Arab Israel conflict

The friends of Osama Hamdan

Featured image Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan appeared on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer yesterday. Blitzer grilled Hamdan about his recent recycling of the Christian blood libel against the Jews (video below). Hamdan filibusters, Obama style. Hey, he was just repeating what he’s heard. Some of his best friends. Benjamin Netanyahu. Concentration camps for Palestinans. Etc., etc., etc. While Blitzer has been congratulated for challenging Hamdan, I wonder. Hamas and its friends »

Tweeting Rick Leventhal [updated with video]

Featured image The ceasefire between Hamas and Israel is in its early hours, but I’m still firing my critique of media coverage of the war. Yesterday FOX News broadcast a report by Rick Leventhal from Gaza City regarding an IDF missile strike on a building/residence. I’m inserting the video below. Please check it out. In his report Leventhal interviewed the aggrieved occupant of the late building/residence. He had received a call on »

My Interview With the Israeli Ambassador

Featured image Last week, guest hosting the Laura Ingraham radio show, I had the privilege of interviewing Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. The interview begins at around the 12-minute point in the clip below, which covers the whole third hour on July 30 with no commercials. But the discussion before that point is on the subject of the Gaza conflict, so I would encourage you to listen to the whole »

From the Hamas combat manual

Featured image The IDF has obtained and posted an illuminating Hamas combat manual that it summarizes in relevant part as follows: IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm »

At the Rafah UNRWA school

Featured image Carl in Jerusalem writes this morning to draw attention to his Israel Matzav post on the possible return of Pallywood yesterday at the UNRWA Rafah school. Elder of Ziyon also took at look at the scene, linking to Thomas Wictor. Israel’s (alleged) attack on the UNRWA school in Rafah scored the condemnation of Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Power and the Obama administration yesterday. I don’t know what happened at the school; »

One question for Chuck Lane

Featured image Washington Post opinion writer Chuck Lane apparently concurs with David Bernstein’s 40 questions for the international media in Gaza, posted on the Volokh Conspiracy site hosted by the Post itself. The Post seems to concur that these are important questions, but advises us not to expect any answers. One question for Chuck Lane: Why? This —-> Forty questions for the international media in Gaza http://t.co/IhofcQf1lE via @washingtonpost — Charles Lane »

Why Don’t More Democrats Support Israel?

Featured image The American public has consistently supported Israel in its many battles with Islamic enemies over the years. While the numbers bounce around as poll numbers always do, I don’t think there has been much change in this basic fact. Thus, the current NBC/Wall Street Journal survey finds that as to “the current conflict in the Middle East,” 46% of registered voters say their sympathies are with the Israelis, and only »

Eyeless in Gaza: 40 questions for the media

Featured image Professor David Bernstein posts the “40 questions for the international media in Gaza” posed by Saul O. at Harry’s Place. Professor Bernstein writes for the Volokh Conspiracy, now hosted by the Washington Post. The questions posted by Bernstein are properly addressed to the Washington Post itself, as well as to the Wall Street Journal, FOX News and CNN and the rest of the American media. In the case of the »

Obama’s reckoning

Featured image In the current Hamas hostilities against Israel, we have seen Barack Obama and John Kerry join in the war on the Jewish people. Not surprising, perhaps, but sobering. Obama and Kerry are working with Israel’s enemies in Qatar and Turkey to help Hamas emerge from the conflict with its key goals fulfilled. I take its key goals to include terminating Israel’s blockade (blockade of war matériel, that is) and facilitating »

Hadar Goldin’s abduction: The Hamas timeline

Featured image The staff at PJ Media’s The Grid has documented the evolution, shall we say, of Hamas’s statements regarding the abduction of IDF officer Hadar Goldin as the supposed ceasefire was to have gone into effect yesterday morning. The headline captures the story: “Hamas boasts about its capture of IDF soldier…then backtracks four times.” Stage 1: Not only did we do it, but what’s the big deal since it was before »

Annals of the ceasefire

Featured image The supposed 72-hour ceasefire agreed to by Hamas has been breached in a major way by Hamas. As I pick up the news on Twitter, Hamas continues to fire its rockets. A Hamas suicide bomber emerged from a Rafah tunnel and blew himself up on IDF soldiers. Two IDF soldiers were killed in the attack. And IDF officer Hadar Goldin of the Givati Brigade was kidnapped this morning. His fellow »

Tweeting Conor Powell

Featured image Hamas carefully manages civilian casualty statistics in Gaza as a tool of war. It embeds its men and materiel among civilian facilities such as hospitals, mosques and UN schools. When Israel targets weapons depots and sources of fire, these facilities may be targeted with resulting casualties. Yet Hamas itself frequently turns out to be the direct cause of the civilian casualties, as in the case of Jihad Masharawi in 2012 »

Tweeting Jake Tapper

Featured image We think more highly of Jake Tapper than we do of the standard cable talking head, and I follow him on Twitter, but his take on the current Hamas-Israel conflict demonstrates his limitations in a big way. Yesterday he tweeted out a sympathetic Hamas propaganda point: “More Palestinian children killed in last 3 wks than Israeli troops killed in military ops since 2006.” Maybe, but it’s a point that reflects »

Ms. Hillary’s pinpoint strikes

Featured image In an interview with Jorge Ramos Fusion TV, Ms. Hillary was asked about civilian deaths in Gaza. Hamas treats civilian death statistics as propaganda and carefully nurtures them. They are treated as gospel and routinely recited by the media without reservation. Bret Stephens took up the issue in an important Wall Street Journal column yesterday, addressing the officials and policymakers who use the statistics to criticize Israel or promote a »

The case of David Ignatius, cont’d

Featured image David Ignatius is the prominent Washington Post columnist who specializes in foreign affairs. He writes highly regarded espionage novels in his spare time. His column “John Kerry’s big blunder” leads the honor roll at RealClearPolitics this morning. I find Ignatius to be a vile columnist and, if his humanity is reflected in his journalism, a vile human being. In the course of his column this morning, he can’t help himself. »

Reporting live from Gaza, suppressed and deleted

Featured image Hamas threats don’t account for the relentless ignorance and stupidity of the coverage of the Gaza hostilities, but they account for some of it. Reporters and their media employers cooperate with Hamas not only in suppressing stories that do not serve Hamas’s purposes, but also by failing to report on the restrictive conditions under which they are working. By email alert disseminated last night CAMERA alerts us to two examples »

Hamas hits Shifa Hospital (with playground update)

Featured image Applying the theses explicit and implicit in my “14 Israel-Gaza notes,” I’m going with the IDF statement that Hamas is responsible for today’s attack on Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital. The best account I can find at the moment is the Algemeiner’s, at which Dave Bender reports as follows: he Israeli army said it was not operating in the vicinity of Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza on Monday, where an explosion reportedly »