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About: David Gerstman

David Gerstman blogged as Soccer Dad from 2003 to 2010. Formerly a computer programmer, he is now a blogger for The Israel Project’s The Tower blog.




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Blasting calls for Israeli “Maximum Restraint”

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Posted by    Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 9:00am
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My father just told me about this song by Peter Himmelman, “Maximum Restraint.” Himmelman, in addition to being a singer-songwriter in his own right is also Bob Dylan’s son-in-law.

In the song, Himmelman mocks calls for Israel to exercise “maximum restraint” in response to rocket attacks.

Here’s a taste of the lyrics:

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Gaza War: Flights resume to Ben-Gurion, more tunnel war and casualties (Live Updates)

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:42am
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Live Video and Twitter feed at bottom of post

Five more Israeli soldiers have been killed over the past two days.

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Gaza ground war: More tunnel warfare, Hamas may have body parts of dead Israeli soldier

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:37am
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According to Ynet nine soldiers were killed Monday in separate incidents. Israel also announced that one of the soldiers killed in Sunday’s armored personnel carrier attack has not yet been accounted for. Although not all the circumstances are clear, it appears Hamas may have retrieved body parts and/or belongings to the...

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Gaza War – More tunnel infiltrations thwarted (Live Updates)

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 9:00am
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Note: There are live Video and Twitter feeds at the bottom of the post

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Overnight Hamas attempted two infiltrations through tunnels, one of which opened up near the dining room of Kibbutz in Israel.

Both sets of terrorists were eliminated by the IDF. There are unspecified reports of Israeli casualties.

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Gaza war – Fighting Intensifies in Hamas city stronghold, casualties mount [Live Updates]

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Posted by    Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 8:34am
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[WAJ Note: Live Twitter and video feeds added at bottom of post.]

Today, Sunday, fighting has intensified. Ynet reports:

The IDF’s ground incursion into Gaza has led to a rapid rise in the number of terrorists killed. Since the beginning of the ground operation, IDF soldiers have eliminated...

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First Night of Gaza Ground Invasion: The Tunnel War

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Posted by    Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:17am
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Overnight, the New York Times reports that one Israeli soldier and 20 Palestinians were killed. (A report at The Times of Israel puts the number at 22 Palestinians, at least 14 of whom were members of Hamas.)

An Israeli soldier was killed early Friday along with at least 20 Palestinians in the...

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Hamas attempts major Terror Attack before humanitarian truce, resumes rocket fire after

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Posted by    Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:36am
Hamas terrorists emerge from tunnel near Kibbutz 7-17-2014

In the early morning hours today, prior the implementation of the humanitarian ceasefire, the IDF spotted a terror cell infiltrating from Gaza. Aircraft targeted the terrorists in a dramatic video.

The New York Times reports:

The Israeli military said it foiled an attempt by Gaza militants to infiltrate a kibbutz through a tunnel...

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Hamas rejects Egyptian ceasefire proposal, keeps firing rockets at Israeli cities UPDATE: Israel Resumes Attacks

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:10am
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Prof. Jacobson posted yesterday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal. This morning Israel’s security cabinet accepted the Egyptian proposal.

The New York Times reports:

Israel has accepted Egypt’s proposal for a cessation of hostilities with Hamas and other militant Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, the prime minister’s...

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Updates on #Gaza: Israeli Commandos Attack Rocket Cache, more (#IsraelUnderFire)

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Posted by    Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 10:58am
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The Times of Israel sums up the casualties so far.

As of Saturday afternoon, the death toll in Gaza from Israel’s Operation Protective Edge had climbed to 127 people, after Israeli forces struck 60 targets overnight Friday and into Saturday; Israel had no breakdown on the proportion of civilian and combatant casualties....

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Palestinian unity deal didn’t moderate Hamas, and never will

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Posted by    Friday, July 11, 2014 at 9:30am
(Israeli fires Iron Dome missile interceptor, July 2014)

Last month the Editorial Board of The Washington Post endorsed the Obama administration’s support of the unity deal between Hamas and Fatah.

After reading, 

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Israel Warns Civilians to Stay out of Harm’s Way; Hamas Sends Them Back In

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Posted by    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:00am
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As Operation Protective Edge it’s worth anticipating the likely response to Israel’s latest war against Hamas. Israel will be accused of a disproportionate response and of not taking care to avoid collateral damage. Already there’s been at least one incident in which a number of civilians were injured and and 7...

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The Skewed Middle Eastern Moral Equivalence of the NY Times

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:00am
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The New York Times, in the past week, has twice drawn a false moral equivalence between Israeli society and Palestinian society.

Last week after the killing of Mohammad Abu Khdair, Isabel Kershner of the New York Times wrote:

The two events exposed the extent to which parts of each side have dehumanized the...

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Arab Violence Against Israel and Jews Continues

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Posted by    Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 1:00pm
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While the media has been focused on the arrests of up to six Jews in the killing of Mohammed Abu Kheidr, Arab violence against Israel has been continuing.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council area was battered with ten rockets from Gaza. Residents of the communities in the Sha’ar Hanegev area...

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Ignorant media splainers absolve Hamas, blame Israel

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Posted by    Friday, July 4, 2014 at 12:00pm
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A few articles this week effectively absolve Hamas (and more generally the Palestinians) for the latest escalation in the Middle East and put the bulk of the blame on Israel. I’m only going to focus on two.

Max Fisher wrote How Israel is punishing ordinary Palestinians for three murdered Israeli students for Vox....

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