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August 30, 2014 / 4 Elul, 5774
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Barrage of Rocket Attacks Continues – Update (11:48pm)

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

11:48pm Be’er Sheva

11:45 Rocket Alert Ashdod.. Ashkelon…Shafir… Kiryat..Malachi

11:44pm Ashdod, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ashkelon

11:26pm Eshkol x2

10:55pm Eshkol

9:59pm Ashdod

8:12pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

7:55pm Ashkelon Coast

7:47pm Rocket Alert Sha’ar HaNegev

7:11pm Ashkelon Coast

7:05pm Multiple Rocket Alerts Sdot Negev…Netivot

7:05pm Ashkelon, Kfar Maimon, Gaza border communities – all Multiples.

6:43pm Ashkelon Coast

6:38pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

6:38pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

5:54pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

5:07pm Eshkol

4:11pm Ashkelon Coast

15:48 pm: The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rocket near Netivot.

15:41 p.m: Hamas forces resumption of blockade with rocket fire on area of Kerem Shalom crossing, closed becauseof the danger of a rocket strike.

15:32 Multiple rocket attack warnings at Sdot Negev, Netivot and Kfar Maimon.

15:15 pm: Sirens warnings of multiple rocket attacks on Ashkelon and Gaza Belt communities.

15:13: pm: Arab negotiators have accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire with Israel, according to reports from Egyptian media and quoted by Sky News.

14:50 p.m: The Iron Dome system intercepts two rockets over Sderot.

14:47 pm: Sirens sound at Sderot.

14:43 pm: Rocket explodes next to a community in the Eshkol region.

14:25 pm: Rocket warning siren at Kissufim on the border with northern Gaza.

14:05 pm: Arabic language media in Egypt report that government officials expect the Israeli delegation to return for negotiations.

14:01 pm: Rocket warning sirens sound in Sderot.

13:55 pm: Two rockets exploded in open areas in the Eshkol region in the Western Negev. No injuries.

13:04 p.m.: Netanyahu says, “Israel will not conduct negotiations under fire.”

12:43 pm: Rocket warning at Kerem Shalom.

9:44 am: Four rockets explode in the Eshkol region.

7:52 am Hamas says chances for ceasefire slim….Palestinian Authority delegation to Cairo says if Israel does not return their negotiation team today then they will leave. Israel states they will not negotiate a ceasefire under fire.

Rockets continue to be shot at Israel…

6:13 am in the Eshkol region.

3:34 am Rocket alert Hof Ashkelon.

1:09 IDF Lt. Col. Peter Lerner from IDF Spox: Over 100 rockets fired at Israel since cease fire. At least 20 Gazan rockets landed IN Gaza.

No wonder the UN wanted us to give Gaza an Iron Dome….

Yay, Another Ceasefire

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Israel has accepted yet another pointless cease fire, this one to begin at midnight, to be preceded by the expected barrage of rockets on Israel at around 11:55pm. That does not include all those rockets that still continue to rain down on Israel at the moment, as Israel apparently chooses the path of maximum restraint and minimal results.

This latest cease fire, if it isn’t broken again by Hamas sometime in the beginning, middle or end of it, is planned to go on for 72 hours.

Israel has refused to negotiate with Hamas while Hamas continues to shoot at us, so that apparently was the impetus for this latest cease fire. If it holds, the Israeli negotiating team will head back to Cairo to hear more of Hamas’s unrealistic maximalist demands.

Strikingly, Hamas has not yet agreed to the cease fire.

Most Israelis are becoming fed up with the realization that the army was not allowed to finish the job in Gaza, and that Hamas wasn’t eradicated by the IDF as it should have been.

17 rockets have fallen on Israel since noon.

Israel Govt: ‘Operation Continues Until Quiet and Security Restored’

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Palestinian Arab factions are growing impatient waiting in Cairo but Israel says truce talks are over until the rocket fire stops.

After a weekend in which Gaza terrorists fire more than 100 rockets at Israel, representatives of the Palestinian Arab factions in Cairo say they will leave on Sunday, because Israel refuses to negotiate under fire.

At 12:44 pm Sunday afternoon, a Code Red alert was flashed to residents of the Kerem Shalom community and surrounds, giving them 15 seconds to find shelter. It was the seventh such attack since midnight.

“Operation Protective Edge continues,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated as he opened Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting at the offices of the defense ministry in Tel Aviv.

“We have not, at any point, said that it ended, and it will continue until it has achieved its goals. This will take time,” he said. “Israel will not conduct negotiations under fire and will work to change the reality to return security to its citizens.”

Because Hamas flatly refused to extend the cease fire, and Gaza terrorists began shelling southern Israeli communities four hours before the truce officially was set to end Friday morning, the Israeli delegation left Cairo. Representatives of the various Palestinian Arab factions – and those of Hamas as well, apparently – remained in Cairo, believing Egypt could persuade the Israelis to return.

But Jerusalem and Israel’s citizens have had enough of the incessant rocket attacks raining down upon civilian families, and no one is willing any longer to live their lives under fire. By Sunday morning, those factions were “threatening” to leave Cairo if the Israelis “don’t return to the table in the next 24 hours.”

The threat has moved no one in Israel, especially since Gaza terrorists had already fired six rocket attacks at Israeli civilians early Sunday morning.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said bluntly that he expected little, if anything, to result from such talks. “From the beginning I said that our goal should be to defeat Hamas… their minimal demands are beyond Israel’s maximal position. This situation cannot continue. If my recommendations had been accepted we would not be in this situation.”

Liberman’s view was supported by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, who agreed that Israel needs to “destroy Hamas’s military power in Gaza. It was true in the past, and it is true now, in order to allow residents of the south to return home.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon vowed to silence the rocket fire – as he has in the past – addressing the growing outrage from southern residents who were told just three days ago that it was now “safe to go home.”

“If Hamas thinks it will exhaust us, it is wrong,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said. “We will not negotiate under fire. We entered talks in Cairo in good faith, and Hamas decided to renew its rocket fire on Israel.” The IDF responded with air strikes that destroyed a number of terrorist targets in Gaza.

“We will not compromise until rocket fire and terror completely stop,” Ya’alon promised. “We see the greater political and military picture, and we will not end the operation until quiet and security are returned to Israel’s citizens.”

Hamas: Continuing Negotiation – As Rockets Fire at Israel

Friday, August 8th, 2014

A Hamas spokesperson (who hasn’t yet been executed by his bosses) said that Hamas is continuing to negotiate in Cairo with Israel,according to a report on Nana10.

The spokesperson said that Hamas has not agreed to extend the cease fire for another 72 hours as Egypt requested, but they will continue to talk.

Other members of the Gaza contingent have expressed pessimism on whether the talks will continue or not.

Hamas has not yet claimed responsibility for this morning’s barrage of rockets.

There is no news yet of any Israeli military response, at all, to the rockets launched at Israel this morning.

Update: 9:57am Israel attacks northern Gaza (finally) – Walla from Arab sources.

Israel Would Have Freed Prisoners for Demilitarized Gaza, Asks Germany for Help

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Israel would have released Hamas prisoners in exchange for a demilitarized Gaza, sources say, but the terror group did not agree. Moreover, Hamas said it plans to resume fighting promptly at 8 am Friday, when the 72-hour cease fire runs out.

So Israel is now asking Germany and the EU to help with administration over Gaza to prevent future security problems.

Egyptian sources who spoke to the Hebrew-language Yediot Aharanot newspaper say that during cease fire talks in Cairo, Israeli negotiators agreed to release Hamas prisoners in exchange for demilitarizing Gaza.

The Israelis also considered the possibility of building a small airport and seaport in Gaza, but did not make a final decision on the issue. The sources said Israel refused to back down from the issue of demilitarizing Gaza, however, though the Jewish State was willing to also lift the blockade and expand the fishing zone.

In fact, Israel was willing to be flexible on nearly all the demands put forth by the Palestinian Arab factions – but not on the issue of disarming Gaza, the sources said.

Israel is now calling on the European Union to step in and take an active role in dealing with the thorny issue of how to monitor the security issues from Gaza.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told the German newspaper Bild in an interview published Thursday that inspectors from the EU and Germany should be sent to “monitor the Palestinians’ trade with neighboring countries… The EU already did that once at a crossing in Rafah in southern Gaza,” Liberman reminded.

The foreign minister added that Israel does not want to have to deal with administering Gaza after withdrawing its troops and communities from the region in 2005, but said a reasonable solution for Gaza residents must be found. He called on Germany to take a leading role in finding a viable resolution to the problem.

Until Hamas seized control over Gaza in 2007, the “EUBAM” program was started by the EU following Israel’s 2005 Disengagement from Gaza. EUBAM assigned 70 European observers as monitors over movement of human, material and vehicular traffic at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

Meanwhile, the entire discussion may be academic for the time being: Hamas rejected the extension of the current 72-hour cease fire beyond Friday at 8 am.

Israel Repairs Gaza Damage While Talks Continue

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

While representatives of various Palestinian Arab factions “talk” with Israeli negotiators — albeit indirectly — about how to extend a 72-hour cease fire into something more permanent, Israel is already starting to rehabilitate Gaza.

Employees of the Israel Electric Company began repairing the power grid for Gaza residents on Tuesday night.

Workers from the Be’er Sheva district – the same people repeatedly forced to race for shelter from rocket fire launched from Gaza – were ordered to repair the grids damaged by those same rockets fired by Hamas terrorists in the first place.

IDF soldiers have been assigned to guard the IEC technicians working on the lines. IEC provides 120 megwatts of electricity to Gaza on 10 high voltage lines, nine of which were damaged by the rocket fire.

The IEC employees are working on the lines from the Israeli side only, although a number of damaged lines are also located within Gaza.

“All of the IEC work is being carried out in coordination with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT),” according to IEC deputy spokesperson Iris Ben-Shahal.

Egypt Proposes Cease Fire Extension to 120 Hours

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Egypt has proposed that Israel and representatives of the various Palestinian Arab factions extend the current 72-hour cease fire to 120 hours.

The proposal, suggested to each side in indirect talks, was announced Wednesday on Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen TV.

There is no word on whether the Egyptian proposal was accepted by either side.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-proposes-cease-fire-extension-to-120-hours/2014/08/06/

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