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July 29, 2014
High IDF Death Toll in Hamas Upsurge of Violence on 'Cease-Fire' Day
In the past 48 hours,
Neither Israelis, Americans or Egyptians anticipated the radical Hamas launching
an escalated assault on the first day of the Eid el-Fitr festival. In fact, by
coordinating rocket, mortar and tunnel terror attacks, they inflicted on
A grim omen of the deadly attacks ahead came from a surge of rocket fire Monday
afternoon, after a relatively quiet night. It targeted
At around 4:30 p.m.
Half an hour later, Hamas directed mortar fire at the Eshkol District, where a
group of soldiers was meeting. One hit its mark, killing four men and injuring
nine. The mortar attack was coordinated with another rocket barrage, this one
directed at Ofakim and
Monday night, Israeli troops appeared to have started expanding the operation to
the west. The inhabitants of Jebalya and Zeitun were told to leave their homes
and, soon after,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz made a joint TV appearance Monday, offering a pledge to continue the campaign against Hamas until all goals were achieved, however long it takes. Netanyahu said: “Today we suffered terrorism from above and below.” The destruction of terror tunnels, he said, was an essential step towards the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, which offered the only path to real peace.
The 24-hour “humanitarian ceasefire” was the stage for a major escalation in
violence as Hamas strutted its stuff, fully confident of its ability to stand up
to the next stage of the IDF operation. Will
Israeli officials were outraged on Monday after President Barack Obama urged
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to announce an "immediate, unconditional
humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza Strip. "Obama is stopping
"It was obvious that international pressure would mount eventually," Ariel said. "We should have acted faster, harder and with more determination. The rocket threat needs to be tackled. The tunnel threat is being addressed, but it is not enough."
Likud deputy minister Tzipi Hotovely also criticized the American demand,
In his conversation with Netanyahu on Sunday, Obama urged an "immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 cease-fire agreement."
In a statement about the phone call, the White House said, "The president
According to the White House, Obama "underscored the enduring importance of ensuring Israel’s security, protecting civilians, alleviating Gaza's humanitarian crisis, and enacting a sustainable cease-fire that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza's long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority."
In Ramallah, Palestinian Authority officials are furious that Kerry presented
the cease-fire conditions of
Iran: Hizbullah Can Fire Rockets 'Nonstop' at
Iranian officials are closely studying the progress of Operation Protective
Edge, in light of concern over
Hossein Salami G'anshin, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, said in
this context that the war in
The Naval commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Ali Fadawi, said at a meeting
with senior officers that following the war, the Iranian army should place
emphasis on strengthening deterrence and defense capabilities in order to bring
According to Fadawi, the Iranian army closely monitors the IDF's activities and
is engaged in the development of plans for the protection of Iranian assets in
accordance with Israeli "threats" and the different possible scenarios. He added
that the information gathered from the "enemy" for the Iranian army is one of
the factors helping build
Earlier this year, Israeli naval commandos seized the Klos C ship, and
discovered weapons including long-range rockets destined for terrorist groups in
Gaza Operation Prompts Anti-Semitic Protests in
Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip has prompted a dire rise in
anti-Semitism in Europe, according to
The report said that over 100 hate crimes had been committed against Jews in the
The report said that many of the attacks "have been carried out by young Muslim men and, in some cases, the attackers have invoked the Holocaust."
The more serious incidents currently being investigated across the U.K. include an assault on a rabbi outside a Jewish school in Gateshead, the vandalism of a synagogue in Belfast, a group of young men driving through a Jewish area of Greater Manchester shouting "Heil Hitler,” and a man using Twitter to urge the bombing of a Jewish neighborhood in London so "Jews feel the pain of Palestinians," as well as the use by pro-Palestinian demonstrators of banners saying "Hitler, you were right."
According to the report, in the last few weeks have also seen the BBC reprimand
a journalist who suggested that western politicians have refrained from
intervening in the latest
The recent rise in anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe, and especially in
Woman Behind '
Mitchell insists that the photo is not an anti-Semitic statement, but merely a tribute to her father, whom was supposed to have made the trip with her but died shortly before her senior year in high school.
The photo has nonetheless sparked a formidable backlash. "There were death
threats. Somebody told me he would come over and poison me," Mitchell told
AL.com. “[...] People have just taken it so far,” she said. “They have
photobombed my picture with the
Mitchell remains unfazed by the backlash, however; if anything, she seems to have reveled in the media attention the move brought her. In a tweet posted July 20, she posted an article on the controversy, with the phrase, "I'm famous, y'all."
"Honestly, I don't think I would do anything differently, because I didn't mean any harm," she said in a recent interview. "And, like, I told everybody my story behind it, so that's the only reason I don't regret taking it."
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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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