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September 19, 2014 / 24 Elul, 5774
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Netanyahu Reassures Israel: War Mode until Total Quiet

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took to the air waves Wednesday night to reassure the country that the war against Hamas will continue until there is total security, peace and quiet not only for residents in southern Israel but also for all of the country.

The rah-rah speeches by the Prime Minister, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz included nothing that was not said in the past but were a clear message to the people of Israel and to Hamas that the resumption of missile attacks on Israel has deepened the government and military’s resolve to put an end once and for all to nearly a decade of rocket, mortar shell and missile s launched from Gaza at Israel, from the Gaza border to the north.

“We are taking all means to reach the objective and bring complete quiet,” Netanyahu said.” Operation Protective Edge has not ended, not even for a second,”

He recounted the heavy damage the IDF inflicted on the hams terrorist infrastructure but left unsaid that the “heavy blow” to Hamas has not deterred the terrorist organization from continuing to place most of Israel under daily and nightly rocket attacks.

“We will not stop until there is total security to southern Israel and to all citizens of the country,” he added.

“Our policy is simple. Shoot? You will get it back,” Netanyahu asserted. “If Hamas does not understand that today, it will understand tomorrow. If not tomorrow, then in two days because in the Middle East, it not just a matter of force but a matter of continued force.”

The IDF has called up more reservists and has recalled thousands of reservists who have been on an extended leave of absence. Plans for a massive ground incursion have been drawn out although it may be the last option the government and military want to exercise.

The Prime Minister sounds like he means what he says. The goal of the war has changed from destroying terror tunnels to a broader but an indefinite objective that will require an even stronger retaliation.

After nearly a decade, it’s about time, isn’t it?

My Take on the Ceasefire

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

For those of you who follow Israel_Shield on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I try to get information to you before you hear it on the news. You also know that I am VERY careful to release information only when it is confirmed and released by the IDF.

That is why this post is so difficult for me to write. Let me be perfectly clear, I have absolutely no information as to what is going on in Cairo. I have no idea why Netanyahu agreed at all to a ceasefire with a fanatic Islamic terror organization and I do not understand why he or anyone else (Obama) would ever contemplate accepting any terms by an organization that states loud and clear their goal of Israel’s destruction.

I have been feeding off Islamic news channels that are reporting a major breakthrough at the Cairo talks. I have heard everything from Netanyahu gave in to all Hamas’s demands to Hamas has agreed to let Abu Mazen take over Gaza.

Unfortunately, I have heard nothing from the Israeli side. My Prime Minister has kept complete and total silence and unlike the Gaza war where I had inside information, this time, I have nothing and it is making me VERY nervous.

The way I see it, there are one of three options here. 

1. Barack Obama has already held back missile delivery to Israel over this Gaza war and Mr. Obama is now threatening Netanyahu with some kind of apocalyptic threat.

As much as it is clear to me that Obama is no friend of Israel, I don’t believe Netanyahu would sell out, considering he knows Congress, the Senate and the majority of the American people understand that between Israel and Hamas, only Israel is a friend.

2. The second option is Netanyahu is waiting for Hamas to make a move and attack Israel. While Hamas has an impeccable record of screwing up and breaking ceasefires, this is a dangerous game of Russian Roulette Bibi is playing. All Hamas has to do now is keep a low profile and begin refurbishing its missiles without firing and call Bibi’s bluff. No missiles shot, Bibi can’t attack.

3. The third and most worrisome option yet most probable one is that Binyamin Netanyahu has given in to Hamas demands.

When I say Hamas demands I mean Bibi has given up on the demilitarization of Gaza demand as well as dropped the weapons blockade Israel has been holding on Gaza for the past 9 years and has also agreed to hold off all operations in Gaza including tunnel discovery, destruction and terrorist assassinations.

What has Hamas promised? Hamas has given us their word that they will not shoot at Israel (until their missile supply is fully refurbished!)

There is only one way for Israel to get out of this mess and that is if Hamas attacks. I know it sounds horrible but if they sit quiet and this ridiculous ceasefire goes through, Hamas will be busier than ever buying new missiles and digging new tunnels!

Netanyahu Addresses the Foreign Press on Hamas Attrocities

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Poll: Netanyahu and Bennett Benefit from War at the Expense of Lapid

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Likud and Jewish Home parties would come out smelling like roses if elections were held today, according to a new poll released by the Knesset Channel.

Their gains primarily came at the expense of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid. The popularity of Yisrael Beitenu , Tzipi Livni’s Tnuah party and the Haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism parties dropped slightly. Labor remained static, and the left-wing Meretz party attracted more followers, with 10 projected seats in the Knesset compared with the current six.

Likud would have 28 Knesset Members if elections were held today, according to the poll, compared with 19 in the current session. Jewish Home’s representation would soar from 12 to 19, giving Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett’s parties a combined strength of 47 seats., 14 less of a majority.

Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party was ranked with nine mandates, two less than it now has in the Knesset, while Shas lost four seats from its current 11. UTJ, now with seven Knesset Members, dropped one.

Livni’s party won enough support for four seats, two less that it now has.

As in previous polls, Kadima, headed by Shaul Mofaz, would disappear from the political map.

Cuomo Takes a Tunnel Terror Tour

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrapped up his quickie pre-election tour of Israel Thursday with an armored car escort of tunnels Hamas terrorists had dug with the aim of mass slaughter of Jews at a kibbutz near the Gaza border.

Cuomo has enjoyed five-star hospitality from Israel in appreciation of his solidarity trip. He said that Hamas is an enemy of New York just like it is of Israel.

Like most Americans who see Israel thought the lens of CNN or the photos in The New York Times showing IDF soldiers and dead Gazans, the governor and his delegation really didn’t understand the extent of the sophistication of the tunnels.

“Reading media accounts back home, you’d think these were a few yards of dirt you could crawl through,” said State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos. “These are sophisticated tunnels intended to kill.”

Terrorists intended to use the tunnel at Kibbutz Eini HaShlosha to kill and kidnap residents of the community. The delegation saw the electric wiring that lined the tunnel, built with cement, a “dual-purpose) material that the world has assumed was used for housing people and not for rockets and terrorists.

One of the tunnels that the delegation toured was 130 feet below ground, while another one was only 14 feet underground.

“You see those tunnels and you are reminded of how aggressive and tenacious the enemy is,” Cuomo said. “There are miles and miles of tunnels. These are concrete reinforced … The tunnels are an entirely new development and a frightening one.”

Cuomo met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday and told him, “You are going through a very difficult time. That is precisely why we wanted to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel. We pray for peace. We stand with you in defense.”

The governor also toured Christian sites but not the Muslim Dome of the Rock, and explained that there simply was not enough time.

“You can’t make every gesture on every trip. We are using every available moment,” he said. “Everyone does have a role in peace and the Muslim community has … a role at the table.”

Even if really wanted to visit, it is not certain that police would have allowed him to do so considering the daily mobs of Muslims who harass and chase away Jews. A visit by non-Jew who solidly supports Israel would be waving a red flag at the Temple Mount.

On the other hand, it’s too bad he couldn’t see for himself what would happen if he dared to bring an Israel flag or carrying a Bible while ascending the Temple Mount.

Israel Won’t Return to Truce Talks if Rocket Fire Resumes

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Egyptian-mediated talks between Hamas and Israel for a long-term cease-fire are to begin Saturday night or Monday morning, half-way through the five-day extension of the previous 72-hour cease-fire that followed the previous humanitarian cease-fire, all of which were punctuated by rocket fire from Gaza.

You can’t keep up with this game without a scorecard, or make that two scorecards because of the extra innings. Every cease-fire, even the one that ended last night and was extended at the usual last minute, has been broken by rocket launches followed by IDF retaliation.

Remember that before the cease-fire before the last cease-fire, which was after the first cease-fire that wasn’t a cease-fire, Israel insisted it would not attend talks unless there are zero attacks from Gaza?

The Jewish Press asked Mark Regev, spokesman for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, if that policy still is in effect.

“Definitely,” was his one-word answer. Copy, paste and save in “favorites.”

Gaza terrorists were not able to hold on to their rockets for 72 hours in this week’s cease-fire. Nearly three hours before its expiration midnight Wednesday, three rockets were launched at Israel, followed by another volley a couple of hours later.

Hamas claims it did not break the cease-fire. “They did it,” was their explanation, “they” meaning Islamic Jihad, or ISIS, or AL QAEDA, or PFLP, or the Popular Resistance Committees, or Mohammed what’s-his-name from Kahn Yunis who started up his own terrorist gang.

Hamas also has used the excuse of “they did it” to explain cease-fire failures. That also is an admission that Hamas does not have such a firm grip over Gaza, or simply is letting others do what it would like to do.

As reported here Wednesday, Hamas apparently is continuing to manufacture rockets, destined for Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Airport, during the halt in violence.

Hamas can hold on to rockets without firing them about as long as a child can keep chocolate in his pocket.

It would seem that Hamas has everything to lose if it breaks the cease-fire, or even if it claims a rival or cooperating terrorist group beaks it. But Hamas is not interested in a cease-fire, which is only one more tool for it to try to maneuver Israel into an indefensible corner.

The IDF managed to destroy almost all of the terror tunnels in the war. As for rockets, the good news is that it wiped out perhaps more than half of its arsenal. The bad news is that there are many more that were not destroyed, and, as noted, Hamas still is manufacturing them.

If Hamas can get thought Saturday night without even one little rocket, one that usually explodes in open area but also can kill a few people in one explosion, the next round of charades will begin.

That leaves about two days before the official end of the current cease-fire. Hamas has almost never been able to stop attacks before the end of truces, cease-fires, “calms,” “hundas” or whatever it wants to call them.

It always wants to show that it can have the last word.

If it tries that game again, will Israel walk out?

Remember Regev’s word.

“Definitely.”

Netanyahu Tries to Appease Furious Cabinet Ministers

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

This morning JewishPress.com reported on today’s cancelled Israeli cabinet meeting. Netanayahu did not want update the ministers or involve them in the negotiations in Cairo.

This evening IDF Radio reported that in reaction to the furious ministers for being left in the dark, Netanyahu met privately with minister to give them an update.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-tries-to-appease-furious-cabinet-ministers/2014/08/12/

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