IDF drops massive number of leaflets, makes phone calls to Northern Gaza warning people to evacuate temporarily before next attack on Hamas

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  • Over 1261 rocket have been launched at Israel.

  • 984 of those rockets hit Israel

  • Approximately 228 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

  • The IDF has targeted over 1,752 terror targets, with both naval and aerial capabilities.

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Wednesday, July 16

Rocket launchers in Gaza explode after Israeli Air Force air strike.

So far today, Hamas has fired 61 rockets today. 37 of them hit Israel; 23 were intercepted by Iron Dome.

6:11 PM:

Hamas fired a rocket from Gaza today and severely damaged this house in Ashkelon

Hamas fired a rocket from Gaza today and severely damaged this house in Ashkelon

5:30 AM: Hamas aims for Israel, but its rockets have hit Gaza over 100 times in 9 days

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5:00 PM: Today we struck 50 Hamas targets in Beit Lahiya, Shuja’iya, Zeitoun & other areas in N. Gaza from which we warned civilians to evacuate.

2:41 PM: 2 rockets fired from Gaza struck the Ashkelon area, and 5 rockets struck elsewhere in southern Israel.

2:15 PM: Watch: the IAF Distributes Evacuation Leaflets to Residents of Northern Gaza this morning.

1:15 PM: Hamas terrorists fired 10 rockets at Be’er Sheva moments ago. The Iron Dome intercepted 6 of them, and the remaining 4 fell in open areas.

10:13 AM

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9:30 AM:  4 rockets fired from Gaza have been intercepted over Tel Aviv.

9:28 AM: Rocket sirens and blasts heard in Tel Aviv moments ago.

7:53 AM: Hamas terrorists fired 8 rockets at southern Israel. Of them, 6 were intercepted by Iron Dome & 2 landed in open area

7:00 AM: The Iron Dome intercepted a Hamas rocket over the area of Kiryat Malakhi. 4 others fell in open areas.

6:00 AM: IDF postpones strikes on Hamas targets after identifying civilians in the area.

4:09 AM: Yesterday, Hamas fired rockets towards the Kerem Shalom crossing. Even so, the IDF continued transferring goods into Gaza.

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Tuesday, July 15

Summary of the day:

One civilian named Dror Hanin was killed by a mortar fired from Gaza on late Tuesday.

  • More than 155 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel.

  • At least 122 rockets struck Israel.

  • 26 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

  • The IDF hit 96 terror targets in the Gaza Strip.

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One Democrat Congresswoman (D-FL) who refuses to be intimidated by Muslim strong-arm tactics

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Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Palestinian-American high school student from Tampa, FL, who was attacked by Israeli police forces over a week ago while observing a protest (Actually he was throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli police) in response to his cousin’s murder, remains under house arrest in East Jerusalem today. Family members and others Muslims are unhappy that Congresswoman Kathy Castor hasn’t called for the teen’s release.

ORIGINAL STORY: what-youre-not-hearing-about-the-israeli-police-beating-of-a-palestinian-american-teenager

CL Tampa  The youth was in the Middle East on vacation two weeks ago when his cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped and burned alive by Israelis in what was suspected to be a revenge killing, coming as it did after the murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank that shocked Israel.

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Teenage thug Tariq Abu Khdeir and his Mommy

“Senator Nelson and Congresswoman Castor have a duty to issue immediate and unequivocal statements condemning the brutal beating of one of their constituents by the police forces of a nation that receives billions of our tax dollars,” said (notorious Hezbollah and Hamas supporter )Hassan Shibly of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in a statement released Sunday night. “Their public silence thus far gives the impression that they put the interests of Israeli police officers above that of Muslim citizens.” (We DO!)

While the State Department (Israel haters) has come out in support of Tariq, friends and family members of the Tampa teen are hoping for the same statement from their local member of Congress. In a conversation with CL, Shibly was more outspoken in his criticism, saying that “we have no doubt that if this was a Jewish-American student abducted by Hamas, we’d get a public statement.” (Damn straight)

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Meanwhile, a distant relative of Khdeir says that Castor’s chief-of-staff, Clay Phillips, was rude and inconsiderate to her when she spoke with him in Castor’s Washington D.C. office last Tuesday.

Tamara Essayyad is a second cousin of Tariq Abu Khdeir -Tariq’s father is her cousin. As an attorney living in Washington, she said family members called her last week to see if she could get in touch with Castor’s office directly about Khdeir. She said that when she called on Thursday, July 3, the office was already closed for the holiday weekend. 

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She told a staffer she would come in to the office, and did so last Tuesday at noon to meet with Clay Phillips, Congresswoman Castor’s chief-of-staff. It did not go well. Essayad says she walked into Phillips’ office with a copy of the (anti-Israel) New York Times in her hand, and he immediately “ripped it out” of her hands.

“Shocked and appalled does not even begin to describe what I was feeling,” she said about how the meeting began. She says that after she identified herself, Phillips did all the talking for the first five minutes and was “very aggressive” in his speech. “I told him to tone it the hell down,” she told CL on Sunday night.  “How dare you speak to me this way?” she said she told him. 

But Phillips’ tone noticeably changed for the better, she said, when she pulled out her cellphone, indicating that she was going to call Tariq’s parents. But it really wasn’t much more productive. “Have you called the embassy? Have you called the Consultate?” Essayad says she asked Phillips. “What  has she done?” regarding the Congresswoman’s response.

But Essayad says Phillips was noncommittal. “I asked, ‘Is it because he’s not an Israeli-American? Because he’s a Palestinian-American? You are our representation.’ But he said, ‘We’re not going to talk about it.”

fl_picEssayad says the conversation only lasted 10 minutes, and ended when Phillips said that “the family has to get an authorization.” But Essayad says once she suggested she call Tariq’s parents right then and there, Phillips stood up and led her out of his office, slamming the door. “It was horrendous,” she recalls.

“They’ve issued statements about manatees. They’ve issued statements about healthcare. But they haven’t issued anything on this,” Essayad says about press releases that have come out of Congresswoman Castor’s office over the past week. “I’m obviously appalled that Tampa has such representation.”

WOW! They even got PA president Mahmoud Abbas to whine about this teenage good for nothing thug

WOW! They even got PA president Mahmoud Abbas in a photo op with this good-for-nothing teenage Palestinian Muslim thug

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[UPDATED] Jewish physician kicked off Jet Blue flight after Palestinian Muslim bitch complains about her

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A woman is claiming Islamic Jew hatred is to blame for her being thrown off a JetBlue flight leaving from Palm Beach International Airport this week.

WPBF Dr. Lisa Rosenberg had boarded a flight home to New York Monday night after her vacation in Palm Beach County. She said she was on the phone with a friend talking about the violence in Israel and her concern for her daughter, who will be studying there next year. She said the trouble on the plane began when she finished her call.

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“A MUSLIM woman comes up to me and says to me ‘I’m a Palestinian,’ and she starts cursing at me. ‘Zionist pig. This is just the beginning,’” Rosenberg said. Rosenberg said she never said anything negative about Palestinians and was only complimenting Israel on how leaders there have handled this latest conflict.

The argument between the women got heated and a flight attendant had to intervene, Rosenberg said. A few minutes later, a supervisor told her she needed to leave the plane. “I can’t believe it. I said, ‘Why would you do that?’ I said, ‘Why don’t you have her leave the plane?’” she said.

Rosenberg said nobody from JetBlue would answer her questions. She said only the other woman had complained and said she was not comfortable flying with Rosenberg. “I said, ‘The passenger, the Palestinian (terrorist) passenger, didn’t feel comfortable with me, the Jewish doctor being on the plane?’” Rosenberg said she was humiliated but left the plane.

JetBlue confirmed Rosenberg was removed from the flight and added the story she tells “in no way reflects the report that we have.” JetBlue would not release that report and would not specify what’s in it.

(Hopefully, a big fat lawsuit will soon follow)

CONTACT JET BLUE HERE: JET BLUE

anmd57978cfa673e556-viUPDATE FROM BNI: I just spoke to Lisa Rosenberg by phone and she told me the woman, who now is claiming she is not Palestinian but Jewish (doubtful), was seated behind her on the plane and overheard her phone call where she was talking about Israel. The woman got out of her seat and began verbally attacking Lisa and the argument got very heated. A flight attendant came over and said to both of them that “we cannot have political discussions on this plane,” after which they both sat down in their seats and said nothing more. A few minutes later, a supervisor came over and told Lisa she would have to leave but would not tell her why. Lisa has contacted a lawyer on this matter.

 

 

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BREAKING! Israel attacked on 4 fronts – GAZA, LEBANON, SYRIA, SINAI

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 Since the start of the operation:

  • Over 1000 rocket have been launched at Israel.

  • 754 of those rockets hit Israel

  • Approximately 201 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

  • The IDF has targeted over 1,474 terror targets, with both naval and aerial capabilities.

Lebanon:

Also Monday, rockets were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon, reported Reuters, drawing retaliatory artillery fire from Israeli forces, Lebanese security officials and the Israeli army said, in the third such rocket attack from Lebanon since Friday.

An Israeli police spokeswoman said there was no immediate word of damage or casualties from the rocket fire. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Syria:

A rocket fired from Syria hit an open area on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights on Monday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Spokesperson Unit confirmed in a statement.

The statement said according to initial reports, the launching was “deliberate.” It is still not clear who is responsible for the attack, the Walla news website reported.

Gaza:

A Hamas drone capable of carrying weapons was shot down Monday with a Patriot missile along the southern Israeli coast.

“It was shot to smithereens,” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli Army, told reporters Monday.

Israeli officials said it was the first time Hamas militants had launched a drone since fighting escalated last week.

Israel reported that its so-called Iron Dome defense system intercepted several rockets fired from Gaza, including one Monday evening over Tel Aviv.

Sinai:

4 lightly injured in recent rocket attack on Eilat.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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OOPS! Hamas rocket takes out power station in Gaza, Israel not fixing it

Hi, Hamas. Israel would love to help you with your little electrical problem but we won’t be able to repair it today, tomorrow doesn’t look good either. You see, we’re kind of busy fighting a war right now. Call us when you run out of rockets and we’ll do lunch.

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INN  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power. The Palestinian Authority currently owes the Israel Electric Company NIS 1.5 billion ($525 million) in unpaid bills for electricity. 

Last month, the IEC filed a petition with the High Court demanding to be allowed to shut off electricity to the Palestinian Authority until the debt was paid – or to allow the IEC to seize customs and aid payments collected on behalf of the PA to pay off its debt. That case is still pending.

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Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It’s not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours.

As Operation Protective Edge enters its seventh day, many Israelis are demanding that the country take more aggressive action against Hamas in order to put a halt to the seemingly endless missile attacks from Gaza. One suggestion that has come up numerous times is cutting off electricity to Gaza,which Israel is still supplying. The Hamas missile, which hit one of the high tension wires that move power from Israel to Gaza, apparently made that a moot point, at least partially.

Meanwhile, the IEC is still supplying electricity to Gaza, under orders from the government.

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PARIS: Pro-Palestinian Muslim savages attack two different synagogues with rocks and Molotov cocktails

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With screams of “Death to the Jews,” more than a hundred anti-Israeli Muslim savages attacked the Synagogue de la Roquette, in Paris Sunday.  French news magazine Le Monde says preliminary reports are 4 Jewish people were injured, one seriously. 

YidwithLid  (h/t Alain) French news service AFP reported the Muslim rioters surrounded the Synagogue and threw rocks into the house of worship. Large scale police forces were called to extricate the Jews. Jewish news website JTA spoke to an eyewitness Alain Azria ​a French Jewish journalist who reported.  “The attackers splintered off an anti-Israel demonstration and advanced toward the synagogue when it was full.”

Azria said that when the men arrived at the synagogue, located at the 11th Arrodissement near Dare de Lyon, there were only five police officers guarding the place. The police blocked the entrance to the synagogue while close to 200 congregants were inside and as the protesters chanted anti-Semitic slogans and hurled objects at the synagogue and its guards, Azria said.

“They were determined to enter and the police did not have enough forces,” he said. According to Azria, the mob was kept away by men from the SPCJ Jewish security unit, the Jewish Defense League and Beitar, who engaged the attackers in what turned into a street brawl.

“Thank God they were there because the protesters had murder on their minds and it took a while before police reinforcements arrived,” Azria added.

On Friday evening the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois in the suburbs of Paris was the target of a Molotov cocktail which damaged the front door but thankfully no one was hurt.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said two Paris synagogues had been targeted by unspecified violence that he called “inadmissible.” In a statement, he said, “France will never tolerate using violent words or acts to import the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on our soil.” 

A police spokeswoman said the Don Isaac Abravanel synagogue in eastern Paris was targeted during a service, and worshippers were blocked inside while police pushed protesters back. The spokeswoman said all those inside left safely by Sunday evening. 

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TOLD YA SO! Egypt is publicly supporting Israel and hoping they will “destroy Hamas once and for all”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi has thus far turned down appeals from Palestinians and other Arabs to work toward achieving a new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

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* Over the past week there are voices coming out of Egypt and some Arab countries — voices that publicly support the Israeli military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

* They see the atrocities and massacres committed by Islamists on a daily basis in Iraq and Syria and are beginning to ask themselves if these serve the interests of the Arabs and Muslims.

* “Thank you Netanyahu and may God give us more [people] like you to destroy Hamas!” — Azza Sami of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.

* Isolated and under attack, Hamas now realizes that it has lost the sympathy of many Egyptians and Arabs.

Gatestone  Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Sisi and urged him to intervene to achieve an “immediate ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas. Abbas later admitted that his appeal to Sisi and (other Arab leaders) had fallen on deaf ears. Sisi’s decision not to intervene in the current crisis did not come as a surprise. In fact, Sisi and many Egyptians seem to be delighted that Hamas is being badly hurt.

Some Egyptians are even openly expressing hope that Israel will completely destroy Hamas, which they regard as the “armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.” Sisi’s Egypt has not forgiven Hamas for its alliance with Muslim Brotherhood and its involvement in terrorist attacks against Egyptian civilians and soldiers over the past year.

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The Egyptians today understand that Hamas and other radical Islamist groups pose a serious threat to their national security. That is why the Egyptian authorities have, over the past year, been taking tough security measures not only against Hamas, but also the entire population of the Gaza Strip. These measures include the destruction of dozens of smuggling tunnels along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt and the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization.

True, there are still many Egyptians and Arabs who sympathize with Hamas, mainly because it is being targeted by Israel. But over the past week, there are also different voices coming out of Egypt and some other Arab countries — voices that publicly support the Israeli military operation against the Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip.

This is perhaps because a growing number of Arabs and Muslims are fed up with the Islamist terrorists who are imposing a reign of terror and intimidation in the Arab world, particularly in Iraq and Syria. They see the atrocities and massacres committed by Islamists on a daily basis in Iraq and Syria and are beginning to ask themselves if these serve the interests of the Arabs and Muslims.

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Sisi and other Arab leaders are now sitting on the fence and hoping that this time Israel will complete the job and get rid of Hamas once and for all. Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah are certainly not going to shed a tear if Hamas is crushed and removed from power in the Gaza Strip.

The reaction of some Egyptians to the Israeli military operation has shocked Hamas and other Palestinians. As one Hamas spokesman noted: “It’s disgraceful to see that some Egyptians are publicly supporting the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip while Westerners are expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and condemning Israel.”

Addressing the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Egyptian actor Amr Mustafa said that they should not expect any help from the Egyptians. “You must get rid of Hamas and we will help you,” he said. He also called on Hamas to stop meddling in the internal affairs of Arab countries. “Pull your men out of Egypt, Syria and Libya,” Mustafa demanded. “In Egypt, we are today fighting poverty that was caused by wars. We have enough of our own problems. Don’t expect the Egyptians to give more than what they have already given. We’ve had enough of what you did to our country.”

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In response to Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi’s decision to dispatch 500 tons of food and medical aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the Egyptian newspaper El-Bashayer remarked: “The standard of living for a Gazan citizen is much higher than that of an Egyptian citizen. The poor in Egypt are more in need than the poor in the Gaza Strip. Let Qatar spend as much as it wants on the Gaza Strip. We should not send anything that Egyptians are in need of.”

Famous Egyptian TV presenter and journalist Amr Adeeb has been told by many Egyptians to “shut up” after his criticism of Sisi’s “silence” toward the war in the Gaza Strip. One Egyptian reminded Adeeb that “Hamas is responsible for the killing of Egyptian soldiers.” Egyptian ex-general Hamdi Bakhit was quoted as expressing hope that Israel would re-occupy the Gaza Strip. “This would be better than the Hamas rule,” he said.

Egyptian TV presenter Amany al-Khayat launched a scathing attack on Hamas. She pointed out that Hamas agreed to the reconciliation pact with Fatah only in order to get salaries for its employees in the Gaza Strip.

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Hamas is the armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood

Al-Khayat said that Hamas was seeking to depict itself as a victim of an Israeli attack only in order to get the Egyptian authorities to reopen the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip. “They just want us to open the Rafah border crossing,” she said on her show. “Hamas is prepared to make all the residents of the Gaza Strip pay a heavy price in order to rid itself of its crisis. We must not forget that Hamas is the armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement.”

Her colleague, Azza Sami of the newspaper Al-Ahram, went as far as thanking Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for ordering the attack on Hamas. “Thank you Netanyahu and may God give us more [people] like you to destroy Hamas,” she wrote. In response, an Egyptian wrote: “May God make the State of Israel victorious in its war against the terrorist movement Hamas during this holy month of Ramadan.”

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What is also remarkable is Egyptian criticism of Hamas for launching rockets at the nuclear facility in Dimona in southern Israel. Ahmed Qandeel, head of the Energy Studies Program at the Al-Ahram Strategic Studies think-tank, denounced the targeting of Dimona as “idiotic.” He warned that this would have a negative impact on the entire region and endanger the lives of many Egyptians and Arabs. “Egypt must take precautionary measures,” he advised.

Echoing the widespread sentiment among Egyptians, journalist Mustafa Shardi said: “No Arab country has done for the Palestinians as Egypt did. Why doesn’t Hamas go to (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip) Erdogan? Where is Erdogan when you need him? Why is he silent? If he opens his mouth they (Israel and the US) will hit him with a shoe. The Egyptian people are asking: Where are our people who were kidnapped and taken to the Gaza Strip? Hamas should apologize for the 1000 tunnels that were used to smuggle the resources of Egypt. They all have their own planes and accounts in Swiss banks.”

Egypt has demolished most of the smuggling tunnels into Gaza

Egypt has demolished most of the smuggling tunnels into Gaza

Isolated and under attack, Hamas now realizes that it has lost the sympathy of many Egyptians and Arabs. Some Hamas leaders are now talking about the “betrayal” and “collusion” of their Arab brethren, especially Egypt.

When the Egyptian authorities reluctantly and briefly re-opened the Rafah border crossing a few days ago, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum rushed to declare: “The Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing only to receive bodies. Egypt is imposing a blockade on the Gaza Strip and has destroyed the tunnels.”

Former Palestinian Authority security commander Mohamed Dahlan predicted that the Egyptians will not do anything to save Hamas. “Egypt won’t intervene to stop the war on the Gaza Strip because Hamas was conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt,” he said. “Hamas was working with Muslim Brotherhood against the Egyptian army.”

Hamas is paying a heavy price for meddling in the internal affairs of Egypt and some other Arab countries. But the Palestinians living under Hamas in the Gaza Strip are paying a heavier price, largely due to their failure to rise up against the Islamist movement and demand the right to live better lives.

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HAMAS’ Operation Death Wish vs ISRAEL’s Operation Protective Edge

Thousands of Israeli combat soldiers are waiting for a green light from the government to cross into the Hamas hornet’s nest in Gaza nest to deliver a follow-up wallop to the aerial strikes to defend Israel from what is rightly called Hamas’ “Operation Death Wish.”

Jewish Press  Israel’s “Protective Edge” counter-terrorist campaign has followed the Pillar of Cloud and Operation Cast Lead battles five and two years ago, respectively. As usual, Hamas is begging for international pressure and has been caught by the BBC posting pictures of dead children, victims of terror – except that many of the pictures are of victims of wars in Iraq and Syria or from wars with Israeli several years ago.

The Israel Air Force’s pinpoint bombings have destroyed hundreds if not thousands of rockets, and Hamas has wasted hundreds of missiles and rockets in its stockpile that is estimated at approximately 10,000.

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“Gaza is slowly sinking to its doom,” IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Friday, Hamas leaders “in Gaza are understanding that they’ve made a big mistake. In four days we’ve been intelligently using our offensive means while remembering that there are civilians there that Hamas has turned into hostages.” Hamas insistence on wildly continuing to attack Israel, as far north as Haifa, with more than 100 rockets and missiles a day, in the hopes of striking “luck” with an explosion in a crowded mall, school or residential area shows how desperate it is for a “success.’

The terrorist organization announced on Friday that a missile intercepted in central Israel was aimed at Ben Gurion Airport, where at least one incoming plane from Poland turned back after air controllers told the pilot to remain in the air for an undetermined amount of time because of the danger of flying missiles.

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The international condemnation of Israel for defending its citizens, Arab and Israeli, by killing terrorists and civilians who intentionally shield them, is beginning to mount just when Hamas need it most. The United Nations on Friday suggested that the IDF’s bombings homes of senior Hamas terrorist commanders might even be a war crime since “civilians” also are hit, even though the Israeli military gave them plenty of warning to evacuate.

“In case of doubt, buildings that are ordinarily used for civilian purposes, such as homes, are presumed not to be legitimate military targets,” said U.N. Ravina Shamdasani. “Even when a home is identified as being used for military purposes, any attack must be proportionate, offer a definite military advantage in the prevailing circumstances at the time, and precautions must be taken to protect civilians.”

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It is not clear what she meant by “proportionate.” Does Israel have to make sure its aerial attacks land in open area when Hamas missiles explode in non-populated areas? Does the IDF have to bomb a gas station and make sure that only one person is seriously wounded to be “proportionate” to the Hamas missile that exploded at a gas station in Ashdod on Friday? Or perhaps the Air Force should attack a parking lot that is smack in between apartment building such as in Ashdod, where mass casualties would have resulted had a Hamas Grad missile landed a few feet farther in either direction.

International pressure against Israel is far from what it was several days after Cast Lead and Pillar of Cloud, but it is slowly on the way although Hamas is suffering from the long belated understanding by most of the Western world at large that it does not have moral leg to stand on.

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Hamas has suffered serious losses – a depleted missile stockpile, bombed terrorist infrastructure and the elimination of dozens of senior terrorist commanders. It also has cost Mahmoud Abbas’ some legitimacy as Palestinian Authority chairman because of his initial inability to stop Hamas attacks and his subsequent enthusiasm for terror, having stated this week, “One God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal” and that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorists are “brothers in arms.” He predicted on Friday that an Israeli ground incursion is only hours away.

So long as the IAF can do the job, Israel has found no reason to endanger the lives of soldiers be sending them into Gaza, where Hamas has copied Hezbollah tactics and has prepared hundreds of tunnel, many of them underneath homes, to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

Chief of Staff Gantz said Friday, “Nothing is stopping us from moving forward. The IDF is not waiting for the last straw to go on a ground offensive; it’s waiting on political instruction.” That means he thinks Israel has enough intelligence, and has bombed out enough of the terrorist infrastructure, to keep casualties to a minimum it enters Gaza, If combat troops enter, they will not leave unless Hamas raises the white flag or is decimated.

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Hamas attacked Israel out of weakness. Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, wrote on the Council on Foreign Relations website that lack of Iranian support for Hamas and the new Egyptian government’s disdain for the terrorist regime have left Gaza residents victims on a corrupt regime that has brought them nothing but misery. Before the latest attacks in Operation Death Wish, Hamas faced challenges from other terrorists who did not like the idea of standing by with weapons and not including them, Abrams noted.

The missile strikes have brought Hamas a bit more attention from the Arab world but far less than it expected. “Hamas may have reached the conclusion that it must soon…agree to a truce, but be unwilling to stop until it can point to some ‘achievement’ like hitting a major tower in downtown Tel Aviv or killing a large group of Israelis,” Abrams wrote.

So far, Hamas’s rekindling of the war with Israel can clearly be called “Operation Death Wish.”

Iron Dome intercepts most, but not all, rockets from Gaza

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