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Abbas Refuses Israeli Blood Donation as IDF Resumes Bombing Gaza

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Eight day of Hamas’ Operation Death Wish: The Palestinian Authority refused Israeli blood donations, and the Israel Air Force resumed bombing Gaza after a six-hour ceasefire that Hamas snubbed.

“Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency services organization on Monday offered to transfer blood units and donations to the Gaza Strip, but the humanitarian gesture was rejected by the Palestinian Authority,” JNS.org news service reported, in an exclusive attributed to the Israel HaYom newspaper.

“According to MDA Director Eli Bin, the organization then offered to assist the PA by facilitating blood drives involving Palestinian or Israeli Arab donors, but that offer was also rejected.”

Bin said the offer  was a “humanitarian gesture” that “brings us respect as human beings.”

Six hours after Israel accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal and held fire while Hamas and Islamic Jihad rejected it and continued to bombard Israel, the Israeli Force bombed 20 concealed rocket launchers, weapons storage facilities and “other operational infrastructure,” the IDF spokesman stated.

Gaza medical sources reported one person was killed in the raids, and according to their count, the death toll as reached 193 while more than 1,400 have been wounded.

If Hamas is hoping a higher casualty figure will make the world feel sorry for the terrorist regime, it should not hold its breath, unless it wants a premature death through self-asphyxiation.

Its refusal to accept the Egyptian ceasefire proposal because it allegedly favored Israel, despite giving Hamas huge lifelines, cost it dearly in the international community. The refusal by the Palestinian Authority to accept donations of Israeli blood was poisoned icing on a cake of diplomatic explosives.

Even  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discarded the usual “balanced” statements aimed at placating both Hamas and Israel and stated, “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire, in which Egypt and Israel worked together.”

He added that Hamas is “purposely playing politics” by continuing the rocket fire, using innocents as “human shields… against the laws of war.”

International media finally have begun  given up playing as fig leaf for Hamas’ lies but still holds on to the last straw of Hamas’ phony figures of “civilian casualties”,”

“A Washington Post foreign affairs blogger, Ishaan Tharoor, listed the names, ages, and places of death of the 83 Palestinian Arabs killed in the first three days of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge,” JNS.org reported.

A media watch group exposed the truth behind the deaths.

“In a quick check of the first 24 names, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America’s (CAMERA) Israel office found that one through three were Hamas members. Numbers five through 12 were individuals who rushed into a house previously evacuated after an Israeli warning,” it stated.

“Number 17 was a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, like Hamas a U.S.-designated international terrorist organization. The fatalities listed 18 through 22 were family members of his. And number 24 apparently was another terrorist, affiliation not confirmed.”

Details of Egyptian Ceasefire Proposal

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Egypt begins its ceasefire proposal by blowing its own horn that the initiative comes from “its historical responsibility, and out of belief in the importance of achieving peace in the region, protecting the lives of innocents, and ending the bloodshed.”

Talk about chutzpah. That is like a white supremacist trying to preach equality. How many people did the Mubarak, Muslim Brotherhood and al-Sisi people kill during protests against their regimes. Was it 2,000 or 3,000?

“Egypt calls upon Israel and all of the Palestinian factions to enact an immediate ceasefire, due to the fact that escalation and mutual violence, and the victims that will result, will not be in the interest of either party.”

Wait a minute, Egypt. It is not in the t interest of the civilized world that the Hamas terrorist infrastructure be destroyed?

The al-Sisi regime’s proposal first demands, “Israel shall cease all hostilities against the Gaza Strip via land, sea, and air, and shall commit to refrain from conducting any ground raids against Gaza and targeting civilians.”

Is the maritime blockade against the smuggling of terrorists and weapons into Gaza a “hostility”? Does this proposal mean that Israel must open the seas for Iran to send even more advanced weapons to Gaza?

Egypt demands from Hamas, “All Palestinian factions in Gaza shall cease all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel via land, sea, air, and underground, and shall commit to refrain from firing all types of rockets, and from attacks on the borders or targeting civilians.

“Crossings shall be opened and the passage of persons and goods through border crossings shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.”

What does “stable” mean? A ceasefire that lasts two hours? Or two days? Or maybe even two weeks?

Does “stable “mean that Gaza terrorists attacked Israel “only” with one or two Kassam rockets?

“ Other issues, including security issues shall be discussed with the two sides.

“Method of implementation of the initiative:

“ It has been decided to initiate implementation of the de-escalation agreements at — : — hours (GMT) on — / 7 / 2014, pending the implementation of a full ceasefire within twelve hours of the announcement of the Egyptian initiative and its unconditional acceptance by both sides.”

Apparently, the blanks means that neither Hamas nor Israel is ready to sign as of yet. Making the proposal public is intended to pressure both sides to do so.

“ High-level delegations from both the Israeli government and the Palestinian factions shall be hosted in Cairo within 48 hours of the initiation of the initiative’s implementation, in order to conclude talks for the consolidation of the ceasefire and resume confidence-building measures between the two sides; talks shall be held with each of the two sides separately (in accordance with the agreements for the consolidation of de-escalation in Cairo in 2012).”

In other words, the “peace process” now will involve Hamas and Israel, with Cairo brokering the talks. Next step is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s getting on stage again and playing out another round of peace talks, with Hamas and Fatah sitting as peace partners for Israel.

Media Exaggerates Arab Riots in Jerusalem

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Police closed the Temple Mount for a short time Sunday morning after dozens of Arabs hurled stones at Israeli police, injuring two of them, but the rest of the city is relatively calm.

Media reported that Arabs hurled firebombs and rocks at police in predominantly Arba neighborhoods Saturday night, but there has been no repeat of the larger scale chaos that followed the kidnap-murder of a Jerusalem Arab by six Israeli hoodlums two weeks ago.

The violence and vandalism closed down the Jerusalem Light Rail system used by Jews and Arabs in northern Jerusalem, but service now has been restored, much earlier than previous estimates. Damages amounted to several million dollars.

However, the rioting Arabs managed to inflict “collective punishment” on Arab neighborhoods, where the light rail does not stop. That mean that the large majority of Jerusalem Arabs, like most in Judea and Samaria, who simply want to work and raise a family in peace, without the shenanigans of a corrupt Palestinian Authority regime, have another reason to blame fellow Arabs and not Israel for their woes.

There are approximately 250,000 Arabs in Jerusalem and about 249,000 don’t riot. This a big problem for the media establishment, which wants to promote the myth that Israel is “occupying” Jerusalem and that the Arab citizens of Israel really would prefer to give up all of their benefits from the Israeli government and medical service for the right to be subjected to the corrupt regime ruin by Mahmoud Abbas.

Twenty years of Palestinian Authority incitement against Israel and American and European Union promotion of the idea of “occupation” have educated a large part of the younger generation to hate Israel, but not enough are buying the lie to support a rebellion.

There is not much Arab love for Israel, but when they see that the propaganda has made lives even more miserable for their friends in Judea, Gaza and Samaria, there is even less fondness for the alternative.

Israeli Air Force Smashing Hamas to Pieces

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

The Israeli Air Force has escalated an all-out war against the Hamas terrorist regime in Gaza while making mincemeat of Hamas attempts to kill civilians in Tel Aviv.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF officers made it clear Friday and Saturday that the days of repetitive “cease fires” with Hamas and that years of agreeing to allow Hamas to attack, and then stop to re-arm, are history.

Hamas put on a fabulous propaganda show for Gaza residents Saturday night, boldly announcing more than an hour ahead of time that it would pulverize metropolitan Tel Aviv with rockets at 9 p.m. Israeli time.

Sure enough, it carried out its promise, but the results were pitiful as the Iron Dome system intercepted most of the missiles, leaving only minimal damage. Shrapnel from one rocket in the city of Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv, caused light injuries to one man.

Hamas celebrated as if it had won the war and even told its residents that at least one of those nasty Zionists was killed, leaving only 6,999,999 Jews to finish off before it could declare peace.

Two deaths due to heart attacks after sirens blared were reported in Haifa on Friday and Jerusalem on Shabbat, where an elderly American tourist in Jerusalem succumbed to heart failure while sirens wailed in the capital.

Shortly after the missile barrage on Tel Aviv, the Israeli Air Force bombed dozens of terrorist targets in Gaza, including the home of the chief of Hamas police.

Up to 15 people were killed in the attack, and even if the Arab figures are exaggerated, the strike undoubtedly leveled a significant hole in the Hamas terrorist regime.

Another dead terrorist was a man who launched rockets and also was a nephew of Ismail Haniyeh, who was de facto prime minister of Gaza until the new Palestinian Authority unity government disguised his power with the creation of a puppet ”technocratic” government to satisfy naïve international experts, not the least of which is  the Obama administration, that there suddenly is a terror-free regime in Ramallah.

Around midnight Saturday, the IDF warned residents in northern Gaza to leave their homes. The area is a magnet for terrorists because of its proximity to Israel. The Air Force apparently is trying to push rocket-launcher terrorists as far south as possible, possibly allowing for ground forces to move in and keep the area clean of terrorists.

“In the next few hours, in light of the fact Hamas is hiding behind civilians, we will change patterns of action and start evacuating Palestinian civilians in the northern Gaza Strip, where long-range rockets are fired from,” a senior IDF official told Ynet. “Following the evacuation, there will be a significant attack there. The objectives for this operation are to deal a significant blow to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, decrease the fire on civilians and strengthen the deterrence.”

Hamas fired approximately 50 rockets and missiles on Israel Saturday, setting off sirens in almost every section of the country south of Haifa, even in the Dead Sea area. The Iron Dome continued to prove effective and knocked out one missile that threatened the Modi’in-Ben Gurion Airport area.

Northern Israel heard sirens because of a volley of missiles from Lebanon, causing damage to an agriculture building. Pro-Palestinian Authority elements, and not Hezbollah,  were behind the attacks. The Lebanese army, which is barely distinguishable from Hezbollah, arrested at least one of those who fired the rockets, indicating that it does not want a confrontation with Israel at this time.

Sirens also sounded in the southern Hebron Hills, and at least two of Hamas’ missiles exploded in Arab areas in Hebron and Bethlehem, causing minor injuries and damage.

Hamas’ ‘Operation Death Wish’ vs. Israel’s Protective Edge

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Thousands of Israeli combat soldiers are waiting for a green light from the Netanyahu government to cross into the Hamas hornet’s nest in Gaza nest to deliver a follow-up wallop to the aerial strikes to defend Israel from what could rightly be called Hamas’ “Operation Death Wish.”

Israel’s “Protective Edge” counter-terrorist campaign has followed the Pillar of Cloud and Operation Cast Lead battles five and two years ago, respectively.

As usual, Hamas is begging for international pressure and has been caught by the BBC posting pictures of dead children, victims of terror – except that many of the pictures are of victims of wars in Iraq and Syria or from Israeli maneuvers several years ago.

The Israel Air Force’s pinpoint bombings have destroyed hundreds if not thousands of rockets, and Hamas has wasted hundreds of missiles and rockets in its stockpile that is estimated at approximately 10,000.

“Gaza is slowly sinking to its doom,” IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Friday, Hamas leaders “in Gaza are understanding that they’ve made a big mistake. In four days we’ve been intelligently using our offensive means while remembering that there are civilians there that Hamas has turned into hostages.”

Hamas insistence on wildly continuing to attack Israel, as far north as Haifa, with more than 100 rockets and missiles a day, in the hopes of striking “luck” with an explosion in a crowded mall, school or residential area shows how desperate it is for a “success.’

The terrorist organization announced on Friday that a missile intercepted in central Israel was aimed at Ben Gurion Airport, where at least one incoming plane from Poland turned back after air controllers told the pilot to remain in the air for an undetermined amount of time because of the danger of flying missiles.

The international condemnation of Israel for defending its citizens, Arab and Israeli, by killing terrorists and civilians who intentionally shield them, is beginning to mount just when Hamas need it most. The United Nations on Friday suggested that the IDF’s bombings homes of senior Hamas terrorist commanders might even be a war crime since “civilians” also are hit, even though the Israeli military gave them plenty of warning to evacuate.

“In case of doubt, buildings that are ordinarily used for civilian purposes, such as homes, are presumed not to be legitimate military targets,” said U.N. Ravina Shamdasani. “Even when a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate, offer a definite military advantage in the prevailing circumstances at the time, and precautions must be taken to protect civilians.”

It is not clear what she meant by “proportionate.” Does Israel have to make sure its aerial attacks land in open area when Hamas missiles explode in non-populated areas? Does the IDF have to bomb a gas station and make sure that only one person is seriously wounded to be “proportionate” to the Hamas missile that exploded at a gas station in Ashdod on Friday?

Or perhaps the Air Force should attack a parking lot that is smack in between apartment building such as in Ashdod, where mass casualties would have resulted had a Hamas Grad missile landed a few feet farther in either direction.

International pressure against Israel is far from what it was several days after Cast Lead and Pillar of Cloud, but it is slowly on the way although Hamas is suffering from the long belated understanding by most of the Western world at large that it does not have moral leg to stand on.

Hamas has suffered serious losses – a depleted missile stockpile, bombed terrorist infrastructure and the elimination of dozens of senior terrorist commanders. It also has cost Mahmoud Abbas’ some legitimacy as Palestinian Authority chairman because of his initial inability to stop Hamas attacks and his subsequent enthusiasm for terror, having stated this week, “One God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal” and that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorists are “brothers in arms.”

He predicted on Friday that an Israeli ground incursion is only hours away.

So long as the IAF can do the job, Israel has found no reason to endanger the lives of soldiers be sending them into Gaza, where Hamas has copied Hezbollah tactics and has prepared hundreds of tunnel, many of them underneath homes, to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

Chief of Staff Gantz said Friday, “Nothing is stopping us from moving forward. The IDF is not waiting for the last straw to go on a ground offensive; it’s waiting on political instruction.” That means he thinks Israel has enough intelligence, and has bombed out enough of the terrorist infrastructure, to keep casualties to a minimum it enters Gaza,

If combat troops enter, they will not leave unless Hamas raises the white flag or is decimated.

Hamas attacked Israel out of weakness. Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, wrote on the Council on Foreign Relations website that lack of Iranian support for Hamas and the new Egyptian government’s disdain for the terrorist regime have left Gaza residents victims on a corrupt regime that has brought them nothing but misery.

Before the latest attacks in Operation Death Wish, Hamas faced challenges from other terrorists who did not like the idea of standing by with weapons and not including them, Abrams noted.

The missile strikes have brought Hamas a bit more attention from the Arab world but far less than it expected.

“Hamas may have reached the conclusion that it must soon…agree to a truce, but be unwilling to stop until it can point to some ‘achievement’ like hitting a major tower in downtown Tel Aviv or killing a large group of Israelis,” Abrams wrote.

So far, Hamas’s rekindling of the war with Israel can clearly be called “Operation Death Wish.”

What should Israel do about a Hamas Rockets about to Hit the Palestinian Authority?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Question: At an estimated $70,000 per Iron Dome launch, if the Iron Dome system determines that a Hamas rocket launched from Gaza is about to hit PA civilians in Palestinian Authority controlled Ramallah, does Israel have a moral obligation to shoot the rocket down?

What do you think?

Arab Mourners ‘Celebrate’ Funeral with Riots instead of Psalms

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Jerusalem Arabs rioted and hurled everything except the kitchen sink at Jerusalem police Friday during the funeral of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair, who was kidnapped and killed in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.

The Arab world, encouraged by international and even some Israeli media, have jumped on the murder as Israeli revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers three weeks ago. There are no clear signs who kidnapped and killed the Arab boy, and eyewitness accounts and video footage of the scene of the abduction do not offer clear evidence whether Jews or Arabs carried out the crime and if there were nationalistic motives.

Virtually every media source has refrained from mentioning the ongoing rumors that the boy was a homosexual, which is enough of an “offense’ to be met by death in many Muslim circles.

Friday’s violence, which spread to the Temple Mount, was broadcast throughout the world, but no one has contrasted it with the Jewish reaction to the kidnapping and murders of the three yeshiva students buried earlier this week.

Suha Khudair, mother of the Arab victim said at the funeral, “I hope your death brings victory to Palestine,” while mourners chanted, “With our souls and our blood we will redeem you, martyr.” His body was draped with a Palestinian Authority flag and got across the message that Jerusalem Arabs are not part of Israel.

However, all polls show that most Jerusalem Arabs hold Israeli identity cards, enjoy all the benefits from the city of Jerusalem and from the country that Jews enjoy, and do not want lose their rights and become subjects of a would-be Palestinian Authority country.

That view is summed up in an explanation by one Jerusalem rioter to an Israeli television reporter, who asked why he was wearing a mask.

The rioters said he is afraid of losing his job and his social security benefits. Friday’s clashes, complete with the usual round of rock-throwing and firebombs by Arabs and tear gas and rubber bullets by police, starkly contrasts with the actions by Jews after the reports of the abduction of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel.

Their parent united Israel in prayers for their safe return, and even after their sons’ bodies were found, the families eulogized the children and did not even hint at revenge. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon vowed that the killers will be found and tried for their crime, but there was not even a hint of casting all Arabs as terrorists.

The funeral of Khudair gave his family an opportunity to blame “settlers” for his murder even though there is no evidence. If God forbid Jews did kidnap and kill him, there will be a repeat media performance of the reaction to the assassination of then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, when the entire national religious community was blamed for the murder.

Minutes after the assassination, media already were reporting that the murderer, Yigal Amir, was a “settler.” After the damage had been done, it turns out his home was in metropolitan Tel Aviv.

Khudair’s father told TIME magazine Friday,  “The settlers killed my son, they kidnapped him and killed him,”

TIME added, “He reached for his Samsung smartphone, tapped the screen and pulled up a photo of two young men on a sidewalk. He said the image had been taken from a surveillance camera at a candy store around the corner that recorded the abduction. ‘These are the ones who kidnapped my son,’ he said.’”

When asked to describe them, he admitted that they did not wear Kippot, did not wear Tzizit, and did not have beards. His only explanation as to why they are settlers is because they drove to western Jerusalem (the Jerusalem Forest).

The report then jumped to the riots, without any mention that the images of the kidnappers is so blurred that it is impossible to identify them.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-mourners-celebrate-funeral-with-riots-instead-of-psalms/2014/07/04/

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