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Operation 'Protective Edge' Begins in Response to Escalation of Terror

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The IDF has begun Operation 'Protective Edge' in response to the intense escalation of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel.

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Stan B (123)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 2:29 am
Hamas began this latest round of violence with the abduction and murder of three young Israelis. Then they escalated the crisis by firing hundreds of rockets indiscriminately into Southern Israel.
I hope the IDF wipes out this nest of vipers once and for all.

David F (14)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 3:09 am
" You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back. " -- placard held up by an old man in Gaza (where did i see that?)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 3:25 am
Correct Stan. Remember the old saying, “You make your bed, you lie in it”? Thanks for sharing.

Miriam E (18)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 3:33 am
Noted. Thank you Stan.
Hamas indiscriminately targets Israeli civilians, while using its own people as human shields.
In contrast, the IDF makes a huge effort not to hurt Palestinian civilians, and tries to stop the attack on Israelis.

Hilary S (65)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 3:36 am
the world keeps trying and failing to see this long and exhausting conflict as simple - usually simply a matter of israel being more something that the palestinians aren't. and meanwhile mutual hatred and suspicion grow in the hearts of many, but not in the hearts of all.
the terrorism of hamas is relentless, and bankrolled by forces whose agenda is to wipe israel off the map.
here are some statistics the media rarely if ever shares with us when reporting on the suffering of the poor palestinians and blaming israel for it:
- Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel. Over 3.5 million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks.
- More than half a million Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza into Israel. Most rockets launched from Gaza into Israel are capable of reaching Israel’s biggest southern cities.
- Rocket fire from Gaza is a constant threat facing Israel’s civilians. In 2011 alone, 630 rockets from Gaza hit Israeli towns. That’s an even higher number than in 2010, when 231 rockets hit Israel.

think about it before demonising israel.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 4:52 am
Agreed Miriam, and well put Hilary. However, the Palestinian apologists will continue to demonize Israel. As I've said before, they don't know their history. Learning history entails research and effort. All of their efforts go towards hating Israel.

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 5:00 am
Never let it be said that the media is biased but I have yet to see stories about 50 rockets shot into Sderot. I have read about the shock and horror of the death of a 16 year old Palestinian boy (which should not have happened) but no real interest in the death of 3 Israeli boys other than to ask Israel to show restraint and not protect their citizens.

. (0)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 5:35 am
Many stars...

Beatrice B (112)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 8:18 am
Some 120 rockets from Gaza were fired at Israel on Tuesday, the first day of the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge. IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner told the AFP news agency that 23 of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, with most of the rest exploding on open ground causing no damage or casualties. Hamas upped the ante on Tuesday and extended the range of the rockets. The latest salvo of rockets on Tuesday evening hit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and as far as Hadera, which is located 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of Tel Aviv and south of Haifa. Hadera is the furthest point to date that a Gaza rocket has reached. On the Gaza side, emergency services told AFP, 27 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in Israeli airstrikes. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told the news agency two teenagers were among the dead and that at least another 25 people were wounded in one of the airstrikes.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the citizens of Israel Tuesday evening, as the first day of Operation Protective Edge drew to a close. "The state of Israel is in the midst of a campaign to bring back peace and security to our citizens,” he said. “We will not stand for rocket fire on our cities and communities; therefore I gave instructions to widen in a meaningful way the IDF operation against the Hamas terrorists and against the terrorists of the other terror organizations in Gaza. "I did so only after all of the attempts that were made to restore quiet went unheeded, and Hamas opted for escalation. We do not go gleefully into battle, but the security of our citizens and children comes before everything else. We will do all that is necessary so that the calm that we have experienced here in recent years continues." The prime minister also addressed the issue of civilian casualties, following an incident in which several Palestinians were killed while being used as human shields by terrorists. "The IDF aims its actions against Hamas terrorists and not against innocent civilians,” Netanyahu stressed. “But Hamas purposely hides behind Palestinian civilians, and therefore bears responsibility when they are inadvertently hit.”

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 9:12 am
What Hilary said! Unless you've lived in this area, you can't possibly understand all the subtleties, the history and the cultural hatred.


P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:20 am
This is happening because the United States and Europe are not supporting Israel as much as it used to in the past. Israel has done nothing wrong in the first place; however, some sections of western society have become very anti-Semitic during the last several decades.

Allowing Muslims to migrate into our societies, allowed Islam to come in, deceive, and infiltrate our governments. Anti-Semitism is spreading due to the transformation process of governments shifting from supporting Civil Freedoms and Rights to Shariah law.

Since we are in the transformation process, the naive and ignorant cannot see twenty-two steps ahead at the final transformation stage, which is a worldwide caliphate where Islam controls the world.

By being deceived, we are allowing this creeping, backward ideology to slowing strip us of our beliefs and support for women’s rights, children’s rights, animal rights and so on. The only ones of western society who benefit from accepting Islam are the wife beaters and torturers, the child abusers and murders, pedophiles, women and child traffickers, etc., etc. In truth, it is the people who lack the moral backbone for standing up against a 1400-year-old, outdated ideology who benefit!!!

Muhammad told his followers in a hadith: “Drink camel urine, it contains the cure for all ills.” Muslims can graduate from the most famous medical schools in the world yet still believe that camel urine can cure illness. Their belief does not stem in most cases from scientific conviction but from fear of the deadly sword. In fourteen hundred years no Muslim has dared candidly to exercise his ability to distinguish right from wrong and tell his fellow believers: “Don’t drink camel urine!”
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

This is outdated and yet still widely practiced in the Middle East. I also want to mention that Wafa Sultan is a trained medical physician among other things.

Due to the lack of respect for women and children in Islamic societies, Wafa, in Arabic, translates into “Shit!” Her first name truly means “shit.” Who in western society would name their children “poopy,” “dump” or “shit?” Wafa Sultan states this fact in the above book.


P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:22 am
‘When you speak calmly to a Muslim, he perceives you as being weak. The American saying “speak softly and carry a big stick,” is, unfortunately, of no use when dealing with Muslims. It would be more appropriate to say (until we can change this way of thinking), “speak forcefully and carry a big stick”; otherwise you will be the weaker party and the loser.’
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

“Americans do not have enough experience of highway robbers [the raiding Muslim mindset] and so they allow any passing wayfarer to violate the sanctity of their horses [their culture and society]! They are not expert at either debate or trickery. They say what they mean and they mean what they say, and have no idea that they are dealing with people skilled in saying what they don’t mean and meaning what they have never said.”
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

‘The Koran is an Arabic book, and Islam forbade its translation into any other language. … Although the Koran has been rendered into other languages, these translations are not completely faithful, and Islam, as I mentioned above, forbids translation of the Koran. Because of this prohibition, translators refer to their work as “An English translation of the meaning of the Koran.” Naturally, in their work they try to convey the meaning with the greatest political correctness. When you read the Koran in English or in any other language, you are reading not a literal translation, but, rather, the meaning that the translator wants to impart to the text.’
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

‘Non-Arab Muslims pray in Arabic without understanding it. They repeat the words parrot fashion. This is also the case when they read the Koran. I have not the slightest doubt that many Christians who live in the Arab world know a great deal more about Islam than non-Arab Muslims do. What is more, Christians who live in Arab countries are more influenced behaviorally and intellectually by Muslim culture than non-Arab Muslims are. … When an Arab-speaking Muslim prays, he understands what the prayer means, while a non-Arab Muslim repeats the prayer without understanding it. … A Muslim prays five times a day, and on each occasion he recites the Fatiha, the first verse of the Koran, a number of times. This verse describes Christians as “those who have gone astray” and Jews as “those who have incurred Your wrath [also God’s wrath].” We see from this that Muslims execrate Christians and Jews a number of times in the course of a single prayer, which they repeat five times a day. Non-Arab Muslims are unaware that they are cursing the Christians and the Jews, because they pray in Arabic without understanding what they are saying. This means that the quantity of hatred they absorb from their prayers is less than that absorbed by Arab Muslims, who are aware of what they are saying.’
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

“Islam subjugated the cultures of all the peoples it afflicted, but it eradicated all traces of indigenous Arab culture more thoroughly than those of any other. ... Islam, as I said before, damaged the cultures of all Muslim peoples, but, since the Koran was written in Arabic and its translation into any other language is forbidden, Islam was unable totally to blot out the characteristics of other cultures in quite the same way it erased Arab culture.”
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

“I return here to an earlier point: the necessity of studying terrorism as a phenomenon in the laboratories of behavioral psychology in order to discover the connection between violence and reading matter [, especially the Koran]. Muslim culture, from its Arab beginnings, has canonized violence at all levels. Language is the means by which a culture imposes itself, and members of the community are a linguistic product, and therefore also a cultural one”
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:25 am

‘The Koran does not distinguish between the concepts of “force” and “power.” It confuses the two in an odd manner, and God’s power manifests itself only as an ability to use force. What is the real difference between the two concepts? A person has power when he can do what needs to be done in a peaceable manner appropriate to the circumstances. He will resort to force only when he is powerless. In other words, power represents peace, while force represents violence.’
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

“An Arab proverb says: You can extricate a man who has sunk into a quagmire, but it is impossible to remove a quagmire that has sunk into a man. People in the Islamic world have absorbed the quagmire in its entirety and are experiencing a moral crisis. They badly need to feel guilt for the sins they commit. Some people may ask: What has Islam to do with this crisis? Islam remains what it has always been: the main, if not the only, source of education in the Muslim world, and people are the product of their education.”
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

‘The language of violence and strife has extended into all areas of life in the Arab world. An arithmetic textbook in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq posed the following question to third-grade primary-school pupils: “Our brave soldiers killed 1,500 members of the enemy Iranian forces, wounded 1,800 others, and took 150 captive. What was the total extent of enemy losses, including dead, wounded and captive?” Can arithmetic be taught to third-grade students without the inclusion of a body count?’
—Wafa Sultan, author of A God Who Hates

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:27 am
“Since the dawn of Islam Muslims have always divided the world into two—themselves and others—and they continue to do so today. They are reasonable, peaceable, and upstanding believers while everyone else is a thoughtless, wicked, and heretical terrorist. They are the victims, and others are the killers.”
—Wafa Sultan, a Syrian Muslim and author of A God Who Hates

“We imbibed with our mothers’ milk hatred for the Jews and for anyone who supported their cause. We justified this hatred by devising a conspiracy theory, and we called anyone who disagreed with us a Zionist agent. This conspiracy theory helped keep Muslims inside the straitjacket in which Islam had imprisoned their minds. … Islam’s general attitude toward the Jews helped Muslims construct their conspiracy theory and use it as a weapon against anyone who tried to cast doubts upon the credibility and morality of Islamic teachings. With the aid of this weapon, they have been largely successful in attaining their objective.”
—Wafa Sultan, a Syrian Muslim and author of A God Who Hates

‘Jew must be one of the words Muslim children hear most frequently before the age of ten. It is also one of the hardest words they hear, as in their imagination it conjures up visions of killing, depravity, lies, and corruption. When two people quarrel, each calls the other a Jew. When one person wishes to express his disdain for another, he will call him a Jew.
When someone wants to describe someone else as ugly, he says he looks like a Jew. We hold the Jews “responsible” for our military failures, our economic backwardness, and our technological dependency. We believe that Jews control the world and that, in consequence, the whole world, dancing to their tune, wants to get rid of us.’
—Wafa Sultan, a Syrian Muslim and author of A God Who Hates

‘When I remember my childhood and reflect at length on our teachers’ and clergymen’s accusations against Jews in particular and Christians and other non-Muslims in general, I say to myself: If learned Muslims could replace the enormous quantities of hate contained in our schoolbooks, both religious and secular, with studies that focus on loving other people regardless of their religion, racial origin, or nationality, they would help to save the entire Muslim world from backwardness, hunger, poverty, and ignorance. That hatred could well destroy us before it destroys our “enemies.” For hatred is like acid in that it burns the container that holds it more than it damages the surface it is spilled upon.’
—Wafa Sultan, a Syrian Muslim and author of A God Who Hates

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:28 am
Nonie Darwish often reminds Western society that Islam lacks one of the most important characteristics of authentic religions: it does not teach the Golden Rule, meaning that we should treat others as we would have them treat us.
“Instead, Islam institutionalizes inequality, sanctioning discrimination against certain groups of people such as women and non-Muslims.
Overall, Islam fails in four major tests that religions should fulfill:
1. Adherence to the religion must be a personal choice.
2. No religion should demand that those who leave it be killed.
3. A religion must never mandate the killing and subjugation of those who choose not to belong.
4. A religion must be in accord with basic human rights.”
—Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian-born ex-Muslim of an Egyptian Islamic “martyr” and author of the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:29 am
‘Christian criticism of my work were more sophisticated than the Jewish “lachrymose” theory, which set the millennial transcontinental dhimmitude history within a Labour-Likud political rivalry, as exposed by Mark Cohen. My affirmation, constantly and deliberately repeated because it was true, that Jews and Christians shared the same dhimmi status scandalized Christian antisemites. Deeming the Jews a devilish sub-humanity rightfully deserving misery and trials, they could not accept the same punishment for meritorious Christians. This prejudiced denial of facts required constant explanations. In every lecture I had to stress that Islam has devised for Jews and Christians the same legal status.’
—Bat Ye’or, an Egyptian born Jewess and author of Understanding Dhimmitude

‘At this time, my opponents derided me for inventing new words like “dhimmitude” to define indigenous Jewish and Christian communities in Islamic lands, whereas they kept the traditional designation of “religious minorities.” The process that transformed those groups from ethnic majorities to religious minorities after their subjugation by the correlated institutions of jihad and dhimmitude was ignored. … I explained the need to create new words for grasping the complex components of a multifold dynamic. … Therefore, creating new words being not so scandalous, the word “dhimmitude” should be accepted as essential for understanding a specific relationship involving Jews, Christians, other non-Muslims, and Muslims in a culture shaped by shariah. It refers to a complex situation that encompasses multifaceted elements, combining factors and interactions as a whole. The integration of the meaning of dhimmitude would convey those elements sparing me the time to list and explain them. … Dhimmitude encompasses imbricate notions, and should not be rejected.’
—Bat Ye’or, an Egyptian born Jewess and author of Understanding Dhimmitude
“Until recently, Oriental Jewry did not grasp its own history. Historical research requires liberty: the liberty to write the darker pages of oppression and injustice, as well as the brighter times. Jewish and Christian dhimmi communities (that is to say, Jews and Christians who lived under Islamic rule) were hardly in a position to describe and analyze their darker periods openly, since this would have offended Muslims by implying that Muslim law, or Muslim rule, was unjust or defective. Such criticism was severely forbidden under Islamic law.
The dhimmi peoples were unable to perceive the diverse aspects of their own history, because history—like culture—is a fundamental aspect of freedom, and dhimmi peoples were only tolerated by Islamic rulers as subjected populations.”
—Bat Ye’or, author of Understanding Dhimmitude, Lecture: Conceded Toleration Must Give Way to the Acceptance of Equality

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:30 am
“How fortunate for leaders,” Hitler said to his inner circle, “that men do not think. Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

—How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, Why The Truth Matters More Than You Think, written by Andy Andrews, Pg. 32

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:33 am
“For many years we lulled ourselves with the idea that radicalization was not happening inside the United States. We believed American Muslims were immune to radicalization because, unlike the European counterparts, they are socially and economically well-integrated into society. There had been warnings that these assumptions were false but we paid them no mind. Today there is no doubt that radicalization is taking place inside America. The strikingly accelerated rate of American Muslims arrested for involvement in terrorist activities since May 2009 makes this fact self-evident.”
—Sue Myrick, once a member of Congress, wrote a particularly candid letter on "radicalization" to President Obama (of which he ignored)

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 10:37 am
“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you want to secure the blessing.”
—Andrew Jackson

“The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God.”
—John Quincy Adams

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!”
—Winston Churchill

"Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities."
—Winston Churchill

"Wherever the Christians have been unable to resist [the Mohammedans] by the sword, Christianity has ultimately disappeared."
—Teddy Roosevelt

“To preserve our freedoms from the encroachment of Islam, we must do four things: defend freedom of speech, reject cultural relativism, counter Islamization, and cherish our national identity.”
—Geert Wilders, author of Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me

“Many Muslim advisors to the U.S. government are Muslim Brothers or sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood cause,” Guandolo says. They are “advising the U.S. national leadership and our national security apparatus on how to respond to the events in Egypt and elsewhere.”
—John Guandolo, a former FBI agent and author of Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America

"Life is beautiful, extremely beautiful. And when you are old you appreciate it more. When you are older you think, you remember, you care and you appreciate. You are thankful for everything. For everything."
—Alice Herz-Sommer, Was the Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor


Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 2:22 pm
If Palestine did not want to escalate the troubles why start firing rockets Any fool would know thats going to cause strife Hope the situation does not worsen My sister in law is Jewish and lives in jerusalem

noted thanks

Beth S (330)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 6:56 pm

This conflict is EXACTLY what the Fakestinians asked for, and exactly what they deserve.


Lynn Geth (185)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 7:58 pm
Any time Israel retaliates against Palestine, the Muslims and certainly a lot of Americans who don't look past their own noses, say "Israel attacked Palestine and killed a lot of innocent people". How stupid of the people who blame Israel not to realize who cast the first stone. Thank you Stan, for this thought provoking article.

fly b (26)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 2:17 am
haaretz - "The IDF hasn’t succeeded or bothered to find the rocket launchers themselves, and so they’re attacking civilian targets, not hesitating to kill many civilians and children,” is the prevailing conclusion amongst Gaza residents, who also claim that the current attacks are less restrained than Operation Pillar of Defense."

"Gaza's human targets"
"1.7 million Palestinians feel like human targets for IDF bombs."

"High death toll and intensity of IDF offensive rallies Palestinians behind Hamas, evaporating any criticism of group's possible responsibility for triggering escalation."

This entire invasion and assault was designed for several purposes, not least of all, to undermine and destroy Palestinian unity and peace.

Netanyahu, also, was only to eager to distract everyone from the brutal beating of an American teenager by Israeli police, and the murder and kidnapping of his cousin.

The murderers/kidnappers of the Israeli youth have still not been identified, and no evidence has been brought forward, yet Netanyahu immediately placed blame on Hamas, who denied the accusations, as unqualified and baseless.

Netanyahu and Israeli forces have been bombing Gaza before the kidnappings, and intensified them July 2, I believe, according to reports. With the reports of the murder of the 9 year old Palestinian boy in Jerusalem, and the subsequent price tag/vengeance attacks and protests, the IDF cracked down on civilians.
Soon after the attacks on Gaza intensified, on a daily basis.

Israel has been raiding Gaza with airstrikes for years - not Hamas!

Israel breached the agreements, long ago. Making up lies, and phony excuses (defense) doesn't cut it.

Talk about double standards .. Israel strikes back, if hit?? Israel's been bombarding Gaza for years.

Must be like some of those co-dependent relationships, where one refuses to admit manipulation, lies and general dysfunction, as long as it "works"..

For whom, is the question, and at what cost!

Beth S (330)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 5:03 am

Haaretz is left-wing garbage that has lost so many of its subscriptions and readers that it is laying people off. Many have come to the realization that Haaretz, like so many other left-wing rags, doesn't tell the truth, the whole truth, and barely the partial truth.

No other military is as committed to preventing civilian deaths and is as moral as the IDF and the IAF. Hands down.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 9:45 am
Beth, Haaretz gets its funding from overseas,. due to almost no presence in Israeli media. Arab PR lobby promotes it actively, but that is it.

Beth S (330)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 10:18 am

The Gaza Rules: Israel, unlike Hamas, isn’t trying to kill civilians. It’s taking pains to spare them.

The charges are false. By the standards of war, Israel’s efforts to spare civilians have been exemplary.:

(Arabs say) According to many critics, Israel is slaughtering civilians in Gaza. It’s “purposefully wiping out entire families,” says an Arab member of Israel’s parliament. It’s committing “genocide—the murder of entire families,” says Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. Iran says Israel has committed “massacres against the defenseless Palestinians.” [false reporting]


Kathleen M (230)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 6:18 pm
Sadly noted. No green stars.

S J (130)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 7:26 pm
noted, thanks Stan

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 11:37 pm
Arab politicians are often known and proven liars.

Arafat was Liar #1. He could lie right to the person's face knowing that that person knows that Arafat is lying. When Bush figured that out, Arafat was not welcome in the White House anymore.

Mohammed lied, and told his followers to lie.

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