Arab Israel conflict

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 »

14 Israel-Gaza notes

Featured image In the spirit of David Bernstein’s “Some Israel-Gaza notes” at the Volokh Conspiracy, I would like to add my own notes summarizing points I have been making here, some of which Bernstein also makes. 1. Hamas has promoted phony casualty statistics as a propaganda tool and the media have dutifully provided the statistics every day without any reservation. The media fail to report the source of the statistics as anything »

IDF on the Gaza UN school: It wasn’t us

Featured image The IDF has investigated its possible role in the deaths that occurred at the UN school in Gaza. The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg files this update: An Israeli army inquiry into fighting at a UN facility in Beit Hanoun Thursday found that IDF mortars did not play a role in the killing of 16 people in the school courtyard, dismissing claims that the military was responsible for their deaths. »

Kerry toes the Hamas line

Featured image In the adjacent posts John and I draw on the commentary of David Horovitz and Barak Ravid on John Kerry’s promotion of a ceasefire that toes the Hamas line in Gaza. Hamas is a genocidal terrorist organization with which Kerry is prohibited from dealing directly under American law. Kerry’s efforts nevertheless serve Hamas and betray Israel as well as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Hamas’s war on Israel. »

While Hamas celebrates

Featured image Times of Israel editor is providing the best ongoing commentary I can find online regarding Hamas’s war on Israel. His column today is “Whle Hamas celebrates, Israel focuses on its security.” Here are a couple of excerpts worth pausing over: Entirely unsurprisingly, Hamas is managing to further blacken Israel’s name wherever this conflict is depicted in terms that are the opposite of reality, which is most everywhere. Israel is under »

Tools of jihad: Protective Edge edition

Featured image BBC Middle East editor Paul Danahar happened to be on hand in Gaza for the opening of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012. When the son of Danahar’s BBC Gaza colleague Jihad Masharawi was killed at the outset of the operation, Danahar all but accused Israel of murder. Via his Twitter account ‏@pdanahar, Danahar tweeted his reaction to young Masharawi’s death: “Questioned [sic] asked here is: if Israel »

Hamas’s big plan disrupted

Featured image In an update providing the necessary context to Israel’s rejection of a ceasefire at this stage of its offensive in Gaza, The Israel Project‘s Omri Ceren writes: Leaks have begun to trickle out on what Israeli interogators are learning from captured Hamas fighters. One plot in particular is getting overwhelming attention. Hamas was apparently a few months away from conducting a mass attack on Israeli civilians during the upcoming Jewish »

Ron Dermer does CNN

Featured image Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer is of course working overtime to speak up for Israel during its present hostilities with Hamas. He went above and beyond the call of duty yesterday, listening to its coverage for two hours. Now that hurts. Dermer noted that something was missing as CNN ran stories depicting the incident in which 16 people were allegedly killed in an airstrike on a Gaza »

Annals of diplomacy

Featured image Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met yesterday in Jerusalem and posed for a photo prior to the meeting (below). Israel is engaged in a deathly struggle with a genocidal enemy; Kerry seeks to retard its efforts. Kerry’s presence was — he has now departed to return to Cairo — as we have noted a few times, unwanted. Netanyahu was not thrilled to see Kerry. »

Incident at Wafa Hospital

Featured image The IDF has posted the illuminating video below (it’s posted here), explaining that “Hamas has turned Wafa Hospital into a command center and a rocket-launching site. Hamas has fired at Israel and at IDF forces from the hospital. As a result, the IDF repeatedly conveyed warnings to the hospital staff and urged civilians to leave the area. Hamas continued firing from the hospital. In response, the IDF targeted specific sites »

The terrible cost of thwarting Hamas

Featured image Times of Israel editor David Horovitz has just posted his column today on the state of the war with Hamas to this point. Here is one point you may not see advertised in our own media: The real battle is taking place in those Gaza border neighborhoods — Shejaiya, Beit Lahiya, Beit Hanoun and others — where thousands of Israeli solders are searching, house to house, for the tunnel entrances. »