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Hamas Mortar Shell Claims Life of 43rd Soldier Killed in War

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

The IDF confirmed Sunday morning that Reserve Sergeant First Class (Res.), Barak Refael Degorker, 27, of the city of Gan Yavneh north of Ashkelon, was killed Saturday night by a Hamas mortar shell.

He was the 43rd soldier to have fallen in the Protective Edge war on terror.

One other soldier was lightly wounded.

The soldiers were deployed near or in Gaza, which Hamas targeted with more than half a dozen mortar shells after Israel announced it was extending the humanitarian truce, requested by the United Nations, until midnight.

The Security Cabinet later voted 5-3 to continue the unilateral truce for another 24 hours, until midnight Sunday.

Minister Naftali Bennett, of the Jewish Home party, and Yisrael Beitenu ministers Avigdor Lieberman and Yitzchak Aharonovitch voted against the extension.

Sources in the Office of the Prime Minister said that Israel will gain more legitimacy by agreeing to the extension, despite Hamas’ continuing to fire rockets and mortar shells at Israel, and that the vote will make it easier for Israel to depend the war the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.

Even The New York Times carried a reasonably accurate headline Saturday headlining, “Israel Agrees to Extension of Cease-Fire, but Hamas Balks.”

The article, for a change stated the facts – that the Cabinet voted to extend the ceasefire “despite continued fire from Gaza into Israel during Israel’s initial four-hour extension of a 12-hour humanitarian pause” and that “three mortars landed in open areas near Gaza just as the original lull was expiring at 8 p.m.

Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, explaining the terrorist organization’s refusal to halt the attacks, stated,  “Any humanitarian ceasefire that doesn’t secure withdrawal of occupation soldiers from inside Gaza’s border, allow citizens back into home and secure the evacuation of injuries is unacceptable,”

The last past of his statement is inaccurate. Gaza sources said Sunday that more than 140 bodies were pulled out of debris during Saturday’s humanitarian ceasefire.

Israel Can Bomb Iran Alone, Claims Chief of Staff Gantz

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Israel can bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities by itself and is preparing to do so, if necessary, IDF Chief of Benny Gantz told Voice of Israel public radio on Tuesday, Independence Day.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said that Iran has missiles capable of bombing Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Gantz said, “We will do what is necessary when it is necessary,” but did not hint of any timetable for military action.

Chief of India’s Air Force in Israel for Talks

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Indian Chief of Air Staff Norman Anil Kumar Browne is in Israel for talks with the highest ranking Israeli military officials as ties deepen between the two countries’ defense establishments.

The Times of India reported that India and Israel are seeking new ways to cooperate militarily.  The visit began Sunday with a military ceremony at the Kirya in Tel Aviv and with meetings between Browne and Israel Air Force chief Amir Eshel.

Browne is also expected to meet with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.

India and Israel are currently working together to upgrade all of India’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  India is the world’s largest consumer of Israeli defense products.

Browne was India’s first defense attaché to Israel.

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