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US Secy of State John Kerry heading to Cairo.

U.S. Secretary of State arrived Monday in Cairo, where he hit the ground running to begin efforts to press for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

But for the first time in the history of the past several mini-wars with Gaza, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has the backing of nearly the entire country for Operation Protective Shield. In fact, most Israelis are determined to see the operation continue until it is clear that Israel has secured an unambiguous victory and that the rocket fire is completely silenced for a long time, if not “for good.”

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Seven IDF soldiers died in battle just this morning (Monday) after two terrorist cells emerged from tunnels whose entrances opened into an area between the Erez and Nir Am kibbutzim along the Gaza border. They were spotted by Israeli air force pilots and ground forces, but pilots held their fire because the terrorists were dressed as IDF soldiers, right down to their shoes — presenting a new and extremely dangerous new security breach. A later search of their bodies discovered they were carrying injectable tranquilizers and handcuffs with which to subdue kidnap victims captured during their intended infiltration that day. Israel’s ground forces engaged the terrorists instead, killing all ten. But four IDF soldiers paid the ultimate price in the firefight, when the terrorists fired a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) at the patrol jeep in which they were riding.

Hamas terrorists have demonstrated a level of professionalism and posession of highly sophisticated equipment and lethal ordnance not previously stocked in their arsenals of the past. Moreover, the number and complexity of terrorist tunnels, not to mention the sheer reach of their infrastucture, which has been discovered deep into Israeli territory, makes it clear there is much work to do to dismantle the deadly Hamas threat to Israel’s existence.

A few days ago, a cache of 20 missiles was discovered in a vacant school owned and run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza. The agency, which has underscored its ‘neutral’ status numerous times, posted a statement of regret on its website and saying it had removed the missiles.

What the statement was careful to avoid saying was the fact that UNRWA handed the missiles over to the Hamas terrorist government in Gaza. The U.N. agency is now itself very possibly guilty of two war crimes: storing missiles on behalf of a terror organization in its own civilian building used to educate children in a neutral, international zone, one funded with taxpayer dollars worldwide; and handing over the missiles that it “found” to the terrorists who are known to place them among civilians in the first place.

When questioned about the incident, Kerry’s spokesperson adroitly sidestepped the issue and avoided providing any details to reporters, even though the United States generously funds UNRWA. The United Nations spokesperson did the same thing.

Meanwhile, Kerry is expected to meet with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi between Monday night and Wednesday.

Kerry is also expected to carry on talks with Israeli officials, as he will with those from Qatar and Turkey – both of whom have slipped into the process as mediators for Hamas despite objections from Israel, who agreed only to Egypt. Turkey, which has been a vociferous critic of Israel and a major supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, abandoned its ambassadorial ties with Israel several years ago and has threatened to several lower-level ties as well.

President Barack Obama expressed deep concern over civilian casualties in Gaza during a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday. He later said bluntly that despite the fact that Israel ‘had a right to defend itself from rocket fire emanating from Gaza, it was time for a cease fire to be put into place to end the conflict.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

251 COMMENTS

  1. John Kerry is a punk. Everyone knows Hamas will not stop. Besides they are a terrorist organization. We should be taking them all out until Hamas no longer exists. I stand by God’s people of Israel always!!!! Keep it up Israel!! Rid the world of that evil.

  2. Kerry is another of Obozo’s clowns who has no power over Israel now or ever. Israel upheld the cease fire proposed by Egypt but, Hamas continued to launch rockets into Israel, as well as go through the cement tunnels paid for by US money as “aide” to the Gaza residents to build infrastructure. Hamas used the money to pour concrete in the tunnels to attack Israel. Shame on the soon to be impeached Obozo and Kerry, his Court Jester.

  3. Israel, know that not all Americans support the Head Clown Obozo, and his Court Jester, Kerry. There is a growing movement in America as well as in Canada against our leaders who give US money and aide to Hamas and turn their backs on Israel. Americans are rapidly seeing unfold the truth of the plight of Israel and the truth going on in Gaza as well as the bravery of the IDF and BiBi. Baruch Hashem X Infinity

  4. The only genocide is from HamASS killing their own people, using women and children as shields, and putting rockets in homes, schools, hospitals, and anywhere else there are innocent people. So, we’re sending all of the “Pals” to your home in buttf**k south america. We’ll see how you like it.

  5. Obama and Kerry where is your outrage while these muj murder innocent christians in Iraq….where is the outrage world.. Is it only when we Jews defend ourselves that the same old actors show their outrage….. Re-take gaza Israel and make the muj bastards fear the Lion once again

  6. Obama and Kerry where is your outrage while these muj murder innocent christians in Iraq….where is the outrage world.. Is it only when we Jews defend ourselves that the same old actors show their outrage….. Re-take gaza Israel and make the muj bastards fear the Lion once again

  7. NO! NO! NO! WE’RE THERE – FINISH THE JOB!

    “No compromise on the main purpose; no peace till victory; no pact with unrepentant wrong”
    Winston Churchill (1918)

    “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival“
    Winston Churchill (1940)

    And I would add: Real lasting peace accepted by the people on both sides and not empty “written agreements” ceremoniously signed.

    Let us have faith in our strength:

    It is time we dare to dream as a great nation and not to be afraid.

    “It is time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams… I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. … Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope. We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.”
    Ronald Reagan, Second Inaugural Address (1985)

    The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
    GEN Ulysses S. Grant

    Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
    GEN George S. Patton

    In war there is no substitute for victory.
    It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
    GEN Douglas MacArthur

    The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
    Sun Tzu

    This war differs from other wars, in this particular. We are not fighting armies but a hostile people, and must make old and young, rich and poor, feel the hard hand of war.
    GEN William Tecumseh Sherman

    BERG’s LAW:

    There is only ONE way to win a war — By the sudden, surprise application of extremely disproportionate, totally overwhelming force and ultimate ruthless violence, maintained relentlessly until the enemy and all its supporters and enablers are no longer able and are no longer willing to continue fighting, and therefore lay down their arms in total unconditional surrender. The fighting forces of the enemy and ALL its supporters and enablers, military, paramilitary, AND civilian (and civilian infrastructure) are legitimate targets and must understand that they constitute a part of a free-fire kill-zone until the complete cessation of all hostilities and the implementation of their unconditional surrender.

    http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/every-member-of-israels

  8. No Dumb A tell that to Palestine/Hamas. Are you a complete idiot???What do they want Israel to give up this time? Go Home and stick your head in a Gas Oven. Israel is doing just fine all by themselves. God Bless Israel and their IDF. From the USA.

  9. he should be talking to the terrorists to stop them firing rockets and digging tunnels, when he has done that he can then talk to Isis and Iran and Hesbolah and Boko Haram and Turkey and then Ukrain and then fix the Mexican border and then when he has solved all that then talk to Israel

  10. Kerry, you should ‘carry’ that ‘pressure’ to Hamas and not to Israel. Try to talk to the leaders of Hamas because it’s them who are bombing Israel incessantly prior to the operation “Protective Edge.” Tell them also to pay their power bill to IEC. Israel has nothing to owe Hamas. Be intelligent, Mr.Secy Kerry. Carry that weight to Hamas!

  11. yea but i listentened to him say that Israel cant very well do that.They have tried everything and even agreed to multible peace agreement knowing hamas would not cooperate.They have tried to adhere to these peace agreements.This is not an overnight decision….They are tired of their citizens being bombed.This has been going on for years.Israel has bomb shelters in their schools parks hospitals their scool bused are made for protection against attack.They give medical care to thier enemies.They have defend their nation and its people because they have been under attack for years not overnight.I hate war and death but their are times when it has to be.Israel and its people have been through more than media has told.My stand is with them.

  12. Kerry, like Obama does not have any idea of what is going on. Nor do they understand what terrorism is. As a citizen of the US I would expect MY leader to take care of me so that i wouldn’t have bombs going off in all of my major and minor cities with the population living in bomb shelters….but oh yes, he hasn’t thought about THAT. What a sad excuse for a leader we have!

  13. The frustrating thing is that Israel has TRIED for 66 years to be peaceful. West Bank and Gaza would never had to have been occupied, if it weren’t for the attack in ’67. We have an app that gives an air raid signal EACH time a rocket is launched into Israel. It’s been going off all day. By 5pm EST we counted 36. I’ve lost count.

  14. Hamas will reject it. Or break it in about 45 minutes. Either way the most useful thing to come from the meeting would be Kerry’s frequent flier miles. As SOS he flies govt planes so I don’t think he actually gets any. Still most useful thing though.

  15. Hamas will reject it. Or break it in about 45 minutes. Either way the most useful thing to come from the meeting would be Kerry’s frequent flier miles. As SOS he flies govt planes so I don’t think he actually gets any. Still most useful thing though.

  16. Hamas will reject it. Or break it in about 45 minutes. Either way the most useful thing to come from the meeting would be Kerry’s frequent flier miles. As SOS he flies govt planes so I don’t think he actually gets any. Still most useful thing though.

  17. Kerry and Obama – you are really bastards. Stop pushing us until we finish the job.
    Egypt and the Arab world hates you for encouraging the Muslim brotherhood and the throwing of Mubarak to the dogs as well as the so called Arab springs. Mind you own fu–ing business and take care if your terrorists in the USA.

  18. Kerry and Obama – you are really bastards. Stop pushing us until we finish the job.
    Egypt and the Arab world hates you for encouraging the Muslim brotherhood and the throwing of Mubarak to the dogs as well as the so called Arab springs. Mind you own fu–ing business and take care if your terrorists in the USA.

  19. Kerry and Obama – you are really bastards. Stop pushing us until we finish the job.
    Egypt and the Arab world hates you for encouraging the Muslim brotherhood and the throwing of Mubarak to the dogs as well as the so called Arab springs. Mind you own fu–ing business and take care if your terrorists in the USA.

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