The Islamic State is tearing through the Middle East, conquering one city, one town after another. Jihad groups across Africa wage holy bloody war in Nigeria, the CAR, Kenya and beyond. Hamas continues its barrage of rockets against the tiny Jewish state. In the midst of this jihad onslaught, Obama is writing strongly worded op-eds, praising the jihadists while backhandedly scolding Israel.
President Barack Obama offered strong praise for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an opinion piece published Tuesday in an Israeli newspaper, but had little to say about the other key player in the crisis, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “In President Abbas, Israel has a counterpart committed to a two-state solution and security cooperation with Israel,” Obama wrote in the daily Haaretz. The president offered no parallel praise for Netanyahu, who is only mentioned by name once in the piece. (FOX)
Further, in the wake of the jihad rocket attacks, Obama urged Israel to show restraint in the face of hundreds of rockets raining down on southern Israel. Bloodthirsty jihadists are tearing through the Middle East and Obama urges the good guys not to fight back. This is not just Israel’s war. This is the fight in defense of freedom for all people. Obama wants the jihadists to win — there can be no other conclusion. In his op-ed in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Obama called it a “dangerous moment” for the region. Yes, war is raging and he wants our closest ally not to defend herself. Obama is unabashed in his antisemitism. Shocking. Creepy. Evil. Israel must defend herself. It is good to report that Israel is expanding its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Just as it has been since 1948, Israel is fighting for her life against overwhelming odds. Pray for her.
NBC News: Hamas Steps Up Rocket Fire, Israel Says Ready for Escalation
Hamas stepped up rocket fire at southern Israeli towns and Israel called up reserve troops on Monday in anticipation of a possible escalation of hostilities with the Islamist group that dominates the Gaza Strip.
The armed wing of the Palestinian group said it fired dozens of rockets within about an hour, after hundreds since mid-June. Israel said more than 40 rockets were launched as militants’ funerals were held in Gaza. Thirty struck inside Israel and the rest were shot down by rocket interceptors, the army said.
Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said the rocket fire at Israel from Gaza by Hamas fighters meant that “now the Israeli military is talking about preparedness for an escalation”. It had called up several hundred reservists and was prepared to mobilise a total of 1,500.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged “to do whatever is necessary” to restore quiet to southern Israeli communities but cautioned against any rush toward wider confrontation with Hamas.
J Post liveblog: Tuesday
4:05 p.m. Code Red heard over Sha’ar Hanegev and Ashkelon with a rocket exploding in an open area of Sdot HaNegev. 3:52 p.m. The air force struck three homes in Gaza used by Hamas as command and control centers for enabling rocket fire against Israel. The homes belonged to Hamas members Muhammad Sba’at, a senior member of Hamas’s rocket launching formations in Beit Hanount, who was involved in several recent rocket attacks against Israel, Amin Ibrahim Al-Alba’an, a Hamas member, and Abu Jarad, a Hamas member from northern Gaza who has been engage d in terrorism against Israel. Palestinians said six were killed and about 25 wounded in one of the houses attacked. 3:43 p.m. IDF chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz requested the call-up of 40,000 reserves in order to replace conscripted forces in the West Bank, and enable their deployment to the Gaza border. The Prime Minister’s Office would not confirm reports that the security cabinet approved the request. 2:59 p.m. In a joint IDF-Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation, the air force struck a vehicle containing a commander of Hamas’s naval commando unit, Muhammad Sa’aban, aged 24 on Tuesday. Palestinian media reported that four Hamas people in total were killed in the targeted strike on the vehicle. 2:55 p.m. Israel Nature and Parks Authority is providing free entrance to parks for southern residents living near Gaza for the next week. 2:50 p.m. Due to the situation in the South, the Israel Electric Corporation said on Tuesday it would refrain from disconnecting people in the area who have not paid their bills. 2:40 p.m. Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in Beersheba. One rocket was intercepted by Iron Dome. A second rocket exploded in an open area outside the city. 2:19 p.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Ashdod. 2:12 p.m. France’s foreign ministry urges Israel and Palestinians in Gaza to show restraint. 2:07 p.m. A Gaza man affiliated with Hamas’s Kassam Brigades was killed Tuesday during Israeli air strikes, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports. Ma’an says that an additional 30 Palestinians in Gaza were injured in IAF air strikes. 2:04 p.m. Five rockets land in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council. 1:44 p.m. Since midnight Tuesday, 22 Palestinian rockets exploded in Israel. The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted four rockets. The IDF has struck 90 targets in Gaza, including homes used by Hamas and Islamic Jihad members, underground rocket launchers, underground attack tunnels, remote rocket launch infrastructure, training camps, and additional centers of terrorist activities. 1:16 p.m. Magen David Adom paramedics report that between 7:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday nine people were treated in Israel for minor injuries and anxiety as a result of the security situation in the south. MDA said it is operating its emergency call centers in the southern and central regions from within bomb shelters. 1:15 p.m. The Israel Air Force and Shin Bet directed an air strike at the home of senior Hamas member Abdul Rahman Juda in Rafah on Tuesday. The home was used as command and control center, security forces said. The air force has bombed 40 targets in Gaza in recent hours. 12:40 p.m. After high level security deliberations Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu decides to expand the military operation in Gaza including beginning preparations for a ground operation. 12:20 p.m. The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepts a rocket over Ashkelon. 12:15 p.m. Following instructions from the IDF’s Home Front Command, Israel Railways suspends train service between the Ashkelon and Sderot stations. Ashkelon will temporarily serve as the terminal station for the line, Israel Railways says. 11:51 a.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sounded in the town of Netivot, and in the Sha’ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev Regional Councils on Tuesday morning. 11:40 a.m. Israel Air Force strikes on Gaza on Monday night and Tuesday morning injured 17 Palestinians, AFP reported. The injured include seven children and two women, according to the report. Two of the injured were in serious condition, Palestinian medics say. 11:12 a.m. Ahead of military consultations, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says that the time has come to “take off the gloves” against Hamas. “Hamas chose to escalate the situation and it will pay a heavy price for doing so,” the prime minister said. 10:55 a.m. Islamic Jihad in Gaza claims responsibility for the rocket fire on Ashdod. 10:50 a.m. The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepts four rockets over Ashdod. 10:38 a.m. A slew of Code Red alert sirens are heard in the Ashkelon and Ashdod areas in recent minutes. 10:16 a.m. Iron Dome successfully intercepts rocket over Ashkelon. 10:05 a.m. Code Red Rocket alert alarm sounds in Ashdod, Ashkelon and other areas near Gaza. 9:30 a.m. Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN sends a strongly worded letter of complaint to the UN Security Council amid the rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel. “Hamas is firing on millions of Israeli citizens indiscriminately. In one hour over 65 rockets were fired,” he said. “Israel’s leadership is obligated to stop the firing and the acts of terror against its citizens. This is the duty of every responsible government,” he added. Prosor said the Security Council had the duty to condemn Hamas and the terror against Israel and to call for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dismantle the unity government with Hamas. 8:30 a.m. A Code Red rocket alert siren sounds in Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. 4:30 a.m. “We are entering into a long operation,” a senior IDF source says. “We are only at the start. Patience is required. We are preparing further steps and a gradual expansion of our order of battle,” the source adds, referring to a growing presence of Ground Forces deployed to the Gaza Border. 12:30 a.m. The IDF strikes 50 targets throughout the Gaza Strip late Monday night and early on Tuesday, marking the start of Operation Protective Edge.
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