Friday, July 25, 2014

Obama is the enemy of America and Israel

PHOTO: Close up of an Iron Dome interception in the sky

Gallup: If You Oppose Israel, You’re Probably an Uneducated Democrat

What do you mean "probably"?
(PJ Media) Gallup has released a new poll on Americans’ opinions of the conflict in Gaza. It’s no surprise that Republicans tend to side with Israel, and Democrats tend to believe that Israel’s military actions against Hamas are unjustified. Fully 47% of Democrats take that view, compared with just 31% who back Israel. That, plus independent voters’ ambivalence toward Israel, helps explain why the Obama administration is not backing Israel more strongly than calling for a (now rejected) cease-fire. Their base does not back Israel.

The educational differences on the issue are found in this chart.

The more educated one is, the more likely one is to believe that Israel is taking justified action against Hamas terrorists.

Younger Americans tend to go left on everything from socialism to redefining marriage, and lack of support for democratic Israel against Hamas terrorists is no exception. This is despite Israel’s long history of supporting women’s and minority rights, while the Palestinians side with extremism that denies women and non-Muslims their rights.

This poll is a warning: If the rising millennial generation doesn’t change its attitudes in a hurry, Israel cannot count on American support for more than few more years.

Hamas Killed 160 Palestinian Children to Build Terror Tunnels

(Tablet) As the death toll of Operation Protective Edge rises, the deaths of children are firmly in the spotlight—and rightly so. It pains all reasonable people to hear of children dying as the consequence of war. Hamas and its supporters display gruesome pictures of dead and wounded children in order to gain sympathy for their portrait of Israel as the villain intent on killing Palestinians. In response, Israel cites the need to stop Hamas from firing thousands of rockets at its own children, who are being forced to live in bomb shelters, as well as the need to eliminate the tunnels hat Hamas dug into Israel in order to carry out terror attacks against Israelis. One tunnel opening was found underneath an Israeli kindergarten.

But who built those tunnels? The answer is Hamas, of course—using some of the same children who are now trapped under fire in Gaza.

The Institute for Palestine Studies published a detailed report on Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon in the summer of 2012. It reported that tunnel construction in Gaza has resulted in a large number of child deaths.
“At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials”
The author, Nicolas Pelham, explains that Hamas uses child laborers to build their terror tunnels because, “much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies”.

Human rights groups operating in Gaza raised concerns about child labor in the tunnels as far back as 2008. Hamas responded by saying it was “considering curbs.” Following Operation Cast Lead in 2009 Hamas softened its position and the Interior Ministry established the Tunnel Affairs Commission (TAC) which, “In response to public concern at a rising toll of tunnel casualties, particularly of child workers…issued guidelines intended to ensure safe working conditions.” No mention is made in the report of the conditions that would result for both Palestinian and Israeli children from building tunnels that would be used to launch terror attacks.

Nor does it seem that Hamas paid much subsequent attention to ensuring the safety of the child workers that it used to build the tunnels that would wind up endangering the lives of many in Gaza. On a tour of the tunnels in 2011, Pelham noted that, “nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels.”

Not only are Hamas misappropriating much of the humanitarian aid supplied to Gaza—800,000 tons of cement were used to construct the terror tunnels into Israel—they are also directly exploiting and endangering Gaza’s youth in their construction and operation.

It's the last Friday of Ramadan and it's protest time

All around the world Muslims, inflamed by the situation inside Gaza, are expressing their anger as only Muslims can... VIOLENT PROTEST.

In Turkey, the Government is informing the plebs where to protest via the media, and for some strange reason, they are informing them to vent their spleens outside the US Embassy.

In Thailand, Muslims who have been trying to murder their way into ceding their half of the country to Islam are bitching outside the Israeli Embassy.

In the US, there are many protests. One such being in Portland where protesters are chanting "Stop the massacre!" and "Long live the Intifada!"

In Kabul, thousands marched in protest against Israel's operation in Gaza.

In Berlin, two separate protests were held, one for Israel and one against it. Police announced their intention to strictly enforce restrictions among the protesters, including forbidding slogans that incite violence or the burning of flags or effigies.

For some strange reason, in the UK, numbers of anti-Israeli marches end up outside the bBC. Maybe the protesters feel at home with their anti-Semitism there. But hey, even the bBC is in on the act. Today they aired an article on how to protest against... Israel.

The thing is, less than 1,000 people have been killed in the conflict/war, name it what you want, started by the rulers of Gaza. There is no ifs or buts they started it. And all these people feel that Israel is at fault.

Where have they been these past few years when it comes to the much larger death toll inside Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Nigeria, etc.? You know, those deaths caused by Muslims.

Boko Haram post video of them beheading a Nigerian Air Force Officer

(Kano) The Islamic terrorist outfit Boko Haram have uploaded a video of themselves torturing and then beheading a Nigerian Airforce officer. The poor man, Umar Abubakar, (an Islamic name if ever there was one) is asked to state his monthly pay, to which he replied N40,000. He also disclosed that his commanding officer was a 2nd lieutenant. The insurgents displayed their victim's identity card, chanting that the world should know that Allah had given them an enemy.
"So you were sent to kill Boko Haram? And you are serving the state instead of Allah? We are members of Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad and Allah has given us an infidel today,"
By calling the Muslim an infidel the terrorists legitimise their blood lust and murder to the rest of the Islamic world. I mean, he's an infidel and not a Muslim. Which is why to the chants of "Allahu akbar", the insurgents decapitated the poor man. After beheading him, the terrorists hold up his severed head in jubilation as one of them uses a mobile phone to film the gory scene. The victim's headless body can be seen on the ground in a pool of blood, his hands tied with a rope.

That, people, is what terrorists do - they terrorise people, airing videos of them carrying out the most gruesome murders, and yet the media never ever calls them terrorists, they claim it is a loaded term. Far better to call them militants.

Maybe that explains why after this very public murder and others in the media today, the liberal and Islamic world remain silent. Yeah, far better to blame Israel for actually fighting back against Islamic terrorists militants.

Anti-Tank Missiles Deflected by New Israeli Defense System

The video below shows the Windbreaker system detonating a Hamas anti-tank missile before it reaches its target.

JERUSALEM (WFB) – At least five times in the past week in Gaza, Israeli tanks equipped with a revolutionary defense system have deflected anti-tank missiles fired at them by Hamas fighters, according to the Israeli army.

The success of the Windbreaker system, as it is called in Israel, augments on the ground the technological achievement in the air of the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system which Israel credits with neutralizing the intensive rocketing from Gaza of the past two weeks.

An urgent need for yet another technological breakthrough—this one underground—emerged last week when Israeli troops entering the Gaza Strip uncovered dozens of attack tunnels leading to, or under, the border fence separating Gaza from Israel. Even Israeli security personnel who were aware of the existence of tunnels were astonished at their numbers, their proximity (in one case, only 200 yards from a kibbutz), and their sophistication, with ventilation, lighting, and communication systems.

Israelis living near Gaza are demanding assurances from the government that Hamas commandos will not be able to emerge in the future from under the ground in their back yard. Officials say that no technology exists at present to detect the excavation, or existence, of tunnels at the depth Hamas is digging them—more than 60 feet below the surface. The only action that can be taken now is the destruction of existing tunnels, which the army is currently carrying out. New tunnels would take a year or two to build.

Intensive research, much of it top secret, is already underway in Israel to find a technological solution. One proposal was publicly aired this week by Haim Siboni, founder of Magna BSP, which he describes as “a security provider company, which specializes in automatic detection systems”. Siboni told Globes, an Israeli business newspaper, that existing technology, with some software and hardware adjustments, could provide the answer.

He proposed that Israel dig a 45-mile-long tunnel—the length of the border with Gaza—on the Israeli side of the line, and install in it every half mile an underground radar station, at a cost of $150,000 for each site. “It would provide real-time alerts of any tunnel, whether above or below,” he says. “The army will know exactly where the attack tunnel is, how many people are in it, and can monitor the progress of digging.”

Officials, who presumably are aware of Siboni’s proposal, say that research is continuing.

The Windbreaker system (known abroad as Trophy), which became operational in 2009, has since been successfully tested by live fire twice when Israeli tank patrols on the periphery of Gaza were fired on two years ago. The current Gaza campaign is the first time the system is being tested in a face-to-face war against advanced Russian anti-tank rockets. In the 2006 Lebanon War against Hezbollah, missiles penetrated 22 Israeli tanks, destroying several.

Installed on Israel’s most-advanced tank, the Merkava 1V, the system’s sensors instantly identify a rocket or RPG heading toward it. Without intervention of the crew, the system fires pellets that detonate the rocket at a safe distance from the tank. It also informs the crew of the location from which the incoming rocket was launched, permitting counter-fire.

The system has also been mounted on Israel’s more advanced personnel carriers built on the frame of the Merkava 1V. Unfortunately for the Israelis, an older personnel carrier was hit and destroyed last week in Gaza, killing the seven infantrymen inside.

Hamas spokesman welcomes "blessed intifada in West Bank"

Reports: Massive Terrorist Invasion of Israel on Jewish New Year Thwarted by Security Forces

(Breitbart) Thousands of Hamas-linked terrorists planned to invade Israel on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), which begins on September 24, according to an Israel security source.

First reported by Ma'ariv, then in English by i24news, “thousands of terrorists were meant to cross over to Israel from Gaza through the tunnels and kill and kidnap as many Israelis as they could. The source added that the army learned about the huge planned attack during the interrogations of Hamas prisoners, captured during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.”

Reports state that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his cabinet about the foiled plot during a Thursday cabinet meeting. The leader of the Jewish State reportedly expressed to officials that if this attack was not stopped, the number of Israeli fatalities may have been higher than the over 2,200 deaths Israel suffered during 1973 Yom Kippur War.

During Israel’s recent incursion into Gaza, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have set their sights on destroying Hamas’ sophisticated tunnel system. In the past, the U.S.-designated terror group has successfully infiltrated the Jewish State, resulting in the killing and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. The last occurrence was on July 19 when two IDF soldiers lost their lives and the assailants were able to escape back to Gaza through a tunnel. Gen. James T. Conway, USMC (ret.) recently returned from Israel, where he was joined by a dozen retired U.S. generals and admirals, sponsored by Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). While there, the group toured a tunnel from Gaza recently discovered near an Israeli kindergarten.

“Unlike tunnels that I had seen during the Iraq war that were designed for smuggling, this Hamas tunnel was designed for launching murder and kidnapping raids. The 3-mile-long tunnel was reinforced with concrete, lined with telephone wires, and included cabins unnecessary for infiltration operations but useful for holding hostages,” the retired General wrote in the Wall Street Journal.

Israel has reportedly destroyed over 30 tunnels during “Operation Protective Edge.” The Jewish State contends that Hamas, which governs Gaza, devotes resources to building tunnels to commit acts of terrorism, instead of building homes, parks, schools and hospitals.

An article published by the Gatestone Institute quotes an Israeli spokesman’s observation that “there are two Gazas, one above ground and one below ground: an underground terrorist city.”

Report: Hamas' morale collapsing

From JPost:
[...] in recent days, a recognizable wave of demoralization has washed over Hamas's combat battalions. "They simply escape, leaving behind weapons and suicide bomb vests that were laid out for battle. This morning we stormed a position, and they just weren't there. I don't see a determined enemy. We have encountered stronger pockets of fighting in the past. But now, I would not give them a high grade for fighting spirit."

Danish MP: "Treat Muslims like we treated Hitler"

(Copenhagen) Mogens Camre, a Dansish politician has stated that when it comes to persecuting Jews, Muslims in Europe have “picked up where Hitler left off, and only the same treatment that Hitler received will change the situation. Camre said that it is:
“Obvious” that Muslims are persecuting Jews in Europe"
He said:
“You also have an imam in Aarhus, calling for the killing of Jews and an extraordinary situation in Norway where the Norwegian police are armed to the teeth and patrolling the streets in front of parliament and at the borders,”
“It is not every Muslim, but there are Muslims persecuting Jews in the major cities.”
“People who attack democracy, must of course be defeated, Those who repeatedly threaten holy war against the West must be defeated.”

IDF strike kills senior Islamic Jihad member

(JPost) The IDF and Shin Bet struck the Rafah home of senior Islamic Jihad member Salah Abu Hasnin on Friday morning. Hasnin, a member of Islamic Jihad's supreme military council, was killed in the attack. Hasnin was also the head of Islamic Jihad's spokesman division in Rafah.

At Pro-Hamas Rally In Calgary, Pro-Israel Protester Reportedly Strangled With Israeli Flag; Syrian Refugee Compares Violence to ISIS (VIDEO)

(Algemeiner) A pro-Hamas rally in Calgary, Canada, turned violent at the weekend, with a report of the extent of the brutality against supporters of Israel published on Wednesday by a dissident blogger who equated the hatred on display as being on par with what he experienced fleeing the civil war in Homs, Syria.

Aboud Dandachi, who has written about his support for Israel and is now living in Istanbul, wrote: “The account of the violence inflicted on the small group is sickening,” referring to a television interview of witnesses by Canada’s Sun News on Monday. After the opening clip of the melee, the Sun News announcer exclaimed, “This is Canada for G-d’s sake!”

Dandachi described the victims and drew comparisons to what bloodthirsty terror outfit ISIS had perpetrated in Syria.

He said, “A middle-aged woman who had been recovering from surgery was repeatedly punched. A young man had the Israeli flag he was holding tied around his neck noose-like, and dragged along the streets. A young woman was set upon by no less than six thugs and beaten unconscious. Another young man had the shirt ripped off his back, was bitten and beaten into a concussion.”

“ISIS may not be in Canada yet, but their mindset is very much alive there,” he said.

“Let’s be very clear about what happened in Calgary that day; a small group of Jewish and non-Jewish activists got together to express their opinion on an issue, and were in no way interfering with the much larger ‘pro-Palestine’ demonstration expressing an opposing view.”

“But Calgary amply demonstrated that one doesn’t have to wave the ISIS flag or pledge bai’a to its Caliphate to share the group’s vicious and extremist mentality,” he said. “On that day, it wasn’t just a small group of Jews who were assaulted; it was the very core and definition of the values of Canadian society that were so blatantly and viciously violated.”

“The apathy of Calgary’s police was just as shocking as the assaults themselves,” Dandachi said. “No arrests were made in the aftermath of the brutal violence. Indeed, one of the Jewish victims of the barbaric violence was admonished by a Calgary police officer, who told him ‘when you’re wearing that [the Israeli flag] what do you expect is going to happen here?’

“And so it begins. The capitulation of every liberal society has always begun by justifying the actions of extremists. What did the young Calgarian expect to happen. What do Copts in Egypt expect to happen when they openly pray in their churches in a predominantly Muslim country. Why are they surprised when their churches are attacked and burned. What does a woman living in Raqqa expect to happen when she doesn’t wear the burqa. Why is she surprised when ISIS thugs whip her in public. What does a KFC franchise in the Lebanese city of Tripoli expect to happen in such an anti-American atmosphere. Why are they surprised when the place is burned down.”

“As a Syrian who has witnessed his own country fall apart, and seen the region in general continue its inexorable descent into extremist madness, I have some heartfelt advice for Canada. At one point, we hoped to emulate you. Please do not end up emulating us, through apathy, complacency, or appeasement,” he said.

“It begins with a few Jews being beaten up. And I guarantee you it will end with this.” More...

Missiles fired from Lebanon at Israel land in... Lebanon

(Beirut) Two rockets were fired overnight on Friday from the south of Lebanon towards Israel.

Unknown assailants fired Katyusha rockets at 1:00 am from the region of Kfar Hammam and al-Fardis, but they missed their target and landed inside Lebanese territory.

The Israeli army retaliated by firing artillery shells back.

Operation Protective Edge: Ground Phase, Day 8

IDF strike kills senior Islamic Jihad member:

(JPost) The IDF and Shin Bet struck the Rafah home of senior Islamic Jihad member Salah Abu Hasnin on Friday morning. Hasnin, a member of Islamic Jihad's supreme military council, was killed in the attack. Hasnin was also the head of Islamic Jihad's spokesman division in Rafah.

Report: Hamas' morale collapsing:
[...] in recent days, a recognizable wave of demoralization has washed over Hamas's combat battalions. "They simply escape, leaving behind weapons and suicide bomb vests that were laid out for battle. This morning we stormed a position, and they just weren't there. I don't see a determined enemy. We have encountered stronger pockets of fighting in the past. But now, I would not give them a high grade for fighting spirit."

French League of Human Rights says it would be a mistake to ban rioting Muslims from protesting

(France) After Paris banned anti-Israeli protests in the country when the so called protesting peaceful idiots decided it was open season on the Jew, they (do you really have to guess who?) rioted anyway. Well, with another unofficial protest set for tomorrow, the head of the French League of Human Rights says it would be major mistake to ban it.

Pierre Tartakowsky, the president of France’s “Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH)” (League of Human Rights) says “Freedom must prevail” and Saturday's demo must be allowed to go ahead.

“It was a big mistake by the government to ban the march. By forbidding it, it opened the way for trouble and for radicalisation. It encouraged anti-Semitism. But on the other hand if it had allowed the protest to go ahead it would have strengthened the democratic political debate.

“It is totally legitimate today that events in Gaza are something the public see as, at the least problematic and certainly tragic. We have an army that is violating every international rule of law and is even targeting women and children. It is normal that the public in France want to show that they refuse to allow that to happen.

“You can’t just say these demonstrators are anti-Semitic or that the protest is a risk. Every demonstration is a risk. It is the government’s responsibility to keep the peace at these demos.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, these people held a peaceful protest against Israel:

and these peaceful protesters who just happened to be pointing at the ground.

Mosque in Sweden burnt down

(Norrköping) A mosque in Sweden has apparently been targeted by arsonists after a fire gutted it. However, in a strange twist, it has been revealed that the buildings were scheduled for replacement, and so the question must be asked, "was it an inside job?"

About Those Hamas Tunnels

(Gaza) A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking centre stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose a serious threat and that destroying the sophisticated underground network is a key objective of its invasion of Gaza.

Israel has known about the tunnels for several years, but has been hard-pressed to find an effective way to block them. Now it is counting on its ground war to at least reduce the threat.

"Israel knew there was a problem with the tunnels, but it didn't internalize their significance," said Shlomo Brom, a retired Israeli general. "At any given moment, Hamas could send dozens of militants through separate tunnels to attack communities in Israel."

Gaza has two sets of tunnels — those reaching Egypt and those reaching Israel.

The underground passages to Egypt are meant to bypass a border blockade on Gaza that was tightened by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized the territory in 2007. The tunnels provide an economic lifeline and are used to deliver building supplies, fuel, consumer goods and even cattle and cars.

In some of those tunnels, Gaza militants received weapons and cash from their patrons abroad, particularly Iran. Egypt has destroyed virtually all of the tunnels over the past year, driving Hamas — which was taxing the smuggled imports — into a severe financial crisis.

Separately, Hamas significantly expanded its network of tunnels from Gaza to Israel after a major Israeli ground offensive that ended in January 2009.

Several senior Hamas officials have told The Associated Press that the expansion of those tunnels was part of a broader shift in military tactics after 2009, with input from the Hezbollah guerrilla group in Lebanon, which has fought Israel repeatedly.

"There are thousands of resistance fighters working underground and thousands others working above the ground, to prepare for the upcoming battle," Ismail Haniyeh, a top Hamas leader in Gaza, said earlier this year. "No one can imagine what the resistance is ready to do to confront the occupiers."

Read more here.

Ramadan Death Count Round Up (July 25, 2014)

(Afghanistan) Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 Shia tourists at the side of the road in Ghor province.

29 Taliban militants were killed in the past 24 hours during a nationwide operation led by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

(Pakistan) Two policemen were gunned down in cold blood this morning as they travelled to work in Quetta.

(India) One person was killed and over two dozen others injured Friday when thousands of Shias protesting against Development Minister Azam Khan clashed with the police .

(Philippines) Philippine troops attacked a Muslim militant hideout on southern Basilan island, triggering a clash that killed three Abu Sayyaf members. Two government militiamen were killed and two others were wounded.

(Thailand) A car bomb in Muslim majority southern Thailand killed one person and injured 20 others Friday.
One victim was killed instantly in the blast caused by a car bomb in front of the Holiday Hills hotel in Yala province’s Betong district.

(Syria) An offensive by the jihadist Islamic State group against Syrian government-held territory has killed at least 74 people.

(Somalia) African Union troops in Somalia said Friday they had killed two "senior" commanders of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab terrorist group.

(Egypt) Gunmen shot and killed two senior Egyptian officers in the country's volatile Sinai Peninsula where the military has been trying to quell a spreading insurgency by Islamic militants, a security official said.

Ramadan death toll is now at 7,107.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Israel asks France, "What would you do?"

(Twitter) The IDF asks French citizens what would they do if Paris came under attack?

What a stupid question. The French would simply do as they have done so many times in the past... Surrender.

Iraq: Islamic State jihadists blow up 'Jonah's tomb'

(AFP) The new jihadist rulers of Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Thursday completely levelled one its most well-known shrines, an official and witnesses told AFP.

The Nabi Yunus shrine was built on the reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Koran as Yunus and in the Bible as Jonah.

"Islamic State completely destroyed the shrine of Nabi Yunus after telling local families to stay away and closing the roads to a distance of 500 metres from the shrine," said the official at the Sunni endowment, which manages Sunni religious affairs in Iraq.

The endowment official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, and Mosul residents told AFP it took the Sunni extremists an hour to rig the shrine with explosives.

"They first stopped people from praying in it, they fixed explosive charges around and inside it and then blew it up in front of a large gathering of people," said a witness who did not wish to give his name.

The endowment official said the Islamic State jihadist group that overran large swathes of northern and western Iraq last month have now destroyed or damaged 30 shrines, as well as 15 husseiniyas and mosques in and around Mosul.


Obama’s Israel legacy: A hostile Democratic Party

"[W]e are likely to look back at the Obama era as the moment in American history when the Democratic Party shifted, openly and decisively, against Israel."
(NYP) It’s a chicken-or-the-egg question. Which came first: The Obama administration’s public contempt toward our allies in Jerusalem, or liberal Democratic animosity toward Israel?

Either way, when Barack Obama steps down as president in January 2017, the Democratic Party he leaves behind will be one whose sympathies no longer embrace the Jewish state.

It’s an extraordinary legacy. And it’s underscored by the more or less constant snubs President Obama has directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Of course, world leaders not getting along is nothing new. As Churchill’s wartime liaison to de Gaulle said of Britain’s French ally, “The greatest cross I have had to bear is the Cross of Lorraine.”

But the case of Obama and Netanyahu is much more than a clash of personalities. It’s a conflict between two competing world views. And if a poll released this month by the Pew Research Center is any clue, this conflict has now become embedded in American party politics.

Pew asked a basic question: “In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, who do you sympathize with more?”

Overall, Pew found a slim majority of Americans, 51 percent, sympathize more with Israel. But the breakdown by party is where it gets interesting:

Basically, support for Israel gets stronger as you move right, and weaker as you move left: 77 percent of conservative Republicans support Israel, against 64 percent for moderate Republicans. In sharp contrast, just 48 percent of moderate Democrats support Israel, and only 39 percent of liberal Democrats.

To slice it another way, support for Israel is a minority opinion in the Democratic Party. Pew adds that “the partisan gap in Mideast sympathies” reflected in the poll “has never been wider.”

Now, some complain the wording of the question doesn’t quite support the conclusion the party has become anti-Israel. All these Americans are saying, goes this claim, is that Palestinians are more downtrodden.

This is wishful thinking. For one thing, the Pew findings are consistent with a just-released Gallup Poll reporting that while 65 percent of Republicans say Israel’s actions against Hamas are justified, only 36 percent of Democrats do.

These results don’t come in a vacuum. Remember how Democrats booed Israel at their 2012 national convention?

Party-platform drafters had dropped a plank from 2008 that said, “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.” Party leaders intervened to restore the deleted language via a convention vote.

The jeers came when the convention chair — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — called for a voice vote on the amendment, and met with shouts of opposition. Villaraigosa had to ask three times, because the “no’s” were so loud. And he was roundly booed when he then declared the necessary two-thirds of delegates had voted for the change, when the “no’s” filling the hall suggested otherwise.

Both Obama’s policy and his personnel picks reflect these sentiments. Long before his secretary of state, John Kerry, sneered about the operation against Hamas, he’d used the loaded term “apartheid state” in reference to Israel’s future. Meanwhile, as defense secretary the president installed a man who could not bring himself to call Yasser Arafat a terrorist.

Israelis, of course, have lived through US presidents who were less than chummy. But give credit where credit is due: When on Yom Kippur 1973 a massive, Soviet-backed force of Syrian and Egyptian troops attacked Israel, Richard Nixon immediately airlifted the arms Israel needed to prevail. Can anyone imagine Obama doing the same — at least in time to make a difference?

Jimmy Carter wasn’t thought friendly, either, and his UN ambassador had to resign after it emerged he’d met secretly with the Palestine Liberation Organization. But Carter brokered the Camp David Accords, and his more vitriolic assertions about Israel came only after he’d left office.

Throughout all these years, American politics had plenty of liberal Democrats who strongly supported Israel. We still do. But they’ve become outliers.

Put it this way: While states and congressional districts with liberal Jewish populations may continue to send pro-Israel liberals to Washington, trends suggest these pro-Israel liberal Democrats will decline as anti-Israel liberal Democrats take their place.

Already, the anti-Israel liberals seem to wield the real power. For example, what does the president’s approach to the Middle East and Israel say about the influence of New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer?

The simplest explanation is that President Obama is giving his party what most of its members want. And years from now, we are likely to look back at the Obama era as the moment in American history when the Democratic Party shifted, openly and decisively, against Israel.

LTC. Allen West to go to Israel

(Allen West) Just got a call about the possibility of flying over to Israel next week to speak regarding the current conflagration facing our best ally. What an incredible and special honor it would be to be able to personally let the people of Israel know that we stand with them I can think of no more critical time for me to be in Israel and the Middle East, to lend my voice and support to liberty, freedom, and the promise of “never again.” And to my brother and sister Warriors in the IDF, I have only one request, and that is to be able to visit with you in southern Israel and shake your hand — especially Artillery and Paratroop units. I also hope to visit with the families of the two dual citizenship — American and Israeli — IDF Soldiers who gave the last full measure of devotion to God and country.

As I have stated firmly, there is no equivocating on this issue, either you stand with Israel or with Islamic totalitarians and jihadists. And I also want to express my support to the leadership and people of Egypt for making the stand against our common enemy, the Muslim Brotherhood. I find it appalling that our current administration is not releasing the promised Apache attack helicopters to you, while they released tanks and fighter jets to the Morsi government.The phone call really touched my heart and the FAA better not put a travel restriction in place at the last minute — then again, I am jump qualified!

Shalom, Steadfast and Loyal (via Facebook)

Japan unveils its ATD-X stealth fighter to the world

(Tokyo) The Japanese Defence, unable to purchase the American F-22 stealth fighter, have, like the Chinese and Russians, decided to go their own way, and the other day, they unveiled the first prototype of their ATD-X Shinshin fighter technology demonstrator.

And here's the video of the above:

Morton Williams Supermarkets Boycott Turkish Products In Solidarity With Israel

(Gothamist) Morton Williams Supermarkets have announced that they will be boycotting Turkish goods as a gesture of solidarity with Israel. According to a release issued today by the supermarket chain, the product ban will begin immediately.

The decision was spurred by Turkey's boycott of Israeli products, and by Prime Minister Recep Erdogan's "support and embrace of the terrorist organization Hamas, his vitriolic anti-Semitic comments comparing Israelis to Nazis, and his ally's egregious acceptance of violence against the Jewish community in Turkey."

The boycott comes just a few days after the Turkish Prime Minister expressed support of the people of Gaza, speaking out against Israel for what he believes is the genocide of the Palestinian people. According to the International Business Times, Erdogan delivered his comments at a rally on Saturday, saying, "[Israelis] have no conscience, no honour, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism."

Newsweek reports that Erdogan’s comments came just one day after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke out on the Israeli air strike campaign, calling it “ethnic cleansing and a crime against humanity”.

According to Avi Kaner, Vice President of Morton Williams, the boycott will cover numerous items, including sun dried apricots, figs, stuffed grape leaves, tea biscuits, jalapenos, red & yellow roasted peppers, pepperoncini, capers, ajar, bruschetta, caponata, giardiniera, pickled hot peppers, various snack products, candies, chocolates, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, banana pepper rings, hazelnut spread, and more.

“Israel is the one true democracy in the Middle East trying to survive against hostile neighbors seeking its destruction,” CEO Morton Sloan said in a statement. “Turkey, by siding with those who would destroy Israel, deserves our condemnation. We will lift our own boycott of Turkish products when Erdogan changes his anti-Semitic course.”

Morton Williams has several locations across the city. This marks the first boycott of products hosted by the family-owned supermarket chain.

Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Bill To Be Introduced

It'll be interesting to see who will be opposing the bill.
(Townhall) A bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives, this afternoon, to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

The bill introduced by Rep. Michelle Bachmann, also known as the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014, will “impose sanctions against persons who knowingly provide material support or resources to the Muslim Brotherhood or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents, and for other purposes.”


BREAKING: UN continues to rearm Hamas - Rockets found at UN Gaza school ‘have gone missing’

Iran Supreme Leader: The Only Solution For Crisis Is Israel’s Destruction

(Daily Caller) Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza.

Meanwhile, revolutionary guards announced new missiles which could destroy Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. [...]

He then emphasized, “As said by Imam Khomeini [the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran] Israel must be destroyed…However, until that time with the help of God for this cruel and murderous regime to be destroyed, strong confrontation with steadfast armed resistance is the only solution against this destructive regime.” [...]

The Islamic regime has long trained and armed Hezbollah and Palestinian forces for attacks against Israel. In reference to further arming Palestinians, the speaker of the regime’s Parliament, Ali Larijani, said in a statement Wednesday, “The clear need of Palestine is its need to weapons and basic necessities and Iran plays an important role in meeting the clear needs of the Palestinian people.”


ISIS orders all women and girls in Mosul to undergo FGM

(Iraq) The militant group Islamic State (Isis) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations says.

The "fatwa" issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva

The bBC is reporting this story, however, they report it from the angle that the story is a fake and that somebody is out to discredit ISIS.

You couldn't make it up, could you? How the so called world renowned bBC defends the indefensible, in this case a bunch of blood thirsty religious bigots not known for their compassion.

Terror tunnel found under Gazan hospital

Think the UN Human Rights Commission for Human Rights will call this a war crime? I doubt it.
(WP) THE DISTINGUISHING feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is “offensive tunnels,” as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli officials. The tunnels are the reason that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu decided last weekend to launch a ground invasion of Gaza, and they explain why that operation has strong support from Israelis in spite of the relatively heavy casualties it has inflicted. Most significantly, the tunnels show why it has been difficult to reach a cease-fire and why any accord must forge a new political and security order in Gaza.

Hamas’s offensive tunnels should not be confused with the burrows it has dug under Gaza’s border with Egypt to smuggle money, consumer goods and military equipment. The newly discovered structures have only one conceivable purpose: to launch attacks inside Israel. Three times in recent days, Hamas fighters emerged from the tunnels in the vicinity of Israeli civilian communities, which they clearly aimed to attack. The ­concrete-lined structures are stocked with materials, such as handcuffs and tranquilizers, that could be used on hostages. Other tunnels in northern Gaza are designed for the storage and firing of missiles at Israeli cities.

The resources devoted by Hamas to this project are staggering, particularly in view of Gaza’s extreme poverty. By one Israeli account, the typical tunnel cost $1 million to build over the course of several years, using tons of concrete desperately needed for civilian housing. By design, many of the tunnels have entrances in the heavily populated Shijaiyah district, where the Israeli offensive has been concentrated. One was found underneath al-Wafa hospital, where Hamas also located a command post and stored weapons, according to Israeli officials.

The depravity of Hamas’s strategy seems lost on much of the outside world, which — following the terrorists’ script — blames Israel for the civilian casualties it inflicts while attempting to destroy the tunnels. While children die in strikes against the military infrastructure that Hamas’s leaders deliberately placed in and among homes, those leaders remain safe in their own tunnels. There they continue to reject cease-fire proposals, instead outlining a long list of unacceptable demands.


Saudi Arabia jails gay man for 3 years and sentences him to 450 lashes

(Medina) When the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police, heard about a man who was using Twitter in which to meet gay people, they put down their box of donuts and rushed into action.

Getting one of their own to play the part of a gay man, they tracked this naughty, naughty man down, and when they knocked on his door, he found himself in handcuffs.

A Saudi court sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years in prison and ordered him lashed 450 times after he was convicted of offering himself to other men through his Twitter page.

In another case, the Saudi thought police arrested 2 women who used foul language between themselves on WhatsApp. For their crime of acting like women, the court ordered them to be jailed for 10 days and to receive 10 lashes each.

Well done, the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, for keeping its country pure and bigoted.

Operation Protective Edge: Ground Phase, Day 7

Mass surrender: 150 Palestinian terrorists surrender to IDF in Gaza

(Times of Israel) Dozens of Palestinian terror operatives, most of whom were said to be members of Hamas, surrendered Wednesday to IDF soldiers during raids in the southern Gaza Strip cities of Rafah and Khan Yunis.

The operatives, who came out of hiding spots with their hands raised above their heads, were taken into Israeli custody for further questioning.

In total, 150 Palestinians were arrested, but only 70 of them who were suspected of carrying out terror attacks were transferred under tight security to IDF Intelligence and Shin Bet facilities for interrogation, an IDF spokeswoman told The Times of Israel, adding to 28 operatives already captured. The remaining detainees were later released, Army Radio reported.

A picture of the Gazans posted on Facebook by Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz showed two rows of captives wearing only underwear and shoes, on their knees in the sand. They were stripped of their clothes in order to ensure they were not carrying weapons.
TEHRAN - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Palestinians Wednesday to keep fighting Israel and to extend a conflict that has killed nearly 700 Gazans to the occupied West Bank.
IDF drone unit source: We are up in the air 24/7, carrying out 100 flights a day
"We are up in the air 24/7, carrying out 100 flights a day," the source said. "IDF battalion and brigade commanders, and intelligence officers, won't let us leave the air. They've come to rely on the intelligence we provide," the source said.

Terror tunnel found under Gazan hospital. Think the UN Human Rights Commission for Human Rights will call this a war crime? I doubt it.
By design, many of the tunnels have entrances in the heavily populated Shijaiyah district, where the Israeli offensive has been concentrated. One was found underneath al-Wafa hospital, where Hamas also located a command post and stored weapons, according to Israeli officials.

Norway Warned of 'Imminent' Terror Attack by Syria Islamists

(Oslo) In light of the Islamic penchant for faux anger at anything and everything (other than the millions murdered by Muslims), Norway (yes, Norway) has boosted security because of an imminent threat from people linked to Islamist militants in Syria, its intelligence chief has revealed today.

The head of the PST security service, Benedicte Bjoernland, said it had "reliable information" about plans for some kind of attack "within days".

Already, Oslo City Hall has been closed due to this threat.

Algeria airliner goes missing

(Algeria) Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers across the Sahara.

Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, it said. The plane was last seen at 0155 GMT.

Flight AH 5017 had 110 passengers and six crew on board. The pilot had contacted Niger's control tower in Niamey to change course because of a storm.

Ramadan Death Count Round Up (July 24, 2014)

(Iraq) Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a battle with troops in which 52 prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, officials said.

Hours after Iraq gets new president, double car bombing in Baghdad kills 12.

(Afghanistan) Two Finnish women working for a Christian aid organisation in the western city of Herat were shot dead today. Also, 6 people were killed when they were caught in a terrorist bomb attack on a packed market in northern Takhar province.

(Pakistan) Fresh air strikes kill 20 terrorists in N. Pakistan.

2 soldiers were killed by an IED on the Afghan/Pak border thurs evening.

(Nigeria) Boko Haram terrorists descended on a town they attacked earlier this week and shot dead 5 people.

A bombing in northern Nigeria’s biggest city and an attack by suspected Islamist militants in northeastern Borno state left at least 12 people dead.

(Libya) Nine people were killed and 19 wounded, mostly civilians, in Benghazi after heavy clashes between Islamist fighters and regular forces trying to oust the militants from the eastern Libyan city.

(Oman) Two Indians have been found murdered.

(Syria) ISIS terrorists attacked a besieged army base in northern Syria on Thursday, resulting in the deaths of 35 of their own and (so far) 6 soldiers.

At least 11 people, including three children and a woman, were killed and eight others wounded when a mortar shell fell on a district of Aleppo city, north Syria, on Thursday.

Twenty-three soldiers who deserted the Syrian army were killed on Thursday by Shabiha – an armed militia group from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime - in Syria's Homs.

(Egypt) Two terrorists were killed in Arish after exchanging fire with the armed forces during a raid against terrorist havens in North Sinai.

Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported Thursday that Egyptian troops shot and killed a terrorist who was on his way to commit a massive suicide bombing at the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Israel.

(Gaza)  Hamas executes nine more Palestinian 'collaborators.' Others shot in legs, placed under house arrest.

(Yemen) Al Qaida suspects on a motorbike shot dead an army officer on Thursday in Lahij province of southern Yemen.

Ramadan death toll is now at 6,976.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Explosions and rockets flying over Gaza & Israel can be seen from Space