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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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Israel: Hamas Planned West Bank Coup of Palestinian Authority

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Posted by    Monday, August 18, 2014 at 3:37pm
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Israeli newspapers are reporting on the just disclosed coup attempt by Hamas to dislodge Fatah in the West Bank.

The Times of Israel reported:

The Shin Bet said it arrested...

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Hamas: We intimidated reporters into not covering rocket firing

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Posted by    Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:00am
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Israel and its supporters have argued for some time that the news media give a skewed view of Operation Protective Edge because reporters in Gaza are intimidated by Hamas.

Perhaps one of the most blatant examples was the disappearing tweet of The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Casey, showing a member of Hamas...

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How the media abetted Hamas

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Posted by    Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:46am
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Yesterday the Washington Institute for Near East published Six Ways Hamas Hamas Could Limit Civilian Casualties in Gaza by Jeffrey White. All of White’s suggestions involve separating the combatants from civilians, but as White acknowledges, “… there is little chance the group will implement any of these measures.” And why would...

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Another biased anti-Israel U.N. investigative committee formed

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:44am
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has decided that Israel’s self-defense needs to be investigated. (Note in the UN”s announcement the words “Hamas” and “rockets” are nowhere to be found.) After Operation Cast Lead the UNHRC picked a panel of four individuals, all of whom had prejudged Israel’s guilt. The...

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About Second-Guessing Israel on Hamas

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Posted by    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:21pm
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the U.S. Ambassador to Israel “not to ever second guess me again” when it comes to Hamas, after Hamas’ refusal and eventual breach of ceasefire agreements.

Did he have a point?

The international community in its zeal to solve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians makes plenty...

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For Hamas ceasefires are just tactical

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 8:35am
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Last week’s ceasefire between Israel and Hamas prompted a number of similarly themed observations.

Similar tweets appeared here and here and here and here.

What did Hamas...

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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:

They’re shooting...

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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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