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Did the US Let Hamas Rule Israel’s Skies?

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

As Israeli officials work to untangle the mess at Ben Gurion International Airport in the wake of an international ban on flights in and out of Tel Aviv, an ominous question is hanging over the Jewish State.

Did the United States allow Hamas terrorists to rule over Israel’s skies? Why would an “ally” do such a thing?

Although the FAA lifted its ban — which had to be approved by the White House — by midnight Wednesday, it still wasn’t clear whether airlines got the message. Worse, perhaps they had.

The damage incurred by an unprecedented 48-hour FAA ban on flights to Israel by U.S. carriers was incalculable, triggering a cascade of bans and possibly unparalleled damage to Israel’s economy.

The European Aviatian Safety Agency (EASA) “strongly recommended” its airlines avoid operating in and out of Tel Aviv.

Air France, Lufhansa, Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Alitalia, Aeroflot and its associated airlines, and Turkish Airlines all suspended flights. Air Canada, generally a strong supporter of the Jewish State, also shied away.

Many still have not reinstated their flights. Those that have still have not established regular schedules. Ben Gurion airport is still a mess, with desperate travelers trying to figure out how to find their luggage and fix their ruined plans. Tracking down food, caring for children, getting enough sleep, changing clothes and dealing with hygiene needs — all of these issues were cast aside by many airlines after the first 24 hours, and by some from the very start, travelers told Israeli radio interviewers.

British Airways alone maintained its twice-daily flights to Ben Gurion International Airport from London Heathrow Airport.

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered his gratitude and special thanks to British Foreign Minister Phillip Hammond on Thursday in a news briefing with media, noting that apparently Britain alone understood the importance of not handing a “free prize to Hamas terror.”

Fifteen minutes before midnight, the FAA lifted its flight restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Ben Gurion airport “by cancelling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today…

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the notice read.

The back step followed a hugely publicized flight to Israel by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who scorned the FAA moved as ridiculous. Bloomberg immediately boarded an El Al plane straight to Tel Aviv, declaring to reporters that Ben Gurion International Airport is the safest in the world. The prime minister greeted Bloomberg at the airport, thanking him for coming and calling him a friend and a “man of principle and truth.”

Day 17: Iron Dome Protects Tel Aviv, Coastal Cities Again

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Iron Dome team was busy again Thursday morning protecting metro Tel Aviv-Yafo (Jaffa).

It appears that Hamas terrorists are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate as they fire large mid-range missiles barrages at the Mediterranean coast in attempts to wreak havoc on major Israeli cities.

Fewer long-range missiles have been launched at other cities around Israel, however.

A massive barrage of missiles was fired just before 11 am at the White City, with sirens screaming as far north as Herzliya. and explosions heard above greater Tel Aviv. At least five M75 missiles were intercepted over Rishon Lezion, according to Channel 10 television. No one was physically hurt and no damage was report.

Six missiles were intercepted over metropolitan Tel Aviv, the station reported.

UNRWA School Shelters Rockets (Again!) and Residents in Gaza

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The United Nations is meddling again in Gaza, ‘helping the cause’ of the downtrodden Palestinian Arabs. Stashing their ammo, that is. And helping them hide it when international inspectors find out.

Wow, this all sounds so familiar, right?  This latest statement was posted Tuesday, July 22 on the website of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

More missiles were found in one of the agency’s schools in Gaza – surprise! – but this time the agency’s spokesperson was smarter and gave even fewer details about the incident. It is impossible, due to international regulations, to prevent the inspections mandated by the agency’s funding. But one can at least gloss over the findings when issuing a statement about what is found and how it is dealt with. Damage control in war time.

“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”

Were there so many missiles it was impossible to count them? Whoa. And how does the school’s location between two refuge spots relate to this issue? There are launchers planted in nearly every home.

“UNRWA strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the statement continues.

“The Agency immediately informed the relevant parties,” — the local ruling Hamas terrorist government, that is — “and is pursuing all possible measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA will launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.

“UNRWA has reinforced and continues to implement its robust procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and regular inspections of its installations, to ensre they are only used for humanitarian purposes.

“Palestinian civilians in Gaza rely on UNRWA to provide humanitarian assistance and shelter. At all times, and especially during escalations of violence, the sanctity and integrity of UN installations must be respected.”

This is the second time such an incident has occurred, and this time UNRWA did not even bother to publicize the number of missiles it found – which obviously it is well aware of.

The last time, it turned the ordnance right over to the Hamas terrorists who placed the missiles there in the first place – a double war crime, sheltering lethal ammunition in a so-called international neutral zone for children, and then handing that dangerous material over to the terrorists firing the ammunition at civilians, who have been proved to be launching the missiles from civilian sites in the neighborhood.

Thus the agency is guilty of being an accessory to a terrorist organization’s attack on Israel, hardly a ‘robust procedure to maintain neutrality.’ It’s certainly not legal.

But since UNRWA is a United Nations agency, however, to whom can Israel appeal the issue?

A sad international joke that increasingly brings into focus the array of enemies around us.

US Support Wavering? Obama Has ‘Serious Concern’ Over Gaza Casualties

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Israel’s ‘strongest supporter’ is already wavering. Doubts about the wisdom of continuing Operation Protective Edge are being expressed from the White House as soon as the IDF struck a decisive blow in a Gaza neighborhood where Hamas terrorists stored some of their most deadly missiles. The ordnance was, of course, stashed under civilian buildings — a mosque, a hospital, a children’s playround, and more.

For three days the IDF dropped flyers, called homes and sent SMS text messages warning residents to leave the area so they would not be harmed when the attack began. Hamas pressured its people not to. Some had the sense to flee the area, and others chose to remain as human shields. The brutal, bloody firefight in Seijaiya cost a lot of lives on both sides and panicked leaders around the world — including officials in the White House.

In his second call to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu since Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed “serious concern about the growing number of casualties” in Gaza.

Israel’s prime minister was also notified during the call that Obama was sending Secretary of State John Kerry back to the region. Kerry was boarding a plane to head for Cairo, where he would pressure Israel and Hamas to negotiate another cease fire.

According to a statement issued by the White House, the move was aimed at helping ‘protect civilians in both Gaza and Israel.’ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, has called on Israel to “exercise maximum restraint and do far more to protect civilians” without specifying exactly how the IDF should accomplish that task. He also called on Hamas to end its rocket fire from Gaza.

The IDF drops flyers warning civilians in every target neighborhood prior to an attack, calls homes and sends SMS text messages asking residents to leave the area hours and sometimes days before carrying out operations – all of which puts its own forces in danger and of course alerts the enemy to its plans. Not one armed force of any other nation in the world does the same.

Hamas Attacks Israel with Mortar Shells during ‘Humanitarian Ceasefire’

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Hamas managed to honor the United Nations-sponsored five-hour “humanitarian ceasefire” for a grand total of two hours before attacking Israel with mortar shells. It waited until less than a minute after the end of the ceasefire to stage a massive attack on Israel with more than 50 rockets and missiles from the south to north of Tel Aviv Thursday afternoon.

No serious injuries have been reported, but at least one home in Ashkelon sustained damage. The Iron Dome intercepted several missiles fired at Tel Aviv and surrounding cities, including Kfar Saba to the north.

At noon, two hours after the brief ceasefire was upheld by Israel and Hamas, the terrorist regime hit the Eshkol region in the Western Negev with three mortar shells

Hamas also Hamas executed four civilians for collaborating with Israel during the Protect Edge counter-terrorist campaign that began last week. More than a dozen of others have been arrested and face the same fate.

Foreign leaders have not commented on the executions or commented if they represented a “disproportionate response.”

Hamas followed up the mortar shelling with rocket attacks seconds after the official end of the ceasefire, shooting at Ashkelon, Gaza Belt communities and Be’er Sheva within an hour.

By 6 p.m., the Iron Dome system already was in action over the skies of Tel Aviv.

After the initial attacks, the IDF swiftly responded, bombing terror targets in northern and central Gaza.

Israel has suffered a bad name following the bombing of Gaza beach on Wednesday that had been used by terrorists but where children also were playing until the Air Force combed the area killing at least four minors.

Hamas also suffered PR damage when it was exposed again for using civilian areas for terror. UNRWA discovered weapons in one of its school, as reported here.

Foreign leaders or would-be leaders, ranging from former U.S. President Bill Clinton to Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, castigated Israel, Erdogan told a meeting of Islamic scholars in in Turkey, “Since 1948, we have been witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every day and every month. But above all we are witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every Ramadan.”

Clinton, whose Oslo Accords unwittingly created “new Middle East” exactly opposite of what he intended, still is on the soap box preaching that Israel is the reason Hamas attacks.

“I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu could and should make a comprehensive peace agreement with the Palestinians,” he told an Indian news channel Wednesday.

“Over the long run it is not good for Israel to keep isolating itself from world opinion because of the absence of a viable peace process,” he added. “In the short to medium term, Hamas can inflict terrible public relations damage on Israel by forcing it to kill Palestinian civilians to counter Hamas.”

Did he really say “civilians”? Did he really say Israel might suffer, oy veh, “public relations damage.”

Now we have another reason why the U.S. Constitution prevents a president from running for a third term.

There also are other reasons, such as Barack Obama.

Live Updates: Latest Gaza Rocket Launches (New Attack: 1:52 AM – Thursday)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

1:52am Sirens Beit Shemesh. …Ashdod….Kiryat Gat Lachish ……

1:51am Beit Shemesh, Mateh Yehuda

1:37am (Thursday) Eshkol

1:23am (Thursday) Sirens Hof Ashkelon (what humanitarian cease fire?)

10:28pm Otef Aza, Ashkelon

9:59pm Kissufim, Otef Aza, Eshkol

9:36pm Ashdod, Gan Yavne, Be’er Tuvia, Hof Ashkelon…

9:15pm Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne, Beer Tuvia, Lachish, Shafir…

9:00pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

8:16pm Ashdod, Ashkelon…

6:37pm Eshkol

6:32 Eshkol region Alerts, Ashkelon South.

6:22pm Eshkol Region Alerts.

6:09pm Rockets fired at Eshkol region x2.

5:21pm Sirens in Netivot and Sedot Negev Region.

5:14pm Sedot Negev and Shaar HaNegev region — rocket alerts

4:16pm SIRENS in Lehavim, Meitar, Rahat, Bnei Shimon, Har Hevron, Negev, Dimona…

3:59 Eshkol

3:55pm Eshkol

3:40pm Eshkol

3:30pm Kerem Shalom

3:29pm Nirim, Ein Hashlosha

3:26pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

3:20pm Missile explosions in Ashkelon

3:19pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara, Ashkelon, Be’er Ganim, Zikkim, Karmiya

2:48pm Gaza Belt communities – Sha’ar HaNegev and Sdot Negev Regional Council districts; Nahal Oz, Kibbutz Sa’ad, Kfar Aza, Kfar Maimon

2:38pm Kissufim, Nirim, Ein Hashlosha

2:03pm Ashkelon Coastal Region

2:01pm Ashkelon, Yad Morchechai, Netiv Ha’Asara, Zikkim

1:41pm Four missiles explode in open areas near Dimona

1:38pm Dimona, Yerucha, Arad, Ara’a

1:27pm Kiryat Gat, Lachish, Achuzam

1:04pm Netiv Ha’Asara, Yad Mordechai

12:50pm Two rockets explode in Sdot Negev, open areas

12:42pm Sdot Negev

12:16pm Be’er Sheva, Ofakim x2, Bnei Shimon Regional Council district

12:15pm Rocket Alerts Ashdod, Sha’ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev Regional Council districts

11:56am Rocket Alert Eshkol Region

10:51am Ashkelon Coastal Region

10:44am Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district

10:30am Israel firing into Gaza City with artillery.

10:15am Color Red alert: Gaza Belt communities x2

9:32am Iron Dome system intercepted four missiles over Israel’s central region, including central over Gush Dan. Israelis warned not to touch fallen shrapnel.

Shrapnel fell in a school’s playground. No one injured. (Sorry, can’t say location)

9:23am Color Red alert: Entire coastline from Ashdod to the north, metro Tel Aviv-Yafo, Bnei Brak, Petach Tikvah past Rishon Lezion, Herzliya, including Gush Dan region, Kiryat Gat to the east

8:25am Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Kiryat Malachi

8:04am Four rockets explode in Eshkol Regional Council district, one ignites a fire in open area

8:03am Iron Dome intercepts six missiles over Ashkelon

8:02am One woman sustains leg wound in Be’er Tuvia following rocket attack

8:01am Sirens: Kiryat Malachi, Be’er Tuvia, Yoav, Shafir

7:57am Sirens: Shafir

7:43am Color Red alert Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coastal Region

7:41am Sirens: Eshkol Regional Council district

Good morning.

Relatively quiet night. Only 7 rockets fell.

7:25am Color Red alert Eshkol Regional Council district

4:41am Color Red alert Eshkol Regional Council district

12:09am (Wednesday) Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coastal Region

Live Updates: Latest Gaza Rocket Launches (New Attack: 12:09 AM – Wednesday)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

12:09am (Wednesday) Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon

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10:56pm Otef Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon…

10:28pm Rocket Alert Eshkol Region

9:52pm Two rockets fired from Gaza hit the Hebron area.

9:45pm 4x Iron Dome interceptions near Beit Shemesh

9:20pm Sirens: Adam, Kfar Adumi, Kochav haShachar, Jericho(!), Jordan Valley, Beit Shemesh, Mate Yehuda

9:09pm Cleared for publication – Channel 2 TV reports that shrapnel from a rocket strike tonight hit a school in Rishon L’Zion causing serious damage. No injuries.

8:58pm Barrage: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gan Yavneh, Yad Mordechai

7:51pm Rockets in Eshkol region.

7:30pm Rockets in Sederot and Merchavim area.

Earlier at least 3 rockets shot down over Tel Aviv.

There were also sirens before also in Modiin and Dimona….

Hamas hit yet another power line into Gaza… (Good).

7:26pm South Ashkelon Region – rockets…

7:12pm Ashkelon and South Ashkelon region.

Man critically injured at Erez junction from Mortar.

7:04pm Beer Tuvia area….Negev Region….Ashdod… The SOUTH

8:58pm Ashdod

7:00pm Beer Sheva

6:58pm Rockets towards Ashkelon region….twice in a row.

6:52pm Southern Ashkelon region…Beer Tuvia Region….Kiryat Gat….big volley of rockets.

6:55pm Major rocket attack on its way to Greater Tel Aviv….Tel Aviv, Yaffo, Yahud, Shoham, Rishon and about 15 other places.

6:41pm Ashkelon region

6:34pm Ashkelon region – rocket alerts

6:20pm More Sirens in Central Negev region…BeerSheva and Eastwards

6:09pm Rocket Alert Sderot… Bet Shikma

6:08pm Merchavim Region – Rocket Alerts

6:05pm Rocket Alert Hof Ashkelon x3

5:55pm Multiple Rocket Alerts Hof Ashkelon… Shar Hanegev… Netivot… Sdot Negev… Merchavim

5:31pm Rocket Alert Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon – multiple launches

5:09pm Rocket Alerts Shaar HaNegev/Sedot HaNegev

4:45pm More Rocket alerts in Eshkol

4:42pm Rocket Alerts Eshkol Region

4:29pm Eshkol

4:21pm Sirens Hof Ashkelon… Ashkelon and surrounding area

4:00pm Sderot, Shaar Negev, Eshkol

3:56pm Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon

3:49pm Eshkol

3:00pm Unilateral cease fire over? IDF Radio reports Netanyahu orders IDF to restart air strikes on Gaza, after dozens of rockets hit Israel, after 9:00am cease fire was ignored.

2:59 Sderot, Netivot, Otef Aza

2:42pm Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon

2:35pm Mortars on Kissufim

2:31pm Eshkol, Ashdod

2:17pm Ashdod

2:15pm Ashkelon

2:06pm Re’im

1:58pm Zikkim, Karmiya

1:54pm Gush Dan – two missiles intercepted over central region by Iron Dome anti-missile defense system

1:33pm Givat Brenner, Rehovot, Bat Shlomo

1:31pm Shfela, Rishon Lezion, Netzer

1:09pm Shfela, Gezer, Mishmar David, Beit Hanan, Ness Tziona, Kfar Mordechai, Yavneh area

12:58pm Three rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system over Ashkelon, Ofakim and Rehovot.

12:55pm Greater Ashkelon 2x, Brosh, Tidhar, Netivot, Glilot

12:47pm Kissufim

12:40pm Hamas takes responsibility for missile fire at Haifa — but no impact sites are found by security personnel

12:31pm Zichron Ya’akov, Mayan Tzvi, Yoknea’m, Gido, Binyamina, Hadera, Carmel, Haifa coastal region

12:22pm Zikkim, Ir Ganim, Sarni, Rehovot, Ashkelot, Ness Tziona, Gan Shlomo, Givat Brenner, Ashdod, Beit Gamliel, Kfar Mordechai, Yavneh

12:21pm Ashkelon, Yad Mordechai, Be’er Ganim, Nitzanim

11:24am Ein Hashlosha

11:22am Ashdod, Ashdod, Bnei Darom, Nir Galim, Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara, Ad Halom, Zikkim, Karmiya, Gan Yavneh, Hatzor, Nitzan, Ashkelon 2x, Ashdod 3x, Avigdor, Achva, Be’er Tuviya, Kiryat Malachi, Nir Galim 2x

11:18am Sha’ar HaNegev

11:12am Sderot, Nir Am, Sapir, Giv’im, Shikkim

10:37am Kerem Shalom

10:00am 2 rockets explode in Eshkol Regional Council – one hour after “ceasefire”

9:57am Ashkelon, Ami Oz, Eshkol Regional Council

9:15am Israel’s Security Cabinet accepts Egyptian proposed ceasefire.

8:52am Siren: Nir Oz

8:51am Siren: Eshkol Regional Council

8:33am Sirens: Zikkim, Ashkelon Coastal Region, Netiv Ha’Asara

7:32am Siren-Eshkol

Good morning. Ceasefire? Who knows. Most Israelis want Israel to first finish the job, then there will definitely be a cease fire.

6:33am Sirens: Hof Ashkelon

3:46am Siren-Eshkol

1:27am (Tuesday) Rocket slams into Eilat hotel

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