Reporter changes mind on Hamas after rocket fired right next to him

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This is from Steve

This reporter discovered the truth about Hamas and was shocked.

For all of you pro Hamas crowd go to Gaza and learn the truth and drop the propaganda..



The media coverage of the war in Gaza has been what we might charitably call a bit “one-sided”: typically Palestinians are seen as the victims, and Israel as the evil aggressors, blasting innocent children in UN schools for no reason.

But nothing cuts through a reporter’s narrative on Hamas like a rocket fired right over his head.

French reporter Gallagher Fenwick was reporting live in Gaza on the “humanitarian crisis” when Hamas fired a rocket right next to his position, live on TV.

In a densely populated civilian area. Near a UN building.

Like Israel said they do.

After the incident, Fenwick is now reporting the truth about Hamas’ war tactics:




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This is from World Net Daily.

Thomas Sowell is spot on with his observations

Poor old Geraldo Rivera is trying to get fifteen more minutes of fame.

It has been rough for Geraldo after opening Al Capone’s vault.


Thomas Sowell defends Matt Drudge in face of Geraldo’s barbs.


Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era.

Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of the talking points against Israel is that far more Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli military attacks than the number of Israeli civilians killed by the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel that started this latest military conflict


Are these protesters aware that vastly more German civilians were killed by American bombers attacking Nazi Germany during World War II than American civilians killed in the United States by Hitler’s forces?

Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera says that there is no way Israel is winning the battle for world opinion. But Israel is trying to win the battle for survival, while surrounded by enemies. Might that not be more important?

Has any other country, in any other war, been expected to keep the enemy’s civilian casualties no higher than its own civilian casualties? The idea that Israel should do so did not originate among the masses but among the educated intelligentsia.

In an age when scientists are creating artificial intelligence, too many of our educational institutions seem to be creating artificial stupidity.

It is much the same story in our domestic controversies. We have gotten so intimidated by political correctness that our major media outlets dare not call people who immigrate to this country illegally “illegal immigrants.”

Geraldo Rivera has denounced the Drudge Report for carrying news stories that show some of the negative consequences and dangers from allowing vast numbers of youngsters to enter the country illegally and be spread across the country by the Obama administration.

Some of these youngsters are already known to be carrying lice and suffering from disease. Since there have been no thorough medical examinations of most of them, we have no way of knowing whether, or how many, are carrying deadly diseases that will spread to American children when these unexamined young immigrants enter schools across the country.

The attack against Matt Drudge has been in the classic tradition of demagogues. It turns questions of fact into questions of motive. Geraldo accuses Drudge of trying to start a “civil war.”

Back when masses of immigrants from Europe were entering this country, those with dangerous diseases were turned back from Ellis Island. Nobody thought they had a legal or a moral “right” to be in America or that it was mean or racist not to want our children to catch their diseases.

Even on the less contentious issue of minimum wage laws, there are the same unthinking reactions.

Although liberals are usually gung ho for increasing the minimum wage, there was a sympathetic front-page story in the July 29 San Francisco Chronicle about the plight of a local nonprofit organization that will not be able to serve as many low-income minority youths if it has to pay a higher minimum wage. They are seeking some kind of exemption.

Does it not occur to these people that the very same thing happens when a minimum wage increase applies to profit-based employers? They, too, tend to hire fewer inexperienced young people when there is a minimum wage law.

This is not breaking news. This is what has been happening for generations in the United States and in other countries around the world.

One of the few countries without a minimum wage law is Switzerland, where the unemployment rate has been consistently less than 4 percent for years. Back in 2003, The Economist magazine reported that “Switzerland’s unemployment neared a five-year high of 3.9 percent in February.” The most recent issue shows the Swiss unemployment rate back to a more normal 3.2 percent.

Does anyone think that having minimum wage laws and high youth unemployment is better? In fact, does anyone think at all these days?

IDF: Hamas used ceasefire to kidnap soldier; ceasefire over

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This is from YNet

It is time for the Israeli Defense Force to go into Gaza and take out the Hamas trash.


Two killed in incident in which Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin was kidnapped; IDF source: Suicide bomber attacks forces working to clear tunnels; Hamas: Attack took place before ceasefire – event still ongoing.


An IDF soldier was kidnapped by Gaza terrorists, the IDF said Friday, with a senior official blaming Hamas for using the ceasefire to take the soldier hostage. Two other soldiers were killed in the incident.

It was cleared for publication that Givati Battalion Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin (23) from Kfar Saba was missing and feared to have been abducted Friday morning during clashes in the Gaza Strip near Rafah.


Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin
Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin


According to an announcement by the IDF, at 9:30 am Friday, terrorists opened fire at IDF forces in southern Gaza. Initial information from the scene indicated that there is a chance that an IDF soldiers was kidnapped during the incident.

The event is still ongoing, the IDF said, and forces are working with military intelligence to find the soldier.


IDF at home Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin  (Photo: Ido Erez)
IDF at home Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin (Photo: Ido Erez)


“(Israeli) forces operating to decommission an (infiltration) tunnel were attacked. Initial indications are that a soldier has been abducted by terrorists during the operation,” the spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said in a conference call with journalists.

Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook said Friday that Israel had officially informed the UN that an IDF soldier may be missing in the Gaza Strip in the area of Rafah.

According to Abu Marzook, “The UN informed Egypt because they are the broker (of ceasefire efforts).”

Speaking with Ynet, a senior IDF source said that the possible kidnapping of an IDF soldier was carried out in a skirmish near a smuggling tunnel and was aided by a suicide bomber. According to him, a terrorists appeared while forces were searching for tunnels, one of them then blew himself up, during which time others kidnapped the solider.

“I can confirm that at 9:30 Hamas broke the ceasefire and that there is a growing fear that a soldier has been kidnapped,” a senior IDF source told Ynet, adding the incident took place while forces were searching for tunnels, a right Israel maintained as part of the ceasefire agreement.

“His family has been informed and massive clashes are still underway. Numerous terrorists have been killed.”

The lull was seemingly first broken by terror factions in Gaza who fired a mortar at Israel at roughly 10 am Friday morning. The mortar, which was followed by another shortly after, failed to land in Israel, falling in Gaza territory. Meanwhile, massive clashes and fire were reported from Gaza which left at least 40 dead.

End of ceasefire

The IDF also said on Friday that a Gaza ceasefire that went into effect earlier on Friday is now over and military operations were in progress on the ground.

Asked during a media conference call if the ceasefire was over, Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said: “Yes. We are continuing our activities on the ground.”

His comments followed reports that 40 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli shelling and Israel had accused Gaza militants of violating the US- and UN-brokered truce by firing rockets and mortars.

An official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip had “flagrantly violated the ceasefire”. But the official did say whether or not he was referring to the 10am mortar fire. It now seems the reason was the alleged kidnapping.

Tunnels have been at the heart of Israel’s Gaza offensive, and were one of the central stumbling blocks to a ceasefire, with Israel demanding forces remain in Gaza to take out the tunnel system which threatens Israel’s southern communities and army bases.

Under the ceasefire, troops on the ground in Gaza were to continue to destroy tunnels along the heavily guarded frontier, but only those that are behind Israeli defensive lines and lead into Israel.

The IDF claim that Hamas broke the ceasefire after attacking soldiers working on the tunnels, as stipulated by the agreement, while Hamas says the attack took place before the ceasefire came into place.

Though the ceasefire deal allows forces to remain on the ground it was far from certain Hamas accepted they would be allowed to use explosives to demolish the tunnels, thus explaining the mutual accusations regarding the breach in the ceasefire.

At least four short humanitarian cease-fires have been announced since the conflict began, but each has been broken within a few hours by renewed fighting. Friday’s temporary cease-fire was the longest to be announced thus far.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid said Thursday that Operation Protective Edge will continue until the last tunnel connecting Gaza to Israel will be destroyed.

Similar comments were made earlier by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who said “We have neutralized dozens of terror tunnels and we are committed to complete this mission, with or without a cease-fire.

As the extent of the tunnel warren and the lethal threat it poses became known, accusations were leveled against the government and military, which warned about the phenomenon years ago but apparently did not prepare adequate counter-measures.


LOVELY: Hamas Rockets Found Hidden in UN School in Gaza


This is from Clash Daily.

This is one more reason to toss the United Nations out of America.




About 20 rockets suspected of being stashed by Islamist terrorists in Gaza were discovered inside of a United Nations-run school located in the Gaza Strip, according to Middle Eastern news reports.

The facility is run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which admitted in a press statement that the rockets, suspected of belonging to Hamas, were discovered during a routine building inspection.

The UNRWA officials in Gaza claim the school was vacant at the time of the shocking discovery of the rockets, but it’s not known how long they were being illegally stored in the school. UNRWA officials stated to reporters that it is investigating the incident and they condemn those responsible for using a school filled with children as an arsenal for its weapons “This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” said UNRWA.

This discovery of suspected terrorists’ weapons is the first time a United Nations relief facility was used to store a cache of deadly weapons. They also noted that storing the weapons therein made the school children and staff targets for Israeli military forces.

Groups such as Hamas are often discovered to use women and children as shields and they have hidden their weapons caches in schools, mosques, and even private homes of non-Islamist Palestinians.

According to the organization United Nations Watch, Israel has never been a favored nation by those in charge of UN programs and the majority of its member nations. On the organization’s web site it states:

The countless anti-Israel resolutions and related debates consume an astonishing proportion of the UN community’s precious resources. This year, during the 61th Session of the General Assembly (2006-2007), the time spent by ambassadors on enacting the 22nd anti-Israel resolution of the year was time not spent on passing a single resolution on Sudan’s genocide in Darfur. Diplomats at foreign ministries or UN missions have a limited amount of time to devote to any particular UN session. Because every proposed UN resolution is subjected to intensive review by various levels and branches of government, a direct result of the anti-Israel texts is a crippling of the UN’s ability to tackle the world’s ills.

Jikourim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He’s formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for, a columnist for, and a contributor to KGAB radio news, a Fox News affiliate

Israel PM threatens to teach Hamas a lesson ‘very soon’

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This is from Yahoo News.

The author of this article is totally ignorant of the character of

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Netanyahu does not make threats he makes matter of fact promises.

Prime Minister Netanyahu will teach Hamas a very hard lesson.

That lesson will be don’t piss Israel off.


Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Tuesday to teach Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement a lesson “very soon” following a surge in militant rocket attacks on the Jewish state.

“We have a very clear policy. We prevent terror attacks when we identify them in the making, and we respond forcefully against whoever hurts us,” Netanyahu told reporters at a press conference with visiting Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.

“This policy produced a quiet year in 2013, which was the quietest in many years. If Hamas and the terror organisations have forgotten this lesson, they will learn it again powerfully very soon.”

His warning was issued shortly after Hamas said it had deployed forces in Gaza to “preserve the truce” following an uptick of rocket fire on Israel.

Over the past month, tensions have risen in and around Gaza after more than a year of relative calm following a major Israeli confrontation with Hamas in November 2012.

Since December 20, four Palestinians and an Israeli have been killed in violence in and around Gaza, with militant rocket fire sparking retaliatory air strikes by Israel.

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Army figures show eight rockets have struck Israeli territory since January 1, and another five were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, sparking fears that a new confrontation with Gaza militants is looming.

Netanyahu has warned that Israel would not allow the intermittent rocket fire to turn into a deluge.

“Security requires constant maintenance which means we don’t accept what I call the ‘drip irrigation’ of rockets without a response – that is not the policy of this government,” he told foreign reporters in an address on January 16.

“My government’s policy is to respond so we don’t let the drizzle of rocket accumulate into rain, which then develops into a storm. We act.”

Earlier, Hamas confirmed its security forces had fanned out along the frontier to put a halt to firing by various militant groups.

“National security forces have been deployed in order to preserve the truce,” Hamas interior ministry spokesman Islam Shawan told AFP, referring to an Egyptian-brokered deal which ended the last major confrontation with Israel.

Militants fired at least one rocket at southern Israel late on Monday which caused neither casualties nor damage.

Another rocket at the weekend prompted an air strike on Gaza City on Sunday, which wounded two Palestinians, one critically. The military said it had targeted a senior Islamic Jihad militant who was behind much of the rocket fire.


This Situation’s Misunderstood – And The Media’s Not Helping Things

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This is from CNSNews.

The media will  always try to show Israel the aggressor.

In truth Hamas is the aggressor.

Israel is constantly under attack by Hamas from Gaza.

But the media does not portray it that way.


If you’ve never been to Israel it’s hard to imagine just how small it is. It’s just a sliver of land about the size of New Jersey bordered on one side by the Mediterranean Sea and on the other sides by enemies. It’s like living with a pack of wolves surrounding your house just waiting for an open door or window to jump through and tear out your throat.

Yet this tiny nation beset from within by extremely different political persuasions and from without by rocket attacks, suicide bombers and armies of Islamic zealots is criticized and ostracized by the nations of the world and the target of millenniums-old vendettas and a dishonest, hostile world media stands proudly fertile, progressive and strong, as an example of what could be accomplished by their neighbors if they could only put their hate and swords away and concentrate on the welfare of their state and it’s people.

We hear so much about a Palestinian homeland and Israel’s enemies try to make it appear that the Israelis are the only things standing in the way. The truth of the matter is that there are thousands of square miles of unused land in the Middle East for a Palestinian homeland, but the sad truth is that nobody wants them, not their Arabic brothers and sisters or the Persians who use them for suicide bombers and cannon fodder.

The problem is that the only homeland the Palestinians want is the one that God deeded to the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob forever. It was not a lease, but a gift sealed by the promise of the Creator, and anyone else who lays claim to the land is an interloper and does so at the displeasure of Jehovah who told Abraham that anyone who cursed him would be cursed by God.

If you watch the networks in the U.S. or the BBC or CNN International around the world, they will try to convince you that Israel is the instigator, on the offensive, firing missiles into populated areas and schools in the Gaza Strip. They’ll show you pictures of a bloody child and bombed out houses in an effort to convince you that Israel is the aggressor, even if some of the photos being passed off as Palestinian casualties are from recent Syrian internal violence.

They basically ignore the bloody children and bomb-damaged buildings on the Israeli side of the border and omit the fact that rockets had been raining down on Israel for months before they began a major retaliation.

To put the situation into perspective, imagine that somebody in the adjacent county was lobbing rockets into your backyard and your children’s schoolyard. Just how many of these attacks would you tolerate before you started shooting back to protect your family?

In a nutshell that’s what’s happening in Israel, and what has been happening and nobody in the world has the right to prevent them from protecting themselves.

The rockets from the Gaza Strip fall indiscriminately with no warning and no regard for innocent life. The Israelis drop leaflets warning the civilians in Gaza to vacate areas where they are going to bomb and passionately try to protect innocents and prevent collateral damage while the other side neither tries nor cares.

There’s a lot about the state of Israel people don’t realize. For instance, there is an immense Arab population living and working with the Jews, and the most holy place in Israel, the Temple Mount, has a mosque and a shrine to Mohammed on top.

Jerusalem is truly an international city and practically every major religion known to man has a presence there.

The Jews supply water, electricity, food and medicine in the Gaza Strip and just want to live in peace with their neighbors.

I can’t figure the anti-Semitic tilt in most of the world’s media, but it’s there and evident in editorial policies. So, when you digest news about Israel, do so with several large grains of salt and remember: there will be wars and rumors of wars.  Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies and the military might of the world will gather in the Jezreel Valley below Har Megiddo. And, though the world may stand against it, there will be Israel; that’s a fact.

It’s in the book.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our country and for the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels


Netanyahu ready for ‘whatever action’ is needed in Gaza, as Clinton arrives for talks

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This is from Fox News Politics.

 Israel needs to drive Hamas out of the Gaza Strip.

Then Israel needs to wipe out Hamas from Gaza.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while affirming his support for diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire in Gaza, underscored that Israel would take “whatever actions” are necessary to defend itself.

Netanyahu made a brief statement beside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had flown to the Mideast on Tuesday to help advance diplomatic talks intended to avert an escalation of the weeklong conflict with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Clinton said the United States is pushing for a “durable outcome” promoting stability, but the cease-fire talks brokered by Egypt had failed to yield a truce as of late Tuesday, with Hamas reportedly saying an agreement won’t come any earlier than Wednesday.

Earlier Tuesday, a senior Hamas official had told the AP that a truce agreement was within reach, while Reuters quoted an Israeli spokesman who said that while a cease-fire wasn’t finalized, the “ball is still in play.”

Reuters later quoted a Hamas official saying they “must wait until tomorrow,” blaming Israel’s failure to respond to proposals.

Efforts to end a week-old convulsion of Israeli-Palestinian violence drew in the world’s top diplomats on Tuesday, with President Obama dispatching Clinton to the region on an emergency mission and the U.N. chief appealing from Cairo for an immediate cease-fire.

“The goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike,” Clinton said after meeting with Netanyahu.

Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers have staked tough, hard-to-bridge positions, and the gaps keep alive the threat of an Israeli ground invasion. On Tuesday, grieving Gazans were burying militants and civilians killed in ongoing Israeli airstrikes, and barrages of rockets from Gaza sent terrified Israelis scurrying to take cover.

Meanwhile, Israel reported its first military causality in the conflict after a rocket strike.

Reuters reported that Palestinian gunmen rode motorcycles and dragged the body of a man suspected of working for Israel.

There is broad consensus among Palestinians that informers for Israel deserve harsh punishment, and it is rare to hear someone speak out against killings of alleged collaborators. Such public killings been carried out in the West Bank and Gaza since the first uprising against Israeli occupation in the late 1980s.

From Egypt, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said he came to the region because of the “alarming situation.”

“This must stop, immediate steps are needed to avoid further escalation, including a ground operation,” Ban said. “Both sides must hold fire immediately … Further escalation of the situation could put the entire region at risk.”

The U.S. considers Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide and other attacks, to be a terror group and does not meet with its officials. The Obama administration blames Hamas for the latest eruption of violence and says Israel has the right to defend itself. At the same time, it has warned against a ground invasion, saying it could send casualties spiraling.

The conflict erupted last week, when a resurgence in rocket fire from Gaza provoked Israel to strike back, killing Hamas’ military chief in an air attack and carrying out hundreds of assaults on militants’ underground rocket launchers and weapons stores.

The onslaught abruptly turned deadlier over the weekend as aircraft were ordered to go after Hamas military commanders and buildings suspected of housing their commands and weapons caches. In the narrow alleys and warrens of crowded Gaza, where militants often operate from residential areas, civilian casualties mounted.

By Tuesday, civilians accounted for 54 of the 113 Palestinians killed since the operation began. Some 840 people have been wounded, including 225 children, Gaza health officials said.

Early Tuesday, Israeli aircraft targeted another Hamas symbol of power, battering the headquarters of the bank senior Hamas officials set up to sidestep international sanctions on the militant group’s rule. After Hamas violently overran Gaza in June 2007, foreign lenders stopped doing business with the militant-led Gaza government, afraid of running afoul of international terror financing laws.

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Media: Targeting Jews Is A-OK!

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This is from Clash Daily.

I think Joseph Goebbels is working in the lame stream media.

We are blessed to have the new media.

The truth will always come to light.

When new in the media and you want to belong.
Just blame the Jews and you can’t go wrong.

And so it continues … the Mainstream Media (MSM) ignores the targeting of innocent Israeli men, women and children by the terror group posing as a political party with a “military’“ wing. The Muslim terror group Hamas (the child of the Muslim Brotherhood) has upped their rocket barrage upon Jewish civilians, now targeting and reaching Jerusalem … for the first time in two decades. But sadly, some things never change … the MSM intentionally ignores the terror attacks upon Israelis and instead … focuses and reports solely upon Israel’s defensive reaction to the attacks.

If not for alternative media outlets … all the world would believe that a big, bad Israel was picking on poor little innocent “Palestinians“. That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the lopsided MSM coverage.

Now, I’m not a conspiratorialist, but … there is a conversation going on…

The MSM appears to work in almost a concerted effort to hide the truth about what actually happens in Israel concerning the daily, yes that’s right DAILY, terror attacks and murder attempts upon Israelis. And instead focuses upon the IDF’s defensive acts, which are extremely circumspect concerning collateral damage. They telephone civilians and drop leaflets … all to warn “Palestinian” civilians about their intended operation.

When you falsely report that Israel is firing upon Gaza…and that “Palestinians” were killed … not specifying that those killed were terrorists responsible for targeting and killing innocent Jews, you are giving the impression to your listeners/readers that Israelis are murdering innocent “Palestinians” and therefore an attack upon them is no big whoop.

Or: Targeting Jews is A-OK!

Is the MSM aware of this? Um … Yuppers!

If they had a single cell of integrity in their bodies, they would cease and desist. But I guess we’ll see that when Porky takes wing…

Does this make them as bad as terrorists? Well, they work as an unofficial PR firm for the terrorists, which aids and abets terrorist activities and they defend terrorist actions upon innocent Jews, by perpetuating falsehoods. I think we have a WINNER!!

So the next time you hear a report about an Israeli attack … without a doubt, you can be sure: They are NOT the terrorists, but rather they are defending the innocent … Jews and Arabs … from terror.

Shalom through strength…

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Miraculous Recovery by Injured Gaza Man?

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This is from Israeli International News.

It seems the media Antisemitism is showing.

The media is way to will to accept the fact Palestinians are victims.

The media is willing to say the Israelis are murdering brutes.

When the exact opposite is true Israel is not the problem.


Barely one day into the fighting in Hamas-run Gaza, the locals are hard at work playing the victim for the world’s press.

Footage from the BBC captured by watchdog group Honest Reporting shows a heavy man lying on the ground and being carried away by residents, apparently after being injured by an Israeli attack.

Moments later, that same man again fills the frame, except he is walking about and obviously unhurt.

The widespread staging of such victim situations is a favored tactic of Arabs fighting Israel and has come to be known as “Pallywood.” Because Israel is stronger militarily, the Arabs cling to the underdog image of poor refugees under occupation and siege by evil Israelis, thus eliciting sympathy.

More deaths reported as Israeli military, Gaza militants trade fire

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This is from Fox News.

It is time for Israel to move in a clean Hamas out of the Gaza Strip.

It is time for Israel to take back possession of Gaza.

Hamas needs wiped out like the vermin they are.


JERUSALEM –  Gaza militants, reeling from an Israeli military operation, killed three Israelis on Thursday in a rocket attack that is likely to exact a harsh retaliation by Israel.

The casualties were the first since Israel launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas’ top military commander.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said two Israeli men and a woman died after a rocket struck their four-story apartment building in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi. A 4-year-old boy was seriously wounded in and two babies lightly wounded in the strike.

Since the Israeli operation started, 11 Palestinians, including two young children and seven militants, have been killed in Gaza and more than 93 were wounded.

Israelis and Gazans both holed up in their homes Thursday in anticipation of heavy fighting on the second day of the military’s campaign.

Israeli aircraft, tanks and naval gunboats pounded the Hamas-ruled coastal strip and rocket salvoes thudded into southern Israel.

The operation, launched after days of rocket fire from the coastal territory, was Israel’s most intense attack on Gaza since its full-scale war there four years ago.

The Israeli military said the some 20 airstrikes were part of a major offensive dubbed “Operation Pillar of Defense,” according to a Reuters report.

Israeli officials said Wednesday that a ground invasion was a strong possibility in the coming days if Hamas didn’t rein in the rocket fire. Mid-morning Thursday, there was no sign such an invasion might be beginning. But the Israeli military was cleared to call up special reserve units — a sign the operation might broaden.

Gaza schools were ordered closed until the operation ends, and most of the territory’s 1.6 million people hunkered down close to home, venturing out only to buy food, fuel and other basic supplies.

Hamas announced a state of emergency in Gaza, evacuating all its security buildings and deploying its troops away from their locations.

Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets on several locations in Gaza early Thursday, warning Gazans to stay away from Hamas, other militants and their facilities.

The Israeli military said Hamas fighters and other militant factions, undeterred by the air attacks, bombarded southern Israel with more than 130 rockets after the operation began. Israel’s newly deployed Iron Dome missile defense system, developed as a response to the short-range rockets from Gaza, intercepted two dozen of them, military spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said.

Israel declared a state of emergency in the country’s south, where more than 1 million Israelis live within rocket range, instructing people to remain close to fortified areas.

People living in areas along the frontier were ordered to stay home from work, save for essential services, and shopping centers were closed. Israeli police stepped up patrols around the country, fearing Hamas could retaliate with bombing attacks far from the reaches of Gaza.

Batya Katar, a resident of Sderot, a community that has been a frequent target of rocket fire, said streets were empty there.

“People won’t be outside. The minute they assassinated the Hamas military chief we knew an offensive had begun. We were waiting for it, and it’s about time they did it. We have the right to live like other countries in the world.”

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas cut short a trip to Europe to deal with the crisis surrounding Israel’s military operation, according to Saeb Erekat, an aide to Abbas.

Erekat harshly condemned Israel’s military operation, saying the Palestinians “hold Israel fully responsible for the consequences of this act of aggression.”

The conflict has deepened the instability gripping the Middle East. Cairo recalled its ambassador in response to the military operation, which began just days after Israel was drawn into Syria’s civil war for the first time.

In a statement read on state TV late Wednesday, spokesman Yasser Ali said that President Mohammed Morsi recalled the ambassador and asked the Arab League’s Secretary General to convene an emergency ministerial meeting in the wake of the Gaza violence.

Israel and Egypt signed a peace accord in 1979. Relations, never warm, have deteriorated since longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising last year.

In the Gaza Strip, hundreds of mourners braved the Israeli attacks to bury Hamas mastermind Ahmed Jabari, waving the green Hamas flag.

Jabari was the most senior Hamas official to be killed since the last war in Gaza ended in early 2009. He has long topped Israel’s most-wanted list, blamed for a string of deadly attacks, including the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in 2006.

The Israeli military said its aircraft targeted more than 20 facilities that served as storage or launching sites for rockets. Among the weapons destroyed were rockets that could hit as far as 25 miles into Israel.

In a nationwide address Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel could no longer stand repeated attacks on its southern towns.

“If there is a need, the military is prepared to expand the operation. We will continue to do everything to protect our citizens,” Netanyahu declared late Wednesday.

For the past four years, Israel and Hamas have largely observed an informal truce. But in recent weeks, the calm has unraveled in a bout of rocket attacks from Gaza and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes. From Israel’s perspective, Hamas escalated the situation with two specific attacks in recent days: an explosion in a tunnel along the Israeli border and a missile attack on an Israeli military jeep that seriously wounded four soldiers.

Plumes of black smoke wafted into Gaza City‘s skies following at least five airstrikes there. Sirens blared as people ran in panic in the streets and militants fired angrily into the air. Hamas police cordoned off the area around a hospital where at least one body from the strike was taken. It was draped in a white sheet, with a burnt leg poking out.

Gaza Health Minister Dr. Mufeed Mkhallalati said a total of 10 people were killed, including Jabari, and 45 wounded, 10 of them in critical condition. Among the dead were three civilians, including an 11-month-old and a 6-year-old.

Hamas announced a state of emergency in the territory. It evacuated all its security buildings.

Outside the hospital where Jabari’s body was taken, Hamas official Khalil al-Haya eulogized the commander and threatened Israel.

“The battle between us and the occupation is open and it will end only with the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem,” he said.

Thousands of angry Gazans chanted “Retaliation” and “We want you to hit Tel Aviv tonight.”

Witnesses said Jabari was traveling in a vehicle in Gaza City when the car exploded. Crowds of people and security personnel rushed to the scene of the strike, trying to put out the fire that had engulfed the car and left it a charred shell. The Israeli military released a grainy, black-and-white video of the airstrike. It shows a sedan moving slowly along a road before exploding in a powerful blast that sent a large piece of the car flying into the air.

“After a couple of days on ongoing rocket attacks toward Israeli civilians, the (Israeli military) chief of staff has authorized to open an operation against terror targets in the Gaza Strip,” military spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovitch said.

She said Jabari had “a lot of blood of his hands” and that the military chief “authorized different targets” as well.

Dovish Israeli lawmaker Dov Hanin condemned the killing.

“Assassinating leaders is never the solution. In place of the leaders killed, other will grow, and we will only get another cycle of fire and blood,” he said.

President Barack Obama spoke with Netanyahu and the two men agreed Hamas needs to stop its attacks on Israel to allow tensions to ease, the White House said.

Obama spoke separately to Morsi, given Egypt’s central role in preserving regional security, the White House said. The two men agreed on the need to de-escalate the conflict as quickly as possible.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm and urged both sides to respect international humanitarian law.

On Wednesday night, the U.N. Security Council met behind closed doors to consider an Egyptian request for an emergency meeting on Israel’s military action in Gaza. The Palestinians asked the council to act to stop the operation.

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