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Report: Israel Refusing US Invite to Joint Military Exercises

Friday, August 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) The first operational consequences of the bitter dispute between Israel and the White House on the Iran agreement have begun to pop their ugly heads, as Israel is refusing extensive US offers of military and security cooperation, IsraelDefense and Makor Rishon columnist Amir Rapaport reported.

At this point, Israel is refusing to participate in a massive joint training exercise with the US military, scheduled for 2016.

The exercise, code-named Juniper Cobra 2016, was expected to include a long list of cooperative activities, and to include the US-financed Israeli missile defense system, which is partially based on American capabilities.

Over the past few weeks, Rapaport says Israel, in an unprecedented manner, has been doubtful as to its willingness to participate—compared to previous times, when the IDF went out of its way to take part in joint exercises, and, in 2012, complained bitterly that it was being kept out of a key NATO summit meeting in Chicago because of Turkey’s objection.

Now, paradoxically, according to Rapapaort, the Americans are all too eager to cooperate with Israel, while the Israeli political leadership has decided that the IDF will not cooperate with the Americans.

“This has given rise to the absurd situation where the Americans are willing to offer us more than we want to receive,” Rapaport writes.

Last month, immediately following the signing of the Iran deal, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visited Israel to discuss a security compensation package the Americans were offering. But Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon politely declined. That was the first hint the Israelis considered the White House’s betrayal too fundamental to be paved over with dollar bills.

But the seeds of rancor were sown even earlier, according to Rapaport, when, during the 2014 Protective Edge operation in Gaza, the White House decided against sending Israel urgently needed supply of arms and ammunition which were vital to the IDF because of the unexpected length of the war (it ended up lasting 51 days).

That decision was nothing short of traumatic to the Israeli defense apparatus, states Rapaport, and that wound is yet to heal, even a year later.

One of the immediate results of that American military embargo (which extended to the UK, as well) was an Israeli decision to keep its ammunition production in local Israeli manufacturing plants, even when it is a project involving cooperation with the US, to prevent such an embargo from ever happening again.

Rapaport believes much depends on the outcome of the Iran deal vote—veto—override process in the US Congress. If the deal fails, recovery of the relationship between the Pentagon and the IDF will come sooner. Which means that, in typical Israeli fashion, this thing will remain unresolved until “after the holidays.”

IDF Releases Videos from Major Benaya Sarel’s Helmet Cam and Search for Hadar Goldin

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

On Friday, August 1, 2014, IDF Major Benaya Sarel and Sergeant Lial Gidoni were killed in Rafiah, Gaza, by Hamas.

Lt. Hadar Goldin was also killed in that attack and his body stolen by the Hamas terrorists. All this happened a half-hour after a cease-fire had been accepted by all sides. The terrorists came out of a terror tunnel just like those that Hamas are currently rebuilding.

Major Sarel was the commander of the elite Sayeret Givati unit. He was to get married on August 21, 2014, but instead was laid to rest in the old Jewish cemetery in Hebron. 10,000 people attended his funeral.

A year later, the IDF released a segment of the video (courtesy: Rotter.net) from Sarel’s helmet’s Go-Pro camera when he was stationed in the Khirbat Ahza area of Gaza as few days before he was killed, as well as the audio from the search for Goldin (courtesy: NRG).

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Posted by ‎Rotter.net – סקופים וחדשות‎ on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Posted by Nrg on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Israelis Thank the IDF Soldiers for Protecting Israel During the Gaza War

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

It’s been a year since the IDF fought in Gaza against Hamas and the other terrorist organizations who were launching missiles at us and trying to to massacre us via their terror tunnels.

Here’s a video made during the war of Israelis simply thanking our IDF soldiers.

Operation Protective Edge Remembrance Day

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Adi Kaplan, widow of Captain Zvi (Zvika) Kaplan lit a torch during a ceremony marking one year since Operation Protective Edge at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on July 6, 2015.

Protective Edge Remembrance 2015 2

Prime Minister Netanyahu laid a wreath of flowers at the ceremony honoring our heroes killed in battle against Israel’s enemies in Gaza

UN HRC Condemns Israel (But Not Hamas) for War Crimes

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

On Friday, July 3, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved a Resolution condemning Israel for violating human rights during the summer of 2014 conflict with Gaza known as Operation Protective Edge.

The resolution was based on the investigation conducted by a committee appointed by the United Nations, and headed by Mary McGowan Davis. The UN’s original choice to head the committee, William Schabas, had to resign from that position when it was revealed that Schabas had been a paid advocate for the PLO. But even the report named both Israel and Hamas as potentially having committed war crimes.

Although purportedly based on the committee report, the resolution was drafted by Palestinian Arabs and Arab states, according to Haaretz.

When the report was released last week, it was blasted by both Israel and the United States.

The United States was the only “nay” vote against the Resolution. Of the 47 member nations in the UNHRC, 41 voted in favor of the Resolution. Germany, France and Ireland were among those voting in favor of the Resolution which condemned Israel – but was completely silent about Hamas – for its conduct during the conflict.

Although only the U.S. voted against the resolution, several states abstained. Those abstaining were India, Ethiopia, Paraguay, Macedonia and Kenya.

The vote took place Friday afternoon, July 3. That same day Israel was fired at from the Sinai, on the heels of vicious attacks against Egyptians by ISIS affiliates, while violent unrest roils the region. An ISIS affiliate claimed it was responsible for the rocket from Sinai.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had this to say about the vote:

“On the day on which Israel was fired at from Sinai, and at a time when ISIS is committing vicious terrorist attacks in Egypt, as Assad slaughters his people in Syria and as the number of arbitrary executions per annum climbs in Iran — the U.N. Human Rights Council decides to condemn the State of Israel for no fault of its own, for acting to defend itself from a murderous terrorist organization.

“Israel is a stable democracy in the Middle East that upholds equal rights for all its citizens and acts in accordance with international law.Those who fear to openly attack terrorism will – in the end – be attacked by terrorism.

“The council that has hitherto adopted more decisions against Israel than against all other countries cannot call itself a human rights council.The State of Israel will continue to defend its citizens against those who call for its destruction and take daily action to achieve this goal.”

The Resolution calls on all parties to comply with an investigation currently underway but the prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court to determine whether a case based on the allegations in the report and the UNHRC Resolution should proceed there.

If Hamas is Evil, then Israel Must be Evil Too

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

It would actually be a very unusual war if only one side had committed violations of the laws of war and the other side behaved perfectly… That would be an unusual situation and an unusual conclusion. And the greater likelihood is that both sides actually [violated international law]” – biased anti-Israel “investigator” William Schabas

William Schabas has a problem.

Schabas can’t understand how there could be a situation in the world where one side is evil and the other side is good, where one side commits war crimes, and the other side doesn’t.

Following Schabas’s logic, if Hamas sends suicide bombers to blow up civilians, then Israel must also be doing something bad.

If Hamas is kidnapping soldiers bodies and not letting the International Red Cross check on live prisoners, then Israel must also be doing something bad.

If Hamas is launching thousands of rockets on Israeli civilians, men, women and children, then Israel must be also be doing something bad.

If Hamas is building terror tunnels and tried to enter Israeli towns to massacre civilians, then Israel must be also doing something bad.

If Hamas uses human shields, then Israel must be also doing something bad.

Schabas has already proved his bias, not only when he prepared a complex legal brief for the PLO terror organization – for free, and kept it quiet that he did the work, but when he said he would want to see PM Benjamin Netanyahu prosecuted for war crimes (long before this investigation).

It upsets Schabas to no end, that Israel correctly chose to not cooperate with him and his biased UN Human Rights Council “investigation”, while cooperating with another UN probe that was not openly biased.

William Schabas has a problem.

It’s himself.

P.S. I do agree with Schabas that Israel didn’t behave perfectly… but in my opinion, that’s because Israel took unnecessary risks with our IDF soldiers lives to protect enemy civilians that Hamas put in the line of fire.

Lapid: The UN has Lost Its Mind

Monday, June 15th, 2015

The United Nations is “obsessed” with criticizing Israel, and “always assumes the Jews are to blame,” Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid has accused. His comments from a Yesh Atid party gathering were reported by the Hebrew-language site NRG.

The UN is expected to release a report in the upcoming days criticizing Israel over the 2014 Protective Edge operation in Gaza.

Lapid noted that the UN had chosen not to investigate the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens at the hands of Hamas immediately prior to the operation. “If that’s not hypocrisy, I don’t know what is,” he said.

Overall, the report “is yet another example that the UN has lost its mind,” Lapid declared. Instead of investigating Israel, he continued, the UN should investigate itself. “How did it lose its honesty, its moral standards, the basic values of fairness for which it was created?” he asked.

He noted that Israel took extensive measures to protect Gaza civilians, including giving advance warning of military operations to allow civilians to leave affected areas and setting up a field hospital near Gaza.

Operation Protective Edge was launched in response to the Hamas terrorist group’s use of tunnels from Gaza to Israel to attack Israeli communities, and to near-constant rocket attacks. During the operation Hamas repeatedly attacked IDF troops in Gaza, leading to heavy fighting at several points near the Gaza border.

Following the operation Hamas accused Israel of war crimes, and claimed that nearly all of the dead were civilians – a claim repeated in the international media, despite strong evidence that at least half of those killed were combatants.

Two recent reports on the conflict have found that Hamas committed war crimes against both Israel and the civilian population of Gaza, and that Israel went above and beyond the law in its attempts to prevent civilian casualties.

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