‘We shall not stop, not until the very last tunnel.”
“The war on terror has no end date. The ‘quiet for quiet’ formula is no longer on the agenda.”
“We care about Gaza’s children more than they do.”
By Ted Belman
My good friend Mordechai ben-Menachem was interviewed on FOX Radio about the tunnels and he advised that:
– 60 tunnels have been found
– 5000 tunnels are estimated to exist.
– the cement for the tunnels was ordered and paid for by UNWRA
– the US funds 37% of the UNWRA budget.
Mordechai Ben-Menachem, a former researcher/lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and soldier in the IDF joined Leslie Gold for an update on the Hamas tunnels targeting Israel. Mordechai told Leslie that close to 60 tunnels have been found so far leading into Israel that Hamas could use to secretly attack Israel.
MP John Prescott, former Deputy Prime Minister of Britain, assembled a pile of vicious slanders against Israel, which he accuses of war crimes in Gaza, and presents it as informed comment.
Please read it and, if you disagree with most of what he wrote, vote NO at the bottom of the page.
It’s official: The Democratic Party has abandoned Israel to its fate. This development ?has nothing to do with that most ancient of hatreds, anti-Semitism. Rather, in an age ?when a compelling narrative increasingly trumps a cold, hard history lesson, Israel’s ?version of the events leading up to Operation Protective Edge, while factually sound, ?is a snoozer.?
The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll revealed the largest partisan gap in 40 years on the issue of supporting Israel.?
Conducted July 8-14, the week Israel began its air operation against Hamas in ?the Gaza Strip but before its ground invasion, the poll asked 1,805 respondents: “In ?the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side to you sympathize with ?more — Israel or the Palestinians?”?
By Ted Belman
PM Netanyahu gave a speech today and pledged to destroy the tunnels with out without a ceasefire.
Haaretz reports on the speech;
“We have so far neutralized dozens of terror tunnels and we are determined to complete this task. Therefore, I will not agree to any cease-fire that does not enable the IDF to complete this very important task. Hamas has been hit hard by both the IDF and the Shin, who are closely coordinated. We have delivered harsh blows to thousands of terror targets, rockets depots, manufacturing sites, and launching sites, and hundreds of terrorists have been killed. These achievements and the operation to neutralize the tunnels are only the first step in demilitarizing the Gaza Strip. The United States and the European Union have accepted our stance, and though it was difficult to achieve, we have done so, through hard work.”
This is what I surmised yesterday in my post Washinton has changed its tune . Nice to see he is confirming it.
As many as 25 percent of Hamas rocket attacks against Israel in the current Israel-Hamas war don’t make it out of Gaza and strike civilians inside the coastal enclave, Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune asserted in an interview on Real News TV on Friday.
[ACTUALLY THEY ARE SUPPORTING ISRAEL]
CAIRO — Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting.
Not this time.
After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed.
“The Arab states’ loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu,” the prime minister of Israel, said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and a former Middle East negotiator under several presidents.
‘We must beat Hamas until it waves a white flag,’ MK Ze’ev Elkin declares.
By Benny Toker, Tova Dvorin, INN
7/30/2014, 10:46 PM
“All this walking towards [these] humanitarian ceasefires – or not – is a big mistake,” Elkin said, in a special interview with Arutz Sheva. “Last weekendwe were already in a state that Hamas was on the verge of breaking, we saw large groups of Hamas members who turned themselves in – and it happened because we attacked them without stopping.”
“The rule against terrorism is that if you do not pursue terrorism, terrorists will pursue you,” Elkin added. “Therefore this method of ‘humanitarian ceasefire’ breaks – even if they come under international pressure – is problematic. Hamas exploits the interval to organize itself and to continue its attacks.”
ZOA July 30, 2014:
By Ted Belman
A couple of days ago Obama said the demilitarization has to wait for a peace agreement. Yesterday Hagel Secretary of Defense delivered a different message;
On Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke by phone with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel, who called for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza that would lead to a permanent end in fighting along with the disarmament of Hamas.
The US secretary of defense stressed that any comprehensive resolution to the over three-week conflagration would need to result in the demilitarization of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza.
If this is the last word, it is hugely important.
I believe a deal is in the making. Israel is being given extra time perhaps a week to finish the demolition of the tunnels. Then there will be a ceasefire, with all issues on the table. i.e., full demilitarization with continuous oversight and full opening of borders. That way both sides get what they want. But Hamas will pay a very steep price.
YNET asks, “Digging for tunnels, attacking commanders”
[..] Despite the fact that by definition this operation was tasked with taking out tunnels used for terror (as opposed to smuggling) it is wrong to view it solely through that prism.
The IDF, namely the air force, promised the public a short and strong offensive in which targeted attacks would hit high quality targets. The IDF had emptied its target bank from the last Gaza operation a year and a half ago – Operation Pillar of Defense – and has since banked an additional 1,257 targets which the IDF put in its sights upon embarking on Operation Protective Edge.
HERB KEINON, JPOST
LAST UPDATED: 07/30/2014 22:31
Israel will continue to declare limited humanitarian cease-fires, says senior diplomatic official; IDF has made “significant achievements” in degrading Hamas infrastructure.
The security cabinet directed the IDF on Wednesday to continue to forcefully hit Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and to complete the job of neutralizing the terror tunnels, a senior diplomatic official said Wednesday.
According to the official, speaking after a four-hour security cabinet meeting, the IDF operation has led to “significant achievements on the ground” and is hitting at the “strategic apparatus” that Hamas has invested in for years.
Maj. Gen. Shlomo Turgeman of the Southern Command notes that the IDF has successfully destroyed tens of terror tunnels.
By Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin, INN
7/30/2014, 8:30 PM
“Fighting against Hamas persists continuously and intensely,” Turgeman stated. “We have killed hundreds of Hamas terrorists, dozens of them in terrorist ‘special forces.'”
“We have attacked hundreds of safe houses and war rooms, destroyed infrastructure, struck a number of senior commanders of terrorist organizations,” he added.
The other day Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, appeared on the “Huckabee Show” on FOX News to make the case that Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza. Huckabee is a strong supporter of Israel, instinctively on the right side of the issue, but could do little but respond with exasperation to Roth’s technical sounding claims of Israeli law-breaking. While the pro-Huckabee studio audience didn’t buy it, Roth’s calm, prim, and professorial accusations against Israel might easily sway a neutral observer who didn’t actually know the law. His weak but carefully articulated claims help establish the pseudo-legal sounding framework which the left-wing media, most of Europe and the Obama administration use to pressure and condemn Israel. It works to encourage Hamas’ own continuing war crimes, rather than promote adherence to the law.
Caroline Glick is the Senior Contributing Editor at The Jerusalem Post, the author of The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Security Policy. She was scheduled to speak on Capitol Hill a couple of weeks ago, however her speech was delayed until this week because the war broke out.
In the embedded video below she speaks for the first 35 minutes, after which there is a Q&A that is just as substantive as her talk.
As Israel’s security cabinet steers the battle against Hamas, Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid are proving solidly supportive of Netanyahu — because they want to see Abbas rehabilitated
Shaul Mofaz, head of Kadima, also says Gaza demilitarization is vital
Janathan Tobin, COMMENTARY, says.“The only way to end the conflict is to demilitarize Gaza. The only way to do that is to eliminate Hamas.”
I started a new Poll in the right column. What do you think?
By David Horoqwitz, TOI July 29/14 4:23 PM
The PM is clear-eyed about the danger Hamas poses to Israel. So why, despite considerable pressure, is he manifestly disinclined to order a full-scale ground offensive?
[..] Indeed, it has been clear since the days before this conflict began that Netanyahu has not wanted to launch a full-scale war against Hamas. He repeatedly offered “quiet for quiet” when the rocket fire first escalated, immediately accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal two weeks ago, agreed to a series of “humanitarian time-outs” which were then breached by Hamas over recent days, and waved away what he called the “background noise” from those, like Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who have been loudly urging him to smash Hamas and deriding him for his hesitancy.
By Ted Belman
Israeli leadership is vacillating on what to do while Hamas leadership is determined.
Hamas remains on the offensive and is taking the fight to Israel. This is evident in the fact that the majority of soldier deaths over this weekend were on Israeli soil.
Hamas remains determined even though they have lost over 500 of their fighters while Israel is wobbling with the loss of 10% of that number.Israel had no choice but to invade in order to stop the rocket fire.. As an after thought Israel has focused on the tunnels and the need to demolish them.
The military is advancing into more densely populated areas, with close air support, says IDF Radio. Two soldiers lightly hurt so far.
By Gil Ronen, INN, 7/30/2014, 8:32 AM
IDF Radio, which reports the military advance, said that “it can be estimated that the IDF received permission from the political echelon to advance forward in various sectors in northern and southern Gaza.”
The advance is into more densely populated areas, it said, and the movement is being accompanied by fire, and receiving close air support from aircraft. Two soldiers have been lightly injured, so far, from antitank fire, and a explosive charge was also activated against a tank. No one was hurt.
The IAF struck dozens of terror targets in north and central Gaza overnight.
Senior IDF commanders contradict Netanyahu’s claims, say military warned leadership of full extent of tunnel’s threats way before current operation began; urge clearer orders for Gaza operation.
Yoav Zitun, Israel News
The IDF is demanding Israel’s political leadership reach a decision regarding the next steps of the ground offensive in Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile a senior IDF commander told Ynet that the army had warned the government about the full extent of the threat posed by Gaza tunnels, contradicting claims made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
The terrorist group casts Israel’s military as indiscriminate and civilian deaths as disproportionate, but Hamas-affiliated fatality figures should be viewed with suspicion
An informational battle of competing messages directed at international audiences parallels the military fighting between Israel and Hamas. Accompanying a barrage of wrenching images are Palestinian fatality statistics alleging disproportionate numbers of non-combatants. These figures are crucial because they form the basis of accusations that Israel uses excessive and indiscriminate force.
Fatality figures provided by Hamas and other groups should be viewed with suspicion. Not only do Israeli figures cast doubt on claims that the vast majority of fatalities are non-combatants, but a careful review of Palestinian sources also raises doubts.
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