Heavy Gaza barrage: Code Red sirens blare in Ashkelon, West Bank

Palestinian militants continue to fire rocket salvos towards Israel, as Iron Dome intercepts a rocket over Modi’in.

Ilana Curiel
Latest Update:     08.21.14, 21:46 / Israel News

Gaza militants unleashed ceaseless salvos on Israeli towns Thursday night. Shortly before 9:00 pm, air raid sirens blared in Modi’in near Jerusalem and Mateh Binyamin Regional Council in the West Bank. Iron Dome intercepted one rocket over Modi’in. After 9:30 pm, Code Red sirens sounded throughout the country’s south, in Ashdod, Ashkelon, and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

Earlier in the evening, around 7:30 pm, a number of sirens sounded in Be’er Sheva and other Negev communities. Iron Dome intercepted two rockets, and three others exploded in open areas. Damage was caused to a cowshed in the Yoav Regional Council.
Immediately after the Code Red sirens sounded in Be’er Sheva, the Magen David Adom call center received a report about a pedestrian who had been hit by a car while running to a protected space in Be’er Sheva. MDA paramedics evacuated the man, who suffered a head injury, to Soroka Medical Center in the city.

In the afternoon hours, a man in his 30s sustained serious chest wounds when he was hit by rocket shrapnel in Eshkol.

The man, who was at the kibbutz children’s house with his wife, pushed one of the nursery teacher and a child into the safe room, saving their lives. Three-year-old children live in the children’s house that was hit.

“I saw a lot of blood and he looked at me. He was so strong – he was really worried the kids would see him this way,” the teacher told Ynet.

“The wounded is likely one of the children’s father. He actually shielded the children with his body,” Magen David Adom paramedic Oren Wecht said.

Posted by: Bruno Bilro | August 17, 2014

Hamas: next war will be in Ashkelon

Hamas: next war will be in Ashkelon

Roi Kais
Published:     08.17.14, 19:27 / Israel News

Hamas Spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said that Hamas prefers to reach an agreement, but the ball is in Israel’s court”. However, Abu zuhri threatened that “the citizens of Israel won’t enjoy security until the siege is lifted”.

“The campaign in Gaza was only the beginning of a big campaign of liberation. The next wars will not take place in Gaza, but on Ashkelon soil,” added Abu Zuhri.


Posted by: Bruno Bilro | August 10, 2014

Do we hate God?

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Wretched: Nothing made everything.

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A Japanese View of the Palestinians

A Japanese View of the Palestinians

Talk about one picture being worth a THOUSAND words…
An interesting questionnaire for Palestinian Advocates By Yashiko Sagamori


If you are so sure that ” Palestine , the country, goes back through most of recorded history,” I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine :

When was it founded and by whom?
What were its borders?
What was its capital?
What were its major cities?
What constituted the basis of its economy?
What was its form of government?
Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
What was the language of the country of Palestine ?
What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ?
What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

You are lamenting the “low sinking” of a “once proud” nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that “nation” proud and what was it so proud of?

And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call “Palestinians” are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over — or thrown out of — the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?

I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day “Palestinians” to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won’t work here.

The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel ; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it “the Palestinian people” and installed it in Gaza , Judea, and Samaria . How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the “West Bank” and Gaza , respectively?

The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so-called “Palestinians” have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel , and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a nation” — or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled.

In fact, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East . Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization from the land of Israel and accepting Israel ‘s ancient sovereignty over Gaza , Judea, and Samaria.

That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?

Posted by: Bruno Bilro | August 10, 2014

Morning rockets hit Eshkol, IDF responds

Morning rockets hit Eshkol, IDF responds

Israeli Cabinet to convene after six rockets hit Israel in morning hours, IDF attacks over 20 targets in Gaza, killing teen; meanwhile, ceasefire talks still underway in Cairo.

Ilana Curiel
Latest Update: 08.10.14, 12:06 / Israel News


Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip continued on Sunday morning, with six rockets hitting in the Eshkol Regional Council in the early hours. The IDF hit a number of targets in Gaza overnight, extending renewed fighting in Gaza by an additional day as efforts in Egypt to secure an extended ceasefire seemed slim.

Code Red pierced the silence at 6:13 am, warning of incoming rockets from Gaza in Eshkol. Two rockets exploded in open areas and there were no reports of damage or injuries. Three hours later, four additional rockets hit open areas in the regional council.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened the Cabinet Sunday, and said “Operation Protective Edge continues… Israel will not conduct negotiations under fire.” Since Hamas decided to renew rocket fire instead of unconditionally extending the ceasefire, Israel’s position has been that it refuses to talk while violence continues, the position has led Palestinian negotiators to threaten to quit talks.

During the night, sirens were also activated in two communities in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, but proved to be false alarms.

The Israeli Air Force has responded to the rockets fired on Israel, striking 20 targets throughout the Gaza Strip since midnight Saturday. One hundred and fifty targets have been hit since the end of the three-day ceasefire, which expired on Friday morning.

A 17-year-old teenager was killed in an IAF strike on Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, Palestinian rescue teams said Sunday.

According to Ashraf al-Qodra, spokesman for the emergency services in Gaza, five Palestinians have been killed since the resumption of fighting on Friday morning.

On Saturday, over 30 rockets and mortar shells were launched into Gaza border communities. One of the rockets exploded in an open area in a community in Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported in this incident as well.

Meanwhile, a number of residents living near the Gaza border are still staying far away from home. According to an assessment by the regional councils, some 85-95% of the residents who left during the operation have now returned to their homes.

However, some of the families are considering leaving again and the Eshkol Regional Council has announced that it would assist the families who wish to do so.

Yanina Barnea, a resident of Nahal Oz, said: “There’s a lot of uncertainty along with frustration. We’re a border-adjacent community, in which we are unable to live a routine life. We refuse to go back to the reality that we lived in for 14 years. The education systems have stopped working.

“Hundreds of soldiers stayed there,” Barnea explained, adding that “council officials hired cleaning companies and the manager of the company forbade the workers from going because it’s dangerous there. And so, the nursery schools are unclean and not protected as well. We’re waiting for a new protected nursery school to be constructed, where we can put the children in temporarily. There’s a budget gap because no one is willing to pay.

She added that “there’s a back-to-normal state, but with a sprinkle of rockets.” Barnea further explained that “the children have been outside of the home for a month. This is not an easy task.”

Hamas threatens to resume strikes on Tel Aviv if demands not met by Sunday

LAST UPDATED: 08/09/2014 17:37


Hamas warned over the weekend that it would continue to attack Israel as long as its demands are not fulfilled.

The warning came as a Palestinian delegation representing various groups, including Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, continued discussions with Egyptian security officials about achieving a long-term cease-fire with Israel.

The Hizbullah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar quoted Hamas sources as saying that the movement would attack Tel Aviv on Sunday if its demands were not met by then.

The sources said that the Palestinian delegation has informed the Egyptians that its members would leave Cairo on Sunday if no progress is made in the cease-fire talks.

The head of the Palestinian delegation, Azzam al-Ahmed of Fatah, said on Friday that the team would not leave Cairo until an agreement is reached that complies with all Palestinian demands, including giving the Gaza Strip its own airport and seaport.

“There is no going back and the resistance will continue with full force,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. “There will be no concessions on the demands presented by the Palestinian delegation in Cairo. Israel’s intransigence and foot-dragging won’t benefit it.”

Izzat al-Risheq, a Hamas member of the delegation, claimed that Israel used Saturday as an excuse to stay away from indirect talks [with Hamas] in Cairo.

“Its army is continuing its aggression an shelling of the Gaza Strip on Saturday,” al-Risheq said. “This excuse is silly.”

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that his movement would not make any concessions regarding its demand to have a seaport in the Gaza Strip. “Such a port would be the Palestinian gate to the outside world,” he explained.

Senior Hamas official Ahmed Bahr reiterated his movement’s refusal to disarm. “The weapons of the Palestinian resistance will stay as long as Israeli occupation exists on our occupied land,” Bahr said. “The painful strikes of the resistance on Israel will drive the Israeli negotiator to accept all the demands of the resistance. This is the only language of negotiations they understand.”

Al-Ahmed, the delegation head, said on Friday that the Palestinian demands were “clear” and there would be no concessions on them, especially with regards to the airport and seaport in the Gaza Strip.

He told reporters in Cairo that the current cease-fire discussions would not continue indefinitely.

“We haven’t asked for anything new and that’s why Israel has no right to say this is permitted or that it not permitted,” the Fatah official said. “We have told the Egyptians that we will stay in Cairo until we reach an agreement to end the bloodshed and lift the siege on the Gaza Strip.”

Posted by: Bruno Bilro | August 9, 2014

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