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March 27, 2015 / 7 Nisan, 5775
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Posts Tagged ‘Gaza’

IDF Running Large-Scale Drill Along Gaza Border

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The IDF is running a large-scale surprise drill on Sunday.

Ground and air forces are participating in a training drill that will take place along the Gaza border. The drill will run through most of the day.

The IDF troops will be training for various possible scenarios that could emanate from Gaza.

The IDF says the drill is part of a series of exercises designed to improve the readiness of the army.

Hamas Test Fires Rocket

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

On Tuesday evening, Hamas test fired a rocket which landed in the Mediterranean sea.

Report: Tony Blair to Resign as Quartet Mideast Envoy

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is reportedly set to announce plans to resign as Quartet envoy to the Middle East.

It was under Blair’s leadership that the Quartet demanded that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization fulfill three conditions in order to receive any funding from Europe: recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence and terrorism, and agree to uphold agreements signed by prior Palestinian Authority governments.

Nevertheless, according to a report Sunday by the Financial Times, Blair’s role as representative to the region — recommended by then-U.S. President George W. Bush — as envoy for the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, was always controversial.

There was no specific term limit, nor was there a clear review requirement, and caused some “consternation in Europe and the UN.”

Eight years later, various parties are still complaining although Blair’s role was limited due to restrictions on his authority. It was never clear how much control the envoy actually had in affecting events in the region he served.

“People close to Mr. Blair argue that he cannot be blamed for the failure of the peace process,” wrote the Financial Times. “They say he has invested political capital and time on an unpaid mission because he is passionate about promoting peace.”

Palestinian Authority officials in the entity’s capital in the Samaria city of Ramallah don’t agree: officials there told FT they “hope so” when asked how they’d feel about Blair resigning. Blair’s office has had no comment.

1 Million Protesters in Sao Paulo Demand Ouster of Brazil’s President

Monday, March 16th, 2015

More than a million citizens are protesting in the streets of Sao Paulo to demand the resignation of President Dilma Rousseff as she enters her second term.

Demonstrators were expressing outrage over a rapidly dropping value of the real and the deteriorating economy under the ruling Workers Party (PT).

Protesters are demanding the impeachment of the president, who has just begun her second term in office following re-election in 2014.

Rousseff severely condemned Israel’s defensive counter-terror Operation Protective Edge against Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization last summer.

Although Brazil and Israel have long enjoyed strong diplomatic relations, last year Brazil’s ambassador was recalled home for “consultations” following a retort to Rousseff by Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor.

Over this weekend, tens of thousands of protesters in Brazil accused Rousseff of silence in response to scandals involving the state-owned Petrobras oil company.

Among the accusations were implications that the president herself may have been among those who milked the company for profits.

Demonstrations were held Sunday in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia, demanding Rousseff’s ouster.

#AskHamas Backfires

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

An attempt by Hamas to humanize themselves via social media backfired when the majority of tweets to #AskHamas were either making fun of them or worse, asking serious questions:

How many Hamas terrorists does it take to change a lightbulb?

Who answers on your Suicide Prevention Hotline?

If the child you are hiding behind dies, are they rewarded with 72 parents that really love them?

Thousands of Hamas rockets fired at Israel, most missed. Is Allah a Zionist?

How many people do you think you’re gonna execute over this hilariously failed hashtag idea?

To the serious:

Why you doמ’t use the cement from Israel to build houses instead of tunnels?

How many children does it take to build a #terror tunnel into #Israel?

Why did you murder 30 civilians, including 20 people over the age of 70, at a Passover seder in Netanya in 2002?

When can we expect you to change your covenant/charter?

You say you fire rockets at Israel because of the “blockade” of Gaza. If that’s true, why don’t you fire rockets at Egypt too?

If a gay Palestinian volunteered to become a suicide bomber, would you allow it, or toss him from a rooftop?

Why do you ban Gazans from leaving homes IDF has warned residents those homes would be bombed?

Why were Palestinians celebrating in the streets after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher grocer massacres in Paris?

When they bothered to respond, Hamas’s canned responses to most of these questions was to say the questions came from Israel-paid trolls.

I’d hate top be the Hamas official that came up with this dumb idea.

Security Task Force Warns US to ‘Take Heed’ from 2014 Gaza War

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A special U.S.-based task force created to study the 2014 Gaza War fought last summer by Israel against the enclave’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization is warning the United States to pay heed to the lessons learned in the conflict by the IDF.

Commissioned and supported by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), the task force said in a new report the strategy employed by Hamas during the war is a new type of threat.

“The new face of war,” the report called the Hamas style of fighting last summer, saying it threatens to “undermine the effectiveness of conventional militaries, endangers civilians in irregular conflicts and distorts the international legal structure,” the report said.

“The 2014 Gaza War featured a hybrid non-state force – Hamas – that perhaps uniquely combined four elements: • Acting with reckless disregard for civilian safety, if not deliberately putting them in harm’s way; • Distorting internationally-recognized legal standards to exploit legal protections afforded civilians and the casualties caused by this exploitation; • Portraying its opponent, through an information operations campaign, as legally culpable for what were lawful, defensive responses to aggression; and • Securing advantageous pressure from the international community on its opponent to terminate legitimate defensive military action.”

“American policymakers and military leaders should take heed and act to avert the potentially serious consequences for U.S. national security,” the task force warned.

Hamas Test Fires Rocket

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Hamas test fired a rocket into the Mediterranean ocean on Monday afternoon.

Since the end of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has been regularly firing short range (under 30 kilometer range) rockets into the ocean.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-test-fires-rocket/2015/03/09/

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