Kerry arrives in Israel for cease-fire talks

posted at 8:01 am on July 23, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This latest junket is notable because Israel hadn’t exactly rolled out the welcome mat for the Secretary of State after he got caught on an open mic scoffing at “pinpoint” targeting by the IDF. Kerry touched down in Tel Aviv earlier today to sit down for separate talks with Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas about the war in Gaza, hoping to bring a temporary truce to the ground operations and missile shots. Kerry arrived a day behind Ban Ki-moon, whose talks also went nowhere:

Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Tel Aviv Wednesday for talks with leaders in a bid to halt the deadly fighting in Gaza. He will travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank and is expected to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Palestinian Authority President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

U.S. officials have downplayed expectations for an immediate truce between Israel and the Hamas militant group that controls Gaza, but Kerry said Tuesday that he wanted to discuss options for a long-lasting settlement as well as a humanitarian cease-fire. Kerry flew into the city’s Ben-Gurion airport on an Air Force jet one day after the FAA instructed U.S. commerical airlines not to fly there. The 24-hour restriction was imposed after a Hamas rocket landed close to the airport on Tuesday.

The FAA issue is a non-sequitur. The agency has authority over commercial flights, not military or State Department travel. Michael Bloomberg’s flight into Tel Aviv on El Al is a real protest against the FAA decision, which my friend Jeff Dunetz believes to be a form of economic sanction against Israel. That’s possible, but a 24-hour pause isn’t much of a sanction, and don’t forget that the US air carriers actually made the decision to ground the flights before the FAA announced its decision. The airlines clearly had their own concerns over flying in and out of Tel Aviv, whether rational or not.

Earlier, Kerry claimed some success in pushing a cease-fire, but the obstacle is what it has been all along — a refusal from Hamas to engage in any cease-fire at all:

The UN complained bitterly about IDF shelling near their schools, and accused Israel of committing war crimes:

Israel may have committed war crimes by killing civilians and shelling houses and hospitals during its two-week-old offensive in the Gaza Strip, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday. Pillay, opening an emergency debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, also condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets and mortars by Palestinian militants into Israel.

Citing cases Israeli air strikes and shelling hitting houses and hospitals in the coastal enclave, she said: “These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated.” Israel, which accuses the Council of bias, boycotted the Geneva forum for 20 months, resuming cooperation in October. Its main ally the United States, a member state, has also said Israel is unfairly singled out.

However, this morning another UN school found a cache of Hamas rockets on their grounds:

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for said it was “pursuing all possible measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school.”

As the Israeli offensive in Gaza rages on, around 100,000 people have sought shelter in UNRWA’s schools. Officials stressed the importance of maintaining the “neutrality of all its premises.”

That has been the problem with Hamas all along. They hide among the civilian population to store and fire their weapons, and then dig tunnels with entry points in houses. Hamas started this war, firing hundreds of rockets indiscriminately on Israeli civilian populations. Israel has a right to defend itself against the Hamas-run Gaza once acts of war and especially attacks on civilians take place, as happened despite repeated warning for days prior to the start of IDF’s offensive operations. The IDF has to take care to distinguish its targets and errors happen in all wars, but they are not required to stand down while Hamas uses civilians as shields while launching attacks on Israel.

That applies to the tunnels as well. The Hamas system of tunnels is highly sophisticated, with entry points in residences and access well across the Gaza border. The New York Times explains just how big of a problem the tunnels have become for Israel, and why Israel wants enough time to cripple the system:

Israeli officials, who revealed that they had been planning for a year to destroy the tunnels, began their ground assault on Thursday, after 10 days of bombardment, when 13 Hamas gunmen emerged from one underground passage near a kibbutz in southern Israel. …

The Israeli military has described tunnels from Gaza to Israel as “complex and advanced,” with many offshoots in different directions. Destroying them, the military said, is a technological and operational challenge.

The tunnels can be up to 90 feet underground and reinforced with concrete, a scarce commodity in Gaza, where most imports of construction material are banned by Israel except for internationally supervised projects. The material — the military estimates 600,000 tons — may have come through different smuggling tunnels from Egypt or have been diverted from its intended purpose.

The lack of concrete for building has left many Gazans unable to rebuild their homes and hampered construction projects that provide Gazans with jobs.

In March, the Israeli military uncovered what it called “the most advanced tunnel,” which stretched hundreds of yards into its territory from the Gaza Strip and could have been used to attack or capture Israelis. Though the tunnel did not reach an Israeli town or village, Colonel Lerner said, “it wasn’t that far — a quick sprint and you could attack a community.”

The options for a cease fire now for Israel are limited. They need time to destroy the tunnels and their access points, and hopefully track down some of Hamas’ leadership. If Hamas was smart, they’d sign onto a cease fire now and force Israel to pause. At least so far, though, Hamas’ strategy has been singularly idiotic or flat-out insane. All indications are that they will let Israel off the hook again for the cease-fire at least for the near term, which will give the IDF plenty of time to accomplish their mission in destroying their tunnel system.


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What if a rocket fired from Hamastan landed on him?

How ironic would that be?

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:06 AM

I hope the Israelis don’t believe a word he says.

Kerry was in Vietnam, dontcha know?

Wino on July 23, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Old Horseface following in the footsteps of his hero Neville Chamberlain.

meci on July 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Hamas and cease fire does not compute

cmsinaz on July 23, 2014 at 8:09 AM

+1 meci

cmsinaz on July 23, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Hamas and cease fire does not compute

cmsinaz on July 23, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Israel is doing the world a favor by killing that vermin.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Michael Bloomberg’s flight into Tel Aviv on El Al is a real protest against the FAA decision, which my friend Jeff Dunetz believes to be a form of economic sanction against Israel.

What? This administration using a federal agency to impose harm for spite? /

Seriously, I do think this was a vindictive measure. Obama wants to rattle the cage of “the Jews” in order to make them more ameniable to talks of 1968 borders and a two-state solution where one of the states doesn’t have to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish homeland.

But more importantly, this is a teachable moment for Obama’s terrorist allies. Hamas has now learned that the way to create economic chaos for Israel is to target aviation.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Kerry should be visiting Gaza and Gaza only. That’s the source of the problem and the only place where the problem needs to be solved.

Walter L. Newton on July 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I heard somewhere that he served in Vietnam?

Dingbat63 on July 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I am sure Kerry will put the same effort he put into his “in country” Swiftboat experiences into this conflict.

I hope that he doesn’t get hit by some hummus shrapnel…..

DimsdalePiranha on July 23, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Kerry’s making photo-ops for his 2016 Presidential campaign…

albill on July 23, 2014 at 8:16 AM

I hope Bibi sits him down, scolds him, then puts him in a tank for a little ride to witness some pinpoint operations—-ie, ‘danger close’…..

educating liberals with ordnance.

ted c on July 23, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Yepper Constantine

cmsinaz on July 23, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Pound sand
-Bibi

cmsinaz on July 23, 2014 at 8:18 AM

I thought Israel told him never mind and stay away.

Johnnyreb on July 23, 2014 at 8:19 AM

In March, the Israeli military uncovered what it called “the most advanced tunnel,” which stretched hundreds of yards into its territory from the Gaza Strip and could have been used to attack or capture Israelis. Though the tunnel did not reach an Israeli town or village, Colonel Lerner said, “it wasn’t that far — a quick sprint and you could attack a community.”
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https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

https://twitter.com/LTCPeterLerner

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 3h

Found this tunnel in Gaza house. UNRWA bags once had wheat. Hamas

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 20h

Each tunnel in Gaza requires 300 tons of cement. Hamas could be investing in people. Instead it invests in terrorism.

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/491611703138721792/photo/1

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 8:19 AM

I heard somewhere that he served in Vietnam?

Dingbat63 on July 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Briefly, yes, until he connived to get 3 purple hearts to be discharged, at least one of which was for a minor self inflicted injury…

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Netanyahu should have the imbecile frog-marched back onto his plane and flown out of there.

justltl on July 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Me thinks, that Kerry is wasting Israel’s time.

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Netanyahu should have the imbecile frog-marched back onto his plane and flown out of there.

justltl on July 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Or leave him sitting in the office while he goes off to bed like Obama did to him.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Ugh:

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 19m

About an hour ago, a rocket fired from Gaza killed a civilian near Ashkelon.

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Kerry is doing nothing other than wasting jet fuel. These phony political types are disgusting.

rplat on July 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Presumably Hamas is trolling for donations and attention. Ceasefires produce neither. They also may have observed how much you can get for western world hostages and are seeking to in effect run a kidnap ring as suggested by the tranquilizers and binding equipment their infiltrators carry.

KW64 on July 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

It’s amazing that a shooting war is seen by someone as a chance to feed his ego and yet he’s to in an institution.

What a loser of a human being.

MTF on July 23, 2014 at 8:26 AM

I was in Chicago a few years ago… I was sharing a cab with several strangers all headed to the same convention. The news station was playing and I don’t remember which world crisis it was, but the announcer talked about the UN convening to discuss action… I commented, “we can all rest easy, the UN is on the case.” The cab erupted in laughter.

The UN is a joke and I’m sure Bibi considers Kerry a joke.

mankai on July 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM

https://twitter.com/markknoller

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

It’s Day 2 of Pres Obama’s Dem fundraising trip. He had two fundraisers last evening in Seattle. Two more today in SF and another in LA.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

Israel wants the FAA ban lifted. @statedeptspox says “FAA is in close touch with Israel” and will update its NOTAM on Tel Aviv today.

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

State Dept explains that FAA ban on flights to Tel Aviv didn’t apply to @johnkerry today. He uses an USAF C32(757). pic.twitter.com/AJZEiwDtkC

Retweeted by Mark Knoller
margaret brennan @margbrennan · 19m

Without providing any detail, #SecKerry says #Gaza truce negotiators made “some steps forward” but says “there’s still work to be done”

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Will he be throwing his medals over the Wailing Wall?

NotCoach on July 23, 2014 at 8:29 AM

The FAA issue is a non-sequitur. The agency has authority over commercial flights, not military or State Department travel. Michael Bloomberg’s flight into Tel Aviv on El Al is a real protest against the FAA decision, which my friend Jeff Dunetz believes to be a form of economic sanction against Israel. That’s possible, but a 24-hour pause isn’t much of a sanction, and don’t forget that the US air carriers actually made the decision to ground the flights before the FAA announced its decision. The airlines clearly had their own concerns over flying in and out of Tel Aviv, whether rational or not.

Point of order – it wasn’t actually a 24-hour pause, but a “until further notice” halt with a promise to update the NOTAM within 24 hours.

Prediction – they’ll keep the ban in place when they update it later today.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Gaza, PS
2m
Delta Air Lines will not fly into Israel today, CEO says – @CNBC via @Reuters

https://twitter.com/Reuters

https://twitter.com/CNBC

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Prediction – they’ll keep the ban in place when they update it later today.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Yep.

Little Brat Barry is being ignored by the people who wear Big Boy pants. He doesn’t like being ignored. He also doesn’t like Israel smashing muzzie bro affiliate Hamas.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Kerry was in Vietnam, dontcha know?

Wino on July 23, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Really??? I did not know that.

Did he see any action…?

JohnGalt23 on July 23, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Yep.

Little Brat Barry is being ignored by the people who wear Big Boy pants. He doesn’t like being ignored. He also doesn’t like Israel smashing muzzie bro affiliate Hamas.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Next step – close US airspace to all flights into/from Tel Aviv.

If they could figure out a “justification” to ban El Al entirely, they would.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Israel is doing the world a favor by killing that vermin.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:11 AM

ConstantineXI: And thats how it should be. At least BiBi is
projecting Strength, unlike Hopey.:)

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

But more importantly, this is a teachable moment for Obama’s terrorist allies. Hamas has now learned that the way to create economic chaos for Israel is to target aviation.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Israel needs to continue this war until Hamas is a corpse.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Slightly OT – ISIS Torches 1800-Year-Old Mosul Church After Expelling Christians

On the way out of town last week, the final 1500 families of Mosul’s Christian population were reportedly robbed at ISIS checkpoints. And following Friday’s deadline, ISIS reportedly set fire to a 1800-year-old church.

Crickets from the LSM. If we had bombed a Mosque, 24/7 coverage.

Patriot Vet on July 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

The FAAVerified account
@FAANews

News updates from the Federal Aviation Administration. Following or RT does not mean endorsement.
Washington, D.C.
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https://twitter.com/FAANews

The FAA @FAANews · 19h

FAA Statement – Notice to Airmen Issued for Ben Gurion International Airport http://1.usa.gov/1tvUqmo #aviation

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=16694&cid=TW235

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Next step – close US airspace to all flights into/from Tel Aviv.

If they could figure out a “justification” to ban El Al entirely, they would.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

He’s got to come up with something to prevent Hamas’s complete defeat.

As I said, he’s being ignored, and narcissists HATE being ignored. Because Obama has made himself the international joke of Planet Earth, petty actions like this are all he can do.

If I were flying to Israel, I’d go with El Al anyway. Safest airline in the world, and the only planes you can get on where you can be sure special attention was paid to any muzzies on board instead of groping grandma.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Kerry wasn’t invited by either side OR the Egyptian government which had been trying to broker a deal, and which mistrusts Kerry and Obama as much as anyone.

No one who speaks with authority for Hamas has even admitted the possibility of a ceasefire, they are sworn to fight to the death (but civilians first, it’s better PR).

Kerry and Obama have likely calculated that Israel’s operation will end in a few days, cease-fire or not, once they deal with the tunnel problem and search for ammo dumps. So if he’s in the region pretending to negotiate, they will get some credit anyway.

~

I heard somewhere that he served in Vietnam?

Dingbat63 on July 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Briefly, yes, until he connived to get 3 purple hearts to be discharged, at least one of which was for a minor self inflicted injury…

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

~

None of his injuries were serious enough to admit him to a hospital or medic’s tent, the most treatment he was given was a band-aid.

It was typical in Vietnam for the immediate commanding officer to put in for Purple Hearts, but none of Kerry’s would because he wasn’t really wounded. He put himself in for them all.

Adjoran on July 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

H’es just getting there NOW?

didn’t he tell “john” that they needed to get there tonite?

renalin on July 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Crickets from the LSM. If we had bombed a Mosque, 24/7 coverage.

Patriot Vet on July 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Patriot Vet: Yup, and this reminds me of the Tolly-Bon blowing up
Buddha statues:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ-oaUqvAS8

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Crickets from the LSM. If we had bombed a Mosque, 24/7 coverage.

Patriot Vet on July 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Patriot Vet: Yup, and this reminds me of the Tolly-Bon blowing up
Buddha statues:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ-oaUqvAS8

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Mosques should either be blown up or turned into 24 hour rib joints.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:46 AM

None of his injuries were serious enough to admit him to a hospital or medic’s tent, the most treatment he was given was a band-aid.

It was typical in Vietnam for the immediate commanding officer to put in for Purple Hearts, but none of Kerry’s would because he wasn’t really wounded. He put himself in for them all.

Adjoran on July 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Now that you mention that, I remember that from the Jerome Corsi book. I was referring to the incident that got one of his fraudulent purple hearts where he shot his weapon at some rice and got hit in the “buttocks” with shrapnel (rice) that made a cut basically.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Mosques should either be blown up or turned into 24 hour rib joints.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:46 AM

I prefer the former.

Patriot Vet on July 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Next step – close US airspace to all flights into/from Tel Aviv.

If they could figure out a “justification” to ban El Al entirely, they would.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2014 at 8:35 AM

That’s simple. Have the FAA ban all airlines that engage in “intrusive” profiling of its passengers, particularly the Muslim ones. Anything beyond the TSA probes suddenly becomes a civil rights violation.

IMO, Ed is way too naive to think that hitting Israel with economic sanctions isn’t part of the plan. If Bibi doesn’t want to listen to “reason” about this, hurt Israel economically until he is more reasonable.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Mosques should either be blown up or turned into 24 hour rib joints.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:46 AM

With well-stocked bars.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Mosques should either be blown up or turned into 24 hour rib joints.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Pork ribs, right?

NotCoach on July 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I thought obama’s FAA banned American flights to Israel. How did Kerry get there? Israel should have turned down AF2′s landing rights to comply with the FAA’s political and stupid decision. Actually, keeping Kerry, obama, and any other American dhimocrapt and librul out of Israel can only shorten their war and ensure their victory. It would also make the Israeli citizens feel better.

Old Country Boy on July 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

That’s simple. Have the FAA ban all airlines that engage in “intrusive” profiling of its passengers, particularly the Muslim ones. Anything beyond the TSA probes suddenly becomes a civil rights violation.

Happy Nomad on July 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

I am actually surprised that hasn’t happened.

I hate flying. I do everything I can to avoid it.

But I have figured out how to get on a plane without being molested by the TSA, and I am going to do this next time I can’t avoid flying commercial: wear some terrorist rags to the airport.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Pork ribs, right?

NotCoach on July 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Of course.

Turn them all into Montgomery Inn’s.

(anyone who has been to Cincinnati knows what I’m taking about)

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Don’t any of those Jew-hating librul diocrapts realize that backing Israel into a corner can just make them more dangerous. They could hamstring Israel enough that Israel just eliminates ALL palestinians, Iran, Syria and Southern Lebanon. I also suspect that there are a lot of Asian and East European countries that will support Israel just for their technology if push comes to shove..

Old Country Boy on July 23, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Does anyone remember the type of beer that was in the can that Kerry cut his hand on to get his second purple heart? My memory is foggy on it.

Wino on July 23, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Kerry arrives in Israel for cease-fire talks

I could hear the sigh of relief from Israel, here in NC.

(Do I really have to add /s?)

right2bright on July 23, 2014 at 9:13 AM

https://twitter.com/markknoller

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

Israel wants the FAA ban lifted. @statedeptspox says “FAA is in close touch with Israel” and will update its [NOTAM] on Tel Aviv today.
======

NOTAM

https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWeb/

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Arrest him, Bibi.

listens2glenn on July 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM

He needs to take John Edwards with him so we can hear from the dead Hamas members.

mankai on July 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Presumably Hamas is trolling for donations

KW64 on July 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

coolbimbo pledged this week’s allowance.

katy the mean old lady on July 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Don’t cave Bibi!
Completely ANNIHILATE the pisslamist bastards!
AM YISRAEL CHAI!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 23, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Obama’s FAA games are meant to be a warning to Israel, but the only way that airport safety can be assured is unconditional surrender by Hamas. So instead of a police action is Obama forcing Israel into total war?

meci on July 23, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Yeah – how come the FAA hasn’t stopped flights into the Ukraine?

Skywise on July 23, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I love how spiteful and ineffectual Stompyfoot can be. Has anyone told him that most people fly to Israel via El Al or other connecting airlines? Yep, from countries who don’t give a flying fvuck about the FAA.

katy the mean old lady on July 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM

No one in Israel takes Kerry seriously.

I watch Israeli news live throughout the day is there isn’t a pundit, analyst or politician that takes him seriously and usually mock him.

Ben Hur on July 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Did he see any action…?

JohnGalt23 on July 23, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Not any more than he had to.

crankyoldlady on July 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

The only thing more useless than a Middle East ceasefire: Middle East ceasefire talks.

Well, I guess it gives him something to do.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Talking Horse just talking…

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Kerry arrives in Israel for cease-fire talks ‘words’

…fixed!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I bet the Israelis are overjoyed to see the carpet-bagging blowhard again.

Kerry/Obama are doing their best to assist Hamas in harassing the Izzies and are singularly responsible for the entire Gaza mess to begin with.

Announced on the heels of the big phony’s visit was another administration give away of $50 million in “aid” for the poor Gazonian’s, who will quickly turn that cash into another couple of hundred rockets, rocket propellants, and rocket warhead explosives. Not a dime will go towards a poor Gazonian, BUT, who gives a damn. That’s the way it is in the Middle-East – we fund, they kill us and riot and hate us as a matter of recreation.

dockywocky on July 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Really??? I did not know that.

Did he see any action…?

JohnGalt23 on July 23, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I heard he wore out ‘reverse’ in that swift boat he was piloting…

bimmcorp on July 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 1m

The Iron Dome just intercepted two rockets over Gedera.

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 23s

Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, cancels all flights to Tel Aviv for at least another 24 hours: http://apne.ws/1r78vFi

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 1m

Warning Call to Wafa Hospital Before IDF Targets Site http://youtu.be/8O9AHzUKYk8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O9AHzUKYk8&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/

Israeli-Palestinian conflict
2m
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet in Tel Aviv – via @BarakRavid
see original on twitter.com
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Kidnapped Israeli teens found dead, 2014
3m
US Secretary of State John Kerry met with the mother of Naftali Frenkel, who was kidnapped and murdered near Hebron, Palestine – @BarakRavid

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Maybe Netanyahu will thank Kerry for showing up for the cease-fire talks he wants the US to hold with al-Qaeda.

ajacksonian on July 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Israel is doing the world a favor by killing that vermin.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:11 AM

For most of my life, I had hoped there would be a more peaceful solution.

But I now believe you are correct.

The Dancing in the Streets on 9/11 was a big push in this direction.

Tsar of Earth on July 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I heard somewhere that [Kerry] served in Vietnam?

Dingbat63 on July 23, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Yeah. They sent him home with a band-aid on his leg…

Tsar of Earth on July 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller

Israeli-Palestinian conflict
6m
FAA extends flight ban to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport for another 24 hours – @ZekeJMiller, @JesseRodriguez
see original on twitter.com

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Yeah – how come the FAA hasn’t stopped flights into the Ukraine?

Skywise on July 23, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Actually, they have.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Wouldn’t it be.. .

funny, strike that
ironic, strike that
disturbing, strike that
cool

…if The New World Order was stood-up and Bibi was in charge.

(Next in line to The Tsar, of course)

Tsar of Earth on July 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller

Israeli-Palestinian conflict
6m
FAA extends flight ban to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport for another 24 hours – @ZekeJMiller, @JesseRodriguez
see original on twitter.com

canopfor on July 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

As predicted. At least they put in “for up to 24 hours” in this NOTAM, but I expect it to be renewed again and again and again and again.

Steve Eggleston on July 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

If I were flying to Israel, I’d go with El Al anyway. Safest airline in the world, and the only planes you can get on where you can be sure special attention was paid to any muzzies on board instead of groping grandma.

ConstantineXI on July 23, 2014 at 8:39 AM

When the Ukraine/Russia shot down the commercial airliner, I thought there was a brief item regarding anti-missile capabilities on commerical aircraft.

My recollection-El-Al is the only airline that has that capability. No others have chosen to pursue it due to cost.

El-Al is certainly as asafe to fly as anything.

talkingpoints on July 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

What does John Kerry think he is doing? (other than posing for the Nobel Peace Prize committee.)

He can talk to every Israeli in Jerusalem, everyone in the “West Bank” and Egypt and every demonstrator in Paris. But none of them can stop Hamas from obtaining, storing and firing rockets into Israel.

There’s absolutely no reason for the Israelis to agree. But is is not the Israelis that started firing into Gaza, it was the rockets from Gaza into Israel that prompted the return fire.

Nor is is Abbas, Sisi or some punk in a mask in Paris that can stop the rockets.

It is Hamas, and they will continue until they us up their stockpile, at which time they will magnanimously agree to cease while they rebuild their stocks.

No, what Israel must do is to destroy their capability. That demands that every tunnel in Gaza be destroyed. That might end up making the Gaza strip become 20 ft lower, but so be it.

schmuck281 on July 24, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Kerry can’t be serious aiming for a ceasefire…
The Israelis are for once united about crushing hamas. Even our most leftist of leftists say “finish the job”.

Almost all the Arab states and even Iran are either silent or against hamas – some even publicly, such as Egypt.

Hamas is being psychotic with their demands, utterly delusional, and I don’t mean it as a hyperbole.

What fawking ceasefire? lol

Maybe he’s just doing the whole “making appearances” thing.

AlexB on July 24, 2014 at 1:51 AM