Arab Israel conflict

This morning from Gaza

Featured image Someone or other in Gaza seems to want to get a war on. This morning in Beersheba, Israel, a mother saved her three children’s lives by hurrying to their shelter as a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza blew up their bedrooms. The IDF has posted the video below. Hillel Neuer adds via Twitter: “This morning in Geneva, Switzerland, I am at the UN Human Rights Council, and they couldn’t care »

The Oslo follies

Featured image We are approaching the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Oslo Accords this coming September 13. The accords of course resulted in the return of Yasser Arafat from his Tunisian exile to rule over the Arabs on the West Bank and Gaza. I think it is fair to say that they have proved to be a disaster, yet Israel has never had a public accounting for it. Shimon Peres was the Israeli »

U.S. Defunds UNRWA

Featured image This is good news that I missed a few days ago: U.S. halts funding to U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees. I would say that headline is wrong in two respects. The United States on Friday halted all funding to a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees in a decision further heightening tensions between the Palestinian leadership and the Trump administration. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the decision »

What Do Lying Liars Do? They Lie

Featured image Abdullah Alsaafin is a Palestinian who bills himself as a journalist. His Twitter feed consists entirely of obsessive hate directed against Israel. He is busy these days, given Hamas’s hundreds of rocket attacks. How dare the Israelis respond to rocket attacks? Earlier today, Alsaafin tweeted this sad story about a two-year-old Arab girl who was slaughtered by the Israelis: The little girl is cute, so you will be glad to »

Palestinian Authority: We Have a Right to Kill Israelis!

Featured image The *international community* considers the Palestinian Authority to be Israel’s “peace partner.” Or used to, anyway. Unfortunately, the facts keep getting in the way. The Palestinian Authority has long paid bounties to the families of terrorists who murder Israelis. Israel has been trying to deal with this incitement to mass murder for quite a while. Recently, Israel passed a law under which amounts paid by the PA to the families »

A word from the IDF

Featured image The IDF is getting seriously into public relations with timely reports on Twitter. I thought readers might find this one with video depicting the targets struck inside Gaza yesterday of particular interest. It’s got a satisfying motif backed by a tense soundtrack. Hamas terrorists lost a few ordnance depots and other means of destruction in the operation that, according to the video, hit some 65 targets throughout Gaza. This video »

IDF strikes Gaza

Featured image The informative IDF Twitter feed reports that “the IDF is currently operating in the Gaza Strip. The explosions heard are related to this activity. Details to follow.” Israel has been taking mortars from Gaza this morning, one of which hit near the Israeli kindergarten featured in the video posted here on Twitter. The Times of Israel reports here. FOX News continues to regurgitate “information” disseminated by “the Gaza Health Ministry” »

American Voters Aren’t Buying Hamas

Featured image The American press tried to sell the idea that Hamas’s suicide tactics were somehow related to the Trump administration’s shifting our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Why? Reporters and editors don’t much care about Gaza or Israel, but are determined to make every news story reflect badly on the president. If this Rasmussen survey is any guide, that attempt has failed. Rasmussen finds 51% of likely voters in favor »

A blast of truth

Featured image The worse than worthless United National Human Rights Council delivered its ritual condemnation of Israel today in a special session on Gaza. Before the vote was taken, Gatestone Institute Distinguished Senior Fellow Colonel Richard Kemp spoke on behalf United Nations Watch. In light of the recent NBC News hit piece on Gatestone, I should add that Colonel Kemp’s statement is more informative than everything NBC News has on offer today. »

MEMRI: Gaza “Return March” clips

Featured image Our print and cable news media outlets have become something like idiots for Hamas this week. They disseminate pure Hamas propaganda and relate the casualty statistics of the “Gaza Health Ministry” as if they derive from a credible source. If not surprising, the ignorance and fatuity on display are amazing. Given the resources available, it really isn’t difficult to figure out what is going on. Has any one of them »

Hamas Speaks

Featured image Salah Bardawil, a senior Hamas official and spokesman for the terrorist group, said earlier today that 50 of the 62 people who have been killed at the Israel-Gaza border in recent days were Hamas members. No doubt of the “mostly peaceful” variety, as CNN likes to put it. One of the Palestinians who stormed the border wall was captured yesterday by the IDF and talked, on camera, about how Hamas »

Behind the smoke screen

Featured image You can see why NBC News might want to smear the work of the Gatestone Institute (the dirty work I wrote about here yesterday). Gatestone has posted Pierre Rehov’s video Behind the Smoke Screen on Hamas’s Gaza production (below). From inside Gaza, Rehov reports the reality of the so called “peaceful demonstrations.” He invites viewers: “Watch Hamas hate speeches. See how they build their propaganda at the expense of brainwashed, »

At the Gaza border

Featured image Within the hour we will move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. It’s a big day for Israel and the United States. Hamas wants it known that its followers are unhappy about it. Hamas terrorists are staging assaults on Israel today in response. They would like to kill the Jews across the border, but they will be almost as happy to get their own civilians killed. It’s all for the »

The Art of No Deal

Featured image Every experienced negotiator knows that sometimes, the best deal is no deal at all. President Trump, a life-long deal maker, deserves great credit for recognizing, unlike a long line of predecessors, that there is no reason for the U.S. to pressure Israel into a comprehensive “peace” deal with the Palestinians. That is the background for tomorrow’s opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The Palestinians are wailing and gnashing their »

Shameless in Gaza

Featured image Hamas continues its war on Israel with its weekly assaults on the border and related activities. It promotes this edition of the war as a “protest” against the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which somehow leaves enough room for the construction of the latest in terror tunnels (see, e.g., this one destroyed last month). The IDF videos below convey the message Hamas is sending and captures a bit of Hamas theater »

About that strike in Syria

Featured image Taking a quick look around online this morning, the most illuminating piece I can find on last night’s strike on the Syrian army base in Hama is Avi Issacharoff’s analytical Times of Israel column “Resonant Syria strike suggests coordinated US-Israel message to Russia and Iran.” Here is the opening of Isacharoff’s analysis: Hours after a mysterious “earthquake” — 2. 6 on the Richter scale — registered on the devices of »

Say it ain’t so, Bret

Featured image Bret Baier recited something close to the approved Hamas version of the current edition of its continuing war on Israel at about 27:40 of Special Report last night (video here). There really is no excuse for this (which I transcribed from the video): “Weekly protests along the Gaza border with Israel turned deadly again today. Gaza’s health ministry says three Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire while trying to breach »