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JERUSALEM – Commanders of Israel Defense Forces units across the Gaza Strip were racing against the clock Tuesday to discover and destroy Hamas’s sophisticated underground tunnel infrastructures and eliminate Hamas’s scattered rocket squads.
In Jerusalem, meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu was reportedly determined to delay for at least a few days a cease-fire being formulated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
According to an Israel Hayom newspaper poll conducted earlier this week, 77 percent of the Israeli public is against a cease-fire at this time, and 71 percent of those surveyed favored expanding military operations in Gaza.
The fast-moving events on the ground in and around Gaza – as of Tuesday afternoon 28 IDF soldiers had been killed and hundreds more wounded (with one missing in action) while the toll among Palestinians was given as more than 600 dead – have spurred Israel to try to complete the objectives of Operation Protective Edge before international pressure for a cease-fire becomes impossible to resist.
As of late Tuesday, Israeli military sources reported the IDF had located nearly 50 tunnel openings leading to about 20 central tunnels spread out in a sophisticated maze across northern and central Gaza, with a substantial number of routes leading directly into a number of kibbutzim along the border.
As elite Golani, Egoz and Paratrooper units found the tunnels and started to systematically destroy them, Hamas’s military wing dispatched commando units dressed in IDF uniforms into undiscovered tunnel openings to infiltrate kibbutzim.
Several Israeli soldiers, including an IDF lieutenant general, were killed on Monday when they came across what they thought was a small unit of camouflaged Israeli soldiers at the entrance to Kibbutz Nir Am. In fact, the unit consisted of Hamas commandos who had emerged from a nearby tunnel.
The sophisticated cement tunnels, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, were reportedly built with Qatari government funds. On Monday, Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, warned against any major Qatari involvement on behalf of Hamas in cease-fire negotiations. He also vowed to curtail the movement of Al Jazeera’s correspondents in Israel. Al Jazeera, which is owned and operated by the family of Qatar’s emir, was expelled from Egypt when the Egyptian military overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government. Hamas leader Khaled Meshal is based in Doha, Qatar’s capital.
Netanyahu told England’s Sky News Arabic Channel, “They [Hamas] have taken billions of dollars [from Qatar]. Instead of building kindergartens with it, they’re building tunnels, concrete tunnels, to blow up our kindergartens…. They’re hiding rockets in hospitals. They’re hiding arms in hospitals and they’re shooting from hospitals. So they just don’t care.”
The dangers posed by the tunnels and incessant rocket attacks stimulated lively debates on Israeli TV news programs. Government officials, former IDF commanders, and intelligence experts came under severe criticism from average citizens and TV anchors for admitting they were aware of the tunnel and rocket threats for years but for various reasons were unable to deal with them.
According to Israeli government sources, Netanyahu will refuse to agree to any long-term cease-fire unless pressure is exerted on Hamas by Egypt, the United Nations and the U.S. to implement a disarmament program and to allow a re-entry of U.S.- supervised Palestinian Authority forces into Gaza.
Meanwhile, in the midst of missile alerts and a missile strike in a town that parallels the nearby runways at Ben Gurion Airport, 228 North American immigrants landed in Israel Tuesday morning as part of Nefesh B’Nefesh’s summer aliyah program.
Upon arriving at New York’s Kennedy Airport on Monday, each immigrant received a special booklet prepared by Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption regarding security measures, such as what to do when a Code Red siren sounds, warning of incoming rockets.
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Chicago-style campaigning lands in Israel. Who and what is running this “non-partisan” campaign? Paging Lois Lerner!
Eli Yishai’s Yachad passing the electoral threshold is enough to change the game back.
The united Arab list is enough to shift the balance of power.
Since the passing of the Governance bill legislation on March 11, 2014, new alignments have become to appear in Israeli politics.
Yair Lapid has announced his Yesh Atid list for the upcoming elections….
The small right-wing parties will hurt their ideological allies and voters, unless they get past their egos and ideological perfectionism and help their side for a change.
Netanyahu will reportedly be offering a spot on the Likud list to Caroline Glick.
Apparently the Arabs believe that all these years they voted for Labor, they were not voting for a Zionist party.
Likud pulls ahead, and quite incredibly Shas is making a comeback, but forming a coalition still depends on the small parties.
The wanabee prime minister has a solid, 100 percent certain policy of being uncertain.
They were afraid they would not pass the electoral threshold running separately.
The IDF will award 53 soldiers, among them 4 women, military decorations for their service during this past summer’s Operation “Protective Edge”.
The merged Labor party, AKA the “Zionist Camp” headed by Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, has drafted former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin to fill its vacuum for a future Defense Minister if it forms the next government. Israel Radio (Voice of Israel) was quick to promote Yadlin Tuesday morning with soft-glove questions that allowed […]
As of Tuesday, all IDF forces operating in Gaza withdrew and redeployed to holding positions around Gaza.
The sophisticated cement tunnels, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, were reportedly built with Qatari government funds.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation on Tuesday afternoon that if the rocket fire did not stop by Tuesday evening, he would order “an even harsher” military response.
“They were abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals,” Netanyahu said shortly after the bodies were found.
Awad had been released as part of the Gilad Shalit kidnapping deal. Mizrachi’s widow, Hadas, told Israeli reporters that she had opposed the release of murderers as part of any kidnapping deal, and that Awad “deserved the death penalty so he wouldn’t kill again.”
If the abductors’ goal was to force Israeli authorities to release long-serving Palestinian prisoners, the effort backfired as Israeli forces are quickly rolling up what was left of Hamas in the West Bank and are reportedly contemplating the overthrow of the Hamas leadership in Gaza should harm come to the three teenagers.
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