Thursday, July 31, 2014

'Let IDF complete Gaza mission, 14 years of terror are enough'

Mayors of Israel's southern communities demand IDF be allowed to continue Gaza campaign until terror threat is fully eliminated • "If they reach a truce before the tunnels are taken care of we won't be able to go home," says resident of Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

An Israeli soldier inspects the remnants of a mortar shell that hit a field in one of the Gaza vicinity communities

Hamas' death wish

Dr. Reuven Berko

The words of Mohammed Deif, the commander of Hamas' military wing, contained a recurring theme that has been echoed by other Hamas terrorist leaders -- that Hamas mujahedeen yearn for death the way the Jews yearn for life. Is that so?
With this mantra, Hamas has dispatched many Palestinians to their deaths as suicide attackers, seeking to kill as many Jewish civilians as possible. Dim-witted and morally sinful Palestinians are promised sex and wine in paradise as a preferable alternative to their current lives of depression and shame.
But Hamas' lust for death does not stand the test of reality. If Hamas leaders actually sought death as much as they claim they do, they would have led their fighters onto the battlefield, rather than sought shelter in deep bunkers, surrounded by a human shield of Palestinian civilians. These civilians seek life, not death, but they cannot escape and are criminally forced to serve as a protective human layer for Hamas leaders, despite IDF warnings.
It turns out that words are one thing, while actions are another. The purpose of these statements by Hamas leaders is to frighten Israelis about murderers at their doorstep who have a crazy and irrational death lust and do not act in accordance with human norms that value life.

What UK leaders should be saying if they really cared about protecting British Jews‏

This lynch-mob mentality has been building for years
The mask has been torn away. Supposedly anti-Israel protests over the Gaza war have convulsed Europe in the worst scenes of open Jew-hatred since the 1930s. In Paris, predominantly Muslim mobs screaming ‘death to the Jews’ have repeatedly tried to storm synagogues, torched cars and burnt Jewish-owned shops to the ground. In Berlin, demonstrators shouted ‘Gas the Jews’ while an imam beseeched Allah to ‘count and kill Zionist Jews to the very last one’.
In Britain, physical and verbal attacks on Jews have doubled. One woman was assaulted by a group of 50 protestors who heard her discussing Gaza on her mobile phone. Shouting ‘get her’ they surrounded and pushed her, calling her a Jew, Zionist, murderer and thief.
People are aghast. Yet this lynch-mob mentality has been building for years. Every time Israel takes military action to prevent further Palestinian attacks, it is falsely presented as the aggressive persecutor of the innocent.
Unless British Jews join this demonisation, they are deemed complicit with Israel’s ‘war crimes’. As a result, attacks on British Jews always spike during Israel’s wars. So much for the supposed distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
Even more appalling is the silence in the face of all this of the political class.

Caroline Glick Briefs Capitol Hill on the Gaza War

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Below is the video of Caroline Glick’s July 25th briefing on Capitol Hill on Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. The presentation is followed by a Q&A session:
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Israel, Hamas, and Special Needs Children

Dan Gordon
Yesterday I wrote an article that ended with a suggestion to Hamas. The suggestion was, just stop trying to kill us, and be prepared to be amazed at how wonderful your lives will become.
You say you want the siege lifted?
The sanctions, which you call a siege, were put in place, as a non-lethal method of getting you to stop trying to kill us!
You say you want to improve the lot of the Palestinian people who are suffering in Gaza?
Just stop trying to kill to kill us, and you can become the Singapore of the Middle East!
Evidently Hamas didn’t read the article or, having read it, decided not to heed its advice.
Five minutes after I left the Eshkol group of agricultural communities, Hamas violated the latest cease-fire by launching a mortar attack against an Israeli farming village.
They killed four people, all soldiers.
According to Hamas spokesman Abu Odeh, “Hamas never targets civilians. It only targets Jews.”
By that reckoning, they hit their targets, as planned.

'Israel has ample evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA schools for terrorist purposes'

HERB KEINON
07/30/2014 

Deputy FM Hanegbi says that “instead of blaming Israel, UNRWA should make a real effort to stop being manipulated by terrorist organizations.”

UNRWA Gaza
UNRWA school damaged by fighting in Gaza Photo: REUTERS
Israel has ample evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA schools and facilities for terrorist purposes, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzahi Hanegbi said Wednesday.
Speaking at a press briefing in Jerusalem, he pointed out that on three separate occasions UNRWA itself has admitted that rockets were hidden in the basement of their facilities. “Who knows how many were not found,” he said, adding that this phenomenon was “totally unacceptable.”
Each time that the rockets were found, he said, they were given back to Hamas and have probably already been fired at Israel, “endangering and jeopardizing Israeli lives.”
“Instead of blaming and condemning Israel, UNRWA should make a real effort to stop being manipulated and used by the terrorist organizations.”
While saying that over a span of decades UNRWA “has done a great job helping the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip,” especially giving “blessed refuge for people leaving combat areas to save themselves,” the organization has failed to prevent its facilities from being used as terror headquarters and a hiding place for rockets.

From Arafat and Abbas to Hamas: Lying and Crying for Terror

Michael Widlanski On July 30, 2014 
Dear President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon:
Save yourselves lots of time, anguish and jet fuel, by learning a short saying in Arabic that sums up the current crisis in Gaza.
“Darabni wa-baka, sabaqni wa-ishtaka.”
It is a rhyme in Arabic that means:
“He hit me and quickly cried: ‘He attacked me,’ he lied.”
It aptly describes the way Palestinian thugs and leaders—from the PLO’s Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas to the maniacs of Hamas—attack or try to cheat someone and then rush to complain about being beaten up or victimized.
It is a form of misconduct perfected by Yasser Arafat. It is why other Arabs distrust the Palestinians and see them as hypocritical and ungrateful cry-babies.
ARAFAT’S MOTTO: Hit hard, complain harder:
This pattern began in 1967 when PLO chief Arafat slipped into Jordan, disguised in women’s clothing, asking refuge from King Hussein. Within two years, Arafat and his terrorist colleagues had taken over the country, directing traffic in Amman and blowing up hijacked planes in Jordan’s airports.

Israel and the US: Whose Survival Instinct Is Stronger?

DIANA WEST July 30, 2014
There's something darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against the survival instinct of both Israel and the United States is an alleged "heartlessness" when it comes to children.
The people of Israel are castigated in news media, social media and the "international community" (read: the scoundrel United Nations, of whose budget U.S. taxpayers pay 22 percent) as lacking in "humanity" itself. Why? Because as the IDF fights to end Gaza's endless rocket barrages against Israel, many children under the age of 18 number among the civilian dead. This London Telegraph headline is not untypical: "Israel's offensive in Gaza has ‘killed more children than fighters,' say human rights groups. Israel has been accused of waging ‘war on the children' of Gaza ..."

No Economic Aid to Hamas-Ruled Gaza

Efraim Inbar
BESA Center Perspectives


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The developing international consensus to offer Gaza economic aid in exchange for a ceasefire is a moral and strategic mistake. As long as Hamas rules Gaza, funds sent to Gaza are likely to be used for aggression against Israel and the personal use of Hamas leaders. The world should not be rewarding the most extreme Palestinians for violence and terror.
With terror tunnels costing $3 million apiece and all the concrete it can put its hands on, Hamas has neglected providing for the needs of the people in Gaza.
The developing international consensus to offer Gaza an economic package in order to convince Hamas to agree to a ceasefire is immoral and a strategic folly. It is also unlikely to be effective.
One of the main reasons for Hamas harassing several million Israelis by launching thousands of rockets and sending terrorists into Israel by tunnels, apart from the desire to kill Jews, is to rock the boat in order to get out of its dire economic conditions. Getting paid for stopping to shoot at Israeli civilians looks like the "protection money" collected by the Mafia.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Promoting ‘Proportionality’ in the Service of Genocide

Kenneth Levin On July 29, 2014

Once again, in warfare between Israel and its neighbors, Israel’s critics note the many more dead and wounded among the Jewish state’s adversaries than among Israelis and attack Israel for disproportionate use of force. While photos of dead and wounded civilians, or of non-combatants desperately fleeing fighting around their homes, should elicit everyone’s sympathy, the translating of that sympathy into a “proportionality” argument with which to beat Israel is less an expression of humane sensitivity to the plight of innocent victims than a display of sanctimonious depravity.
International law includes a concept of proportionality as it applies to warfare. Intentionally targeting civilians constitutes not simply a criminal act but a crime against humanity. It is also considered a crime to attack a military target when it is clear that the likely incidental civilian injuries and deaths will be disproportionate to any likely military advantage to be gained as a result of the attack.
Consider the nature of the conflict between Hamas and Israel. Hamas is explicit in its genocidal intent, stating in its charter and in myriad declarations by its representatives that its goal is not only the annihilation of Israel but the slaughter of all Jews. It makes clear that it has zero interest in the establishment of a Palestinian state living peacefully alongside Israel.

Caught between head and heart

Yoav Limor

On Monday night, Israel was caught between its head and its heart. Its heart demanded a harsh response to the three deadly incidents which were the direct result of Hamas' impudent decision to violate the very cease-fire that it, itself, had sought. Israel's head, on the other hand, knew that the Israel Defense Forces should remain focused on the goal of Operation Protective Edge -- the destruction of the tunnels -- and that expanding the operation would get Israel sucked into a dangerous vortex in the international diplomatic arena.
The high level of IDF casualties on Monday did not in fact reflect the intensity of the fighting in Gaza. Only one Israeli soldier was killed inside Gaza. He was killed in an anti-tank missile strike on an engineering vehicle in southern Gaza (eight terrorists were killed in this incident when an bulldozer knocked down the house in which they were located).
The other two incidents in which Israeli soldiers were killed took place inside Israel. In one of these incidents, four Armored Corps soldiers were killed in a mortar strike on a staging area near the border -- a well-known vulnerability point for the IDF. During the Second Lebanon War, twelve reservists were killed by a Katyusha rocket that struck a staging area near Kfar Giladi. Due to this, IDF staging areas were moved further from the border during Operation Cast Lead and Operation Pillar of Defense. However, the nature of Operation Protective Edge has required troops to be assembled closer to the border, despite the risks. The border area has been closed to civilians in an effort to prevent casualties from rockets and mortars.

Hamas celebrates kidnapping-murder of 3 Israeli teens


by Itamar Marcus

Hamas broadcast a song yesterday honoring the kidnappers and murderers of the three Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16.


Unabashedly praising the murderers for capturing their "prey - a child," the song puts them on a pedestal:
"You are from Hebron, O hawk, and all are proud of you."

The song encourages further kidnappings as a means of freeing terrorist prisoners:
"With the rifle open the [prison] cell
Kidnap soldiers till we free my brothers"

Fatah promises "to turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire," promotes West Bank violence and boasts about rocket attack on Israeli

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik 


As rockets from Gaza continue to target and land on Israeli cities, Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement is using Abbas' speech last week as a trigger for more violence. Fatah threatens "to turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire," takes credit for several rockets fired into Israel in the last 24 hours and boasts that "throughout history our movement's hand was the strongest hand in the confrontation with the occupation (i.e., Israel) and still is."

All the above quotes appeared in different posts today on Fatah's official Facebook "Main Page."

A new video promoting violence opens with Mahmoud Abbas' speech from last week in which he, as Palestinian Media Watch reported, presented the current conflict as a religious "war for Allah" by citing a verse from the Quran:

"Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory." [Surah 22:39, trans. Sahih International]
  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Is THIS How Obama is Planning to Betray Israel?

JANET LEVY July 28, 2014
Will Obama abandon Israel by not providing American military resupply?  Is he attempting to weaken Israel so that its ability to wage an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities is crippled permanently?  What are his true intentions vis a vis Israel?

This week, when Israel was forced to initiate a land operation into Gaza, Obama ordered the FAA to shut-down both passenger flights and supply planes to Israel. As Ben Gurion is one of the most secure airports in the world and U.S. flights regularly fly to Afghanistan, this appeared to be an attempt at economic sabotage.  This was the way Obama's ban was viewed by the left-leaning former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, as well as conservative Senator and Harvard-trained lawyer, Ted Cruz, who both worked to put an end to the stoppage.
Yet, at the same time, Obama authorized a $47 million infusion to the Hamas government of Gaza - a terrorist group firing missiles and rockets at Israeli civilians! What about the re-supply of military goods that Israel will require in a few days?  Will it be forthcoming?
Another distinct possibility: Iran, who has trained and supplied Hamas, could open a second front in the war by ordering Hezbollah to attack Israel from the north, thus putting the Jewish state in a two front war with depleted military supplies.
Janet Levy, Los Angeles
JPOST.COM STAFF
07/28/2014

Use of child labor not stopped by police in Gaza, where children's "nimble bodies" help dig the tunnels that lead into Israel and Egypt.

Hamas camp in Gaza
Palestinian youngsters in Gaza take part in a Hamas military training camp. Photo: REUTERS
Hamas used children to help them dig numerous tunnels into Israel and Egypt, a 2012 paper written for the Journal of Palestine Studies reported.
The paper, titled Gaza's Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel's Siege says that little had been done to stop the phenomenon of child labor during the digging of the tunnels by Hamas in Gaza.

In December 2011, the paper's author
Nicolas Pelham accompanied a police patrol in Gaza and reported that "nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies."

“Time to Finish the Threat”

It’s going on 72 hours since I’ve posted – the longest interval I’ve gone without a posting since this war with Hamas began.  In that period, as I have attempted to track what is happening, I felt as if my head was spinning 350 degrees. Round and round.
 
Here I only intend to review the essential outline of what has been transpiring and then look at the bottom line basics that matter most.
 
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In the period leading up to Shabbat, on Friday, Israel was said to be considering a proposal for a week long ceasefire that had been put on the table by Kerry.  In the end, that proposal was unanimously rejected by the Israel Security Cabinet; its members were, to a person, furious: Kerry had come out solidly on the side of Hamas.
 
Communicating with representatives of Qatar and Turkey in putting together his proposal, Kerry had, in the words of unnamed Israeli sources cited by Times of Israel, “’dug a tunnel under the Egyptian ceasefire proposal’ — which Israel accepted and Hamas rejected last week — and presented the Israeli government with a text that accepted ‘most of the demands’ raised by Hamas...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The cease-fire and the donkey's jaw

Dr. Reuven Berko

When I was a child, my late uncle asked me how many donkeys were in this sentence uttered by Samson: "With a donkey's jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey's jawbone I have killed a thousand men" (Judges 15:16). Over 1,000 dead in Gaza cause all of us to sorrow over those hurt and the destruction caused to places where Hamas members hid, using civilians as human shields.
It wasn't any modern-day Samson that brought this disaster upon the people of Gaza. It was actually their leaders. The catastrophe could have been twice as bad if many of the residents had not heeded the IDF's warnings and evacuated (despite Hamas forbidding it) and if Israel hadn't protected its citizens. Those who demand "proportionality" in the number of casualties must be angry at how few casualties Israel has and furious that the Israeli leadership committed the sin of giving its civilians siren alerts, shelters, and the Iron Dome system, and sent its soldiers to protect them while the Hamas leadership used its civilians as a bullet-proof vest.

Kerry's cease-fire draft revealed: U.S. ignored most of Israel's security demands

Haaretz obtains U.S. proposal for weeklong cease-fire which Israel's cabinet rejected; Kerry did not recognize Israel's demand to continue working against the tunnels and presented Hamas as equal to Israel.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference June 22, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference June 22, 2014 in Cairo, Egypt. / Photo by AFP
By Barak Ravid
27.07.14
The cease-fire draft U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented to Israel on Friday evening contained practically no mention of Israel's security needs or of demilitarizing the Gaza Strip of rockets. The draft also forbade Israel from demolishing terror tunnels running from Gaza into Israeli territory during the seven day "humanitarian cease-fire" that were meant to end the fighting, according to a draft of the document obtained by Haaretz, revealed here for the first time.
The one-page document, marked "confidential," was submitted to the Prime Minister's Bureau on Friday at 5 P.M. as the security cabinet was meeting. The draft is titled "Framework for Humanitarian Ceasefire in Gaza."
Draft of Kerry's framework for Gaza cease-fire.Draft of Kerry's framework for Gaza cease-fire. /
The draft described the urgent need of "protecting civilian lives, ending all hostilities in and from the Gaza Strip and achieving a sustainable cease-fire and enduring resolution of the crisis." The draft said that as such, the two sides - "the Palestinian factions and the State of Israel" have agreed to make the following commitments, detailed in three subsequent clauses:

Fatah Declares 'Open War' on Israel


Fatah Declares 'Open War' on Israel

  Dalit Halevi and Elad Benari



Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade terrorists
Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade terrorists
Flash 90
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the so-called “military wing” of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, has declared an "open war" against the "Zionist enemy."
In a recorded message dated July 23, three terrorists from the organization announced that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade will not sit idly by while Israel’s operation in Gaza continues, adding they intended to launch a campaign in Israeli territory.
"The language of blood" is the only language in which to answer “the aggression of the Zionists”, the statement said, and stressed that international law grants the Palestinian Arabs the right to conduct an armed struggle “on all Palestinian lands.”
All units operating under the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade were ordered to act against the "Zionist enemy", in a campaign in which "all options are open".

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why is Gaza blockaded?

Maurice Ostroff 
The demand by Hamas that the blockade be lifted before even negotiating a ceasefire leads straight to the IMPORTANT question about its purpose. Was the blockade imposed because of the rockets or did rocket fire start because of the blockade?
 
The answer will surprise many, including the BBC, France 24 and other influential mainstream media as well as politicians and journalists with short memories. When Israel evacuated the Gaza strip there was no thought of a blockade. Rather, as will be shown in this article, the intention was to improve the lives and economy of all Palestinians including Gazans by cooperation with Israel. The blockade wasn't considered until two years later when Hamas gained control of Gaza in a cruel fratricidal battle against Fatah and Israel's friendly hand was reciprocated with increased terror and rockets.
 
It is highly relevant to remind opinion makers that although they have consistently referred to the blockade of Gaza as an Israeli blockade, it has been maintained jointly with Egypt during the rule of Mubarak as well as of Morsi and Sisi. It is interesting too, to recall that though Egypt has been a party to the blockade, rockets have been fired on Israel alone. Not one on Egypt.

Paris: Jew assaulted after Facebook page publishes pics of French Jews

 
FrenchJewsStill more victimization of Jews in France. Will French authorities act? Or will they continue to cower in fear before predatory Leftists and Islamic supremacists?
“Facebook Page Publishing Identities of French Jews to Encourage Attackers; 15 Men Assault a Jew in Paris Suburb After Confirming Photo,” by by Joshua Levitt, Algemeiner, July 25, 2014:
A violent mob of  more than a dozen men in France assaulted a Jew at his home in a Paris suburb after confirming that his photograph had been published by a French Facebook page identifying Jews to be targeted for physical intimidation, The Union of Jewish Students of France, the UEJF, said in a statement on Friday.
The Facebook page, ‘Jeunes Révolutionnaires Français’, JRF, or ‘Young French Revolutionaries’, posted the names and photos of 32 Jews. The assault on one of those listed took place on Thursday night in Bobigny, Seine-Saint-Denis, a Paris suburb. The assailants were armed with iron bars.
On the ‘Secret Tel Aviv’ Facebook page, Daniel Cohen called the group anti-Semitic, and exhorted Facebook users to report the JRF page to site administrators for removal.
On Facebook, Cohen wrote, “An anti-Semitic page is publishing names and pictures of French Jews in order to target them physically! A few have already been attacked at their homes, one last night by 15 people on one Jewish guy. We need to remove this page!”

Israel and Hamas agree to a 12-hour cease-fire

Israel's security cabinet meets on Friday. A top Israeli official says cease-fire efforts and the possibility of expanding the Gaza offensive are both on the table. (AP)
 
 
 
Large Palestinian protests against Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip spread across the West Bank on Friday, as U.S.-led talks to secure a lasting truce sputtered while Gaza residents awaited a possible lull in fighting.
In Cairo, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday that his efforts to reach a week-long cease-fire in the Gaza Strip fell short. But as condemnation against the Israeli rejection of Kerry’s terms rose, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to a 12-hour “humanitarian pause” in the fighting, to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, announced early Saturday that it would also abide by the pause.
In the occupied West Bank, at least five demonstrators were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces Friday, according to local news media reports. Two Palestinians were shot dead in a northern village where protesters rioted, and three Palestinians were killed in a southern village during clashes with Israeli soldiers, the reports said.

Friday, July 25, 2014

This war may have prevented a huge planned terror attack

 Elder of Ziyon
I've been seeing unsourced rumors like this one (via email):

From the 48 Hamas prisoners that have been captured, the intelligence have been interrogating them and the most terrifying, and horrific picture is being built.

They are being investigated about the many tunnels that have been found and dug under many kibbutzim that surround Gaza. The most terrifying detail is being uncovered that Hamas had a plan to attack all the settlements and kibbutzim in the area this year on Rosh Hashanah with an invasion of over 200 terrorists into almost all the settlements in the area. The tunnels went under the kibbutzim under the kindergartens and dining rooms and other areas within the kibbutz perimeters. They planned to occupy the whole area and kill as many Israelis as possible.

This could have been the worst terror attack in the history of terrorism. Thousands of people, including women and children would have been slaughtered in this planned attack.
Could this be true?

According to NRG, Bibi said something like this in a cabinet meeting yesterday, although without some of the more specific details like the "Rosh Hashahah" timeframe::

Amazingly powerful pro israel speech on senate floor‏

Rubio: Civilian deaths in Gaza '100 percent Hamas' fault'
00:05:44
Added on 7/17/14
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from Chana
in beloved Jerusalem
 
Anyone who cares about Israel should see the  video; the link follows this message.  Forget about politics; this has to do with Israel's survival..  The massive labyrinth of underground tunnels that is being found in Gaza and destroyed by the Israeli Defense Forces is proof of the intent of Hamas to annihilate the state.  In truth, it is not only Hamas; Fatah, thought to be less dangerous, has also stated its standing with Hamas. 

Why Abbas Endorsed Hamas Demands

Khaled Abu Toameh

Evidently Abbas has reached the conclusion that unless he hurries up and declares his support for the Palestinian "resistance" in the Gaza Strip, his people will march on his office and force him to quit. Abbas's fear of a revolt has driven him into the open arms of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Another reason for the unexpected change in Abbas's policy might be the promise of financial aid he received from Qatar -- an enemy of Egypt's al-Sisi, but the largest funder of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
Abbas know that if he wants to survive, he will have to be on the side of the radicals.
Until recently, Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas was very critical of Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their refusal to accept the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire with Israel.
But now Abbas appears to have made a 180-degree turn and has even endorsed the conditions of Hamas and Islamic Jihad for a cease-fire.
The shift in Abbas's position became evident after he visited Doha, Qatar, where he held separate talks with Emir Tamim bin Thani al-Hamad and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

Casualties in Perspective

Ari Lieberman

Thus far, 32 members of Israel’s Defense Forces have been tragically killed while defending their homeland. Hamas has likely suffered more than 10 times that amount but that will be confirmed after the dust settles when an objective analysis, unmuddied by Hamas shills, can be performed . Every one of those IDF boys represents the salt of the earth but now is not the time for despondency. Now is the time for fortitude and perseverance.
Just to place things in proper perspective, 6,000 Israelis were killed during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. 700 died during the Six-Day war and 2,200 died during the Yom Kippur War. No one back then dared to question the nation’s resolve or suggested anything short of complete victory. The people of Israel were aware of the stakes. They were cognizant of the fact that a loss would spell disaster and so they persevered and endured and grieved only after the battle was won.
A few more little known facts. Tiny Finland, whose population in 1939 stood at just under four million, suffered 26,000 killed during its heroic stand against the Soviet Union shortly after the outbreak of World War II. Twelve thousand American soldiers died in 1945 while securing fortress Okinawa, a spec in the Pacific which the Japanese transformed into a modern-day Shuja’iya. A tiny pimple of a hill on that island called Sugar Loaf produced a 7-day battled that claimed 2,000 US marine casualties. 

About that 'proportionality' thing

Sarah N. Stern

In the war in Iraq, the total number of civilian casualties has been conservatively estimated at 133,000. Conservative estimates for the war in Afghanistan of civilian fatalities are in the 21,000 range as of May 2014.
Nobody wants to see innocent civilians killed anywhere. Least of all, the government of Israel, which warns people to leave their homes by telephoning, dropping pamphlets, and issuing the warning of a light "knock on the roof" bomb to make it perfectly clear to "please evacuate a building, immediately."
War is an ugly and a horrible thing. I am positive that the United States did not set out as its objective before entering into Iraq and Afghanistan to kill as many innocent civilians as possible. When rockets were flying into London, Britain and the Allies carpet bombed Dresden, it was not the objective; but before the days of embedded journalists who take heart wrenching pictures of beautiful, wounded children or crying mothers, people actually fought wars to win them.
However, in the twisted, distorted morality of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, who is equally culpable of playing this "numbers game" and shouting "war crimes" at the United Nations, the Palestinian leadership has been encouraging people not to evacuate their houses as the Israeli government has warned them to, but have sent out statements to "Use your chests as brave weapons against the Israeli bombs" so that these people might become yet another morbid statistic.

The international media's sin

Michael Oren

Photographs of civilian suffering during a war are a key fighting tool, sometimes one that can tip the balance. The reason is simple: Hamas has more of a media strategy than a military one. Hamas is calculatingly focusing its efforts on war tactics intended to promote a sophisticated media strategy that has the potential to threaten Israel's basic security. In this offensive battle, Hamas can depend on the most lethal weapon of all -- international media and public opinion.
As a sovereign state, Israel must stand stalwart in the face of Hamas' threats, and as a state committed to Jewish, democratic values, Israel tries tirelessly to minimize harm to Palestinian civilians. Still, when waging war against Hamas, Israeli values like steadfastness and morality can become an Achilles heel. To maximize harm to civilians, Hamas fighters operate under the cover of women and the elderly, shoot from inside ambulances, stockpile rockets in schools and prevent civilians from fleeing the places where the fighting is going on. This side of the war is noted only occasionally by journalists covering the conflict.