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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.

IDF Took More Precautions in Conflict than NATO Member Armies

Monday, June 15th, 2015

By Zack Pyzer

A group international military experts submitted a report to the UN Friday, concluding their analysis of Israeli and Palestinian actions during the 2014 Gaza conflict. The group of eleven independent experts are experienced authorities on military conflict, as well as the laws of armed conflict. Among the investigators were ex-chiefs of staff and generals of NATO member states, as well as politicians from the US, Italy and Spain.

Col. Richard Kemp, the UK’s former commander of forces in Afghanistan, spoke to the Tazpit News Agency on Sunday.

He reflected on the main argument of the report, which stated that the IDF went to great lengths to keep to the rules of conflict, and in some instances went beyond the call of duty.

“The members of the group know of no other army that takes such great steps to avoid civilian casualties, including their own,” Kemp told Tazpit, saying that only a small number of the panel were familiar with Israel before the investigation.
Kemp, who has himself been to Israel numerous times in recent years, explained his colleagues were in general surprised at what they found. “Israel actually goes further than most to stick to international law and protect non-involved civilians,” he contended.
Expanding on previous criticism of the organization, Kemp said that many of the misconceptions among the experts were due to misinformation coming from the UN itself.
Kemp’s also hoped that the UN’s forthcoming publication of a report on last summer’s 50-day conflict would take the group’s report into account.
The UN’s controversial Human Right’s Council (HRC) is set to release its report on the conflict at the end of the month. The HRC have often been described, including by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, as disproportionately focused on putting Israel under the spotlight.
More vocal critics have denounced the HRC, who have had Saudi Arabia, Russia and China on its council in recent years, as completely biased against Israel.
Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also published its detailed report into the conflict on Sunday, presenting their findings to the Prime Minster, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The report claims that Gazan victims of the 50-day conflict were roughly 50 percent armed combatants, at current estimations.
The ratio puts Israel at the forefront of minimizing civilian casualties in urban warfare, ahead of coalition forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and other western armies.
Regarding the MFA report, Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting, “Israel and the IDF are committed to the rules of international law even when fighting terrorist organizations that intentionally violated those rules.”

Smuggled Diving Suits Intercepted on their Way to Gaza

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

On Monday, the Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, aka the Shabak, intercepted an attempt to smuggle diving suits into Gaza.

It was part of a series of attempts to smuggle weapons and equipment into Gaza.

In last summer’s war with Gaza, Hamas terrorists attempted to infiltrate into Kibbutz Zikim by sea. The IDF intercepted the terrorists (see videos below).

The diving suits were part of Hamas’s attempt to build up it’s naval terror unit.

In April, security officials found hidden welding electrodes hidden in marble slabs, and materials used for making metal weapons hidden in dry food packages.

The could be used for making rockets and other weapons.

Hamas is not the only smuggler of terror paraphanalia.

Earlier this week customs officials at Ben Gurion Airport intercepted a shipment of silver rings with ISIS slogans on them on their way to Ramallah.

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