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The group advertised last week’s Washington D.C. Summit, held July 21, as a more compact two-day program. Last year’s conclave offered a three-day affair. But if anyone thought the faith-based pro-Israel organization was becoming less relevant, they would think otherwise after attending the latest confab.
At the very moment when the Jewish State was under a crushing vise of global criticism for its involvement in Operation Protective Edge, CUFI (pronounced koo-PHI and not koo-FEE) roused its American heartland membership in loud, rollicking support of Israel. It did so in the pivotal capitol of Washington D.C. at a pivotal time. (Read more…)
WHAT FOLLOWS IS AN EXCERPT FROM A MAJOR ARTICLE BY YNET’S NACHUM BARNEA.
[..] This is the real story of Operation Protective Edge. There was no plot by Hamas, or an Israeli conspiracy. The deterioration was gradual, and, just as a snowball rolls downhill, it was propelled by its own momentum and the force of gravity.
Were there warnings when the Cabinet agreed to an Egyptian ceasefire in the middle of last week that Gaza was infested with tunnels, dozens of which led into Israel? The answer is yes.
In the past 48 hours, Israel was pressured to accept its fifth “humanitarian” ceasefire in Gaza by President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came close to folding, whereas Hamas saw the truce as applying only to Israel and therefore used it as a call to arms.
The slogan Israel broadcast: Quiet will be met with quiet and fire with fire, was seen by Hamas as a sign of Israel weakening.
This impression was confirmed on Sunday when the order went out to Israel troops to exercise restraint in the face of sporadic Hamas rocket fire, so as to give the truce a chance.
The Palestinian Islamists used it as a welcome respite for getting organized for the next stage of their onslaught. (Read more…)
The former head of Saudi intelligence services Turki al Faisal said that Hamas was responsible for “the crimes Israel has committed in the Gaza Strip,” according to a report by Israeli news website NRG.
In an interview quoted Sunday from Asharq Al-Awsat, a pan-Arab newspaper based in London, Faisal said that “Hamas is responsible for the slaughter in the Gaza Strip following its bad decisions in the past, and the haughtiness it shows by firing useless rockets at Israel, which contribute nothing to the Palestinian interest. The Hamas rockets pose no threat to the Israeli occupation, even when they reach Tel Aviv.” (Read more…)
TEL AVIV — Israel, faced with withdrawal or conquest, has lost control over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a report said.
The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Affairs has asserted that Israel lost the initiative in its conflict with Hamas. A former leading adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas was demonstrating unprecedented capabilities amid Israeli government indecision.
“The feeling that Israel is not in control of the situation, but rather is being dragged along, is perhaps the most difficult aspect of the past few weeks,” the report, titled “The War With Hamas; Decision Time Approaching,” said. “It is hard to stomach the fact that a terror organization, which is one of Israel’s weakest remaining enemies in terms of firepower, has been able to challenge the strongest nation in the Middle East for days and is showing no signs of fatigue.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gestures as he speaks during a joint news conference with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv July 22, 2014. Photo: REUTERS
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday slammed a UN Security Council statement calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, saying during a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the statement addresses the needs of a murderous terrorist organization, but not those of Israel.
The statement, he said, does not address Israel’s demands for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, a principle already established by previous interim agreements with the Palestinians. (Read more…)
President Obama is seeking to pressure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into agreeing to an immediate unconditional ceasefire. In a phone call on Sunday, Obama reportedly told the Israeli prime minister that such a ceasefire was “a strategic imperative.” Obama specifically referred to the ceasefire proposed by Secretary of State John Kerry, which Israel’s security cabinet rejected unanimously last Friday.
Israel has been willing to observe several humanitarian pauses, primarily on a unilateral basis. Hamas went along with one 24-hour pause during the first part of the weekend and then resumed its rocket firings. After Hamas proposed its own additional 24-hour pause on Sunday, which Israel was willing to accept, Hamas nevertheless kept firing its rockets. (Read more…)
What this means is that Obama wants to leverage the pressure from Hamas to force Israel to accept ’67 borders. Similarly he supported the unification agreement. Israel must find the resolve to say no. So what if the UNSC orders a ceasefire? Perhaps Russia will veto it. Hang tough Israel. Ted Belman
Hamas fires a single rocket at Ashkelon Monday morning, after a quiet night. The IDF fires back. Cabinet is in session.
By Gil Ronen, INN
7/28/2014, 9:56 AM
US President Barack Obama exerted “heavy pressure” on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a phone call Sunday to end Operation Protective Edge in Gaza immediately, according to Channel 2 television.
Obama reportedly agreed to the idea of an unconditional ceasefire, to be followed by discussion of Hamas’s demands for easing of sanctions on Gaza. This is the formula that the Egyptians had offered, and which Israel favored, whereas Hamas wanted easing of sanctions to be agreed from the outset. However, Obama would not close the door on involvement by Qatar and Turkey in the negotiations, despite Israel’s opposition. (Read more…)
Data released by Qatar-based Al Jazeera continues to show that most of the dead in Gaza have been young, combatant-aged men, rather than women, children or seniors, and in contrast to Hamas’s own reports from the front to media, accusing the Israel Defense Forces of indiscriminate killing.
The first chart shows the male-female split and then graphed by age group, with most of the men being 20 to 24 or 25 to 29. The second chart compares the results to Gaza’s actual age distribution, casting further doubt on Hamas’s claims, as the majority of the dead fit the profiles of fighters, men in their 20s, rather than the broader population. (Read more…)
MK Danny Danon (Likud) blasted the United States and President Barack Obama on Sunday night, after Obama demanded that Israel agree to an unconditional ceasefire in Gaza.
“We need a break from the fire that is coming from the Obama administration in Washington,” he said, adding, “Just as the United States fought resolutely against the Taliban, so must we continue to strike Hamas and destroy its tunnel infrastructure.” (Read more…)
DEBKA suggests Obama is doing this to save his detente policy with Iran. I think it may have to do with his general embrace of the MB and other Islamists in the ME. I suggested that if Israel were to destroy Hamas it would sound the end of this embrace. As for Obama’s threats, not yet made public, I would imagine that he threatened to send in the marines to Gaza as an humanitarian intervention. Has Obama resupplied Israel with munitions for Iron Dome and other munitio0ns? I think not. Ted Belman
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu entangled himself Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, in the net he had cast to blur the effect of the unanimous decision by the security-political cabinet of Friday to turn down the ceasefire proposals proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The two diplomats and their partners, a brace of European ministers and Qatar and Turkey, who met in Paris to concoct a peace framework for Gaza, were privately dubbed by wags in Jerusalem the “Save Hamas Squad.”
Netanyahu tried to present the flat cabinet “no” to the ceasefire as a “no, maybe.”
Obama told Netanyahu he wants a ceasefire “that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs.”
Netanyahu and Obama shake hands at start of Oval Office meeting, March 3, 2013 Photo: REUTERS
JERUSALEM — An immediate and unconditional ceasefire ending Israel’s assault on Hamas is a “clear strategic imperative” to Israel, US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Sunday.
While the conversation focused on the immediate concerns of the United States, the president also discussed the broader implications of Israel’s operation in Gaza, Protective Edge, now over two weeks old and burdened with a mounting death toll, both within the Israel Defense Forces and the civilian population of Gaza. (Read more…)
I sent the following E-mail to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for the express purpose of humiliating and discrediting the United Nations, and exposing it as a corrupt parasite that leeches off the U.S. taxpayer while it enables terroristic violence, genocide of Christians, and physical and sexual abuse of women, all at the hands of militant “Muslims.” Needless to say, OHCHR will do nothing about this which, in combination with the proven fact that it knew about it, will prove what we have been saying about the UN all along. (Read more…)
Spokes persons for Israel are adhering to their talking points. “We deplore the deaths but the responsibility rests with Hamas. They are committing a double war crime, namely hiding among civilians and shooting at civilians.”
Having said that it is hard to complete with pictures of dead and bloodied children even when some of the pictures have been recycled from the Syrian war.
But even if we make the case with an ever increasing number of people, we are left with a major problem that we don’t answer. Even if Hamas is guilty, what about the rights of the Palestinians. Why don’t we give them back their lands? Why do we keep building illegal settlements and so on. Bibi’s only response is that we won’t jeopardize our security. In the battle between their rights and our security, Israel is not doing well.
Bibi must embrace the Levy Report and state unequivocally, the land is legally ours and the settlements are not illegal. Then the battle will be their rights v our rights. That’s a better battlefield for Israel.
Islamist genocides of Christians in Iraq and the Sudan, persecution of Christians throughout the Islamic world, Hamas’ endless litany of mindless violence toward Jews, and Islamist rape waves throughout Europe have made it both the right and the duty of the civilized world to either transform this Dark Age ideology, or destroy it. Martin Luther’s success in almost destroying the Catholic Church with hand-powered printing presses shows this goal is achievable with 21st century communication media and psychological warfare.
Islam defines as a Muslim anybody who submits to the will of God. Christians call the will of God the Gospel (Good News) or The Way. Hindus call it Dharma (the Right Way), Asians call it Tao (also The Way), and Henry Ford called it the Constitution of the Universe. The latter equates to natural law. Islam’s problem is that the so-called Holy Koran is all about the will of the warlord, robber, human trafficker, and child rapist known as Mohammad than the will of God while Allah, as created by Mohammad in his own image, also is a warlord, robber, human trafficker, and child rapist. Here is today’s quiz: What ideology embodies ALL of the following characteristics?(Read more…)