Israel mobilizes, launches offensive in Gaza

posted at 8:01 am on July 8, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

After a hailstorm of rockets landed in southern Israel, the Netanyahu government has launched significant military action against Hamas in Gaza. Earlier today, the combined military branches struck 50 targets in the enclave, and the Israelis say this will go on for quite a while:

The Israeli army, air force and navy launched a major operation Tuesday against the Islamist militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, striking 50 sites in the coastal enclave and mobilizing infantry troops along the border for a possible ground incursion designed to stop rocket attacks on Israel.

Israel announced the beginning of “Operation Protective Edge” to strike Hamas and protect southern Israeli citizens from intensified rocket fire from Gaza.

The Israeli military announced the call-up of 1,500 reservists and the deployment of two infantry brigades along the Gaza Strip. …

“They chose the direction of escalation,” said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman. “So the mission will go on as long as we feel it is necessary to carry it out. We don’t expect it to be a short mission on our behalf.”

Lerner told reporters that Israel has offered “calm for calm” but that rocket fire from Gaza escalated in recent days and that now the Israeli military would seek to hit Hamas hard.

Israel has moved two brigades of infantry to the Gaza border in a show of force — and very likely a hint of what’s coming. The army declared that they were prepared to invade Gaza to stop the Hamas rockets:

The Israeli army is preparing all options for stamping out militant rocket fire from Gaza, including a ground assault, a senior official said on Tuesday.

“The army is preparing for all possible scenarios, including an invasion or a ground operation,” the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Another official had earlier confirmed the army had received instructions “to prepare different military alternatives in order to be ready in case of need.”

Israel announced the name of the operation yesterday, “Protective Edge.” Ben Wederman told Wolf Blitzer yesterday that announcing an operation name means this is no short-term reprisal, but instead a major offensive that can be expected to last quite a while. Wederman also reports that Israel has changed tactics from its normal reprisal operations and targeted the homes of Hamas leaders in Gaza:

Mahmoud Abbas called for a cease-fire … at least on Israel’s part:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to immediately stop its strikes, warning the operation would drag the region into instability.

Abbas said a truce was needed to “spare the innocent from mass destruction.” …

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to immediately stop its strikes, warning the operation would drag the region into instability.

Abbas said a truce was needed to “spare the innocent from mass destruction.”

Cease-fires don’t work that way. If one side keeps shooting at the other, eventually that will draw a response. When that shooting becomes as heavy as the artillery attacks by Hamas on Israel have been, it’s going to draw a very large response at some point. Abbas might have done better to tell his partners in the Palestinian Authority to cease their fire before that point, and it’s notable that CNN’s quote of Abbas only mentions Israel when it comes to ceasing fire. It’s also notable that this latest barrage from Hamas came after Abbas invited Hamas back into the PA power structure.

Last week, former US envoy Martin Indyk declared the Israeli-Palestinian peace process dead:

The former top U.S. envoy to the Middle East said that trust between Israeli and Palestinian leaders has completely dissolved, leaving him exceptionally pessimistic about the prospects of restoring negotiations over a lasting peace settlement between their two peoples.

“There is a deep loathing of each leader for the other that has built up over the years,” Martin Indyk told an audience of several hundred people at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado in response to questions from the Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg. Indyk, in his first public remarks since stepping down as the U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on June 27, said the distance between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seems unbridgeable. “There is no trust between them. Neither believes that the other is serious,” Indyk said.

Interestingly, while Indyk says he blames Netanyahu and Abbas equally for the impasse, he only mentions Hamas once, and only to note the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens and not for the constant artillery attacks coming from Gaza. The Israelis don’t have the same luxury of ignoring those shells dropping onto their civilians from Sderot to Tel Aviv. When the rockets stop, perhaps then the peace process can be revived.

Update: Just to make this last point clear, Israel warned Hamas and Islamic Jihad last week that a failure to accept a cease fire would bring on a military response:

Israel has boosted its forces along the Gaza border, with officials sending out a message that Israel would only be able to sustain militant rocket fire for another 24, or maximum 48, hours before undertaking a major military offensive.

The security cabinet convened last night – for the fourth consecutive day – to consider Israel’s response as artillery pieces and tanks took up positions along the border.

Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner confirmed that the army has moved forces to serve defensive activities and forward preparations.

“The main issue is how Hamas is reading the situation. We don’t want to take it further, but we will be prepared for developments.”

Hamas has issued statements over recent days making clear that it doesn’t seek a wider conflagration. However, rocket fire has intensified, making an Israeli response more likely.

If they didn’t want “a wider conflagration,” then they should have stopped firing rockets into Israel last Friday when Israel issued this warning.


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Good morning, America. How are you?

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Paging John Kerry. Paging John Kerry.

Anybody know where our Secretary of State is these days?

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

So,,..this is what happens when Hopey Neville Chamberlain
Do-Gooder Progressive Anti-War President Dithers!!

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Go Jews!!! Interesting use of gray type.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

So,,..this is what happens when Hopey Neville Chamberlain
Do-Gooder Progressive Anti-War President Dithers!!

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

No, this is what happens in this part of the world no matter who’s President here. Republicans and Democrats alike have learned that lesson.

Ed Morrissey on July 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

US envoy Martin Indyk declared the Israeli-Palestinian peace process dead:

That was perceptive of him.

Viator on July 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Interesting use of gray type.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Formatting issue from the source — I think it’s fixed now.

Ed Morrissey on July 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Paging John Kerry. Paging John Kerry.

Anybody know where our Secretary of State is these days?

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

He’s windsurfing in Nantucket.

Naturally Curly on July 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Unstinkingbelievable they bash Israelis but give Hamas a pass pretty much

cmsinaz on July 8, 2014 at 8:12 AM

So,,..this is what happens when Hopey Neville Chamberlain
Do-Gooder Progressive Anti-War President Dithers!!

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

No, this is what happens in this part of the world no matter who’s President here. Republicans and Democrats alike have learned that lesson.

Ed Morrissey on July 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

So Ed, you’re able to articulate what US foreign policy is vis-a-vis Israel and the Palestinian areas? I agree the region is a quagmire not matter who is President but I would further argue that the current administration is worthy of being called out for their fecklessness. Like him or hate him, GWB at least took a stand.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Send the barbarians straight to hell. Or to allah, same difference.

ConstantineXI on July 8, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Oh this is rich:

The Associated Press @AP · 5h

In op-ed in Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Obama calls this a “dangerous moment” for region, asks for restraint: http://apne.ws/1jaiudX

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-urges-restraint-israel-palestinians
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Peace is the only path to true security for Israel and the Palestinians
In an exclusive article for Haaretz’s Israel Conference on Peace, Barack Obama says that the only solution is a democratic, Jewish state living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent Palestinian state.
By Barack Obama | Jul. 8, 2014 | 4:00 AM
*****************************************

As Air Force One prepared to touch down in the Holy Land last year, I looked out my window and was once again struck by the fact that Israel’s security can be measured in a matter of minutes and miles. I’ve seen what security means to those who live near the Blue Line, to children in Sderot who just want to grow up without fear, to families who’ve lost their homes and everything they have to Hezbollah’s and Hamas’s rockets.

And as a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain endured by the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were tragically kidnapped and murdered in June. I am also heartbroken by the senseless abduction and murder of Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdeir, whose life was stolen from him and his family. At this dangerous moment, all parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution.

From Harry Truman through today, the United States has always been Israel’s greatest friend. As I’ve said time and again, neither I nor the United States will ever waver in our commitment to the security of Israel and the Israeli people, and our support for peace will always remain a bedrock foundation of that commitment.
(More….)
==========

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-peace-conference/1.603324

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

He’s windsurfing in Nantucket.

Naturally Curly on July 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Good to know, you know, if the world ever starts imploding or something.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

So Ed, you’re able to articulate what US foreign policy is vis-a-vis Israel and the Palestinian areas? I agree the region is a quagmire not matter who is President but I would further argue that the current administration is worthy of being called out for their fecklessness. Like him or hate him, GWB at least took a stand.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Our foreign policy in that area should be very simple: Israel are the good guys and the paliwhackers are the bad guys. Let Israel completely defeat their enemy so that they can no longer make war, THEN peace can be discussed.

ConstantineXI on July 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Ed Morrissey on July 8, 2014 at 8:11 AM

It wasn’t bad. Kind of mellow on the eyes first thing this a.m. ; )

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Good to know, you know, if the world ever starts imploding or something.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Given the utter malevolent incompetence of this Regime, the world is better off if they ARE on vacation and not doing anything.

Has Obama or Kerry done ANYTHING that hasn’t poured gasoline onto a forest fire?

ConstantineXI on July 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 32m

Since last night, #Hamas has fired over 100 rockets at Israeli civilians. No nation would accept this threat, neither will we #ItMustStop

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 1h

Moments ago, #IDF targeted a terror command center embedded within civilian infrastructure, alongside 40 other terror sites in #Gaza

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 2h

WATCH: Close up footage of #IronDome intercepting a barrage of rockets above the Israeli city of Ashdod http://youtu.be/qj73y4JAXOU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj73y4JAXOU&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Nothing wrong in Gaza that 2,000 or so of these couldn’t fix.

M240H on July 8, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Our foreign policy in that area should be very simple: Israel are the good guys and the paliwhackers are the bad guys. Let Israel completely defeat their enemy so that they can no longer make war, THEN peace can be discussed.

ConstantineXI on July 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

That’s a good starting point. What I was getting at in my comments above is that Ed took a “every President is helpless” position and I utterly disagree. The rat-eared wonder has called for talks with terrorists, supports a return to the 1968 borders, and suggests that the PLA’s claims have merit. These are new and unique stances to this administration.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Has Obama or Kerry done ANYTHING that hasn’t poured gasoline onto a forest fire?

ConstantineXI on July 8, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Yeah, the stuff caused by Killary.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Could anyone imagine what this nation would do if South-eastern Canada fired rockets into New York every other day—for over a decade!???

I’m amazed the Israelites have been this patient for so long. The fuse is lit. Hold tight folks.

Rovin on July 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

** Ka-Blewy **

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 4h

#WATCH: In response to rocket fire at #Israel, IDF aircraft targeted terror activity sites in #Gaza today http://youtu.be/6Hmmdz-RI6A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hmmdz-RI6A&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Good to know, you know, if the world ever starts imploding or something.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:14 AM

He’ll be “reporting for duty” as soon as the wind dies down.

Naturally Curly on July 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Could anyone imagine what this nation would do if South-eastern Canada fired rockets into New York every other day—for over a decade!???

Rovin on July 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

We talking New York State or New York City. Because, I fully support one of those scenerios.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM


** Ground Offensive-”All The Way”, in Planning:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/israeli-teenagers-missing-june-2014/

Clashes after kidnapped Israeli teens found dead, 2014
Israel

34m
Israel claims Hamas has fired 100 rockets at Israel overnight – @IDFSpokesperson
End of alert
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Gaza, PS
1h
Update: 1 person killed in new Israeli airstrike on Gaza, correspondent reports – @AlArabiya_Eng
End of alert
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Gaza, PS
1h
French foreign ministry calls on all parties to show restraint amid latest Gaza violence – @Reuters
End of alert
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Gaza City, Gaza, PS
1h
Palestinian President Abbas demands Israel immediately halt latest offensive against Gaza – @AFP
Read more on france24.com
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Gaza, PS
2h
Israeli official: ‘The prime minister instructed the army to be ready to go all in. A ground offensive is on the table’ – @haaretzcom
Read more on haaretz.com
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Gaza, PS
2h
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu instructs Israeli army to prepare for possible ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli official says – @haaretzcom
Read more on haaretz.com
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Gaza City, Gaza, PS
2h
Gaza medical officials say more than 20 Palestinians injured since launch of Israeli operation overnight – @DerekStoffelCBC
End of alert
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Israel
3h
IDF intends to call up several thousand more reservists, in addition to the 1,500 already called up – @haaretzcom
End of alert
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Gaza City, Gaza, PS
4h
28 rockets fired so far into Israel from Gaza today with 1 shot down; no injuries or damage reported – @Benhartman
End of alert
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Gaza City, Gaza, PS
6h
At least 17 wounded in IDF strikes in Gaza overnight, Palestinians report – @haaretzcom
End of alert
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Middle East peace talks 2013-2014
10h
President Obama in Haaretz newspaper: Peace is the only path to true security for Israel and the Palestinians – @haaretzcom
Read more on haaretz.com
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Gaza, PS
11h
Israeli army says it launched offensive on Gaza Strip to quell rocket attacks; Palestinian official says airstrikes injure at least 9 – @AP
Read more on bigstory.ap.org
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Israel
12h
Israel Defense Forces call up several hundred reservists, are prepared to add 1,500 more as tensions continue, spokesman says – @*nnbrk
Read more on www.*nn.com

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Go Israel.

Kol Hakavod Lezahal (Bravo to the IDF)

WhatSlushfund on July 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Amazing how you “forgot” about the U.S citizen who was burned alive by six rabid Zionists.

corona79 on July 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to immediately stop its strikes, warning the operation would drag the region into instability.

Oh yeah … remember the good ol’ days when this region was stable?

iceman1960 on July 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

We talking New York State or New York City. Because, I fully support one of those scenerios.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM

LOL! Careful there Nomad, you could be labeled an anarchist in the vain of Mr. Ayers.

Rovin on July 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Hamas can always retreat into Egypt. Oh, wait…never mind.

kcewa on July 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Isn’t there a new so called Muslim homeland being created in Iraq and Syria as we speak? Then all the IDF need do is convince there enemies that it is better to live in the land where Allah tucks you in each night rather in a land where a mortician tucks you in one last time.

meci on July 8, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Could anyone imagine what this nation would do if South-eastern Canada fired rockets into New York every other day—for over a decade!???

Rovin on July 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Rovin:

I answered that question a few years ago,

I would hope, that my Government end it, within 12-24Hrs,
and even thats too long, and if we couldn’t stop it, I
would have no problem, with US Air Power, to solve the
problem!!

Interesting side note,….just watched Act Of Valour Movie
for the second time, and the premise was illegal immigrants
utelizing ball-bearing ka-blewy vests, to enter Lady Liberty!!
——————–:)

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Egyptian minister okays import of Israeli gas

BG Group is reportedly looking to construct a pipeline to import gas from Israel’s Leviathan gas field. The company is planning on paying Israel roughly $30 billion to purchase seven billion cubic meters of gas for a period of 15 years.

kcewa on July 8, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Could anyone imagine what this nation would do if South-eastern Canada fired rockets into New York every other day—for over a decade!???

Rovin on July 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

If it was NYC…then OK.

kcewa on July 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Ezra! You’ve got some Voxsplaining to do!

http://freebeacon.com/culture/ge-sponsored-site-accuses-israel-of-war-crimes/

NotCoach on July 8, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Oh yeah … remember the good ol’ days when this region was stable?

iceman1960 on July 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Not personally but I’ve heard about it time and again…… in the Old Testament.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:35 AM

I hope that Hamas scum gets what they got coming to them.

WannabeAnglican on July 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

They are saying this new caliphate map is a fake. It must be, Israel is no where to be seen on it.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

This is another by product of Obama’s foreign policy. Israel knows they do not have an ally in the White House. When Israel takes matters into their own hands Hamas is going to get it in the teeth. Hamas will not enjoy an unrestrained Israel.

Theworldisnotenough on July 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Kerry already responded

For those of you cheering us on here in Israel, save you breath. This is another incursion operation which will not resolve anything.

As I’ve been commenting for years, Netanyahu is a wimp and is not up to defeating Israel’s enemies and resolving the problem for once and for all. Hence at least half a million southern Israelis will continue to need to be up to speed to make it to their reinforced concrete rooms in no more than 15 seconds.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 6h

Israel launches what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip: http://apne.ws/1lPGCgC

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israel-launches-military-offensive-against-gaza

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM

No, this is what happens in this part of the world no matter who’s President here. Republicans and Democrats alike have learned that lesson.

Ed Morrissey on July 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

I have to disagree. It is plain that Israel plans on a long term solution that they would not have embarked upon under Clinton or Bush. Israel could count on the US to provide anti-rocket tech and international political support. That support is now gone and as Israel goes it alone they will act in their own self interest unrestrained by any commitment to the US or under any political pressure from the US to hold back.

Theworldisnotenough on July 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM

If Israel gets the right killer attitude maybe this will end it once and for all.

docflash on July 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Amazing how you “forgot” about the U.S citizen who was burned alive by six rabid Zionists.

corona79 on July 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

And all six have been arrested and charged. When was the last time the Palestinians did the same to the thugs who attack Israel? Considering the words you use I’m guessing you don’t care. Also the murdered Palestinian teen was not an American.

NotCoach on July 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

They are saying this new caliphate map is a fake. It must be, Israel is no where to be seen on it.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

And there is no Obamastan. It would be pretty rude not to honor America’s first Muslim President and the guy who made it all possible by going out of his way to support Muslim terrorist groups.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Shy Guy, I’m genuinely curious, not being intimately familiar with Israeli politics, are there any Israeli politicians that you think would be better?

Also, what would be your own ideal for a way forward?

WhatSlushfund on July 8, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Word has it that the Palistinian/Hamas agitprop photos are NOT coming from Gaza. They are photos from Iraq and Syria, probably doctored or edited for propaganda purposes.

onlineanalyst on July 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Word has it that the Palistinian/Hamas agitprop photos are NOT coming from Gaza. They are photos from Iraq and Syria, probably doctored or edited for propaganda purposes.

onlineanalyst on July 8, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Wherever they are from it is no doubt a Pallywood production.

NotCoach on July 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Good point. Has to be a fake. No way do the islamists have any interest in a new caliphate. ; )

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to immediately stop its strikes, warning the operation would drag the region into instability.

Oh noes! Potential instability in the Mid-east!! In other words, Tuesday.

rbj on July 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Shy Guy, I’m genuinely curious, not being intimately familiar with Israeli politics, are there any Israeli politicians that you think would be better?

Also, what would be your own ideal for a way forward?

WhatSlushfund on July 8, 2014 at 8:42 AM

His name is Moshe Feiglin.

The solution? Flatten Gaza, for starters.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

The solution? Flatten Gaza, for starters.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

That would send the American left into an absolute tizzy.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Uh Oh…There goes Hillary’s Mideast Cease Fire.

Right down the crapper.

BigWyo on July 8, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Feiglin is the guy…but he says the time is not ripe yet for him.

I hope it is soon. The current governments of Israel as too tied to US appeasement and fear of Obama’s promised campaign against the Jews if they do anything that would actually solve the arab terrorist problem.

Everyone should know that Obama has told Israel that if they do what is right and necessary and moral…that is destroy the islamist terrorist, the US will go to the UN with a proposal for an arab terrorist state in the middle of the indigenous lands of the Jews, Israel, and the US will immediately stop all re-supply of spare parts for Israeli military equipment. This was told to Netanyahu directly by Obama, while Valerie Jarrett was in the room with them

georgealbert on July 8, 2014 at 8:59 AM

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 44s

#EXPOSED: #Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields when firing rockets at Israel

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/486488489496952832/photo/1

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Paging John Kerry. Paging John Kerry.

Anybody know where our Secretary of State is these days?

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM

He’s probably still in Baghdad practicing his medal-pitching skills at the fence of the American embassy.

Walter L. Newton on July 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

His name is Moshe Feiglin.

The solution? Flatten Gaza, for starters.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Hmm, interesting. Thanks for the info. I will look into this fellow further. At first glance, I like what he says.

Yes, strategically I’ve been stating for a long time now, that not only does Israel need to flatten Gaza as you put it, but also take back the Sinai Peninsula. It’s the only way. Of course it would help if the US and other Western nations would get out of Israel’s way, or, even better, help it do that.

WhatSlushfund on July 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

good luck

rob verdi on July 8, 2014 at 9:09 AM

WhatSlushfund on July 8, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Regarding the Sinai, I’m sure the time will come when Israel will no longer have a choice but to take it back, either because of terrorist infestation or because of a new regime in Egypt which will have nothing better to do than to blame all its problems on Israel and declare war.

Judea and Samaria must be conquered again. Priority #1 or #2.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I’m sorry to say this, but the only thing that is going to bring peace is the complete destruction of the Palestinians. They would rather die than make peace, so they need to die.

SupplyGuy on July 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Jen Psaki
Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
July 7, 2014
************

ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS

Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir / Investigation
Secretary Kerry’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu
Palestinian Technocratic Government / Reconciliation Process
Rocket Attacks / Economic Assistance

TRANSCRIPT:

1:23 p.m. EDT

MS. PSAKI: Hi, everyone.

QUESTION: Hello, ma’am.

MS. PSAKI: I hope everybody enjoyed your long weekend. I have a couple of items at the top.
—————————

QUESTION: Can we go to Israel?

MS. PSAKI: Sure. Did you want an update now?

QUESTION: First, do you have any update on the American citizen who was detained and that was then put under house arrest?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t know if I have much of an update since yesterday, Matt, but let me provide you –

QUESTION: Well, has he been – has anyone gone to visit him? Have you looked at his – has he – is his health okay?

MS. PSAKI: Well first, our – we visited him in the – an official from the U.S. Consulate General visited him on July 5th and attended his hearing on July 6th. We’ve also seen the family. I don’t have anything else to read out for you in terms of his health.

Obviously, this is a case where we remain deeply concerned about the reports. In fact, we remain shocked that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly have condemned that, and any use of excessive force, of course. We’re calling – and I would reiterate our call for a speedy and transparent and credible investigation. As I understand it, he’s been interviewed for that, and so that’s moving forward.

QUESTION: You remain shocked?

MS. PSAKI: Well, we are shocked.

QUESTION: You’re shocked –

QUESTION: Well, it sounds like –

QUESTION: You’re shocked when a –

MS. PSAKI: We continue to be shocked.

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: What you were saying, I think on Thursday or in your statements over the weekend, that you remain concerned about reports that he was apparently beaten. And now you’re saying that you’re shocked that he was beaten. So it seems as if like – it doesn’t seem as if there’s any doubt, really, now. I mean, there might be a doubt as to how it happened, or the extent of it, or whether what he did – the Israeli Ambassador said that he was provoking, that he wasn’t an innocent bystander, that kind of implied that he asked for it.

MS. PSAKI: Well, Elise, a couple things, as you know, happened over the weekend. One, of course, we – our consulate – a representative from our Consulate General was able to see him. And obviously, he’s been released and is with his family now at this time. And of course, I’ve seen the comments, and our view is an arrest is justified for anyone who is guilty of committing a crime. And obviously, there’s an investigation; there’ll be a process to review that. But beating an arrestee after they are subdued and in custody is never justified. So we will let the process see itself through. But certainly, we’ve all seen him and we’ve been in touch with him, and we are continuing to call for a credible investigation.

QUESTION: Have you formally demarched the Israeli Government about it?

MS. PSAKI: We’ve been in close touch with the government, but I’m not aware of a specific demarche.

QUESTION: Do you have any concerns about the – an Israeli investigation into this incident?

MS. PSAKI: We’ve seen Prime Minister Netanyahu and other officials express strong concern about a range of these reports, and they’ve expressed a commitment to seeing through an investigation.

QUESTION: All right. Now meanwhile, in southern Israel –

QUESTION: Well, can we just stay on this for one second?

QUESTION: Yeah.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: I understand that Secretary Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu over the weekend. Was this case in particular brought up, or was it about the larger kind of escalating violence?

MS. PSAKI: He reiterated – the Secretary did speak with the prime minister about a range of incidents that are happening on the ground, Elise. And certainly, the focus was on reiterating our concern about escalating tensions. And the Secretary, of course, urged Prime Minister Netanyahu – as he’s urged both parties – to exercise restraint and avoid steps that could further destabilize the situation.

QUESTION: Did he speak to prime – President Abbas?

MS. PSAKI: He has spoken with him over the course of the last several days or week. I don’t – let me see if I have anything specific over the last – he spoke with him – let’s see – I know last Tuesday. He’s been in – I think it’s important to reiterate here we’ve been in touch on the ground very closely with both parties.

QUESTION: Well, but you’ve seen the comments that are coming out of Hamas. And now that the U.S. has, in effect, kind of accepted the fact that Hamas is now in this unity government, you would think that as leader of this unity government it would be incumbent on President Abbas to rein in or take – try and maintain some kind of control over the activities of Hamas. Isn’t that correct?

MS. PSAKI: Well, you’re right. I mean, we’ve stated – you’re right in the sense that we have stated from the beginning that we would judge the interim government by its actions, composition, and policies. And based on what we know now, this hasn’t changed. We don’t believe that Hamas plays a role in the government. However, to your point, it is difficult to see how other aspects of the reconciliation process can move forward in this current atmosphere, and we’ve conveyed that as well.

QUESTION: Well, I mean, I understand that you – that maybe it’s a technicality that Hamas doesn’t play a part in this government, but it is a unity government that includes Hamas. And I’m just wondering, now does President Abbas more so than ever bear responsibility for the actions of Hamas?

MS. PSAKI: No. But we have – President Abbas himself has suggested that there would be serious consequences for whatever party carried out the crimes that we’ve been talking about over the last several weeks. And as I mentioned, it’s difficult for us to see, given this current atmosphere, how other aspects of the reconciliation process could continue.

QUESTION: Just one quick last one. Did Secretary Kerry mention the specific case of this Israeli – Palestinian teen that was beaten?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any other further details, but I think it’s safe to assume when he’s talking about the escalating tensions on the ground, he’s talking about all of the reports that you’ve seen in the news that we’ve all been discussing.

QUESTION: Did you have a response, reaction – and forgive me if I missed it – to the Palestinian teenager who was killed, the cousin of this – or did that happen over the –

MS. PSAKI: I believe we’ve put out something over the weekend. I can double-check that and certainly –

QUESTION: Okay. Thus far, have you seen both sides exercising the kind of restraint that you think is necessary?

MS. PSAKI: Well, Matt, typically you convey that to parties when you feel there’s more that needs to be done.

QUESTION: All right. On the –

QUESTION: Jen –

QUESTION: On the – you say it’s difficult to see how other aspects of the reconciliation can go ahead. Can you be more specific about that? What other aspects?

MS. PSAKI: Well, as you know, there’s – obviously there’s the formation of the interim technocratic government, but there’s also the reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah, and we feel that obviously, there are a range of circumstances on the ground that make it difficult to see how things can move forward at this time.

QUESTION: So you think that he should stop the reconciliation?

MS. PSAKI: Well, we’ll leave that up to him, but obviously, there are a range of circumstances on the ground that we feel make it difficult.

QUESTION: Okay. In those circumstances, have you gotten 100 definitive evidence or proof that the – that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping and the – of the three Israeli youths?

MS. PSAKI: Nothing has changed since we discussed this last week when we talked about the patterns and –

QUESTION: So you’re still not convinced that Hamas was behind it?

MS. PSAKI: That wasn’t what we said – what we’ve stated. We’ve obviously pointed to the patterns –

QUESTION: No, I understand that, but –

MS. PSAKI: — but I don’t have – there’s an ongoing investigation, as you know, that hasn’t concluded.

QUESTION: So when you talk about the situation on the ground making it difficult to see – making it difficult for you to see how the other aspects – that refers not to the kidnapping specifically but to the rocket attacks? There have been almost 80, I think, just today. Do you have anything to say about the rocket attacks into southern Israel from –

MS. PSAKI: Well, and I’d also point you, Matt, to the raising tensions and the increasing violence on the ground, as those are all aspects that certainly impact what’s happening on the ground.

QUESTION: Jen –

QUESTION: Well, wait. Do you have any reaction to the – anything to say about the rockets? I mean, the Israelis say that this is really ramping up the tensions.

MS. PSAKI: Well, correct. As you know, I mean, anytime there are rocket attacks into Israel, we certainly condemn those and we would do so in this case as well. And there’s no place for violence and increasing tension as we’re seeing on the ground. We don’t feel that’s productive to a peaceful society.

QUESTION: Jen, the small cabinet, the security cabinet, just finished a meeting like an hour or so ago, and they decided to continue with their – with targeting targets in Gaza. Are you talking to anyone – like perhaps the Egyptians – to see if they could somehow broker a quieting period or a quiet-down period? Because it seems this thing is really escalating out of control, isn’t it?

MS. PSAKI: Well, Said, we – as I mentioned, we strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire into Israel, but we also support Israel’s right to defend itself against these attacks. I think the Secretary’s calls have also reiterated the need to reduce tensions and decrease violence, and that’s part of the discussion that we’re having with both parties at this time.

QUESTION: What about the area of bombardment by the Israeli Air Force of Gaza? I mean, they killed nine yesterday, today they killed a woman and injured a child, and in fact it’s ongoing as we speak now. Are you calling on the Israelis to sort of hold back or restrain themselves at this point?

MS. PSAKI: I think I just answered the question on the Israelis.

QUESTION: Okay. Let me ask you about the teenage boy. He – you said he was released, but in fact, he was sentenced to 10 days under house arrest.

MS. PSAKI: Said he was released –

QUESTION: Is that satisfactory to you?

MS. PSAKI: He’s under house arrest with his family, yes.

QUESTION: Okay. And that is fine with you that he was sentenced to 10 days under house arrest?

MS. PSAKI: Again, I think we’ve been – pretty strongly conveyed how we feel. Circumstances around this case are not fine, but that’s an update on where things stand. His – he was asked to post bail. He’s restricted to his uncle’s home. He’s permitted to visit medical facilities. And if the investigation is concluded properly, as we expect, he should be able to return to Florida as planned with his family later this month.

QUESTION: Well, when you say that you want it to be conducted properly, what are you saying? That if a fair – free and fair investigation that’s unimpeded will probably illustrate that he had no wrongdoing and will be able to leave on his own reconnaissance?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I’m not going to prejudge the outcome, but I think obviously, as we see these things move forward, we feel that if they move forward adequately, that he’ll be able to return with his family to the United States.

QUESTION: Did the Palestinian raise with you the fact that they are suffering from a deficit, a reduction of 62 percent in their budget? Have they spoken to you about their financial conditions?

MS. PSAKI: We have regular conversations with the Palestinians about their economic needs. As you know, we provide a great deal of assistance, and we’re in close touch through our consulate on the ground.

QUESTION: Jen –

QUESTION: To follow –

QUESTION: But as far as you’re concerned, it’s – you’re not aware that any U.S. funds are being held up at the present time?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think we’ve spoken to this before. Obviously, we constantly review these, and Congress is in the position to make decisions about what funds will and won’t move forward. But beyond that, I don’t have any other update.

QUESTION: Can I change the topic?

QUESTION: Wait, one more?

QUESTION: The last time before this that you called for an investigation – an Israeli investigation into something – at least I think it was the last time – one of the last times – was the shooting of the – shooting deaths of the two Palestinian teenagers. Do you recall what the outcome of the Israeli investigation was into that?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any details on that in front of me, Matt.

QUESTION: Okay. Well, I’m just – okay. Could someone take a look at what the results of that investigation was and see if the results were acceptable, if you thought that they were an accurate representation of what happened?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think it’s also important to note here, Matt, that Prime Minister Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials have pointed to their desire to hold those accountable who are guilty of excessive –

QUESTION: I’m not saying that I don’t – that – I’m not casting doubt on that.

MS. PSAKI: The context is –

QUESTION: I’m just wondering what the –

MS. PSAKI: The context is important. That’s why I mentioned it.

QUESTION: One more?

MS. PSAKI: Do we have more on this? Go ahead, Lucas.

QUESTION: Senior Hamas officials have said the rocket attacks will continue from Gaza until Israel’s siege of Gaza ends. Do you think Gaza is under siege by the Israelis?

MS. PSAKI: Again, I’m not going to echo names or terms used by Hamas or anyone else. Our view is that Israel has the right to defend itself, and we certainly support that.

QUESTION: Jen?

MS. PSAKI: More on this topic –

QUESTION: Yes.

MS. PSAKI: — or a new topic? Go ahead.

QUESTION: Yes, this topic. President Abbas has called on yesterday UN Secretary General to form an international committee to monitor and investigate what he referred to as crimes by Israeli settlers. Do you support the formation of such a committee? Or what’s your position?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have anything to offer on that. I’m happy to check with our team and see if we have a view on that specific call.

QUESTION: And today, he mentioned that he will be applying or going to have the Palestinian Authority attending more UN organizations. Do you have any position toward this too?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have details on what he outlined specifically, so why don’t we take a closer look at that and we can see if there’s more to say.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/07/228782.htm

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/index.htm

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Judea and Samaria must be conquered again. Priority #1 or #2.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I’m all for that. I like the way you think Shy Guy. Israel needs more people like you.

Regarding the Sinai, yes, I don’t think that even if Israel took back Gaza that its southern border would be defensible. The border between the Sinai and Egypt would be much more so. And then there’s the canal.

WhatSlushfund on July 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM

https://twitter.com/haaretzcom

Gaza, PS
6m
At least 6 Palestinians killed, about 25 wounded in an Israeli attack on a house in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Interior Ministry says – @haaretzcom
Read more on haaretz.com

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Hopeful that Ham-as will shortly become Mam-was.

vnvet on July 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

LIVE NOW:

Haaretz.com @haaretzcom · 5s

MK Ahmed Tibi has now taken the stage at Israel Conference for Peace. Watch live: http://htz.li/1k1FoPC #HaaretzPeace

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-peace-conference/1.603480

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Israel offered a cease fire but Hamas said they would agree only if Israel would stop it’s attacks on missile launch sites in Gaza. Duh. Stop launching missiles into Israel and there would be no attacks on launch sites, you moronic arabs.

Blake on July 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

No, this is what happens in this part of the world no matter who’s President here. Republicans and Democrats alike have learned that lesson.

Ed Morrissey on July 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Capt’n ED: Yes your right, and its been going on for yhousands of
years, forever under seige!—————-:)

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Crap,..thats thousands,..not yhousands.

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Hamas has been continuously firing rockets at Israel since the last time Israel invaded them to stop it.If you explore this link: http://www.vatsaas.org/ you will find a letter from a Palestinian terrorist bragging about his rocket nozzles or engines that he learned to design from rocketry hobbyists like the Vatsaas brothers over 10 years ago. The islamo-fascists have been firing rockets into Israel for over a decade and their technology has only gotten better. I recently saw video of a multi-rocket launcher that pops up from the ground, fires its dozen rockets and then disappears back into the dirt of fenced compound. Israel needs to just exterminate these vermin.

earlgrey on July 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Gaza, PS
13m
Photo: Explosion reported in Gaza – Instagram’s marquardtabc
see original on instagram.com

http://instagram.com/p/qMP0yqAjeQ/

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Where’s Jimmy?

unclesmrgol on July 8, 2014 at 9:32 AM

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 51s

In response to rocket fire at Israel, IDF aircraft struck Muhammad Sha’aban, a senior #Hamas terrorist

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

…nuke ‘em!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

In response to rocket fire at Israel, IDF aircraft struck Muhammad Sha’aban, a senior #Hamas terrorist

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

At what altitude? :)

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

BTW, Pallywood has already begun.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 9:41 AM

The solution? Flatten Gaza, for starters.

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

That would send the American left into an absolute tizzy.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

So…WIN – WIN! I like it!

questionmark on July 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM

You would think the Palestinians would learn after all this time. Fooking with the Israelis is like poking a caged bear with a pencil. You just might get away with it for awhile, but eventually, you’re gonna lose that arm.

PJ Emeritus on July 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM

So whats new with HamasGoons:

Haaretz.com @haaretzcom · 1m

Report: Gaza supporters using false images on Twitter http://dlvr.it/6G1FnP

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.603796?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

When a belief system (religious, political, tribal, cultural) believes it must destroy the other, the other either pushes back or loses. In the latter situation, the “victor” will only get more aggressive.

Israel has shown patience beyond what any of their enemies would show. Tis very, very sad. WHen people are so brainwashed as to believe that they have only “the” solution, it’s wrong.

Besides, people have tried to exterminate Jews for, what, 5000 years? They’re still here. Maybe that “covenant with God” thing is valid.

Wake up, world.

MN J on July 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM

At what altitude? :)

Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Shy Guy: Lol:)

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

What they need in Gaza is one of those nifty Hillary RESET buttons. It worked for the Rooskies so well.

HiJack on July 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Leftys hate this site: https://twitter.com/JihadistJoe

I love it!

Blake on July 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

May Israel be victorious over all her enemies…

mnjg on July 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM

When can we trade leaders with Israel?

Steve Z on July 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

But, but, but Israel is nothing but Zionists, and they’re not even real Jews, and all they want is to take over the world, and…

HiJack on July 8, 2014 at 10:05 AM

************** Green Light,…Saddle Up ************************

Clashes after kidnapped Israeli teens found dead, 2014
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Israeli official confirms security cabinet has given army a green light to call up 40,000 reservists – @MaayanLubell

https://twitter.com/MaayanLubell

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Could anyone imagine what this nation would do if South-eastern Canada fired rockets into New York every other day—for over a decade!???

Rovin on July 8, 2014 at 8:19 AM

The distance between Gaza and Israel is comparable to that between Manhattan and Hoboken. Except that there’s no river between Gaza and Israel.

Steve Z on July 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Amazing how you “forgot” about the U.S citizen who was burned alive by six rabid Zionists.

corona79 on July 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

The US citizen was actually one of the Israelis killed by Palestinians, moron.

Athanasius on July 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM

For pity’s sake, just lay waste to everything and everyone in the area, Israel. I’m not even in the middle of it, and I’ve been watching this crap my entire life – I’m sick to death of it.

Enough.

End it.

Midas on July 8, 2014 at 10:16 AM

The solution? Flatten Gaza, for starters.
Shy Guy on July 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

That would send the American left into an absolute tizzy.

Happy Nomad on July 8, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Then we flatten *them* as well.

Midas on July 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/07/228782.htm

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/index.htm

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

.
That whole conversation was “shocking”.

listens2glenn on July 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

former US envoy Martin Indyk declared the Israeli-Palestinian peace process dead

But…but…I just saw him last week. He looked so full of life. So healthy. So much to look forward to. He was even talking about taking a trip to Oslo for the Nobel Prize he’d always been talking about.

dreadnought62 on July 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

When can we trade leaders with Israel?

Steve Z on July 8, 2014 at 10:03 AM

.
Wow … I never realized you hated Israel, so much.

listens2glenn on July 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Poor babies. Will they never learn?

Jaibones on July 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Clashes after kidnapped Israeli teens found dead, 2014
2m
Photo: Nearly 400 Israelis from all across the country pay respects at home of murdered Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir – via @NewIsraelFund

https://twitter.com/NewIsraelFund/status/486515403884331008/photo/1

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

.
That whole conversation was “shocking”.

listens2glenn on July 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

listens2glenn: Yup, and it gives insight into State Department,
and, the Obama Administration:0

canopfor on July 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Good point. Has to be a fake. No way do the islamists have any interest in a new caliphate. ; )

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Any enterprise that requires doing anything beyond drinking strong coffee and b*tching about “Zionists” is above the Palestinian pay grade. You need wakadoodles from elsewhere in the ME to get a “caliphate” organized.

smellthecoffee on July 8, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Amazing how you “forgot” about the U.S citizen who was burned alive by six rabid Zionists.

corona79 on July 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Nice try a$$hat. Most Israelis have already put away the hairshirts they wore for a few days after that happened. And did you see all the sweets Israelis were passing out after they found out about that murder? Me neither. Did you see all the Israeli kids posing with a finger in the air, to show “We got one”? Yeah, me neither. Did you see the streets the Israeli government named after the six suspects? Me neither.

Moral equivalency fail. Stick this up your nose and light it on fire.

smellthecoffee on July 8, 2014 at 10:48 AM

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Peace is the only path to true security for Israel and the Palestinians
In an exclusive article for Haaretz’s Israel Conference on Peace, Barack Obama says that the only solution is a democratic, Jewish state living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent Palestinian state.
By Barack Obama | Jul. 8, 2014 | 4:00 AM
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Dumbo. Peace will only come when the Palis are routed from Isreal’s historical land and the Gold Mosque reduced to rubble.
There is no peaceful coexistance where one side only sees their own children as cannon fooder.

AH_C on July 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

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