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Hamas Attacks Israel with Mortar Shells during ‘Humanitarian Ceasefire’

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Hamas managed to honor the United Nations-sponsored five-hour “humanitarian ceasefire” for a grand total of two hours before attacking Israel with mortar shells. It waited until less than a minute after the end of the ceasefire to stage a massive attack on Israel with more than 50 rockets and missiles from the south to north of Tel Aviv Thursday afternoon.

No serious injuries have been reported, but at least one home in Ashkelon sustained damage. The Iron Dome intercepted several missiles fired at Tel Aviv and surrounding cities, including Kfar Saba to the north.

At noon, two hours after the brief ceasefire was upheld by Israel and Hamas, the terrorist regime hit the Eshkol region in the Western Negev with three mortar shells

Hamas also Hamas executed four civilians for collaborating with Israel during the Protect Edge counter-terrorist campaign that began last week. More than a dozen of others have been arrested and face the same fate.

Foreign leaders have not commented on the executions or commented if they represented a “disproportionate response.”

Hamas followed up the mortar shelling with rocket attacks seconds after the official end of the ceasefire, shooting at Ashkelon, Gaza Belt communities and Be’er Sheva within an hour.

By 6 p.m., the Iron Dome system already was in action over the skies of Tel Aviv.

After the initial attacks, the IDF swiftly responded, bombing terror targets in northern and central Gaza.

Israel has suffered a bad name following the bombing of Gaza beach on Wednesday that had been used by terrorists but where children also were playing until the Air Force combed the area killing at least four minors.

Hamas also suffered PR damage when it was exposed again for using civilian areas for terror. UNRWA discovered weapons in one of its school, as reported here.

Foreign leaders or would-be leaders, ranging from former U.S. President Bill Clinton to Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, castigated Israel, Erdogan told a meeting of Islamic scholars in in Turkey, “Since 1948, we have been witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every day and every month. But above all we are witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every Ramadan.”

Clinton, whose Oslo Accords unwittingly created “new Middle East” exactly opposite of what he intended, still is on the soap box preaching that Israel is the reason Hamas attacks.

“I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu could and should make a comprehensive peace agreement with the Palestinians,” he told an Indian news channel Wednesday.

“Over the long run it is not good for Israel to keep isolating itself from world opinion because of the absence of a viable peace process,” he added. “In the short to medium term, Hamas can inflict terrible public relations damage on Israel by forcing it to kill Palestinian civilians to counter Hamas.”

Did he really say “civilians”? Did he really say Israel might suffer, oy veh, “public relations damage.”

Now we have another reason why the U.S. Constitution prevents a president from running for a third term.

There also are other reasons, such as Barack Obama.

Live Updates: Latest Gaza Rocket Launches (New Attack: 1:52 AM – Thursday)

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

1:52am Sirens Beit Shemesh. …Ashdod….Kiryat Gat Lachish ……

1:51am Beit Shemesh, Mateh Yehuda

1:37am (Thursday) Eshkol

1:23am (Thursday) Sirens Hof Ashkelon (what humanitarian cease fire?)

10:28pm Otef Aza, Ashkelon

9:59pm Kissufim, Otef Aza, Eshkol

9:36pm Ashdod, Gan Yavne, Be’er Tuvia, Hof Ashkelon…

9:15pm Kiryat Malachi, Gan Yavne, Beer Tuvia, Lachish, Shafir…

9:00pm Sdot Negev, Shaar Negev

8:16pm Ashdod, Ashkelon…

6:37pm Eshkol

6:32 Eshkol region Alerts, Ashkelon South.

6:22pm Eshkol Region Alerts.

6:09pm Rockets fired at Eshkol region x2.

5:21pm Sirens in Netivot and Sedot Negev Region.

5:14pm Sedot Negev and Shaar HaNegev region — rocket alerts

4:16pm SIRENS in Lehavim, Meitar, Rahat, Bnei Shimon, Har Hevron, Negev, Dimona…

3:59 Eshkol

3:55pm Eshkol

3:40pm Eshkol

3:30pm Kerem Shalom

3:29pm Nirim, Ein Hashlosha

3:26pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

3:20pm Missile explosions in Ashkelon

3:19pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara, Ashkelon, Be’er Ganim, Zikkim, Karmiya

2:48pm Gaza Belt communities – Sha’ar HaNegev and Sdot Negev Regional Council districts; Nahal Oz, Kibbutz Sa’ad, Kfar Aza, Kfar Maimon

2:38pm Kissufim, Nirim, Ein Hashlosha

2:03pm Ashkelon Coastal Region

2:01pm Ashkelon, Yad Morchechai, Netiv Ha’Asara, Zikkim

1:41pm Four missiles explode in open areas near Dimona

1:38pm Dimona, Yerucha, Arad, Ara’a

1:27pm Kiryat Gat, Lachish, Achuzam

1:04pm Netiv Ha’Asara, Yad Mordechai

12:50pm Two rockets explode in Sdot Negev, open areas

12:42pm Sdot Negev

12:16pm Be’er Sheva, Ofakim x2, Bnei Shimon Regional Council district

12:15pm Rocket Alerts Ashdod, Sha’ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev Regional Council districts

11:56am Rocket Alert Eshkol Region

10:51am Ashkelon Coastal Region

10:44am Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district

10:30am Israel firing into Gaza City with artillery.

10:15am Color Red alert: Gaza Belt communities x2

9:32am Iron Dome system intercepted four missiles over Israel’s central region, including central over Gush Dan. Israelis warned not to touch fallen shrapnel.

Shrapnel fell in a school’s playground. No one injured. (Sorry, can’t say location)

9:23am Color Red alert: Entire coastline from Ashdod to the north, metro Tel Aviv-Yafo, Bnei Brak, Petach Tikvah past Rishon Lezion, Herzliya, including Gush Dan region, Kiryat Gat to the east

8:25am Iron Dome intercepts rocket over Kiryat Malachi

8:04am Four rockets explode in Eshkol Regional Council district, one ignites a fire in open area

8:03am Iron Dome intercepts six missiles over Ashkelon

8:02am One woman sustains leg wound in Be’er Tuvia following rocket attack

8:01am Sirens: Kiryat Malachi, Be’er Tuvia, Yoav, Shafir

7:57am Sirens: Shafir

7:43am Color Red alert Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coastal Region

7:41am Sirens: Eshkol Regional Council district

Good morning.

Relatively quiet night. Only 7 rockets fell.

7:25am Color Red alert Eshkol Regional Council district

4:41am Color Red alert Eshkol Regional Council district

12:09am (Wednesday) Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coastal Region

Live Updates: Latest Gaza Rocket Launches (New Attack: 12:09 AM – Wednesday)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

12:09am (Wednesday) Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon

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10:56pm Otef Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon…

10:28pm Rocket Alert Eshkol Region

9:52pm Two rockets fired from Gaza hit the Hebron area.

9:45pm 4x Iron Dome interceptions near Beit Shemesh

9:20pm Sirens: Adam, Kfar Adumi, Kochav haShachar, Jericho(!), Jordan Valley, Beit Shemesh, Mate Yehuda

9:09pm Cleared for publication – Channel 2 TV reports that shrapnel from a rocket strike tonight hit a school in Rishon L’Zion causing serious damage. No injuries.

8:58pm Barrage: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gan Yavneh, Yad Mordechai

7:51pm Rockets in Eshkol region.

7:30pm Rockets in Sederot and Merchavim area.

Earlier at least 3 rockets shot down over Tel Aviv.

There were also sirens before also in Modiin and Dimona….

Hamas hit yet another power line into Gaza… (Good).

7:26pm South Ashkelon Region – rockets…

7:12pm Ashkelon and South Ashkelon region.

Man critically injured at Erez junction from Mortar.

7:04pm Beer Tuvia area….Negev Region….Ashdod… The SOUTH

8:58pm Ashdod

7:00pm Beer Sheva

6:58pm Rockets towards Ashkelon region….twice in a row.

6:52pm Southern Ashkelon region…Beer Tuvia Region….Kiryat Gat….big volley of rockets.

6:55pm Major rocket attack on its way to Greater Tel Aviv….Tel Aviv, Yaffo, Yahud, Shoham, Rishon and about 15 other places.

6:41pm Ashkelon region

6:34pm Ashkelon region – rocket alerts

6:20pm More Sirens in Central Negev region…BeerSheva and Eastwards

6:09pm Rocket Alert Sderot… Bet Shikma

6:08pm Merchavim Region – Rocket Alerts

6:05pm Rocket Alert Hof Ashkelon x3

5:55pm Multiple Rocket Alerts Hof Ashkelon… Shar Hanegev… Netivot… Sdot Negev… Merchavim

5:31pm Rocket Alert Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon – multiple launches

5:09pm Rocket Alerts Shaar HaNegev/Sedot HaNegev

4:45pm More Rocket alerts in Eshkol

4:42pm Rocket Alerts Eshkol Region

4:29pm Eshkol

4:21pm Sirens Hof Ashkelon… Ashkelon and surrounding area

4:00pm Sderot, Shaar Negev, Eshkol

3:56pm Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon

3:49pm Eshkol

3:00pm Unilateral cease fire over? IDF Radio reports Netanyahu orders IDF to restart air strikes on Gaza, after dozens of rockets hit Israel, after 9:00am cease fire was ignored.

2:59 Sderot, Netivot, Otef Aza

2:42pm Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon

2:35pm Mortars on Kissufim

2:31pm Eshkol, Ashdod

2:17pm Ashdod

2:15pm Ashkelon

2:06pm Re’im

1:58pm Zikkim, Karmiya

1:54pm Gush Dan – two missiles intercepted over central region by Iron Dome anti-missile defense system

1:33pm Givat Brenner, Rehovot, Bat Shlomo

1:31pm Shfela, Rishon Lezion, Netzer

1:09pm Shfela, Gezer, Mishmar David, Beit Hanan, Ness Tziona, Kfar Mordechai, Yavneh area

12:58pm Three rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system over Ashkelon, Ofakim and Rehovot.

12:55pm Greater Ashkelon 2x, Brosh, Tidhar, Netivot, Glilot

12:47pm Kissufim

12:40pm Hamas takes responsibility for missile fire at Haifa — but no impact sites are found by security personnel

12:31pm Zichron Ya’akov, Mayan Tzvi, Yoknea’m, Gido, Binyamina, Hadera, Carmel, Haifa coastal region

12:22pm Zikkim, Ir Ganim, Sarni, Rehovot, Ashkelot, Ness Tziona, Gan Shlomo, Givat Brenner, Ashdod, Beit Gamliel, Kfar Mordechai, Yavneh

12:21pm Ashkelon, Yad Mordechai, Be’er Ganim, Nitzanim

11:24am Ein Hashlosha

11:22am Ashdod, Ashdod, Bnei Darom, Nir Galim, Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara, Ad Halom, Zikkim, Karmiya, Gan Yavneh, Hatzor, Nitzan, Ashkelon 2x, Ashdod 3x, Avigdor, Achva, Be’er Tuviya, Kiryat Malachi, Nir Galim 2x

11:18am Sha’ar HaNegev

11:12am Sderot, Nir Am, Sapir, Giv’im, Shikkim

10:37am Kerem Shalom

10:00am 2 rockets explode in Eshkol Regional Council – one hour after “ceasefire”

9:57am Ashkelon, Ami Oz, Eshkol Regional Council

9:15am Israel’s Security Cabinet accepts Egyptian proposed ceasefire.

8:52am Siren: Nir Oz

8:51am Siren: Eshkol Regional Council

8:33am Sirens: Zikkim, Ashkelon Coastal Region, Netiv Ha’Asara

7:32am Siren-Eshkol

Good morning. Ceasefire? Who knows. Most Israelis want Israel to first finish the job, then there will definitely be a cease fire.

6:33am Sirens: Hof Ashkelon

3:46am Siren-Eshkol

1:27am (Tuesday) Rocket slams into Eilat hotel

Arad Activates Emergency Host Family Program

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The city of Arad activated its emergency wartime and disaster host family list Wednesday morning.

The program goes into action whenever individuals and families in other parts of the country need respite and a safe place to stay. The last time program coordinators made calls to the list was during Operation Pillar of Defense, when families from communities targeted by rocket fire were welcomed into local homes throughout Arad.

The city is located in the northeastern corner of the Negev, high above the southernmost tip of the Dead Sea. Founded in the 1960s as a development town, Arad is not considered a target for missile-launching terrorists, since the city is very small and its location is remote.

Gatekeeper System’ Available to Open Public Shelters

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Foundation for Homefront Security in Israel is promoting a ‘Gatekeeper Project’ system that will automatically — instantly — open public bomb shelters around the Negev. The system works within four seconds of a signal triggered by the IDF’s radar detection of a rocket launch.

Confirmation that the shelter has been opened is sent by transmission to the local municipal command center, foundation officials said.

The foundation is hoping to install the ‘Gatekeeper Project System’ in every shelter throughout the Negev, where 600,000 residents are at risk from Gaza rocket fire.

CJA, the Jewish Federation of Montreal, has already donated funds for the system to manage several shelters in the ‘capital of the south,’ Be’er Sheva. For every Gatekeeper purchased, the Foundation receives matching funds from the local municipalities. Jewish Federations, Israeli philanthropists and the Homefront Command have partnered with the foundation to help purchase more systems for communities around the Negev, officials said.

In Sderot alone, 60 systems are required to equip public safe spaces throughout the city.

Morning Wrap: Six Missiles Today (so far)

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Hamas terrorists in Gaza continue to pummel southern Israel with rockets. As of this writing, multiple attacks were recorded Monday, including

9:38 – Anti-tank missile fired at IDF adjacent to Gaza border fence. No one was hurt and no damage was caused in the incident.

11:38 – Code Red alerts in Netivot, Sadot Negev Regional Council

11:50 – Code Red alerts in Sadot Negev Regional Council, Shaar Hanegev

12:12 – Code Red alerts in Sadot Negev Regional Council, Shaar Hanegev

12:44 – Code Red alerts in Sadot Negev Regional Council, Shaar Hanegev

13:08 – Grad Rocket explodes in Beer Sheva. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Three days ago, Israel “warned” Hamas it had two days to reign in the rocket fire or “face the consequences.”

 

 

Hamas Blames PA For Rocket Fire

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Hamas officials in Gaza have blamed the Palestinian Authority for the ongoing rocket fire from the Strip at Israeli civilians, and said the time may have come to break apart the month-old Palestinian Unity Government. Ahmed Yousef, a senior Hamas official in Gaza, told the Palestinian Ma’an news service that “From a political point of view, (Prime Minister) Rami Hamdallah is responsible and he can give orders to security services to intervene. Hamas is not ruling the Gaza Strip and so it’s not responsible for protecting borders.”

Hamas leaders have justified the rocket fire as an just response to Israeli “collective punishment” while searching for the killers of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, but they also recognize that Israelis are losing patience with the status quo, both in the Gaza Belt region and in Judea and Samaria. Some Israeli leaders have called to resume targeted killings of Hamas leaders, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal.

At least some Hamas leaders seem to internalise that point, and have moved in recent weeks to disassociate themselves from both the boys’ abduction/murder as well as the rockets that have accompanied Israelis subsequent manhunt, first for Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, and then for their killers.

Ahmed Yousef said Palestinian security forces had attempted to prevent rocket fire, but had not been very successful because “Israeli ‘aggression’ motivates some response, and we can’t ask these bereaved people to stop,” Yousef said.

So much for unity? 

Since the manhunt for Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel began on June 13, terror cells have fired hundreds of rockets at civilian targets in Israel. Most have landed in open fields, but several homes and public building. In response to those attacks, Israeli Air Force drones and helicopter gunships have attacked terror cells in Gaza virtually every night.

In response to the ongoing Israeli air strikes, and to the ongoing political crisis between Hamas and Fatah, Ma’an reported that Hamas is considering leaving the unity agreement with Fatah and forming a separatist government in Gaza, to be led by Palestinian factions. Yousef said the lack of clear authority in Gaza has left a serious leadership vacuum.

“There is a political vacuum in the Gaza Strip which creates the atmosphere for security chaos, taking into account that the national consensus government has not taken even a single step toward ending political disagreement.

“In Gaza there are ministries without budgets as well as ministers and employees who don’t receive salaries. From a moral and national point of view everybody should work to end this state,” Ma’an quoted Yousef.

Ultimately, however, both Hamas and Israel may have little choice but to continue the status quo – Hamas will continue to fire missiles indiscriminately at Israel, likely with no real intention to harm people or property, and Israel will continue to hold its fire and will not strike strongly enough at Hamas to bring that organization to its knees.

According to Alex Fishman, a veteran Israeli defense correspondent, who wrote in the Hebrew-language Yedioth Aharonoth that eliminating Hamas at this stage would likely bring about a leadership vacuum in Gaza that would be filled by intentional jihadi groups such as ISIS.

And as for Hamas, an organization that is very much on the proverbial ropes after seven years in power, the rocket fire restores some of the organization’s credibility on the Palestinian street. For Ismail Haniyeh, the name of the political game is simple, and can be summed up in one word: survival.

But if the goal of leaving Hamas in power in Gaza is to a joint Israeli-Hamas interest, there is only one possible response: Such strange bedfellows makest the Middle East.

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