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HOSTILE OBAMA TRIES TO FORCE NETANYAHU TO ACCEPT TRUCE

July 29th, 2014

HOSTILE OBAMA TRIES TO FORCE NETANYAHU TO ACCEPT TRUCE
by Ari Soffer (IsraelNationalNews)

US president markedly unfriendly, interrupted Prime Minister as he attempted to push unfavorable truce on Israel.

Damning evidence has emerged of US President Barack Obama’s dismissal of Israel’s position in favor of supporting the position of Hamas and its allies during ceasefire talks.

A “senior US official” leaked an audio recording of a telephone conversation between Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Channel One. In it the 35-minute conversation, which took place on Sunday, the US President appears downright hostile at points, and even cuts off Netanyahu in the middle of his protestations over a one-sided truce proposal which would have seen Hamas receive all its key demands, but that Israel ultimately rejected.

The following is an excerpt of the conversation, published in Hebrew by Channel One:

Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities – particularly airstrikes.

Netanyahu: What will Israel receive in return for a ceasefire?

Obama: I believe that Hamas will stop firing rockets – silence will be met with silence.

Netanyahu: Hamas violated all five previous ceasefires, it is a terrorist organization which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

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

Netanyahu: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas the military and diplomatic advantage.

Obama: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas on the basis of the 2012 understanding [following the end of Operation Pillar of Defense - ed.], including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza,

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

Obama: I trust Qatar and Turkey, and Israel is in no position to choose its mediators.

Netanyahu: I object, because Hamas is able to continue and to fire rockets and to use tunnels for terror attacks…

Obama – interrupts Netanyahu mid-sentence: The ball is in Israel’s court – it is obligated to end all military activities.

The Channel One journalist who received the tape emphasized that at other points during the conversation there were more “positive” words exchanged between the two, such as Obama repeating America’s commitment to Israel’s security.

But those words will ring hollow to Israelis, considering that the proposal put together by John Kerry, Qatar and Turkey did not address a single one of Israel’s demands and – as alluded to by Obama himself – relied on little more than the goodwill of Hamas to stop firing rockets. This, despite the group (which the US itself lists as a terrorist organization) being unabashedly committed to the destruction of the State of Israel and the genocide of all Israeli Jews.

For his part, earlier on Tuesday John Kerry claimed that Prime Minister Netanyahu had in fact approached him to ask him to help hammer out a ceasefire deal, after previous truce proposals were rejected by Hamas.

If that was indeed the case what resulted could hardly have been what Netanyahu had in mind: a joint initiative with two states overtly hostile towards Israel, concluding in a draft proposal which would have granted Hamas all of its key conditions – including the opening of air and sea ports and the total lifting on Israel’s security blockade – but which addressed Israel’s “security concerns” in only the vaguest possible terms.

BENNETT: DEMILITARIZE HAMAS, BY FORCE IF NECESSARY

July 29th, 2014

BENNETT: DEMILITARIZE HAMAS, BY FORCE IF NECESSARY
by Gil Ronen (Arutz Sheva News)

Jewish Home Chairman, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, said Tuesday that the goal of the current campaign in Gaza must not be limited to elimination of the terror tunnels, and must include a clear military decision that leaves Hamas defeated and disarmed.

“Only a decisive victory will prevent the next war,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Radical Islam seeks to erase the Jewish state from the face of the earth,” he explained. “They do not seek a strip of land or a Palestinian state. Only our annihilation. Khamenei in Iran. Nasrallah in Lebanon. Haniyeh in Gaza. Meshaal in Qatar. All of the jihadist arms that are waiting to see how we respond.

“The world watches from the sidelines, apathetic, even pointing its finger and moralizing, without understanding that this is all coming to them very soon. Providing theoretical justification for our right to self defense but denouncing, in practice, our realization of that right.”

The tunnels, Bennett opined, are not the root of the problem. The root is “our enemies’ belief that they can win. That if they do not relent in their struggle, we will be worn out and run away from here. This hope must be uprooted. And it can be. By force.”

Applying a similar line of thought in his analysis of the Israeli side, Bennett determined that the central strategic surprise in Protective Edge has not been Iron Dome, but the awakening spirit and cohesiveness of the Israeli nation. “Something is happening in the Nation of Israel,” he wrote. “30,000 attend the funeral of a lone soldier. Wounded soldiers struggle to return to the field of battle. Reserve units reach 130% enlistment. The public throngs at the doors of the hospital wards, offering sweets and love to the wounded. The junctions are filled with flags and wonderful youth. The current generation of fighters and commanders is displaying its courageous and professional colors. Bereaved parents catch you by the arm and say: ‘not in vain. Onward to decisive victory’.

“The nation of Israel is united as it never was.”

Bennett’s prescription? Give the IDF clear instructions to turn Gaza into a place where there are no missiles, no tunnels. Like Judea and Samaria. “Do not let up, do not stop, until you reach this target – by force or by agreement. Hit Hamas mercilessly. Day and night. On weekdays and holidays. Without stopping or resting. Until the battle is decided.

“The state of Israel is at a peak moment,” he continued. “Hamas has been hit hard. Iron Dome works. The IDF’s combat soldiers and commanders are at peak motivation and professionalism. Hamas is isolated. The home front is strong, the nation of Israel is united. This is the moment.”

The world “respects a nation that protects its citizens,” he added. If foreign leaders ask us to stop, advises Bennett, they should be asked politely if they are willing to fight Hamas in place of Israel, then told: “Oh, you aren’t? Then please make way for us to do it, until we finish the job.”

The terror tunnels must be destroyed completely, Bennett stated, not just limited in scope, even if this means staying inside Gaza for another month, or receiving permanent freedom to operate inside Gaza when necessary. But most important for ending the tunnel threat, the reserve officer in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando stressed – is a clear victory against Hamas, which would prevent the next war.

Bennett finished by saying that he is lobbying with all his might to advance this line of thought in all possible forums, and that he believes that the Security-Diplomacy Cabinet, of which he is a part – and which is headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – will adopt this outlook.

HAMAS – ISRAEL HAS REACHED ONLY A FRACTION OF OUR TUNNELS

July 28th, 2014

HAMAS – ISRAEL HAS REACHED ONLY A FRACTION OF OUR TUNNELS
By JPOST.COM STAFF

US intelligence source claims Hamas has many more tunnels than Israel says

Israel has reached “only a fraction” of Hamas’s tunnels, Mushir al-Masri , a spokesman for the organization stated in an interview translated by MEMRI and made public on Monday.

Masri was referring to the network of tunnels which Hamas has dug under the Gaza-Israel border in order to infiltrate Jewish communities and perpetuate terrorist attacks.

“We are convinced that our people are on the brink of liberation,” Masri said.

He continued by saying, “The Zionist enemy declared its ground war to destroy the tunnels but [we], the thousands of mujahideen from the al-Kassam Brigades (Hamas military wing) who dug these tunnels with their fingernails say that the Zionist enemy has reached only a fraction of these tunnels – [and we] will dig many more God willing.”

Regarding the heavy toll inflicted on Hamas and the Gaza Strip so far by the fighting, Masri claimed, “Even while the battle is being waged, the resistance is recuperating its military losses.”

According to an IDF source, Hamas built the network of tunnels that begin a few kilometers away from the Israeli border, and pass under the frontier, in a bid to enable dozens of terrorists to infiltrate the country.

In response, the IDF has used a wide array of firepower and ground units to tackle the challenge of locating and destroying many terror tunnels.

“Hamas has turned tunneling into a national profession. They lean on highly skilled engineers to do this. We’re dealing with all of these threats through close-range combat,” the source added.

The IDF and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office have said that the purpose of Operation Protective Edge and the ground offensive in Gaza is to destroy terror tunnels and seriously harm the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.

Earlier in July, Hamas terrorists attempted a massive attack when 13 terrorists infiltrated into Israel through a tunnel near Kibbutz Sufa, but were discovered by the IDF and repelled or killed. The incident preempted the government’s decision to send troops into Gaza and commence the ground incursion.

BENNETT: GAZA OPERATION A “HISTORIC MOMENT” FOR ISRAEL

July 27th, 2014

BENNETT: GAZA OPERATION A “HISTORIC MOMENT” FOR ISRAEL
by Ido Ben-Porat, Tova Dvorin (IsraelNationalNews)

Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett noted the success, so far, of Operation Protective Edge on Sunday, in a Facebook post entitled “Historic Crossroads: Now is the Time to Decide.”

“The State of Israel is at a historic, deciding moment,” Bennett began. “It could decide to end Hamas, dismantle tunnels and disarm missiles – to bring Gaza to a state similar to Judea and Samaria, which is without missiles, launchers, rockets, and tunnels. To put the IDF in control and prevent terror from escalating. It can finish with the conflict between the South and Gaza once and for all.”

“We can prove to our enemies, our neighbors, to the world and to ourselves, that we can overcome Islamic terrorism,” he continued. “For the first time in years, it’s within reach.”

Bennett presented an analysis of the situation, saying that “after three weeks of heavy fighting, this is the situation:”

Hamas has been severely beaten, but not eliminated.

IDF soldiers have “removed the rust” and are highly competent.

The world understands that we have no choice but to fight for our homeland.

The Jewish people have united like it hasn’t in years.

The Front is solid; the Iron Dome, this time, works almost perfectly.”

Bennett then urged Israel not to succumb to international pressure for a cease-fire.

“Hamas is desperate for re-armament, refreshing its forces and realignment so it can harm our troops,” he said. “This is similar to a boxing match, when the other side falls to the floor.”

“To cease fire now is to reach out to the enemy, pick him up, give him a drink, and refresh him,” he continued. “Now, now, we must not remove our foot from the gas pedal; we must finish this.”

“Israel’s targets: demilitarizing Hamas of its rockets and terror tunnels in a controlled, effective manner,” he added. “The goal: to make Gaza like Judea and Samaria.”

He also proposed economic incentives to ease the demilitarization process – what he called a “Gazan Marshall Plan” – “because we have no interest in harming the people of Gaza.”

“No ceasefires, no surrenders, no discussions,” he concluded. “You have our phone number; when you’re ready for demilitarization, call us. Otherwise, we are moving forward.”

“Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah is looking, Iran is looking, ISIS is looking, the Arab world is looking, the Europeans and Americans are looking – everyone is waiting to see whether Israel will work up the courage to defeat Hamas once and for all.”

“I believe our Security Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, will make the right decision. Now is the time.”

HAMAS ASKS FOR ANOTHER “HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE”

July 27th, 2014

HAMAS ASKS FOR ANOTHER “HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE”
by Shlomo Pitrikovsky (Arutz Sheva News)

Hamas has allegedly changed its mind about rejecting a “humanitarian ceasefire” with Israel, according to several reports, and have turned to United Nations (UN) envoy to the Middle East Robert Serry to ask for an additional 24-hour truce, beginning at 2:00 pm.

“In response to the UN’s intervention request to monitor the situation… it has been agreed between the resistance factions that a 24-hour humanitarian truce will start from 2:00 pm (1100 GMT),” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

The Political-Security Cabinet is currently meeting on the issue, according to Channel 2.

Hamas’s request surfaces just hours after Israel retaliated for more rocket fire on Israel, after at least eleven rockets were fired at major Israeli cities between 8:00 am and 9:30 am.

Hamas fired at least eleven rockets on Israel Sunday morning, despite Israel’s announcement late Saturday that it would extend a humanitarian ceasefire called on Saturday until Sunday at 9:00 pm.

Several rockets were shot down over Petah Tikva, Ashdod, and Gan Yavne by the Iron Dome missile defense system; shrapnel was scattered over the greater Petah Tikva area. One motorcyclist was injured as he tried to pull to the side of the road during an air raid siren in the Sharon-area city.

At least five rockets also fell in open area in the South; one car was damaged, but no injuries were reported.

To propose the ceasefire, Hamas has allegedly agreed to retract its own demands for a truce, including withdrawing IDF troops from Gaza.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal declared on Wednesday that Israel must accept his list of unprecedented conditions for a ceasefire in order for any truce to be implemented. Many of the demands include, effectively, lifting all travel and import restrictions in Gaza and re-releasing arrested terrorists.

The IDF halted fire for several hours early in the operation in a humanitarian ceasefire, but Hamas took advantage of this and continued to attack Israel.

THIS WAR IS GOD’S WAR, AND ISRAEL WILL WIN!

July 25th, 2014

LEADING RABBI: THIS WAR IS GOD’S WAR, AND ISRAEL WILL WIN!
by Benny Toker (IsraelNationalNews)

Chairman of the Bnei Akiva Yeshivas and head of Yeshivat Or Etzion, Rabbi Haim Druckman, gave a special blessing to troops serving in Operation Protective Edge in an interview with Arutz Sheva on Friday.

Rabbi Druckman referred to the concept of “milchemet mitzvah,” whereby certain wars are Torah-mandated for men to serve – such as to defend the Jewish people from attack.

“Our soldiers are fighting God’s War,” he said. “This war determines our very existence in this country.”

“This war is for real peace, as told about in Isaiah: ‘And your peers shall have swords … and no nation shall lift up a sword against your nation, which is not knowing another war.’,” he added.

”Israel does not strive for another war, for deaths; each Iron Dome cost a fortune – who needs it?” he continued. “But there is evil in the world and we must fight that evil.”

Rabbi Druckman had no doubt who will win this war, as Operation Protective Edge enters its eighteenth day.

“Our ancestors fought, Abraham fought, Moses fought,” he reassured. “Our aspirations are indeed that ‘the wolf will live with the lamb’ [citing the verse in Isaiah about the Messianic era - ed.] but if the sheep does not deal with the wolf, nothing will be left of the sheep.”

“This is a holy war by all accounts, a war of salvation and for the existence of Israel in its homeland,” he said.

Rabbi Druckman believes that the tremendous show of unity among the people of Israel in recent times is the proof of the greatness of Israel.

“You see, at funerals of individual soldiers, tens of thousands of people – where else is there such a world?” he reflected. “Individuals who are not close relatives and friends arrive.”

“These enemies of Israel – with God’s help we will overcome them, as we have overcome [our enemies in] all of Israel’s wars,” he concluded.

AN ARAB PASTOR SPEAKS OUT ON GAZA

July 25th, 2014

AN ARAB PASTOR SPEAKS OUT ON GAZA
by David Lazarus (Israel Today News)

The following is an open letter from Shmuel Aweida to all those “peace activists” rising up against Israel. Listen carefully, Awieda is an Israeli Arab Christian pastor who knows of what he speaks!

Dear so-called “peace-seeking people”, “pro-ceasefire people” and “peace and reconciliation activists”,

Forgive me for not taking your nice dreams and peace demonstrations and wishes so seriously… People who didn’t care about the suffering people in Gaza under the Hamas regime for years can’t really be considered morally superior to any IDF soldier that’s on the ground there now. You might seem to be better and kinder, but not really… Sorry…

If you really care, then free Gaza from Hamas and other Islamic jihadist organizations! How can you feel sorry for the innocent children hurt accidentally by Israel when you don’t care that the same children grow up to learn to hate intentionally? You claim to feel sorry for the hungry children while ignoring the poison they are fed every single day at Hamas and Fatah schools and on TV.

How can you feel sorry for the women crying now when you didn’t care that they’ve been humiliated, discriminated and even raped and killed regularly for years?

Here’s another thing I don’t get:

These kind, sympathetic, peace-loving people who automatically want and pray for a ceasefire in Israel’s war(s) against the evil, anti-Semitic, anti-human, blood-thirsty terrorist organizations like Hamas (not against the Palestinians) – they make Israel never finish “the job” and then on the top of it all, their governments and NGOs send billions of dollars of “aid” to this corrupt evil system.

And guess what happens time and again – instead of feeding the hungry with food, they feed themselves with weapons. Instead of teaching the children math, they teach them hate and jihad against the Jews. Instead of building houses and hospitals above the ground, they build terror-tunnels under the ground.

The tunnels found in the past days have cost hundreds of millions of US dollars to build! The IDF blew up millions of your money, dear nice people in the naive West!

I’m not saying that Israel is without any fault here, but sometimes I really wonder if the Palestinians’ best friends are in reality the ones that maintain their oppression under this Islamic regime?

I simply don’t get it! Someone here needs to get a better grasp of reality!

As much as I hate this war and the price that’s being paid by our dear soldiers and the innocent civilians on both sides, I hate the fact that it’s necessary! May the needed pain of war bear good fruit of peace for all! May the Lord of Hosts and Armies give us His Shalom!

There has been quite a lot of activity in the social media in the past month. I was disappointed and frustrated of some my Facebook friends and the level of naiveté and blindness with regard to the real situation and the roots of the conflicting the Middle East.

Do they really not see what the Hamas is all about or what Islam really is? Are they all so blind to what’s happening around us in Syria, Iraq and all over? Don’t they see what Hamas is doing to the poor population that lives under this terror daily? I don’t know why I keep being surprised…

To my anti-Arab friends:

But what really surprised me was that, with regard to this operation in Gaza, the hatred, revenge and racism that filled the [Facebook] statuses of those who support Israel.

They expressed such joy over going to war and causing destruction (a joy I’m glad our leadership doesn’t have). The fact they quoted Bible verses didn’t make it any less stinking. So I threw those people out of my Facebook just like I did with others that posted pornography and other disgusting stuff. Trash is trash is trash.

Praying that God may protect our soldiers who are serving us and giving their lives for us – proud of the moral code of the IDF and the legitimacy of this necessary operation. Praying for those making the tough decisions – but with much more humility.

I guess we need to pray that we’ll all guard our hearts from hatred, revenge, racism, pride and other destructive things that do not honor us, nor the God of Israel.

LIVNI SURPRISES: NO CEASE-FIRE WITH HAMAS

July 24th, 2014

LIVNI SURPRISES: NO CEASE-FIRE WITH HAMAS
by Tova Dvorin (IsraelNationalNews)

The end of Operation Protective Edge depends on Hamas, not Israel, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (HaTnua) made clear Thursday.

“I never thought about how to reach an agreement with terrorist organizations,” Livni said in an interview with Walla! News. “We must hit terrorist organizations.”

She added that a ceasefire agreement, while brokered by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, would not solve much. Livni’s hard-line stance will be surprising to some given the criticism she faced during her former role as chief negotiator with the PA, when she was accused of being too willing to compromise.

“Hamas is the problem,” she said. “Some people seem to think every military activity should be brought to an end in imagined agreements, and that an agreement should be made with Hamas.”

“I say no – it’s not truly strategic to talk to Hamas, to pay for quiet,” she stated, “I’m not ready to give extremist elements in the region what they want to see.”

“We do not need their (Hamas’s) approval for a cease-fire,” Livni clarified. “I am in favor of deterrence, of executing military operations against Hamas until it is deterred.”

Livni also, surprisingly, rejected the assumption that – despite the IDF’s progress in destroying terror tunnels – the time for a cease-fire is now.

“It’s too early to tell whether we have reached [that deterrence],” she said. “We are currently working hard on the ground to pause the operation to check [our status].”

Livni did stress that Israel “should” work with the international community and the PA to broker a ceasefire – even if it becomes a matter of Israel, the international community, and the PA on the one side, and Hamas, Turkey, or Qatar on the other, in her words.

“Our arrangements should be made with the world, and with the PA, who wants to talk to us,” she insisted, adding that even if a one-sided truce was reached, the IAF should respond.

“We live in a tough neighborhood,” Livni said, “Hamas is an Islamist extremist, and they are not going to change tomorrow morning after this operation.”

“I don’t promise that, tomorrow morning, we will wake up to being like Europe,” she said. “The question is: how do we deal with it?”

Livni, who has been a staunch supporter of peace talks despite Fatah’s unity pact with Hamas earlier this year, has surprisingly advocated an operation in Gaza to counter the terror since the early hours of the offensive.

NETANYAHU: WE CANNOT GIVE OUR ATTACKERS IMMUNITY

July 24th, 2014

Netanyahu: WE CANNOT GIVE OUR ATTACKERS IMMUNITY
by Hezki Ezra, Tova Dvorin (Arutz Sheva News)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Thursday, thanking Britain for its support and stressing the need to understand Israel’s struggle to defend itself in light of the UK’s own history.

“You, as a representative of the UK, of Britain, have a special understanding – at least, a historical understanding – of what we’re undergoing,” Netanyahu began. “There’s only been one other instance when a democracy was rocketed and pelleted by projectiles of death, and that’s Britain during World War Two.”

“Israel is undergoing a similar bombardment now,” he noted. “We are responding, in our own way, by targeting the rocketeers and seeking to ferret out these terrorists, who are firing behind civilians at our civilians.”

“This is a double war crime,” he continued. “And naturally, it’s made more difficult for us to fight this criminality. As I’ve just shown you, the terrorists are firing rockets from schools, from mosques, from hospitals, heavily at civilian populations.”

“We have to try, and are doing our best, to minimize civilian casualties, but we cannot give our attackers immunity,” he added. “We seek, as best as we can, to target them – but all the civilian deaths that are there – and we regret each one of them – are the responsibility of Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad terrorists that are in league with them.”

Netanyahu then took a stab at the United Nations Human Right’s Council (UNHRC)’s condemnations of Israel. The decision to launch an inquiry was made shortly after UNHRC chief Navi Pillay said that there is a “strong possibility” that Israel was violating international law through Operation Protective Edge.

“This use of human shields is extraordinarily cynical, grotesque, it’s inhumane – but what is equally grotesque is that Israel was condemned in the Human Rights Council,” he noted. “It’s a travesty of justice, it’s a travesty of fairness, it’s a travesty of common sense, it’s a travesty of truth.”

“It will not prevent us from continuing to act to defend our people, to protect against rocket attacks, and to dismantle the vast terror tunnel network that we have seen that is geared to penetrate our territory,” he added.

Netanyahu also thanked the UK for its support of Israel over the past several days, as well as the fact that British Airways, the UK’s national carrier, continued to fly to Israel despite a bandwagon of bans.

“I thank you for keeping your moral focus and your moral clarity – we shall need it in the days ahead,” he concluded.

‘Israel has the right to defend itself’

Hammond responded by clarifying the UK’s unwavering support for Israel’s need to defend itself.

“Britain has been very clear, I’ve been very clear, Prime Minister [David] Cameron has been very clear that this current cycle of violence was triggered by Hamas firing hundreds of rockets at Israeli towns and cities, indiscriminately and in breach of international humanitarian law,” he began.

“Britain has also been very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens.”

Hammond then expressed, however, “grave concern” for the “level of civilian casualties” and said that Britain wants to see a ceasefire “quickly agreed.”

“We welcomed the earlier cease-fire proposal by Egypt, and we are grateful to you, Prime Minister, for your immediate agreement to it,” he added, “and we are disappointed that Hamas has apparently, once again, rejected ceasefire proposals.”

IDF RETURNS FIRE AFTER TERRORISTS ATTACK FROM GAZA HOSPITAL

July 23rd, 2014

IDF RETURNS FIRE AFTER TERRORISTS ATTACK FROM GAZA HOSPITAL
by Ido Ben-Porat and Ari Soffer (Arutz Sheva News)

The IDF has struck a terrorist position in Gaza’s Al Wafa hospital, illustrating the highly sensitive and illegal use of civilian targets as human shields by Hamas and other Gazan terrorist groups.

IDF sources say that the controversial decision to attack the position was taken after several days in which ground forces came under heavy fire from gunmen positioned inside the hospital grounds. The fire reportedly included both light weaponry and heavy anti-tank missiles directed towards IDF armored vehicles.

“The hospital premises were being used as war rooms and command centers by the terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” said an IDF spokesperson.

The military added that it had repeatedly warned international agencies and the Palestinian head of the hospital directly about the gunfire from the hospital, as well as several other senior Palestinian officials – but to no avail. Instead, in the past several hours the intensity of the attacks has only increased, posing a real and imminent danger to the lives of soldiers operating in the area, forcing the IDF to respond with fire of its own.

In the past day the IDF has killed approximately 30 terrorists, and overnight the Israeli Air Force struck 120 targets in the flashpoint Gaza neighborhood of Shajaia where heavy battles are still raging.

Since Operation Protective Edge began 16 days ago, some 3,200 terrorist positions have been hit in Gaza and 28 terrorists were arrested by IDF forces. Some 80 tunnels and concealed rocket launchers have also been exposed by IDF ground forces.

According to the military in the last day or so terrorists have upped their efforts to attack ground forces searching for the tunnels, which are used to store and transport rockets and also to plan infiltration attacks into southern Israel.

An IDF spokesman added that the decrease in rocket attacks on Israeli population centers in the past few days is not indicative of terrorists “running low” on rockets, and urged Israeli citizens not to become complacent and to continue taking the necessary precautions and following the instructions of the Home Front Command.


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