I was there and can tell you that no one else comes close.
BTW, at the beginning Melanie calls for a moment of silence, and points to her left. On the screen which is not shown was a collage of the 68 IDF soldiers who were killed in action.
Obama’s “we-don’t-have-a-strategy” gaffe was so egregious as to distract attention from the fact that he does indeed have a strategy, which has blown up in his face. His strategy is accommodation with Iran at all costs. As I wrote earlier this month, our ISIS problem derives from our Iran problem: Bashar Assad’s ethnic cleansing, which has displaced 4 million Syrians internally and driven 3 million out of the country, was possible because of Iranian backing. The refugee flood in Iraq and Syria gives ISIS an unlimited pool of recruits. Iraqi Sunni support for ISIS, including the participation of some of Saddam Hussein’s best officers, is a response to Iran’s de facto takeover of Iraq.
Government announces process that will enable development of Israel’s biblical heartland; meanwhile previous promises still unfulfilled.
By Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar, INN
A government spokesperson announced Sunday morning that following instructions issued by the political echelon after Operation Brother’s Keeper, 4,000 dunams (988 acres) of Judea and Samaria land will be declared state land, opening the possibility of further construction in the region.
On Sept 29/14, I posted an article from TOI with the title US reportedly pushing Gaza demilitarization at UN This article is erroneous and misleading. The US is not pushing for demilitarization and disarmament.
Aaron Lerner what the US is actually doing and shows how unacceptable it is.
[Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA: “any process to resolve the situation in Gaza in
a permanent and meaningful manner must ultimately lead to the establishment
of the Gaza Strip as an area free of any armed or military equipment or
Close but NO CIGAR.Read more …
Controversial British MP George Galloway who declared city in UK ‘Israel-free zone’ taken to hospital suffering suspected broken jaw after he was assaulted in a London street; MP’s spokesman says assailant ‘shouted about the Holocaust’ before beating him.
The moral and ideological divide between Israel and Hamas is so self-evident that the only way to ignore it is by embracing and cultivating ignorance.
It isn’t hard to understand the truth about Israel and Hamas.
Four-year-old Daniel Tragerman was murdered on Friday afternoon in his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Hamas terrorists.
Binyamin Netanyahu is a man of great talent and considerable achievement who hesitated, and missed the moment.
I am convinced that the residents of the Gaza-border communities can return to their homes… to a good and quality life here
– IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, August 6
I have lost my faith in the government of Israel
– Haim Yellin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel, August 27
I feel a sense of acute discomfort in writing this week’s column.
I served for a number of years in the Prime Minister’s Office and witnessed first-hand the dedication and devotion with which so many in the security establishment discharge their duties. I am well aware of the huge debt the entire country owes them for their tireless and selfless endeavor. Yet despite their splendid and stirring efforts, dark and dangerous storm clouds are gathering on the horizon, and the emerging ramifications of accumulating miscalculation and misjudgment in the directives issued them are too menacing to be swept under the rug.
By Michael Ledeen On August 29, 2014 @ 10:05 am PJ MEDIA
They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering.
The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies. The secret channel was Ambassador William G. Miller , who served in Iran during the shah’s rule, as chief of staff for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and as ambassador to Ukraine. Ambassador Miller has confirmed to me his conversations with Iranian leaders during the 2008 campaign.
By J.E. Dyer, LIBERTY YIELDING, on August 29, 2014 at 1:08 am
The answer to why Israel has been prepared, since mid-July, to conclude a new truce with Hamas is staring us in the face – if we zoom out from Gaza and look at the whole region.
Make no mistake, as President Obama likes to say. It’s Hamas that delayed accepting a truce, on the terms proposed by Egypt. Israel has accepted essentially that same truce for more than a month. It was Hamas that wouldn’t agree to stop fighting.
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ARTICLE. READ IT CAREFULLY. TED BELMAN
Why was it decided not to topple Hamas’ regime in the Gaza Strip? What is Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal’s biggest challenge? My conversations with decision makers.
For the first time, Israel’s country default spread (2.48 percent) — which reflects the risk premium on government bonds — is similar to that of the U.S. (2.38 percent).
The trend of Israel’s economy from 1948 until today has reaffirmed that time has been working for, not against, Israel. Moreover, the ongoing war, terrorism, international pressure and boycotts, which have challenged Israel since its establishment in 1948, have been exposed — in retrospect — as bumps and hurdles on the road to unprecedented economic growth.
Proposal calls for destruction of tunnels between Strip and Israel; will be presented to Security Council after Cairo next month
BY ADIV STERMAN, TOI August 29, 2014, 1:00 pm
The US government is reportedly working toward presenting to the UN Security Council a comprehensive proposal for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, according to Lebanese media.
Diplomatic sources in the UN told reporters from the Lebanese newspaper an-Nahar that the proposal calls for the disarmament of all militant and terror groups in the Hamas-controlled enclave, leaving the Palestinian Authority the only armed force. Under the terms of the proposal, all tunnels between the Gaza Strip and both Israel and Egypt will be destroyed as well, Israel Radio reported.
I KNOW AND HAVE WORKED WITH CLARE LOPEZ IN FIGHTING THE MB AND OBAMA AND IN SUPPORTING KURDISH INDEPENDENCE. TED BELMAN
August 29, 2014
WASHINGTON – It’s an explosive charge, one that practically accuses the president of treason.
A former CIA agent bluntly told WND, America has switched sides in the war on terror under President Obama.
Clare Lopez was willing to say what a few members of Congress have confided to WND in private, but declined to say on-the-record.
She said the global war on terror had been an effort to “stay free of Shariah,” or repressive Islamic law, until the Obama administration began siding with such jihadist groups as the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates.
Why the switch?
IT MAY WELL BE THAT IF WE AGREED TO ’67 PLUS SWAPS, SUCH A DEAL IS AVAILABLE. EVEN IF ISRAEL WOULD BECOME A “POLITICAL POWERHOUSE”, IT NOT WORTH IT. I SEE NO REASON TO GIVE UP ON AREA C. TED BELMAN
Only by shrugging off its inertia and going full steam ahead on a diplomatic solution with the Palestinians can Israel rescue itself from the disaster of the recent fighting in Gaza.
Nevertheless, even now Hamas has the power to threaten our communities all the way up to the outskirts of Haifa. The Israeli public, which bore the burden and granted large license to the political and military echelons, expected a different ending. What we got was disappointing and leaves what some may even call a sour taste in the mouth.
In the coming days we will probably all be subject to a massive campaign. We will hear explanations that the IDF dealt a fatal blow to Hamas; they will try to convince us of miracles and wonders and that – in the words of Defense Minister Ya’alon – “we seared the consciousness” of Hamas. According to this logic, Hamas will be too scared to enter into any future entanglements with the IDF, given the brutal punishment we just meted out.
The cross-border incident on the Golan Wednesday, Aug. 27, in which an Israeli officer was injured by stray fire from the fighting between Syrian army and rebel forces near Quneitra, put this battle zone on the front pages. However,DEBKAfile’s military sources report that this incident, fought by only 300 combatants on each side backed by 10 tanks, had no real military importance for the Syrian conflict at large. The Syrian army, helped by Iran and Hizballah, is winning and the rebel side is crumbling.
The world is apprehensively watching the dramatic rise and expansion of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. The jihadists becoming the No. 1 threat to global security is no doubt a grave development and an appropriate focus of international attention. Yet, the jihadist threat should not overshadow the interrelated rise of another power in the region: Turkey’s Kurdish movement, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
[I suggested that the West should not rebuild Gaza but instead use the money to resettle the Gazans elsewhere. We could contribute to that. But no one has put this issue on the table. Too bad.]
By Moshe Feiglin Aug-27-2014
The collapse of support for PM Netanyahu (from 82% during the ground incursion in Gaza to 38% today) was to be expected. The job of every state and head of state is to provide his/her citizens with security. If the security of the citizens is compromised, the leadership loses support.
All those disappointed people, however, must understand the dynamics of their worsening security situation. If you would ask them if they believe that there is no choice but for Israel to annex Gaza and turn it into an Israeli city, like Jaffa, most would look at you as if you were hallucinating. So although there is definitely a problem with our leadership, the public is looking in the wrong place for a solution.
Since Oslo, most Israelis believe that the Oslo two-state solution will alleviate Israel’s security problems. But the Oslo mentality is the root of the problem. The public cannot expect Netanyahu to conjure up a solution from within this faulty consciousness.
[THIS IS WHAT THE US WANTED ALL ALONG.]
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 28 August 2014 IMRA
Here’s the timeline:
Immediately before and at the time that the ceasefire was announced, Israelis were talking about a United Nations Security Council Resolution being issued this week, with the help of the United States, that would include a call for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip.
It was a logical extension of the 15 August Council of the European Union statement that “All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm”.
The idea is to make it absolutely clear that disarmament is a requirement for the Gaza Strip – not some kind of Palestinian concession to be made sometime in the future as part of a package that includes the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state.