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How do Israelis cope?
The residents of Israel face many threats along their borders. Read full story.
ISIS may target Israelis, Jews abroad, Counter-Terrorism Bureau warns
Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau released a biannual travel advisory on Monday, ahead of the High Holy Days, warning that Western Europe may become the scene of Islamic State terror attacks on Jewish and Israeli targets. Read full story
Mideast complexities confound US coalition effort
by Dan Perry, Associated Press
The Middle East has confounded outsiders for years, so it is no surprise that another U.S.-led project with a straightforward goal - destroying a marauding organization of extremists - is bumping up against age-old rivalries and a nod-and-a-wink-style political culture. Read full story
Abbas blames Hamas for prolonged battle with Israel
in The Times of Israel
PA president says conflict with Israel was avoidable; Hamas guards prevent Fatah governors from entering Gaza. Read full story
Take Away Their Guns - Then We'll Talk
by Avigdor Lieberman, Foreign Minister of Israel, in Foreign Policy
There will never be peace in the Holy Land until Hamas is totally disarmed. Read full story
Who Won the Gaza War? Not Hamas
by Neri Zilber in Politico Magazine
Hamas just spent nearly two months and more than 2,000 Palestinian lives fighting for three more nautical miles of fishing waters and 200 meters of additional border land. Hamas leaders may declare for the cameras that they achieved a great victory over Israel, but the details of the agreement – and what it augurs for the possible future of Gaza – should worry them. Read full story
Club Med for Terrorists
by Ron Proser, Israel's ambassador to the UN, in The New York Times
Only a few nations still stand by Hamas. Among the most prominent is the tiny Persian Gulf emirate Qatar. In recent years, the sheikhs of Doha, Qatar's capital, have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Gaza. Every one of Hamas's tunnels and rockets might as well have had a sign that read "Made possible through a kind donation from the emir of Qatar." Read full story
Amb. Power: UNHRC “Incapable of Engaging Constructively on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”
in The Times of Israel
The Times of Israel reported today that the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, questioned the impartiality of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) when it deals with Israel. Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, criticizes the world body's panel created to investigate the recent conflict in Gaza. Read full story
The Aftermath of the Hamas-Israel War
by Yossi Klein Halevi in The New Republic
Israelis know that the IDF does not deliberately kill civilians. We know this because we are the IDF—because our sons, our neighbors’ sons, have been fighting in Gaza. We know that dead Palestinian civilians serve the interests only of Hamas, not Israel, whose military operations in the past were either curtailed or halted altogether by an errant shell that exploded in a classroom or a refugee shelter. We know that mistakes happen in war because, unlike many of Israel’s critics in the West, Israelis know war. We know that houses in Gaza were booby-trapped, that schools and mosques concealed arms caches and entrances to tunnels and were repeatedly used as launching pads for rockets.
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Israel Wants Detroit Partnership
by Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle (metro Detroit's African American weekly newspaper)
Israel’s top diplomat to the Midwest came to dinner to sell Israel as a product any nation or community would want to seek partnership with as part of his mission in establishing links and building new bridges. I came to dinner to advocate for Detroit as a place that is on the rebound with much untapped potential and a city that Israel should seriously consider establishing a meaningful relationship with in the form of a memorandum of understanding to promote trade and educational opportunities among other things between the two jurisdictions. Read full story
A letter to President Obama:
Published in The Jerusalem Post
Mr. President, Hamas must be stopped. For this to happen, the UN Human Rights Council must be stopped first. Someone has to stand up and tell the world the truth. That someone, Mr. President, ought to be you. Only you.
Because you are the only one they’ll believe. Read full story
Act now to defend Israel
Talk with your friends, neighbors and coworkers about the terror attacks on Israel and why it is responding as it is.
Keep these talking points in mind:
- Since Monday, July 7, Hamas terrorists in Gaza have indiscriminately fired several hundred rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israeli cities, targeting civilian populations in cities as far away as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
- Israel’s response, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and terrorist tunnels, is intended to defend the security of its citizens by preventing these attacks.
- Israel goes to the greatest lengths to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties, but that is hard to do when Hamas puts its rocket launchers in or next to hospitals, schools and mosques.
- Before it attacks terror sites, it actually warns civilians to get clear of them. But Hamas puts its own people at risk, hiding among them and even using them as human shields.
- Israel’s actions in self-defense are completely understandable. Americans would demand the same from our government if missiles were falling on vulnerable U.S. population centers, such as across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario to Detroit.
- In 2014 thus far, Hamas and its terrorist partners in Gaza have fired more than 2,000 rockets at Israel. Millions of Israelis are being forced into bomb shelters, schools are closed, business is curtailed and public activities are canceled.
- In addition to countering rocket and mortar-fire from Gaza, Israel is also threatened by cross-border incursions from Hamas, including recently stopping an armed group that sought to infiltrate Israel from the sea.
- White House Spokesman Josh Earnest expressed concern, "We strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire inside of Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations in Gaza. No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel's right to defend itself against these vicious attacks." Similarly, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned “the recent rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza.” He went on to say, “These indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas must stop.”
- The United States, along with the European Union, has designated Hamas a terrorist organization fueled by an extremist ideology and openly seeking the destruction of Israel.
- The increased sophistication and range of Hamas rockets is due to continued attempts by the Iranian regime to smuggle weapons to Hamas.
The only long term solution to this conflict is a negotiated, two-state solution that will allow Israel to live side-by-side in peace and security alongside an independent nation state of Palestine.