Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gaza Heats Up Again

Muhammad Deif, Hamas scum, may have been killed in an Israeli strike. 
Hamas says he wasn't home.

Targeting Senior Terrorists Reasserts Deterrence - Yaakov Lappin

The attempt to kill Muhammad Deif, the head of Hamas' military wing, is one component of a wider strategy to reassert Israeli deterrence, former Israel Navy chief Vice-Adm. Eliezer Marom said.

Keeping senior terrorists on the run forces them to go on the defensive and spend less time trying to murder Israeli civilians, he said.
(Jerusalem Post)

Family of "Righteous Gentile" Featured in New York Times Story Was Hosting Hamas Terrorist
- Adam Kredo

The New York Times ran a front-page profile on Henk Zanoli, who was awarded a medal by Israel for his family's efforts to save a Jewish family during the Holocaust. Zanoli recently returned his medal to protest an Israeli airstrike on a home in Gaza that killed six of his relatives by marriage.

Zanoli and the Times failed to mention that a Hamas operative, Al Qassam Brigades member Mohammed Mahmoud al-Maqadma, was in the family's home at the time of the airstrike, according to publicly available information
(Washington Free Beacon)

Hamas Claims Responsibility for Kidnapping and Murder of Three Israeli Teens
- Jack Khoury

Salach al-Aruri, a senior Hamas official based in Turkey, boasted during a conference in Istanbul that Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades were behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June.

"The al-Qassam's mujahedeen were the ones to carry out [the abduction]," he told an event organized by the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

Previously, Hamas had refrained from taking responsibility for the abduction and murder.
Video: Hamas Takes Responsibility for Murder of Israeli Teens


Video of Iron Dome, which has revolutionized defense of rocket attack
The killing of three of its most senior commanders in southern Gaza was the harshest blow - militarily and in terms of morale - that Hamas has sustained since the start of the Gaza war, demonstrating that Hamas has been penetrated by Israeli intelligence. Given that the fighting had re-escalated since Tuesday, and that Israel was known to be trying to hit the Hamas military leadership, the three had taken every possible precaution to evade Israeli intelligence. Those precautions simply were not good enough.
Two of the three were not mere senior commanders of the al-Qassam Brigades. Muhammad Abu Shamala and Raed al-Attar were part of the founding generation of the Hamas military wing - long-term veterans with experience and knowledge that cannot be easily replaced.
(Times of Israel)
A Military Blow for Hamas - Khaled Abu Toameh
The killing of three of Hamas' most important military commanders is the most painful blow dealt to the movement in recent years. It is already clear that the killings have shattered the self-confidence of Hamas leaders. The slain commanders are among the most protected Hamas military figures in Gaza. Only a small number of people know where they hang out.
A sign of the panic that has engulfed Hamas following the air strikes was provided by the summary execution of three Palestinian "collaborators" on Thursday.
(Jerusalem Post)
- Amos Harel
The campaign of targeted killings launched by Israel this week reflects an attempt to break out of a military standstill and compel Hamas to accept a cease-fire. Civilians are killed in these operations, but many more will die if the IDF returns in a massive ground operation in the event that Hamas continues firing rockets.
Remaining Hamas leaders understand very well the message embedded in Israel's moves: If you don't stop now, this will continue and your families may be hurt as well. 
The Big Lie of Gaza - Daniel Mandel

The idea of Gaza being the most densely populated place in the world is a propaganda fabrication. Gaza had in 2010 11,542 people per square mile, less densely populated than Hong Kong (17,422), Singapore (17,723), Monaco (39,609), and Macau (52,163). No one calls these places teeming, open-air prisons - with reason. Hong Kong has the world's third largest financial center. Singapore has the third highest per capita income in the world. Monaco has the world's highest GDP per capita. And Macau is one of the world's richest cities - testimony to what hard work, solid industries and responsible government can achieve in small, resource-poor territories.
Gaza could be the Singapore of the Middle East. But it isn't - it's governed by Hamas, whose Charter calling for war with the Jews until their obliteration is well-known to those who elected it. Gaza, along with the West Bank, has been the recipient of the highest levels of per capita aid in the world. Investment not siphoned off by Hamas has produced results: Gaza boasts shopping malls, five theme parks and 12 tourist resorts. In the last two years, Hamas has spent an estimated $1.5 billion on an underground infrastructure of terror tunnels deep into Israel for the purpose of mounting Mumbai-like mass-casualty terror assaults. 
(Washington Times)

No comments: