Guess how many skyscrapers the terror organization could’ve built instead of tunnels
By Liel Leibovitz, TABLET, July 23, 2014 12:00 AM
Israeli troops entering Gaza last week have so far uncovered 18 tunnels used by Hamas to send armed terrorists into Israel and built using an estimated 800,000 tons of concrete.
What else might that much concrete build? Erecting Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, required 110,000 tons of concrete. Hamas, then, could’ve treated itself to seven such monstrosities and still had a few tens of thousands of tons to spare. If it wanted to build kindergartens equipped with bomb shelters, like Israel has built for the besieged citizens of Sderot, for example—after all, noted military strategists like Jon Stewart have spent last week proclaiming that Gaza’s citizens had nowhere to hide from Israel’s artillery—Hamas could have used its leftovers to whip up about two that were each as big as Giants Stadium. And that’s just 18 tunnels. Egypt, on its end, recently claimed to have destroyed an additional 1,370. That’s a lot of concrete. (Read more…)
It is difficult to watch the news on CBC and CTV where their reporters,
Paul Hunter http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2476204318/ on CBC and
Janis Mackey Frayer on CTV http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/rocket-from-gaza-lands-near-israel-s-main-airport-1.1925354 have become lackeys for Hamas –
CBC and CTV by showing the videos taken by their own cameramen or prepared by Hamas, follow strict guidelines set out by Hamas – yesterday’s news reports by both TV networks were particularly grievous, a definite orchestrated production – only at the end of the report did Paul Hunter state that missiles were being launched from within buildings – he looked at a large apartment building across the street and saw one apartment being surgically cut out from the building and stated (approx.), “It’s possible that missiles had been launched into Israel from that apartment”… CBC and CTV need to be focus less on sensationalizing the events in Gaza – they appear to be following the edict: if it bleeds it leads – maybe it’s time to follow the edict: news should be reliable and objective. (Read more…)
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US federal authority lifts ban on flights to Israel
DEBKAfile July 24, 2014, 7:21 AM (IDT)
Early Thursday the Federation Aviation Administration lifted its temporary ban on US airlines’ flights’ to Israel, which Canadian and several European airlines had observed after a Hamas rocket strike near Ben Gurion airport Tuesday. The decision which caused chaos to international travel to and from Israel and left tens of travelers stranded was condemned by many Israel and Americans as “a prize to terror” and an “air blockade” against Israel. It remains to be seen how many airlines renew normal service following the FAA’s reversal of its ban.
by Theodore Shoebat
Posted by Bill Levinson
Muslims in Iraq, part of a Shiite jihadist group, murdered a woman for supposedly being a prostitute. They beheaded her, and then put her head on a stick. The murder was just one out of 31 other murders all of which were part of a mass slaughtering against prostitutes. There is not evidence that woman who had her head placed on a stick was a prostitute, since she was a doctor who was merely protesting the cost of medicine.
Islamism: We don’t NEED no stinkin’ four horsemen
by Bill Levinson
The Swedish rock group Sabaton wrote a song called Endless Nights, and it is about demons rising from Hell to kill children and rape women. If Sweden has politically correct speech codes, it is conceivable that the “demons from Hell” are stand-ins for very real monsters that are raping Swedish women wholesale. In any event, here are some lyrics I wrote to go with the music.
Clouds are gathering in the darkness, airplanes hit the towers.
Evil forces celebrate Jihad’s growing power
Terrorists and lunatics, they’ll be here for sure
Shed the blood of millions then, and now they’re back for more
Call of the Takbir, hordes pour from Hell
Dark age of Sharia upon Mankind fell
Jihad strikes our land with madness and pain
Ghost of Mohammad drives us insane (Read more…)
Christian sentenced by Iranian judge to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during Ramadan
Posted by Bill Levinson
See how civilized they are! We can only hope that the religious judge inhales the cigarette smoke, and gets untreatable lung cancer as a result.
You can take the ape out of the jihad, but you cannot take the jihad out of the ape.
Destroy This Mad Brute (Militant Islam)
By Hezki Ezra and Gil Ronen, INN
About 30,000 people attended the funeral of Sergeant Max Steinberg hy”d Wednesday. Max was a “lone soldier” who made aliyah on his own. He served in the Golani Brigade and was killed in Gaza.
Most of the participants in the funeral did not know Max. They were citizens who decided to honor him for his sacrifice, following requests to do so which circulated in the media.
He was eulogized by a friend who said: “I remember your smile, and instead of crying, I laugh. You are a legend. I have lost a brother and a dear friend.”
His sister said: “You are a hero for thousands of Jews today.”
Shlomo Cesana, Eli Leon, Daniel Siryoti, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
[..] The European Union issued a statement on Tuesday condemning Hamas rocket fire on Israel and calling on all Gaza terrorist organizations to disarm.
The statement, released following a meeting in Brussels and signed by 28 foreign ministers, condemns “the indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians,” and describes the firings as “criminal and unjustifiable acts.”
The EU further called on Hamas to end the rocket fire immediately, and stressed that “all terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm. The EU strongly condemns calls on the civilian population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields.”
By JPOST EDITORIAL 07/22/2014
Unless a cease-fire plan presented by Ban, Kerry includes mechanism that leads to demilitarization of Gaza and Hamas, Israel will justifiably be reluctant to accept.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon make statements to reporters in Cairo Photo: REUTERS
International pressure is mounting on Hamas and Israel to accept a cease-fire. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry are in the region, aiming to put a stop to the current violence.
With a death toll of over two dozen IDF soldiers, over a hundred Hamas terrorists and hundreds of Palestinian civilians during the first two weeks of Operation Protective Edge, the international momentum for a cease-fire is clearly going to grow.
IT IS ALLEGED THAT KERRY/OBAMA ENGINEERED THIS AIRPLANE BOYCOTT IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN HIS NEGOTIATING POSITION WITH ISRAEL AND FORCE ISRAEL TO ACCEPT THESE TERMS.
Israel set to open second int’l airport in Eilat in response to flight cancellations
Transportation minister orders that Uvda airport near Eilat be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport beginning noon local time.
Palestinian decision-making body decides to back Hamas’ demands, says ‘stopping the aggression and lifting the blockade on Gaza are the demands of the entire Palestinian people’; possible clearing way for ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to seek ways of ending the deadliest violence in years between Israel and Gaza’s Islamist Hamas.
Eugene Kontorovich COMMENTARY
For years, peace processors and pundits have threatened that to stop its “growing international isolation,” Israel must make “painful concessions” and withdraw from territory. The “growing isolation” was always a myth. Israel’s trade with Europe has grown constantly in recent years, even as it developed new markets and ties in Asia. Tourism has reached record levels almost every year, as has the number of Israelis traveling abroad. Except to those sensitive to the movements of postmodern dance troupes, the international isolation was a chimera.
Now however, international isolation has truly arrived – not from holding territory, but from leaving it. With the suspension of American and European flights, rockets from Gaza accomplished yielded what peace processors said settlement construction would. The suspension of flights by all major airlines is a major economic, diplomatic and psychological catastrophe for Israel. It now finds itself in same position as Iraq, Libya and Somalia.
Nearly a decade ago, Col. (res.) Yossi Langotsky warned that the underground passageways of Gaza were a strategic danger, but almost no one took his report seriously.
By Amir Oren, HAARETZ | Jul. 22, 2014
Forty-five years ago, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Eight years after President John F. Kennedy promised to send a man to the moon — and bring him back, a mission just as complex — he realized that goal. It’s true that no armed and hostile moon-men were lying in wait for Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s spaceship to arrive, nor was their landing disturbed by gunfire.
But the Apollo program overcame much greater challenges than the ones that are giving Israel a hard time in its war against Hamas. It is hard to believe that the human mind, and the Israeli intellect in particular, allowed the tunnel issue to swell from a weakness to a monstrous threat in as long as it took to develop lunar travel. In the end, the problem is not the tunnel, but the wall — the one inside the Israeli security agencies and the minds of those who run them. REMEMBER THIS IS HAARETZ REPORTING.
Military official: IDF drops 120 bombs on Saja’yya, entire Hamas battalion located there
07.23.14, 07:53 /
This episode is just one instance of the military’s policy of fashioning a picture of events in the Gaza War for public consumption whic may turn out to be contradictory and is often wide of reality.
Another insistence of this was Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s comment Monday that Israel would finish off Hamas’ terror tunnels “in a day or two.”
A senior IDF officer said the next day that most of the tunnels had been found, but another “week or two” were needed to fully map the structures and demolish them.
Col, Uri Gordin, commander of the Nahal Brigade, was the first senior officer leading the war in the Gaza Strip to level with the public about the state of play in his sector, the northern area of Beit Hanoun. He confirmed that while his men had located most of the tunnels, they were not yet ready to be demolished.
Operation Protective Edge is now two weeks old. Since the ground offensive began Thursday night, we have begun to get a better picture of just how dangerous Hamas has become in the nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. And what we have learned is that the time has come to take care of this problem. It cannot be allowed to fester or grow anymore.
We have known for years that tunnels were a central component of Hamas’s logistical infrastructure.
What began as the primary means of smuggling weapons, trainers and other war material from Hamas’s sponsors abroad developed rapidly into a strategic tool of offensive warfare against Israel.
Historic first – All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm completely but this is meaningless as the EU doesn’t provide a plan to achieve this.
[Unfortunately Israel's Foreign Ministry welcomes conclusions of the EU foreign ministers ( couldn't find a link)]
EU Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process
Summary: 22 July 2014, Brussels – Council of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting conclusions on the MEPP
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
“1. The EU is extremely concerned at the continued escalation of violence in Gaza and calls for an immediate cessation of the hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. In this regard the EU welcomes on-going efforts by regional partners, and in particular by Egypt, and reiterates its readiness to provide the necessary support to this end.
by Alan M. Dershowitz
July 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Hamas’s decision to fire rockets in the direction of Ben Gurion Airport may well have ended any real prospect of a two-state solution. Whether the regulators and airlines that have stopped flights to and from Israel are right or wrong, this stoppage cannot possibly be tolerated by a democratic country that relies so heavily on tourism and international travel. It is of course a war crime to target an international civilian airport, as Hamas has clearly done. Israel has every right to keep that airport open, employing all reasonable military means at its disposal. Since Hamas fires its rockets from densely populated civilian areas, there will be more Palestinian civilian deaths.
|Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
by Prof. Shmuel Sandler, July 22, 2014
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 256
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The current Israel-Hamas war will have broad strategic implications that go far beyond the immediate results on the battlefield. The war might have an impact on the political future of the Palestinian Authority and the disposition of the West Bank, on the struggle against Iran, on the future of missile wars in the region, and on regional alliance politics.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon were very hesitant to be drawn into a third round of hostilities against Hamas within a decade and into a ground invasion of Gaza. Israel’s hesitation merits exploration. The current confrontation has a strategic context that goes beyond the Israeli logic of a “war of no choice’” that probably influenced the Israeli decision-makers. This paper looks at the strategic rationale that should accompany Operation Protective Edge from several viewpoints. (Read more…)