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Israel declares kidnapped soldier dead (Updates and Video)

Hadar Goldin Israel Soldier Kidnapped
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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:54pm 8/2/2014 at 7:54pm
Hadar Goldin Israel Soldier Kidnapped

The IDF has declared kidnapped soldier Hadar Goldin dead. Haaretz reports:

A special panel headed by Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz announced the death of Goldin, an infantry officer in the Givati Brigade.

The conclusion was based on forensic evidence from the scene of the attack,a statement by the IDF...

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Netanyahu: Gaza operation will continue as needed (Live Updates and Video)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:30pm 8/2/2014 at 2:30pm
Netanyahu speech Gaza August 2 2014 2

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just gave a major speech. It was predicted that he would announce an end to operations, but his actual speech was much less clear on that point.

Repeatedly Netanyahu said that the operation would continue as needed.

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Hamas hides in, under and around Gaza’s main hospital, and the media covers it up (Video)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 1, 2014 at 9:13pm 8/1/2014 at 9:13pm
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There have been reports for years that Hamas uses the main hospital in Gaza, Al-Shifa, as a headquarters.

It reportedly has bunkers underneath, and uses the hospital itself.

There have been tidbits of media reporting on Hamas’ use of Al-Shifa as a

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Gaza Ceasefire over as Hamas attacks, reportedly kidnaps IDF soldier (Live Updates and Video)

Hamas Gaza Tunnel NYT video
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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:16am 8/1/2014 at 7:16am
Hamas Gaza Tunnel NYT video

[This post will be “sticky” most of the day]

Live Video and Twitter feed at bottom of post.

The U.N. and U.S. sponsored 72-hour ceasefire only lasted barely hours, as Hamas used the lull to launch an attack in which IDF soldiers were killed and one is missing and believed kidnapped.

This has led...

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72-hour Gaza ceasefire announced (Live Updates and Video)(Update – Hamas attacks, ceasefire over)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-military-seek-destroy-gaza-tunnels-24634834
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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6:02pm 7/31/2014 at 6:02pm
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UPDATE 8-1-2014: The ceasefire lasted just a few hours as Hamas used the lull to launch an attack in which Israeli soldiers were killed and one is believed kidnapped. More to follow in separate post.

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John Kerry and Ban Ki Moon just announced that all sides have agreed to a...

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NY Magazine’s contribution to the propaganda war against Israel

Kidnapped Israeli Teens
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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:15am 7/31/2014 at 11:15am
Kidnapped Israeli Teens

In the current Gaza war, there are many falsehoods and deceptions being perpetrated against Israel by the media.

One can understand how reporters in Gaza shape and shade their reporting for fear of Hamas retaliation.

But how to explain the headline to...

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UN Official admits Hamas firing rockets “from the vicinity of UN facilities”

https://www.facebook.com/unwatch/photos/a.10150106089111561.280686.102912096560/10152183301526561/?type=1
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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:04pm 7/30/2014 at 10:04pm
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What we already knew, but some UNRWA officials have pretended doesn’t happen.

Puts in context how some UN facilities and civilians are hit either by misfired Hamas or Islamic Jihad rockets or Israeli return fire.

Via Hillel Neuer of UN Watch, here’s the description of the video clip (Google translate):

Published on Jul...

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Media cover-up of Hamas crimes starting to unravel

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5:31pm 7/29/2014 at 5:31pm
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Yesterday one of the stories thrust into the mainstream media was nearly simultaneous explosions in a Palestinian neighborhood and at al-Shifa hospital.

The media immediately took the Hamas line that it was Israeli missiles. Later, the IDF stated that it had not fired on those locations, and that the explosions were...

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One People built tunnels, the other a nation

Hamas Gaza Tunnel NYT video
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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:00am 7/29/2014 at 11:00am
Hamas Gaza Tunnel NYT video

Just think what could have been.

Israel left Gaza in 2005. The vast international aid that flowed to Gaza could have been used to build the foundation of a nation.

Instead it was put to building tunnels and rocket infrastructure.

Rather than forging economic ties with the world, it forged military ties with...

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Gaza war: Not much of a ceasefire (Live Updates and Video)

http://youtu.be/ETm2o0RUB5g
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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11:28am 7/28/2014 at 11:28am
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Live Video and Twitter feed at bottom of post

Last night the United Nations Security Council issued a Presidential Statement (less than a Resolution) demanding an immediate Gaza ceasefire.

Hamas kept firing missiles, and Israel now is responding. Israel has rejected a ceasefire that does not include security guarantees.

A devastating critique of...

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Anti-Semitism on open display in the name of anti-Zionism

London anti-Israel protest 7-26-2017 Protocols of Elder of Zion
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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 6:30pm 7/27/2014 at 6:30pm
London anti-Israel protest 7-26-2017 Protocols of Elder of Zion

Margie in Tel Aviv called attention today to a Christopher Hitchen’s quote.

I had not heard that before, so I looked it up, here is the clip, from 2010 (

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Blasting calls for Israeli “Maximum Restraint”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 9:00am 7/27/2014 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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Kerry ceasefire proposal “was everything Hamas could have hoped for” (Updates)

http://youtu.be/Cf8-o7kHF2c
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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8:18pm 7/26/2014 at 8:18pm
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When I heard parts of John Kerry’s news conference today, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. He was talking as if he’s trying to create a way to bolster Hamas when the fighting is over.

Sure enough, Barak Ravid, a well-regarded reporter for the left-wing Israeli Haaretz newspaper presents a...

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Krauthammer: Media is to Blame for Ignorance in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Charles Krauthammer on Putin and Obama
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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:00am 7/26/2014 at 7:00am
Charles Krauthammer on Putin and Obama

Charles Krauthammer appeared on the Sean Hannity show Thursday night to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and laid blame for ignorance of the facts at the media’s feet.

While anti-Israel protesters in Boston are chanting “Jews back to Birkenau” and similar protesters in France are chanting “Gas the Jews” members of the American...

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Second Variety: terrorists who put children in harm’s way

Rockets fired from Gaza civilian area at Israel
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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5:19pm 7/25/2014 at 5:19pm
Rockets fired from Gaza civilian area at Israel

How do you fight an enemy that is willing—nay, eager—to force you to kill its children even if you don’t want to?

That’s the situation Israel faces against Hamas. It’s the situation we face against Islamist terrorists, too, because they use such techniques as one of their primary tools, and the...

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John Kerry to the rescue (of Hamas?): Seven-day “truce” proposed (Updates – no truce yet)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:53am 7/25/2014 at 9:53am
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John Kerry has proposed a seven-day truce, during which time there would be negotiations over a longer-term ceasefire.

Hamas reportedly is going to accept the proposal, but that’s far from official.

The Israeli cabinet is discussing the proposal as we speak. Concerns are that Hamas, having rejected a ceasefire early on...

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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 7/24/2014 at 10:42am
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Five more Israeli soldiers have been killed over the past two days.

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