Video shows gunmen firing from inside Al-Wafa rehabilitation center in Shejaiya
by, Stuart Winer | The Times of Israel
The IDF targeted sections of the Al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital in Gaza’s Shejaiya neighborhood on Wednesday, explaining that the medical facility was being used as a Hamas command center and utilized repeatedly by Islamist gunmen to launch attacks on Israeli forces. It said it had issued repeated warnings to the hospital authorities, told civilians to vacate the premises, and warned the gunmen to stop abusing the medical facility.
It later issued a video showing gunfire from the premises, and featuring a recording of phone calls from the IDF to the hospital in which the IDF was assured that the hospital was locked and there were no patients inside. The clip also showed a Hamas tunnel opening adjacent to the hospital.
IDF footage of strike on Al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza:
“Hamas terrorists have been intentionally abusing the hospital and other international protected symbols to indiscriminately attack Israel and its civilians,” said IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.
The 17 patients who were in the complex were moved to another location last Thursday, the hospital’s chief, Basman Alashi, told Haaretz, after the Israeli Air Force carried out an earlier strike at the site.
In a statement the IDF explained that “the hospital grounds and its immediate surroundings have been repeatedly utilized by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a command center, rocket launching site, and a post enabling terrorists to open fire at soldiers.”
Gunmen, some launching anti-tank missiles, frequently opened fire on troops operating in the area, the IDF said, including on Wednesday morning. Airstrikes against the compound went ahead “in light of several occasions in which fire was opened at IDF forces from within the hospital grounds, and despite repeated warnings against such activities, and notifications to civilians to vacate the premises.”
The IDF noted that it had repeatedly brought the abuse of the hospital grounds to the attention of international organizations and also directly warned the hospital administration and Palestinian officials of the situation.
Channel 2 reported that the notification included a personal phone call to the hospital administrator warning him of the upcoming attacks.
“The IDF is determined in preventing the ongoing aggression by Hamas that is directed by a strategy of exploitation and abuse of the civilian population and its well-being,” Lerner said.
The IDF also published a video clip showing what it said was terrorists fleeing in an ambulance after being engaged by IDF paratroopers.
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Tunnel network said to be extensive, deeply built
by, Abraham Rabinovich | The Washington Free Beacon
A Hamas force wearing Israeli army uniforms emerged from a tunnel inside Israel this morning and inflicted losses on Israeli troops before being wiped out.
The Hamas squad numbered at least 10 fighters, Israeli sources said. Nine were killed but an Israeli officer said at least two may have escaped through the tunnel.
In initial accounts, which gave conflicting narratives, the Hamas force was said to have emerged from a hidden tunnel on the Israeli side of the border only 200 yards from a kibbutz, and split into two groups. Israeli soldiers whom one group encountered shortly afterwards reportedly took them to be fellow Israelis until it was noticed that they were carrying Kalashnikov rifles used by Hamas.
An exchange of fire ensued. The other Hamas group meanwhile ambushed an Israeli army jeep, which it hit with an anti-tank grenade, killing its four occupants. Israeli aircraft attacked at least one of the Hamas teams.
Israeli losses as of tonight in the four-day-old incursion were 25 dead and several score wounded. An Israeli official said the number of Hamas combatants killed amounted to “several hundred.” Hard fighting was continuing in Gaza as dusk fell, with artillery and air strikes pounding Hamas positions. The fighting focused on the town of Shujaiya. Located only a mile from the Israeli border, it is the source of many tunnels leading towards the border.
The commander of Israel’s southern front, Gen. Sami Turgeman, told reporters afterwards that “tens” of Hamas fighters had come through the tunnel. He said that Hamas had noted the day before that Israeli aircraft had bombed an area inside the Gaza Strip where the mouth of the tunnel was located and had reason to assume Israeli ground forces would soon reach it.
“They wanted to take advantage of this asset before we got there,” he said. “They paid for it. … We also paid a heavy price.”
Meanwhile, Israel’s Channel Two reported that 20 Hamas gunmen have been killed in the past two days after they emerged from the mouths of tunnels inside the Gaza Strip. Ten of them emerged from a tunnel inside a mosque. Among them was a female suicide bomber who attempted to charge the Israeli soldiers.
A senior Israeli officer in Shujaiya said yesterday that one tunnel he had examined was 27 meters deep—equivalent to a seven-story building—and was lined with at least 800 tons of reinforced concrete. He said the existence of such tunnels leading into Israel would have permitted Hamas to send commando forces at night through all of them simultaneously to wreak havoc in the Israeli villages in the area.
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Five Israeli soldiers injured in Gaza bomb attack: IDF hit while dismantling Hamas terror tunnel
by, Mohannad Sabry | Al Monitor
CAIRO, Egypt — In November 2012, when Israel assassinated the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’ top commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, and unleashed its Operation Pillar of Defense, then-Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was the first to interfere. He recalled Egypt’s ambassador to Tel Aviv, ordered a full opening of the Rafah Terminal to any and all Palestinians, and sent Prime Minister Hisham Kandil to the Gaza Strip on an unprecedented official visit. In a few days, a cease-fire was brokered by Cairo.
Back then, I harshly criticized Morsi, not for his interaction with the war in neighboring Gaza, but rather for the amount of effort exerted there while his cabinet did almost nothing for the families of 53 children killed in a train crash in Upper Egypt while Israel pounded the Gaza Strip. It was clear at the time, when the Muslim Brotherhood’s cabinet blamed the train crash on Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade, corrupt rule, that Gaza meant more to Morsi and his ruling outfit.
But the reaction of Egypt’s current regime led by former defense minister and now-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the ongoing war in Gaza — with the Egyptian news media and even a great portion of the Egyptian populace trailing along — has shown a new policy that is at the least apathetic and is at many times supporting Israel’s military action, despite its continuing to take innocent Palestinian lives with impunity.
A semi-official reaction initially came from the Ministry of Interior’s official Facebook page, which published photos of 16 flag-wrapped caskets of soldiers killed in the border town of Rafah in August 2012. The photos were captioned: “Sorry, Gaza, We Won’t Forget.”
Indirectly accusing Hamas of the massacre, followed by an attack on the Israeli side of Karm Abu Salem crossing terminal — a terrorist attack with murky details and no actual evidence publicly presented by the Egyptian authorities — the Ministry of Interior offered what soon proved to be a microcosm of Egypt’s overall approach.
On July 10, when Egypt finally decided to open the Rafah Crossing Terminal, the only crossing point for Gaza’s 1.7 million people that doesn’t lead into Israeli-controlled territory, 16 tons of food and medical supplies were shipped into the Gaza Strip as a first phase of a 500-ton donation made by Egypt’s military. Only 11 injured civilians out of more than 600 were allowed in for treatment at Egyptian hospitals, and on July 12, four more cases were allowed in as the injured toll exceeded 1,000. Insofar as journalists, a European medical team and Gaza residents begging to reunite with their besieged families were concerned, no one was allowed in.
The minimal and extremely slow measures taken by the Egyptian regime actually angered some local figures who demanded a harsher approach. Former parliamentarian Mohamed Abu Hamed wrote on his Twitter account that “Egypt should treat Palestinians at the terminal and not allow them in.”
Besides Abu Hamed’s comments, Egypt’s leading cable channel, CBC, described what was happening in Gaza as “Israeli air force targeting terrorist sites.” This channel, after all, is owned along with several other media outlets by Mohamed al-Amin, an Egyptian billionaire who declared that he was donating half of his possessions to the Egypt Fund inaugurated by Sisi.
Meanwhile, Hayat al-Dardiri, a controversial presenter of the Faraeen Cable Channel said on-air that the “Egyptian people will not accept anything less than a military strike by Egypt’s military to destroy Hamas.”
What is more staggering than mass media comments is that only one minimal gathering took place in support of Gaza: an unexpected and unprecedented nonreaction in comparison to past years, when thousands of protesters would occupy major squares and at some point clash with police forces attempting their dispersal.
Hanan Fikry, a prominent Egyptian journalist and member of the board of directors of Egypt’s Press Syndicate, told Al-Monitor, “The coverage of the Gaza war was very respectful and sympathetic to Gaza.”
“There are some independent voices who failed to distinguish between Hamas, which took over the Strip by force, and Gaza itself,” Fikry said, though a lot of what she described as “independent voices” were in fact Egypt’s most-viewed media outlets.
“I believe that Egypt as a state is fulfilling its duty and there is no need for any further popular endorsement, but there should be a firm stand by the world against the Israeli military that left more than 160 Palestinian dead.”
On the contrary, Ahmed Ajami, who regularly marched in support of Gaza since Muhammad al-Durrah’s death during the second intifada in September 2000, volunteered to collect donations of medical and food supplies for a convoy, organized by young people, scheduled to leave Cairo for the Rafah Crossing Terminal on July 17.
“The media coverage is derived from the government’s policy and both are disgraceful, such minimal measures were taken so the pro-regime media parades it as Egypt fulfilling its duty toward Gaza,” Ajami told Al-Monitor.
“When millions of illiterate people watch TV channels that tell them on a daily basis that the Gaza Strip is the source of terrorism, you can’t expect their reaction to be any better,” said Ajami, who was a high school student when protesting in support of Gaza for the first time.
“If a protest marched through Cairo in support of Gaza as we saw in England and the United States, it would most probably be attacked and protesters would be detained,” Ajami said.
Since the killing of the 16 soldiers at a checkpoint in Rafah in August 2012, a month after Morsi rose to power, the Egyptian media and security officials have led a relentless war on Hamas, branding it a terrorist organization that should be crushed. Hamas’ attitude toward Egypt wasn’t any better: The organization was neck-deep in arms smuggling across Egypt to arm its military wings, while its political rhetoric grew more hostile toward its only friendly neighbor.
Somehow, Egypt started viewing the Gaza population as Hamas, or at least complicit in the organization’s activities.
“The current regime is prosecuting Mohammed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood figures for conspiring with Hamas. Both are considered terrorist organizations, and it apparently views Gaza as the enemy, not Israel,” Ajami said.
by, JNS.org | the algemeiner | unrwa
The United Nations had a rude awaking this week when about 20 rockets hidden in a U.N.-run school in Gaza were discovered Wednesday.
The school is operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which said in a statement that the rockets were found in “the course of the regular inspection of its premises.”
Although the school was vacant at the time, UNRWA stressed that it “strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations.”
“This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” the statement read.
This incident was “the first of its kind in Gaza,” UNRWA said, and “endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestinian refugees in Gaza.”
A “comprehensive investigation” of the matter has been launched, reports The Times of Israel.
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The following is a Press Release from UNRWA:
AGENCY DEMANDS FULL RESPECT FOR THE SANCTITY OF ITS PREMISES IN GAZA
Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.
Immediately after discovery, the Agency informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school. UNRWA has launched a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
UNRWA has strong, established procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and routine inspections of its installations, to ensure they are only used for humanitarian purposes. UNRWA will uphold and further reinforce its procedures.
Palestinian civilians in Gaza rely on UNRWA to provide humanitarian assistance and shelter. At all times, and especially during escalations of violence, the sanctity and integrity of UN installations must be respected.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.
Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency’s General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 69 million.
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Gaza Schools Teaching Children to be Terrorists:
UK racists enshroud their anti-Semitism beneath a cloak of solidarity
by, the algemeiner
Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the UK, admitted that the group’s supporters use social media sites and protest demonstrations to “peddle hatred and intolerance” of Jews, the UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday.
The acknowledgement came after the UK’s Community Security Trust this week said that 47 anti- Semitic incidents had been reported in the first two weeks of July, compared to 58 for all of July 2013, representing “almost double what would be expected.”
At least 30 incidents appeared to be directly linked to the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the CST said, adding that it was “especially concerned by incidents in which people attending pro-Palestinian demonstrations have turned anti-Semitic.”
The PSC has staged more than 20 demonstrations around the UK in the past week, including one that attracted 10,000 people outside the Israeli embassy, in London. Other PSC events were held in Leicester, Bristol, the West Midlands, Bradford and Liverpool, while one is planned for outside Downing Street, the office of the UK prime minister, on Saturday, the JC said.
The JC quoted Jewish blogger Richard Millett, who attended the PSC demonstration in London, who wrote that protesters were “mocking the Holocaust” and “disfiguring the Israeli flag,” the JC reported. Millett also photographed demonstrators wearing T-shirts comparing Israel’s treatment of Gazans with the Nazis treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.
Millett said: “I knew I had outstayed my welcome when a protester grabbed me and shouted ‘a Zionist!’”
Colborne said, “We disagree fundamentally with any attempts to compare actions of the Israeli government to the Holocaust,” and that the “PSC has responded as fast as we can to remove, ban and report comments which violate our Facebook policy.”
2 Assyrian nuns abducted by Muslim terrorists. Photo courtesy of: Robert Spencer @ Jihad Watch
by, JNS.org | the algemeiner
Five Iraqi Christians, including two nuns and three orphaned children, were released this week after being abducted in the city of Mosul by Islamic terrorists in late June, according to the charity organization Middle East Concern.
The nuns and children went missing around the same time that jihadists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) terror group were shelling and attacking the Christian villages near and outside of Mosul, which forced more than 40,000 Christians to flee.
The nuns, Sister Miskintah and Sister Utoor, lived and worked in an orphanage that was attached to a Chaldean Monastery of Maskenta in Mosul. The three orphans were identified as Hala Salim, Sarah Khoshaba, and Aram Sabah.
According to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako, the five hostages were released on July 14 without anyone paying ransom, and they were all in good health.
“It is widely assumed that they were held by militants from the extremist group ISIS that seized control of Mosul and surrounding areas in early June,” Middle East Concern said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Vatican’s Fides News Agency reported July 16 that ISIS jihadists had instructed Iraqi government workers not to hand out food and cooking rations to all remaining Christians, Kurds, and Shi’a Muslims in Mosul. Abandoned Christian houses are also being marked with the first letter of the Arabic word “Nazarat,” meaning Christian.
IDF prepares for ground offensive in Gaza. Photo courtesy of: The Times – UK
by, the algemeiner
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon instructed the Israel Defense Forces to begin a ground action to strike at terror tunnels running from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on Thursday evening, July 17. The new phase of Israel’s ongoing Operation Protective Edge entails a large IDF force of infantry, tanks, artillery, combat engineers and field intelligence all entering Gaza. The Israel Air Force, Navy and other Israeli security agencies are supporting the ground forces.
Earlier on Thursday morning, a Hamas assault squad consisting of 13 highly armed terrorists, came through such a tunnel and attempted to carry out a large-scale attack in the Israeli community of Kibbutz Sufa, located on the Gaza border. As the terrorists emerged on the Israeli side, armed with RPGs and assault rifles, they were spotted and neutralized by the IDF.
“Had we not succeeded, we would have woken up to 13 terrorists in a kibbutz,” said IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Moti Almoz.
Netanyahu and Yaalon also instructed the IDF to be prepared for an expansion of the ground offensive. The directive for the operation was approved by Israel’s Security Cabinet after it agreed to an Egyptian ceasefire proposal earlier in the week, whereas Hamas rejected it and continued firing rockets at Israeli cities.
“Hamas also did not honor the humanitarian ceasefire initiated by the UN and continued firing at Israeli cities during the lull. In light of Hamas’ criminal and relentless aggression, as well as the dangerous attempt to infiltrate Israeli territory, Israel must act to defend its citizens,” according to a statement released by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel.
Targeting Hamas’s tunnels that cross under the Israel-Gaza border, requires intensive and precise operations inside Gaza, according to IDF assessments.
In a briefing to Israeli generals on the ground operation late Thursday night, IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, said that “We are going to strike. It is going to be a combined strike, from the air and the ground.”
“Our forces will operate in close coordination, employing their full strength, both along the routes of deployment, and within the area itself, to achieve operation control in the area and to continue striking targets within the Gaza Strip.”
The Army Chief also wished all soldiers and generals good luck and stated that the IDF is doing “everything in our capacity with the appropriate force, as proud Israeli soldiers.”
The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, called on the public to read the book of Psalms for the safety and success of the soldiers. “They are fulfilling a moral obligation on behalf of the nation of Israel – we are all praying for their success, safety and safe return home,” said Rabbi Lau.
Meanwhile, rockets continued to strike Israel throughout Thursday night and into Friday morning, albeit with a three hour pause in rocket fire as the ground operation began.
Since July 8, Hamas has fired 1,500 rockets incessantly at Israeli civilians in major cities and communities across the country, threatening the majority of Israel’s citizens.
Mob of racist Muslims viciously attacking Jews and their Synagogues. Photo courtesy of: the algemeiner
by, the algemeiner
Violent anti-Jewish riots in Paris on Sunday, sparked by Israel’s ongoing operation in Gaza to halt rocket attacks from the coastal enclave, left Jews in the French capital fearing for their lives. One French Jewish activist warned: “French Jews are in serious danger.”
An anti-Israel demonstration at the city’s Bastille Square quickly turned violent with protesters seeking out and attacking Jewish targets and screaming “death to the Jews” and “Hitler was right” according to community newspaper, JSS News.
Signs in support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood were on display as well as a replica of a Palestinian rocket similar to those launched from Gaza at Israel in recent weeks, according to the report.
Muslims in Paris France Viciously Attack Jews and Their Synagogues:
Hundreds of Parisian Jews were trapped in a synagogue while rioters threw stones and bricks. The group was initially thought to be held hostage and was freed to leave the center only after police intervention at 9 p.m. A Jewish owned store on rue de la Roquette was trashed by 50 men with iron bars and a young man was hospitalized nearby, according to reports.
Another synagogue in Paris was also attacked and a source told The Algemeinerthat a similar demonstration in Marseille also turned violent.
“What we are witnessing in Paris today is extremely, extremely serious. Jews are in peril for their lives,” New York-based French Jewish artist and activist Ron Agam told The Algemeiner.
Criticizing French police, Agam said, “French authorities acted like amateurs in failing to predict collateral violence against the Jewish community. I am outraged like I never have been against the Government for being so careless when they knew how radical this demonstration against Israel was going to be.”
“To see so many French people, most of them Muslims, calling for a pogrom against Jews and supporting a criminal and terrorist organization is the most troublesome situation,” he said, “French Jews are in serious danger.”
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned the attempted synagogue stormings “in the strongest possible terms,” according to AFP. “Such acts targeting places of worship are unacceptable,” he said in a statement.
“I am profoundly shocked and revolted. This aggression towards the Jewish community has taken an absolutely unacceptable turn,” Joel Mergui, president of the Israelite Central Consistory of France, told AFP.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called for “calm in the face of tensions” in the Middle East, The Times of Israel reported.
In the meantime, a community source told The Algemeiner that France’s Jews are staying indoors for fear of their lives. On Facebook, Jews called for stronger independent organized resistance and praised the Betar movement and France’s Jewish Defense League.
by, Hana Levi Julian | The Jewish Press
Israel’s eight-member Security Council voted Tuesday morning to accept Egypt’s proposal for a cease fire with the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza, effective 9 am.
Within 48 hours of the ceasefire – at 9 am Thursday – Egypt was expected to convene a meeting of Israeli and Hamas negotiators.
Egypt’s goal in advancing the ceasefire was to prevent Israel from initiating a ground invasion of Gaza and possibly being forced to reconquer the territory — maybe this time permanently.
Both Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu party, and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, opposed the move.
The cabinet also decided that Israel will “act forcefully” if Hamas violates the agreement – but no details were released on precisely what that means.
Hamas rejected the ceasefire outright, calling it “surrender and capitulation.”
Israeli officials painted the cease fire as a victory, saying the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge had thus far left Hamas “much weaker.”
A diplomatic source told media “The goals of the operation were to restore quiet for a long period of time and that goal has been achieved. Hamas did not achieve its goal of striking Israel to the degree it believed that it could, and its power was weakened.”
The Cairo government advanced the proposal to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening. It followed a week that saw more than 1,100 missiles fired at Israeli civilians, and in return, some 1,300 IDF targeted air strikes carried out in Gaza.
PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
The following is an official release from:
The Office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper
re: In response to the situation in Israel
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement in response to the situation in Israel:
“The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region.
“Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on its allies and partners to recognize that these terrorist acts are unacceptable and that solidarity with Israel is the best way of stopping the conflict.
“Canada is unequivocally behind Israel. We support its right to defend itself, by itself, against these terror attacks, and urge Hamas to immediately cease their indiscriminate attacks on innocent Israeli civilians.
“Canada reiterates its call for the Palestinian government to disarm Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups operating in Gaza, including the Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”
The following is a previous speech given by the Honorable Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
An Israeli missile hits a terrorist target area in Rafah in southern Gaza. Photo courtesy of: The Jewish Press
The chief of Hamas police and a relative of former prime minister Haniyeh are among terrorist commanders who no longer exist.
by, Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu | The Jewish Press
The Israeli Air Force has escalated an all-out war against the Hamas terrorist regime in Gaza while making mincemeat of Hamas attempts to kill civilians in Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF officers made it clear Friday and Saturday that the days of repetitive “cease fires” with Hamas and that years of agreeing to allow Hamas to attack, and then stop to re-arm, are history.
Hamas put on a fabulous propaganda show for Gaza residents Saturday night, boldly announcing more than an hour ahead of time that it would pulverize metropolitan Tel Aviv with rockets at 9 p.m. Israeli time.
Sure enough, it carried out its promise, but the results were pitiful as the Iron Dome system intercepted most of the missiles, leaving only minimal damage. Shrapnel from one rocket in the city of Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv, caused light injuries to one man.
Hamas celebrated as if it had won the war and even told its residents that at least one of those nasty Zionists was killed, leaving only 6,999,999 Jews to finish off before it could declare peace.
Two deaths due to heart attacks after sirens blared were reported in Haifa on Friday and Jerusalem on Shabbat, where an elderly American tourist in Jerusalem succumbed to heart failure while sirens wailed in the capital.
Shortly after the missile barrage on Tel Aviv, the Israeli Air Force bombed dozens of terrorist targets in Gaza, including the home of the chief of Hamas police.
Up to 15 people were killed in the attack, and even if the Arab figures are exaggerated, the strike undoubtedly leveled a significant hole in the Hamas terrorist regime.
Another dead terrorist was a man who launched rockets and also was a nephew of Ismail Haniyeh, who was de facto prime minister of Gaza until the new Palestinian Authority unity government disguised his power with the creation of a puppet ”technocratic” government to satisfy naïve international experts, not the least of which is the Obama administration, that there suddenly is a terror-free regime in Ramallah.
Around midnight Saturday, the IDF warned residents in northern Gaza to leave their homes. The area is a magnet for terrorists because of its proximity to Israel. The Air Force apparently is trying to push rocket-launcher terrorists as far south as possible, possibly allowing for ground forces to move in and keep the area clean of terrorists.
“In the next few hours, in light of the fact Hamas is hiding behind civilians, we will change patterns of action and start evacuating Palestinian civilians in the northern Gaza Strip, where long-range rockets are fired from,” a senior IDF official told Ynet. “Following the evacuation, there will be a significant attack there. The objectives for this operation are to deal a significant blow to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, decrease the fire on civilians and strengthen the deterrence.”
Hamas fired approximately 50 rockets and missiles on Israel Saturday, setting off sirens in almost every section of the country south of Haifa, even in the Dead Sea area. The Iron Dome continued to prove effective and knocked out one missile that threatened the Modi’in-Ben Gurion Airport area.
Northern Israel heard sirens because of a volley of missiles from Lebanon, causing damage to an agriculture building. Pro-Palestinian Authority elements, and not Hezbollah, were behind the attacks. The Lebanese army, which is barely distinguishable from Hezbollah, arrested at least one of those who fired the rockets, indicating that it does not want a confrontation with Israel at this time.
Sirens also sounded in the southern Hebron Hills, and at least two of Hamas’ missiles exploded in Arab areas in Hebron and Bethlehem, causing minor injuries and damage.
Hamas Islamic Terrorists Targeting Innocent Civilians in Ashdod, Israel:
Video courtesy of: Israel Defense Forces
IDF Strike on Concealed Weapons Causes Massive Secondary Explosion:
Video courtesy of: Israel Defense Forces
These three specific units are considered the most elite & prestigious of all special forces units in the IDF. The training and selection for these 3 units is the longest, most selective, most grueling, and more extensive than any other IDF units. Their operators are proficient in long range solo navigation, as opposed to other units where long range navigation is done with a minimum of 2 fighters.
Sayeret Matkal – The IDF’s principal special operations/commando unit, used mainly to obtain strategic intelligence behind enemy lines and to perform hostage-rescue missions on foreign soil. It is directly subordinate to the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate (AMAN). Modeled after Britain’s Special Air Service, it is known by Israelis as the most elite unit (above all) in the IDF.
Shayetet 13 – The naval commando unit, equivalent to the US Navy SEALs or British Special Boat Service. Also tasked with maritime hostage-rescue missions. Part of the Israeli Navy. Founded in 1948 by former members of the Palyam, the naval branch of the Haganah.
Sayeret Shaldag – Founded in 1974 by several former Sayeret Matkal veterans, it is the Israeli Air Force’s commando unit, specializing in forward air control, aerial & special reconnaissance, and target designation outside of Israel’s borders.
Nuclear reactor in Dimona, Israel
by, The Daily Star
JERUSALEM: Two rockets fired by Gaza militants Wednesday hit near the southern town of Dimona where Israel has a nuclear reactor, the military said on Twitter.
“A few minutes ago, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired three rockets at Dimona. Two fell in open areas; Iron Dome intercepted the other,” it said referring to the Israeli missile defence system.
Hamas Attempts Strike On Israeli Nuclear Site:
Hamas in Gaza
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
In the past 48 hours, the only democracy in the Middle East has endured a barrage of more than 400 incoming rockets from the Muslim held territory of Gaza. Approximately 50% of Israel’s citizens have spent the past 24-48 hours tucked away in underground bomb shelters.
What other nation on the planet would exercise such restraint? What other nation on earth would allow Islamic terrorist regimes to set-up along their borders and fire rockets into their major cities? How long would the United States wait to react if a terrorist organization was across the border in Canada firing rockets into New York City? And “how” would the US react, when they did?
Here are a few videos that outline this reality of life in Israel with terrorists at the border:
Hamas’ Actions Match Its Words:
Raw: Panic in Tel Aviv As Siren Warns of Attack
Hamas Rockets Disrupt Summer Vacation in Southern Israel:
Life in Israel: Gaza Rockets Interrupt Wedding in Ashdod
Thank you to the IDF for all of these videos.
Am Yisrael Chai.
Pictured above is a Muslim radical that punched a man in the face who was just standing off to the side with a camera.
Thank you to: Pamela Geller | Blazing CatFur | Freedom Outpost | h/t Don Veley
Canadians gathered together to hold a vigil for the 3 Jewish boys that were viciously slain by Palestinian Muslims in Gaza. A gang of violent Muslims decided to show up and attack the peaceful assembly…