Israel, Hamas Accept Egyptian Cease-Fire Proposal
Aug. 10, 2014 10:00am Zach Noble
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Zach Noble and Dave Urbanski
CAIRO (AP) — Israel and the Hamas militant group accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal Sunday, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce to end a month of heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip that has taken nearly 2,000 lives.
The announcement marked the second time in less than a week that the bitter enemies had agreed to Egyptian mediation. A similar three-day truce last week collapsed in renewed violence over the weekend.
In Cairo, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the truce scheduled to take effect at midnight (2101 GMT) would allow humanitarian aid into battered Gaza neighborhoods and the reopening of indirect talks on a more lasting and comprehensive deal.
Smoke from a fire caused by an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for Gaza were thrown into doubt Saturday after senior officials said an Israeli team would not rejoin negotiations in Cairo unless rocket fire from Gaza stops. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Hamas is seeking an end to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade against Gaza, while Israel wants Hamas to dismantle its formidable arsenal of rockets and other weapons.
Palestinian negotiators accepted the proposal early Sunday after meeting with Egyptian officials throughout the weekend. Israeli officials concurred later. Both delegations are back in Cairo.
Qais Abdelkarim, a member of the Palestinian delegation, said indirect talks with the Israelis would begin Monday “with the hope of reaching a lasting cease-fire.” The goal, he added, was to end the blockade, which he called “the reason for the war.”
The recent fighting has been the heaviest between Israel and Hamas since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. More than 1,900 Palestinians have been killed, including hundreds of civilians. On the Israeli side, 67 people have been killed, including three civilians. Nearly 10,000 people have been wounded and thousands of homes destroyed.
The fighting ended in a three-day cease-fire last Tuesday. Egypt had hoped to use that truce to mediate a long-term deal. But when it expired, militants resumed their rocket fire, sparking Israeli reprisals. The violence continued throughout the weekend, including a burst of fighting late Sunday ahead of the expected cease-fire.
The Israeli military reported some 30 rocket attacks from Gaza on Sunday. Palestinian medical officials said seven people were killed in Israeli airstrikes, including the bodyguard of a Hamas leader, the medical officials said.
Israel had walked away from cease-fire talks over the weekend. “Israel will not negotiate under fire,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier Sunday, warning that his country’s military campaign “will take time.”
Last week’s talks failed in part because Israel rejected Hamas’ demand for a complete end to the blockade. Israel says the closure is necessary to prevent arms smuggling, and officials do not want to make any concessions that would allow Hamas to declare victory.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (L) at the defense ministry in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on August 2, 2014. Israel will continue its military campaign in the Gaza Strip for as long as needed and with as much force as necessary,Netanyahu said. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)
A senior Palestinian negotiator acknowledged that the Palestinians would make more modest demands this time around. He said they will seek an end to the bloodshed in Gaza and an easing — but not an end — to the blockade.
“We might not get everything we want, particularly on freedom of movement. But we believe the Israelis and the world have gotten the point that Gazans should live normally and things should be much better than today,” the negotiator said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was discussing internal Palestinian deliberations.
Israel says Hamas must disarm. Hamas has said handing over its arsenal, which is believed to include several thousand remaining rockets, is out of the question.
The blockade has greatly limited the movement of Palestinians in and out of the impoverished territory of 1.8 million people for jobs and schooling. It has also limited the flow of goods into Gaza and blocked virtually all exports.
An Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels along Gaza’s southern border has made things even tougher by robbing Hamas of its key economic pipeline and weapons conduit. Gaza’s unemployment rate surpasses 50 percent, and Hamas is unable to pay the salaries of tens of thousands of workers.
An easing of the blockade would mean an increased role for Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose forces were ousted by Hamas seven years ago. Officials said the rival Palestinian factions were already exploring options that would give Abbas, who now governs in the West Bank, a foothold in Gaza, including the likely control of its border crossing with Egypt.
At a minimum, Israel will want guarantees that the rocket fire will stop. A 2012 cease-fire promised an easing of the blockade but was never implemented — in part because of sporadic rocket attacks by various armed factions in Gaza.
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said Hamas could get the blockade lifted by accepting longstanding international demands to renounce violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist.
“They want to get legitimacy as a terrorist organization without accepting the requirements of the international community,” she told a news conference.
In the West Bank, Palestinian health officials said an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed Sunday by Israeli forces in a refugee camp near the city of Hebron.
Witnesses and relatives of the boy said Israeli security forces opened fire at Palestinian stone-throwers. They said the boy was standing on the road in front of his home at the time.
The military said its forces encountered a “violent riot” and opened fire. It acknowledged that the boy was killed in the violence and said it was investigating.
The current Gaza war escalated from the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June. Israel blamed the killings on Hamas and launched a massive arrest campaign, rounding up hundreds of its members in the West Bank. Hamas and other militants unleashed rocket fire from Gaza.
Associated Press writers Josef Federman in Jerusalem, Sarah El Deeb in Cairo, Ibrahim Barzak in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, and Daniel Estrin and Yousur Alhlou in Jerusalem contributed to this report.
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One of the chief demands of Hamas and the people of Gaza is that Israel end the long standing blockade imposed against them. The blockade consists of restrictions on travel across the borders into Israel, the amount of building materials allowed into Gaza, a denial of an airport and seaport access.
Gazans complain that the blockade creates a hardship, stifling their economy and development as a region. While Hamas and other terror organizations spin Israel’s firm commitment to the restrictions as callousness, the truth is, the people of Gaza are suffering because of Hamas.
Years under Hamas
The Gaza Strip was handed over to the Palestinian people in 1994 and has been governed by Hamas since 2007. Since then Hamas has not used the open borders of trade and commerce to develop their cities and benefit their people. Instead they have spent millions of dollars’ worth of construction materials on the building of terrorist tunnels from which to attack their “enemy,” Israel. In these first seven months of 2014 alone, according to the IDF Blog, ”680 trucks carrying 181 thousand tons of gravel, iron, cement, wood and other supplies have passed through the Kerem Shalom crossing.”
What’s a tunnel worth?
Since the ground campaign began on July 17th the Israel Defense Forces has discovered 32 terror tunnels. IDF estimates each tunnel costs Gaza citizens three million dollars. See yesterday’s blog post, “Who Wants A Ceasefire?” to read about their elaborate construction.
That’s three million dollars that could have been invested in improving conditions and services to the people of Gaza. Three million dollars multiplied by 32 tunnels! (See graphic.) Over 90 million dollars has been spent on hatred rather than responsibility.
The Palestinian people are getting the raw end of the deal, but it is not from Israel. It is by their own leadership who openly declares they value the death of Israel over the life of their own families, women and children. It is painful to see the pictures of death and grief in Gaza during this operation. What is even more heart wrenching is that those who the Palestinians call “the enemy” care more about the Gaza citizenry than their own leadership does.
Hamas has the power and the money to help its people
Hamas spends tens of millions, not to create a region that serves its people, but on pursuing the death of Israelis. So while Gaza cries “Stop the blockade!” and garners outraged support from inadequately informed world sympathizers, Hamas has the power and the money to help its people. But it doesn’t.
A god of hate or a God of love
During one of our medical missions to Africa a year or so ago, a volunteer nurse showed great tenderness and compassion to a sick Muslim woman. Before the clinic ended, the woman returned, much improved in health. She told volunteers about the nurse who cared for her and said, “You people are full of love. My religion is full of hate. I want to know your God.”
As for prayers
There are so many ways to pray right now, so many details of suffering and strategy that need covering – the evil of money and power spent toward hatred of Israel being among them. Please continue praying for all aspects of this war on terror, including safety, wisdom, disarming Israel’s enemies, world support, and for the frightened, traumatized and suffering.
Please also pray for:
To the Jew first and also to the Nations,
Jewish Voice Ministries International
On Tuesday, Israel accepted an Egypt-brokered ceasefire call and stopped responding to missile attacks from Gaza. Yet the missiles from Gaza continued to fall. Hamas launched nearly 50 missiles at Israeli civilian targets during the daylight hours alone.
As a result, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced to resume Israeli Defense Force efforts to degrade Hamas’ ability to endanger Israeli civilians through missile launches.
As is often the case whenever Israel moves to defend herself, these efforts have sparked condemnation and anti-Semitism all over the world. This time, the hate is particularly troubling.
On Monday, a stone and club-wielding anti-Semitic mob tried to force its way into a Paris synagogue while worshippers were gathered there. In Paris’ heavily Muslim suburbs, people were heard chanting “slaughter the Jews,” and “death to the Jews.”
Over the last few days, we’ve witnessed a massive increase in people worldwide posting hateful messages to social media accompanied by the hashtag “#HitlerWasRight” or “#HitlerDidNothingWrong.” The levels of hatred and bile are truly astonishing—all because Israel is acting to defend herself.
Here at Jewish Voice Ministries, we’ve been encouraging all of our partners and friends to join us in praying for the people of Israel as the situation there becomes increasingly volatile and dangerous.
We are particularly burdened by what Israel’s children are experiencing right now. Incessant air raid sirens and “Code Red” alerts that have had Israeli families scrambling into bomb shelters night and day have begun to take a psychological toll on even the most resilient of Israel’s adults. How much more must the children be traumatized?
Of course, we’ll keep you apprised of developments. Meanwhile, please remember that your gifts of support help make you a part of rallying support for Israel amid the rising tide of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism that is sweeping the globe.
Please continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. And keep your connection to Jewish Voice strong. Your help allows us to provide greater support to ministries in Israel who are meeting needs and sharing the love of Yeshua with the Jewish People who are enduring such right now. As a way of showing our thanks for your contribution we’d like to send you the collection of gifts shown to the right. What we’re doing together is more important and more urgently needed than ever before.
To the Jew first and also to the Nations,
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Israel Slams Obama-Led Nuke Talks With Iran As A “Historical Mistake”…
We always knew Obama was going to throw Israel under the bus.
Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Saturday that a landmark deal on Iran’s nuclear programme under discussion with world powers is a “historical mistake”.
“An agreement now, in the current conditions, is a historical mistake that will allow the bellicose regime in Tehran to pursue its dangerous nuclear programme and its ambition to spread terror and to undermine regimes in the Middle East and the entire world,” Yaalon said.
He urged world powers holding talks with Iran in Geneva on Saturday to be “intransigent” with the Islamic republic, in comments echoed by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.
“There is no need to hurry to sign an agreement that will not reach its objectives, when a much more favourable agreement could be signed given the pressure Iran is under,” Livni said in a statement.
The proposed agreement — seen as a first step ahead of further talks on a final deal — would see Iran freeze parts of its nuclear programme for as long as six months in exchange for some relief from the sanctions battering its economy.
Don’t second guess me again: Netanyahu to US
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily warned the White House “not to ever second-guess me again” on matters involving Hamas — and followed up by vowing that Israel will deal with Palestinian terrorists on its own terms.
Netanyahu was incensed that President Obama pressured him into a cease-fire that Hamas fighters broke after just 90 minutes Friday by attacking Israeli troops sent to destroy one of the tunnels from Gaza used to raid Israel.
Hamas killed two Israeli soldiers in the attack and possibly abducted a third, who officials later said had been killed in a battle. It was not clear whether he’d been captured or had died with the other two.
Netanyahu issued the stinging rebuke in a heated phone call Friday with US Ambassador Dan Shapiro following the collapse of the US-brokered truce with Hamas, The Associated Press reported.
In the call, Netanyahu insisted that he must be “trusted” in his handling of the crisis and that he “expected” the United States and other countries to fully support Israel’s Gaza offensive. He made similar points directly to Secretary of State John Kerry, AP reported.
Modal TriggerAn Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip .Photo: Reuters
Netanyahu had bitterly opposed the cease-fire, which one poll found was also opposed by 86.5 percent of the Israeli public. But he swallowed his objections at the urging of US diplomats.
His reported rant is no surprise to observers of US-Israeli relations. “What else is new? I don’t think there is any secret this is the poorest relationship between a Jewish leader and a US president since Eisenhower,” said Jim Carafano, vice president for foreign policy at the Heritage Foundation.
Netanyahu played down his complaints at a press conference Saturday, saying they were distorted in media reports. “The US has been terrific and has given us tremendous support during the Gaza crisis,” he said.
Modal TriggerA mosque is destroyed in the northern Gaza Strip August 2nd.Photo: Getty Images
But he stuck to his hard line on Hamas, insisting that Israel would withdraw from Gaza on its own terms, not those of the US or other countries. “We do not have any obligation but our obligation to the security of Israel,” he said, vowing to keep up the pressure on the Palestinian terror organization.
Modal TriggerPalestinians stand atop the wreckage in Rafah.Photo: Reuters
“We will take as much time as necessary and will exert as much force as needed,” he said, adding that Israel had dealt a “significant blow” to Hamas’ infrastructure in its Gaza campaign.
Netanyahu has long had a rocky relationship with the Obama administration, which he feels has not always stood up for Israel’s interests.
Kerry called Netanyahu “a stubborn head” in a meeting with French officials on July 26 and expressed fear that he was hurting US efforts to deal with Sunni terrorists and Iranian nukes, said the French weekly Le Canard Enchaine.
Last November, Netanyahu blasted Obama’s interim deal to freeze Iran’s development of nuclear weapons as a “historic mistake.” Obama had kept Israel in the dark for months.
Modal TriggerIsraeli soldiers near the Gaza Strip border.Photo: EPA
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Netanyahu could barely hide his support for Mitt Romney, with whom he worked at Boston Consulting Group in the 1970s. Netanyahu was even featured in a pro-Romney TV ad, though he said the footage was used without his permission.
Modal TriggerA Palestinian protester throws a stone at Israeli border police during clashes against the Israeli offensive in Gaza August 1st.Photo: Reuters
Obama has expressed frustration with Netanyahu. Responding to then-French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy’s comment in 2011 that Netanyahu was a “liar,” Obama said, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”
Rep. Peter King (R-LI) said Netanyahu and Obama will move past this latest brouhaha. “We have so many common interests and common enemies that it’ll work itself out, We don’t have to love each other to work with each other.” said King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
“There’s always been mistrust between Netanyahu and Obama,” said Rep. Peter King (R-LI), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
The latest brouhaha further strains the relationship, King said, but he thinks the US and Israel will find a way past their mistrust.
Israeli troops pulled back from some of their positions in Gaza Saturday in what Netanyahu said was a redeployment to “minimize friction” with Hamas as the campaign continues. Shlomo Brom, a retired general and a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said Israeli troops remain poised to resume their attack.
“Instead of trying to reach an agreement with Hamas, which seems impossible, The government is going to withdraw most of its forces while staying very close in case they have to go in again,” he said.
Additional reporting by Michael Gartland
Where is the outrage over the bombardment of civilians in Israel?
Hundreds of rockets have been fired and a million citizens are forced to run for cover. Imagine if London suffered this bombardmentA trail of smoke is seen as a rocket is launched from the Palestinian Gaza Strip towards southern Israel Photo: Jack Guez/AFP
By Arsen Ostrovsky
2:59PM BST 08 Jul 2014
You see, as most people in the UK were waking up this morning, and those in Europe, United States and elsewhere around the world were going about their daily routines, here in Israel over one million people were running for cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
In the last 24 hours alone, over 120 rockets have been fired on southern Israel. That’s approximately five rockets per hour. By the time I finish this article, odds are that count will have risen to 125 rockets.
To put things in context: one million Israelis is roughly 13 per cent of the population. Thirteen per cent of the UK population equates to about 8.4 million people, or the entire population of London.
A number of Israelis have already been injured, though thankfully without fatalities. The only reason more have not been hurt is because Israel has invested millions of dollars in bomb shelters and the Iron Dome defence system. Meanwhile, Hamas, whose very raison d'être is the destruction of Israel and which is recognised as a terrorist organisation both by the EU and UK, has invested millions of dollars in foreign aid into more rockets.
So, where is the outrage?
Since the beginning of this year, Gaza terrorists have fired more than 450 rockets on Israel, with about half of them coming since mid-June, when two Hamas terrorists kidnapped and brutally murdered three Israeli teenagers.
Why is it that a majority of the international community only notices when Israel undertakes its sovereign right, and obligation, to defend its citizens? Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on London, Washington, Paris or Moscow? This is simply intolerable and no country can, or should, tolerate such attacks on its people.
Where is the outrage from the United Nations, which does not hesitate for a moment to call a "special emergency session" on the "Question of Palestine" or pass the umpteenth resolution blindly condemning Israel? But 24 hours after the rocket attacks on Israel started, I am still waiting for even one syllable of condemnation from the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly or the Human Rights Council.
Where is the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who repeatedly slams Israel over settlement building, but is yet to say a word about the Palestinians firing over 120 rockets on Israeli civilians in one day? Even 10 Downing and the Foreign Office are yet to comment.
Where are all those so-called enlightened liberals, who continue to call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Jewish State, but are silent in the face of Palestinian terror against Jews?
Where are all the human rights organisations like Human Rights Watch, Amnesty and Oxfam, who do not waste a single opportunity to condemn Israel for human rights violations against the Palestinians? Are the human rights of Israelis not equally important? Or is Jewish blood really that cheap?
Where is the outrage from the mainstream media? Instead, news organisations like the BBC, lead their stories about the rocket attacks headlines like ‘Israel launches new air strikes on Gaza Strip’ and not ‘Palestinian Terrorists in Gaza Rain Down Over 120 Rockets Against 1 million Israelis in 24 hours.’
Where is the outage that Iran, which the international community is currently negotiating with over their nuclear weapons program, and which has called for Israel to be wiped off the map, is the primary funder and supplier of arms to Hamas?
Where is the outage that civilians across southern Israel are being instructed not to send their kids to school and stay in bomb shelters, or that 24 prematurely born babies and 34 newborns had to be moved last night to a protected area in Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, due to the rocket attacks from Gaza?
What sort of inhumane way is that for children to live?
Where is the outrage that the very same Hamas now responsible for the rocket fire against millions of Israelis, was only a month ago welcomed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, our so-called ‘partner for peace’ into his unity government, while the international community, including the EU, rushed to embrace it?
As I conclude, another two rockets were just fired from Gaza. So again, I ask: where is the outrage?
Arsen Ostrovsky is an international human rights activist and freelance journalist living in Israel.
Islamic supremacist pro-government Turkish newspaper targets Turkish Jews: “Go home killer”
by Robert Spencer
Aug 15, 2014 at 2:05pm
Islamic antisemitism, Turkey
Here is yet another sign of the global increase in open and virulent anti-Semitism, and of Turkey’s rapid re-Islamization.
“Daily targets Turkish Jews in headline,” Today’s Zaman, August 14, 2014 (thanks to Joshua):
The pro-government Milat daily targeted Turkish nationals from the Jewish community who also hold Israeli passports in its Thursday issue by arguing that since Israeli citizens are required to serve in the national army, they have blood on their hands and are responsible for the killings of civilians in Gaza during an Israeli offensive that has led to over 2,000 deaths since July of this year.
Milat, a staunch pro-government paper that uses political Islamist rhetoric, used English in its headline, stating “Go home killer” in reference to Turkish Jews who allegedly serve in the Israeli army. The article stated that after Israel announced its recent military campaign, Turkish Jews who hold dual citizenship rushed to “massacre” Palestinians. The paper also commented that Jewish Turkish citizens involved in fighting against innocent Palestinians come back to Turkey and “resume their lives as if nothing happened.”
Milat based its report on a social media campaign launched by a number of journalists and activists with the hashtag #israilaskeriistemiyoruz (We do not want Israeli soldiers). A website under the same name urges citizens to sign a petition and send it to Parliament so as to revoke the Turkish citizenship of anyone who fights in the Israeli army on the grounds that they have committed premeditated murder. The petition also requests that the Ministry of Defense abolish an existing legal exemption regarding military service for people who carry dual citizenship and have served in the Israeli army. According to a 1993 law, citizens with more than one nationality are exempt from military service in Turkey if they have served in the military of a county that Turkey recognizes.
An anonymous call on the website rejects the idea of living in the same neighborhood as “murderers.”
Meanwhile, in his first address since being elected president, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday that all minorities in Turkey live in peace under the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government. “There is no other country that displays the same degree of sensitivity that we show as far as minorities are concerned,” Erdoğan stressed, adding, “While all these events are happening in Gaza, we maintain that our Jewish citizens are under protection.”
Erdoğan added that their problem is not with the people of Israel, but its government.
Hamas Tunnels Used To Target and Blow Up Israel’s Kindergartens, “An Israeli 9/11″ Planned with Tens of Thousands of Casualities
And the Muslims and their leftist lapdogs back these savages.
“Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel’s Kindergartens,” The Muslim Issue, August 2, 2014
Stories From The Battlefield: Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel’s Kindergartens
By Mordechai Ben-Menachem
Multiple media outlets report that Hamas’s offensive tunnel network – now known to have been composed of over forty attack tunnels dug underneath Israel’s border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip – was set to be activated during the Jewish High Holidays (September 24th) as a mass terror attack.
The attack was meant to generate as many as ten thousand casualties, men, women and particularly children and hundreds of captives. Explosives were particularly placed underneath kindergartens to make certain that these “institutions” would be the first struck, even before any thing else.
The IDF recently published the below map showing that tunnels were created in pairs, to empty out on both sides of nearby communities. The known cost of the infrastructure – each tunnel costs upward of some $1 million – clearly shows that Hamas was planning a coordinated mega-attack. It must be understood that use of even one tunnel would inevitably trigger Israeli retaliation against the entire network.
A map of a small portion of the tunnels meant to be used 9 weeks from now.
Revelations regarding the planned tunnel attack magnitude played a decisive role in the Israeli government’s rejection of a ceasefire proposed late Friday by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Unbelievably, Kerry actually proposed in his latest “cease-fire proposal” – none of which have been honored by Hamas so far – that Israel refrains from degrading remaining attack tunnels. This mind-boggling concept would necessarily be rejected by any sane government, of any country.
Israeli security sources, citing information acquired in interrogations of captured brigands, described a scenario under which hundreds of heavily armed Hamas fighters would have spilled out into Israel in the dead of night and within 10 minutes been positioned to infiltrate essentially all Israeli communities surrounding the Gaza Strip. Waiting then in hiding until schools and kindergartens were occupied, the terrorists would then attempt to kill the children first, and then kill and kidnap as many Israelis as possible. The plot was set to take place during Jewish New Year, on September 24.
“It’s like the Underground, the Metro or the Subway,” Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. “These tunnels are all connected. I would describe it as Lower Gaza.”
Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said, “A whole city of terror tunnels has been found. Without the ground operation, we would have woken up one day to an Israeli 9/11.”
Except, the actual objective was to be five times 9/11.
This picture shows clearly the width of one of the tunnels, sufficient for wheeled vehicles to transverse it. Hamas did not build a “subway” system for Gaza residents. They built an infrastructure for one purpose, and one only, an industry of death.
Israeli military officials reported that the tunnels are stocked with tranquilizers, handcuffs, syringes, ropes and other materials used for subduing abductees, civilians and soldiers. The tunnels also had fantastic quantities of explosives and additional military materiel meant to be used in the up-coming mega attack. Much of these explosives had already been placed underneath Israeli kindergartens. Some of these tunnels were as deep as 30 meters underground.
Fantastic quantities of explosives were stored in every tunnel, meant to be used in a mega-attack on civilian communities and infrastructure.
Sources say the Gaza Strip war, Operation Protective Edge, could serve as a prelude for a more extensive underground war with the Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah. Perhaps, not ‘just’ in the Middle East.
The tunnels inside Gaza and under the Israeli border are not a secret project Hamas ran under the noses of Israel and the Palestinian public. Everyone in Gaza, knew that beneath Gaza, the City and all of its environs, a network of tunnels was being dug over the past five years, with an investment of tens of millions of dollars. Yet no one in Israel, public or military, was prepared for the scope of the tunnels – the danger that became clear in the past week or two.
Senior Hamas operatives show off their offensive tunnels to their spouses. Unbelievably, this is actually a picture of a Marriage taking place in the ‘place of death’.
In order to create this monstrosity, Hamas needed significant professional help; and this help had to have come from a large organization or state entity. This is not just the monetary aid it received from Qatar, America’s ally. This is professional guidance for the performance of such an underground feat. Perhaps Hamas could have used experts from the tunnels dug at Rafah under the Gaza-Egypt border, but those were significantly simpler, and did not demand any extraordinary investment or effort.
A Hamas operative climbing upward in a pier of one of the major tunnels. Notice the work on the sides of the tunnel.
Who supplied these quantities of material? Who planned what would be needed? How did Hamas acquire thousands of ampoules of tranquilizer, syringes and other, additional drugs to be used? These are far beyond the quantities and variety of what is needed by any civilian medical service.
How was all this brought in to the Gaza Strip? The logistics of this planned attack are the work of a well-organised military, not that of a militia or club. This was no amateur plan.
Observers note that attack scenarios lined up with recently revealed data about the sophistication, scope and nature of the offensive tunnel network. As previously reported here, this sophistication and know-how is being copied right now by Mexico-based Hezbollah agents along the Southern US border. Tunnels in Southern Lebanon, as in South US, are significantly more difficult to detect than those in the sandy terrain of the Gaza Strip.
“Hamas planned these tunnels for years, and planned to use them to kidnap soldiers,” Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mordechai Almoz said. “[Now] they see the tunnels collapsing one after the other.” For the last two years, the Israeli army has sought to develop skills and equipment to fight in enemy tunnels and bunkers. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have used tunnels to operate command and control, to infiltrate Israel and abduct soldiers, to fire rockets and to conceal fighters amid invasion of the Gaza Strip.
Mordechai Ben-Menachem is a former researcher/lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and an author of 30 book ranging from engineering to poetry. He is also an ordained clergyman and a former soldier.
Israel Defense Forces:
Iron Dome Missile Defense SystemIDF:
The Iron Dome missile defense system, designed and developed by Israel and jointly funded through the United States, is a response to the threats Israel faces from short and medium-range rockets and mortar shells fired by Palestinian terrorists inGaza. The system has the capability to identify and destroy such projectiles before they land in Israeli territory and is considered one of the most effective anti-missile systems in the world.
IDF Soldiers man an Iron Dome battery
Iron Dome is comprised of three key components:
(1) the design and tracking radar, built by the Elta defense company;
(2) the battle management and weapon control system, designed by the mPrest Systems software company; and,
(3) the missile firing unit, manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
One of the most advanced features of Iron Dome is its capability to determine where an incoming rocket will land and to only intercept such projectiles that pose meaningful threats to populated civilian areas.
Hamas launches rockets and digs tunnels – all for the purpose of killing Israeli civilians.
Israel fights back but uses great care to minimize loss of life, so much care that 13 of its own soldiers fell this weekend – including two brave Americans who volunteered to fight terror overseas.
Yet there is rioting in Paris and London, against Israel.
Yet our own Secretary of State, John Kerry, was caught mocking Israel’s care for civilians.
And now there are calls for an emergency meeting in the U.N. – to pressure Israel.
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Watch: Terrifying Proof That Hamas Is Hiding Behind Civilians...Hamas using Palestinian civilians as "human shields."
JUSTIN KOSKI — JULY 14, 2014
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has for years warned about terrorist groups launching rockets under the cover of residential areas, thereby placing civilians in danger.
This video shows a Palestinian terrorist engineering a bread cart to fire rockets. The terrorist removes cardboard from the types of carts found frequently in Gaza, where vendors are selling goods.
The man runs away as two rockets are launched out of the cart and come dangerously close to houses around the cart.
Israeli officials have repeatedly voiced concerns about Hamas using Palestinian civilians as “human shields.” Hamas has ordered Palestinians to stay in their homes, even if they are warned by the IDF to vacate before a bombing.
To those who don’t understand the difference between the two sides:
Hamas uses people to defend their weapons.
Israel uses weapons to defend its people.
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