Breaking: Pali jihadis say hostage has been executed (Update: Report says body has been found) (Chemical rocket fired?)

posted at 8:41 pm on June 28, 2006 by Allahpundit

Not Gilad Shalit, the soldier being held in Gaza, but Eliahu Asheri, the 18-year-old who was kidnapped in the West Bank. Sons of bitches.


The IDF has arrested nine Hamas leaders, including the deputy prime minister and three other cabinet members.

Stand by.

Update: An Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade mouthpiece says they’re preparing “suicide bombers, car bombs, tunnels, and booby trapped donkeys” for the IDF’s incursion into northern Gaza.

Update: The incursion has begun.

Update: The BBC has a teaser up saying Asheri’s body has been found near Ramallah. No link yet. Israel National News has a brief item.

Update: The Age says Palestinian “security” has recovered the body.

Update: Correction — the IDF recovered it.

Palestinian sources told Ynet that a large IDF forces arrived at the wadi and located the body in a vehicle – apparently after receiving intelligence information. The body was then transferee by ambulance to army base Ofer for identification.

Update: If this is true, the wheels are about to come off: the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade says it fired a missile with a chemical warhead into Israel. The IDF denies it, possibly because they’re trying to keep the genie in the bottle.

Update: Haaretz has the scoop:

The location of Asheri’s body was tipped off to the IDF by a Palestinian militant arrested on Tuesday. Security forces found the body buried in a field, and determined that he was shot in the head soon after he was kidnapped on Sunday.

“Soon after he was kidnapped.” They let his family twist in the wind for days.

Update: The IDF has officially confirmed Asheri’s murder. There’s a minor discrepancy about where he was found:

IDF combat engineers on patrol late Wednesday night in Ramallah found Asheri’s body in an abandoned car in an open field. The youth appeared to have been shot to death, and initial findings indicated that he may have been killed as early as Sunday, Israel Radio reported.

Ynet also places the body inside a “vehicle.”

Update: Are you sitting down? A new Times editorial puts the blame for the brinksmanship squarely on Hamas.

Update: Israel National News says the jihadi in IDF custody who tipped them to the location of the body is also the prime suspect in the murder.

Update: The AAMB is threatening to attack Israel embassies if the IDF doesn’t pull out of Gaza immediately.

Update: Dan Riehl sends a link to video of the attack on Gaza at Sky News.

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Me too.

Joe on June 28, 2006 at 8:51 PM

Is it war yet? This is not resistance. This is aggression. It’s time Hamas was given their due.

Pablo on June 28, 2006 at 8:53 PM

“A spokesman for the group told Al-Jazeera that Asheri, 18, would be “butchered in front of TV cameras” if the IDF operation in Gaza did not stop. “Our patience is running out,” he said.”

Definitely time to end the waiting.

B Moe on June 28, 2006 at 9:15 PM

This whole situation shows that it was a mistake for Israel to give up Gaza in the first place. Of course the MSM will never acknowledge that.

The Palestinian people and their terrorist leaders deserve whatever they get.

God bless the Asheri family.

speed647 on June 28, 2006 at 9:25 PM

Rotten bastards
I hope the Hamas cabinet ministers are tried and jailed
Israelis never should have given up the strip

Defector01 on June 28, 2006 at 9:45 PM

More ‘buzz’ sorties by F-15/16/18’s, with real bombs, for 2 days. Then it’s time for the MOAB. But first, tell the women and girls and young boys (only boys under 10 years old)that they have 18 hours to skedaddle out from there.
Then….., we have lost our patience also. We’re tired of giving pali hammas terrorists millions and millions of dollars, only to get bitched at when we stopped giving them FREE money, and then we’re targeted for killings.
Now, who’s lost what patience? Trap em all in that tunnel, and you know.

shooter on June 28, 2006 at 9:50 PM

Bless his heart.

nuclearnavymom on June 28, 2006 at 9:52 PM

It’s time for the IDF to drive them into the sea.

rplat on June 28, 2006 at 9:52 PM

Drudge is reporting on a Reuters artical where the Al Aqsa screwups have announced that they have deployed a chemical warhead rocket into Israel. No confirmation yet.

-Bryan at Sanctuary

Prophet on June 28, 2006 at 9:57 PM

Sorry for the profanity earlier. I was angry.

But still, it’s going to hit the fan.

Slublog on June 28, 2006 at 10:01 PM

NoMas Hamas.

They only deal in, and understand bloodshed. The time has come to create a few Palestinian martyrs to even the playing field?

realitychick on June 28, 2006 at 10:02 PM

Beyond the immediacy of the reports of chemical munitions, a serious debating point of the Left’s is its positions (or lack thereof) on WMD proliferation on a global scale. When Islamists begin using WMDs when their short term goals are only considered (as is apparent by the fact that any serious military strategist will tell you that Palestinians fighting it out with the Israelis in open combat will have the floor mopped with their posteriors in very short order), the previous relyance on Mutually Assured Destruction to keep these people from using them no longer can be logically supported; similarly the reletavism that stated that Palestinians, Iranians and other Muslim fundamentalist Caliphate-seeking groups had as much right to obtain the weapons as a ‘balance’ against western weapons is annulled as well.

No longer can any group justly claim that active nonproliferation initiatives should be ignored or only paid lip service.

Prophet on June 28, 2006 at 10:20 PM

It is soooo past time for Israel to take the gloves off and hit them with everything they can, ‘collateral’ damage be damned. These people are pure evil.

Trying to keep Israel restrained and fighting with their hands tied behind their back has only prolonged this conflict. It’s time to end it, once and for all, whatever the means.

thirteen28 on June 28, 2006 at 10:33 PM

A spokesman for gunmen in the Gaza Strip said they had fired a rocket tipped with a chemical warhead at Israel early on Thursday

The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the claim by the spokesman from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement.

The group had recently claimed to possess about 20 biological warheads for the makeshift rockets commonly fired from Gaza at Israeli towns. This was the first time the group had claimed firing such a rocket.

Biological or chemical? The article is a bit ambiguous. They claim to posess biological but fire chemical? It would make sense that no evidence of a biological weapon was fired. Chemical would be notable upon impact. Just a thought….

Psycotte on June 28, 2006 at 10:34 PM

Soldiers don’t start wars, politicians do. Never truer than now.

Labamigo on June 28, 2006 at 10:39 PM

So, is Israel going to stop playing games with the so called “religion of peace” this time, or is this all just a whole lot of pissing into the wind, again?

NRA4Freedom on June 28, 2006 at 10:43 PM

True, Labamingo, it’s the politicians who start wars; I think it’s still also the point that in the PA, the politicians were Hamas terrorists first.

Prophet on June 28, 2006 at 10:43 PM

There is nothing about any of this on the TV news stations!

The floods and O’Reilly.

jatfla on June 28, 2006 at 11:02 PM

As Darth Sidious said, “Wipe them out. All of them.”

Seriously though, has anyone else ever noticed that most of these thugs always have their faces covered? Why are they hiding them? Afraid to show their faces? Cowards…

rightside on June 28, 2006 at 11:31 PM

If a Chemical weapon was fired in Israel, then there will be incredible hell to pay. Hamas will not exist as an organization in the territories or in Israel

Defector01 on June 28, 2006 at 11:42 PM

Those chemical weapons probably have “Made In Iraq” stamped on them. I’m sure Syria has plenty of stock. If Ham-ass is dumb enough to use chemical weapons against our righteous Jewish ally, this could turn out to be some of the best military retribution we’ve seen against our enemies since Zarqawi was smacked down.

Hening on June 29, 2006 at 12:10 AM

I have been sick and tired of what has been happening to the Israelites for YEARS, to the point of literal anger and tears. There are very few better, more caring, more friendly, MORE PEACEFUL people, in the world. What happens on an almost daily basis, within the MSM and the LIBERAL attitude towards Israel and Jewish people, is disgusting. EVERYONE knows HAMAS is a terrorist organization whom have put every single roadblock they can in the way of co-existing with Israel in peace. They are scum, pure and simple and they want nothing more than Bin Laden and all those other losers want. World domination with an Islamic religion as its base. They don’t want peace. They don’t want freedom, they want power and they want everyone and anyone who disagrees with them to DIE! And they prefer they be the ones to do the killing. I am so disgusted with Palestine, Syria and the rest of the unwashed, barbaric primatives. Israel has traditionally been the ones to take the brunt of everything the losers throw at them, and STILL regularly try to work for peace. I say its time for the gloves to come off. These terrorist scum only understand one thing. Violence. So thats what they want? Thats what they should get. If it was up to me, it would be time to dust off the nukes and turn Palestine, Syria and anyone else who opens their mouths (or wallets, or weapon stashes) into a wide open land of cooked sand, a nice shimmering sheet of glass. Good riddance to em’

PHKing on June 29, 2006 at 12:12 AM

I can’t think of one thing to say that wouldn’t get me banned.

Yes I can. How’s this: when is the world going to notice that there’s a war going on? When are we going to start treating evil like evil?

Why does Israel – like America – have so much power and too much restraint?

Let slip the dogs of war. They reaped the wind, time to sow the whirlwind.

Damn them. Damn them. Not in the vulgar sense – in the Biblical sense.

Professor Blather on June 29, 2006 at 12:30 AM

There must be an epdemic or something at the New York Times – they actually sided with Israel and said Hamas provoked the attacks! Did somebody put something in their water? I am shocked.

It gives me pleasure to know that the United States is a close ally of Israel and supports them in just about every way possible. If anyone has the exprience to deal with these dogs (Hamas) it is Israel.

omegaram on June 29, 2006 at 12:34 AM

The next [sic] press conference condemning Palestinian atrocities against Israeli citizens will be ….?

hadsil on June 29, 2006 at 1:15 AM

The NYT is trying to emerge slightly from the dog-house.

Are most of you not wondering with anticipation what the response to all this will be from our ‘friends’ in Europe, the U.N. and our own liberal representatives?

Surely they can’t imagine that C. Rove has orchestrated all this, just in time for ante-Nov. chaos and uncertainty, which is always good for the conservatives. And this time potentially with found WMDs…BDS on the increase again. What will replace the “B” in BDS after 2008?

Entelechy on June 29, 2006 at 2:11 AM

Am I too silly?

I can’t help but compare how insignificant the minimum wage, college tuition rates, medical drug prices, another salary increase for our wonderous representatives in Washington and H. Dean’s ramblings about the 60s are, compared to these immensely serious challenges: the war on terrorism, the Middle East, Iran and its nuclear ambitions, North Korea, the next big war which might have just begun,…

The other half of America, wake up!

The conservatives in Wash. sometimes waste time on fluff too, including our president. It’s time for them to get serious and get a grip on the rudder they are elected to steer. Forget the polls, the MSM, the U.N. and how much the ROW ‘hates’ us. Just be curageous, do the right thing and you will be rewarded!

Entelechy on June 29, 2006 at 2:31 AM

Prof. B sez:

I can’t think of one thing to say that wouldn’t get me banned……..They reaped the wind, time to sow the whirlwind.

Has there ever been a more broken, polluted, death obsessed culture than that of “Palestine”?

Half measures and negotiations will never work with a culture that exists only to kill Jews. You cannot deal with people who have had survival and self-interest bread out of them. If there was a deal to be had, they’d have found it over the last 40 years. Any culture that cannot stand on its own and cannot stop attacking the host that it feeds on will eventually die.

It’s a question of how and when, not whether. If the IDF doesn’t do it, they’ll eventually do it to themselves.

I don’t see any evil in hoping for it to happen sooner rather than later. That way, the Eliahu Asheris of the world get to live.

Pablo on June 29, 2006 at 8:42 AM

Do what you were meant to do IDF combat kill every last Palestinian keep not one alive not even their donkeys…

alyce on June 29, 2006 at 8:59 AM

*sighs* It is beyond belief that jihadis cannot see what they have started…a fight they cannot win. But they have. It would do no good to argue. Release the dogs of war, cleanse ALL of Israel/palestine, and leave none of the adult palestinians alive. It was their vote that started this and therefore they cannot be considered collateral damage. Spare the children and raise them in Jewish homes as collateral against attack from the rest of the Mo-slums.

tormod on June 29, 2006 at 9:11 AM

Professor Blather said: Why does Israel – like America – have so much power and too much restraint?

It’s because we value life and we know that with strength comes responsibility. I have a sick feeling that the restraint we’ve been showing for many years is about to end.

The only thing the palestinians know is death and violence.

pullingmyhairout on June 29, 2006 at 9:24 AM

If the chemical warfare is accurate, can we expect Israel to nuke them?

pullingmyhairout on June 29, 2006 at 9:25 AM

Hamas wants Israel to attack. The jihadis worldwide want Israel to attack. They are provoking them now with real or imaginary chemical weapons. They want this war/jihad. The only way they can get the rest of the worlds mainstream Muslim population pissed off enough to join the jihad is by getting Israel to start trampling on those poor oppressed people. My concern is should Israel engage in a full fledged attack who will come to the aid of the Palistinians.

frreal on June 29, 2006 at 9:33 AM

I’m not too worried… yet. It could end up having some nasty fallout eventually but I don’t think it’s quite ready for it yet. I mean, just look what happened last time everybody else in the area attacked Isreal… sure Isreal took some early losses due to surprise attacks… and then they proceeded to whip everybody else’s arses six ways from sunday. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a repeat this time around, especially since the US has PLENTY of planes and bombs nearby and can easily help out if need be.

Oh and Prophet, you forget just how braindead and willfully ignorant the people you are talking about are. They *should* not be able to argue that, and anybody with more than three active brain cells ought to be able to figure out they are full of it if they try. Unfortunately most of those on that side of the fence seem to only have two brain cells with only one of them active at a time.


RobertHuntingdon on June 29, 2006 at 10:32 AM

Why I still hate the lamestream media:

The U.S. media coverage of the ongoing Israel incursion into Gaza “has been irresponsible in not covering much about the prologue to the present violence, the Israeli military’s bombing of civilians on a Gaza beach earlier in the month,” says blogger Juan Cole.

The Israeli military denies they were responsible for the explosion that killed seven members of a Palestinian family on June 9. But there is no denying Cole’s assertion that the story of the death of the Ghalia family was much bigger news in the Arab world than in the United States, thanks to a searing video taken by a Palestinian cameraman of the lone survivor, 10-year-old Huda Ghalia, screaming over the remains of her family. The video is available online, though viewers should be warned of its graphic content.

Forget that the bits left of the shell have been conclusively determined to be not of Israeli origin. Perception is reality, no matter what lunatic is doing the perceiving.

Pablo on June 29, 2006 at 10:45 AM

Looks like we got us a nice little war a-brewin’ folks. Let’s hope they did fire a chemical rocket. Maybe that would give even the moderates a more “retaliatory” state of mind that has been needed for a long time. Time to let Israel kick some ass. They can hold their own in that area of the world. They’ve proven it.

BirdEye on June 29, 2006 at 11:05 AM

frreal vomited:

My concern is should Israel engage in a full fledged attack who will come to the aid of the Palistinians.

Who cares?

If it were up to me, they would have been turned into a glass parking lot along time ago. People are in denial.

We are in a Religious War with the Religion of Peace. The only thing these people respect is violence so lets teach them a lesson. Time to take the gloves off.

ScottyDog on June 29, 2006 at 11:12 AM

These half-wits are bragging they launched a chemical strike? The Israelis should wipe them out. All of them.

Iblis on June 29, 2006 at 12:40 PM

They had their chance a forming a country! Time’s up!

It also makes one understand why the Palestinians are despised by the rest of the Arab World aka cesspool!

I for one could never understand why Israel would give up such great beachfront property!

Or how those stupid Palestinians wouldn’t have turned it into the next!

Now those UAE folks know how to live!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 29, 2006 at 12:41 PM

Damn Diplomats! Here we go again!

AP’s reporting

Israel has delayed a ground invasion of the northern Gaza Strip, security officials said Thursday. Israel invaded southern Gaza on Wednesday to try to win the release of a captured Israeli soldier.

It has signaled it would broaden the campaign soon to include the north, massing forces along the border.

At a meeting of security officials, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said significant diplomatic developments were possible, but did not indicate whether there had been a breakthrough, the officials said.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss policy with the media.

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 29, 2006 at 12:47 PM

Whoooa there scootydog. In your haste to regurgitate my vomit you failed to retain the chunks of the statement. As history has recorded Israel can “hold its own” against those “obvious” sympathizers. My concerns were more delegated to those countries that aren’t so obvious. For when we rush to the defense of Israel (as I believe we should if that time comes) who might choose to openly ally themselves with those oil rich countries? At some point the US may tire of my “concerns” secretly funneling weapons and financing to our enemies at which point we are no longer in something as simple as a religious war.

frreal on June 29, 2006 at 1:00 PM

I think gaza should become a permanent part of the State of Israel, this has gotten far too insane.
And if they pick a fight in the West Bank, they get the same thing

Defector01 on June 29, 2006 at 1:53 PM

Professor: whoa, bro! Pretty strong stuff.

But, surely those who are calling for the end-times war against Islam need to think and speak more carefully.

Jaibones on June 29, 2006 at 2:05 PM


At some point, enough is enough.

Shmo on June 29, 2006 at 2:13 PM

The palestinian/israeli conflict is kind of like when my kids fight. “MOM!! she started it, NO, HE started it. She did. He did. She did. He did. He hit me first! She was “looking” at me! MOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!” except my kids only fight with words, not bombs.

pullingmyhairout on June 29, 2006 at 3:24 PM

When the Palestinians went dancing in the streets on the news of 9-11, they lost any shred of sympathy I may have harbored for them. If Irael doesn’t turn that dung heap into a glowing glass parking lot, they have lost their nerve.And please don’t come at me with the humanity issue. When people put bomb belts on their kids and send them to kill civilians, and when they murder young 18 year old non-combatants, then they deserve no consideration.

Semper Fi!

Chief1942 on June 29, 2006 at 4:13 PM