These are Israel’s neighbors 

These are people with a mindset that you can’t deal with other than proving that your stick is far greater than theirs. Show weakness of any kind, and they’ll pounce on you, with all they’ve got. That’s the reality of the region.

NOTE: Obama’s pressure on Netanyahu not to invade Gaza has now unleashed grand illusions around the region.

Hezbollah leader: “The days when we were terrified by the mention of Israel are over”


In an address after the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah exclaims that the days of Arabs being terrified by the mere mention of Israel are over.

In other words: the days of of Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir…those days are over.

The irony is that today, Israel gets accused of being a regional bully more frequently than when it actually was one.

H/T: Dalit Malka Binshtock via My Forum



If Carr would have been stupid enough to be seated with such a high value target terrorist, he would have gone up in smoke as well, and would have himself to blame. It’s the exact same if US journalists covering the fighting during WWII, would have decided to embed themselves within the ranks of the Germans, and then cry foul when Allied forces bombed the hell out of German soldiers filming the area.

I’ll go even further, the only people that are free from being targeted, are those within the medical profession, and that’s as long as they’re not being used by the military for some military advantage other than saving lives. Palestinians have used Red Crescent ambulances to ferry uninjured terrorists from one place to another to avoid Israeli fire.

UPDATE: A must read:  How Hamas and Islamic Jihad Use Journalism as a Cover for Terrorism

From the New York Slime’s sharpest blade:

New York Times Columnist Under Fire Over Claim that Israel Targets Journalists, Public Editor Mulls Response

The spray-painted car carrying terror operatives that was targeted by the IDF. Photo: IDF.

A New York Times columnist, who covers media and culture, has come under fire for falsely suggesting in a recent column that Israel deliberately targets journalists that it doesn’t agree with.

Referring to Israel’s recent “Pillar of Defense” operation, David Carr, who gained recognition for his role in the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Timeswrote in a Nov 25th column entitled Using War as Cover to Target Journalists:

“…three employees of news organizations were killed in Gaza by Israeli missiles. Rather than suggesting it was a mistake, or denying responsibility, an Israeli Defense Forces spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, told The Associated Press, ‘The targets are people who have relevance to terror activity.’”

“…Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama worked as cameramen for Al-Aqsa TV, which is run by Hamas and whose reporting frequently reflects that affiliation. They were covering events in central Gaza when a missile struck their car, which, according to Al-Aqsa, was clearly marked with the letters “TV.” (The car just in front of them was carrying a translator and driver for The New York Times, so the execution hit close to our organization.) And Mohamed Abu Aisha, director of the private Al-Quds Educational Radio, was also in a car when it was hit by a missile.”

“…While it is true that news media operations have become one more arrow in the quiver of modern warfare, a direct attack on information gatherers of any stripe is deeply troubling. And such attacks are hardly restricted to Israel: recall that in the United States assault on Baghdad, television stations were early targets.”

The IDF however asserts that they were targeting a high level terror operative in the strike. An IDF spokesperson confirmed to The Algemeiner that Muhammed Shamalah who was in the car, was a ”commander of Hamas forces in the Southern strip and head of the Hamas militant training programs.” This “places him as a pivotal figure in force buildup and the execution of operations in the area,” Eytan Buchman, another IDF spokesman confirmed in an email.

“We knew who it was that was in the car,” said the spokesperson, “there was the proper intelligence and confirmation to back it up before we hit the car.”

They  spray painted the letters TV on his car in a cynical effort to “exploit the cover of journalism,” Buchman wrote.

More here.



How true.

This is why the media is loathed by those of us who follow the news on a regular basis. We have seen their malfeasance go unchecked, using their position as watchdogs not to accurately report the news, but to trumpet the cause they favor. They simply can’t be trusted.

Falling for Hamas’s media manipulation

What makes better headlines? Is it numbing figures such as the 8,000 Palestinian rockets fired at Israel since it unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and the 42.5 percent of Israeli children living near the Gaza border who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? Or is it high-resolution images of bombed-out buildings in Gaza and emotional stories of bereaved Palestinians? The last, obviously, as demonstrated by much of the media coverage of Israel’s recent operation against Hamas. But that answer raises a more fundamental question: Which stories best serve the terrorists’ interest?

Hamas has a military strategy to paralyze southern Israel with short- and middle-range rockets while launching Iranian-made missiles at Tel Aviv. With our precision air force, top-notch intelligence and committed citizens army, we can defend ourselves against these dangers. We have invested billions of dollars in bomb shelters and early-warning systems and, together with generous U.S. aid, have developed history’s most advanced, multi-layered anti-missile batteries. For all of its bluster, Hamas does not threaten Israel’s existence.

But Hamas also has a media strategy. Its purpose is to portray Israel’s unparalleled efforts to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza as indiscriminate firing at women and children, to pervert Israel’s rightful acts of self-defense into war crimes. Its goals are to isolate Israel internationally, to tie its hands from striking back at those trying to kill our citizens and to delegitimize the Jewish State. Hamas knows that it cannot destroy us militarily but believes that it might do so through the media.

One reason is the enlarged images of destruction and civilian casualties in Gaza that dominated the front pages of U.S. publications. During this operation, The Post published multiple front-page photographs of Palestinian suffering. The New York Times even juxtaposed a photograph of the funeral of Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari, who was responsible for the slaughter of dozens of innocent Israelis, with that of a pregnant Israeli mother murdered by Hamas. Other photos, supplied by the terrorists and picked up by the press, identified children killed by Syrian forces or even by Hamas itself as victims of Israeli strikes.

More here.



Real life stories depicting the IDF outside its regular military functions, are rarely if ever published by the big news media, so it’s left up to us in the blogosphere to do the heavy lifting that the rest of the media fails, or even refuses to do. h/t: Omri Ceren

The following was first published at American Thinker:

Had you told me four years ago that there were IDF officers who stayed up all night under a hail of rockets, brainstorming ways to import medical supplies and food to the people of Gaza, I am not sure I would have believed you. But I can tell you it is true because I did it every night.

What I Saw During Operation Pillar of Defense

By Nira Lee

Four years ago, watching the coverage of Operation Cast Lead from the comfort of my dorm, I was a conflicted college student. As supportive as I was of Israel, I still found it painful any time I heard about civilian casualties in Gaza. What I saw portrayed in the media didn’t add up: on the one hand I knew that the IDF was engaged in careful efforts to prevent civilian casualties, despite Hamas’s strategy of fighting from amongst its own civilian population. Yet the media made it seem like the IDF was actively targeting civilians.

Back then, I understood Israel’s efforts at protecting civilians as a something akin to a talking point — I had no personal involvement in the conflict. Yet I had no idea how true it is until I myself participated in last week’s Operation “Pillar of Defense” as an officer in the IDF.

When I moved to Israel and enlisted, I joined a unit called the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which is devoted to civilian and humanitarian issues.

As an International Liaison Officer in the Gaza office, my job primarily entails coordinating transfers of goods, aid, and delegations into Gaza. I work closely with representatives of the international community, and although our perspectives may differ, we maintain relationships of mutual respect born of a common goal; I am here to help them succeed in their work improving the quality of life in Gaza.

While the day-to-day work is challenging in Gaza, I learned over the past ten days that the true test comes with crisis. At exactly the point where most militaries would use the heat of war to throw out the rulebook, we worked harder than ever to provide assistance wherever and whenever possible.

The eight days of Operation “Pillar of Defense” have been some of the hardest I have ever known physically and emotionally. The college student from Arizona would never have thought it possible to work 20 hours a day, fueled only by adrenaline and longing for just an hour of sleep on a shelter floor — wearing the same filthy uniform because changing, much less showering, wouldn’t allow me to get to a shelter in time when the next rocket barrage hit. And no, wearing the green uniform does not mean that you aren’t afraid when the sirens sound.

Had you told me four years ago that there were IDF officers who stayed up all night under a hail of rockets, brainstorming ways to import medical supplies and food to the people of Gaza, I am not sure I would have believed you. But I can tell you it is true because I did it every night.

More here.


One point worth mentioning straight away, is that every missile launched by Hamas and  Islamic Jihad into Israel, was done with the intention of killing as many civilians as possible. It’s only happen chance that they didn’t reach their mark in Israel, and many of them, one out of seven, fell into Gaza, on top of their own people.

Clearly, any rational, fair minded individual reading the facts of the situation, will conclude that Israel’s response was in fact proportional, and that Hamas bears the full brunt of the death and destruction that occurred.

NOTE: as for Arab deaths of its citizens, yeah, I view their deaths in the same light as the ones that occurred during WWII in Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. A nasty regrettable job, but sadly it has to take place for a fanatical society to be eventually tamed.

H/T: Harri

Why Israel’s action in Gaza is not “disproportionate”

Proportionality is not the same thing as symmetry. Israel must counter the developing threat from Hamas.


Israelis emergency services inspect a destroyed building.
Israelis emergency services inspect a destroyed building that was hit by a rocket, fired from Gaza, in the city of Rishon Letzion, near Tel Aviv. Photograph: Getty Images.

One of the most common complaints against Israel is that its response to rocket attacks from Hamas is ‘disproportionate’. Several MPs, including Menzies Campbell, put this charge to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in the House of Commons yesterday. And it is easy to understand why: in seven days of conflict there have been five Israeli casualties to over 130 Palestinian deaths. We look for things to be ‘even-steven’; they are not, and our British sense of fair play is offended.

No technology, however advanced, can remove the fog of war or the inevitability of human error. The death of a Palestinian family of ten on Sunday makes a mockery of easy talk of ‘surgical strikes’. War is always hell and when a cease-fire is agreed there will be joy on both sides.

Nonetheless, the charge of ‘disproportionality’ is fundamentally misguided for three reasons.

First, in comparison to Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9, what is striking about the current military action is precisely how limited the civilian casualties have been. As of this morning, the Israeli Defence Force has conducted over 1,500 targeted strikes against the weapons caches and the command and control facilities of armed groups; on the rocket launching sites, the tunnels through which they are smuggled, and the terrorists who fire them – all deliberately hidden in built-up civilian areas. These 1,500 strikes have caused around 130 deaths and a significant number of those are terrorists. Of course, each civilian death is appalling. But the ratio tells a story: of scrupulous intelligence gathering, of the intensive use by the IDF of early-warning by leaflet and text message, and of a willingness to abort missions that would cause civilian deaths.

Second, in international law and just war theory, proportionality is not the same thing as symmetry. Princeton’s Michael Walzer, author of the seminalJust and Unjust Wars, put it like this:

Proportionality doesn’t mean “tit for tat,” as in the family feud. The Hatfields kill three McCoys, so the McCoys must kill three Hatfields. More than three, and they are breaking the rules of the feud, where proportionality means symmetry. The use of the term is different with regard to war, because war isn’t an act of retribution; it isn’t a backward-looking activity, and the law of even-Steven doesn’t apply. Like it or not, war is always purposive in character; it has a goal, an end-in-view.

Proportionality, then, must be measured in part against the future: What is the value of the end-in-view to be achieved? What is the future threat to be avoided? Israel’s stated end-in-view has been rightful: to protect the citizens of southern Israel by stopping the rocket attacks. The developing threat to Israel from Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip must be judged by reference to both the power of the weaponry and the nature of the ideology.

As regards the weaponry, the pattern is long-established: periods of rocket fire on the citizens of southern Israel have alternated with periods of ‘quiet’ during which Hamas smuggles an ever-more powerful arsenal of weapons into Gaza via a pipeline that runs from Iran through Sudan into the Sinai.  In 2008 Israel faced an arsenal of 5,000 rockets held by armed groups in Gaza. Today it is 12,000. In the past, Israel faced home-made Qassam rockets fired over the border onto the people of Sderot. Then Hamas acquired Grad rockets, then Qassams. On the eve of this conflict, Israel faced an arsenal of Iranian-supplied Fajr 5 missiles able to pound Tel Aviv. The question it faced was: what next?

More here.



Dead Arabs owe everything to Hamas.

From what I can tell, one out of every seven war crimes missile launched from Gaza, slammed into Gaza. The media is loathe to discover those numbers, and the carnage that unfolded as Hamas’ rockets kill and maim its own people.

Truce? Sirens sound in southern Israel

Quiet night concludes when sirens sound in southern community; projectile hits Palestinian territory, witnesses say

Neri Brenner Published: 11.22.12, 11:44 /

Air raid sirens sounded shortly after 10 am on Thursday in the Eshkol Regional Council after a rocket appeared to have been fired towards the region from Gaza. Witnesses said that they saw the rocket exploding in a Palestinian territory. Security services said it was a false alarm.

The incident followed a relatively quiet night in Israel’s south. The final Color Red alert sounded in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council at 22:58, two hours after the ceasefire between Israel and the factions in Gaza went into effect.




I’m very happy to report that the Islamonazi terrorists in Gaza had some of its leadership taken out of action by the IAF.

Top-ranking Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who were targeted included:

  • Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas’ military wing – targeted on November 14
  • Hab’s Hassan Us Msamch, senior operative in Hamas’ police – targeted on November 15
  • Ahmed Abu Jalal, Commander of the military wing in Al-Muazi – targeted on November 16
  • Khaled Shaer, senior operative in the anti-tank operations – targeted on November 16
  • Osama Kadi, senior operative in the smuggling operations in the southern Gaza Strip – targeted on November 17
  • Muhammad Kalb, senior operative in the aerial defense operations – targated on November 17
  • Ramz Harb, Islamic Jihad senior operative in propaganda in Gaza city – targeted on November 19

Operation Pillar of Defense: Summary of Events

Operation Pillar of Defense: Summary of Events
Published on: November 22, 2012

On November 14, in response to incessant rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, the IDF launched a widespread campaign against terror targets in Gaza. The operation, called Pillar of Defense, had two main goals: cripple terror organizations in the Gaza Strip and defend Israelis living under fire. Here’s a summary of the events which took place during the operation.

The operation opened when the IDF surgically targeted Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip. Jabari was directly responsible for executing terror attacks against Israel in the past.

On November 14, in response to incessant rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, the IDF launched a widespread campaign against terror targets in Gaza. The operation, called Pillar of Defense, had two main goals: cripple terror organizations in the Gaza Strip and defend Israelis living under fire. Here’s a summary of the events which took place during the operation.

The operation opened when the IDF surgically targeted Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip. Jabari was directly responsible for executing terror attacks against Israel in the past.

Read it all here at the IDF blog.




Any bets how long the truce lasts before the Islamonazis start shelling Israeli civilians again?

In any regards, once it restarts, the Arabs and their soft headed supporters will blame the Jews for the missiles landing over their heads, and for the ground invasion that ensues.

Egypt FM: Israel, Hamas cease-fire to go into effect at 9pm

11/21/2012 19:29

Kamal Amr makes formal announcement of truce in joint press conference with Clinton in Cairo; sources say Israel will not lift Gaza blockade; Netanyahu tells Obama he’s ready to give cease-fire a chance

Egypt announced on Wednesday that a cease-fire had been reached to end eight days of  fighting between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, starting at 9 p.m.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made the announcement in a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“These efforts … have resulted in understandings to cease fire and restore calm and halt the bloodshed that the last period has seen,” Amr said.

Israel has agreed to the truce, but will not lift its blockade of Gaza as part of the deal, according to an Israeli official.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman were set to  address the media at 8.30 pm. Wednesday night.

Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama on Wednesday he was ready to give a cease-fire with Hamas a chance, his office said in a statement.

“(Netanyahu) spoke a short while ago with President Barack Obama and agreed to his recommendation to give the Egyptian cease-fire proposal a chance, and in this way provide an opportunity to stabilize the situation and calm it before any more forceful action would be necessary,” an Israeli statement said.

More here.



It’s what they (Palestinian terrorists) do, target civilians and place their own people in harms way.

LAST UPDATED: 11/21/2012 15:24

Bus explodes on Tel Aviv’s Shaul Hamelech Street, of 21 injured, one seriously, one moderately wounded; police confirm explosion was a terror attack, are searching for additional suspects, explosives.

Terrorists detonated an explosive device on a public bus on Tel Aviv’s Shaul Hamelech Street around noon Wednesday. A total of 21 people were injured the attack.

One person was severely injured, one moderately and one light to moderately, according to a spokesperson from the city’s Ichilov Hospital. The remainder of the casualties were lightly injured or suffering shock.

Of the 21 victims brought to the hospital, the two most seriously wounded are teenagers, head of emergency medicine Prof. Halperin said, although he noted that none of them had life-threatening injuries.





All bets on an Obama forced ceasefire are off. Israel will indeed invade. (as they should)

UPDATE: YNET has more here click here..

Terrorist blows up bus in central Tel Aviv; 10 injured


11/21/2012 12:08

Magen David Adom reports explosion on Tel Aviv’s Shaul Hamelech Street, police confirm terrorist attack; at least 10 injured, at least three moderately to seriously; police searching area for other possible explosive devices.

TA terrorist attack.PHOTO: SCREENSHOT CHANNEL 10

A terrorist blew up a bus on Shaul Hamelech Street in Tel Aviv around noon Wednesday.

Magen David Adom said that at least 10 people were injured, three moderately to seriously.

Police confirmed that the explosion was a terrorist attack, although Channel 2 reported that it was not a suicide bombing and thus police were searching the area for additional explosive devises.

Channel 2 reported that police arrested a suspect near the Ramat Gan diamond exchange, who they believe may be carrying an explosive device. Police believe a female terrorist may still be at large in the area, armed with explosives.

The wounded were being evacuated Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital.

The attack comes in the eighth day of IDF Operation Pillar of Defense in the Gaza Strip, which has seen hundreds of rockets fired into Israel, including four in the Tel Aviv area.



Obama is aiding and abetting Hamas by ”holding Israel back”. 

What should be done is an American green light to root out the putrid swamp of Gaza, and provide a political shield for the fall out which would ensue for such an operation. The Islamic Neo-Nazi regime of Hamas uses its own people as shields for firing rockets into Israel, that is a war crime. The missiles they launch, which have no military use other than to frighten the civilian population, is a war crime.

Diplomatic effort yet to yield results on cease-fire

11/21/2012 04:28

Following reports of an imminent cease-fire, Hamas official says Egyptian efforts held up because Israel has yet to respond; Clinton says deal to come in “days ahead,” prepares to meet Egyptian PM Morsi.

Air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border into southern Israel as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel’s ground troops amid reports that a truce deal between Israel and Hamas was imminent.

Reports from Gaza cited IAF strikes throughout the night, and rocket attacks were renewed after a quiet night with the Code Red siren sounding in many communities in the South.

More here.



Something has to be done about these Islamic neo-nazis.

Red alert siren sounds in Jerusalem

LAST UPDATED: 11/20/2012 14:17

Rocket reportedly lands in open area; none hurt; IDF reserve officer wounded near Gaza; salvos of rockets hit Beersheba; IDF hits over 100 Gazan targets overnight, bringing death toll to at least 110.

IDF tanks and a flag on the Gaza borderPHOTO: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS

A red alert siren sounded in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the second time the alarm has gone off in the nation’s capital since Wednesday.

Channel 2 reported that a rocket landed in an open area and caused no injuries or damage.

A salvo of rockets and mortars moderately wounded a reserve Armored Corps IDF officer near the Gaza border Tuesday, the first victim of the barrage of rockets that battered the South since the early morning. Emergency forces evacuated the officer to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

After a relatively quiet night on the Israeli side of the Gaza border, Palestinians fired some 20 rockets at Beersheba. Iron Dome intercepted at least 11 of the Grad rockets but three struck the city, damaging a bus, homes and a car but causing no injuries.

More here.



This happens on a regular basis, whether you want to believe it or not. It’s Israeli standard military operating procedures. Who among you think that Israel’s enemies would ever consider such a thing themselves?



Yeah riiiiight, Hamas has real journalists

Any Westerner working for al-Jizz should be ashamed of themselves, willingly accepting a position from a fake news organization to help promote Arab propaganda, is the lowest of the lows in that badly misused profession. The Israeli representative does an excellent job of refuting the claims of the hack interviewer, who’s more interested in spreading false memes than actual journalism, meaning getting at the truth.

NOTE: What a screwed up world we live in, ever since the Arabs got wealthy from Western investment in the black crude under the sands of the Middle East.



Islamonazis crestfallen that they won’t be passing out the sweets for the near murder of Jewish school kids.

Rocket hits near Ashkelon school; Iron Dome intercepts 4

LAST UPDATED: 11/19/2012 12:02

Four rockets intercepted by Iron Dome, another hits a school parking lot in Ashkelon, none are injured; terrorists resume fire after a relative quiet night; IAF strikes in Gaza kill at least 10 civilians overnight.

IAF strikes in Gaza


A rocket fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip hit a school parking lot in Ashkelon on Monday morning, in a renewed barrage of rockets and mortars that followed a relatively quiet night on the Israeli front. No injuries were reported in the attacks.

The Iron Dome rocket-defense system intercepted three other rockets fired at Ashkelon and one launched toward Beersheba. Another rocket exploded in an open field outside of Beersheba.

More here.



The sad truth be known, the West fights tooth and nail the very same policies they would employ themselves, if caught in the same circumstances.

So You Want to End the Israel-Hamas War? Here’s How to Do It

November 18, 2012 – 10:31 am – by Barry Rubin

A lot of people have asked the purpose of Israel’s defensive war against Hamas.  Some, including those supposedly expert on the region, have been mystified. They cannot seem to figure out what is going on or what the goal of this Israeli operation could be.

The answer is simple. Given the premise that Hamas is in a permanent state of war with Israel and will attack Israel whenever it can get away with it, Israel needed to do three things.

First, show Hamas that it cannot daily attack Israel and Israeli civilians without a cost.

Second, show Hamas that the cost is unsustainable and that it needs to keep the peace or suffer massive losses to its governmental, economic, and military infrastructure. This includes a personal cost to those who have taken the lead in attacking Israel and especially to those who have organized terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians.

Third, remove from Hamas the means of making war by destroying its rockets, missiles, and other weaponry. Of course, they will rebuild but it is better to have an enemy that must start over again from near-zero than one that is adding thousands of weapons onto the thousands it already possesses, including the addition of more advanced arms and especially longer-range missiles.

Ending the current fighting in the Gaza Strip is also simple. There are two requirements: an international willingness to do it and an important decision from the new Egyptian government.

Ideally, the world would help overthrow the illegal Hamas regime that represses people in the Gaza Strip and repeatedly drags them into costly and losing wars with their stronger neighbor. But that’s not going to happen. So the next best-thing is a ceasefire that will last several years at least. While Hamas still has ties with Iran, and some factions are closer to Tehran, the Gaza regime’s real patron is Egypt. Both places are ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

We have been constantly told that the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt is really moderate. The Obama Administration helped put that government into power. Yes, it won elections but from January 2011 onward, Washington basically backed the Brotherhood in a number of ways. The U.S. government has constantly defended the Brotherhood as being moderate and criticized the Egyptian military when it tried to keep that group out of power.

More here.