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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Arlene Kushner on the Pressure on Israel for a Ceasefire -- And Why It's a Bad Idea

From Arlene Kushner:
July 30, 2014

Struggle All the Way

Let me begin with a video of something I described last night from the Shloshim ceremonies at the Great Synagogue.  This is Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, Chief Cantor of the IDF, singing with choir in prayer for the soldiers of the IDF:



For strength.  (And with thanks to Linda O.)

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I have joked about how I would have to put a posting out every two hours, in order to keep my readers abreast of events.  But, in truth, it is no joke.  At best, in a communication such as this one, I can only summarize. And so I ask, please, that you excuse any accidental omissions of significance.

A Timeline Of Hamas Ceasefire Violations

Israel's Operation Protective Edge is being carried out in Gaza in self-defense against the attacks of  Hamas. In clear violation of international law, Hamas -- as well as the other terrorist organizations in Gaza -- have fired thousands of rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians. In addition, Hamas has dug terror tunnels from Gaza into Israeli territory in order to carry out terror attacks against Israelis.

During this time, while Israel has respected numerous ceasefires for the benefit of the residents of Gaza, Hamas has violated all the ceasefires. Hamas even violated a humanitarian ceasefire that they themselves initiated.

In addition, Hamas also violated the July 15 ceasefire that was initiated by Egypt and supported by most of the international community, including the Arab League -- and accepted by Israel. If Hamas had respected this ceasefire, Israel's ground operation would not have begun and much loss of life on both sides would have been avoided.



Here is a timeline of Hamas ceasefire violations:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Efraim Inbar: No Economic Aid to Hamas-Ruled Gaza

The following by Efraim Inbar is reposted here with permission of the Middle East Forum

No Economic Aid to Hamas-Ruled Gaza

by Efraim Inbar
BESA Center Perspectives
July 29, 2014
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The developing international consensus to offer Gaza economic aid in exchange for a ceasefire is a moral and strategic mistake. As long as Hamas rules Gaza, funds sent to Gaza are likely to be used for aggression against Israel and the personal use of Hamas leaders. The world should not be rewarding the most extreme Palestinians for violence and terror.

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With terror tunnels costing $3 million apiece and all the concrete it can put its hands on, Hamas has neglected providing for the needs of the people in Gaza.
The developing international consensus to offer Gaza an economic package in order to convince Hamas to agree to a ceasefire is immoral and a strategic folly. It is also unlikely to be effective.

One of the main reasons for Hamas harassing several million Israelis by launching thousands of rockets and sending terrorists into Israel by tunnels, apart from the desire to kill Jews, is to rock the boat in order to get out of its dire economic conditions. Getting paid for stopping to shoot at Israeli civilians looks like the "protection money" collected by the Mafia.

The morality of pouring money into Gaza so that their civilians can live better remains questionable for as long as Hamas does not stop its terrorism against Israel. Unfortunately, establishing a clear connection between economic aid and political compliance is not on the agenda of the "peacemakers".

Monday, July 28, 2014

Arlene Kushner on the Damage Obama and Kerry Are Doing To Israel

From Arlene Kushner:
July 28, 2014

How It Is

A true story told last week by Col. Richard Kemp: He was given the opportunity to meet with several of our soldiers, and in one special instance met with a pilot in our air force. This pilot had had 17 missions aborted because civilians were spotted.  “You must be very frustrated,” said Col. Kemp, “going out on missions and being called back so many times.”

“Oh, no, sir” replied the pilot.  “I was glad.  I wouldn’t want it on my conscience that I had killed innocent people.”

Col. Kemp calls our army the most moral in the world.

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It seems as if we stand alone among the nations of the world.  Yes! there are individual people – very good people - with us. Some of them write to me.  Yet we face situations that are not just severely unacceptable, but unbelievable.

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