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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Thursday 24 July 2014, 11h00

** Yesterday the Kremlin announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin had offered himself as a mediator between Israel and Hamas ceasefire, in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Joke 1 - Putin the mediator .... ! :lol:


Putin?
When he was in the KGB and stationed in East Germany, he called on Moscow to send troops into the DDR when the locals were peacefully calling for the borders to be opened up, and the USSR was bankrupt.
Gorbachev let the DDR go its natural way, Germany became a nation, and Putin became a bitter man.

And now the fox is asking to mediate the chicken coop.
He has shown his hand over the invasion of the Crimea and support with weapons to the Russian rebels, how can he be trusted?


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And that sums it up in one little picture.

Current TV coverage of Gaza plays heavily on the emotions of its audience. Unless the viewer (the public) understands the propaganda value, the power of persuasion, of digital media, many will take the bait and see only a one-sided view of events.

Channel 4, a British TV channel, night after night has Jon Snow who is the news anchor man, shouting down whomever tries to put the Israeli case and then softly-softly asks the nice and easy questions from the other side. Thankfully many can see the one-sided way he covers the topic.


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From Game of Thrones, son of Lord Stark of Winterfell and steward of the Night's Watch????? :lol:

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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Friday 25 July 2014, 12h30

** Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, the IDF has transferred over 860 truckloads of food, medicine & general supplies to Gaza.

** Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres spent his final evening in office doing what he has often done during his lifetime of service to the State of Israel, visiting the families of soldiers killed in action during the current war in the Gaza Strip. Peres has said that although he is leaving the presidency, he will look for opportunities to continue serving Israel and the Jewish people as a private citizen.

** Tourism trade groups in Israel issued a report this week warning that they expect to lose close to half a billion dollars this year due to cancellations of visits because of the war in Gaza.

** PM Benjamin Netanyahu: “The use of human shields is extraordinarily cynical. It's grotesque. It's inhuman. But what is equally grotesque is that Israel was condemned in the Human Rights Council. It's a travesty of justice; it's a travesty of fairness; it's a travesty of common sense; it's a travesty of truth. And I think that it will not prevent us from continuing to act to defend our people, to protect them against rocket attacks and to dismantle the vast terror tunnels network that we have seen that is geared to penetrate our territory. We'll continue with that activity in order to defend our people.”

** Yesterday Brazil recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations in protest over the IDF's operation in the Gaza Strip. A statement by the Brazilian foreign ministry said that Brazil considers “escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine” as unacceptable. “We strongly condemn the disproportionate use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip.”

** Yesterday fifteen people were killed and more were wounded when an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, was hit by Israeli tank fire, according to the Palestinian Ma'an news outlet, citing the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

** The security cabinet is expected to convene on Friday afternoon to discuss a cease-fire proposal presented by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

** The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) is prepared to operate in the face of intensified threats of cyber warfare in the coming days, especially in light of Iran's anti-Israel Quds Days and Laylat al-Qadr, marking the coming end to the month of Ramadan. Along with Israel's general cyber security activities, the IDF's Cyber Protection Unit is preparing to deal with the activities of hackers from around the Muslim world as well as ground in the Gaza Strip.

** On Wednesday night the Egyptian army thwarted an attack against Israel, killing a suicide bomber who ran towards the border near Kerem Shalom, Egyptian military sources said. They told the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency in a report published Thursday that the suicide bomber carried an explosive device and wore an explosive belt on his body.

** Journalists based in Gaza have been threatened by Hamas militants, and Patrick Martin, the Globe and Mail correspondent, wrote, “The presence of militant fighters in Shejaia became clear on Sunday afternoon when, under the cover of a humanitarian truce intended to allow both sides to remove the dead and wounded, several armed Palestinians scurried from the scene. Some bore their weapons openly, slung over their shoulders, but at least two, disguised as women, were seen walking off with their weapons partiality concealed under their robes. Another had his weapon wrapped in a baby blanket and held on his chest as if it were a weapon. “

** Washington Post correspondents wrote on 17 July: “During the lull, a group of men at a mosque in northern Gaza said they had returned to clean up the green glass from windows shattered in the previous day’s bombardment, but they could be seen moving small rockets into the mosque.”

** Tweets from the IDF:

õThis week, IDF soldiers were rushed by a female suicide bomber in Gaza. They were able to neutralize the threat
õ Since the ground phase of the operation, we've struck 2429 targets incl. rocket launchers, command centres and weapons manufacturing plant
õ Missiles, tunnels and suicide attacks. The Hamas leadership raised an entire generation on terror
õ Our special forces from the Golani Brigade found automatic rifles, RPGs and ammunition hidden in Shuja'iya

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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Monday 28 July 2014, 12h00

** On Thursday Egyptian troops shot and killed a terrorist who was on his way to commit a massive suicide bombing at the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Israel. Egyptian army sources said the terrorist was wearing an explosive vest and carried another explosive device. He tried to infiltrate the Israeli-Egyptian border in southern Rafah, heading towards the Kerem Shalom border crossing, but the Egyptian Border Police soldiers killed him before he had a chance to make it to the Israeli side.

** Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) told US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday that his proposal for a week long cease-fire of Israel's Gaza campaign was "completely unacceptable" and that it "would have strengthened extremists in the region."

** According to recent reports in Israeli media, the IDF has made two astonishing discoveries. First, the IDF found there to be far more terror tunnels than originally anticipated. The entire terror tunnel underground network was far larger, more complex and of a better construction than it had been made out to be. Some of the tunnels were large enough to move vehicles and could accommodate missiles and other large arms. The second discovery was that of plans for an attack so massive that Israel would likely never fully recover—the equivalent of 9/11—found during the ground operation of Protective Edge. The plan outlined Hamas’ intent to send a swarm of up to 1000’s of terrorists through multiple tunnels, exiting at multiple points. The terrorists would go on a rampage of a siege-attack, killing as many as they possibly could ... Automatic weapons and explosives, rocket launchers…and IDF uniforms.

** On Saturday Israel agreed to a 12 hour humanitarian cease-fire that began at 8 a.m. At midnight, Israel agreed to a UN request for an additional humanitarian truce of 24 hours to end at Sunday at midnight, but after rocket attacks from Gaza on Sunday morning Israel resumed its offensive.

** This morning the IDF said it completed an investigation into the shelling on Thursday of an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, and found that Hamas terrorists fired at the army from within the school complex.

** Altogether since the operation began there have been 2,507 rockets and mortars fired into Israel, and 492 rockets shot down by the Iron Dome. Since the ground operation began on July 17th, there have been 1,0004 rockets and mortars fired, and 195 Iron Dome interceptions.

** The spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza said the Palestinian death toll has now reached 1,035, including 236 children. On Sunday, 16 civilians were killed as the IDF resumed fire in the Strip,

** Ankara has given the Freedom Flotilla 2 the green light and protection of Turkish Navy according to organizer, IHH, the same group behind the 2010 Mavi Marmara, flotilla. Israel and the US have both labelled the IHH a terrorist organization.

** The Somalian jihadist group Al-Shabab has called for attacks on Jewish targets worldwide. The Al-Shabab spokesman has called upon Muslims to stand up and take revenge for their Muslim brothers in Gaza.

** Tweets from the IDF:
õ We fired a missile at a target in Gaza, but diverted it mid-flight when target went inside & civilians seen nearby
õ When houses are used for military purposes, they may become legitimate military targets under international law.
õ 1 Hamas terror tunnel = enough building materials for 19 medical clinics. So far, 32 tunnels found

A young IDF soldier's experience in Gaza
We went into Shuja’iya, to discover and destroy the Hamas’ terrorist tunnels. We discovered there an entire underground city, with multi-shaft, wide tunnels, with Wi-Fi & air-conditioning systems, concrete walls, and stocked to the ceiling with weapons and explosives. Some of the tunnels are so wide, that they can ride back and forwards on Vespa-type scooters. And then came the worst! The Hamas “fighters” started sending towards us 13- and 14-year-old Palestinian children, running at us, wearing explosive-laden suicide-bomber belts! Those children were death-trapped, and became human bombs, by the community’s adults! We were trained to fight adult soldiers or any other skilled adults, enabling us to defend our families and countrymen. But this? We had no other option but, in self-defense, to shoot them at as far a range from us as we could, before the “responsible adult” that sent them used his mobile phone to detonate the belts, and kill us.” One of the injured soldiers ended up by saying, “I do not know if I’ll ever be able to sleep again; the pictures of those poor children, killed by my gun, will probably never leave me!”

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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Tuesday 29 July 2014, 13h00

** According to a 2012 paper written for the Journal of Palestine Studies, Hamas used children to help them dig numerous tunnels into Israel and Egypt. The paper, titled Gaza's Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel's Siege, says that little had been done to stop the phenomenon of child labour during the digging of the tunnels by Hamas in Gaza. In December 2011, the paper's author Nicolas Pelham accompanied a police patrol in Gaza and reported that "nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies." He said that "at least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials."

** Regarding the ceasefire yesterday, Israel has declared that it will only return fire if fired upon, but reserves the right to continue searching and destroying tunnels which are a strategic threat to Israeli civilians.

** Yesterday the UN Security Council passed a motion demanding an immediate and unconditional ceasefire for the upcoming Moslem holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

** A recent meeting hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris in which representatives from Qatar and Turkey were consulted on plans for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has been denounced by leaders in Egypt, Israel and the Palestinians Authority as an indication that the US is caving in to the demands of the Hamas terror militia.

** Last Friday was marked as "Al-Quds Day" in Iran and included dozens of demonstrations in cities across the Islamic Republic denouncing the Jewish State and calling for its destruction. The largest demonstrations were in the capital of Tehran and featured hundreds of thousands of marchers chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" as they periodically burnt US, British and Israeli flags.

** Israeli border police officers broke up an attempt to drive a vehicle loaded with explosives into Jerusalem on Sunday. It was the latest incident in a flare up of violence by Palestinians directed against Israelis in the West Bank which has also included increased levels of rioting and vandalism in several neighbourhoods of eastern Jerusalem.

** On Monday evening at least four people were killed, while at least six others were wounded, some seriously and critically, by mortar fire on Eshkol near the Gaza border. Because this was a mortar and not a rocket, there was no Code Red siren.

** The Times of Israel reports that Hamas is threatening journalists who expose abuse of civilians. The paper confirmed several incidents including cases involving photographers who had taken pictures of Hamas operatives in compromising circumstances — gunmen preparing to shoot rockets from within civilian structures, and/or fighting in civilian clothing — and who were then approached by Hamas men, bullied and had their equipment taken away. Another case involving a French reporter was initially reported by the journalist involved, but the account was subsequently removed from the Internet.

** Israel’s Health Ministry offered medical aid to Gazans, but the PA refused to accept it. The Ministry prepared millions of shekels worth of medicine, chemotherapy and medical equipment for the Gaza Strip; MDA offered blood donations; but they were not accepted.

** Prime Minister Netanyahu: "The history of warfare has not yet enabled any army, any civilized army, the army of a democracy like Israel, to be able to deal with a ruthless terrorist enemy that uses civilians as a human shield without having some incidental civilian casualties. Israel does not target a single civilian … You can’t get social and economic relief for the people of Gaza without having assured demilitarization because otherwise all the money, all the concrete, all the cement that will go in, will not be used to offer relief to the people of Gaza, but to build more terror tunnels and more rockets and more missiles."

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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Wednesday 30 July 2014, 13h00

** Palestinian witnesses said Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip's only power plant on Tuesday, cutting electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people. A thick column of black smoke rose from the facility, which supplies the territory with two-thirds of its energy needs, and the fuel containers were in flames. An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment and said she was checking the report.

** On Monday night PM Netanyahu warned that Israelis must prepare themselves for an extended period of war and hardship, following continued rocket fire by Gaza-based terror organizations and a thwarted attempt by terror commandos to infiltrate Kibbutz Nahal Oz in southern Israel using an attack tunnel.

** On Tuesday Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave one of his trademark fiery speeches, among other things calling Israel a "rabid dog" and urging Moslems around the world to send weapons to terrorist groups in Gaza so they could prolong their fight against the Jewish State. He also criticized the US and European governments for their policy of limiting the ability of Iran and others from sending weapons to Gaza.

** On Tuesday the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said that for the third time in two weeks, it had found a cache of rockets in one of its schools in Gaza and condemned those responsible for it.

** The Israeli military, in an initial response to the killing of at least 19 Palestinians in a United Nations-run school in Gaza today, said militants near the facility had fired mortar bombs and Israeli forces had shot back. The school served as a humanitarian shelter for many displaced Palestinians in Gaza. The IDF has so far been unable to confirm the claim, and the matter is currently under investigation.

** Earlier today, there was an exchange of fire with Gaza militants in Khan Yunis, south Gaza Strip; eight IDF soldiers were wounded and transferred to Soroka Medical Center, Be'er Sheva.

** Reports have emerged in recent days of a plan by Gaza-based terror organizations to use the tunnels currently being discovered and destroyed by the IDF for a massive commando-style attack against Israeli communities on Rosh Hashanah (25 September 2014). The plan included efforts to kidnap dozens of Israelis and bring them back through the tunnels into Gaza to be used as hostages.

** Israeli Jewish Congress president Vladimir Sloutsker described the situation facing Jewish citizens of European countries as "simply intolerable, unacceptable and inexcusable," during a special session of the Knesset Immigration Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee on Monday. "Never before since the Holocaust, have we seen such a situation as today," he said. "We are potentially looking at the beginning of another Holocaust now."

** Since the beginning of Operation “Protective Edge”, over 2270 rockets have been launched at Israel.
Approximately 448 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system.
9 patients from Gaza were treated in the COGAT field hospital on 23/7. They were sent for further treatment in Israel with their escorts.
970 trucks have entered the Gaza Strip via the Kerem-Shalom crossing carrying food, medicines, medical equipment and relevant humanitarian aid.

** Controversial MK Hanin Zoabi has been suspended from Israeli parliamentary activity for six months. Zoabi, who represents the Arab Balad party, has a history of divisive Knesset activity, including participation in the infamous Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza in 2010. The Knesset Ethics Committee received numerous recent complaints over her behaviour, including one from Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. Many centred on Zoabi’s claim that those who recently murdered three Jewish teenagers were not terrorists. Edelstein also noted that Zoabi had encouraged Palestinians to take up “popular resistance” on a Hamas website.

** Israel through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its deep disappointment with the hasty decision of the governments of El Salvador, Peru and Chile to recall their ambassadors for consultations. This step constitutes encouragement for Hamas, a group recognized as a terror organization by many countries around the world.

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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Thursday 31 July 2014, 13h00

** Tsipi Livni: We will fight terror tunnels
“There will be no compromise when it comes to the terror tunnels. The IDF is fighting these tunnels and will complete their neutralisation. This is our responsibility as decision makers and our responsibility to residents of the south of Israel. “
(Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni via Facebook, 30/07/2014)

** Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Hamas is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza, The Canadian Press reports. "Obviously no one likes to see the suffering and loss of life that has occurred," Harper was quoted as saying. "That said, we hold the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for this. They have initiated and continue this conflict and continue to seek the destruction of the state of Israel."

** Bolivia has cancelled its visa agreement with Israel to protest the military operation in Gaza, and declared Israel a "terrorist state," AFP reports. The agreement had permitted Israel to visit Bolivia freely since 1972. "The attack on Gaza shows that Israel has no respect for life, or the principles of harmony and coexistence that guide the international community."

** Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to recognize Gaza as a disaster area. Abbas called on the international community to take responsibility for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and provide aid.
(Jerusalem Post)

** UNWRA notified Israel that if its attacks on Gaza continue to spur more waves of refugees it would be unable to accommodate them and that it expected Israel as an occupying power, to provide them with the necessary humanitarian aid, according to Robert Turner, the Gaza-based director of UNWRA.

** Yesterday an Israeli delegation travelled to Cairo for several hours of talks over Egypt’s efforts to broker a truce in Gaza. An official said Israel will continue to allow temporary humanitarian cease-fires in certain areas.

** Three soldiers were killed yesterday afternoon in Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson's Office said, bringing the IDF death toll to 56. 27 soldiers were injured so far also yesterday, during clashes in Gaza.

** The IDF decided yesterday to call up 16,000 additional reserve troops in order to allow the military "room to breathe," a senior officer says. Their deployment will begin on Thursday, raising the number of reserve soldiers called up so far to 86,000.

** The Ma'an News Agency reported that 17 civilians were killed and over 160 wounded in an Israeli strike on a market in eastern Gaza, citing the Ministry of Health in the Strip. In addition, seven Palestinians were killed in an IAF air strike in Khan Younis.

** The spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) broke down in tears during an appearance on the Al Jazeera television network yesterday. Chris Gunness was invited onto the network to discuss the humanitarian plight of Palestinians in Gaza as well as the deaths of children during the three-week offensive.

** The White House condemned the shelling of the United Nations school in Gaza, saying "We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in UN designated shelters in Gaza."

** Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on the UN school in Gaza as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas. "Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children," Ban said on his arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica. "I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms."

** Yesterday the security cabinet directed the IDF to continue to hit Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and to complete the job of neutralizing the terror tunnels. According to a senior official, speaking after a four-hour security cabinet meeting, the IDF operation has led to “significant achievements on the ground” and is hitting at the “strategic apparatus” that Hamas has invested in for years.

** Yesterday Israel announced a temporary humanitarian ceasefire between 15:00-19:00. A few minutes after the ceasefire began Hamas fired rockets at the southern cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon, as well as other Israeli communities.

** OC Southern Command Major-Gen. Sami Turgeman said last night that regarding the destruction of Hamas's terror tunnels, the IDF's "mission will be completed within a number of days."

** CNN reported that the USA has agreed to an Israeli request for several types of ammunition as the ground battle in Gaza is entering its third week. According to CNN, the items being bought are 120mm mortar rounds and 40mm ammunition for grenade launchers. Those will come from a stockpile the United States keeps in Israel, which is worth more than $1 billion, officials said.

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Thank you for the regular updates Dean. :smt023

Israeli Justice Minister Tsipi Livni - always makes a good impression!

Bolivia .... :roll:

The Obama White House .... :roll:

Ammo stockpile which "the US keeps in Israel" worth $1 billion .... :D . I hope the US military pays storage fees - business is business!

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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Friday 1 August 2014, 14h00

Breaking news: Second Lt. Hadar Goldin kidnapped by Hamas during ceasefire
** Just after midnight this morning, a spokesman for Hamas said the organization agreed to the three day humanitarian cease-fire beginning the later and that all the Palestinian factions were in agreement on the matter.

** During the cease-fire, Kerry said Israel would be able to continue its defence operations to destroy tunnels behind its territorial lines. The Palestinians will be able to receive food, medicine and humanitarian assistance, bury their dead, treat the wounded and travel to their homes. The time also will be used to make repairs to water and energy systems.

** At 08h00 today the US / UN-brokered 72-hour cease-fire came into effect. Some two hours afterwards, mortar shells fired from within the Strip landed near border-region town, and shortly thereafter Palestinian sources reported that several Gaza residents were killed and wounded by IDF artillery fire directed at the southern Gaza Strip.. Around the same time, a Code Red siren was heard in Eshkol Regional Council. One rocket reportedly landed in an open area.

** A total of 15 rockets and mortar shells were fired into Israel since the cease-fire took effect at 08h00,according to Israel Radio. Seven rockets were successfully intercepted by Iron Dome. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said, “"Hamas violated the humanitarian ceasefire which began this morning by firing rockets at Israel from Gaza.”

** As far as Israel is concerned, the cease-fire agreement with Hamas is now annulled.

** If there are talks in Cairo between the Israeli and the Palestinian delegations, a senior State Department official says, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't allowed to discuss the issue publicly by name, Egypt would be the go-between. The Palestinian delegation is expected to include members of Hamas, which the US and Israel consider a terrorist organization and cannot be negotiated with directly. So if the Israelis and Palestinians meet face to face, the Hamas members will not participate in those talks

** IDF is preparing for violent protests in the West Bank today, the first Friday since the ending of the month of Ramadan. Heavy police presence is being felt in Jerusalem.

** Israel will be required under international law to take responsibility for helping Palestinian civilians if there are any further large-scale displacements from the fighting in Gaza, UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl told the United Nations Security Council.

** On Thursday hundreds of riot police in Paris deployed near the Israeli Embassy for the first major pro-Israel rally since the start of the latest Gaza war. Several thousand people turned out for the rally, waving signs with slogans like "Gaza hostage of Hamas" and "We protest for peace."

** A member of the Islamist terror militia Hamas taken captive during the current violence in Gaza has revealed to his Israeli interrogators that he and some of his comrades had trained in Malaysia to carry out cross-border raids into Israel using a powered parachute. He also revealed tactics they'd trained on to oppose Israeli ground forces including using Red Cross buildings as sniper posts, kidnapping IDF soldiers and ambush tactics.

** The US Senate passed a resolution this week accusing the UN Human Rights Council of hypocrisy for passing a resolution of its own recently which accused Israel of war crimes in the current round of hostilities with Hamas but failed to even mention the Islamist terror militia which rules the Strip and initiated hostilities in the first place.

** Three suspects were arrested on Wednesday in the case of a mob attack against two Arab men the previous Friday evening in Jerusalem. During that attack, two Arab men were beaten unconscious in the capital's Neveh Ya'acov neighborhood. Police said they expect more arrests to be made in the case in coming days.

** In a CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) interview (30 July) with John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN official admits that Hamas and other terrorist organizations fire rockets from the vicinity of UN schools and other facilities in the Gaza Strip, as well as from residential areas. After being asked about human shields and whether Hamas or Islamic Jihad are launching rockets near shelters, including UN schools, John Ging replies in the affirmative: "Yes, the armed groups are firing their rockets into Israel from the vicinity of UN facilities and residential areas. Absolutely."

** There are 1,725 words in the latest resolution released by the UN Human Rights Council, which cynically chastises Israel for so-called “human rights violations” in Gaza. Nowhere among those 1,725 words is the name of the terror organization responsible for every civilian death and every human rights violation in both Israel and Gaza: Hamas.

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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Monday 4 August 2014, 13h00

** Early this morning, Hamas said it would not hold its fire during the seven-hour halt that Israel declared will go into effect Monday morning in the Gaza Strip. A spokesperson for the Islamist organization told the group's "Al-Aqsa" television network that the seven-hour cease-fire announced by the Israeli coordinator for government activities in the territories "was meant to divert world attention from the massacres committed by the occupation."

** At the same time, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned "recent upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, particularly in Europe, in connection with protests concerning the escalation of violence in Gaza." The official statement stresses conflict "must not constitute a pretext for prejudice that could affect social peace and harmony anywhere," adding that it must be solved through a cease-fire followed by negotiations.

** Prime Minister Netanyahu said late Sunday that the IDF will continue to operate “as long as necessary and until all the objectives of the operation are met. “

** If Israel destroys Hamas, a UN mandate controlling Gaza could be a serious option, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman at Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee meeting,

** A seven-hour humanitarian cease-fire declared unilaterally by Israel went into effect at 10 a.m. Hamas said it would not hold its fire as Israel halted fighting in most of the Gaza Strip to allow for the entry of humanitarian aid and for displaced Palestinians to return to their homes.

** Palestinians accused Israel of breaking this cease-fire by bombing a house in a refugee camp in Gaza City, immediately after a seven-hour halt in fighting went into effect at 10 a.m., under which Israel unilaterally agreed to hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip. An IDF spokeswoman said she was checking the report. The attack left an eight-year-old girl dead and 29 others wounded.

** The security cabinet has decided that Israel will no longer attempt to reach a cease-fire agreement through negotiations with Hamas and the Palestinian factions in Gaza, but is instead considering unilaterally withdrawing from the Strip and relying on restored deterrence. Knesset members on both the right and left have criticized the decision to start winding down the Gaza offensive without sealing any agreements with Hamas or the international community. Tourism Minister Uzi Landau, Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel and MK Danny Danon all attacked the decision, while Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labour) warned Netanyahu of a diplomatic collapse if the prime minister didn’t ignore his right-wing coalition partners. Herzog stated that, "The threat posed by [terror] tunnels has been diminished, but peace has not been guaranteed," adding that military gains need to be made permanent by diplomatic measures. Herzog said that if Prime Minister Netanyahu does not seize the opportunity to increase cooperation between Israel and regional Arab powers who share a common interest in resolving the conflict, a new round of violence could ensue.

** A COGAT spokesperson said 186 trucks carrying food and water, as well as humanitarian equipment have went through the Kerem Shalom Crossing into the Gaza Strip. The trucks were carrying medicine, blood transfusions, water tanks, generators for hospitals and for water pumps, and clothing. In addition, the transfer of 71,000 litres gasoline, 180,000 litres diesel fuel and 87.8 tons of gas into the Strip has been approved.

** On Sunday Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of deliberately killing Palestinian mothers and warned it would "drown in the blood it sheds", pulling foreign policy to centre stage as a presidential race enters its final week.

** UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described a deadly attack on a UN-run school on Sunday as a "moral outrage and a criminal act" and called for those responsible for the "gross violation of international humanitarian law" to be held accountable.

** The White House on Friday condemned a reported Hamas attack on Israeli soldiers in Gaza as a violation of the newly reached humanitarian ceasefire and called for the release of an abducted Israeli soldier. 'That would be a rather barbaric violation of the ceasefire agreement,' White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on CNN.

** UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned in the strongest terms the reported violation by Hamas of the mutually agreed humanitarian ceasefire which commenced on Friday. He was shocked and profoundly disappointed by these developments. The Secretary-General noted that the UN has no independent means to verify exactly what happened. According to the latest reports, two IDF soldiers were killed and one taken captive after the humanitarian ceasefire came into effect. This would constitute a grave violation of the ceasefire, and one that is likely to have very serious consequences for the people of Gaza, Israel and beyond. Such moves call into question the credibility of Hamas' assurances to the United Nations. The Secretary-General demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the captured soldier.

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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Wednesday 6 August 2014, 13h00

** An Israeli delegation is currently in Cairo to negotiate a more permanent agreement, with Egyptian mediation. A Palestinian delegation, including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, is in Cairo, as well. Officials in Gaza say more than 1,800 Palestinians were killed during the operation, most of them civilians. Sixty-four IDF soldiers and three Israeli civilians have been killed since fighting began on July 8.

** U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the BBC: "No country can live with that condition and the United States stands squarely behind Israel's right to defend itself in those circumstances. Period. What we want to do is support the Palestinians and their desire to improve their lives and to be able to open crossings and get food in and reconstruct and have greater freedom.”

** Israeli authorities said on Tuesday they had arrested a Palestinian suspected of being involved in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June. Hussam Kawasme, a 40-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested on July 11 in connection with the killing of Israelis Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah, who went missing on June 12 and were discovered dead a couple of weeks later.

** A construction worker known to security services used his tractor to ram a passenger bus in Jerusalem on Monday, running over and killing a pedestrian in the process. A police officer on the scene shot and killed the operator of the tractor, putting an end to what security officials are describing as a nationalistically motivated terrorist attack.

** A television crew from an Indian news network broadcast rare footage on Tuesday of Palestinians in Gaza preparing to launch rockets at Israel just as the cease-fire was about to go into effect. Journalists from NDTV were able to peer out the window of a hotel patronized by foreign reporters and film a group of terrorists as they were assembling and preparing a rocket to be launched at Israel.
http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protecti ... ael-370203

** During Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, 64 soldiers and three Israeli civilians were killed. The IDF called-up 82,201 reserves, and carried out strikes on 4,762 targets in Gaza. Since the beginning of the Israeli campaign, 2,648 projectiles were fired at Israel, 116 of them landed in urban areas. The Iron Dome defence interceptor missiles shot down 578 rockets. In addition, the IDF detected 119 rockets which fell short and exploded in the Strip. The IDF destroyed 32 tunnels.

** When Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu launched Operation Protective Edge some four weeks ago, he set forth two goals: restoring long-term security and quiet to Israel’s citizens, and significantly degrading Hamas’s fighting capabilities. As the campaign rolled on, two additional goals were added: destroying the terrorist tunnels, and demilitarizing Gaza. Now, as the cease-fire kicks in and there is a certain sense that this particular round may indeed be behind us, two of those goals have been met. Hamas, for all its bluster and bravado, has undoubtedly taken a beating, and its military capabilities have been significantly degraded. And, secondly, the lion’s share of the attack tunnels into Israel has been destroyed.

As far as securing long-term quiet, it will take time to determine whether the massive firepower Israel used against Hamas will deter it from firing rockets on Israel, just as it deterred Hezbollah in the eight years since the Second Lebanon War. The verdict on achieving that goal is still out.

And the final goal, demilitarizing Gaza, is a work that is just beginning, and is one of the key diplomatic fronts Netanyahu will now be fighting on.

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OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE – Update Wednesday 6 August 2014, 13h00
** A television crew from an Indian news network broadcast rare footage on Tuesday of Palestinians in Gaza preparing to launch rockets at Israel just as the cease-fire was about to go into effect. Journalists from NDTV were able to peer out the window of a hotel patronized by foreign reporters and film a group of terrorists as they were assembling and preparing a rocket to be launched at Israel.

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protecti ... ael-370203

For the doubters and the do-gooders and those who want to softly-softly when it comes to terrorists, watch the video. Some irrefutable evidence of how Hamas conducts their dirty business.


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