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August 23, 2014 / 27 Av, 5774
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Miracle in Ashkelon: No One Home When Missile Hits

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A missile fired by Gaza terrorists struck a home in Ashkelon Wednesday afternoon in the Ashkelon coastal region district.

It was a direct hit.

But the People of Israel can add this to the list of miracles with which they’ve been blessed during Operation Protective Edge, because no one was home when the missile struck the home of the Messer family.

“We had just left a few minutes before; I don’t know, we just had this feeling,” Alon Messer told a reporter for Army Radio in an interview a few minutes later. “My wife and I took our baby daughter and we had barely gone, when we heard the siren, and then the ‘boom!’ It was so close, we just knew somehow it was our house — and sure enough, when we came back and looked, there it was.”

The house had just been built, his wife added. “It was barely a year old,” she mourned. But despite the damage, no one was physically injured. Residents around the area were understandably traumatized in response to the event.

Close to 100 rockets and missiles were fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza since Hamas violated the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that was still in force Tuesday afternoon as Israeli and Palestinian Arab negotiators continued to work towards an agreement to end the destruction.

Israeli representatives were immediately recalled from the talks, however, as soon as rocket fire was aimed at Israeli civilians, violating the agreement some eight hours before the cease-fire was due to run out.

2 Terrorists Dead, 5 Hurt; Hamas Vows ‘Netanyahu Will Pay’

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Two terrorists are dead and five others injured after the Israeli Air Force attacked a terror cell in the Zeitoun section of northern Gaza on Wednesday morning, local and IDF sources reported.

One of the two participated in the missile attack against the coastal city of Ashkelon earlier Wednesday morning, IDF sources said. The other was responsible for rocket launching at Israel earlier in the morning and over the past few months. Hits were confirmed in both attacks, according to the IDF.

An outraged spokesperson for the Hamas terrorist organization told Arab media that [Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin] “Netanyahu is the cause of the collapse of the cease-fire negotiations. Netanyahu will pay.”

Between 11 am and 12 noon, Palestinian Arab terrorists launched more than 25 rockets and missiles from Gaza at Israeli civilians. More than 80 rocket sand missiles have been fired at Israeli civilians since the breach Tuesday afternoon of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire in effect while Israeli and Arab representatives were in Cairo trying to work out a permanent agreement.

US Adds ISIS-Linked Gaza Terror Group to Foreign Terror List

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The U.S. State Department has declared the Mujahedeen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) to be a foreign terrorist organization.

The MSC is an umbrella organization comprised of Gaza-based global jihad terror organizations connected to Al Qaeda. It is also linked to the Islamic State — also known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State in the Levant).

The group has claimed responsibility for the August 2013 missile attack on the resort city of Eilat, and for a March 2013 attack on Sderot.

Eshkol Rocket Attack Was ‘False Alarm’

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Israel officials say a report that Gaza terrorists have attacked the Eshkol Regional Council district, firing a Grad rocket at the area, was a ‘false alarm.’

Eshkol has been hit repeatedly by rocket fire throughout Operation Protective Edge, and when a Code Red incoming rocket alert is triggered, residents have only a 15-second window within which to reach a safe space.

Arab Media, Israel’s Channel 2: Cease-Fire Deal Imminent

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Perhaps the “party” is over — but officials are not breaking out the colored balloons to celebrate just yet.

Hamas officials have gone to Qatar to consult with their handlers about the deal being discussed among the Palestinian Arab terror factions.

The draft of a detailed permanent cease-fire agreement was crafted in Cairo just before Israeli negotiators headed home for the Sabbath, according to Israel’s Channel 2 television and a report published in the Egyptian daily al-Shuruk newspaper, quoted by the Hebrew-language Ynet.

Meantime, both sides are maintaining a five-day cease-fire while indirect talks continue in Cairo, brokered by Egypt.

The bottom line is this:

Hamas, backed by Turkey and Qatar, is demanding that Israel lift the blockade imposed on the region after the terrorist group seized control over Gaza in 2007, and kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

It took more than five years and the release of more than 1,000 Arab terrorists in order to free Shalit, and Israel has seen two wars with Gaza since then — not including the present conflict.

According to the report, the centerpiece of the deal under discussion includes a total stop to construction of terrorist tunnels into Israel.

There will be no rocket, mortar and missile fire or any other terrorist attacks or activities against Israel by Hamas and other Palestinian Arab terror factions in Gaza.

In exchange, Israel has allegedly agreed to numerous concessions that will ease the blockade and assist with rebuilding the region.

To whit:

Israel will ease the blockade by opening the crossings with Gaza. People and goods will be permitted to enter Gaza in order to rebuild the region, and Gazans will be allowed to export goods to Judea and Samaria, pending the establishment of regulations to be determined by Israel and the Palestinian Authority unity government.

Funding for the reconstruction of Gaza will be coordinated between Israel and the PA unity government.

Israel will cease all military activity in the enclave by land, sea or air. No ground troops will enter Gaza.

Moreover, the buffer zones along the security fence in northern and eastern Gaza will be eliminated in graduated steps and PA unity government forces will be deployed, beginning January 1, 2015.

The fishing zone is to be extended a total of 22 kilometers (12 miles) — immediately to 6 miles and then eventually to a full 12 miles — in coordination between Israel and the PA unity government.

The PA unity government — in coordination with Israel and international aid groups — will provide the basic items needed to rebuild Gaza according to a pre-set schedule designed to help those whose homes were in the combat zone to make a new start.

Israel will assist the PA unity government in rebuilding infrastructure in the region, and will help provide basic necessities for Gazans who had to leave their homes.

Israel will provide medical aid to the wounded and expedite transfer of humanitarian aid and foodstuffs via the crossings. To that end, Egypt also requests that the international community join in to provide swift assistance at the humanitarian and monetary level for Gaza’s reconstruction in accordance with a pre-set schedule.

Both sides will conclude indirect negotiations in Cairo within a month after signing the agreement, upon stabilization of the cease-fire and return to normal life in Gaza. Exchange of prisoners and bodies are to be discussed in Cairo at that time.

The issue of construction of a seaport and/or airport in Gaza are to be considered in accordance with the Oslo Accords and prior agreements.

An Israeli source told Channel 2, “Israel insists that any understandings reached must clearly serve Israel’s security interests.”

Netanyahu: ‘UNHRC Legitimizes Hamas & ISIS; Nothing to Look For Here’

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Israel is not likely to cooperate with a “kangaroo court” style investigation under the auspices of a committee set up by the biased United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made that clear in his response to Canadian legal professor William Schabas, the head of the committee, who advised on Tuesday that it is in Israel’s “best interest” to cooperate with his investigation into Israel’s defense against Palestinian Arab terror — and particularly Hamas efforts to terrorize — Israeli citizens.

Netanyahu spoke with reporters in a news briefing following a meeting with New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who flew to Israel to show his solidarity with the Jewish State.

“New York has always had a special relationship with Israel,” Cuomo told reporters. “As Hamas and other terrorist organizations continue to threaten Israel, now is the time to deliver that message of solidarity in person.”

The prime minister, who was asked whether Israel will cooperate with the UNHRC investigation, had some advice of his own for the committee (video is in Hebrew).

“The UN Human Rights Council gives legitimacy to murderous terrorist organizations such as Hamas and ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria),” he said.

“Instead of inquiring into Hamas’s attacks on Israeli civilians and its use of the residents of Gaza as human shields, and instead of inquiring into the massacres that Assad is perpetrating against the Syrian people or that ISIS is perpetrating against the Kurds, the UN has decided to come and check Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East, a democracy which is acting legitimately to defend its citizens against murderous terrorism.

“The report of this committee has already been written,” he said.

“The committee chairman (Canadian law professor William Schabas) has already decided that Hamas is not a terrorist organization; therefore, they have nothing to look for here.

“They should visit Damascus, Baghdad and Tripoli; they should go see ISIS, the Syrian army and Hamas – there they will find war crimes,” Netanyahu advised.

“Not here.”

Gaza Cease-fire ? For Whom?

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

At 10:03 this morning (August 14, 2014) Gaza terrorists fired a Qassam rocket at the Eshkol Regional Council district.

The launch triggered a Code Red rocket alert siren that sent residents scrambling to shelters and safe rooms, disrupting work and play activities in the middle of a summer morning.

The rocket exploded in an open area of the district. There is no word yet on property damage. No one was physically injured.

But this attack occurred on the first of a five-day “cease-fire” allegedly agreed to by the Palestinian Arab factions in Cairo and intended to allow time to work out “final issues” between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Is the cease-fire only meant for Israel?

Last night (Wednesday, August 13) Hamas broke the previous 72-hour cease-fire that had been in place, launching three rocket attacks nearly three hours before the deadline had arrived.

One missile was intercepted over the coastal city of Ashkelon by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating it was headed directly for a densely populated area.

Two other rockets exploded in open areas near the city of Sderot, located about a mile from Gaza — as the missile flies, so to speak — and just south of Ashkelon. Hamas claimed it had not fired the attacks, which if true means that either it has lost control over the other terror groups in Gaza, or gave silent approval (wink wink) so it could abdicate responsibility for the attacks.

Either scenario adds up to the same score. Israel has to effectively deal with the terrorist threat in Gaza.

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