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Posts Tagged ‘Vanity Fair’

IDF Confirms Hamas Mega-Attack Plan

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The IDF confirmed this week that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization planned a massive terror attack on Israel via its tunnel network this September.

IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner said the terror group planned to infiltrate into multiple Jewish communities through tunnels under Israel’s southern border.

Terrorists would have then murdered and abducted as many victims as possible, “inflicting mass casualties,” he said in an interview published Tuesday in Vanity Fair.

“Hamas had a plan. . . A simultaneous, coordinated, surprise attack within Israel. They planned to send 200 terrorists armed to the teeth toward civilian populations. This was going to be a coordinated attack. The concept of operations involved 14 offensive tunnels into Israel. With at least 10 men in each tunnel, they would infiltrate and inflict mass casualties,” Lerner told the publication.

This is not the first report of such a plan. During the latter weeks of Operation Protective Edge, Hebrew-language Israeli media also quoted unnamed military officials who told of the “grand plan” by Hamas, which was alleged at that time to be set for Rosh HaShanah.

Hamas used its terror tunnel network with great success in June 2006 to murder IDF soldiers and kidnap then-IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who remained in captivity until 2011.

Israel traded more than a thousand Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists – including hundreds of bloodthirsty murderers serving long sentences – in order to rescue Shalit from Gaza.

Destroying the Hamas terror tunnel network was one of two main objectives of Operation Protective Edge this past summer; the other was to silence the incessant rocket and missile fire aimed at Israeli civilians by Gaza terrorists.

According to the IDF, 38 tunnels were destroyed during the operation before Israel was forced to end the operation due to pressure from the international community, and the United States. Many of the tunnels that were destroyed led directly into Israel from Gaza, and were to be used as conduits for terror attacks in Israel.

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal referred to them as “defensive” tunnels, according to the report in Vanity Fair.

“The tunnels may have been outwardly called ‘offensive tunnels’ but in actual fact they are ‘defensive’ ones,” Meshaal was quoted as saying.

Two Hamas terror cells emerged from those tunnels, near Kibbutz Nir Am and Kibbutz Erez, on July 21 – during the 50-day war with Hamas.

A bloody battle ensued between IDF soldiers and the heavily armed terrorists, preventing what might otherwise have been wholesale slaughter in a defenseless civilian Israeli village or town.

Hana Levi Julian

Scarlett Johansson: I’m Called ‘New Face of Apartheid’

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Scarlett Johansson told Vanity Fair magazine that anti-Semitism is behind condemnation of her sponsoring Israeli-made SodaStream products.

In a wide-ranging interview that focused mainly on Hollywoody subjects, gossip and social media, she was asked about her rejecting criticism for signing up as ambassador for SodaStream which runs a factory in the Jewish city of Maaleh Adumim in the Judean desert, where the Palestinian Authority imagines it will rule one day.

“[I’m being called] the new face of apartheid. There’s a lot of anti-Semitism out there,” she commented.

Johansson, who is Jewish, also was ambassador for Oxfam, but when the group demanded she break her ties with SodaStream, she stood up and said that the Israeli-based company does more for peace than anyone else by employing Palestinian Authority Arabs at equal wages with Israel.

BDS has unsuccessfully campaigned for a universal boycott of SodaStream, which gives people the opportunity to make soda in their own homes and add flavors instead of buying bottle carbonated drinks.

Johansson has been a lead punch in the stomach of the Boycott Israel crowd, which is not used to an apolitical figure, especially one from Hollywood, proving to the world that the anti-Zionist case is null and void.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Bush’s Most Preposterous Critic

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

Graydon Carter tries so hard to get New York’s liberal establishment to take him seriously – no small task for someone who’s gone from skewering the rich and famous as editor of Spy magazine, the relatively short-lived 1980’s media phenomenon, to toadying to Hollywood celebrities and their imperious agents as editor of Vanity Fair, the glossy monthly that downplays its more serious journalism behind covers that feature scantily clad Hollywood ingénues and headlines seemingly lifted from the National Enquirer. (World Exclusive, shouted the October cover, A 22-Page Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes Family Album.)

These days, of course, there’s no surer way to polish your Manhattan elitist bona fides than by attacking President Bush, the war on terror, the war in Iraq, religious believers and Middle-American patriotism, and so it’s no surprise that in his “Editor’s Letter” column Carter regularly seeks to emulate his intellectual and literary superiors, such as the acute Bushophobe Frank Rich of The New York Times, with screeds depicting Bush as the destroyer of democracy, ravager of the republic, pillager of all that’s decent and good in Blue State America.

But Rich, for all his supercilious airs and noxious politics, at least manages to maintain a detached and dispassionate veneer over his predictable prose, which perhaps can best be described as boilerplate-Democrat with enough pop-cultural references thrown in to glaze even the eyes of Rich’s tiresome colleague Maureen Dowd (who without recourse to titles of movies, names of television characters and lyrics of songs and jingles would have trouble filling half her allotted space).

Carter, though, is incapable of anything beyond the most superficial, fingernail-across-the-blackboard invective, Here’s a representative chunk from a recent column:

It’s no surprise that the Bush administration’s bullying swagger and blithe ignorance have caused much of the Muslim world to hold the U.S. in rock-bottom regard… It could be fairly said that the U.S. is increasingly out of step with the rest of the world. As our neighbors to the south elect left-wing or even socialist governments, we are lurching further to the right. As Europe becomes less engaged to the Church, we are becoming more fundamentalist. Actually, the one region with which we seem to have a lot in common these days is the Middle East. Let’s see. Fanatically religious warmongers in charge? Check. Unimpeachable power held in the hands of a few? Check. Little regard for individual rights? Check. Disdain for the United Nations? Check. Heads of state who are beholden to oil? Check. Even during the World Cup, America seemed so out of touch with the crowd. Other countries had moving football anthems that spectators would sing or hum from the stands. The Americans could muster only a lame, spring-break line: “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”

Where to begin with this bouillabaisse of ravings? Does Carter actually mean to say that South American-style left-wing or socialist governance is something Americans should envy or strive for? Even the editorial writers at The New York Times, coming off a sleepless night and too many shots of Jack Daniel’s, would never put it quite that way, whatever they might feel deep down.

And who are the “fanatically religious warmongers” Carter finds so menacing? Bush, obviously, since the president is a man of evangelical faith who’s against everything that liberal New Yorkers hold dear, but who else, exactly? Any public official or elected representative who professes belief in biblical Christianity? Or just those who hail from Red States or whose social views don’t jibe with those of a sophisticated big city editor whose world revolves around the best tables at the right restaurants and A-list actors agreeing to endless puff pieces with breathless titles?

As for that bit about “heads of state beholden to oil,” here’s where the incoherence of the anti-Bush crowd breaks the bonds of mere partisan foolishness. If that were true, why would the Muslim world be as angry with the U.S. as Carter himself claims? An administration “beholden to oil” couldn’t possibly be an administration that has been unprecedentedly supportive of Israel, nor one willing to rock the foundations of traditional U.S. friendship for oligarchs of oil-producing Arab nations.

Celebrity-oriented journalists should just stick to Oscar party pictorials and leave the Bush-bashing to the big boys.

Jason Maoz

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