Israeli army forces on Monday discovered the bodies of three teenagers who Israel says Hamas terrorists kidnapped from a hitchhiking post south of Bethlehem on June 12.
“They were under a pile of rocks in an open field” between Halhul and Beit Kahil, according to IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner.
IDF Kfir Battallion forces discovered the lifeless bodies at about 17:00 pm; it is unclear, as of the time of publication, when the three were killed, although sources said they may have been murdered soon after their abduction.
I have worked with Sherkoh for 6 or 7 years trying to get recognition of an independant Kurdistan. I introduced him to a number of important analysts who advocated his cause. I also introduced him to the PMO’s office. I am thrilled that his efforts are finally bearing fruit. Ted Belman
While much of the Middle East is sucked into a chaotic bloodbath, there is one people that stands firm and maintains its position – the Kurds • The crisis in Iraq and Syria is also an opportunity for the Kurds – and for the State of Israel • Dr. Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National assembly of Syria, a man in the eye of the storm, provides an unconventional take on events in Syria and Iraq • He emphasizes the Kurdish role in the new order as well as the common enemy: the Israeli regime • A view from the inside
The rapid advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern and central Iraq and the impending threat to Baghdad has focused on the world’s attention on the Kurds – seemingly the sole functioning bastion of defense against the jihadi offensive.
After rocket salvo on Israel revealed to be Hamas, Netanyahu and Lapid threaten Gaza group: Hamas responsible for rocket fire and Hamas will pay the price.’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the escalation in the south Monday morning, which saw a massive 16 rocket salvo launched at Israel after a violent weekend during which the IAF killed a Palestinian during a retaliatory attack against rocket launchers.
The rocket attack on the south was the first time since November 2012, when Operation Pillar of Defense ended, that Hamas’ military wing was behind rocket strikes on Israel, with a wave of attacks overnight Sunday and early Monday emanating from central Gaza refugee camps completely under Hamas control.
“If the quiet achieved in wake of Pillar of Defense will be broken, and the rocket fire continues, then there will be two options: Either Hamas puts an end to rocket fire, or we put an end to it,” Netanyahu said.
As ISIS fighters approach Jordan, breached border poses an imminent threat to Israel.
The ISIS leaders have blown their horn (“nafir”) in regards to Jordan. This is a religious term adopted by this organization, which means that its next target, after the collapse of Syria and Iraq, is the Hashemite Kingdom.
These days they are already choking it out from the direction of the two dead countries: The black al-Qaeda flags are displayed over the border crossing between Jordan and Iraq, and there is also a large presence of ISIS men from the breached territories which were once called Syria.
The borders between Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan are being erased under the feet of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant organization – and what was true in the past 100 years is no longer valid.
“The Sykes-Picot Agreement that shaped the borders around us almost 100 years ago has run its course,” PM Benjamin Netanyahu says • Netanyahu says Israel needs to support international efforts to strengthen Jordan and support Kurdish independence.
By Colonel (Retired) Wesley Martin
During my tenure as the senior Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer for all Coalition Forces in Iraq, I had identified six basic threat groups against us: national terrorists, international terrorists (Al Qaeda and others), former regime elements (Saddamists), religious extremists, criminals, and tribes. It was recognized that some individuals and organizations would fall under more than one threat group. How each was operating determined its threat group classification. The tactics and objectives of each group differ from varying degrees. Even within the groups, differences were identified. Sunni and Shia national terrorist courses of action differ. As a result of these understandings, threat expectations for current and upcoming coalition missions could be developed. In turn, defensive measures could be constructed. There was one additional caveat. During Operations Iraqi Freedom 1 and 2, any defensive measure taken was allowed to remain in effect for only ninety days. A year later, that window had closed to fourteen days. During those periods, it was found that our adversaries had adapted with new ways to attack. We needed to continually identify and characterize evolving weaknesses and push effective defensive windows to increased periods of validity.
By Vic Rosenthal
There are numerous international conflicts in play all the time. There are struggles over borders and resources, ethnic and religious intolerance, persecuted minorities and ones that are not persecuted but would like to be persecutors. There are conflicts pursued by military means, by terrorism, by diplomacy and propaganda, and by a combination of all of these. Some of these have been simmering for hundreds of years.
But if we consider the number of players, the different arenas in which it is played out, the absolutely enormous amount of resources dedicated to it, its worldwide scope, the way generations have had their lives entirely circumscribed and defined by it, the fact that it has permeated every aspect of international relations and affected virtually every human on the planet — and if we compare this to the remarkably tiny sliver of land and people at its center — then it’s impossible to see the Muslim/Arab / European war against the Jewish state as anything but completely sui generis (one of a kind). To borrow a phrase from Victor Davis Hanson, it is a war like no other.
MK Ze’ev Elkin responds to INSS head who calls for another disengagement, says annexation is the answer.
By Uzi Baruch and Elad Benari
MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, on Sunday called for Israel to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.
Elkin’s call came in a speech at the Institute of National Security Studiesthink-tank in Tel Aviv. He was responding to INSS chairman Amos Yadlin, who presented a plan for Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, similar to the “Disengagement” from Gaza.
Elkin, who spoke directly after Yadlin, said, “There is no doubt INSS researchers are consistent. Those predictions were made by them before the Disengagement, they believed in their forecasts that Gaza will not arm itself with missiles and wrote in their assessments that the rocket threat will remain moderate. Unfortunately, any connection between what they said and the reality is purely accidental. It is incumbent upon us to show a little humility when we predict the future, especially when it comes to betting on the security of Israeli citizens.”
by Fjordman, GATES OF VIENNA
So let us ask a simple question: Do Western governments allow large numbers of Muslims to settle in Western countries? Yes or no? The answer is obviously yes, as we can easily observe all around us. Western authorities have for decades been in the process of importing large numbers of Muslims to our countries. Since more Muslims means more Islam, this implies that Western authorities actively support the gradual Islamization of our countries.
Amid all the talk of the isolationism that supposedly characterizes the Obama administration’s foreign policy, we forget that since World War II, the global order has largely been determined by U.S. engagement. The historically rare state of prosperity and peace that defined the postwar world were due to past U.S. vigilance and sacrifice.
Germany in the last 150 years has been at the center of three European wars, winning one, losing another, and destroying much of Europe and itself in the third. Yet present-day Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It is a global leader in high technology and industrial craftsmanship. For seventy years Germany, even after its second historic unification in 1989, has not translated such economic preeminence into military power, much less aggression. In fact, the strategic status quo of postwar Europe—with Britain and France, and their relatively smaller and weaker economies, as the continent’s two sole nuclear powers—remains mostly unquestioned.
When the mothers of the Israeli boys kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists in the area of Gush Etzion, in “Israeli occupied” Judea, spoke before international bodies, many of the diplomats referred to them in their comments and questions as “settlers.” One is given to understand that, in their eyes, inclusion in that category means that they have no human rights and the world’s indifference to their fate is justified. In fact, the boys are not “settlers” but attend schools in Jewish towns in Judea, two of them in kibbutz Kfar Etzion and one in Kiriyat Arba. But let’s leave that aside and cut straight to the core of the issue of the legality of Jewish settlements outside the 1949 Armistice Lines.
There is only one International law concerning Israeli settlement that is binding and has never been superseded. The League of Nations, on July 24th, 1922, established the Mandate for Palestine, by unanimous vote, which included two Islamic states, Persia and Albania. The resolution stated, in part, “Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country….”
John Kerry used the word “apartheid” and upset a lot of people who should have been upset with him years ago. However, the focus on his use of that word has obscured the real problem with his thinking, and that of quite a few others, regarding the present and future relationship between Israel and the Arab people living in Gaza and the “West Bank” of the Jordan River.
The proponents of a “two-state” solution for the Israel-Arab “conflict,” which has existed in one form or another since the establishment of the state of Israel, have studiously ignored the reasons why a “two-state” solution is no solution at all. Yet history, since the establishment of Israel, has clearly provided the chief reason why this will not work. For a humorous but accurate quick history illustrating this point, see Andrew Klavan’s one state solution, advocating, tongue in cheek, Israeli hegemony over the whole Middle East.
The Obama administration announced Friday, June 27, that unmanned aerial vehicles flying over Baghdad would henceforth be armed in order to defend the US Embassy in the Green Zone. The embassy was originally assigned the tasks of guardian of Iraq’s central government and symbol of post-Saddam national unity. These roles have remained out of reach ever since the Americans invaded Iraq in 2003. Today, the armed drones overhead are reduced to holding back the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and its local Sunni allies from overrunning the Green Zone and seizing the embassy, most of whose 5,000 staff were evacuated as a precaution.
By Ted Belman
PM Begin and daughter Leah in Yamit
As a result of the ’67 War Israel came into possession of the “territories” which included Judea and Samaria, Sinai including Gaza and the Golan. UNSC Res 242 provided that Israel should withdraw from territories, specifically not the territories or all territories, at such time as she had secure and recognized borders.
Laura: This response was to be expected. Why would Israelis waste any effort appealing to Jew-hating international institutions? These institutions are devoid of humanity. They predictably take the side of evil every time. Just ruthlessly unleash the IDF on your enemies. This is what the Jewish state was created for, so that Jews could defend themselves by themselves and not have to rely on the mercy of a hostile world. What breaks my heart is the fact that Jewish mothers would humiliate themselves before the dregs of humanity at the UN. Why do we continue to be shocked when the UN and the international community at large are indifferent or even gleeful when tragedy befalls the Jewish state?
US: Peace team still in place despite Indyk’s departure
No plans to find permanent replacement for special envoy but US still engaging Israel and Palestinians to renew talks, says State Department
Recently, Albania received good news that it will soon begin succession talks towards EU integration. Albania is a close friend of the U.S. and has always been a good friend to the Jewish People. It is now establishing friendship ties with Israel. A successful visit to the Jewish State this week by an Albanian delegation, including Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, helped in solidifying this new relationship.
Since the U.S. has started coordinating its foreign policy with the EU, it means that countries accepted for succession talks, which also happen to be friendly with Israel, could become future advocates. For example, eventual integration into the EU by Albania suggests that when Israel needs Albania in critical moments of diplomacy, especially within international forums… that’s what friends are for.
Schalit’s media flacks were right. He is a son of all of Israel. And so are Naftali, Gil-Ad and Eyal who are now captive because of the deal we signed for Gilad.
Three families in Israel are in agony. On June 12, when their sons Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gil-Ad Shaer were kidnapped by Islamic savages, the Fraenkels, Yifrahs and Shaers entered a new world where every breath they take is filled with devastating guilt – that they breathe free while their sons suffer unknown miseries.