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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:47 am 
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Headlines from Jerusalem, 9 July 2014


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"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go" Joshua 1:9


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Hamas rockets target Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Residents of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were shocked Tuesday night to hear air raid sirens, followed by explosions as the Iron Dome air defense system intercepted projectiles launched at the cities from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and others smashed into buildings and cars, causing damage but no fatalities. Public bomb shelters were opened in Jerusalem while the IDF announced it had counted at least 120 rockets fired into the Jewish State on Tuesday alone. Following the strikes on the capital, the government announced plans to activate up to 40,000 reserve soldiers to support Operation Protective Edge, which has already included over 150 air strikes against terrorist infrastructure in the Strip. "We will now activate all of our force and take all the time that is needed in various stages in order to reach victory," said IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz. Read More
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IS makes strong gains in Iraq, Syria
Reports out of Iraq indicate that the Islamic State (IS) terror militia has made large gains in the last few days, taking control of Muthanna, a former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, with officials from the Baghdad regime warning that several tons of toxic materials stored at the plant were unaccounted for even before the current crisis. However, a report by the UN released in 2003 said the chemical agents, including sarin and sodium cyanide, were "of poor quality" and "would largely be degraded after years of storage under the conditions existing there" but warned that they would still be dangerous to handle. Read More
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Residents of border area coping with conflict
Residents of Israel's south have been the target of the vast majority of rockets fired out of the Gaza Strip in recent days, leaving many communities as virtual ghost towns and disrupting summer camps and other activities for the region's children. The Education Ministry has struggled to keep programs running, even as many participants have been sent by their parents to stay with friends or relatives further from the conflict zone. Several government agencies, NGOs and private initiatives have also launched efforts to help young people cope with the stress from living under rocket fire. However, economists have warned that with most businesses closed and over NIS 10 million in property damage already suffered during the current round of hostilities, the best way to help the residents of Israel's south is for the shooting to stop. Read More


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Headlines from Jerusalem, 10 July 2014


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"My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence" 2 Samuel 22:3


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Netanyahu defends Operation Defensive Edge
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon and other world leaders on Wednesday that "Hamas is committing a double war crime by intentionally trying to hit Israeli citizens, and using the local Gaza population as human shields," adding that Hamas thus bears responsibility for civilian casualties in the conflict. He added in his conversations that the international community should be supporting Israel in its fight with Hamas, which most Western governments consider a terrorist organization. "Hamas will pay a heavy price for firing on Israeli citizens," he told reporters on Wednesday following a meeting with senior advisors. "Our army is strong, the home front is firm, and our people are united. That combination is our answer to the terrorist organizations that want to harm us."
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Israeli Home Front proving resilient in face of rocket attacks
Residents of Israeli cities are quickly adapting to life under the threat of rockets from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, with volunteers pitching in to help clean and prepare communal bomb shelters and attending civil defense lectures by police and IDF Home Front Command instructors. Still, some residents say so far people aren't taking the threat of rockets seriously enough. "Since 2006 [in the Second Lebanon War], we haven't had anything, but now it's everywhere - Rehovot, Kfar Saba, all over," said Oshra Maman of Hadera, which was hit by a rocket on Wednesday. "Once someone gets hurt, it will change - people will start to take this more seriously." Meanwhile, the government has taken steps to compensate businesses for lost revenues and work hours when the current round of hostilities ends. Read More
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Christian Embassy delivers bomb shelters to embattled Kfar Aza
On Thursday (10 July), the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem delivered two portable bomb shelters to the community of Kfar Aza along the Gaza border, which has been repeatedly targeted by Hamas rocket attacks over recent days. The delivery of the shelters came the day after an art school for the community's children suffered a direct hit by a Kassam rocket from Gaza. The ICEJ's Executive Director, Dr. Jürgen Bühler, was on hand today for the shelter deliveries as a show of solidarity with the farming village, whose 750 residents have endured hundreds of rocket and mortar barrages over the past decade.


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Headlines from Jerusalem, 11 July 2014


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"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty" Psalm 91:1


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Hamas continues attacks on Israeli cities
Friday morning saw the continued bombardment of cities in southern and central Israel by rockets fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Friday morning, with the Iron Dome air defense system intercepting three rockets over Tel Aviv shortly after a rocket hit a gas station in the southern city of Ashdod, starting a fire which wounded several people. A single rocket was also fired into northern Israel from Lebanon Friday morning, threatening a widening of the conflict. Meanwhile, the IDF has issued a public statement warning Palestinians living near the border with Israel to evacuate the area, in a possible sign that a ground incursion into the Strip being planned. "The IDF has struck and will continue to seriously damage the Hamas terror organization, its infrastructure, and any element involved in terror attacks on the state of Israel and its citizens," the IDF said.
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Rocket fire on Jerusalem interrupts cabinet meeting
Residents of Israel's capital were forced to scramble for cover Thursday evening as the Hamas terror militia in the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of rockets towards Jerusalem. Among them was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had just finished briefing the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee when the air raid siren sounded. Following the interception of two rockets over the city by the Iron Dome air defense system and the impact of two others in open areas, Jerusalemites got back to their business, shaken but determined not to be intimidated. Thursday evening also saw rocket fire directed at, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba, Lod, Ramle, Dimona, Rehovot and the greater Tel Aviv area. No casualties were reported from the strikes but damage was sustained to several buildings, vehicles and infrastructure.


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US leads supportive Western response to Operation Protective Edge
US President Barack Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Thursday. During the call Obama "reiterated the United States' strong condemnation of continuing rocket fire into Israel by Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza and reaffirmed Israel's right to defend itself against these attacks," the White House said in a readout of the conversation. He added that the US is prepared to initiate talks towards a ceasefire, expressing concern "about the risk of further escalation and emphasized the need for all sides to do everything they can to protect the lives of civilians and restore calm." The call came hours after US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki placed the blame for the current crisis squarely on Hamas, a position also taken by leaders of several other Western governments.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also declared during an address to the Security Council on Thursday that he was mainly concerned with civilians on both sides who Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said his paramount concern was for the civilians, who are "once again... caught between Hamas's irresponsibility and Israel's tough response."
Israel treating children from Gaza in the midst of crisis
Despite ongoing rocket attacks against its civilian population by terrorist groups in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Israel continued to send thousands of tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies into the Strip this week as well as accepting several Palestinian patients to be treated in Israeli hospitals. "Despite the security situation and the fact that the two sides are fighting each other, medical care for children and adults continues as usual," said Yazid Fallah of Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. "Israeli patients try to make the Palestinian patients feel comfortable. They believe that they are all in the same boat."
Al-Qaida also launching rockets at Israel
Even as the Islamist terror militia Hamas claims responsibility for most of the rockets fired into Israel during the current round of hostilities, the al-Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades has also made its presence felt in the conflict. The group, which claimed responsibility for rockets fired into Israel from Lebanon in the past and is listed as a terrorist organization by the US and other governments, recently posted videos on Facebook which it claimed showed its fighters launching rockets out of Gaza towards "the Jews."
ISIL probing Jordanian border defenses
In what could be the first indication that the Islamic State (IS) terror militia which has taken over much of eastern Syria and northern Iraq in recent weeks has begun its threatened campaign to march towards Jerusalem, border guards from the Jordan Armed Forces engaged with IS militants in several skirmishes this week, wounding three in a shootout on the Syrian border Wednesday evening. The incident came a day before opposition groups in Syria announced that the death toll in that country's ongoing civil war, which has become part of a larger regional conflict, has exceeded 170,000, with an unknown number also dying of indirect causes such as disease and starvation. Meanwhile, an official in Lebanon told Reuters this week that the popularity of IS is growing among Sunnis in his country.

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"Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls" James 1:21


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Israel accepts cease-fire while Hamas rejects it
Israel's security cabinet voted on Tuesday morning to accept a cease-fire agreement with Gaza based terror organizations which was offered late Monday by Egypt and strongly endorsed by the US and other world governments. However, the Hamas terror militia which rules the Strip officially rejected the cease-fire as "surrender and capitulation" and rockets continued to be fired into Israel following the 9 AM starting time. Israeli officials noted that by accepting the cease-fire, Israel will gain international legitimacy for continuing to strike Hamas if it violates the agreement, which it did for several hours Tuesday, after which Israel resumed airstrikes in the afternoon. US Secretary fo State John Kerry led a chorus of international condemnation of Hamas for continuing to fire in the face of Israel's goodwill gesture. HEADLINES
Initial US reports of Iraqi forces paint grim picture
The regime in Baghdad has had little success in efforts to roll back the invasion of the northwestern sections of Iraq by the Islamic State (IS, formally ISIL) in June, and US Special Forces teams in Iraq to assess the ability of forces loyal to Baghdad to mount an offensive are painting a grim picture. Initial reports describe the Iraqi national army and police force, trained and equipped by the US over several years at a cost of over $25 billion, as beset by corrupt, incompetent and cowardly leaders who lack any coherent plan on how to proceed. The reports also say that IS sympathizers have massively infiltrated the army, along with Shi'ite agitators possibly supported by Iranian intelligence. Four divisions of the Army which were deployed in the north have essentially ceased to exist, with most of the troops assigned to them having deserted or been massacred by IS.


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HOW ISRAELIS LIVE BETWEEN SORROW AND SUCCESS

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The following is a first person commentary from a senior ICEJ staff member living in Jerusalem.

The flare-up in Gaza over recent days marks the fourth time in the past eight years that we have woken up to a rocket war here in Israel.

I remember the first one started in the summer 2006 with sketchy early morning reports of a Hizbullah cross-border attack and by noon one million Israelis in the Galilee and Haifa regions were scrambling for bomb shelters to avoid deadly Syrian-made Grad rockets packed with added shrapnel.

The next one came on a quiet Shabbat morning in 2008 when Hamas rockets from Gaza suddenly started pounding southern Israel, triggering Operation Cast Lead and its tense standoff on the outskirts of Gaza City.
In November 2012, the second rocket war with Hamas in Gaza erupted just as quickly, prompting the IDF to launch Operation Pillar of Cloud, which ended without any ground incursion due to the successful debut of the Iron Dome system.

In this latest escalation, the Kassam rockets came raining down on Israel's southern cities for more than a week before the Israeli military finally responded with Operation Protective Edge. This time the entire nation is having to scurry for bomb shelters, and once again finds itself anxiously teetering between a possible ceasefire and a risky ground invasion.
I've had my own private source of anxiety over recent days, as we sent our 14 year-old son Yonathan off to summer camp in the north of Israel last Wednesday, thinking he would be safe up there. But the area has now been hit by three rocket barrages aimed at the nearby coastal town of Nahariya, and one rocket landed less than a mile from his camp. The blast was so strong it knocked down a couple of the youngsters as they were running for a shelter.

Where we live in Jerusalem, residents have around 90 seconds of warning to find shelter from incoming rockets, and the Iron Dome battery guarding the capital city has eased the locals' fears somewhat. But at my son's summer camp, located just a few miles south of the Lebanese border, there's no Iron Dome and the warning time on rockets fired from Lebanon is a scant 15-to-20 seconds.
As a worried father, I was ready to go fetch my son this week. But the camp operators assured all the parents that there were sufficient shelters on site and they were in constant touch with local IDF commanders. And besides, all 80 teenagers at the camp were bonding in a special way from the experience. They were still getting in some fun beach days and mountain hikes, while the prayer times and Bible studies were taking on a lot more meaning for these young Christians.

Sadly, there were three Israeli teens who never made it to camp this summer. They were cruelly kidnapped and murdered by a Hamas cell while hitch-hiking home from yeshiva classes one evening in June.
Their disappearance set off a massive prayer effort nationwide, yet an 18-day search ended tragically with the news that they were likely shot dead just moments after their abduction.

This led some voices to question why God had not answered the nation's prayers the way everyone wanted. Yet whatever doubts crept in because of that tragedy, the low number of casualties in the current conflict does seem to have restored a sense to Israel that God is indeed watching over them.
In Proverbs 30:8-9, we find a unique prayer offered up to God which essentially pleads: 'Lord, don't make me so rich that I forget You, nor so poor that I curse You.'

In many ways, the Jewish nation is living between similar extremes of sorrow and success. Sometimes, Israel's enemies slip through the hedge of protection and inflict pain and suffering, yet God never allows it to get so bad that they curse Him. At other times, the people can truly sense the providence and blessing of God over this embattled yet thriving nation and their achievements always point back to Him.
Without a doubt, we live in a time of God's favor upon Zion. Israel has been restored against all odds and is emerging as a resilient and innovative 'Start-up Nation', with a windfall of newfound oil and gas wealth only promising greater things ahead. Her adversaries are jealous of Israel's success and frustrated that they cannot stop it. But they will try to hinder it by bleeding Israel wherever they can. Ultimately, these efforts will be for naught and the faithful God of Israel will have the last say.

- Written by David Parsons, Media Director for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. David lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Josepha, and son, Yonathan.


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Lauder laments anti-Israel bias in Western media
Lauder (Wikipedia) World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder lamented on Thursday that a Western media outlets are fueling anti-Israel protests by misrepresenting the situation between Israel and terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip. "First of all, let's look and see what is being portrayed," Lauder told The Jerusalem Post. "In England, France and the US, what we are seeing on television and in the newspapers is a one-sided view. They can't show rockets being blown up in the air by one side. That's not a story. And the result is that there is this fanning of anti-Semitism. There are no pictures to be seen, so they have reporters reporting on what's happening in Gaza and they hear stories about children being killed and things like that and the result is that the Arab communities all over hear that the Israelis are going after them."


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UNRWA condemns use of its school for storing rockets
The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) reacted with outrage on Thursday to the discovery that one of its schools in the Gaza Strip was used by terrorists to store 20 rockets meant to be fired at Israeli civilians. "UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations," said spokesman Christopher Gunness. "This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law." Israel has often accused terrorist groups of hiding weapons in UN facilities in the Gaza Strip and UNRWA has vehemently denied this is taking place.


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Islamic State forcing Christians to convert or die
The Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS) terror militia which has taken control of vast swaths of Syria and Iraq and is threatening to march on Jerusalem, issued an edict over the weekend ordering Christians living in these areas to either convert to Islam, pay a special tax, leave the area or face execution. Reports indicate that the vast majority of Christians living in northern Iraq have fled to Kurdish controlled areas in and around the city of Kirkuk, while pictures of centuries-old churches in Ninevah Province of northern Iraq engulfed in flames have already begun circulating on jihadist websites and social media. The al-Malaki regime in Baghdad led a chorus of international condemnation of IS's actions, but the terror militias continuing battlefield success offers little hope of relief for Iraq's besieged Christians.


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Headlines from Jerusalem, 25 July 2014


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"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ" Colossians 2:8


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Riots in Jerusalem coincide with Moslem holiday
The Kalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah was the site of a massive riot Thursday evening. Police estimated a crowd of over 10,000 Palestinians gathered to protest Israel's military operations in the Hamas ruled Gaza Strip, quickly degenerating into violence when members of the crowd began throwing rocks, gasoline bombs and fireworks at police, as well as setting fires. One Palestinian was killed and over 200 others wounded in the melee, while 13 Israeli police officers were also wounded. Riots also broke out in several neighborhoods of Jerusalem overnight, resulting in several more police officers wounded and dozens of people arrested. The riots coincided with Laylat al-Qader, an important date in the month of Ramaddan, and police had deployed massive forces to be prepared for them. Police expect more rioting to follow Friday prayers in Jerusalem's mosques. Read More
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IS issues Fatwa for Iraqi women to be circumcised
Gunmen fighting under the banner of the Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS) in Iraq have issued a decree that all women and girls between the ages of 11 and 46 living in the areas under their control must undergo female genital mutilation, in accordance with their interpretation of Islamic Sharia Law. According to a UN official as many as "four million girls and women could be affected" adding that the practice, also known as female circumcision, has not been widely practiced in Iraq for decades and is only to be found in "certain isolated pockets of the country." Meanwhile, Fouad Massoum, a 76 year old Kurdish politician has been elected President of Iraq by the legislative assembly in Baghdad Thursday, even as IS gunmen destroyed the ancient Moslem shrine dedicated to the prophet Jonah in Mosul, underlying the challenges facing any new government in the country. Read More
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Cease-fire prospects look dim on 18th day of Operation Protective Edge

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting Thursday evening that the Islamist terror militia Hamas "has demands from here to Vladivostok," which make it unlikely that a cease-fire will be reached in the near future. "We are continuing Operation Protective Edge at full strength, in the air and on the ground," he added. "While there are no guarantees of 100 percent success, IDF soldiers are having important successes in locating and neutralizing the terrorist tunnels. As of now, the IDF has struck a deep and significant blow at the infrastructures of terrorism - at the terrorists themselves, at rockets, at command centers, at production facilities and at many other targets." Another official agreed, saying "As long as Hamas has closed the door to the cease-fire, the other [military] option will be pursued vigorously."

It is difficult to predict where this latest military confrontation will lead, but it is clear that southern Israel is already living under constant rocket threat, more of the country could soon follow, and this crisis will likely take some time to play out. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is fully committed to helping needy Israeli citizens who have fallen victim to these rocket attacks from Gaza.

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Rivlin inaugurated, but most Arab MKs skip ceremony
Israel's 10th president, Reuven Rivlin, was sworn in Thursday evening during a somber ceremony even as rockets continued to be fired on several Israeli cities. Most of the Members of Knesset from Arab parties skipped the ceremony, raising the ire of their colleagues. Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) called the Arab MKs' absence "audacious, cynical and hypocritical all at once. They did not hesitate for a minute to vote and influence the result of the election [for president]. Whoever boycotts the president of his country and the army of his country in the time of a forced war to defend our home against against a villainous terrorist organization, should not sit in our state parliament." One Arab MK said there was no deliberate plan to boycott the ceremony, adding that many of those who weren't there were simply observing the Moslem holiday of Ramadan.
IS makes gains in Syria and Jordan
The Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS) terror militia launched a broad attack against positions held by troops loyal to the Assad regime in Syria Thursday evening, concentrating in the north and northeast of the country adjacent to the territory IS already controls. Heavy casualties were reported on both sides, with IS appearing to make steady progress on several fronts. Meanwhile, The Sons of the Call for Tawhid and Jihad coalition, a Salafi group in Jordan publically declared its allegiance to IS on Wednesday, becoming the first group in Israel's eastern neighbor to do so.
Fire on the south as fighting rages in Gaza
Israel's border with the Egyptian Sinai, which runs from just south of the Gaza Strip to the Red Sea, has not been totally immune from violence during the recent ground war in the Strip. The Egyptian army in Sinai reported thwarting two attacks on the Jewish State originating in their territory this week, including an attempted suicide bomber who approached the Kerem Shalom crossing on Wednesday. A truck loaded with Grad missiles destined to be fired at Israel was also reportedly destroyed by the Egyptian Army near the north Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid this week, killing two terrorists. However, a rocket was fired from Sinai at the Red Sea resort city of Eilat on Thursday before the Iron Dome air defense system intercepted it.


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Hamas executes suspected collaborators
Security forces from the Islamist terror militia Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip opened fire on protesters against its current campaign of rocket attacks on Israel Monday evening, killing twenty according to a report on Israel's Channel 10 news. Another thirty individuals suspected of "collaboration with Israel" have been summarily executed by Hamas in recent days, according to Palestinian news outlets. It was unclear Wednesday if these numbers were being added to the death toll among Palestinians from the current conflict which is often quoted by self-described Human Rights Organizations.


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Israels friends rally around the world
Pro-Israel rallies were held in several cities around the world this week, with many ICEJ national branches taking part. On Wednesday, a delegation of Canadians living in or visiting Israel held a large gathering in Jerusalem to support the Jewish State. The crowd included several members of Canada's national parliament and Canadian ambassador to Israel Vivian Bercovici, who declared "Canadians have certainly demonstrated where they stand: Canada stands with Israel." On Thursday evening, a large demonstration including an estimated 4,500 people was held in front of the Israeli embassy in Paris to show support for Israel, with smaller demonstrations taking place in other French cities.
Egypt refuses to recognize Hamas officials
Cease-fire negotiations in Cairo were scheduled to begin on Thursday but the host government of Egypt refused to recognize representatives of the Islamist terror militia Hamas unless they were endorsed and accompanied by representatives from the Palestinian Authority. Additionally, Egypt is insisting that the only way it will agree to re-opening the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip is if it is under the control of PA security forces, not Hamas. Hamas leaders have threatened Arab regimes that don't support them in their fight against Israel with violent overthrow by their own citizens, but so far the governments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have largely given Israel carte blanch to fight Hamas as it sees fit, while their citizens don't appear to be raising any objection.
Netanyahu urges maturity from his cabinet ministers
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a warning to his cabinet ministers on Thursday against taking advantage of the current wartime conditions in the country to advance their own personal agendas and political careers. "I call upon you not to harm the special unity that there is among us right now," Netanyahu said. "Watch your words, be careful with your actions. Above all, cabinet ministers must present a personal example to the entire public." The statement led to an immediate firestorm of speculation among journalists about who Netanyahu was directing his comments to, while Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steintz urged colleagues to forget about that and take Netanyahu's words to heart.
Journalists threatened by Hamas
Several journalists covering the current war from inside the Gaza Strip have emerged with tales of being threatened with violence if they reported on Hamas atrocities including using Palestinian civilians as human shields and firing rockets into Israel from civilians areas such as schools and hospitals. Additionally, hardly any pictures of Hamas fighters have appeared in the international press' reporting from inside Gaza, with the New York Times declaring that it simply can't find any Hamas terrorists to take pictures of. "It is inconceivable that there is zero visual footage of Hamas, as if they don't exist," commented Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson. Several European, American and even Arab journalists have been expelled from Gaza by Hamas after posting reports which reflected badly on the terror militias currently making war on Israel.

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Why do people think like you tooldtocare ? If you are asking me then you haven't read the posts properly or understood them . No one should be getting killed but being antisemetic only encourages the Hamas terrorists to try and murder more Israelis .
The Israelis have got it wrong and much more so the terrorists .
If some force started sending warhead rockets into New Zealand what would you expect our govt. to do . How many people did our soldiers kill during the great war and others .
There is a better way but humankind as a whole are just not interested .


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"They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity, And their mind prepares deception" Job 15:35


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Hamas launches rocket barrage as cease-fire ends
Israeli security forces reported that two mortars were fired into Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip even before the cease-fire officially ended at 8 AM Friday, despite Israel's stated desire to extend the cease-fire and allow negotiations to continue. Several more rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza in the hours following the expiration of the truce, while Israel waited until nearly 11 AM to launch a response. Meanwhile, sources in Cairo said Israel's delegation to talks there have departed the city, in line with stated policy that it would not negotiate under fire. Hamas and other terrorist groups said they would not cease-fire until all their demands are met, including a release of security prisoners held by Israel and assurances that the blockade which enables them to smuggle weapons into the Strip is lifted. Read More
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Obama authorizes US military action in Iraq
In a late night press conference at the White House, US President Barak Obama authorized the Pentagon to begin air strikes against the Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS) terror militia in northern Iraq, as well as humanitarian relief efforts for civilians trapped by the fighting there. "Today America is coming to help," he declared, adding that the US would not be sending ground forces back to Iraq and would limit its military involvement to a specific range of missions including protecting US citizens in Iraq and providing relief for civilians under threat. As he spoke, reports emerged that US transport aircraft had already dropped food and water to refugees trapped and surrounded by IS terrorists. Meanwhile, IS units have taken ground in northern Iraq from the Kurdish forces and are now in position to attack Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish regional government, potentially destroying the only force which has thus far offered any protection to the regions Christian population and other minorities. Read More
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ICEJ delivers bomb shelter to Bedouins in Umm Batin
On Thursday, staff members of the ICEJ in Jerusalem visited the recognized Bedouin village of Umm Batin next to Beersheva to deliver the first transportable bomb shelter ever to a Bedouin community in the Negev. Israeli Channel 1 and Channel 2 as well as Radio Galei Israel sent reporters to cover the event and to interview Nicole Yoder of ICEJ Aid and Juha Ketola, International Director of the ICEJ. "Eleven rockets came down in the area of Umm Batin during the current conflict. Because of the rocket firing no security could be guaranteed and the clinic had to close", explained Nicole Yoder. "Today it´s open the first day after four weeks. Thanks to the bomb shelter which was provided by supporters of the ICEJ worldwide pregnant women and mothers with children can come now without fear to be treated." Read More



ICEJ Appeal-Relief for Israelis under Fire
Hamas has declared that all Israelis are now targets for its missiles, a threat that proved to be very real when they fired rockets at greater Tel Aviv. It is difficult to predict where this latest military confrontation will lead, but it is clear that southern Israel is already living under constant rocket threat, more of the country could soon follow, and this crisis will likely take some time to play out. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is fully committed to helping needy Israeli citizens who have fallen victim to these rocket attacks from Gaza. Read More >>
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HRW slams Jordan for mistreating Palestinian refugees
The self-described human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report Thursday condemning Jordan, which often criticizes Israel for its treatment of Palestinians, for refusing to allow Palestinian refugees fleeing the fighting in neighboring Syria to enter Jordan. The (HRW) report, entitled; "Not Welcome: Jordan's Treatment of Palestinians Escaping Syria" said it had documented the phenomenon since January of 2013, adding that Jordan has forcibly deported over 100 Palestinian refugees from Syria since mid-2012, including dozens of children. A Jordanian official flatly denied the reports findings, adding that in any case, the blame for the situation lay with Israel for existing and, in his view, causing the Palestinian refugee problem in the first place.
Hamas executes collaborators
Media sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Thursday that the Islamist terror militia Hamas has executed a number of Palestinians, including one of its own spokesman, for what it called "collaboration" with Israel during the current conflict. "The spies were executed after they were caught red-handedly informing on the whereabouts of the resistance (or) disrupting the work of resistance men and defusing ambushes prepared against the enemy," said a report on Al-Majd, a pro-Hamas website. In related news Riad Natzer, the chief of Hamas in the West Bank who was recently arrested by Israeli security forces, will have a trial in the near future where evidence that he was responsible for organizing and planning dozens of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians will be presented to a military court for consideration.
Arab media paints bizarre picture of triumph and tragedy
Reports in Arab media about the ongoing conflict in Gaza have been a bizarre mix of triumphalism over what Arab media outlets describe as "Israel's defeat" in the conflict and distress over the massive damage death visited upon the population of Gaza, described as defenseless. Taufiq Rahim, a Dubai-based political analyst, told the Jerusalem Post, "The view from the Arab world on the carnage is unanimous in only one way: despair at the death in the streets of Gaza. In all other ways the reaction differs based on whether its from the people or those in power, from the Gulf or the Levant, from the secularists or the Islamists. If there is one thing that Hamas has shown it is that the divisions in the region today are as sharp as ever."

Reporting from Gaza difficult and unpredictable
In the wake of the recently shattered cease-fire between Israel and Gaza-based terrorists, several journalists who had been covering the conflict from inside Gaza have come forward with tales of intimidation by Hamas operatives who demanded that they only publish news reports critical of Israel and favorable towards the terrorists themselves. Other journalists have denied being pressured, but even NPR's Emily Harris, while denying that she had come under pressure, admitted that Hamas had brought Palestinian journalists sympathetic to their narrative to monitor foreign media and this had sometimes interfered with her reporting.


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who is raymie ? If this is not blah blah blah as you said another post was I can't see your point .
You and I both know that a true christian is not antisemetic . I'll look at the site later but may take it off as once again you haven't asked and let me check it first .


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