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Terrorist rocket strikes Ashkelon

Earlier today, terrorists fired a rocket from Gaza that struck a residential area in the city of Ashkelon. Thankfully, no one was injured. The Israel Project has more, including a photo gallery.

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Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 3:05 PM  | David Kuner

The flotilla farce

Israel’s deputy minister of foreign affairs wrote a great piece in the Wall Street Journal on the hypocrisy of past and future Gaza flotillas. Here’s a sampling:  

In view of the worsening plight of the Palestinians in Lebanon, it is the height of irony that a Lebanese flotilla is organizing to leave the port of Tripoli in the next few days to bring aid to Palestinians in Gaza. According to one of the organizers, the participants are “united by a feeling of stark injustice.”

This attitude exposes the dishonesty of the whole flotilla exercise. Whether it is from Turkey, Ireland or Cyprus, those that participate in these flotillas reek of hypocrisy. There are currently 100 armed conflicts and dozens of territorial disputes around the world. There have been millions of people killed and hundreds of millions live in abject poverty without access to basic staples. And yet hundreds of high-minded “humanitarian activists” are spending millions of dollars to reach Gaza and hand money to Hamas that will never reach the innocent civilians of Gaza.

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Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 1:19 PM  | David Kuner

Onward Christian Zionists

Over at the American Thinker, Fellowship board member Ed Lasky has written a good piece on evangelical support for Israel and the Jewish people. After referring to a Jennifer Rubin article on the rise of Christian Zionism, he talks a bit about his involvement with The Fellowship, including a description of the work we do from Siberia to Ethiopia to Israel – all thanks to the financial and prayer support of Christians around the globe.

Thanks, Mr. Lasky, for the mention – and for the great work you do for Israel and The Fellowship.

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 11:10 AM  | David Kuner

Hamas thrives in Gaza

An interesting article on Gaza’s “besieged economy”:

[Israeli and Egyptian border closures] have had little visible impact on Hamas, which taxes and regulates a thriving trade carried out through hundreds of smuggler tunnels beneath the Egyptian border that supply most of Gaza’s daily needs.

Hamas regularly pays the salaries of over 20,000 civil servants and security forces, and at the start of the year the Hamas-run government approved a 540-million-dollar (377-million-euro) budget, with nearly 90 percent of revenue coming from undisclosed foreign aid.

Iran and several international Islamic charities provide aid to the group — which is pledged to Israel’s destruction and listed as a terrorist organisation by the West — through mostly secret channels.

“The economy in the Gaza Strip has thrived in the face of the Israeli siege,” Hamas economy minister Ziad al-Zaza told AFP.

Not exactly what we’re led to believe from most news reports, which accuse Israel of keeping an economic stranglehold on Gaza. MEMRI has more.

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at 6:48 AM  | David Kuner

Grieving Israel’s fallen sons

Israelis are mourning the death of six IDF soldiers and one Romanian soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Romania this week. Israelis don’t see soldiers as men and women in uniform; they see them as sons and daughters, moms and dads, friends, cousins, and siblings. In Israel, when a soldier dies, it hits home.

Anyone who has traveled to Israel knows the central role that soldiers play in the culture and day to day life of the country. Israel is smaller than New Jersey, and has a population of less than eight million. You cannot go through a day without seeing at least one soldier at a bus stop, in a coffee shop, in a supermarket, or coming home for a break next door.

Israel has mandatory army service which lasts for three years. After that, each man and woman spends a month a year in reserve duty. When war breaks out and the reserves are called in, all the fathers go out to battle alongside the 18-year-old soldiers to secure the homeland from attack. There is not a person in Israel who has not lost a relative or friend in war, so the collective consciousness of the nation feels the pain of each loss.

This week we mourn all the dead soldiers and pray that the families find solace in the fact that their loved ones died protecting their country. We pray that the day will come when we no longer have to send our children to fight. Today we pay respect to all the men and women around the world who put themselves in harm’s way so that we can live in peace and security.

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Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 6:28 AM  | afarkas

Iran opposition warns of revolution

The Iranian opposition knows that more and more Iranians are frustrated by the poverty and oppression they live with and that they regard the international isolation they face as their government’s fault.

Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi voiced these concerns on his website Monday, marking the first time he has spoken out directly against the government. (In last year’s post-election demonstrations, Mousavi confined his criticism to the harsh treatment of the protestors.) Mousavi was once a strong supporter of the current Islamic government and was active in the 1979 Islamic revolution that overthrew the pro-Western Iranian government.

A few weeks ago, merchants at the Iranian Bazaar in Tehran, a linchpin of Iran’s economy and politics, went on strike to protest a 70% tax increase. After merchants from other major Iranian cities joined the strike, the Iranian government canceled the taxes. The Iranian regime is clearly weak. International pressure from the outside, along with internal pressure from the opposition, has the potential to bring it down.

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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 11:26 AM  | afarkas

Six IAF soldiers reported dead in Romania helicopter crash

A heartbreaking loss:

 Six Israeli Air Force servicemen and one Romanian soldier were reported dead on Monday in a helicopter crash in Romania in one of the worst aviation accidents in Israeli history. The deaths were reported by Romanian authorities.

The Sikorsky CH53 helicopter – called Yasour by the IAF – was participating in the Blue Sky 2010 joint search-and-rescue exercise in central Romania. According to initial findings, the crash appeared to be the result of a malfunction in the tail of the helicopter which crashed, according to Romanian sources, near the town of Fundata.

The crew consisted of four Israeli pilots, two Israeli airborne mechanics and a Romanian military observer.

Please remember the friends and family members of those who died in your prayers.

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Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 3:06 PM  | David Kuner

Why hasn’t Israel bombed Iran (yet)?

As talk of a possible war in the Middle East continues, Wall Street Journal foreign affairs writer Bret Stephen offers four theories why it hasn’t already begun:

Why hasn’t Israel bombed Iran yet? It’s a question I often get from people who suppose I have a telepathic hotline to Benjamin Netanyahu’s brain. I don’t, but for a long time I was confident that an attack would happen in the first six months of this year. Since it didn’t, it’s worth thinking through why.

First, though, let me explain my previous thinking. In the spring of 2008, there was intense speculation that then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, fresh from ordering an attack on a covert Syrian reactor, was giving serious thought to an Israeli strike on Iran. President Bush—who Israelis believed would give them the diplomatic cover and logistical support they would need for such a strike, especially if things went amiss—had only a few months left to go. The release of the December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate claiming (erroneously, as we now know) that Iran had halted its nuclear weaponization effort meant it was highly unlikely that the U.S. would attack.

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Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 1:41 PM  | David Kuner

Why hasn't Israel bombed Iran (yet)?

As talk of a possible war in the Middle East continues, Wall Street Journal foreign affairs writer Bret Stephen offers four theories why it hasn’t already begun:

Why hasn’t Israel bombed Iran yet? It’s a question I often get from people who suppose I have a telepathic hotline to Benjamin Netanyahu’s brain. I don’t, but for a long time I was confident that an attack would happen in the first six months of this year. Since it didn’t, it’s worth thinking through why.

First, though, let me explain my previous thinking. In the spring of 2008, there was intense speculation that then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, fresh from ordering an attack on a covert Syrian reactor, was giving serious thought to an Israeli strike on Iran. President Bush—who Israelis believed would give them the diplomatic cover and logistical support they would need for such a strike, especially if things went amiss—had only a few months left to go. The release of the December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate claiming (erroneously, as we now know) that Iran had halted its nuclear weaponization effort meant it was highly unlikely that the U.S. would attack.

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Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 1:41 PM  | David Kuner

Sri Lankan ambassador: We back Israel’s war on terror

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Israel, Donald Perera, recently went public with a statement supporting Israel’s war on terror. Perera can relate to some of Israel’s challenges. Sri Lanka fought a 30-year war on terror against the Tamil Rebels, a separatist organization which sought to create an independent state in the northern part of the country. (The group used tactics similar to Islamist terrorists, such as suicide bombing). He served as Sri Lanka’s chief of staff during an offensive that ended with the Tamil Rebels’ surrender.

Perera is pleased with his new position as ambassador to Israel. He has close ties in Israel, which developed when he was chief of staff. Israel trained Sri Lankan air force pilots and sold Sri Lanka warplanes and other weapons to fight off the Rebels. Parera urged Israelis to support their military in their struggle against terrorism, and explained that the citizens of Israel must understand that the struggle against terrorism will exact a heavy price.

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Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 8:17 AM  | afarkas

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