamas: Paragliding Terrorists
Operation Protective Edge has shown the Israel Defense Forces that the fighting
capabilities of Hamas have grown more sophisticated, due largely to the network
of terror tunnels it has constructed beneath
After Israeli forces captured and interrogated a Hamas terrorist who had been
hiding in a tunnel for three weeks, he revealed that Hamas members had also
undergone training to execute terrorist attacks from the air. The prisoner told
security forces he had been sent to
The prisoner served as commander of a cell in Hamas' Nukhba ("Elite") commando force. He was arrested on July 20 and transferred to the Shin Bet security agency for questioning. He told agents that he had been waiting in the tunnel three weeks for his orders and received only occasional supplies of water and dates. After three weeks, he said, he broke and turned himself in.
Interrogators discovered that the unit the prisoner belonged to was planning to
employ paragliding techniques to commit a terrorist attack in one of the Israeli
The terrorist commander said he had been recruited to Hamas in 2007 and joined the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, where he underwent a short course in how to use a Kalashnikov rifle, including weapons maintenance and shooting practice with live ammunition. The prisoner said he eventually became part of the Hamas guard force, doing one shift a week. He completed additional training courses, which included use of grenades.
In 2010, the prisoner was assigned to a special terrorist force that was sent to
"Moreover, and in preparation for ground battles with
Jewish Groups React to Possible Jewish Defense League Ban
AFP and IsraelNationalNews.com
French Jewish leaders have reacted to the possible ban of the Ligue de Defense Juive (LDJ), a militant Jewish group involved in recent clashes with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies against the
The CRIF's head Roger Cukierman distanced his group from the LDJ as news of the
possible ban emerged, saying: "We share neither their ideology nor their
methods. It's a tiny organization comprising a few dozen members from what I
know," he said, but expressed surprise that the government was not planning to
ban "pro-Palestinian groups which have tried to vandalize eight synagogues in
The main Jewish students' union echoed that view. Its head Sacha Reingewirtz said: "I condemn all forms of extremism... but if the government disbands it (the LDJ), it should also ban all the radical groups behind recent anti-Semitic violence."
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen meanwhile blasted the ruling Socialists for
failing to stem "riots in the heart of
News of the mooted ban came as
Synagogues and Jewish-owned shops have been attacked by Muslim and left-wing
Israeli Hasbara (Public Relations) Animation: Welcome to
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published a short animated video using cynical humor to drive home a point about Hamas and its method of conducting war. See http://youtu.be/kQU_SieVOG0
"Enjoy a short animated tour of
"Warning: By law, Really Reality Realtors is required to inform you before you purchase a house that you will probably become a human shield, whether you want to or not. We have warned you: when Hamas puts lethal rockets in your home and then exploits the bodies of your children for propaganda purposes, don't blame us. Blame Hamas!"
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The Weekly Portion of Tanach
YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Air France flew from the U.S. to Israel during the early 1950s. They flew Lockheed Constellations and the flying time was 20 hours.
This promotional film - in English for an American audience - shows Israel as it was three years after the War of Independence .
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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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