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Obama Frantically Trying To Save Hamas

Calls Netanyahu, demands immediate cease-fire

Hmm, are the tunnels all destroyed? How ’bout those missiles? Why isn’t Obama demanding an immediate cease-fire in Syria, where 170,000 have died?

Read the whole thing and you’ll hear Obama talking out of both sides of his mouth:

An immediate and unconditional ceasefire ending Israel’s assault on Hamas is a “clear strategic imperative” to Israel, US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Sunday.

While the conversation focused on the immediate concerns of the United States, the president also discussed the broader implications of the Gaza operation, Protective Edge, now over two weeks old and burdened with a mounting death toll, both within the Israel Defense Forces and the civilian population of Gaza.

Obama told Netanyahu he wants a ceasefire “that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority,” the White House said, in a readout of the call to reporters.

For a permanent ceasefire to be agreed upon, Hamas is requiring an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza, formed to prevent Hamas from obtaining weapons to attack the Jewish state. Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel categorically rejects this condition, and indeed, Netanyahu’s cabinet has unanimously voted against the measure as part of an end to the current crisis.

Obama reiterated his belief that Israel has a right to defend itself, and condemned Hamas’ construction of tunnels and continuation of rocket fire into civilian areas.

“Ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza,” Obama expressed.

In a recent poll, over 85 percent of Israelis support the Israeli government continuing the military operation until Hamas’ tunnels into Israel are completely destroyed.

Here’s the thing: Every time terrorists start to slaughter people, the world gives in to their demands, just a bit. Now Israel has Hamas on the ropes. Hamas is making demands. The proper answer is NO, NO, NO. None of us can afford to allow this pattern to continue. We cannot give in to bullies. Let the world see the bullies put down, and the bullies will then need to find another avenue of expression. Keep going, Israel, until it is safe for you to stop, and until you are confident that you can live safely for a long, long time. No more short-lived hudnas.

- Aggie

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Israel Explains Things To CNN

No clue if it went through the thick head.

- Aggie

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More Peaceful Palestinian Plans

They intended to kidnap as many Israelis as possible on Rosh haShanna

Israel has captured a lot of Hamas terrorists recently, and this is what they’ve learned:

First reported by Ma’ariv, then in English by i24news, “thousands of terrorists were meant to cross over to Israel from Gaza through the tunnels and kill and kidnap as many Israelis as they could. The source added that the army learned about the huge planned attack during the interrogations of Hamas prisoners, captured during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.”
Reports state that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his cabinet about the foiled plot during a Thursday cabinet meeting. The leader of the Jewish State reportedly expressed to officials that if this attack was not stopped, the number of Israeli fatalities may have been higher than the over 2,200 deaths Israel suffered during 1973 Yom Kippur War.
During Israel’s recent incursion into Gaza, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have set their sights on destroying Hamas’ sophisticated tunnel system. In the past, the U.S.-designated terror group has successfully infiltrated the Jewish State, resulting in the killing and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. The last occurrence was on July 19 when two IDF soldiers lost their lives and the assailants were able to escape back to Gaza through a tunnel. Gen. James T. Conway, USMC (ret.) recently returned from Israel, where he was joined by a dozen retired U.S. generals and admirals, sponsored by Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). While there, the group toured a tunnel from Gaza recently discovered near an Israeli kindergarten.
“Unlike tunnels that I had seen during the Iraq war that were designed for smuggling, this Hamas tunnel was designed for launching murder and kidnapping raids. The 3-mile-long tunnel was reinforced with concrete, lined with telephone wires, and included cabins unnecessary for infiltration operations but useful for holding hostages,” the retired General wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
Israel has reportedly destroyed over 30 tunnels during “Operation Protective Edge.” The Jewish State contends that Hamas, which governs Gaza, devotes resources to building tunnels to commit acts of terrorism, instead of building homes, parks, schools and hospitals.
An article published by the Gatestone Institute quotes an Israeli spokesman’s observation that “there are two Gazas, one above ground and one below ground: an underground terrorist city.”

Nice, nice people. Wouldn’t you love to have them move into your neighborhood?

- Aggie

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Utopianism Vs. Reality (Alternative Title: The True Cycle Of Violence)

In my view, utopian ideologies (such as pacifism, leftist appeasement, Messianism, etc.) are the most dangerous philosophies that mankind has created, with the possible exception of Communism and its offshoots. Communism itself is a utopian ideology, come to think of it. What these ideologies share is the belief that given the right set of circumstances, peace on earth will come about.

Don’t get me wrong – a small dose of this stuff is just fine. We can all pray for the Messiah to come (or return). We can pitch in and help our neighbors. We can avoid conflict if it is reasonable to do so.

But Reality is ever so much more powerful than Utopianism, especially in the world today.

This is about Israel, but it pertains to the US too:

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Great Britain and France all are rushing to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Their motive — to end civilian suffering and restore stability to the area — is noble. The images of the wounded and dead resulting from the conflict are indeed agonizing. However, these senior statesmen can be most helpful now by doing nothing. To preserve the values they cherish and to send an unequivocal message to terrorist organizations and their state sponsors everywhere, Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

This is the lesson of previous rounds of fighting between the Israeli Defense Forces and terrorist strongholds. In Lebanon in 2006 and in Gaza in 2008 and again in 2012, Israel responded to rocket attacks on its cities with fierce counteroffensives. Fighting against a deeply dug-in enemy that both blended in with the local population and used it as a shield, Israel’s best efforts to avoid civilian casualties invariably proved limited. Incensed world opinion generated immense pressure on governments to convene the U.N. Security Council and empower human rights organizations to censure Israel and stop the carnage. These measures succeeded where the terrorists’ rockets failed. Israel was compelled to back down.

And the terrorists, though badly mauled, won. Admittedly, their bar for claiming victory was exceptionally low. While Israel must achieve a clear battlefield success to win, the terrorists merely had to survive. But they did more than survive. Under the protection of cease-fires and, in some cases, international peacekeepers, they vastly expanded their arsenals to include more lethal and longer-range missiles. While reestablishing their rule in the streets, they burrowed beneath them to create a warren of bombproof bunkers and assault tunnels. Such measures enabled Hamas, as well as Hezbollah, to mount devastating attacks at the time of their choosing, confident that the international community would once again prevent Israel from exacting too heavy a price.

So the cycle continued. Allowed to fight for several weeks, at most, Israel was eventually condemned and hamstrung by cease-fires. The terrorists, by contrast, could emerge from their hideouts and begin to replenish and enhance their stockpiles. That is precisely the pattern established in the second Lebanon War and repeated in Operations Cast Lead and Pillar of Defense in Gaza. Hezbollah and Hamas sustained losses but, rescued and immunized by international diplomacy, they remained in power and became more powerful still. Israel, on the other hand, was forced to defend its right to defend itself. Jihadist organizations no different from the Islamic State and al-Qaeda gained regional legitimacy, while Israel lost it in the world.

The cycle can end, now and decisively. As Operation Protective Edge enters its third week , responsible world leaders can give Israel the time and the leverage it needs to alter Hamas’s calculus. They can let the Israeli army ferret Hamas out of its holes and make it pay a prohibitive cost for its attacks. They can create an outcome in which the organization, even if it remains in Gaza, is defanged and deprived of its heavy arms. Of course, Hamas will resist demilitarization, and more civilians will suffer, but by ending the cycle once and for all thousands of innocent lives will be saved.

Life in Gaza is miserable now, but if Israel is permitted to prevail, circumstances can improve markedly. U.S.- and Canadian-trained security forces of the Palestinian Authority can take over key crossings and patrol Gaza’s porous border with Egypt. Rather than be funneled into Hamas’s war chest, international aid can be transferred directly to the civilian population to repair war damage and stimulate economic growth. Terrorist groups and their state patrons can be put on notice: The game has changed unalterably.

More at the link. Again, it doesn’t exactly make us want to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, but it is the truth.

- Aggie

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Rioting Arabs

West Bank riots

What a shame. There apparently going to be a massive war.

Thousands protest against IDF’s Gaza operation, throwing rocks, firebombs and fireworks at Israeli security forces near Kalandia checkpoint; hundreds of officers to blanket Old City to ensure safety, citing threats of rioting. kalandia checkpoint
Protests near the Kalandia checkpoint, July 24-25, 2014. Photo: SETH J. FRANTZMAN Violence broke out Thursday night near the Kalandia checkpoint, located in the West Bank between Jerusalem and Ramallah, as residents of the West Bank village clashed with police in protests against the IDF’s operation in the Gaza Strip.

Some 10,000 Palestinians protested near the checkpoint, throwing rocks, firebombs and fireworks at Israeli security forces, and setting tires ablaze. The IDF forces and Border Police were using crowd dispersal means on the masses.

According to the Palestinian reports, two demonstrators were killed by Israeli security forces and dozens wounded.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office did not confirm the Palestinian casualties. The military was checking reports of live fire targeting Israeli forces at the checkpoint.

The protest erupted after allies of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement marched from the West Bank city of Ramallah to the edges of Jerusalem in protest against Israel’s 17-day-old campaign against Hamas militants in Gaza.

Earlier on Thursday, Israel Police arrested nine suspects in east Jerusalem towns, for disrupting the peace and attacking police officers, near the Old City. The police said it used crowd dispersal methods to restore order.

At the same time, near the Temple Mount, dozens of east Jerusalem residents threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police forces. The police said said they have arrested 10 suspects in the incident, and that two police officers were lightly injured during the clash.

As police prepared for Friday prayers, they planed to heighten security in the Old City and throughout Jerusalem, as Operation Protective Edge enters its third week, fueling already heightened tensions between Arabs and Jews in the capital.

Hey, Christians out there. Doesn’t going to church on Sundays make you want to riot? No? I can’t say I’ve ever left the synagogue with an urge to throw rocks or molotov cocktails, but that’s apparently just me. What a culture the Palestinians have created!

- Aggie

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FAA Hard Drives Are Shaking In Their Knees

They are about to be destroyed.

Check this out:

After Senator Ted Cruz’s warning that he would hold all State Department nominees until questions were answered about the political motive behind the FAA’s travel ban on Israel… the FAA suddenly reversed itself.

On the same day that the FAA had announced a 24 hour extension of the ban, the FAA turned around and reversed itself.

These were the 5 questions that Senator Cruz wanted answered.

Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? For instance, who was this decision made by – a career official, a political appointee, or someone else (at the FAA, State Department or White House?)

If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights would be permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?

What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?

What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House? And the State Department? Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?

Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?

Instead of providing answers, the FAA lifted the ban.

Get it? The FAA was allowing flights to Ukraine, while shutting down Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.

You know what? Ted Cruz deserves to be President. He is smart, he has values, and he has balls.

- Aggie

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A Great Time To Visit Israel

Seriously. Mayor Bloomberg flew to Israel as soon as the ban was announced.

On his twitter account, Bloomberg wrote, “This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel.” Michael Bloomberg
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg Photo: REUTERS
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel on Tuesday in protest of the Federation Aviation Administration’s decision to halt American flights to and from the country.

On his twitter account, Bloomberg wrote, “This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel.”

The billionaire industrialist made the announcement hours after air travel to Israel from all American carriers and several European ones came to a halt on Tuesday, when the FAA banned US airlines from traveling to and from Ben-Gurion Airport for 24 hours.

The decision followed the successful firing of a Hamas rocket into a house in Yehud, near Ben-Gurion Airport, earlier in the day.

“The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately,” the former mayor said.

That last sentence is a feature of our foreign policy, not a bug. Our government is apparently trying to get Israel to stop defending herself by cutting her off from the world. The response should be an influx of American tourists (and decent Europeans if such critters exist) flying in on El Al. I’m sure that the restaurants and hotels would be delighted to see you. On a personal note, I was there during the 2009 Hamas war and it was just fine. And on another personal note, after September 11th, 2001, our family spent a lot of time in NYC, visiting the sites, staying in mostly empty hotels, etc. People in places that have been victimized by Islamic terrorism need the support of the rest of us.

- Aggie

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SHOCKA! Missiles Found In UN School For The Second Time!

Huh. How’d that happen?

For the second time in less than a week, rockets have been found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the body said.

“Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff were withdrawn from the premises, and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets. The school is situated between two other UNRWA schools that currently each accommodate 1,500 internally displaced persons.”

As it did the last time around when missiles were found in a school it operates, UNRWA said it “strongly and unequivocally condemns the group or groups responsible for this flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law.”

UNRWA, the UN agency charged with overseeing humanitarian efforts in Gaza, said it immediately “informed the relevant parties and is pursuing all possible measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school.” The organization again pledged to launch a “comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

An investigation? Excellent! That’ll do the trick.

- Aggie

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Abbas Family Leaves Judea and Samaria For Jordan

Does this mean that the terrorists in Judea and Samaria are gearing up?

Members of the family of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have secretly left Ramallah for Jordan, according to the online newspaper Rai Al-Youm.

“For the first time and secretly, all the members of President Abbas’s family have left to their residence in Amman,” the report said.

It said that Abbas’s wife and grandchildren were among the family members who left Ramallah recently.

The newspaper said that Mohamed Shehadeh, who is in charge of Abbas’s security detail, has decided to beef up security around the PA president’s office and residence in Ramallah.

The departure of Abbas’s family and the tight security measures came in response to growing resentment among Palestinians with the PA president and his policies in wake of the current war between Israel and Hamas.

Over the past two weeks, many Palestinians have accused Abbas of failing to display strong leadership in light of the Israeli military operation. Some have gone as far as accusing him of “collusion” with Israel and Egypt.

I bet they start firing rockets from Ramallah.

- Aggie

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Terrorists Land Missile Near Ben Gurion Airport

Flights in being cancelled

Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.
U.S. Airways also suspended service to Israel Tuesday.
White House spokesman said the Federal Aviation Administration had not as yet not issued a “NOTAM,” or Notice to Airmen, which would warn airlines of hazards along a flight route or at a destination.
Israeli police said a rocket fired from Gaza landed near the airport, damaging a house and wounding one Israeli.

Unfortunately, I think that Israel needs to go to all out war. They can’t have this kind of thing happening, and the Palestinians seem intent on making it happen. They need to retake Gaza.

- Aggie

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Arab Terrorists In IDF Uniforms Attempt To Infiltrate Through Tunnel

They each have their 72 virgins now

This morning’s tunnel infiltration by two Hamas squads underlines the threat posed to the South, OC Southern Command, Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman, said Monday.

Dozens of terrorists in military uniform emerged from a tunnel, and were successfully stopped by the military, Turgeman added.

Uncovering the tunnels is a complex and challenging task, requiring intelligence and technology, he added.

The IDF’s work in destroying tunnels, both inside Gaza and cross-border tunnels, “is disturbing the enemy,” which spent years digging them,Turgeman said.

Two terrorist attack cells entered Israel from northern Gaza via a smuggling tunnel on Monday morning.

They were identified by IDF lookouts, and an aircraft was dispatched to intercept them. The first cell was struck from the air, and ten of its members were killed.

The second cell fired an anti-tank missile at a military vehicle.

The Shin Bet sent an alert to the IDF hours before the attack, warning of intentions of terrorists in northern Gaza to infiltrate the country.

This is interesting on so many levels. First of all, many of us have forgotten that Yasir Arafat kept boxes of IDF uniforms in his compound in Ramallah. Very peace-y reasons for that, I’m sure. So this tactic has been there forever, but combined with tunnels it is even more dangerous.

Secondly, Shin Bet (internal security, sort of like the FBI I suppose) warned that this was going to happen. This means that there are some not-insane Palestinians who are informing. This fall, in the US, the documentary, The Green Prince, will be shown. Everyone, everyone should see that film. In it you will see how the son of the Hamas commander in Ramallah decided that Hamas was evil and proceeded to help stop suicide terror attacks during the second intifada (guerrilla war). It is fascinating. We should have bloodthirsty liberal movie night and all go to see it in our respective cities and then talk about it here.

- Aggie

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Jewish Ethics Vs. Reality

I’ve been reading a lot about Jewish ethics lately, and listening to a lot of friends who are uncomfortable with Israel’s need for self-defense. (To our non-Jewish readers, none of this will make sense, sorry).

Some of the very religious among us believe that if we practice enough mitzvot, we can heal the world (tikkun olam). This will bring the Messiah sooner. Some even blame the victim for disasters that befall them, because if everyone tried harder to be even gooder, why then the hearts of the evil people of the world would melt. That would bring on the Messiah, whether he is understood as a physical presence among us or as simple peace and grace.

In the secular world, this plays out in some variation of old Beatles songs: Give Peace A Chance, say, or even Neville Chamberlain’s pronouncement that, “There will be peace in our time.” The two sides, the religious pacifists and the Leftist pacifists all had a dollop of education about tzedakah as kids, and all want to be good.

Gentle Reader, none of this makes sense, right? I mean, surely it is good to do kind things for others, and surely we all want peace (even the bloodthirstiest among us want peace). But in the real world, both sides must want that. And one side splitting hairs about the goodest possible way to be gooder, as the other side arms with better weapons and uses the construction material that the Goodies provided to create fortified tunnels… well, you see where I’m going with this, don’t you?

I believe that the pacifist wing of the Jewish world needs to come to grips with the simple truth that we cannot control the behavior of others. We can be very good, we can even devote our lives to goodness, but we need a honking big army to protect us while doing so.

- Aggie

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