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Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum Visits City of David

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

“Former senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum began a three-day trip to Israel on Monday “to show solidarity with the State of Israel…and to reaffirm the moral and strategic imperative of maintaining a strong, close, enduring U.S.-Israeli alliance,” according to his Conservative group ‘Patriot Voices.”

The first stop on Santorum’s itinerary was a visit to the City of David. “Walking through the City of David, seeing the excavations and seeing the Bible come to life, is really quite remarkable… It’s a great start to the understanding of Jerusalem, not just for Jews, but for all of us,” he said.

Santorum connected his visit to Operation Protective Edge as he made his way through the drainage channel beneath the Herodian road, leading from the Shiloach Pool up to the Western Wall Plaza.

“Walking through the tunnel, where the last 2,000 Jews were killed by the Romans, when they sacked Jerusalem [and] to be walking through those tunnels, at a time when tunnels are being built to kill Jews, was a striking contrast, and one which will stick with me for a long time,” he explained.

Santorum’s itinerary also includes visiting an Iron Dome battery and meetings with Israeli government and IDF officials, Israeli soldiers, and residents of the south directly impacted by the war with Hamas.

 

 

Three War Miracles that Never Happened

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Three of the most fantastic stories of miracles the God supposedly performed for Israel in the war on terror in Gaza made the round of social media and several websites, but they are pure fiction.

Social media have given thrill-seekers an instant explosive to set off bombastic headlines written by hasty editors trying to beat the competition and then having to delete the stories when discovering that they never happened.

The most disturbing report occurred before the war and after Hamas terrorists kidnapped three Israeli yeshiva students. Within hours, some idiot spread on “WhatsApp” the fairy tale that the IDF killed the kidnappers south of Hebron and freed the three students, sending thrills of joy to the parents. Shortly afterwards, they had to deal with the bitter truth that their children still were in captivity and their fate was unknown. After more than two weeks of agony, they were found dead.

One of the most fabulous presumed miracles in the war was spread on a couple of websites in Israel and the United States last week, based on a supposed quote from a soldier operating the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The story, which never happened, was that his team fired an interceptor at an oncoming rocket from Gaza that was headed smack into the Azriella Tower in Tel Aviv. The interceptor missed its mark, and the team fired a second interceptor, which also missed its target.

That is a rare event, but the story gets better – or worse. The soldiers fired a third interceptor, and that one also failed to down the rocket, which momentarily was about to cause a human disaster and blow the high-rise to bits.

Suddenly, God sent a wind, apparently the same one that split the Red Sea in the Exodus from Egypt. The wind miraculously blew the missile out to sea, according to the report.

Believe that one and you will love the second.

A week after a Hamas female suicide terrorist blew herself to pieces along with two Israeli soldiers, a story made the rounds that a greater tragedy was prevented. The woman, so the story goes, actually was a Jew who had married an Arab in Gaza.

When an Israeli soldier saw her about to blow up a suicide vest and take a few soldiers with her, he yelled out loud “Shema Yisrael,” the beginning of the prayer Jews recite when facing certain death. The woman, being a Jew, heard the ”Shema Yisrael” and, knowing the power of prayer, fled the scene, leaving the vest behind.

The third take is the best of all and allegedly was told on a Haredi radio station.

Haredi Jews in Bnei Brak supposedly were looking for wheat that they could harvest before next Pesach and use for a matzo factory.

They for looking for wheat so early because next year on the Hebrew calendar is a year of “Shmittah,” which falls every seven years and when the land is to rest. Haredi Jews who maintain a strict view on observing the limitation of work during Shmittah, such as not irrigating Jewish-owned fields, were looking for wheat that was planted last in the season but was irrigated with late rains, allowing it to grow and be ready for harvest before the new year begins late next month.

Quoting a rabbi, the report stated that the Haredim “found an entire field sown in mid-January, which was considered very unusual.” The supposed field was located ay Kibbutz Sufa, next to the Gaza border.

“We ran into military police, as well as undercover and regular police who came to check out who we were,” according to the report’s quote of the rabbi who led the search for the wheat field. While sirens were blaring and bombs and rockets were falling, the holy team from Bnei Break was “busy harvesting and transferring the wheat to trucks and moving them towards the cleaning plant.”

And now the clincher.

“Two days later, 13 terrorists came from Gaza out from the tunnel which opened into the fields near Sufa,” the report stated.. “The terrorists had been planning a big attack, and had been counting on hiding among Sufa’s giant wheat field, which the matzo makers had just chopped down in its entirety. The terrorists couldn’t understand how their camouflage had disappeared.

“The empty field enabled military observers to easily spot and identify the terrorists and open fire on them. Many Jewish lives were thus saved by the grace of Heaven.”

The real truth is that similar to the Six-Day War in 1967, there were indeed miracles in the war, despite the deaths of 64 soldiers and three civilians.

The miracles are there, All one has to do is to realize that God created the same man who created the Iron Dome and that there was no need for a miracle wind.

Hamas Breaks Cease-Fire with Three Rocket Attacks

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Hamas attacked southern Israel with three rockets shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, ending the 72-hour cease-fire nearly three hours before its official end.

No one was injured.

Israel has not responded to the rocket fire, at least so far and may be waiting to see if Hamas is intent on launched round two of the war, or simply is letting Hamas play head games by not extending the cease-fire but and shooting three rockets just to prove it can do so.

The best scenario would be that Israel has spotted the rocket launching sites and will retaliate later this evening.

However, Hamas claims it did not fire the rockets, which makes the terrorist organization look even worse because if true, it proves, as it has often proven, that it does not control Gaza.

The Iron Dome anti-missile system shot down one rocket over Ashkelon, and two other rockets exploded in open areas in the area of Sderot, located approximately one mile – as the missile flies – from the Gaza border, and in the area south of Ashkelon.

The Palestinian Authority postponed a scheduled 9:30 p.m. press conference as truce talks in Cairo appear to have been nothing more than hot air that is about to blow up. President Obama spoke with Prime minister Netanyahu about the cease-fire during the afternoon, according to White House spokesman Ben Rhodes.

The IDF has called up reservists and extended the emergency “Tzav 8” orders so thousands of soldiers, some of whom were called up as long as a month ago.

After the original ceasefire began, the IDF pulled troops out of Gaza but redeployed thousands of troops along the Gaza border, from the north to the south, so that they can go into action immediately if need be.

However, hundreds of tanks and armored personnel carriers returned to their bases near Eilat and in the Golan. But enough remain near Gaza so that the IDF can retaliate.

Iron Dome Intercept Stats

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

IAF senior officer reports that the Iron Dome rocket intercept system, intercepted 90% of the rockets fired at Israeli population centers during Operation Defensive Edge.

He said that there were 600 successful intercepts — and now cleared for publication, he announced that the Iron Dome has started to intercept mortar rockets as well — over 10 mortars were intercepted.

Of the 3500 rockets fired at Israel, 1000 of them were mortars. 250 of the rockers fired had a reach of 40 and 60 kilometers, capable of hitting Central Israel, Jerusalem, and beyond.

London Threatens Israel’s Arms Supply if Cease-fire Talks Fail

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This time, if Jerusalem does not give in to the demands of Hamas, Britain will cancel 12 export licenses for components for radar systems, combat aircraft and tanks, British media report.

British Business Secretary Vince Cable explained in a statement late Tuesday, “We welcome the current cease-fire in Gaza and hope that it will lead to a peaceful resolution.

“However, the UK government has not been able to clarify if the export licence criteria are being met. In light of that uncertainty, we have taken the decision to suspend these existing export licences in the event of a resumption of significant hostilities.”

Cable, a Liberal Democratic minister, did not say whether the announcement came as the result of discussions with Conservatives who were pushing for an arms embargo regardless.

According to a report in the British-based Daily Mail newspaper, a review of the licenses to be revoked showed they were not for items being used by IDF forces currently in Gaza in any case, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) said.

But Israel is still apparently to be punished for the intractable behavior of Hamas.

“What is clear now is that we [the government coalition] have agreement that if the current cease-fire ends in Gaza, which we all hope it doesn’t, and there was a resumption of significant hostilities, then there would be an immediate suspension of those arms export licences to Israel that give cause for concern.”

What is not included in the embargo is the license granted for the export of cryptographic equipment, or for any components that form part of the Iron Dome system that protects Israeli civilians from the missile attacks fired by Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

The military deals set to be affected are worth less than $17 million. Years ago, Israel realized that the UK is a fickle and unreliable arms supplier, so the IDF only buys minor parts from the UK that it can easily acquire elsewhere if needed.

What won’t be affected are Britain’s military purchases from Israel, including an Elbit drone system that the British army needs.

Meanwhile, it is not at all clear whether a cease-fire will be reached by the Wednesday deadline.

A source on the Palestinian Arab side told the A-Sharq al-Awsat Arabic-language daily newspaper there is still a wide gap on the issues of returning the remains of Israeli soldiers in exchange for a Gaza seaport and airport and creating a land bridge between the enclave and the regions of Judea and Samaria. “There is slow progress, but no big breakthrough,” the source told the paper.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Hamas announced in more blunt terms, “This is the last cease-fire.”

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.

Stress On Diversifying IDF Capabilities

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Has Israel of late neglected the IDF’s ground forces? Is it well prepared to wage its real battles ahead against well-entrenched Hamas and Hezbollah armies?  Currently embroiled in an intensive ground battle with Hamas in Gaza, have IDF’s infantry and armor units complained of insufficient preparation?

Perhaps, things are not all fine. An ineluctable impression one gets from a recent study conducted by the Tel Aviv based Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies is that the IDF has decided to invest primarily in air force capabilities, intelligence, special operations forces, stand-off precision fire and cyber capabilities. It is at the expense of its more traditional units, mainly the large ground forces. The study stresses the need to diversify IDF precision-fire capabilities and not to concentrate it all in the hands of the air force. It says today’s technology allows for precision fire to be launched from the sea as well .

An expert of the BESA Center says that the backbone of the IDF traditionally has been a large land army, comprised of heavy armored brigades supported by artillery and infantry.  Most of the ground forces were reserve units mobilized from their homes in the event of war. A strong air force ensured air superiority allowing the time for the reserves to deploy. It proved highly effective when Israel’s main strategic threat was large conventional Arab armies threatening to invade its territory.

The expert says the scene has changed a lot  in the last two to three decades. The last time the IDF engaged in combat with a conventional army was on Lebanese soil against the Syrian army in 1982.  Since then, the threat from conventional armies has diminished. Egypt and Jordan signed peace treaties with Israel (in 1979 and 1994). Iraq’s army was essentially eliminated by US invasion in 2003. The Syrian army too has been devastated by the civil war in that country. 

Today, instead of conventional armies, the IDF finds itself occupied with operations against terror and guerilla organizations such as Hamas in Gaza, Islamic Jihad in Sinai, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. The threat to Israel’s home front has also changed, from bombardment by hostile air forces to rocket and missile fire by terror organizations. The country that most supports and supplies these organizations is a non-Arab state actor that does not share a border with Israel – Iran. Iran also has a nuclear program that poses a threat to the entire Middle East. Under these circumstances Israel must be able to project power thousands of kilometers from home.
He says there are new technological developments in the military. Drones and unmanned vehicles in the air, sea and land; networks of digital command and control; precision fire that can be launched from almost any platform; and cyber-warfare – all hold the potential to alter, and in some cases have already changed, the way armies fight.
Besides, the expert says, the IDF cannot overlook the domestic strategic environment. The large civil protest demonstrations in Israel of 2011 reflect a change in priorities of the Israeli public: “More butter, fewer guns.” The IDF has to be more effective and less costly.
“Ideally, like every military, the IDF would like to have it all: The new F-35 jet fighter and state-of-the-art Dolphin class submarines, the new Namer APC and a new model of the Merkava tank, and additional batteries of Iron Dome, Arrow and the new David’s Sling missile defense systems. However, due to budget pressures, the IDF must compromise and make hard choices, “ he says..

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