Articles of the Day 8/26/14: ‘Hypocrites All!’
Israel-Hamas Conflict 2014
“In the video maps published by the UN showing Gaza buildings damaged in Operation Protective Edge are represented by red dots. However, the video goes on to clarify how these buildings – which include private homes, hospitals and schools – are being used to launch rockets and attacks from terror tunnels.”
“Further irrefutable evidence of Hamas’s usage of hospitals to launch rockets at Israeli civilian centers has been provided by the IDF in new filmed footage.”
“During Operation Protective Edge, IDF soldiers captured a Hamas manual that recommends storing explosives in Gaza’s civilian homes and calls for bringing the battle into populated areas. “
“Rockets were fired from rooftops, and from launchers next to several buildings, including a medical center and 2 schools.”
“Netanel Maman, 21, who fought in Gaza, hospitalized after car struck by Grad rocket near Ashdod on Friday.”
“One woman moderately injured by shrapnel, two men lightly wounded; others treated for shock; building badly damaged; 70 rockets fired into Israel since morning.”
“A 20-year-old Arab resident of a refugee camp adjacent to Jerusalem’s northeastern Shuafat neighborhood, who repeatedly fired gun shots at Jewish homes in neighboring Pisgat Ze’ev Friday and Saturday afternoon, is in serious condition after being shot by police.”
“Rock hit Yeda’ayah Sharhaton in face, causing fractured skull, jaw and eye socket, bleeding into the brain; attack took place near Hebron.”
“Two people were injured from rocket fire in the Eshkol Regional Council. At 13:00, a man was injured by a mortar that fell in the Eshkol Regional Council. Previously, at 11:00, a woman was injured during a Palestinian rocket attack in the same area.”
“Mortar salvo follows shrapnel damage on Ashdod mall; 100 rockets fired Monday, as IDF strikes 70 terror sites.”
“‘Army of Islam’ terrorists targeted in their car in Gaza about to carry out attack, as pinpoint strikes continue.”
“By Monday evening, after launching 130 rockets at a large spread of Israel locations, Hamas accelerated the rate of fire, sending rockets and mortar shells against more than a dozen locations, including Greater Tel Aviv. The one aimed at an area near Ben Gurion airport was intercepted by Iron Dome. At the same time, mortar fire intensified on locations closest to the Gaza border. According to one report, Kibbutz Nahal Oz alone heard 26 alerts in 15 minutes as 30 mortar rounds exploded in the largely evacuated village. During the day, an Iron Dome missile knocked a rocket out of the sky over the main Ashdod shopping mall, causing a large fragment to crash through the glass roof. Four people were injured, since most of the shoppers, inured to living under rocket fire, ran for shelter in time.”
“The hostilities in Gaza between Israel and Hamas persist and the diplomatic war at the United Nations continues, also without resolution. While there is no shortage of opinions on the way forward, the most obvious solution is strikingly absent — the need to disarm and isolate Hamas, the radical Palestinian Islamist group.”
“In NY Times op-ed, Prosor says tiny emirate bankrolling Hamas, undermining Israeli efforts to achieve ceasefire in Gaza.”
“Internal Security Minister calls on gov’t to deal ‘more violently’ with Hamas after meeting family of 4-year-old killed in mortar attack.”
“Barak Seener of RUSI says Israel ‘should have gone in harder,’ must reclassify human shields as combatants and stop aborting airstrikes.”
“The Israeli government does not have regime change as an objective for Operation Protective Edge. They should declare regime change as the goal of Operation Protective Edge, to ensure that terrorism will cease to exist in Gaza. There are different options for how to proceed once Hamas is overthrown.”
“Hamas’s extrajudicial executions of Palestinians suspected of “collaboration” with Israel are a sign that the Islamist movement is beginning to panic in the wake of Israel’s successful targeting of its leaders.”
What about the Hamas war crimes against the Israeli people?
“Over 70% of the 40,000 inhabitants of communities along Gaza border have left in course of fighting, says officials.”
“Poll finds only 38% of Israelis satisfied with PM, as opposed to 82% at start of Gaza operation; neglect of south raises ire.”
As I have said before, it has become near impossible to defend Netanyahu. Prisoner deals and a lack of resolve to finish off Hamas could lead to the political demise of the current Israeli government. Will be interesting to see who comes next as the country is more right wing and nationalistic then ever.
“22-year-old Arab arrested after throwing rocks at a vehicle in the Wadi Joz neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.”
Palestinians obviously don’t care who they hurt no matter how innocent. Contrast this to IAF pilots who risk their lives by aborting the bombing of Palestinian civilians.
“Lebanese reports Monday night indicated that the IDF had fired 18 shells into southern Lebanon in response to rocket fire on Israel’s north.”
“Another judge with a proven track record of anti-Israel bias picked for ‘war crimes’ committee.”
Like in the days of Jesus, the world court is assembling judge innocent Israel. How will the UN members escape damnation? Such hypocrites they are to judge Israel as they hide Hamas rockets in their warehouses. Hypocrites all!
Sunni-Shiite Civil War
“On Aug. 22, the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, posted a short video featuring nine captured members of Lebanon’s security forces. Al Nusrah is using the kidnapped men in its propaganda war against Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist organization that is fighting alongside Bashar al Assad’s forces in Syria.”
“CAIRO — Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly launched airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by Arab Spring revolts.
The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington, leaving the Obama administration on the sidelines. Egyptian officials explicitly denied to American diplomats that their military played any role in the operation, the officials said, in what appeared a new blow to already strained relations between Washington and Cairo.”
In what has become the norm for the Obama administration, they are caught off guard again by events in the middle east. A proxy war has developed between two axis. Egypt-Saudi Arabia-UAE vs Qatar and Turkey which is playing out in Libya. This is on top of the Sunni-Shiite conflict playing out in Syria and Iraq. All this is the result of very poor American leadership in the world.
“Like most students of prophecy I’ve been watching events in Iraq for the last several weeks and wondering what they mean. And like most writers on the subject, I’ve been silent because I haven’t been sure that what’s going on is Biblically relevant. After all, not all current events are foretold in prophecy. Nor do they all fit on a timeline to the 2nd Coming. But after a fair amount of seeking the Lord on this, I think I finally have a glimpse of something worth writing about.”
“Q. Your recent answer regarding the time-frame of God’s wrath gave me pause. In Revelation we see a multitude of martyred saints gathered about the Throne, beseeching God to avenge their deaths. He tells them to wait a little longer. (Perhaps there are still some post rapture believers that haven’t been martyred yet?) Wouldn’t this suggest that His Wrath is poured out after the last martyr enters Heaven? It’s like Sodom and Gomorrah, where God established that He wouldn’t destroy the towns if even one righteous were still found there. I suspect that His Wrath is gonna be for a period towards the end of the tribulation, and might even follow the flood and Egypt patterns in the neighborhood of 40 days.
A. The martyred souls under the altar in Rev. 6:9-11 are the first post-Church martyrs of Daniel’s 70th week. Many more will follow (Rev. 7:9-17, Rev. 20:4). According to the Bible the time of God’s wrath begins with the seal judgments (Rev. 6:17) and ends with the bowl judgments (Rev. 15:1). Anything else is just unsupported opinion. There’s no indication that it will follow the patterns of other Biblical judgments. By the way, the flood didn’t last for 40 days, that’s just how long it rained. Noah and his family were in the ark for over a year (Genesis 7:11-12, Genesis 8:13-15).”