‘Operation Protective Edge’ begins: Gaza rocked by Israeli airstrikes as Palestinian militants shoot at Jerusalem

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After days of slow but steady escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army launched “Operation Protective Edge” last night, with Israeli airplanes heavily bombing the coastal enclave.

So far, the strikes have killed at least 22 Palestinians, including seven people who were at the al-Kaware family home in Khan Younis.  They have wounded an estimated 100 people, according to Ma’an News.  An estimated seven children have been killed, Reuters reported.  According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, “7 houses, a blacksmith workshop and a poultry farm were destroyed, and a number of houses and civilian facilities were heavily damaged.”  This assault follows Israeli strikes on Monday, which killed nine people, including six members of Hamas in a tunnel.

In the attack on the al-Kaware home, Israel called up a resident and warned everybody to leave the house, according to a New York Times report.  Then an Israeli drone fired a flare, leading neighbors to gather on the roof to try to stop an air strike.  It came anyway.

Palestinian militant groups, including Hamas, which rules Gaza, have fired scores of rockets during this round–160 in total, according to the Israeli army, leading many Israelis to rush into bomb shelters.  Rockets aimed at Tel Aviv have been shot down by the Iron Dome defense system, though one exploded in Jerusalem, the Israeli army confirmed. A rocket also reached Hadera, in the north of Israel–62 miles from Gaza.  The rocket fire, largely at the south of the country near the Gaza border, has resulted in one Israeli being lightly injured, though there have been no deaths yet on the Israeli side. Hamas fighters also attempted to infiltrate an Israeli military base by sea, but were thwarted, with Israeli forces killing a reported 5 Hamas members. One soldier was wounded in the attack.

A Hamas spokesman laid out what the militant group is demanding before they stop firing: the halting of military operations in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza; the release of prisoners who were rearrested in recent weeks after being let out in 2011 for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit; and a re-commitment to a 2012 ceasefire.

Israel has called up 1,500 reservists, and authorized 40,000 more to be called up if necessary.

It is the largest military operation on Gaza since November 2012, when an aerial bombing campaign killed an estimated 167 people, including 87 civilians.  That operation, sparked by the assassination of Hamas militant leader, ended in a truce that Israel has repeatedly violated.

In the face of Israeli violations, Hamas has largely held its fire over the past two years, and has tried to prevent more militant factions from escalating the situation. But on Monday, Hamas, for the first time since 2012, decided to partake in the fighting–a potentially damaging move to the movement, which is hemmed in by Israel and Egypt and governing over a strip mired in economic crisis.  Since 2007, Gaza has been under Israeli and Egyptian blockade, which has intensified since the military takeover in Egypt last year.

The latest round of fighting takes place in an inflamed atmosphere across Israel/Palestine, fueled by the murders of three Israeli youths–which Israel has tried to pin on the Hamas leadership with little evidence–and the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir.  Rocket fire increased after Israel’s “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” launched after the three teens went missing, began.  That operation saw thousands of Israeli soldiers fan out across the West Bank, ransacking homes, arresting hundreds and taking an estimated $3 million worth of cash and property from Palestinians, according to the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights.  The military campaign has been criticized by human rights groups in Palestine and the U.S. as “collective punishment.”

Israeli leaders are saying that the current military operation won’t be short.  “The prime minister’s instruction by the end of the meeting was to prepare for a thorough, long, continuous and strong campaign in Gaza,” a senior official told Haaretz.  “The prime minister instructed the army to be ready to go all in. A ground offensive is on the table.”

The White House has voiced full support for Israel.  “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

142 Responses

  1. just
    July 8, 2014, 6:28 pm

    This is/was Israel’s plan and design– entirely orchestrated… and we are complicit AGAIN. Premeditated mass murder.

    “funny thing” — it was the potential for peace that pissed the Israelis off again.

    It despised the idea of a unity government.

    • Citizen
      July 8, 2014, 7:11 pm

      @ just
      Yep. It’s so predictable. What a cheap & horrible, cheesy play. Our American host is “Josh Earnest.” It’s important to be earnest. Just joshing.

    • Justpassingby
      July 8, 2014, 7:15 pm

      And as usual Israel is the victim. Disgusting!

    • justicewillprevail
      July 8, 2014, 7:17 pm

      Yes, whenever there has been threats of progress in the Palestinian side, or from outsiders, Israel has reacted with calculated violence and destruction, to make sure the concept of permanent war is maintained. Overwhelming violence is the only answer Israel has to offer, on the flimsiest of pretexts, and once again we will see the punitive attacks on civilians, children and essential infrastructure – there are no genuine ‘targets’, so an entirely fictitious narrative is constructed to justify the utterly futile exercise and pointless, tragic deaths – a vast, military machine against some home-made bombs and small arms which will solemnly be sworn as a great victory for the glorious leader and his fawning media retinue. Nothing politically will have changed, barring the terrorising of a whole new generation of Palestinians, Gaza will be even more impoverished and weakened – and all to enhance the squatter fascists in the Israeli government who will strut and preen before their gullible electorate and a captive media audience, as if they have accomplished something.
      And all that will be is the wiping of Jewish lynch mobs and brutal Israeli police force from the headlines and the resetting of the ‘peace process’ to where they prefer it – at ground zero.

    • American
      July 8, 2014, 7:34 pm

      ” funny thing” — it was the potential for peace that pissed the Israelis off again.

      It despised the idea of a unity government”>>>>>

      Exactly.

    • bilal a
      July 9, 2014, 3:40 am

      electronic intifada has a vision of a one multicultural state for all, just like los angeles. lol.

      LAPD assault-ow!
      link to electronicintifada.net

  2. Kay24
    July 8, 2014, 6:48 pm

    The massacre starts. US made weapons used in the death, injuries and destruction, of an already devastated area. Israel was hell bent on starting this, and perhaps the negative image it had after the violent way Bibi reacted to the kidnapping of 3 kids, and the gruesome killing of a Palestinian kid, would have prompted Bibi to start this war asap. Now the world will forget the Kdheir kids and their terrible experience at the hands of Israelis, and focus on poor Israel “defending” itself against unarmed Palestinians, all crying that rockets are raining on them, and failing to mention what their deadly jet fighters are doing. 23 Palestinians dead and over a 100 injured.
    Day one, and despite maybe an injury or two from the Israeli side, it seems Israel does not need a real excuse to pound an overpopulated area, and kill many as they want.

    Obama should rightly tell Bibi that since he rejected peace for this, to enjoy playing war with the weapons we have given them, and that he is on his own. But as usual, we will be kissing up to Israel. Congress is going to pass resolutions showing love and offering more weapons.

    Did anyone notice that the Wolf man interviewed the Police Superintendent of Israel, a Spokesperson for the (ruthless) IDF, but gave the Ambassador for the PLO, only a few minutes? Unfair and totally out of balance, CNN.

    • Mooser
      July 8, 2014, 7:30 pm

      “Unfair and totally out of balance, CNN.”

      And you were expecting? Would you believe me if I told you CNN recently had a call-in show, where viewers called in and told all about discrimination against white people in the US and, I kid you not, “the war on the white man” by minorities in the US.

      • Kay24
        July 8, 2014, 10:32 pm

        I can believe that. The US does have it’s share of racist lunatics, and although I am not a big CNN fan, I guess they cannot control the nuts that call in.
        CNN is yet another pro zionist channel.

      • Mooser
        July 8, 2014, 11:09 pm

        “I guess they cannot control the nuts that call in.”

        Yes in the US, there’s a law that says anybody who calls-in during a call-in show must be put on the air. Federal law!
        And of course, nobody has invented any way to screen them, it just can’t be done.

        Get real, if they took up even a fraction of a second of CNN’s airtime, CNN wanted them, and their views on the air. They had absolutely no obligation to air those bigoted views, they wanted to.

    • chet
      July 8, 2014, 9:29 pm

      Rockets!! Rockets!! Rockets!! — Oy!! Oy!! Oy!! — Relentlessly repeated.

      More Palestinians were killed today than Israelis as a result of these “glorified fireworks” in the past twenty years.

      The real reason for this barbarous bombardment is that these “insects”, these “vermin”, these “untermenschen” would dare to protest the Israeli boot on their necks.

  3. lysias
    July 8, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Richard Silverstein argues that “Protective Edge” is an inaccurate, propagandistic translation of the Hebrew Tzuk Eytan. He says “Solid Rock” or “Mighty Cliff” would be a better translation.

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012
      July 8, 2014, 6:55 pm

      I believe the most accurate translation is “Cast Lead II”

    • tree
      July 8, 2014, 7:04 pm

      How about “Operation Blockhead”?

      • just
        July 8, 2014, 7:27 pm

        How about giving Israel an Oscar for best producers for the film we are watching, again :

        “Reality by Deception (sorry we lie, but they make us do it)”, or “Who’s Counting?” (except us for us) , or “Remember We Suffer? (Part Umpteenth),” or “Remember Folks,– We’re Fighting Them Here, So You Don’t Have to Fight Them There”, or “Come on Over– The Water is Fine and We Can Steal More if You’re Thirsty For More! (A musical with the winning Score: Their Land is Our Land)”

      • Mooser
        July 8, 2014, 7:31 pm

        “(A musical with the winning Score: Their Land is Our Land)”

        You’ve never heard of “Milk and Honey”?

      • just
        July 8, 2014, 7:54 pm

        “This is the land of Milk and Honey
        This is the land of sun and song and
        This is the world of good and plenty
        Humble and proud and young and strong and
        This is the place where the hopes of the homeless
        and the dreams of the lost combine
        This is the land that heaven blessed and
        This lovely land is mine”

        Oh yeah. Andy Williams had a gorgeous voice. So sad that the folks he was really singing about are being bombed…again. Those indigenous and pesky folks.

      • RoHa
        July 8, 2014, 8:49 pm

        “So sad that the folks he was really singing about are being bombed…again. Those indigenous and pesky folks.”

        That’s the old indigenous folks, of course. Not the nice modern ones.

      • Kay24
        July 8, 2014, 10:40 pm

        How about “everything my neighbor has, I take, take, take”.

        Then there is the “I bomb, bomb, bomb, and then cry I am defending myself” for consideration

        The best movie of the decade is “The eternal victim of occupied people”.

        Finally, in the comedy category ” We control America, we know it, they know it, and yet they are such suckers”. :))
        .

      • Annie Robbins
        July 8, 2014, 11:09 pm

        “Remember We Suffer? (Part Umpteenth),”

        that made me laugh ;)

      • SQ Debris
        July 9, 2014, 4:45 pm

        Operation Pogrom.

    • Citizen
      July 8, 2014, 7:15 pm

      Lots of sheeple falling over the mighty cliff.

  4. Daniel Rich
    July 8, 2014, 6:53 pm

    ‘Can’t stop till we get enough – Air strikes on Gaza’.

    Anyone still cheering for the continuation of this monster?

  5. ThorsteinVeblen2012
    July 8, 2014, 6:54 pm

    Tell me again why I should accept the state of Israel?

  6. ritzl
    July 8, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Not that it matters much at this point, but I hope Munayyer/The Jerusalem Fund can do a timeline on this. It seems that this assault was planned well BEFORE rocket attacks started en masse. The preliminary/instigating attacks started just after the GoI’s immediate blame of Hamas after the three Israeli kids went missing and before any escalation from Gaza.

    IOW it would have happened even if there were no attacks. Yet another perfectly orchestrated Israeli killing spree for political purposes (which kinda goes to the textbook definition of terrorism).

    Tzvia Thier: “Zionists are geniuses.” link to mondoweiss.net

    And FTR, I do still hope that the Abu Khdeir family tragedy has blunted the severity of what Israel is about to do, if only by lowering the world’s threshold for condemnation of Israel’s deadly acting out. I don’t know…it’s a hope anyway.

    • Justpassingby
      July 8, 2014, 7:14 pm

      of course its planned!

      See Just’s post here:
      link to mondoweiss.net

      What does the last sentence say? Thats right.

    • Mooser
      July 8, 2014, 8:04 pm

      Might be fun to go back and look at all the comments from our Zio-buddies telling us how hard the GOI was working to calm everything down and get everything settled, in the last couple of days.
      And now this. “Operation Protective Edge”
      Gosh, how could the people who know so much about Israel get it so wrong?

    • Jon66
      July 8, 2014, 8:27 pm

      You can be certain that this attack was planned earlier, but that does not necessarily mean it was desired. I am sure Israel has contingency plans in the event of many different military scenarios. It would be idiotic not to. I am quite certain that China has plans to respond to an American attack and Japan has plans to respond to a Chinese attack.
      Preparation for contingencies is what armies do. Just like firemen or the Red Cross. Whether or not Israel wanted this action I do not know, but not planning for a response to rocket fire from Gaza would have been idiotic.

      • ritzl
        July 8, 2014, 9:01 pm

        @Jon66- And this is why the blogosphere can be a real drag. Of course countries (Costa Rica being the notable exception) do military planning. Did I really need to say that?

        So to be clear… shb “…planned and green-lighted well BEFORE…”

        Thanks for the suggestion.

      • Pat Nguyen
        July 9, 2014, 12:15 am

        Nope. Israel offered quiet for quiet. Hamas did not agree to those terms and instead presented a list of demands. Perhaps you could have researched this yourself.

      • ritzl
        July 9, 2014, 2:07 am

        Nope. BN was on about “finishing the job” or some such IMMEDIATELY after after the kids went missing. They were going.

        See Blumenthal’s article at EI for details.

        If you’re talking about some other timeframe, do specify. If your source is a certain IDF LtC Lerner, try harder.

        And WTF is wrong with you all that you habitually use offers to negotiate (I’m pretty sure that’s what “demands” lead to.) as an excuse to attack? Seems to me attacking is a big #2 on the war-peace “to do” list.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 9, 2014, 2:34 am

        Israel offered quiet for quiet. Hamas did not agree to those terms

        offering quiet? while attacking funerals, committing pogroms all across the WB, house demolitions, killing scores of people and abducting/detaining hundreds? hamas had terms of their own, israel could have complied if they had any sincere interest in quiet. nobody could possibly take seriously the concept that hundreds of people they abducted in those raids were all complicit in a kidnapping. you can’t abduct hundreds of people and then pretend you’re offering ‘quiet’ and you’re offer is being unfairly rejected. if israel was serious about ‘quiet’ they could begin by releasing all the people they just abducted!

        you’re logic is absurd. if someone just ramsacked your house and unjustly imprisoned your family members and said to you, stfu and everything will calm down, what kind of ‘offer’ is that? submit or else? that’s no offer.

        if israel had wanted to invade gaza (mow the grass again) i really couldn’t think of a better plan to guarantee rockets being fired into israel than the very way israel has acted since hamas and fatah announced plans to form a unity gov and israel’s army slaughter 2 teens in cold blood. i’m sure others have come to the same conclusion as me.

      • Bumblebye
        July 8, 2014, 9:52 pm

        @Jon66
        “but not planning for a response to rocket fire from Gaza would have been idiotic.”

        That’s very naive. You seem not to have even noticed that the rocket fire is itself a response to ongoing bombing raids by Israel over the past several bloody weeks! As a result of the unity government, and their humiliation in the ‘peace process’ Israel most certainly *did* want this action. Read this article for a clear presentation:

        link to electronicintifada.net

        There’s a lot more to it than the title.

      • Mooser
        July 8, 2014, 10:00 pm

        Jon66 is going to be a lot of fun. He’s one of those wondering Joes

      • Mooser
        July 8, 2014, 10:06 pm

        Jon 66 why is the word “desired” of any moment in this discussion? What the hell difference do the “desires” of Israelis (which Israelis, anyway) have to do with it.
        And after “Protective Edge” is over, will you say ‘they didn’t really mean it’?

        I hit it the other day “60 years of saying but I didn’t know it was loaded’

      • Jon66
        July 9, 2014, 12:07 am

        I think the attack on Gaza will not serve Israel and will result in civilian deaths. I think the rocket fire into Israel is counter- productive as well and will not serve the Palestinian civilians. However, the rockets will likely continue and the planes will drop bombs because it somehow serves those in power.

      • Donald
        July 9, 2014, 9:56 am

        “the rockets will likely continue and the planes will drop bombs because it somehow serves those in power.”

        That’s true. It’s another example of the Iron Law of Institutions In case you don’t click on the link, the “law” says that people who care about power care more about their power in an institution than they care about the institution. They would rather see the institution go down in flames than see themselves lose power within it. I think most of the blame for the I/P conflict falls on Israel, but as far as the leaderships of the various factions are concerned, you can see the Iron Law at work every day.

      • Mooser
        July 9, 2014, 10:47 am

        Jon66, in case you don’t know it, and I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, what you are doing is called “equivalency hasbara.

        You are positing, that is, your comments are based on an implicit assumption of equality between the two ‘sides’. That’s way past its sell-by date.

      • Mooser
        July 9, 2014, 6:35 pm

        “I think the attack on Gaza will not serve Israel and will result in civilian deaths.”

        You think it will “result” in “civilian deaths”.? Surely not! Gosh, that’s hardly the good ol’ “purity of arms” we expect from the IDF! I for one, will not listen to Israel being slandered in this way. It’s worse than when Gentiles tell me I grow lousy weed. That’s a bud libel, but this is worse!

        And BTW, Jon66, all that passive voice stuff, you might as well chuck it, too. Way past the sell-by date.

      • eljay
        July 9, 2014, 11:08 am

        >> Jon66: Preparation for contingencies is what armies do. Just like firemen or the Red Cross. Whether or not Israel wanted this action I do not know, but not planning for a response to rocket fire from Gaza would have been idiotic.

        Curious: Is Hamas – like armies, firemen and the Red Cross – also permitted to prepare for continengencies? Or would its planning for a response to a bombing campaign or ground assault by Israel be considered anti-Semitic, genocidal, “wipe off the map / push into the sea” and/or Holocaust?

      • Mooser
        July 9, 2014, 6:39 pm

        Gosh, a person could almost draw the conclusion, almost, that Jon66 is trying to use one set of words for Israel, and another, much more inditing, for Palestinians.

    • spacecowboy68
      July 8, 2014, 11:12 pm

      An excellent piece on electronicintifada.com by max blumenthal that timelines events prior to kidnapping to present.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 8, 2014, 11:18 pm

      The preliminary/instigating attacks started just after the GoI’s immediate blame of Hamas after the three Israeli kids went missing and before any escalation from Gaza.

      my hunch is it was planned long ago knowing the palestinian plan to unite hamas and fatah would go into effect when the ‘peace talks’ would inevitably break down. there wasn’t even a bump in the rhetoric of demonization over the unity gov when the teens went missing. they wanted to pound gaza after that signing and they got their ‘excuse’.

  7. Kay24
    July 8, 2014, 6:58 pm

    “The White House has voiced full support for Israel. “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.”

    No, but occupied people, who have absolutely no help from wealthy nations to protect them from jet fighters and precision bombs, HAVE to accept their punishment.
    What about the rights of the Palestinian people? Surely they have the right to defend themselves too? Are they all supposed to be sitting ducks, President Obama?
    Are you unable to see that we sound unreasonable, and continuously support Israel’s every criminal move against civilians? Why do we keep “supporting” the aggressor, always?

    • justicewillprevail
      July 8, 2014, 7:28 pm

      When are those idiots going to say, “No country can accept its citizens being killed with impunity, its children being kidnapped in the middle of the night, tortured and jailed, like many others without charge or evidence. No country can accept its citizens’ housed being seized and handed over to foreign immigrants, its citizens land being destroyed, its water stolen. No country can accept another controlling its borders, impeding free movement and controlling its economy to its detriment. We support Palestine’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks”

      • Kay24
        July 9, 2014, 7:57 am

        Good words. Unfortunately no one speaks it out loud for the Palestinians, especially because it’s occupier controls the media and the message.

    • Basilio
      July 8, 2014, 8:56 pm

      Kay24, Obama, deep down, doesn’t really like Israel. Many presidents haven’t really been big fans of Israel. The reality is Israeli lobbyists paid enough for plenty of dead Palestinian bodies, and plenty of people in the US including Christian Zionists, and some American Jews support this genocidal colonial project, unfortunately. The Europeans and Americans would find it easier to say no if more says would strongly say no. Israel’s also trading on the memory of the holocaust. So, in a sense, Palestinians are being killed for a crime they did not commit.

      • Kay24
        July 9, 2014, 8:01 am

        I agree with all you say Basilio, however, this instant rallying around Israel when it keeps decimating Gaza, knowing fully well the Palestinians, unlike the pampered Israelis, have no place to run to, no bomb shelters, and no chance of avoiding US and Israeli made weapons that can wipe out entire villages, is despicable. Whenever I hear an Israeli apologists come and say with a straight face that the IDF is trying to make sure there are no civilians casualties it sounds stupid. The entire world knows by now how “careful” Israel is when it comes to dealing with Palestinian kids and civilians.

  8. Justpassingby
    July 8, 2014, 7:13 pm

    Here we go again, another massacre to add to the genocide.

    But. Palestinians are somewhat complicit.

    As we all know, Abbas could have used ICC, but no, and now he will see 100s maybe 1000 dead palestinians in Gaza.

    • Egbert
      July 9, 2014, 4:40 am

      ‘But the Palestinians are somewhat complicit’

      An interesting phrase. Perhaps there are concepts such as ‘somewhat virginal’. Not so long ago, male judges in rape cases stated that the woman involved was effectively ‘somewhat complicit’ if she happened to be wearing a short skirt at the time.

      • Justpassingby
        July 9, 2014, 7:06 am

        Egbert

        Worse are those who watch from behind and dont stop the rape.
        Who that is between me and you is, I hope, obvious.

    • Kris
      July 9, 2014, 7:35 pm

      @justpassingby, “Abbas could have used ICC.”

      Just saw this: “Abbas convening Palestinian leaders to sign request to join ICC
      Palestinian president to sign documents necessary for joining international organizations to ‘protect the people in Gaza’ by all legal and diplomatic means.”

      link to haaretz.com

  9. chinese box
    July 8, 2014, 7:32 pm

    (slightly) off topic: anyone heard about this incident:

    link to miami.cbslocal.com

  10. American
    July 8, 2014, 7:38 pm

    Dear ISIS,

    Gaza needs some help.
    Get thy jihadist to Israel asap.

    • Taxi
      July 8, 2014, 11:33 pm

      But ISIS are on USA/Gulfie payroll and given medical care and intelligence by israel. ISIS will never reach the holy land. Palestinians utterly reject ISIS.

    • MahaneYehude1
      July 9, 2014, 1:30 am

      @American:

      Dear ISIS, Gaza needs some help. Get thy jihadist to Israel asap.

      …and when those ISIS jihadists that you call for help will be defeated by Israel you all here whine “War crimes…they are innocent civilians…”

      • Taxi
        July 9, 2014, 1:47 am

        Zionists are the chosen whiners. Nobody does it better. Makes me feel sad for the rest…..

      • Djinn
        July 9, 2014, 4:37 am

        I don’t know about ISIS but you killed my friends niece today. Fuck you Mahane and your fake niceties. You kill children.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 9, 2014, 5:30 am

        killed my friends niece today

        i am so sorry djinn.

      • Djinn
        July 9, 2014, 5:49 am

        I actually tried to delete that one because I don’t think it’s a particularly helpful comment but I had just heard & I feel completely impotent and it translates to rage. So my apologies to MW folk, even Mahane.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 9, 2014, 5:51 am

        @Djinn:

        I am sorry to hear about your lost.

        Mahane

      • ritzl
        July 9, 2014, 6:33 am

        With all due respect Mahane! give it a rest.

        Just go away.

      • Djinn
        July 9, 2014, 6:44 am

        It’s not my loss Mahane, it’s the loss of people that the government you are so proud of are imprisoning and bombing.

        I didn’t know her, I didn’t raise her or love her. The people you have tortured and bombed did.

      • eljay
        July 9, 2014, 7:17 am

        >> MY1: I am sorry to hear about your lost.

        Why are you sorry, Potato-man? Your government and military did all efforts. The last time that happened, you – a proud Zionist – proclaimed yourself a proud Israeli. You should be just as proud this time.

      • Mooser
        July 9, 2014, 10:51 am

        “I am sorry to hear about your lost.”

        Very funny, Mehane! Quite the pun! “your lost” (you lose, you lost, you’re lost) instead of “your loss”. Good Gosh, what a sense of humor you have.

      • Taxi
        July 9, 2014, 5:58 am

        Djinn,

        My deep sympathy and solidarity to your friend and to all Palestinians and others who are forced to live every day of their lives under the boot and facing a bullet.

        Nothing you said is actually OTT or unwarranted. Colonialists like Mahane who insist on living as brute kings on other people’s land are part and parcel of the ethnic cleansing web – his lifestyle most certainly is a contributor to the killing of Palestinian kids.

        Again, my deepest sympathies to all Palestinians who are suffering loss of life and property because of the sickening gestapoeque violence of the israeli army and its supporters and enablers.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 9, 2014, 8:29 am

        @Djinn:

        I will wait with my response to you since it is not the time. Just tell you that we are not the address.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 9, 2014, 11:12 am

        @Mooser:

        Very funny, Mehane! Quite the pun! “your lost” (you lose, you lost, you’re lost) instead of “your loss”. Good Gosh, what a sense of humor you have.

        Look, Mooser, Djinn already corrected my mistake in a very elegant way. So, do me a favor, if you don’t have nothing important to write, please, just don’t write nothing. Thank you in advance.

      • ritzl
        July 9, 2014, 6:24 am

        So sorry, Djinn. Please pass it along.

      • Mooser
        July 9, 2014, 12:41 pm

        .” So, do me a favor, if you don’t have nothing important to write, please, just don’t write nothing. “

        Should be ‘don’t write anything‘. And tell us, Mehane, what if anything, of importance do you have to tell us?
        And what’s with the constantly varying state of your syntax? Did you fracture it?

      • Kay24
        July 9, 2014, 8:04 am

        So sorry to hear about your friend’s loss. It is amazing that American leaders have access to the statistics, know fully well who is inflicting heavy casualties, and still offer the monsters, so much of love and support.

      • MHughes976
        July 9, 2014, 11:29 am

        My sympathy too and my indignation at the wicked silence and false love, as Kay mentions, of the West. For a moment I thought of trying to parody the usual replies to such reports by decided that even parody would be in rather bad taste.
        The ethics of war, as far as they can be constructed at all, should surely aim at keeping casualties restricted to battlefields or to people who are engaged in or assembling in reasonably significant numbers for battle. That’s the opposite of slaughter which is in some clear way undiscriminating. It permits everyone engaged in combat to say, with some meaning, ‘It’s him or me’. Immediate aggression is more acceptable, surely, if balanced by immediate danger.
        At that rate there is an exceptionally awful, exceptionally intimate, element to killing people who are in the situation opposite to engagement in battle, ie already under your control, which includes those whom you have imprisoned, detained or abducted. The three recent Israeli victims fell into this category: someone had to look into their eyes and resolve to end their lives.
        There is also something exceptionally awful about some destruction not because it is horrifyingly intimate but because it is horrifyingly distant, where the people wielding the weapons are operating on nothing like a battlefield, rather more like on a chessboard or a card table, choosing calmly what moves to make in a totally one-sided competition. Some would say that the competition between Israel and Gaza is not quite one-sided, but I think it is near enough.

      • Kris
        July 9, 2014, 7:45 pm

        @Djinn, I am so very, very sorry.

      • American
        July 9, 2014, 9:14 am

        ”….and when those ISIS jihadists that you call for help will be defeated by Israel you all here whine “War crimes…they are innocent civilians…”

        lol…..I dont consider ISIS innocent civilians.
        Take away Isr’s remote killing planes and bombs and put them on the ground against real fighters instead ….. then we will see who gets defeated.

      • MahaneYehude1
        July 9, 2014, 11:17 am

        @American:

        Take away Isr’s remote killing planes and bombs and put them on the ground against real fighters instead ….. then we will see who gets defeated.

        When one knows that he defending his family, his children, his homeland, no enemy will defeat him – not Arab countries, not Hizb-Allah, not Hamas and not ISIS, your favorite. The only way to achieve peace – is to make peace.

      • Taxi
        July 9, 2014, 12:33 pm

        “The only way to achieve peace – is to make peace”.

        Impossible to make REAL peace without justice, Mahane – you really should know this by now.

        You guys are gonna lose everything you built off the backs of Palestinians. You will lose because you are not prepared for the ultimate sacrifice, while the other side is.

        One side is prepared to die for their freedom, while the other side does not want to die for anything – it just wants to loot then shoot and run crying.

        If you’re really interested in keeping your kids safe, you will immediately leave the land you violently occupy, taking your children with you, therefore removing them from harm’s way. This will GUARANTEE your family’s safety.

      • Mooser
        July 9, 2014, 12:44 pm

        “When one knows that he defending his family, his children, his homeland, no enemy will defeat him – not Arab countries, not Hizb-Allah, not Hamas and not ISIS, your favorite. The only way to achieve peace – is to make peace.”

        I can translate Mehane’s Zioargot! When translated, it says “Israel has an illegal nuclear arsenal, and is willing to use it, and all the money it needs from the US.”

        Oh BTW, Mehane, if you want to ‘defend’ your “homeland” (ROTFL!) it’s always best to determine where your borders are. Otherwise unfortunate things can happen. You might want to figure out just where this “homeland” you moved to is before you ‘defend’ it.

      • eljay
        July 9, 2014, 12:52 pm

        >> MY1: When one knows that he defending his family, his children, his homeland, no enemy will defeat him – not Arab countries, not Hizb-Allah, not Hamas and not ISIS, your favorite.

        When one knows that he is defending his family, his children, his homeland, no enemy will defeat him – not even a supremacist “Jewish State”, your favourite, Potato-man.

        >> The only way to achieve peace – is to make peace.

        So when will Israel – an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” that remains engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder – start making peace, Potato-man?

      • ritzl
        July 9, 2014, 1:10 pm

        I became aware of this complete lack of self-awareness several years ago, but sometimes an example and circumstance comes along that is particularly astounding. This is one of those times.

        Apply this comment to Gaza/Palestinians and you have the perfect illustration of the utter futility of Israel’s death policies and the grotesque evil of pursuing/supporting them for generations.

        Out of your own mouth, MY1. Out of your own mouth.

      • Kris
        July 9, 2014, 7:57 pm

        @MahaneYehudi1, “When one knows that he defending his family, his children, his homeland, no enemy will defeat him…”

        This must be why the native peoples in the Americas, who were defending their families, children, and “homeland” (such a Nazi-esque term; it makes me sick even to see it) were able to defeat the European colonizers, despite the superior firepower, nasty diseases, and ruthless ideology of the Europeans?

        On the other hand, the white South Africans who were defending their families, children, “homeland,” and the white U.S. southerners who were defending their families, children, “homeland,” and “way of life” (code for racial privilege) lost.

        These two more recent examples, as well as the belief that God really is on the side of justice, no matter how long it seems to take, give us hope.

  11. Daniel Rich
    July 8, 2014, 8:04 pm

    The following might be of interest:

    “On June 12, three Israelis settlers [1] were murdered by two Palestinian extremists. When news broke of a kidnapping and possible murder, rumors swirled in the West Bank of an Israeli false flag operation. After all, the reasoning went, no Palestinian political player stood to gain from a kidnapping. As the story developed it became clear that this was only wishful thinking by Palestinians who were too ashamed to admit that two of their countrymen were responsible for a hideous crime.

    It is now widely accepted that there was never a kidnapping and no one investigating the incident ever suspected one. To be sure, three Israeli settlers were killed, but it was done immediately without the intent to ever hold them. The act itself sounds like an American B movie horror flick. On the evening of June 12, two men picked up three young hitchhikers and summarily executed them. ” Asia Times online

    • crone
      July 8, 2014, 9:12 pm

      thanks for linking to that article Daniel… I found this excerpt to be interesting also, as it explains in more detail the rationale behind some European states warning their business people to not invest in illegal Israeli settlements.

      “… However, there is a far greater threat facing the Israeli settlement enterprise. Because fundamental norms of international law have been internalized in the domestic legislation of many countries, the proper implementation of domestic legal regimes requires the differentiation between Israel proper and its illegally occupied settlements. The illegal Israeli settlements are not recognized as part of Israel under international law and a differential legal treatment ineluctably flows from this different status.

      One example is the EU’s inability to make scientific funding available to Israeli universities operating in the occupied West Bank, or to allow settlement-produced goods to receive preferential treatment under the EU-Israel Association Agreement. The EU also cannot recognize Israeli certification procedures for settlement produce (e.g. poultry veterinary certification and organic food certification) because the Israeli government simply does not have the authority to grant such certification to settlement produce. This dispassionate legal evolution is motivated by the necessity for consistency within an EU legal regime that has internalized the fundamental norms of an international legal system.

      This cold rationality is completely unrelated to the passionate moral idealism that motivates the BDS movement and it is far more troubling for Israeli policymakers, which is why they often try to conflate the two concepts. Additionally, many governments have recognized that aside from these known legal problems, there are likely other legal issues as yet unknown that could detrimentally harm business operations after an initial investment is made. As a result many states have warned companies against conducting operations in the illegal West Bank settlements.”

      This same stance is reflected in the EU’s refusal to make scientific funding available to Israeli universities operating in the occupied West Bank, refusing to allow settlement-produced goods to receive preferential treatment under the EU-Israel Association Agreement, and refusing to recognize Israeli certification procedures for settlement produce (eg poultry veterinary certification and organic food certification). These measures are motivated by the necessity for consistency within the EU legal regime and respect for the norms of an international legal system, a motivation completely unrelated to the moral idealism that motivates the BDS movement.

      When the peace talks between Palestine and the Israelis collapsed, international observers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, unanimously placed the blame squarely on Israel for missing prisoner release deadlines and announcing the construction of new settlements in Palestine. Weeks later, when Abu Mazen announced a Fatah-Hamas Unity Government, Netanyahu claimed that was the reason for the collapse of the peace talks. Netanyahu saw the murder as an opportunity to vilify Hamas (which has denied any involvement) and consequently, the new Unity Government as well as a chance to recover some of the international good will it has lost.”

      • Daniel Rich
        July 9, 2014, 2:25 am

        @ Crone,

        In this case we’re dealing with a raving lunatic that kills and kills some more. No time for words, there’s only one solution to this bloody mess [but nobody's going to do anything about it].

    • Mooser
      July 8, 2014, 10:02 pm

      “picked up three young hitchhikers and summarily executed them.”

      But first they got to make a last phone call? Is anything Israel says about all of this being borne out by the facts, when they can be ascertained?

      • Annie Robbins
        July 8, 2014, 11:25 pm

        first they got to make a last phone call?

        i would have called my mother.

      • Daniel Rich
        July 9, 2014, 2:23 am

        @ Mooser,

        I can’t vouch for anything that’s being said, but hope it will help those who read the information [and other info provided by either MW, its contributors and vast majority of well-read/well-informed members] to deduct/deduce what did happen.

        What’s happening now is on par with my gut feeling about JFK’s assassination, the USS Liberty attack, WTC7 and Rachel Corrie [the list is much longer]; something’s utterly wrong, I know they [tptb] lie to my face and their feeble attempt to lead me by the nose ain’t working.

        But how do I prove beyond reasonable doubt that my gut feeling is true [given my limited access to whatever happens behind closed doors]?

      • American
        July 9, 2014, 9:17 pm

        This sounds to me more like a kidnapping that went wrong and the kidnappers paniced over something, maybe the phone call, and then shot the boys. If their plan had been to just kill some jews they could have shot them right in the road where they picked them and sped away.
        No reason for them to have the boys in their car and then have to hide the bodies.
        Also what kind of kidnappers wouldnt check them for phones and weapons?
        A lot of this still doesnt make sense.

  12. TwoRedDogs
    July 8, 2014, 8:34 pm

    OT, but interesting:

    “Two South Florida public defenders were fired Tuesday after making inflammatory remarks on social media about Palestinians allegedly celebrating the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.

    In one Facebook post attorney Gary Sheres wrote: “they are the filthy swine they don’t eat,” referring to the Muslim custom of not eating pork.

    “That’s why the Palestinian people are considered the cockroaches of the world,” lawyer Bruce Raticoff wrote. “Burn them to the ground.”

    link to forward.com

    I see many more inflammatory FB comments from professionals that show up on Times of Israel, JPost, Ynetnews etc.

    • chinese box
      July 9, 2014, 8:03 am

      @TwoRedDogs

      Thanks…I posted a similar link. It’s nice to see that action was taken against these two attorneys. I think even ten years ago this kind of racism would have been given a pass. Of course social media wasn’t prevalent back then either.

      “Protective Edge” — it sounds like a Gillette razor brand. Was it the US that first started coming up with ridiculous names for it’s operations, or was it Israel and the US just copied them?

  13. Daniel Rich
    July 8, 2014, 8:45 pm

    At least 20 Palestinians are killed across Gaza as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broadens a military operation against Hamas in response to rocket attacks. Nathan Frandino reports. Yahoo News.

    “This is what we wanted and we engineered got it. Lol, lol, lol.” – BB

  14. a blah chick
    July 8, 2014, 9:34 pm

    “Two South Florida public defenders were fired Tuesday after making inflammatory remarks on social media about Palestinians allegedly celebrating the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.”

    This meme is now sunk into concrete. Wherever you look on the Zionist inter tubes you hear about the Arabs “celebrating” when the hitchhikers were killed. No, it didn’t happen but the lie is too comfortable to let go.

    Interesting that none of them mention the celebratory facebook postings in the wake of Muhammed’s murder. Down the rabbit hole.

    Now some are saying that the confessed murderers aren’t the real killers, why? Because the victim was burned and Jews wouldn’t do that.

  15. mijj
    July 8, 2014, 9:35 pm

    the barefaced lies, goading and the massacre of civilians – do the leaders of Israel and Ukraine have the same mindset?

  16. iResistDe4iAm
    July 8, 2014, 10:51 pm

    Another massive Israeli war using state-of-the-art weapons of mass destruction against a besieged, forcibly impoverished and defenceless population in the most densely populated strip on earth.
    Another Israeli massacre.
    Israel may be trying to break its previous bloody record.

    Total killed in 2008/2009 Gaza massacre:
    Palestinians = 1,417
    Israelis = 13 (4 by Israeli fire)
    Kill rate ~ 109-to-1

    Civilians killed in 2008/2009 Gaza massacre:
    Palestinians = 926
    Israelis = 3
    Kill rate ~ 309-to-1

  17. Taxi
    July 8, 2014, 11:09 pm

    “The latest round of fighting takes place in an inflamed atmosphere across Israel/Palestine, fueled by the murders of three Israeli youths–which Israel has tried to pin on the Hamas leadership with little evidence”

    “…with little evidence”.

    We’ve not been presented with ANY evidence, Alex. You need to correct this, otherwise you’re disseminating something called a “little” propaganda, not real journalism.

    • NoMoreIsrael
      July 9, 2014, 1:17 am

      The teens were military aged males attached to a hostile, occupying force.

      Had they been Palestinians killed by Israel, the headline would be “Israel kills three militants” and that would be the end of it.

      • Mooser
        July 9, 2014, 11:01 am

        “Had they been Palestinians killed by Israel, the headline would be “Israel kills three militants” and that would be the end of it”

        Yup.

    • seafoid
      July 9, 2014, 3:44 am

      Taxi

      Calling indiscriminate bombing that kills kids “airstrikes” is also propaganda.

      • Mooser
        July 9, 2014, 6:44 pm

        “Calling indiscriminate bombing that kills kids “airstrikes” is also propaganda.”

        Yes, IIRC writers and commenters at Mondoweiss have been pointing the almost two separate languages used to describe Israel’s actions as a State, and the actions of some Palestinians in trying to resist oppression.

  18. Citizen
    July 8, 2014, 11:23 pm

    Anybody see this in US press about Obama’s Middle East Chief very recently telling the Israelis in Israel they need to define their borders and quit their occupation, and by continuing these things they prevent peace and how can the USA defend the notion they want peace at the UN if Israel keeps denying the Palestinians sovereignty, security, dignity?
    link to timesofisrael.com

    • RoHa
      July 9, 2014, 12:48 am

      I like the line “hinting that the current Israeli government is not committed to peace.”

      Gee, ya think?

    • RoHa
      July 9, 2014, 12:56 am

      But I was a bit puzzled by the line “and allow for Palestinian sovereignty, security and dignity?”

      Did he mean “allow” (= permit) or “allow for” (= take into consideration, make special arrangements to deal with) ? I have noticed that some semi-literates* seem to confuse the two concepts.

      The Israelis certainly make special arrangements to deal with Palestinian sovereignty, security and dignity. They do their best to crush such things. They do not permit them.

      (*And I have no reason to doubt that US Government officials are anything but.)

  19. NoMoreIsrael
    July 9, 2014, 1:01 am

    Just because we burn children alive with white phosphorus, just because we round up Palestinian kids and beat them half to death, just because we burn olive groves to the ground, just because we scrawl “Arabs to the gas chambers” on the walls of Hebron, just because we blow up people’s homes and steal their land, doesn’t mean we don’t have a right to exist!

    You know what? Yes it DOES mean that you have no right to exist. That is PRECISELY what it means.

  20. seafoid
    July 9, 2014, 3:43 am

    I find the use of the term ‘airstrikes’ very problematic. It’s a Rumsfeldian term to replace ‘bombs’ and dates from the time when Americans were fed BS about technical wars with no strings attached.

    The bots have already killed 7 children in Gaza.
    Will Mrs Frenkel go back to the UN from her settlement to say something about this ?

  21. Egbert
    July 9, 2014, 4:31 am

    Ricjard Silverstein predicted this would happen as soon as news appeared about the 3 kidnapped Israelis (June 15). He called it Operation Gaza Punching Bag.

    Haaretz printed a story about Iron Dome intercepting two rockets over Tel Aviv. Given the Israelis have (allegedly) full protection against rocket attacks in the Iron Dome system, how come rockets get through just when Israel needs justification (typically though not in this case) for an attack against Gaza? Does someone just happen to turn off the radar, just like someone just happened to turn off the security system at Itamar just when some Palestinians were (allegedly – have they been tried yet?) planned to murder the Fogel family?

    Haaretz also has a story ‘Mad as Hell’. The story is about the reaction of a TV program host Israeli Arab Lucy Aharish to a vile Israeli individual.

    ‘On Monday, Aharish began her program with a calm, well-considered monologue. When reality-show refugee Dan Manu tried to defend Gopstein’s appearance, Aharish pulled out all the stops, releasing the feelings she had kept inside for so long.

    “Do you know what it’s like to be a minority in this country? I hope you never find out what it’s like to be a minority,” she told him, and shared some of the experiences of a person living between two societies and feeling like a hated stranger in each of them.’

    There is a video of her response but the story is pay-walled. Does anyone have access? It strikes me this video deserves wide circulation.

    • iResistDe4iAm
      July 9, 2014, 9:56 am

      Regarding the article “Mad as hell: When the Arab news anchor couldn’t take it anymore”, here’s the video (in Hebrew) via youtube:

  22. German Lefty
    July 9, 2014, 4:32 am

    All In with Chris Hayes: Violence escalates in Israel and Gaza
    link to msnbc.com

    • Kay24
      July 9, 2014, 8:13 am

      Chris Hayes is one of the few journalists, who has fair and balanced segments on this issue. Ayman Mohyeldin is also a great reporter, and tries to fill the big gap left by the zionist media, and gives us a different perspective, and not the orchestrated pro Israeli narrative from it’s devoted servants in the US media. He is the only reporter who mentions that the escalation of violence might have started after the deaths of 2 Palestinian kids during the Nakba anniversary (everyone else fails to mention it, or pretends it never happened).

  23. seafoid
    July 9, 2014, 4:54 am

    Peres is Dr Jekyll

    He goes to Rome to pray for peace. And talks crap in the US

    “Don’t dream small. You are great. Dream big. And work to will those dreams into a new reality. #PeresUSA”

    “In one month, I will end my term as #Israel’s ninth President. But I will never give up on the struggle to achieve #peace. #PeresUSA”

    He is also Mr Hyde

    “All approaches to #Hamas by the intl’ community to recognize #Israel and make #peace were denied”
    “We cannot accept death, there is no compromise with bombshells and no compromise when there’s danger above the head of mothers and children”

    link to twitter.com

    • Walid
      July 9, 2014, 5:22 am

      He speaks with the same solemn faux-sincerity as that other fraud with the cocker spaniel eyes, Marc Regev. Both are nauseating.

      • seafoid
        July 9, 2014, 12:14 pm

        All the top bots are, Walid. It’s an evil ideology. Built on “never again”, with the utmost hypocrisy. Can only survive by killing Palestinians in large numbers. They have destroyed their own morality for YESHA.

  24. DICKERSON3870
    July 9, 2014, 5:23 am

    RE: After days of slow but steady escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army launched “Operation Protective Edge” last night, with Israeli airplanes heavily bombing the coastal enclave. ~ Kane

    MY COMMENT: Netanyahu and the Likudnik government of Israel are desperate to quash the US media’s coverage of American Abu Khdeir’s having been beaten by Israeli (border) police while handcuffed in their custody. This “Operation Protective Edge” (“mowing/scorching the grass/lawn”*) should do the trick .
    Too bad for you, Gaza!

    P.S. I wonder how much progress Israel has made in that “thorough and transparent investigation”* into the videotaped killing of the two Palestinian teenagers by the IDF during the Nakba Day protests in West Bank back on May 15 (nearly two months ago).

    * SEE: Israeli Official: “We Will Do More Than Mow The Lawn In Gaza, We Will Scorch It” – link to weaselzippers.us

    ** SEE – “US to Israel: Investigate killing of Palestinian teens”, by Yitzhak Benhorin, ynetnews.com, 5/21/14
    Following release of footage documenting killing of two Palestinians near Ramallah, US State Department spokesperson says US expects Israel to ‘conduct a thorough and transparent investigation’.
    LINK – link to ynetnews.com

    • DICKERSON3870
      July 9, 2014, 5:46 am

      [CORRECTED]
      RE: After days of slow but steady escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army launched “Operation Protective Edge” last night, with Israeli airplanes heavily bombing the coastal enclave. ~ Kane

      MY COMMENT: Netanyahu and the Likudnik government of Israel are desperate to quash the US media’s coverage of American Abu Khdeir’s having been beaten by Israeli (border) police while handcuffed in their custody. This “Operation Protective Edge” (“mowing/scorching the lawn/grass”*) should do the trick .
      Too bad for you, Gaza!

      *SEE – Israeli Official: “We Will Do More Than Mow The Lawn In Gaza, We Will Scorch It”, July 8, 2014
      LINK – link to weaselzippers.us

      P.S. I wonder how much progress Israel has made in that “thorough and transparent investigation”** into the videotaped killing of the two Palestinian teenagers by the IDF during the Nakba Day protests in West Bank back on May 15 (nearly two months ago).

      **SEE – “US to Israel: Investigate killing of Palestinian teens”, by Yitzhak Benhorin, ynetnews.com, 5/21/14
      Following release of footage documenting killing of two Palestinians near Ramallah, US State Department spokesperson says US expects Israel to ‘conduct a thorough and transparent investigation’.
      LINK – link to ynetnews.com

    • RoHa
      July 9, 2014, 6:07 am

      And on channel ten’s magazine programme, a brief mention of the Israeli assault on Gaza was given the written caption “Act of Agression”.

      Can’t give you a screen shot, but here’s the website.

      link to tenplay.com.au

  25. Walid
    July 9, 2014, 5:41 am

    Most interesting was Israel’s Channel 2 News that reported that out of the 70 rockets lobbed at Israel, Iron Dome stopped only 8. Not a very good batting average.

    Even more interesting that’s being downplayed by Israel is the Hamas missile that traveled 105 kilometers from Gaza to 40 km north of Tel Aviv at Hadera. So if the ill-equipped Hamas can go beyond Tel Aviv, one can see the truth in Hizbullah’s statement that its missiles can reach any point in Israel. Israel has to start behaving itself.

  26. saidso
    July 9, 2014, 6:37 am

    Israel doesn’t swing at pitches outside of the strike zone…good “plate discipline”, as they say at the ballpark.

  27. just
    July 9, 2014, 7:23 am

    BBC lady just cut Regev off when he was braying at the alter and accusing Hamas of all the sins committed in the world including “war crimes”– she said “we’ve heard it before” and cut to a Palestinian rep.

    Nighty night.

    • Kay24
      July 9, 2014, 8:19 am

      If only the US media had the spine to treat them like that. At least if they challenge the bull sheet, and stupid explanations, it would be a credible source of information, and not one side bull sheet.
      I would dearly love to see ONE journalist ask these murderers if the Palestinians were entitled to defend themselves too, and how long they expect those they occupy, steal from, blockade, and keep in open prisons, to do nothing and not ask for their rights. Perhaps flipping the entire situation, and asking these morons if the situation were reversed, would Israel not want to send rockets too?

    • Justpassingby
      July 9, 2014, 8:35 am

      bbc loves israel:
      link to youtube.com

    • Walid
      July 9, 2014, 9:19 am

      Regev is a lying scumbag, back in 2006 after the Israeli massacre at Beit Hanoun, Gaza, Jennifer Loewenstein aptly described him:

      Ask Mark Regev, Israel’s eager, hideously sincere government spokesperson. On CNN’s international news he tells us in earnest that this is Israeli self-defense. The Qassam fire into Sderot and Ashkelon must stop. Israelis have the right to defend themselves. The “operation” in Beit Hanoun will not stop until the Qassams stop. Each word drivels out of his mouth into a bubble of obscenity for everyone watching from the vantage point of Gaza. Verbal pornography, sado-masochistic jargon from the prince of Hasbara leaks onto the dust like poisonous bile bought, paid for and sought after by the lords of power and their occupying machinery.

      link to icahdusa.org

      • Walid
        July 9, 2014, 9:36 am

        These Regev spokespersons are all the same when it comes to spewing out garbage to defend Israel’s vile actions. Here Miri Regev, probably unrelated to the Australian Marc Regev in a CNN interview right after Israel’s second massacre at Qana in 2006 being dragged over the coals by CNN’s Rosemarie Church. The massacre at Qana I in 1996 had been the brainchild of that other terrorist, Shimon Peres:

  28. Justpassingby
    July 9, 2014, 8:42 am

    Rumour that palestine will contact ICC today. Again rumour, could be abbas that talking nonsense again.

  29. Walid
    July 9, 2014, 9:04 am

    Number of dead up to 35 with 300 injured. Israel’s sorties 500 with 85% of them aimed at destroying Gaza infrastructure. Not long ago, a woman and her baby were crushed under a collapsing building and the valiant IDF destroyed a chicken farm.

  30. Mayhem
    July 9, 2014, 9:10 am

    ended in a truce that Israel has repeatedly violated

    Since January 1, 2013 there have been over 140 rockets fired into Israel so it is totally ridiculous to be just drawing attention to alleged Israeli violations. Israel tends to respond to situations that are brought upon it i.e. it retaliates against attacks stemming from Gaza rather than initiating attacks without a valid reason.
    Hamas with all its vitriol and hatespeak deserves all the punishment it gets. Blame for any harm to the citizens of Gaza rests with its bellicose leaders.

    • Mooser
      July 9, 2014, 7:42 pm

      “Hamas with all its vitriol and hatespeak deserves all the punishment it gets. Blame for any harm to the citizens of Gaza rests with its bellicose leaders.”

      “Mayhem” is still here? And his usual self, as I see. Why isn’t that nice, he hasn’t changed. Maybe I should ask him what the brocha is, he might know.

  31. Donald
    July 9, 2014, 9:57 am

    “The White House has voiced full support for Israel. “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.”

    I expect this, but can never quite get used to the utter cynicism involved.

  32. Walid
    July 9, 2014, 10:23 am

    Number of dead up to 48.

    Hamas rockets over Beit Yam and Holon appear to have been intercepted by Iron Dome. Target seems to be TA..

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      July 9, 2014, 11:14 am

      Do we know that though? I’m just extremely cynical about reports of the success of the Iron Sieve, especially when the only source is the IDF, and all the ‘evidence’ they offer are videos which could have been made a year ago. Isn’t it funny that the Iron Sieve allows in rockets when it suits Israel’s purposes – and when they were likely headed for empty ground anyway – but always manages to ‘intercept’ those which would put a serious dent in the image of the invincible IDF?

    • Walid
      July 9, 2014, 11:22 am

      Israel bombed the police station at the north of Gaza.

      Palestinians in Hebron reported that the Israeli soldiers in their house to house searches, stole millions in cash from people’s homes and shops.

      Clashes underway in Nazareth between the city’s youth and Israeli forces at checkpoints.

      • amigo
        July 9, 2014, 11:44 am

        I have just watched that illegal squatter bennet complaining that the Palestinians are bombing his home.

        Maybe if he f—-d back to where his legal home is he , his children would be safe but he chooses to use his children as “Human shields”

        He referred to Israel as ,,, wait for it??, “The Beautiful Democracy” and said he wished his Arab neighbours should be like Israel.

        He had better hope they do not start acting like Israel or it,s bye bye Apartheid Zionist Entity.

      • jon s
        July 9, 2014, 6:21 pm

        Have been sort of busy and distracted over the last few days: rushing to our “security room” when the siren sounds, checking on family and friends, and also trying to maintain as much normality as possible.
        In times such as these Israeli society tends to exhibit remarkable resilience and cohesion. Nothing like hundreds of terrorist rockets to pull a country together.
        As I’m writing this: sirens here in Beersheva.

      • Taxi
        July 10, 2014, 2:07 am

        Prepare to live “distracted” like that for the rest of your life, jon s.

      • Taxi
        July 10, 2014, 3:26 am

        “In times such as these Israeli society tends to exhibit remarkable resilience and cohesion.”

        LOL! You’re talking outta yer contracted orifice, jon s. Israeli society presently is in utter frigging panic and there’s a concerted effort right now by the msm and zio propagandists like you to NOT show either images or interviews of panicked israelis – they don’t wanna talk about the nightmare that israeli ‘society’ is going through right now, they just wanna talk about how the frigging Iron Dome is ‘protecting’ israel. ‘DO NOT PANIC THE JEWISH MASSES, DO NOT PANIC THE JEWISH MASSES’, is the current zio PR directive. Let’s not forget here for even a second that MISSILES, not just puny rockets, yesterday fell on ben gurion airport, on tel aviv, on jerusalem, for the FIRST TIME EVER and both citizenry and government are stumped: they cannot believe it! Good grief the natives can suddenly better defend themselves aaaaaaaarrrrrghghghgghghg run guilty run run!!!

        Jon s, the fact is that there is visceral Palestinian unrest in the WB, in Gaza AND in what is known as the ’48 Palestinian neighborhoods (whose residents are usually completely subdued). All three branches of Palestinians in occupied Palestine are simultaneously restive. There is not an inch of the holy land today where the brutal occupiers and their racist citizenry are not facing overt local hostilities. Israeli commercial streets are empty. Thousands of outdoor summer events and indoor congregations have been cancelled by the israelis. Say bye-bye to this summer’s tourist season in Apartheid lalaland. No, jon s, life is NOT normal in the holy land for the pampered genocidal occupiers. No, jon s, israelis are NOT resilient, but they sure are petrified – and their pathologically lying government does not want to admit that they’ve already lost the Psychological War because of the sudden appearance of Palestinian-fired MISSILES over israel, not just the expected, laughable puny little ‘rockets’ that’s they’re used to. That’s why we’re not getting any news footage of israelis being interviewed in five-star shelters this time round, we’re not seeing footage of panicked israelis being taken on stretchers into ambulances, all suffering from acute anxiety attacks (no physical injuries, just acute psychological distress). The government of israel cannot play the victim card this time round cuz it would send its own people into a further tailspin panic that could see many citizens scrambling to pack their suitcases and grab their second passports.

        Fact is, for the first time ever in israel, MISSILES, have rained over tel aviv and over both civilian and military airports – and you’re telling me the israelis are feeling nice and “resilent”?

        LOL! Get outta town! I mean it! Literally!

        It’s worth repeating here: israel has already lost the physiological war in their latest genocidal attack on the suffering, resisting Palestinians.

        May they lose everything every day till their criminal occupation ends.

      • Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 6:09 pm

        jon s, I’m so glad you live in ‘interesting times’. May the rest of your life be just as interesting.

  33. yonah fredman
    July 9, 2014, 7:29 pm

    My ideal is less than ideal regarding Gaza. If Gaza were willing to declare independence, as in unrelated to the Palestinian struggle in the West Bank (and the Palestinian struggle for the rights of refugees), then Gaza and Israel could negotiate a peace. But ideally or not, Gaza and the West Bank are one unit and there has been no withdrawal of Israeli soldiers or settlers from the West Bank and will not be any withdrawal any time soon and so if the West Bank is “insoluble” because of gaps between the Israeli and Palestinian positions, so therefore Gaza becomes “insoluble” as well. And as “insoluble” it is given only to tactical solutions of which Moshe Yaalon is an expert and all of which end up killing people including combatants and civilians.

    • Mooser
      July 9, 2014, 7:46 pm

      “And as “insoluble” it is given only to tactical solutions of which Moshe Yaalon is an expert and all of which end up killing people including combatants and civilians.”

      Wow, what progress, you are willing to say that killing civilians is “less than ideal”!
      While of course, you glory in the fact that Moshe Yaalon is an “expert” at the task.

      Oh, gosh, I forgot to ask Yonah, can you give me any reason why I should regard your “less than ideal regarding Gaza” as anything but the blithering of an amnesiac?

    • oldgeezer
      July 9, 2014, 9:01 pm

      So Israel can negotiate with Hamas if it goes it’s own way? If that’s not what you’re suggesting then could you please clarify?

      • yonah fredman
        July 10, 2014, 3:17 am

        oldgeezer- Israel can negotiate with Hamas now as far as I’m concerned. (If you need a public Israeli figure whose general attitude I am attempting to resemble, at this moment, it would be Avraham Burg.) I am stating that given the refusal of Israel to negotiate with Hamas in the given circumstance, it is best to understand that Gaza represents a unique complication. It is part of “Palestine”, without any settlements and potentially theoretically could be negotiated about separately. This presents a different type of frustration. That was my point.

      • Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 6:12 pm

        (If you need a public Israeli figure whose general attitude I am attempting to resemble)

        Yonah, Ti mir nit kayn toyves!

      • Mooser
        July 10, 2014, 6:13 pm

        “potentially theoretically could be negotiated about separately.”

        What’s the Hebrew for “divide and conquer”?

  34. TheWatcherWatching
    July 10, 2014, 2:39 am

    Imagine a bully, he wants to smash your skull in with a 2×4, he’s just looking for an excuse, your a weak and pathetic scrawny kid. One day instead of trying to act meekly and pass him by in the hall, you stop and spit on his shoe, he smiles gleefully you just made his day. he proceeds to beat you to a bloody pulp, you lose a few teeth, and he’s laughing hysterically all the way the way home.The next day the principle comes and expels the bully.

    • Boomer
      July 10, 2014, 7:06 am

      No, the next day, the principal comes and gives the bully some money and weapons, and calls for the two to settle it between themselves. And the day after, the same thing happens again. And again. And again.

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