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?
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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.
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.
Is America proving to be a faithless friend to our closest Middle East ally?
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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.
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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By DANNY AYALON
The relatively low number of casualties in Gaza during the operation so far, in attacks even stronger than during “Cast Lead”, result from the precise and optimized use of advanced warning such as “Knock on the Roof."A Palestinian man looks through a broken window in the Gaza Strip, which police said was destroyed in an IAF strike. Photo: REUTERS
On the sixth day of Operation “Protective Edge” in Gaza, a ready conclusion is not yet at hand. Despite the growing civilian casualties in Gaza, Israel still enjoys sympathy and understanding from most of the international community.
The basis for this understanding are the new geopolitical realities in the region, Hamas’ aggression, and the balanced and responsible actions taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who isn’t easily swayed by political pressure applied by his own coalition.
It seems that the IDF learned well the lessons of Operation “Cast Lead”, which led to an unfortunate amount of Palestinian casualties and brought about the infamous Goldstone Report, which accused Israel, and the heads of the IDF and the government, of committing war crimes.
The Goldstone Report was cynically concocted in order to further delegitimize Israel and also to strip it of its right to self- defense. Even Judge Goldstone himself realized this in hindsight, and deplored his own report, albeit not soon enough.
The relatively low number of casualties in Gaza during the operation so far, despite the IDF’s’ intensive attacks, which are even stronger than the IDF attacks during “Cast Lead”, result from the precise and optimized use of advanced warning such as “Knock on the Roof”, and avoiding direct hits on schools, hospitals and mosques, even when it is a known thing that rockets and other weaponry are being hidden there.
In light of the IDF’s responsible conduct, Hamas is finally seen, not only in Western media, but in the Arab media as well, as a cynical, cruel, and irresponsible terror organization. An organization that uses a civilian population as human shields, and even calls for them to use their bodies to protect Hamas leaders and their rockets, while the Hamas terrorists and leaders themselves stay well-hidden and protected in underground tunnels and warehouses set in the midst of a civilian populace.
Hamas’ launching capabilities, which cover nearly the entirety of Israel, surprised the international community, and give further impetus to Israel’s demand that Hamas be disarmed, and not recognized as a legitimate partner. Today, it is clear for all to see that Hamas has succeeded, despite international law, to smuggle many advanced arms into Gaza, and like Hezbollah, has transformed from a terrorist organization that applies guerilla tactics to a terror organization with strong military capabilities, including strategic planning, communications systems, command and control, and stamina.
No UN member state would ever accept or allow massive indiscriminate missile launches on their citizens. The diplomatic equation is balanced in Israel’s favor, also due to the geopolitical changes in the region and the world. A split and divided Arab world, engaged in massive bloodbaths between Shiites and Sunnis, and between moderates and extremists, “dilutes” the attention on Gaza in favor of the situation in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Kurdistan and others. Even President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi’s Egypt is in no rush to act to put out the flames, as they benefit from the harm to Hamas – the Muslim Brotherhood’s sister party – which Sissi has declared to be a terror organization threatening Egypt’s sovereignty and security.
The United States, which has experienced loss of prestige and influence in the Arab world, does not have many levers to pull, and the bulk of her activity at the moment amounts to blocking one-sided condemnations of Israel in the UN Security Council.
In this relatively convenient position for Israel, the question is asked, how long will this diplomatic window stay open, what are the operation’s objectives, and what are the conditions for bringing an end to the operation?
The diplomatic breathing room should not be measured in days or weeks, but rather in accordance with developments on the ground. A tragic accident which will cause civilian and children casualties, such as happened twice in Kfar Kana, Lebanon, will greatly decrease international acceptance for the continuing of the operation.
Naturally, the pressure on Israel will intensify, and a strategy for concluding the operation must be thought up, with the demands of a complete cease fire by Hamas, and just as importantly, the total disarmament of Gaza, similar to the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons.
These must be the conditions for an end to the operation. If this is accomplished, it will be a great achievement which will prevent further rounds of rocket fire and Hamas terror.
Hamas’ frustration at Israel’s outstanding resilience on the front and on the home front, as well as the “Iron Dome’s” defensive capabilities, together with Hamas’ diplomatic isolation and economic distress, provide Israel with very strong bargaining chips, which if used wisely, alongside the threat of a widespread ground operation, can bring about improved understandings that will lead to long lasting quiet for the citizens of Israel as a whole, and the residents of the south in particular.
The writer is the former Deputy Defense Minister and MK for Yisrael Beytenu.
Defend Israel and Defund Her Terrorist Enemies.
It's been an astonishing week in Washington, with revelation after revelation exposing the Obama Administration's incompetence and duplicity.
First, Secretary of State Kerry slandered our ally Israel, the Middle East's most vibrant democracy, by saying that it could become an "apartheid" state.
Second, the Administration made this statement even as the Palestinian Authority planned to join with Hamas, an anti-Semitic, jihadist, terrorist organization.
Third, the Obama Administration's spin about Benghazi collapsed as it was revealed that it knew a video wasn't to blame for the attacks, and the Administration did not even try to rescue Americans who were murdered.
How are these things connected? They show the Obama Administration still doesn't understand the Middle East, and it still doesn't know our enemies.
Israel understands the threats. Israel confronts jihad even when we retreat. Stand with Israel today:
Defend Israel and Defund Her Terrorist Enemies.
ACLJ Chief Counsel