Israel

Israel seems ready to tune John Kerry out

Featured image In his recent “hot mic” moment, John Kerry responded to news of civilian deaths in Gaza with these words: It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. Hell of a pinpoint operation. We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight. The truth is that Kerry’s desire to “get over” to the Middle East has nothing to do with any lack of precision in Israel’s military operations. »

Gaza, Russia, and the media

Featured image Last night, my wife channel-surfed her way into a bad neighborhood — RT, the Russian government’s news network. There, she saw a report about a “wave” of world wide “mass protests” against the Israeli government’s actions in Gaza. RT has also posted an article with this headline: “In our millions, we’re all Palestinian: Wave of protests worldwide demand end to Gaza slaughter.” The first paragraph of the article scales back »

Groundhog Day Revisited

Featured image I first used the phrase Groundhog Day with reference to the Palestinians in April 2013, in Groundhog Day In the Middle East. Having forgotten that post, I used it again last Monday in For Anti-Semitism, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again. The reference is apt. Anyone observing Hamas’s attacks on Israel, Israel’s effort to neutralize Hamas’s terrorist capabilities, and the international reaction to that effort–not, of course, to Hamas’s terrorist »

CNN reporter reassigned for crude manifestation of anti-Israel bias

Featured image CNN has pulled reporter Diana Magnay from Israel after she referred to a group of Israelis as “scum.” The offending tweet, which Magnay deleted, said the following: Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum. The second part of Magnay’s tweet is, frankly, an understandable response to threats (assuming there actually were some) to destroy »

Israel moves into Gaza

Featured image Israeli forces launched a major ground offensive into Gaza today. The stated objective is to eliminate Hamas’s rocket capabilities and to dismantle the network of tunnels used by the militants to infiltrate Israel. Israel undertook the offensive only after diplomatic efforts in Cairo to negotiate a sustainable truce with Hamas broke down. According to Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, spokesman for the IDF, the ground offensive began at 10 p.m. Israeli »

The case for an Israeli incursion into Gaza

Featured image Now that Hamas has rejected the cease fire proposed by Egypt, the next logical step is for Israel to move into Gaza and capture and dismantle Hamas’ arsenal of rockets. It’s not clear, however, whether this is what Prime Minister Netanyahu has in mind. Netanyahu says that “when there is no cease-fire, our answer is fire.” But this could mean a continuation of Israel’s air attacks on Hamas’ arsenal, rather »

Watch the “Beasts” Spare Children

Featured image I wrote earlier today about the predictable hysteria over Israel’s effort to defend itself against rocket and missile attacks. In Germany, Muslim demonstrators carried a sign saying “You Jews Are Beasts.” And, of course, the demonstrators screamed that Israelis are “children-murderers.” Funny thing about that. Hamas stations its missile launchers and other military apparatus in houses, next to schools, and so on, hoping that military strikes will inadvertently kill Palestinian »

What real support for Israel looks like

Featured image Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement about the situation in Israel: The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification. It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region. Failure by the international community to condemn these reprehensible actions would encourage these terrorists to continue their appalling actions. Canada calls on »

Israel under attack, Obama still hasn’t called Netanyahu [UPDATED]

Featured image Elliott Abrams points out that, alone among the leaders of Israel’s key Western allies, President Obama has failed to call Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in response to the rocket attacks launched by Hamas. Netanyahu has taken calls from French president Hollande, German chancellor Merkel, and British prime minister Cameron. But Obama has not seen fit to call the Israeli leader. Abrams writes: I am sure such a call will happen »

Israel prepares for ground operation against Hamas

Featured image Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has decided to expand the military operation in Gaza and to begin preparing for a ground operation. Accordingly, the Israeli Defense Force has called up 40,000 reserves to serve in the West Bank, thus freeing up regular forces to move to the Gaza border. Israel has tried to counter rocket attacks from Gaza by strikes against dozens of terror targets. However, the rocket attacks have continued. »

Summer Vacation In Israel

Featured image News from Israel has been dominated first by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, apparently by terrorists affiliated with Hamas, next by the murder of a Palestinian teenager by persons yet unknown, although several alleged Jewish extremists are being questioned in connection with the crime. Generally lost in the shuffle is the background against which these events take place: Hamas’s ongoing campaign of terror against Israel, which involves, »

Rachelle Fraenkel speaks

Featured image Times of Israel editor David Horovitz sat down for an interview with the mother of kidnapped Israeli teenager Naftali Fraenkel (video below). Naftali has been kidnapped by Hamas operatives at work in the area that is the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority. David briefly introduces the video and posts the transcript in “A mother’s plea for ‘prayer, positive energy, whatever it takes to find’ kidnapped teens.” Writing from Jerusalem this »

Israel arrests 50 former Hamas prisoners freed in swap

Featured image Supporters of President Obama’s decision to swap five top Taliban commanders for Bowe Bergdahl like to point out that Israel swapped more than a thousand Palestinian terrorists in exchange for Gilad Schalit. It’s a fair argument to make, but hardly a debate stopper. For one thing, Israel’s willingness to make one-sided deals doesn’t establish that such deals are good policy. For another, unlike Bergdahl, Schalit was not a deserter. Finally, »

Obama seeks to leverage his Iraq debacle into rapprochement with Iran

Featured image In the post immediately below this one, I argue that President Obama now “owns” Iraq because his unwillingness seriously to negotiate a status of forces agreement led directly to Iraq’s current chaos. Obama, of course, doesn’t see it this way, but he is belatedly looking for ways to prevent the complete disintegration of Iraq. That’s the good news. The bad news is that, according to The Wall Street Journal, Obama’s »

The PA celebrates a kidnapping

Featured image This past Thursday night, three Jewish teenagers — one of whom is a dual American/Israeli citizen — were abducted on the West Bank. The Israelis are certain that Hamas is responsible. The Israelis have taken 80 suspects into custody as part of the investigation. Reuters reports the story here. One can only fear the outcome and the consequences. For the moment, we can also observe the reaction of the Palestinian »

Israel to expand settlement construction, as Obama’s Middle East policy collapses

Featured image Israel has announced that it will move ahead with the construction of approximately 1,500 housing units in settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem. In addition, it will proceed with the planning of 1,800 more units. All of the construction will take place in areas Israel insists it will retain in any future deal with the Palestinians. In addition, as I understand it, the latest construction bids would have been »

Meanwhile in Arafatistan

Featured image Mahmoud Abbas serves in the ninth year of his four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority. Having engineered the formation of a unity government that enlists the support of Hamas, he now brings to an apparent end the seven-year civil war that severed Gaza from his jurisdiction and placed it under the control of Hamas. Here is the beauty part: no members of Hamas itself participates in the newly »