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The Israeli Air Force delivered an air strike against a terror cell in the Gaza Strip today. The Jerusalem Post reports that the target was about to fire rockets at Israel:
The air strike targeted a rocket launching cell in the final preparations stage before firing at Israel.
According to Palestinian sources, one person was killed and two others were injured in in the strike in the Beit Hanoun area in the northern Gaza Strip.
We thank the IAF for their perseverance and protection, and pray that those targeted by terrorists will be kept safe.Comments (35) »
Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 1:04 PM | Stand For Israel
Yossi Melman, writing at The Jerusalem Post, says that the recent upsurge in violence along the Gaza border is a result of Hamas’ popularity problems, not of a desire by the terrorist group to engage in another all-out fight with Israel. Interestingly, Melman contends that starting a fight that forces Israel to really open fire would exacerbate a problem Hamas is already having:
One would be remiss not to mention that Hamas has been playing a dangerous game these past few months. While it has no interest in sparking a large conflagration similar in scale to Operation Cast Lead (five years ago) and Pillar of Defense (just over a year ago), the movement’s financial and political standing is at an all-time low. Perhaps this can explain why it is seeking to demonstrate its relevance, refusing to surrender, that it is alive and kicking.
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Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 9:01 AM | Stand For Israel
IAF jets struck targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday after a civilian worker repairing the border fence was killed by sniper fire, The Times of Israel reports. The fence had collapsed in three places due to last week’s snowstorm, and as the man worked on repairs, he was shot in the chest and died from his wounds during evacuation. The IDF has deployed additional troops along the border, and has even warned nearby Israeli farmers to avoid tending fields adjacent to the border fence for the immediate future. Prime Minister Netanyahu, attending a ceremony nearby, responded to the situation by saying:
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[H]e would not allow terror attacks to go unpunished … “Our policy has been to foil terror attempts ahead of time and respond forcefully, and that’s how we will act in this case as well,” he said.
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 9:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Jeremiah 6:14 says it all – “‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”
Leaving aside the question of terrorism, how does one make peace with a group of people who teach their children the following things:
- Your country does not exist.
- The peace process that has dominated your politics for 20 years never happened.
- Your Scripture and sacred texts are “fabrications.”
- Your nationalist movement is “racist” and exists to drive out all Arabs from the Nile to the Euphrates.
- You are a foreign interloper in your ancient homeland.
These are all lessons taught to Gazan children in the new Hamas textbooks (finally, books that Hamas doesn’t want to burn!).
And that question – how does one make peace with such people? – is not rhetorical. Neither is it philosophical – the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was right when he famously noted that one makes peace with enemies, not with friends. The question must first be answered logistically. How can you ever trust someone who thinks this way? Terrorism is an act – if they promise it will stop and it stops, then you know it has stopped – but hatred exists in the heart where only the Lord knows its extent.
Secretary of State Kerry will be in Israel tomorrow pushing his latest round of negotiations – saying “peace, peace” when there is no peace.
Incidentally, the next verse in Jeremiah? “Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all” (Jeremiah 6:15).
Amen.Comments (13) »
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 8:22 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, notes that – although the international community still frequently refers to the impending humanitarian disaster in Gaza – the recently discovered tunnel under the border with Israel indicates that Hamas still thinks that building supplies are more important to use in fighting Israel than in helping the people of Gaza:
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But those who assumed that the concrete was being used to help the people of Gaza got a wakeup call today when the Israelis revealed the discovery of a tunnel they had discovered that Hamas [was] digging under the border with the Jewish state. The structure was 18 meters deep and 1,700 meters long (including 300 that were underneath Israeli territory. Built with 500 tons of cement that had been allowed into Gaza for civilian uses, the purpose of the tunnel was clear: provide easy access into Israeli territory for terrorists to kill and/or kidnap Israelis. So will everyone who opposed Israel’s blockade of Gaza now realize they were wrong? Don’t bet on it.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 8:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Avi Issacharoff, one of the best Israeli reporters when it comes to Gaza due to his mastery of the language and connections inside the Strip, breaks down the meaning of the state-of-the-art tunnel discovered over the weekend by Israeli forces leading from Gaza into Israel. His conclusion: although Hamas doesn’t want a clash now, there is one coming, and Hamas plans to be prepared:
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The ability of Hamas to dig tunnels is impressive, and it is no secret that under Gaza City, the organization built a network of trenches and tunnels that its leaders used to hide from the Israeli bombs during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 and even during Cast Lead in 2009. Hamas, it seems, has not stopped preparations for the next conflict with Israel for so much as a second, and the question about that next round is not one of “if” but of “when.”
Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 9:19 AM | Stand For Israel
At the Council on Foreign Relations, Robert Danin writes an article suggesting that Gaza must be reconnected politically to the West Bank and the West must stop isolating it in order for there to be peace. Isolation, he argues, strengthens Hamas.
It’s a common theme among Middle East experts, safe at their think tanks in countries far from the region where people have to live with the decisions made by their leaders. The problem with this concept is that the people who run Gaza and the people who run the West Bank don’t want to be reconnected with one another. And, even if you set aside that minor inconvenience, the only thing Hamas and Fatah can agree on is how much they hate Israel and Jews – how does reuniting them get us closer to peace?
In the fantasies of the Western academics, of course, it’s Israeli intransigence and Palestinian political division that are at fault for a lack of peaceful resolution to the conflict. In the reality on the ground, Palestinian political division and Israel’s reticence to make any irrevocable concessions are products of the violent, corrupt, Jew-hating rot that has infected so much of Palestinian society. And here’s a newsflash for the folks at the Council on Foreign Relations: the West can’t fix that.
We’ve said it before: there will be peace between Israelis and Palestinians when Palestinians want it and not until. No amount of wishful thinking will change that fact, nor the fact that Israel is the only party in this conflict that remains open to sincere negotiation and meaningful dialogue.Comments (18) »
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 7:53 AM | Stand For Israel
Egypt’s violent military coup and the removal of president Mohammed Morsi have had a dramatic effect on both Israeli and Palestinian life.
First, Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah border crossing, the only passage between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Maher Abu Sabha, director of border crossings in Gaza, told the Jerusalem Post that the crossing would be closed indefinitely due to violence from the recent unrest. This means that foreigners and medical patients waiting to get to Cairo and beyond, and Gazans and religious pilgrims (the Muslim holiday of Ramadan began three days ago) waiting to get back in to the Strip, are effectively trapped due to the closure. In an effort to remedy this, the crossing opened for a few hours earlier this week to allow for controlled passage, but this may have been a one-time exception. (more…)Comments (7) »
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 10:53 AM | Stand For Israel
Walter Russell Mead writes at his blog about the recent reports that Egypt is tightening its blockade of Gaza. This will be news, especially, to “peace activists” throughout the world who seem unaware (or unconcerned) that Egypt maintains a blockade of the coastal strip from which Israel pulled out in 2005.
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This isn’t insignificant. Gaza’s problems stem much more from harsh treatment of Palestinians by Egyptians than by anything Israel does or does not do. Without an Egyptian blockade of Gaza, the Israeli blockade would be derisory. This has been true for many years, though one could scan the world’s press in vain for any recognition of this elementary geographical fact.
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 8:29 AM | Stand For Israel
Yonah Jeremy Bob, writing at the Jerusalem Post, says that Israel may not have very much to worry about from the recent criminal charges filed against the Jewish State by a Turkish law firm at the International Criminal Court based on the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident. In fact, rather than being a serious legal issue, the goal might be to scuttle the nascent Israeli-Turkish détente.
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So four years after starting a still-unsuccessful campaign to bring Israel before the ICC – including achieving statehood recognition from the UN General Assembly – the Palestinians and their supporters may have found an unlikely end-run to give Israel legal headaches. How worried should Israel be? Well, Comoros’s filing gets past the statehood threshold problem that has been holding up the Palestinians so far; no one says Comoros is not a state. But the statehood issue is only one of several jurisdictional- threshold questions that can stop a case from going from a preliminary examination to a full investigation, an on to an indictment.
Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 9:23 AM | Stand For Israel