Palestinian Arab driver intentionally drives into a crowd of Jews in Gush Etzion, then speeds away.
BCF (h/t SusanK) As you can see in the video, the Arab driver swerved into a group of people, mostly women and girls standing at a Gush Etzion Junction bus stop. One woman, 20, was injured in the attack, and was taken to Hadassah Ein Karen hospital. The driver drove off and was captured south of Gush Etzion. The footage was captured by the security camera overlooking the bus stop.
An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the field told the Jerusalem Post that while Hamas fighters offered fierce resistance when the ground operation began, now Hamas operatives are fleeing, abandoning their positions, leaving behind weapons that the IDF is using to expand its assault on the terror group.
IDF soldiers rolling into Gaza
Breitbart The source added that 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.”
Using further eyewitness reports, the article describes how Hamas has integrated the tunnel network into the civilian infrastructure of Gaza, constructing entrances in homes and even mosques. “I have not entered one civilian home that did not have weapons, suicide belts, or booby traps in it,” the source told the Post, stressing the lengths to which the IDF goes to protect innocent civilians caught in the crossfire, regardless.
The reports of a collapse in Hamas fighters’ morale lends credence to other reports that Hamas leaders were considering a temporary truce suggested by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The organization has insisted in the past on making a ceasefire conditional on the removal of the international blockade of Gaza, which exists to prevent Hamas from importing weapons and materials to build its terror network even further than it has.
Update: As Israel’s political leaders debated a ceasefire well into Friday evening, a top military leader took the unusual step of discouraging a ceasefire, the Times of Israel reports, confirming the Jerusalem Post‘s report about Hamas retreat:
“The spirit of Hamas terrorists is weakening,” Southern Region Commander Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman says. “I see terrorists in distress, abandoned by their commanders who deserted them at the front and stayed behind…and facing them, our reserve and standing army units led by commanders leading the force.”
At competing pro-Israel/pro-Hamas rallies in Philly, the Judenrat Executive Director of CAIR-Phildelphia, Jacob Bender, stood in solidarity with Hamas:
Newsworks As “an American and as a Jew,” Jacob Bender, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he was there to protest the policies of the state of Israel in killing Palestinian civilians.
BENDER has a long history of virulently attacking Israel and Zionism. His letters to various newspapers:
“As an American Jew, I believe the improvement of Muslim-Jewish relations rests upon two foundations: a recognition by Muslims that anti-Jewish bigotry violates Islamic values and principles, and a recognition by Jews that as long as Israel continues its brutal occupation of the Palestinians, no improvement in relations between “the children of Abraham” will be possible.”–Jacob Bender, Stuttgart, Germany
“The vast settlement project, widely recognized as violating international law, is only the most visible manifestation of Israel’s four-decade long rule over Palestinian territory, an occupation that has included torture, political assassination, home demolitions and economic strangulation.] Many Jews, like myself, have long argued that the occupation is inimical to Israel’s own security, as well as violating Jewish ethics that mandate justice and mercy. The Saudi Initiative, which offers Israel full diplomatic recognition and regional integration, may be one of the final chances for Israel to achieve a lasting peace.” –Jacob Bender, New York
Frontpage Joe Kaufman For the past decade or so, a strange phenomenon has taken place whereby a small group of extreme leftist Jews have willingly aligned themselves with Islamists, mainly out of a common animosity towards the foreign policies of America, Israel and other Western Capitalist societies. These Jews generally function as political pawns and stooges acting against their own best interests, but none of them have gone on to head the Islamist organizations they have teamed with. That is, until now.
On October 15th, the Philadelphia office of the radical Muslim group CAIR put out a press release announcing that it had hired Jacob Bender, a left-wing Jewish activist and filmmaker, as its new Executive Director. Hiring Bender was a public relations win for CAIR. For Bender, he joins a group that, in his estimation, appears to be like-minded, especially on the issue of Israel.
Jacob Bender, the Islamofascists’ favorite useful idiot Jew
And what does Bender think about “the growth of terrorism and Islamist extremism” from Israel’s enemies? He blames that on Israel, as well. He writes, in another letter, that they are “a direct result of its oppression of the Palestinians.”
“As we approach the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, your article makes clear that the suffering the Palestinians have endured is a result of Israel’s occupation. After four decades, friends of Israel, especially American Jews, must lose their inhibitions against “washing dirty laundry in public” and finally raise their collective voices against the self-destructive madness of Israeli policy.”
“A change in American policy that recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to national self-determination in a state of their own would also imply the ending of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem and a dismantling of the Israeli settlements. This would ultimately prove to be in the best interest of everyone: Israel, the Palestinians, the entire Middle East and the United States.” –Jacob Bender, New York
Jacob Bender can sleep well with the pride of being a useful idiot for a terror front.