Hamas Breaks Latest Ceasefire – Israel Retaliates (Video)

Earlier this morning, Breitbart’s Joel Pollak fretted that the time may have passed for Israel to take out Hamas because it was “becoming less clear that Israel could still count on the political will or the international patience that would allow it to remove Hamas from power.”

But it seems Hamas’ hatred for Jews overrides any strategic considerations on their part.

It took about ten minutes for Hamas to make my previous column obsolete byfiring rockets at Israel, thereby violating the ceasefire (again) and forcing Israel to pull out of negotiations and retaliate against Hamas targets.

Hamas has–as in the initial decision to go to war–overplayed its hand. The only force unifying Israel’s fractious political leadership and keeping the hypocritical hyenas of international criticism at bay is Hamas itself.

Maybe Joy Reid Just Isn’t Terribly Bright? (Video)

On MSNBC’s “Reid Report,” Monday,  host Joy Reid lamented that “the UN is clearly not working, ” charging  them of failing to prevent Israel from carrying out “100 9/11’s” on Palestinian civilians.

The transcript via Twitchy: 

“So far, the war in Gaza has left more than 1800 Palestinians dead, the population equivalent to 100 9/11’s. Mostly civilians, and including women and hundreds of children, along with 67 Israelis, mostly soldiers.”

 

Missing in her dissertation are minor details like – how many of  the Palestinian casualties are due to Israeli fire vs Hamas ordinance.

Also missing is the fact that even casualties that were a result of Israeli fire, were clearly a tragic mistake because Israel goes out of its way to avoid casualties – even warning the Palestinians ahead of time to clear out and launching warning strikes. Only Hamas benefits from civilian casualties which is why they go out of their way to make sure they get plenty of them. They use their own people as human shields near rocket launching sites, they force  them back to their homes when they try to flee –  because Hamas understands  the propaganda value of massive casualties and how useful idiots like Joy Reid lap it up.

One is tempted to accuse her of antisemitism.  But I doubt she  understands what the word even means. It would appear from an interview she conducted with a Democrat congressman that her anti-Israel bias is due to tribal loyalty. Most of her minority friends are pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel – so she is too. It’s radical chic.

In questioning Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) about the conflict, she noted that “people of color, minorities” are not supportive of Israel’s actions in Gaza and asked why there are no Democrats in Congress representing those Americans.

Rep. Cicilline was put into the position of being Israel’s defender  –  a role in which he actually excelled, reminding Reid throughout the interview that Hamas is a terrorist organization. John (The Mustache) Bolton couldn’t have done a better job –  which made for an awkward interview for Reid.

She brought up the subject of race – as if racial politics should have any bearing on how Congress views an international conflict, and Cicilline slapped her down.

Via Truth Revolt:

Reid: Let me ask you one final question, sir. The Pew Research Center has recently put out numbers that talk about how the different constituencies in the United States are responding to what’s happening in Gaza. It shows younger Americans, Americans particularly between 18 and 29 years of age, are not really so in line with what Israel is doing, nor are the lot of people of color, minorities, much of the Democratic constituency, quite frankly. Given the fact that Democrats and Republicans — there’s no daylight between the two parties on this issue. It’s 100% support for Israel no matter what is going on. Who represents those Americans who disagree with what’s happening in Gaza right now? Who are their representatives right now in Congress?

Cicilline: Well, I don’t know there’s 100% of Israel no matter what’s going on. I think there’s a recognition that our two countries share values and that we respect the right and the responsibility of the Israeli government to protect their people federal an ongoing terrorist act. This is not a conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a conflict between Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization that we’ve identified as a terrorist organization. So I don’t think it’s a question of Israel can do anything it wants. But it’s a recognition that Israel has a right to defend herself against an oncoming terrorist attack, thousands of rockets. But obviously to do so in a way which reduces the likelihood of civilian casualties but also honors its responsibility to protect its citizens.

Reid: So there’s not a Democratic constituency, there’s not a member, a part of the Democratic congress that would represent those people who dissent from the policy?

Cicilline: If you’re asking if there’s anyone that represents the interests of Hamas, a terrorist organization, I don’t think there is anyone.

Ouch.

Captured Hamas Combat Manual Explains Benefits of Using Human Shields

Attention Geraldo, Joe Scarboro, CNN, PMSNBC, NYTs, WaPo, LA Times, etc…

IDF Forces have made a discovery that proves that the practice of launching bombs into Israel from densely populated areas is a PR tactic employed to provoke a response from the IDF that results in a maximum number of civilian casualties.  It’s not a result (sorry Hillary Clinton) of  Gaza being such a small, densely populated territory, they just can’t help it.

Actually they can help it.

IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm to civilians.

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has continuously used the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. The discovery of a Hamas “urban warfare” manual by IDF forces reveals that Hamas’ callous use of the Gazan population was intentional and preplanned.

This Hamas urban warfare manual exposes two truths: (1) The terror group knows full well that the IDF will do what it can to limit civilian casualties. (2) The terror group exploits these efforts by using civilians as human shields against advancing IDF forces.

manua_shajiyal1

In a portion entitled “Limiting the Use of Weapons,” the manual explains that:

The soldiers and commanders (of the IDF) must limit their use of weapons and tactics that lead to the harm and unnecessary loss of people and [destruction of] civilian facilities. It is difficult for them to get the most use out of their firearms, especially of supporting fire [e.g. artillery].

Clearly Hamas knows the IDF will limit its use of weapons in order to avoid harming civilians, including refraining from using larger firepower to support for infantry.

The manual goes on to explain that the “presence of civilians are pockets of resistance” that cause three major problems for advancing troops:

(1) Problems with opening fire
(2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward
(3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it

Lastly, the manual discusses the benefits for Hamas when civilian homes are destroyed:

The destruction of civilian homes: This increases the hatred of the citizens towards the attackers [the IDF] and increases their gathering [support] around the city defenders (resistance forces[i.e. Hamas]).

It is clear that Hamas actually desires the destruction of homes and civilian infrastructure, knowing it will increase hatred for the IDF and support their fighters.

Is there a bigger useful idiot for Hamas in the West than “dyed-in-the-wool Zionist”, Geraldo Rivera, who sneered at Fox News co-host Andrea Tantaros on Monday for questioning his position on the Israel/Hamas War, telling her she “should be ashamed” and claiming that “Israel is alone in the world” because of people like her?

Rivera had been blasting Israel for the high number of civilian deaths since the start of its offensive in Gaza, including for a strike on a United Nations facility where people had been sheltering.

“They put these kids in a school, they put weapons deliberately in a school, then Israel strikes and people like you get up and defend a terrorist organization,” Tantaros said on Fox News’ “Outnumbered.”

“What is a ‘person like me’?” Rivera demanded.

“It’s an apologist for a terrorist organization,” Tantaros said.

“You should be ashamed of yourself for saying that to me of all people,” Rivera said. “There’s a Jewish star tattooed on my hand, I am a dyed-in-the-wool Zionist, I would die for Israel, this is appalling.”

Tantaros interjected, “Whose side are we on?”

“Whose side are we on when there are 1,800 dead civilians and women and children are bleeding on camera, and you are not moved by that?” Rivera said.

The back-and-forth went on, with Rivera ultimately declaring, “Israel is alone in the world and attitudes like yours will make it isolated more and more.”

The sad irony, of course,  is that by loudly and balefully broadcasting civilian deaths, blaming Israel, and uncritically accepting Hamas’ casualty numbers, “”people like” Geraldo actually aid and abet Hamas in their brutal tactic of putting their own people in harm’s way to turn the international community against Israel – making them “alone in the world.”

Hamas was democratically elected in 2006, by the way. Is it not likely that the majority of the people of Gaza approve of these tactics?

Look at what Israel has to deal with: Israel Saves Palestinian Child, Mother Still Wants Him To Be Martyr:

“We feel that life is nothing. Life isn’t worth a thing, that’s why we have suicide bombers…”

And yet, via Gateway Pundit: “May Allah Curse Them!” Gazans Share Harsh Words for Hamas (Video)

The mainstream media rarely reports about Palestinians living in Gaza criticizing Hamas and calling for better relations with Israel, but CBN News found a few of them inside the war zone.
 SEE AlSO:
 Remember that France24 reporter in Gaza who had to duck on live TV because he was so close to a Hamas rocket as it fired?Well, he’s found something else–and it’s something the State Department should watch (but won’t).
Journalists from India’s NDTV say they have captured stunning footage of Hamas preparing and launching a rocket from a site near a Gaza hotel:

Gateway Pundit: BREAKING: Sunday’s Gaza UNRWA School Bombing Was COMPLETELY STAGED

On Sunday the Obama White House criticized Israel for firing on terrorists operating near a United Nations School in Gaza. Ten people were reportedly killed when Israel targeted terrorists on a motorcycle near the school.
The Obama State Department said:

The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed.

But it was all a hoax.
Hamas staged the entire media spectacle.

Jack Kelly, RCP: Satan Supports Hamas

Starvation has claimed the lives of 128 people — 18 of them children or babies — in the Palestinian refugee camp since the conflict began. But the Yarmouk Camp is in Syria, where images of atrocities go viral only when misrepresented as coming from Gaza, so the world has paid little attention to their suffering.

“My Twitter and Facebook feeds would have me believe that the only noteworthy military conflict in the world today is that between Israel and Hamas,” wrote Jonathan Messing, a research fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, at JonathanMessing.com. “Either many of you care about war only when it involves a Jew holding a gun, or you are woefully unaware of what else is going on in the world.”

“It must be so awkward having to check whether the dead child is from Gaza or Syria before deciding whether to be morally outraged,” tweeted Marc Lynch, director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University.

The sequence of events triggered by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers reminded Clarice Feldman that “Providence isn’t just a city in Rhode Island.” She wrote at AmericanThinker.com that “had thugs not brutally murdered three young men in Israel, the Israelis would not have stepped up efforts to find those responsible. Had the Israelis not done so, Hamas would not have begun the rocket barrage. Had the rocket barrage not occurred … the Israelis would not have entered Gaza … would not have found the tunnel system … nor learned of the long-planned Hamas effort to send thousands of their troops deep into lightly guarded Israeli communities on the holiest of days, Rosh Hashanah, to murder thousands.”

The elaborate tunnel system was dug in part by child labor, according to a 2012 paper in the Journal of Palestine Studies. Each of the 31 tunnels discovered so far cost about $1 million to build. “At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels,” the author of the journal article says he was told by Hamas officials. “Much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies.”

Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/08/03/satan_supports_hamas_123546.html#ixzz39aFXGr37
Follow us: @RCP_Articles on Twitter

Video: 5 Ugly Pro-Hamas Rallies Over The Past Week

Radical Islamists and leftists have united to hold virulent, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel protests in support of Hamas over the past week in major cities across America – Los Angeles, Washington DC and in NY – to name a few.  And they looked about like what you would expect protests supporting terrorists would look like. Ugly, violent, profane, and mob-like…

The protest in NY turned out a little differently than the terror supporters had in mind, however –  being that they decided to parade through the heavily Jewish Diamond District. I saved that one for last – to be a palette cleanser. Because I kid you not – these videos are stomach-churning.

Via Weasel Zippers:  Anti-Israel Protesters Wave Hamas Flag, Chant Of “Long Live The Intifada!”…In Los Angeles:

Videos via a Ringos Pictures.

Via Young Republicans: What This Pro-Hamas Mob Did To A Marine IN FRONT OF The White House Is Outrageous:

One Marine dared to wade directly into the swirling sh*t-storm – after the pro-Israel faction had to be escorted out by the police for their own safety.

From Breitbart:

On Saturday, a massive pro-Palestine and anti-Israel protest took place in Washington D.C. in front of the White House. The crowd, which numbered around 10,000 according to a DC police officer, shouted chants of “free, free Palestine,” “end the genocide,” and had a number of speakers appear, including left-wing professor Cornell West.

A group of pro-Israel protestors showed up — and were encircled by police with barricades. The crowd shouted at the group and blew blowhorns in their direction. The pro-Israeli group had to be escorted out of the crowd in police vans.

One pro-Israel protestor showed up on the other side of the crowd, alone, with an Israel flag in one hand and an an American flag in the other.

The pro-Palestine protestors grew belligerent — shouting slogans at him, giving him the middle finger. One tried to light his Israeli flag on fire.

You can see the Marine wiping his face in the video as a result of being repeatedly spat upon.

 

Keep in mind the distressing fact that as a matter of official policy, the United States is now more on the side of the spitting, flag-burning, genocidal pro-Hamas side of this conflict – than the pro- Western civilization Israeli side.

This shocking, violent pro-Hamas rally took place in Miami, last week.

These people clearly feel empowered. They’re not even hiding their disgusting anti-Antisemitism anymore.

In this pro-Hamas rally in Baltimore, protesters argue that Hamas is not a terrorist organization because they were “Democratically elected” – as if that somehow  mitigates their brutal, terrorist leanings.

And now for the palette cleanser via Allen WestSpontaneous pro-Israel rally shuts down pro-Hamas supporters in NY:

The lack of knowledge and understanding about Israel’s fight and right for survival is unconscionable and disheartening. It is the product of liberal media bias and Leftist anti-Semitic propaganda aligned with Islamists.

“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” the protestors chanted, meaning they advocated the destruction of Israel.

The term Palaestinia was introduced by Roman Emperor Hadrian to punish the Jews after the Bar Kohkba revolt. If the word Palestine has anything to do with a certain people, it is not Arabs — it is the Jewish people. It is not the West Bank. It is Judea and Samaria. The effective manipulation of history and language has worked and that is why we must reverse the tactic, and expose it as a lie.

Hamas is a terrorist organization, not a humanitarian one. Are these people on the side of terror or humanity?

 

SEE ALSO:

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media: Welcome to the 1930s:

A decade ago, I was in Paris to research a novel I never wrote and was taken to the bainlieu, witnessing firsthand Muslim neighborhoods seething with more hate than anything I had seen on trips to Cairo or even Jenin. The initials NTMJ were scrawled everywhere (short for “nique ta mere, juif” – fuck your mother, Jew). I was aware that “juif” in those Paris suburbs had become a curse word for anything from a broken fountain pen to a lost subway pass.

But I was not prepared for the way the angry curses of the so-called Arab street would be taken up with such alacrity as they are now by the very people who had marched the Jews into the camps in the first place, the Europeans. They include, it now seems, some of the extreme right of old but even more of today’s radical left and supposed center.

Even in America, anti-Semitism is making a dramatic comeback with the Democratic Party (not the Republicans, thankfully, so far), now split between blaming Israel and the Palestinians/Hamas for the current Gaza War, even though hardly any of these self-described “liberals” could begin to debate the obvious truth spoken by Benyamin Netanyahu: “If Palestine were to lay down their guns tomorrow, there would be no war. If Israel were to lay down theirs, there would be no Israel.”

Audio: Knesset Member Describes Obama and Netanyahu’s Unpleasant Phone Conversation

Danny Danon, member of Knesset for the Likud party in Israel, was on the Steve Malzberg Show, Tuesday to talk about the Israel/Hamas war and the Obama Regime’s epic PR meltdown in trying to negotiate a ceasefire agreement. Danan said that the call between  Netanyahu and Obama Sunday night was a subject of much conversation in Israel, and claimed that O had yelled at Bibi, telling him “what to do and what not to do.”

“I want to sound polite, but it is an insult the way President Obama is treating Israel and Secretary Kerry is treating Israel,” Danon began.  “It is an insult for us – the demand to have a ceasefire and putting Israel on the same level as Hamas – it is unacceptable.”

“It was not a pleasant conversation,”  Danon said of the phone call. “It was yelling and telling Prime Minister Netanyahu what he should do and what he should not do. And I tell you frankly, we have a very close relationship with the US –  the strongest ally of Israel – but this is not the way to talk to the leader of an allied country.”  He brought his point home by suggesting that Obama was treating Netanyahu no differently than he would treat the leader of the Taliban.

” He’s not talking to the leader of the Taliban,” Danon said.

Here is the transcript of the Sunday evening conversation that was leaked to the Times of Israel – which the White House and Prime Minister denies is accurate.

Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?

BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.

BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.

BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza.

BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.

BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –

BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.

Although both  Obama and Netanyahu say that the transcript of their telephone call is fake, there is reason to believe that they both doth protest too much.

Joel Pollak at the Conversation notes that the transcript “strongly resembles the White House’s readout of the call, in which he called for an “immediate, unconditional” ceasefire.”

There is nothing new in the supposed transcript except the tone of the exchange, in which Obama is depicted as rather rude and condescending.

***

The denials are standard for both. More than that, Israel seems eager to prove its friendship by helping the Obama administration save face: Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer recently defended Secretary of State John Kerry, for example. And the Obama administration wants to play up the sense that it is the victim of a propaganda campaign by its critics–not a victim of its own misguided policies and incompetent execution.

In that regard, it is possible that both Israel and the U.S. are taking advantage of the fact that the transcript is inexact–that it is just an excerpt, as conceded by the Israeli journalist who reported it (and who is sticking to the story), or that it leaves out some of the back-and-forth of the actual conversation. In the cloak-and-dagger of international diplomacy, we may not know the truth for a while–but the “fake” charge is yet unproven.

Meanwhile, a State Dept. flack reportedly said that if the conversation had indeed been leaked, it was ” a severe violation of a private discussion.”

According to BBC reporter Paul Danahar, the State Department says that if President Barack Obama’s conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indeed leaked to Israel’s Channel 1, it would constitute a “severe violation of a private discussion.”

Hmmm.

Incompetence and Betrayal: How The Obama Regime Muffed The Israeli/Hamas Ceasefire Agreement

 BtPfYI1CEAESDWa-550x366

The Times of Israel’s DJohn Kerry’s ceasefire proposal, Friday. He writes that he “wondered if something had gotten lost in translation.”

It seemed inconceivable that the American secretary of state would have drafted an initiative that, as a priority, did not require the dismantling of Hamas’s rocket arsenal and network of tunnels dug under the Israeli border. Yet the reported text did not address these issues at all, nor call for the demilitarization of Gaza.

It seemed inconceivable that the secretary’s initiative would specify the need to address Hamas’s demands for a lifting of the siege of Gaza, as though Hamas were a legitimate injured party acting in the interests of the people of Gaza — rather than the terror group that violently seized control of the Strip in 2007, diverted Gaza’s resources to its war effort against Israel, and could be relied upon to exploit any lifting of the “siege” in order to import yet more devastating weaponry with which to kill Israelis.

Israel and the US are meant to be allies; the US is meant to be committed to the protection of Israel in this most ruthless of neighborhoods; together, the US and Israel are meant to be trying to marginalize the murderous Islamic extremism that threatens the free world. Yet here was the top US diplomat appearing to accommodate a vicious terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, with a formula that would leave Hamas better equipped to achieve that goal.

The appalled response to the Kerry proposal by the members of the security cabinet on Friday night, however, made plain nothing had gotten lost in translation at all. The secretary’s proposal managed to unite Israel’s disparate group of key political leaders — from Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Liberman on the right, through Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni on the center-left — in a unanimous response of horrified rejection and leaked castigation.

But actually, it’s worse than that. What emerges from Kerry’s self-initiated ceasefire mission — Israel had already accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal; and nobody asked him to come out on a trip he prefaced with sneering remarks about Israel’s attempted “pinpoint” strikes on Hamas terror targets — is that Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and dangerous.

Contrary to his public claim at his press conference in Cairo that his ceasefire proposal was “built on” the Egyptian initiative, it manifestly is nothing of the kind. As indicated by the unconfirmed text reported by Issacharoff, by other subsequent reports of its content, and by the cabinet’s outraged rejection, it is a proposal that, to quote an unnamed official cited by Channel 2, “tunneled under the Egyptian initiative,” a document, to quote from another of those leaked comments, that reads like it was drawn up for or even by Hamas’s Khaled Mashaal.

Horovitz describes Kerry’s intervention as nothing short of a betrayal by Israel’s (heretofore) staunchest ally.

Obama further inflamed the Israelis with a late night phone call, Sunday night, demanding an unconditional ceasefire:

Via The Blaze:

Israeli politicians from the right and left are fuming at President Barack Obama following a late-night phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling for an “unconditional” humanitarian cease-fire, likening Obama to “background noise” and one Israeli lawmaker calling for a “cease-fire from Washington.”

In their Sunday night telephone call, Obama “underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself” and said that “ultimately” a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should disarm terrorist groups and demilitarize Gaza, the White House said in a statement.

But leave it to the malicious – yet still comically inept Obama – to give the Israelis cover in rejecting the ceasefire proposal.

Obama attempted to impose his will on Israel one more time –and save face after Kerry’s disastrous ceasefire mission — at an emergency UN Security Council midnight session overnight, which resulted in a demand for a ceasefire, Monday morning.

Via Joel Pollak of Breitbart.com:

The war has continued Monday, since Hamas keeps firing rockets and boasting about terror tunnels, and Israel–which promised not to initiate fire for three days–has responded. Israeli politicians are very reluctant to defy the U.S. openly (albeit less so as the grievances against Obama mount). Yet it is far easier to defy the UN–even the UN Security Council–for which Israelis of all political stripes have long ago developed a studied contempt.

Ironically, therefore, while Obama’s stunt at the UN was meant to isolate Israel, he made it easier for Israel to keep fighting. Now Israeli leaders can say they are not defying Obama directly, or alone: they are defying such human rights paragons as Nigeria and Rwanda, along with Russia and China, which presume to sit in judgment of Israel’s self-defense efforts.

Just more of that “Smart Power” we were promised when Obama came into office.

UPDATE:

Via Weasel Zippers: White House Furious With Israel’s Criticism of John Kerry, Warn It May Put Israel’s Relationship With U.S. In Jeopardy…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

In unusually harsh language, officials said the criticism of Kerry could put the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in jeopardy. They also said the personal attacks on Kerry crossed a line and were particularly disappointing at a time of active conflict.

Has it occurred to these officials that John Kerry actually does suck at his job?

RELATED:

Weasel Zippers: Facebook: “Death To Zionist Baby Killer Israeli Jews” Page Doesn’t Violate Our “Community Standards”…

A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the social network’s “community standards,” according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response to user complaints.

The page in question, is named, “Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews.” The page, which spells “Zionist” incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire with blood dripping down his chin as he feasts on a child. It was started on July 25.

Keep reading…

Facebook claims to be dedicated to providing a “safe and welcoming environment” – which it certainly does – for haters of a conservative Christians and Jews.

Cruz: “Did President Obama Just Launch an Economic Boycott of Israel?” – Updated

images

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today, called out the Obama Regime for its decision to ban flights to Israel while, at the same time, announcing continuing aid to Gaza that will be funneled to the terrorist organization, Hamas.

Where is the rest of the Republican party on this? Congress holds the purse strings. Why on earth would they allow this travesty to happen?

“Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally,” said Sen. Cruz.

He added, “The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.”

Sen. Cruz is asking the Obama Administration to answer five specific questions regarding the FAA’s decision to suspend flights to Israel.

Sen. Cruz’s full statement is below.

“Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was extending its ban on flights by U.S. carriers into Israel. The rationale was that because one Hamas-launch rocket had landed in a field one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport, the ‘potentially hazardous security situation created by the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza’ necessitated this extreme action that has so far cancelled some 160 flights and left tens of thousands stranded.

“Obviously, no one wants to place civilian travelers in harm’s way, and the recent downing of Malaysian Airways flight 17 by pro-Russian militants in Ukraine is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by regional unrest. But security concerns in Israel are hardly breaking news, and given the exceptional challenge Israel faces, Ben Gurion has rightly earned the reputation as one of the safest airports in the world due to the aggressive security measures implemented by the Israeli government.

“Given that some 2,000 rockets have been fired into Israel over the last six weeks, many of them at Tel Aviv, it seems curious to choose yesterday at noon to announce a flight ban, especially as the Obama Administration had to be aware of the punitive nature of this action.

“Tourism is an $11 billion industry for Israel, which is in the middle of a summer high season already seriously diminished by the conflict initiated by Hamas. Group tours have been cancelling at a 30% rate. This FAA flight ban may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector through both security concerns and worries that additional bans will down more flights and strand more passengers. It hardly matters if or when the ban is lifted. At this point, the damage may already be done.

“Even given the remarkable resilience and prosperity of its economy, Israel has always been vulnerable to economic blackmail. In the 1970s, we saw the Arab League boycott, which tried to punish any financial institution that did business with Israel.

“Today we have similar noxious efforts by the Boycott, Divest, Sanction or ‘BDS’ movement, which seeks to punish Israel for the fact that the militant terrorist elements embraced by the Palestinian Authority make any peace deal an intolerable security risk to Israel at this time. But the Obama Administration has refused to robustly denounce this effort to undermine our ally.

“Instead, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a veiled threat last February when he encouraged boycotts of Israel and said that absent serious Israeli concessions at the negotiating table, Israel’s economic prosperity was ‘not sustainable’ and ‘illusory.’ Secretary Kerry unfortunately reprised this theme just this April, when he threatened that Israel risked becoming an ‘apartheid state’ if Israel did not submit to his chosen solution to the Israel-Palestinian crisis.

BtPfYI1CEAESDWa-550x366Kerry meeting with Netanyahu Wednesday, image via AP

“Taken in the context of Secretary Kerry’s comments, yesterday’s action by the FAA raises some serious questions:

· Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House?

· If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights are still permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?

· What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?

· What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House? And the State Department? Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?

· Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?

“When Secretary Kerry arrived in Cairo this week his first act was to announce $47 million in additional aid to Gaza, which is in effect $47 million for Hamas. In short order, this travel ban was announced by the FAA. Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally.

“Until these serious questions are answered, the facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.

“If so, Congress should demand answers.”

The State Department responded to Sen. Cruz’s questions, calling them “ridiculous” and “offensive.”
Hamas, however fully endorses the Obama administration’s decision to suspend U.S. flights to Israel. A spokesman for Hamas said: “The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel’s failure.”
Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said, “to suggest the administration’s move does not directly empower Hamas is misguided and short-sighted.” In response to The State Department’s reaction to Cruz’s questions, she added, “we find the Obama Administration’s foreign policy to be ridiculous and offensive. The American people deserve answers to these questions and Sen. Cruz will continue to press for them.”
These days, I’m constantly reminded of the warning signs so many of us saw back in 2008 regarding  candidate Obama and his affinity for the terrorist group Hamas. Would that more Americans had seen it.
UPDATE:
Cruz Vows To Hold All State Department Nominees Until Questions Are Answered About Israeli Flight Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that he will hold all State Department nominees until the Obama Administration answers questions about its unprecedented decision to cancel flights to Israel, while at the same time announcing continuing aid that will be funneled to the terrorist organization, Hamas.

Earlier today, Sen. Cruz questioned whether the FAA’s decision to ban all U.S. flights to Israel amounted to an economic boycott of the nation and asked that five questions about the ban be answered.  When asked about his remarks, a State Department spokesperson said the questions were “offensive and ridiculous.”

“Serious questions were asked about the nature of a decision that handed Hamas a public relations victory and will cost Israel billions of dollars,” said Sen. Cruz. “The only thing ‘offensive’ about this situation is how the Obama Administration is spurning our allies to embolden our enemies; the only thing ‘ridiculous’ is the administration’s response to basic questions. Until the State Department answers my questions, I will hold all State Department nominees.”

The five questions Sen. Cruz is asking are below:

  • Was this a political decision driven by the White House? For instance, who was this decision made by – a career official, a political appointee, or someone else (at the FAA, State Department or White House)?
  • If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out when flights would be permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?
  • What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?
  • What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House?  And the State Department?  Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?
  • Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?

UPDATE II:

WaPo: FAA announces that U.S. flights to and from Tel Aviv can resume:

The Federal Aviation Administration announced late Wednesday night that U.S. carriers were allowed to resume flights to and from Tel Aviv.

This came nearly 36 hours after the agency had first banned U.S. airlines from traveling to and from Ben Gurion International Airport, halting service after a rocket landed about a mile away from Israel’s largest airport. The rule change allowing flights to resume went into effect as of 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a statement.

The FAA said that it “will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport.”

No other countries had cancelled flights. Just ours.

Obama was applying his tried and true “the never let a crisis go to waste” method of radical governance – but the Regime was called out, and had to back down.

  • Blog Stats

    • 4,628,230 hits
  • free counters
  • Is your cat plotting to kill you?
  • Follow

    Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

    Join 522 other followers

    %d bloggers like this: