Articles of the Day 7/10/14: Hard Lesson

Israel Crisis

Israel Assassinated the Head of Hamas’ Rocket Program

“A significant Israeli achievement took place in Gaza. Himan Siam is the most senior level Hamas terrorist since Ahmed Jabari to be assassinated. Jabari was killed in Operation Pillar of Defense. He was killed as he left his car in Gaza.”

Israel seems to be doing better then Hamas in terms of operational successes. However, rocket fire continues with no abating. Israel seems to have fallen back into the mindset of using air power to solve everything. 

Hamas, Islamic Jihad teams compete to fire faster, farther

“Day 3 deadlock sees fire from Gaza deep into Israel, without casualties thus far; Israel’s airstrikes are not heavily impacting the terror groups.”

“Which raises another problem. The majority of the 76 people killed (at time of writing) in Gaza since the beginning of the operation were civilians, albeit many of them relatives of terrorists whose homes were bombed by the Israeli Air Force. The IDF issues a warning message to terrorists, urging them to evacuate their homes before it attacks. Some Hamas and Islamic Jihad members, however, have decided to barricade themselves in their homes along with their families, in spite of the warnings, and the price, accordingly, has been many casualties, women and children among them.”

IDF Warns Gazans Near Border to Evacuate Immediately

“Warnings sent to 100,000 Gaza residents to evacuate homes near security border, in possible sign of coming ground offensive.”

I know no one wants a ground offensive except Hamas at this point but that may be the only way to stop the rocket fire. Hard lesson Israel is learning here I know but maybe they won’t unilaterally withdraw again from the land God gave them.

Israel doesn’t want a ceasefire, aims to deal Hamas long-term blow

“Senior official says military goal is to eradicate rocket threat for foreseeable future, not provide ‘a Band-Aid’”

We will see. Lots psychological warfare by both sides taking place now. 

Why Did Hamas Provoke a War?

“This new battle with Israel has several benefits for Hamas. To say that Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt are passing messages from the Israelis about mutual restraint, and are urging Hamas to back off, is to say that these governments are now in daily contact with Hamas leaders. Statements from Hamas are now, once again, front page news; Hamas is no longer irrelevant. Hamas is now in its eyes and those, it hopes, of many Arabs, back in the front line of the struggle against Israel. It will also, it must believe, be seen as the heroic victim of Israeli attacks, worthy of solidarity and support—both political and financial. And this episode in its long struggle with Israel allows Hamas to show its capabilities: longer range missiles that attack Tel Aviv and further north, sea-based attacks by swimmers who enter Israel from the beaches, tunnels that would enable the kidnapping of more hostages to exchange or permit heavily armed men to reach Israeli communities and exact a high price in lives, and a high volume of rockets to overwhelm Israel’s high-tech defenses like Iron Dome. Finally, Hamas must believe that Israel desires to damage it and restore deterrence, but not to destroy Hamas and its rule in Gaza. Believing that chaos and anarchy or rule by Islamic Jihad would be even worse for Israel than rule by Hamas, the organization may believe that it will emerge from this round of warfare bloodied but still in place.”

IDF confirms: 800 Gaza targets hit since beginning of Operation Protective Edge

“The IDF confirmed that 60 terrorist targets have been hit in Gaza since Thursday morning bring the total number of attacks in Operation Protective Edge to some 800. Attacks have come from the Navy as well as the Air Force and have targeted the homes of Hamas officials, terror tunnels, rocket launchers, and weapons storage facilities.”

12 points about Operation Protective Edge

“What follows are twelve understandings about the objectives of the current campaign, Operation Protective Edge, and how it differs from Operations Cast Lead and Pillar of Defense.”

Official: Hamas Holding Out for ‘High-Quality’ Terror Attack

“Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad said that Hamas was ready for a cease-fire, but wants to make one big ‘score’ to claim ‘victory.'”

“Hamas conducts its military activities from deep within residential areas in Gaza. By doing so, it exploits the IDF’s desire and efforts to avoid harm to Palestinian civilians. In many cases, Hamas uses its commanders’ own homes, where their families and other civilians may be residing, for military purposes.” IDFblog

The Fallacy of “Cycle of Violence” Reporting

“As Israel is one again forced into a defensive war, the media have already decided that it is part of a “cycle of violence” where each side strikes back at the other, with no end and no beginning. They write as if there is a “moral equivalency” between the actions of both sides.

This is a complete fallacy. There was certainly a beginning of the current conflict which started when three Israeli teens were kidnapped and savagely murdered on their way home from school. And we can only hope that there will be an end point in which Israelis do not have to run for bomb shelters every few minutes.

And to be clear, unlike what the New York Times says, there is a clear difference between actions aimed against civilians, and actions taken to defend a nation’s citizens.”

 Israeli students take mathematics matriculation exam under rocket fire

“Students in communities within 40 km radius of Gaza take test only in protected areas of educational institutions.”


Iraq Crisis

Iraq Situation Report: July 9, 2014 (Map)

Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that ‘terrorist groups’ seized nuclear materials

“(Reuters) – Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country’s north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad.” Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.”

Didn’t the Left, including Obama, state that there were no WMDs in Iraq?

Iraqi officials: 50 bodies found south of Baghdad

” BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad on Wednesday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency.”

 Iraq PM accuses Kurds of harbouring militants

“Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Wednesday accused Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region of harbouring jihadists, further ratcheting up tensions despite calls for leaders to unite against a Sunni militant offensive.”

Seems like an at least temporary alliance with the Kurds would be a smart thing but Maliki doesn’t seem to want it.

It’s Hellfire missiles — not F-16s — that Iraq is ready to use now

“The Iraqi military burned through its arsenal of hundreds of Hellfire missiles, and ran out late in June. The United States sent hundreds more, and is planning to sell up to 4,000 to Baghdad, Bloomberg News reported last week. They’re proven, effective against insurgents operating on foot and off unarmored vehicles, and apparently are available.”

Islamic militants aim to take Baghdad airport

“The al Qaeda-inspired terrorist army in Iraq ultimately wants to capture Baghdad International Airport and begin a campaign to destabilize neighboring Jordan, an important U.S. ally, analysts say.”



Rapture of the Church: Part 1 of 3

“In this “The Truth Will Set You Free” episode, we discuss one of the greatest events in all of human history, and one that is coming really soon — the Rapture of the Church. The first half of the discussion is in English, while the second half is translated into Spanish.”

The Day of the Lord: Part 1 of 2

“In this “The Truth Will Set You Free” episode, we discuss what the Day of the Lord is, what it entails, and how we can have hope. The first half of the discussion is in English, while the second half is translated into Spanish.”

The World is Against Israel!

“The world has been duped into believing that these groups and people are for peace. Really?! Are you kidding me? Absolutely not! However, this is the mantra heard around the world. The deception of Satan runs high and wide my friends. Unfortunately most of the world believes that these groups want peace. Unbelievable yet true. True because they are blinded from the truth for not believing or placing their faith in the one true God of the universe, Jesus Christ!”

Could not have said it better. Good read. Christians guard your minds and understand what is really going on. Israel is being victimized right before our eyes.

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