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August 21, 2014 / 25 Av, 5774
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Obama Betrays Israel at UN Over UNRWA

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The U.S. Congress has been there for Israel right from the start, but perhaps that signature on the Iron Dome funding last Friday was inked after President Barack Obama had his arm twisted a little. It’s impossible to know.

Obama told reporters at the White House on Friday that he understood Israel’s need to defend itself; and literally the day after, Hamas terrorists fired 11 shells at Israel from a mortar positioned right next to another UNRWA boys’ elementary school, this one in the Zeitoun section of Gaza City.

Nevertheless, Obama’s representative to the United Nations on Sunday conveyed an entirely different message to the rest of the world.

In a statement regarding Israeli gunfire aimed at Hamas terrorists next to an UNRWA school in southern Gaza, the U.S. Mission to the UN completely betrayed its ally.

The IAF air strike referred to in the current U.S. complaint came in response to mortar fire aimed by Hamas terrorists standing around the gate of an UNRWA boys’ elementary school in the border town of Rafah – who then fled on a motorcycle, taking care to drive as close as possible to civilians along the wall of the school.

The missile fired by the Israeli pilot targeting the terrorists – who were firing at Israeli soldiers on the ground at the time – didn’t miss. It hit the terrorists. But the large explosion predictably also killed the civilians who were standing nearby – precisely as Hamas planned and hoped, creating another gory photo op for the anti-Semitic world to feed on. And feed they did, egged on by the United Nations itself, and sadly, even by Israel’s ally.

Here’s the statement submitted from the U.S.:

“Today’s strike outside an UNRWA school in Rafah, where an estimated 3,000 people were taking shelter, is horrifying. This incident, which took the lives of at least ten Palestinians, including one UNRWA staff member, and injured many more, is only the latest in a conflict that has left dead approximately 1,750 people, including 11 UN staff, and injured many thousands more. Additionally, the UN estimates as many as 475,000 people have been displaced by the violence, of whom more than 259,000 are sheltering in 90 UNRWA schools, which are not equipped as shelters. It is imperative that all sides work towards a ceasefire that ends the rocket attacks and tunnel threat from Hamas, and the perilous situation faced by civilians in Gaza.

“We call on all parties to take all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties, comply with international humanitarian law and respect UN facilities in Gaza. We further call on Israel to conduct a full and prompt investigation of this incident as well as the recent strikes that hit other UNRWA schools. Civilians, many of whom have been told to evacuate their homes by the Israel Defense Forces, must be able to find refuge in safe, UN-designated shelters.”

Sound like an ally? Hamas is officially recognized as an international terrorist organization on the U.S. State Department’s own list of terror entities – but one would never know that from reading this statement, which makes it seem as though Hamas is the wronged party, and a legitimate entity to boot.

What’s wrong with the Obama administration?

IDF Neutralizes Multiple Terror Targets (with Details)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

3:00pm More IDF news — in the early afternoon, Givati and Tank troops were working to uncover terror tunnels and identified a number of terrorists emerging from a tunnel. The tanks opened fire with tank shells, and the terrorists ran to a nearby house. More shells were fired at the house, killing 3 terrorists. The IDF then blew up the terror tunnel.

2:51pm A short while ago, IDF Tzanchanim (Paratroopers) identified 4 terrorists in a house, preparing to shoot an anti-tank weapon. They coordinated with an IDF tank unit in the area which opened fire with tank shells on the house. The entire house collapsed and the terrorists were killed.

Additionally, a Givati unit located 150 mortars and an additional terror tunnel.

1:23pm From the IDF SPOX:

Givati combat troop and IDF tanks were shot at from a house in Gaza. The IDF returned fire. A terrorist was identified firing and then leaving the house and was picked up by a car for him to escape. The car was locked on by the IAF who fired at it….a direct hit on the car was verified.

8 Wounded in Hamas Shelling Attack on Eshkol Region

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Eight Israelis were wounded at midday Thursday when Hamas terrorists shelled the Eshkol Regional Council district.

The area is also a staging area for thousands of IDF troops who are on standby waiting for their orders prior to entering Gaza.

Most of those injured are listed in good condition, according to the report, which was broadcast on Army Radio. It is not clear whether they were civilians or soldiers.

Seven Qassam rockets were intercepted over Sderot, indicating that all were headed straight for residential areas.

Mortar attacks are problematic due to the difficulty of identifying them in time to activate the Code Red incoming alert system. The IDF is currently testing a new radar system to spot the source of the mortar fire, called the ‘Green Rock,’ which would trigger an alert in time for civilians to seek shelter and soldiers to return fire and intercept the shells.

Live Updates: Latest Gaza Rocket Launches (New Attack: Friday 5:21 PM)

Friday, July 11th, 2014

5:53pm Shabbat Shalom from the Israel staff.

5:21 Shaar HaNegev….Sedot HaNegev alerts.

5:04pm Multiple rockets shot at Shaar Hanegev.

4:58pm More rockets. ..Shaar HaNegev and Sedot Negev.

4:55pm Rockets shot at Sedot Negev and Shaar HaNegev.

4:28pm Eshkol.

3:40pm Bnei Shimon Region

3:38pm Ein HaShlosha

3:27PM Rocket Alert Beer Sheva, Omer, Bnei Shimon region, Ofakim, Tel Sheba

2:39pm Sirens in Netivot and Bnei Shimon. Iron Dome x2

1:46pm Merchavim

1:22pm Eshkol

1:18pm Red Alert Ashdod, Hevel Yavne x2. Iron Dome take-down

1:10pm Multiple sirens- Eshkol

1:05pm The soldier who was hurt in yesterday evening’s rocket attack has taken a turn for the worse and his condition is now listed as serious.

His name: Mordechai Chai ben Bracha Yehudit.

12:51pm Barrage at Ashkelon…

12:46pm Sedot Negev….Ashkelon. ..Sederot.

12:21pm Mortar hits house in Eshkol region. Family in bomb shelter. No injuries. Family had 15 seconds to get into the bomb shelter.

12:00pm Alerts in Shaar HaNegev

11:37am Asheklon alerts

11:21am Eshkol region

11:00am Color Red alerts: Nahal Oz, Alumim, Sdnot NEgev, Shaar Negev

10:55am Reports of burning hot rocket fragments after Iron Dome intercept hitting cars in Greater Tel Aviv….no injuries reported at this time.

10:52 Red Alert Ben Shemen, Ginaton, Lod, Nir Tzvi, Ashdod…

10:44am Color Red alerts: entire Mediterranean coastline up to Herzliya, Kfar Chabad, including Ashdod, Bnei Braq, Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Ramat HaSharon, Givatayim, Ben Gurion International Airport, Dan Region, Sha’ar HaNegev

10:43am Gush Dan…..here they come!!!!

10:25am Code Red alerts: Kfar Aza, Kibbutz Sa’ad

10:05am Color Red alerts: Nitzan, Nitzanim

9:33am IDF hits rocket launcher that hit Ashdod gas station.

9:11am Iron dome intercepts in Eshkol region.

9:01am Alerts in Ashkelon

8:48am UPDATE A 50 year old man was seriously injured in the Gazan rocket strike on the Ashdod gas station.

8:35am UPDATE Two people were lightly injured, one person was seriously injured in rocket attack on Ashdod gas station.

8:25am UPDATE What we know so far: Multiple injured. 1 seriously.

Ashdod Gas station hit by rocket. Photo: Rotter.net

Ashdod Gas station hit by rocket.
Photo: Rotter.net

8:15am Update: Rocket his Ashdod gas station. Initial report says there may be injured.

Ashdod Gas station hit by rocket. Photo: Rotter.net

Ashdod Gas station hit by rocket.
Photo: Rotter.net

8:06am Gadera, Ashkelon

8:01am Red alert Netivot, Ashdod, Lachish, Rishon L’Tzion.

7:44am Barrage at Hullit

7:35am Red Alert Eshkol

IDF artillery attacks Lebanon position that launched on Israel.

6:49am Merchavim – Iron Dome x2. Shaar HaNegev

6:33am Sirens in Netivot area

6:31am Sderot, Otef Aza

6:29am Channels 2 and 10 reporting a rocket attack on Metulla on Israel’s northern border from Lebanon…

Rocket hit a Metulla street. Photo by Smiley Hafuch / Rotter.net

Rocket hit a Metulla street.
Photo by Smiley Hafuch / Rotter.net

At 3:30am….there was a rocket attack in the Haifa area….2 Iron Dome intercepts. ..
3:30 Red Alert: Haifa, Hadera, Carmel, Menashe

Woman collapsed and died while running to bomb shelter in Haifa.

2:01am Color Red alert: Sdot Negev Regional Council

1:35am Color Red alert: all Gaza Belt communities (Eshkol, Sha’ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev)

Live Updates: Latest Gaza Rocket Launches (Thursday)

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

1:24am (Friday) Code Red alert: Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coastal Region

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140 rockets and missiles struck Israel in the past 24 hours, 44 intercepted by Iron Dome, IDF struck some 222 targets across the Gaza region according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Among these were several Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists involved in rocket attacks against Israel.

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10:39pm Prayer request: Please stop for a second and say a prayer for Mordechai Chai ben Bracha Yehudit….wounded tonight in Gaza rocket attack. …going into surgery now.

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10:28pm Color Red alerts:  Sdot Negev and Shar Hanegev

10:23pm Color Red alert: Kfar Aza, Kibbutz Sa’ad, Sdot Negev, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Councils

9:55pm Color Red alert: Sdot Negev, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Councils

9:34pm Color Red alert: Sdot Negev, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Councils

9:32 pm Color Red alert: Nahal Oz, Alumim, Ashkelon Coastal Region

9:17pm Color Red alert: Ashdod

9:15 pm Color Red alert: Ashdod x2,

9:14 pm Color Red alert: Ashkelon x2

9:14 Color Red alert: Givati, NIr Galim, Nitzanim

8:57 Color Red alert: Nir Galim,Yavneh, Ashdod

8:51pm Color Red alerts: Ashdod, Gan Yavne, Beer Tuvia, Brenner, Gaderot, Hevel Yavne, Hof Ashkelon

8:35 pm Color Red alerts: Gan Yavne, Kiryat Malachi, Beer Tuvia, Gederot, Yoav, Shafir

7:45 Color Red alerts: going off in Bat Yam, Rehovot, Lod

7:44 Siren: Color Red alerts: Rishon Lezion, Gedera, Ness Ziona

7:41 Color Red alerts: Eshkol Regional Council

Soldiers injured

7:40 Color Red alerts: Sdot Negev, Merchavim, Bnei Shimon Regional Council, Lehavim, and Shar Hanegev

7:32 Color Red alerts: Merchavim, and Beer Sheva

7:29 Color Red alerts: Mitzpe Ramon

7:27 Color Red alerts: Be’er Sheva

7:26 Color Red alerts: Lehavim, Bnei Shimon Regional Council and Omer

7:11 Color Red alerts: Sha’ar Hanegev

6:56pm Color Red alerts: Eshkol, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Councils

6:53 Color Red alerts: Ashkelon Coastal Region

5:56: Color Red alerts: Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Gush Etzion, Beitar Ilit, Beit El, Mevasseret Tzion, Maaleh Adumim, Har Hevron, Matte Binyamin, Matte Yehuda.

Four Rockets fired at Jerusalem from Gaza: two intercepted by Iron Dome…two landed in open areas.

Loud booms.

5:54 Color Red alert: Eshkol Regional Council

5:54 Color Red alert: Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council

4:58 Color Red alerts: Sderot, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council

4:55 IDF takes out two members of a rocket crew

4:56 Color Red alerts: Eshkol, Ashkelon Coastal Region

4:48 Color Red alert: Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council

4:46 Color Red alert: Ashkelon

4:40 Color Red alerts: Sderot and Sha’ar HaNegev

4:34pm Color Red alerts:Sdot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev

4:29pm Color Red alert: Ashkelon Coastal Region

4:26pm Color Red alerts: Sdot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Councils

4:22pm Color Red alerts: Sdot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Councils

4:18pm Color Red alerts: Sdot Negev, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Councils

4:06pm Color Red alerts: Eshkol Regional Council, Ashkelon

4:07pm Color Red alerts: Ashkelon region

4:05pm Color Red alerts: Eshkol and Sdot Negev Regional Councils

4:01pm Color Red alerts: Be’er Sheva

3:47pm Color Red alert: Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council

3:47 Color Red Sderot

3:35 Color Red Askelon

3:12 Color Red in Eshkol region, Shar Hanegev

3:07 Red Alert Eshkol

2:35 Big barrage: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Nitzanim, Beer Tuvia, Hevel Yavneh regions and Hof Ashkelon region.

2:25 Kibbutz Beeri Area (Eshkol)

2:14 pm Red Alert Beer-Sheva

1:53 Eshkol

1:39 Red Alert Be’er Sheva x2 3 Iron Dome intercepts.
Also Gilat, Yifrach.

1:04 Rockets toward southern Gush Dan (Yavneh, Rechovot, Soreq, Lod, Ramle, Hevel Modiin – not Modiin)

12:59pm Red Alert: Ashkelon, Zikim, Karmiya, Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

12:44pm Code Red Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev, Kibbutz Aza and Saad

Noon – Red Alert: Ofakim, Merchavim region

11:35 Eshkol

11:24 Sirens in Tel Aviv-Yafo. 1 intercepted. 1 hit.

11:19 Sderot, Shaar HaNegev

10:54am Sirens in Bnei Shimon region….extended Beer Sheva region but not necessarily Beer Sheva the city. ..

10:52am Bnei Shimon

10:38am Color Red: Yad Morchai Netiv Ha’Asara Color, Hof Ashkelon, Eshkol

10:20 Nachal Oz

10:18 Sdot Hanegev, Shaar Hanegev

10:03am Sirens in Mitzpe Ramon (there already is a crater there), Dimona, Yerucham

9:43am Eshkol Region

9:26 am Netivot, Bnei Shimon, Sdot Negev region

8:59am Sirens in Netivot and Shaar HaNegev.

7:59am SIRENS ONGOING IN TEL AVIV….Gush Dan….and the Southern Sharon region.

7:56am Sirens in Tel Aviv…… Iron Dome x3.

7:47am Color red alerts in Shaar HaNegev and Hof Ashkrlon regions

7:27am Sirens in Ofakim

7:26am Color Red Alerts Hof Ashkelon

7:12am Red Alert Shaar Hanegev.

7:00am Note to Hamas. Time for davening (prayers), please hold off shooting until I finish, so I don’t miss a single update. As it was, it was extremely rude to shoot at us overnight while we were trying to sleep.

6:15am Good morning, we’ll start with an overnight roundup of rocket attacks, and continue on from there. Keep safe.

Day 3 of Operation Protective Edge (looks like they’ll need to rename that to Protective Center, and Protective North)

The IDF has hit 590 terror targets since the beginning of the operation, and that appears to be the tip of the iceberg.
Gaza has launched 390 rockets at Israel.

6:15am Red alerts Shaar HaNegev

2:36am Red alert Eshkol

1:19am Large barrage of rockets at Israel’s Negev. Iron Dome interceptions some, the rest fall in open areas.

1:17am Sirens in Merchavim region.

1:16am Red Alerts in Ashkelon.

Mortar Attack

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Sorry, it’s hard to keep up with all the rocket and mortar attacks, now that a ceasefire may happen.

Mortar attack on the Eshkol region just after 12 PM.

4 Gazan mortars hit open areas.

 

No damage or injuries reported.

Gaza Terrorists Continue Rainfall of Rocket Fire

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Gaza terrorists spent the lion’s share of the day on Thursday aiming their rocket fire at the southern border town of Sderot.

The afternoon began with rocket fire aimed at Sderot, although terrorists did not fail to attend to Ofakim, Netivot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council and Merhavim Regional Council districts.

The Color Red siren began wailing just after lunch, in the second hour of the afternoon with two warnings, the first in Sderot and the second in the Ofakim area.

Within the requisite 15-second window, a Qassam arrived, this time slamming into a road and causing some damage in the industrial area.

A rocket also exploded in an open area in the Merhavin Regional Council district. As with other attacks earlier in the day, no physical injuries were reported, officials said.

Several hours earlier, during the morning hours, three buildings in the community sustained damage from direct hits by short-range Qassam rockets fired by Gaza terrorists.

One was a summer day camp for young children, who were in the building at the time of the attack. They had 15 seconds to reach the shelter before the rocket struck; by the grace of G-d, constant drilling and a well-built safe space, they made it.

Cars were also damaged by the Qassam attack alongside the second building, a private home.

Sappers were called to defuse a third rocket that didn’t explode in the center of town; it landed near a preschool, causing some damage there as well.

No one was physically injured in any of the attacks although the children were treated for shock. Their parents, badly traumatized and some in shock, came to take them home for the rest of the day. Other residents suffered from severe anxiety and trauma as well.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system also was busy – operators sent units up in the air to intercept two missiles flying towards the southern town of Netivot, where the holy Sephardic Torah sage, the Baba Sali, lies at rest in the town’s cemetery.

Neither missile caused and physical injuries or property damage, officials said.

The security cabinet has met nearly every night this week but has yet to reach a decision about how to conclusively silence the rocket, mortar and missile fire.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gaza-terrorists-focus-rocket-fire-on-sderot/2014/07/03/

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