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Report: High Cost to Re-Occupying Gaza

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Israel has the military ability to re-occupy the Gaza Strip, says the IDF, but the move would come at a cost of hundreds of Israeli lives and could endanger Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. The move could also result in numerous IDF soldiers being taken hostage.

According to a report on Channel 2 following the Tisha B’av fast Tuesday diplomatic correspondent Udi Segal,the report, IDF officers told government ministers that thousands of Palestinian civilians would be killed in the effort.

Segal reported that there are approximately 20,000 gunmen in the Strip,  who posses large stockpiles of rockets, explosives and weaponry. The report said that taking control of that arsenal would take no less than five years and could make Israel’s occupation of the South Lebanon security zone from 1983-2000 look like child’s play.

In addition, large-scale violence from Judea and Samaria Arabs and Arab citizens of Israel would be expected.

Israel’s Parting Gift to Gaza

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The Israel Electric Company (IEC) has provided 10 generators to Gaza hospitals as a parting gift from the month-long Operation Protective Edge, despite a Palestinian Authority debt of more than $150 million in unpaid bills to the IEC.

The generators, with a 4.3 megawatt capacity, were delivered to Palestinian officials in Gaza at the Kerem Shalom checkpoint, according to the Rotter  online news website. The report failed to say whether the Palestinians who accepted the donation were connected to Hamas, or whether Israel would monitor whether or not the gift is used for Palestinian hospitals.

Israel Electric Company workers fitted with military flak jackets.

Israel Electric Company workers fitted with military flak jackets.

It should be noted that IEC workers had to be fitted with military-standard bullet-proof vests in order to protect themselves from the recipients of the humanitarian gesture.

IDF: Not Sure We can Get to All Tunnels

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

IDF officials said Wednesday that it is not clear that Israeli troops will manage to find all tunnels leading under the Gaza-Israel border.

Army spokespeople also told the Hebrew-language Ynet website that attacks from the air and attempts to thwart the smuggling of digging materials have limited affect. The website said that Hamas sees the tunnels as a central element not only in its efforts to conduct a mega-terror attack against Israel, but also to kidnap a soldier, dead or alive, to be used as a bargaining chip.

“There is no Iron Dome to guard against the threat from the tunnels, and no one in the world has any answer to this issue,” said IDF Southern Command officers this week. The Defense Minstry and the IDF have been trying for years to come up with a way to fight this phenomenon, with no luck,” the website reported.

The military made the comments following a firefight between Hamas terrorists and a Givati infantry unit on Wednesday when terrorists emerged from a new tunnel. Upon inspection of the tunnel, IDF troops discovered regulation Israeli army uniforms, detailed maps and advanced weapons designed for close-range combat.

WSJ: Hamas Uses Shifa Hospital As Safe Place

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Wall Street Journal’s Nicholas Casey was about to interview a Hamas spokesman in the basement of the Shifa hospital in Gaza. The Hamas spokesman sat proudly on a chair, his dress immaculate and his shoes polished. Behind him a massive poster was set, allegedly of the destruction in Gaza.

Before conducting the interview, Casey took a photo of the setting and tweeted: “You have to wonder w[ith] the shelling how patients at Shifa hospital feel as Hamas uses it as a safe place to see media.”

Casey was relating to Hamas’ use of human shields and their use of mosques, schools, kindergartens, hospitals and homes as a battle ground.

Hamas deliberately uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, and has a long history of doing so. By using human shields, Hamas hopes to achieve two goals: to deter IDF attacks on legitimate military targets, and to exploit any incidental harm that is caused as a result of IDF military activity.

Hamas knows very well that the IDF does everything that it can to avoid civilian casualties. That is why in recent days Hamas issued messages on its television, radio, and social media platforms to ignore the IDF’s warnings of impending strikes and to remain in their homes.

On July 17th a Hamas terrorist in Gaza escaped into an ambulance when an IDF aircraft targeted him. The IDF called off the strike so as to not hit the ambulance. The terrorist was using the ambulance and its staff to protect himself. On that same day, twenty Hamas rockets were found in a school belonging to UNRWA in Gaza. “(The incident) endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestinian refugees in Gaza,” the UN commented.

Hamas’ use of human shields is a clear and deliberate violation of international law.

Latest Rocket Alert Update: Tuesday, 10:28 pm

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

As of this writing, Code Red rocket alerts were sounded in the following locations Tuesday:

10:28 pm  Be’er Sheva Shoval, Rahat and surrounds

9:56 pm Be’er Sheva, Hatzerim, Tifrach, Meitar and surrounds

9:17 pm Lod, Yavneh, Kiryat Akron, Gedera, Ramle, Gan Yavneh, Kfar Bilu, Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi

9:00 pm  Bat Yam, Rishon L’Tsion, Rechovot, Modi’in, Macabim Reut, Ramla, Nes Tziona, Lod, Elad, Rosh Ha’yin, Shoham, Hulda, Kfar Chabad, Psagot, Dolev, Chalamish,  Ma’aleh Levona, Peduel

8:22 pm Yavneh, Ashdod, Yad Mordechai, Bnei Darom, Netiv Ha’Asara

6:59 pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

6:37 pm Zikkim, Karmiya, Netiv Ha’Asara, Yad Mordechai

5:48 pm  Hatzerim

5:26 pm Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon

5:25 pm Ofakim, Merhavim, Maslul

4:47 pm  Kfar Aza, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council

4:42 pm  Nahal Oz, Kfar Maimon, Sdot Negev Regional Council

4:23 pm Ashkelon Coastal Region

4:21 pm Eshkol Regional Council

4:07 pm  Nahal Oz, Kfar Maimon

4:00 pm  Bnei Shimon, Merhavim

3:59 pm  Be’er Sheva, Hatzerim, Nevatim, Segev Shalom

3:42 pm Ashkelon Coastal Region

3:41 pm  Sha’ar HaNegev, Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asarah

3:39 pm Ashkelon Coastal Region

3:30 pm  Gaza Belt region, Ashkelon Coastal Region

2:00 pm  Zikim,Carmiya

1:51 pm  Nahal Oz, Alumim

12:28 pm  Ramat HaNegev

11:05 am  Ashdod, Ashkelon, Be’er Ganim, Nitzanim, local communities

10:56 am Missile lands in Yahud, located in Gush Dan – damage to homes but no one physically injured

10:03 am Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Gush Dan, Tel Aviv metro area

10:00 am Humanitarian cease fire allegedly taking place. We’ll see.

9:54 am Eshkol Regional Council

9:33 am Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council

9:11 am Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, Ashdod, local communities

Overnight, attempted terrorist weapons shipment captured in Dead Sea; concealed rocket launchers destroyed near school. . .

 

 

IDF Names Missing Soldier As Sgt. Oron Shaul

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said Tuesday that an IDF soldier has been missing since a deadly battle Sunday that claimed the lives of at least six soldiers. The soldiers died when an anti-tank missile struck their armored personnel carrier in the Gaza Strip. Six bodies have been positively identified, but the military admitted this morning that the process of identifying the seventh fallen soldier was “stuck.”

Following the incident, Hamas reported that it had kidnapped a soldier, but IDF officials refused to confirm or deny the item. However, Israel Radio reported that the army has identified the missing soldier as Oron Shaul, and quoted the Egyptian paper el-Arabiyya, which said Israel has asked a German intermediary to make contact with Hamas to inquire about the Shaul’s body.

IDF officials said that surveillance of the incident indicated that Hamas members had tried to kidnap soldiers or bodies following the attack, and they stressed that Shaul was most likely killed in the attack. They added that Hamas is unlikely to posses more than a boot or a dog tag from the missing soldier.

Members of the Shaul family told 0404 news, “IDF representatives came to our house last night and told us that [Oron] has yet to be identified, but they added that the army believes he was killed in action. They said they paid no attention to announcements made by the Hamas terror gang, and that the army was continuing to collect evidence to identify [all the soldiers killed in the attack]. We told them that as long as his body has not been positively identified, he should not be listed as dead, but rather as missing in action.

“As long as there is no proof to the contrary, from our perspective he is alive,” the family said.

 

Lapid: Re-Conquest of Gaza ‘on the table’

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Sunday that “all options are on the table (with regard to Operation Protective Edge) – including re-conquering the Gaza Strip.” According to the Hebrew-language Walla!News website, Lapid said the goal of the military operation is to remove the threat posed by rocket launchers and by terror tunnels in GAza. “The operation will end when there is no more strategic threat of terror tunnels to Israeli communities alongside the Gaza border, when Israelis can sleep soundly at night without worrying about terrorism. The goals are to deal with the tunnels and the rocket fire from the Strip,” Lapid said. Walla! also quoted Lapid, who said that “Israel must set realistic, long-term strategic goals – and demilitarising the Strip is one of those goals.

The website said Lapid, a member of the Security Cabinet, would not address the decision-making process that led to the operation. “I cannot talk about what went on (behind closed doors). The decision to launch this operation was unanimous. The timetables were set together with the heads (of Israel’s various security branches). So far, we have unearthed five tunnels leading into Israel, and we have hit more than a few rocket launchers and terror operatives,” Lapid said.

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The finance minister also said Jerusalem has used every Hamas refusal to agree to a ceasefire with Israel in order to expand the operation, and stressed that while Israel is painfully aware of the human cost of the operation – civilian casualties – he also said that Israel will never allow itself to become like Hamas. “We are sorry for every death of an innocent person. Hamas’ goal is got sacrifice as many people for their narrow interests as possible.

“I have no criticism of our army at all. I am proud to work with these military officers,” Lapid said.

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