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Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, HY"D, killed in Operation Protective Edge.

Who abruptly shut down in-process U.S. assistance to the Israeli government in its effort to locate a missing IDF soldier trapped in Gaza and in the clutches of Hamas? This is a mystery that demands to be answered.

The story first broke on Friday, Oct. 16, when top U.S. terrorism expert Steve Emerson penned a blockbuster report which appeared in his Investigative Project on Terrorism.

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Emerson revealed there was an urgent, life-and-death request from the Israeli to the U.S. government for help in tracing the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier who was believed dragged – dead or alive, no one was sure – from a burning personnel carrier in the bowels of Gaza during this summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

The request was coursing through channels when all of a sudden the doors slam shut. An ordinary request that by all rights and beliefs should have been processed swiftly by one ally for another was peremptorily quashed. The request was denied and instead the U.S. prosecutors who had already geared up to assist our ally were told to stand down. Someone, somewhere in the U.S. government had decided instead that a formal, lengthy process was required, one that completely ignored the immediacy of the situation. That message was sent in an email from the FBI.

But the FBI does not make foreign policy decisions. It was not the FBI who yanked the lifeline from the Israeli captured behind enemy lines. So who did?

THE BACKGROUND

On July 20, the second day of the ground offensive during Operation Protective Edge, several members of the famed Golani brigade of the Israel Defense Force traveled into Gaza in an ancient armored personnel carrier.

The APC stalled in a crowded neighborhood and Hamas struck it with an anti-tank missile, causing it to explode. The blast was horrific – a munitions stockpile within the APC must have been hit – and Hamas terrorists fell upon the burning hulk, preventing IDF soldiers from immediately retrieving any IDF wounded or dead within the vehicle.

By the time IDF combat engineers were able to erect a barrier and seclude the APC from the marauding terrorists, one soldier remained unaccounted for. The body of First Sgt. Oron Shaul, 21, was missing. The bodies of six of his comrades were retrieved.

The next day, Hamas announced that it had captured Shaul. The announcement was met by singing and dancing and the distribution of candy in the streets of Gaza.

Hamas suggested that it had captured Shaul alive. It released Shaul’s picture, his army ID number and other of his belongings.

HAMAS POSTED ON SHAUL’S FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

To prove its boast, Hamas hacked into Shaul’s Facebook page and posted claims in Arabic, Hebrew and English that he was being held by Hamas. The posts taunted Shaul’s family and his comrades.

Despite intense efforts to recover Shaul, the IDF was unable to do so and was not even sure if the soldier was living or dead.

But Hamas made a mistake in an effort to broadcast its treachery. By hacking into Shaul’s Facebook account, they left footprints which could be followed to determine their location. Those footprints are known as the Internet Protocol address. Facebook’s servers automatically keep a record of the IP address whenever an account is accessed, and that IP address is accompanied by the physical location, which would show where the Hamas hackers were when they hacked Shaul’s account.

As Emerson explained, “if the Israelis could obtain the Facebook server data as soon as possible, they might have had a chance to find the whereabouts of the terrorists who took Oron.”

US COULD HELP LOCATE SHAUL WITH WARRANT FOR FACEBOOK

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63 COMMENTS

  1. You know it came directly from the Oval Office and their little cadre of Jew-haters. They decided that they were going to force Israel to accept the Qatari terms of ceasefire and this was only one part of their little game. Banning flights to Israel and stopping sending armaments was part of the pressure.

  2. Reverends Sharpton, Jackson, Farrackan and Wright are all ass hole buddies with O. All are published Jew baiters. Is there any connection? Has the president been influenced by this quartet? Or is he of the same mind? Such a disgrace to have a president of the United States elevate individuals of such low standards by his association. Shameful, besmirches the glory of the nation!

  3. The people that you should be angry at are the jews themselves. Almost 72% of eligible Jewish voters voted not once but twice for the most anti semitic President ever and on top of that these same Jews donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the Democratic War Chest. These Jews are the people who betrayed Israel, and no one else.

  4. Cody Flecker Oh I am angry at them for their ignorance, refusal to deal with reality and absolute lack of common sense. They also were not the only ones to fund and vote for Obama either. So anyone who voted Democrat is not someone I have any respect for at the moment, especially those who are regretting their vote. The information about the man's incompetence was out there, they simply refused to look. But ultimately the decisions and responsibility for the actions of this government are Obama's not theirs.

  5. THE most despicable, pseudo-leader and greatest deceiver there has ever been. And to be in the top US leadership position? Truly beyond belief and yet, there are those who continue to support the poorest excuse we have ever had as a president.

  6. Cody publishes this same tired diatribe at every opportunity! Yes, any Jew that ever voted for Obama was/is a fool, but their numbers didn't get obama elected and this blame game is not the reason Israel is suffering! It is obamka and his policies! The majority of the people that vote for and contribute to obysmal are gentiles! This is just another blood libel that keeps frothing from Cody Flecker's mouth!

  7. Well, the White House doesn't give a damn about our own marine in Mexico. They only cared about bergdahl who was traded for the release of five terrorists. So sad the White House seems to have turned it's back on our ally. G-d continue to bless and keep Israel.

  8. WE have to thank the US Jews who voted for that Muslim in the WH.
    They were warned NOT TO VOTE FOR OBAMA.

    Now we see the result of that vote.
    Had they voted for Mitt Romney, Israel would have had all the help they needed from, US.
    I hope they find the guilty person and charge him with whatever they can, They must throw the book at him

    Obama must answer to Israel and the US about their treachery during the Gaza war.

  9. Kerry now hates Israel more, because the thought that he would be able to make peace between Israel and the terrorists Abbas & Co. and be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
    It backfired so now he is out to harm Israel and the Jews.
    Kerry is dangerous.
    One must not forget what those who served with him said. That he was a liar and coward.
    He is lower than shark .

  10. i sincerely hope that someone will find oron shaul IDF soldier from Israel and I think hamas needs to be squashed from their threats to us and Israel. I think also that president Obama is not to be trusted as he supports islam many americans know this already they want him out of office also Obama doesn't really care about anything and as for ISIS its much worse now soon we are preparing for all out war in mid east with ISIS who now got hold of fighter jets and will start bombing against US fighter jets and shoot it down and kill all on ground and in air ISIS I think will or can not ne defeated cause US is too slow before and did not pay attention to whats developing there it happened too late now ISIS got got hold of the middle east countries they are ranging in thousands of Islamic fighters too many to defeat

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