Captured Hamas Militants Spill the Beans on Gaza War Crimes

BY ISRAEL TODAY— During the summer’s Gaza war, hundreds of Hamas militants surrendered to or were otherwise captured by Israeli forces. In the course of interrogation, many of these prisoners were candid regarding the unlawful tactics of their leaders. A statement released by the Shin Bet, or Israel Security Agency (the local equivalent of the…

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Is the Gaza War Really Over?

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, GATESTONE— The Egypt-brokered cease-fire may achieve some calm for Israelis and Palestinians in the foreseeable future, particularly in the aftermath of the severe blow Hamas and Islamic Jihad suffered as a result of Israel’s massive military operation. Indeed, Hamas and its allies will now be busy rebuilding the damage in the…

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Video: Iron Dome intercepts 15 rockets at once

By BIN— What some call one of the greatest technological inventions, others call watching the hand of God in action. The Iron Dome missile defense system is Israel’s greatest weapon at countering Hamas’s rocket attacks on Israel and protecting those living in the Holy Land. Iron Dome is able to calculate the trajectory of an…

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Leading Rabbis Call Day of Prayer and Fasting Over Gaza

By ISRAEL TODAY— A group of leading Israeli rabbis declared Monday a day of prayer and fasting, a “mini Yom Kippur,” in their words, over the degenerating security situation in the country. The initiative was spearheaded by Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman (pictured), the top non-hassidic orthodox rabbi in the country, who called for 24 hours…

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The continuing blunder of retreat

By VICTOR SHARPE, FAMILY SECURITY MATTERS— In 2006, when I first published Volume One of my trilogy, Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state, I wrote the following in the foreword: “The Israeli government of Ariel Sharon from 2004 onwards is increasingly criticized, especially over what became known as the “disengagement plan,” a euphemism…

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Netanyahu: Gaza op will continue until we complete our mission

By ISRAEL HAYOM— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Sunday that the operation in Gaza was far from over, telling his cabinet that “Operation Protective Edge will continue until we complete our mission, even after the start of the school year.” The current school year is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1, in just over…

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Northern Israel under rocketfire from Syria and Lebanon

By LEA SPEYER, BIN— Rockets fired from Syria slammed into the Golan Heights early Sunday morning following rocket fire from Lebanon the night before. “At least five rockets fired from Syria hit different locations across the Golan Heights,” the IDF confirmed in a statement. The strikes, which occurred around 1:30 am Sunday morning, caused no…

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This is no time to avert our gaze

By JEFF JACOBY, BOSTON GLOBE— ISIS scarcely posted its video showing the grisly beheading of American journalist James Foley than the rush to stifle it began. “Don’t watch the video. Don’t share it. That’s not how life should be,” entreated Foley’s sister Kelly in a message on Twitter that was heavily retweeted. Thousands of social…

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Confusing Complacency for Resiliency

By RON JAGER— Indifference is an attribute that cannot under any circumstances reflect acceptable behavior by political leaders. Even great leaders can fall prey to the seductive effect of indifference and perceive the physical existence and suffering of their own countrymen in acceptable terms. Not since the days of the second “intifada” when all of…

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