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July 24, 2014
Israel Scrambles to Restore Foreign Flights to Tel Aviv
By IsraelNationalNews.com & VOA News
Secretary of State John Kerry refused a request by Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu for his intercession for lifting the FAA directive suspending US
airlines flights to
Israeli authorities emphasized the success of the Iron Dome interceptor system
About 30 foreign airlines have suspended flights to Ben Gurion. Three of them were American, acting in accordance with a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) ban issued on Tuesday, which was extended by 24 hours on Wednesday. Turkish Airlines also extended suspension of its flights for another 24 hours.
The FAA said it was responding to a Palestinian rocket that struck a building
two kilometers (1.25 miles) from the airport.
Israeli officials described the FAA notice as too hasty and affected by
international jitters over the shooting down last week of a Malaysian airliner
Romm dismissed comparisons between the relatively unsophisticated rockets made
by Gazan militants and the Russian-built radar-guided missile which the West
believes brought down the Malaysia Airlines flight with the loss of 298 lives.
“I am a little upset by the hysteria from that rocket [from
Israeli airlines continued flying and the Tourism Ministry said on Wednesday
that 22 foreign carriers were still landing at Ben Gurion, among them British
Flag carrier El Al has picked up some of the slack and used a larger jet than
normal on its morning flight from
Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz called the FAA decision “out of
place” and a “reward to terrorism.” However, he said
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to
Small cruise ships have also stopped calling at
Two homes in Yehud were damaged by rocket shrapnel. One house suffered a direct hit on a storage annex, sustaining heavy damage. Fortunately, the house was empty at the time. Rescue crews and police rushed to the scene, including police sappers and Homefront Command officers. Dan District Commander Effy Mishov said, "Fortunately, there were no injuries."
Mazi Meir, who owns one of the houses that was struck by shrapnel, was at work at the time and her family was not at home. Upon seeing the damage, Meir began to feel unwell and contacted a hospital. Her husband, Aryeh Meir, could not believe that all the belongings and personal effects he and his family had collected over the years had been destroyed by one rocket. "The damage is immeasurable," he said. "You can't even begin to estimate it."
Israel Transport Yisrael Katz vowed no Israelis would remain stranded abroad. "This decision is not proper and is a surrender to terrorism," Katz said. "Contacts are being made at all government and professional levels to change this decision, which has understandably impacted on European companies as well."
When asked by Israel National News how
"The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the
resistance, and is the crown of
The Israeli Airports Authority meanwhile announced Wednesday it would open the
Ovda military airport, 35 miles (60 kilometers) north of
Adding to pressure on Israel, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi
Pillay said there was "a strong possibility'' that it was committing war crimes
in Gaza, where 668 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said the U.N. rights council was an
"anti-Israel'' body. "
Hamas and a smaller
The military says one of its soldiers is also missing and believes he might be dead. Hamas says it has captured him, but has not released a picture of him in their hands.
Palestinian medics said two worshippers were killed and 30 wounded in an attack
on a mosque in the heart of the densely populated Zeitoun neighborhood in
In a move that could effectively turn Abbas into the main Palestinian point
person for any
These demands include the release of hundreds of Hamas supporters recently
arrested in the nearby West Bank and an end to the Egyptian-Israeli blockade of
Egyptian sources said a unified Palestinian position could help achieve a deal.
Unlike Hamas, Abbas and his Western-backed PLO have pursued peacemaking with
Senior IDF commanders said Wednesday July 23 that the time had come for a decisive war move. Breaking up the Hamas’ subterranean tunnels would take weeks, they said, but the critical encounter for completing their military mission and bringing the war to a close was still to be fought after three key IDF victories: The battle for Shijaiyah grabbed the headlines, but the confrontations in eastern Rafah and eastern Khan Younes in the south were just as important.
The commanders are now urging a large-scale assault on the bunker complex housing Hamas’ top military command and infrastructure. They say it is up to national leaders, i.e., the security cabinet, to determine the military’s next move and the disposition of the forces present on the battlefields of the Gaza Strip. The tank units could undertake the opening moves for the next, critical stage of the Israeli operation at no more than hours’ notice.
Western diplomats and Palestinian Authority officials who met Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal in Qatar Sunday were amazed to hear him assert that Hamas was winning the war against the IDF and confident of being able to keep going for a long time, DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources report.
On Monday, July 21, Meshaal told one Western official: "In
DEBKAfile's military sources note that Hamas' success in disrupting civilian air
traffic to and from
30,000 Attend Funeral of American Lone Soldier
About 30,000 people attended the funeral of Sergeant Max Steinberg
Wednesday. Max was a “lone soldier” who
made aliyah on his own. He served in the Golani Brigade and was killed in
He was eulogized by a friend who said: "I remember your smile, and instead of crying, I laugh. You are a legend. I have lost a brother and a dear friend.” His sister said: “You are a hero for thousands of Jews today.”
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said: “Over 30,000 people came to give you the honor
of a hero. The strength of the Jewish people lies in people like you. This week,
we buried soldiers from
MK Dov Lipman, himself an oleh (immigrant) from the US, read out the following eulogy: "What could motivate a young American to leave the comforts and security of a loving home with a more familiar future ahead of him, to move to a land where he had no family, no friends, could not speak the language, was in greater danger, and had an uncertain future?
"Max made his decision to move back to
"I think the answer can be found in words that Max's mother related to the press in the United States – 'He felt that if this was his calling, that being on the sidelines, or even in the backseat, was just not going to work,' – Max heeded the call of Moses as we read in this past week's Torah portion: 'Will your brothers go to war while you remain here?'
"And to understand this decision one step deeper, we need to look no further
back than the last words which Max shared with his mother: "He reached her at 4
a.m. – early Saturday morning – after coming out of
"Those last words say it all – concern for his mother but not for himself. Worry for his beloved state, but not for himself. Fear for the wellbeing of his Jewish brothers and sisters, but not for his own. This describes the ultimate giver – the person who doesn't ask what most people ask – what can I do for myself – but the person who asks what he can do for others, even if that means personal risk and harm.
"Evelyn and Stuart – your son is a Jewish and Israeli hero.
Jake and Paige – your brother is a Jewish and Israeli hero.
He is a hero on two levels. His first level of heroism is the fact that
he saved lives – plain and simple.
Max fought to make sure that missiles will not keep falling in our cities, and
to destroy the tunnels of terror from
"Mr. and Mrs. Steinberg, Jake and Paige – it is true – today we join you in mourning the fact that you won't dance with Max at his wedding, that you won't see Max as a father, and that you won't see where is free spirit would have taken him. But your son, your heroic son, gave his life to save the lives of many others – of thousands of others. Your child and brother made a decision that there are things worth dying for and he died for them – thereby helping millions of Israelis live in peace and quiet.
"And this leads to the second level of Max's heroism. Max Steinberg, is the newly found hero to hundreds of thousands of young Israelis, and to millions of young Jews around the world. Max is causing young people to refocus on what is important in life. Look around you. Look at the masses of people who have come to pay respect to their new hero.
"Max has helped to rekindle the Zionistic spirit which gave birth to this state,
and has reminded all of us of the blessing from God, the special merit that we
have to live as a free people in our land – as well as the sacrifices we must
make to maintain this reality. It is my hope and prayer that this realization
provides you with some level of comfort. You raised a hero.
And your brother was a hero. I hope you feel the collective hug of the
"Max – now it is time to say goodbye – but before we do so I turn to you as a
representative of Knesset, and on behalf of the citizens of
"Max, all of us will try to continue your legacy – and every day ask ourselves as you did – what did we do for our state, what did we do for our nation and what did we do to make the world a better place. Rest in peace my brother who I never met. May your memory serve as a blessing and an inspiration for us all."
The funeral at Har Herzl was delayed by 30 minutes to enable the masses of people to reach the cemetery. Police blocked Sderot Herzl to vehicular traffic and the light rail beefed up its shuttle service from the Teddy Stadium parking lot.
Operation – 'Tsuk Eitan': The Lonely Soldier, the 'Sabra' Friendship
By Tzvi Szajnbrum, Attorney at Law (Commentary)
Lonely: People feel lonely for a number of reasons, including simple social awkwardness and intentional isolation, or because they are physically far from their family and friends.
Lonely Soldiers: It is true: There were thousands of lone soldiers in
We, the Israelis, are right now showing these young soldiers what we can do for them but we must find a way to do for them all year around - and not only during hard times like today. It is possible to adopt a soldier all year around, show them warmth, love and even give them a helping hand when they need one – a monetary and a physical hand.
A personal touch: In 1978 I became a lone soldier and let me tell you something:
I was economically “lonely”, but socially I had a lot of friends from the IDF
and from the community in
Let’s make a change, we can do it. Let’s make the idea of a lone soldier become only a classification that these soldiers are given in the IDF for the purpose of enhanced benefits. It is fine that they receive special and extra monetary help from the IDF, but “lonely” they don’t have to be anymore. It is up to us, every one of us.
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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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