NEWS FROM ISRAEL
Israel Confirms Death of Missing Teens, Calls for ‘Eradicating Hamas’
July 1, 2014 — Breitbart.com reports: “Late Monday, Israelis were formally informed that their worst and growing fears about the fate of three kidnapped teens were confirmed. The bodies of the three teens kidnapped while traveling home from school of June 12 were found about 5:00 PM Monday afternoon, partially hidden in a field north of the city of Hebron.
The area where the bodies were found late Monday afternoon by Israeli security forces was immediately declared a closed military zone.
Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Israeli-American citizen Naftali Fraenkel, 16, were kidnapped at a popular hitchhiking station outside the town of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem.
The kidnapping resulted in an unprecedentedly large national mission to find the missing boys. The military launched ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper’ which also lead to a severe crackdown against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, thought responsible for the kidnappings and murders of the three boys arrests…
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said, ‘I was filled with deep sadness upon hearing of the murders of Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrach by Hamas terrorists,’ and called for Israel to undertake a campaign with the goal of ‘eradicating Hamas.’…” (Hamas slaughtered these Jewish teenagers. Hamas must pay for their murderous acts – our God Yahweh commands: “…he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death” – Leviticus 24:17.)
Hamas: Any Israeli Attack Will Open ‘The Gates of Hell’
July 1, 2014 — Breitbart.com reports: “Any Israeli action to punish Hamas for the alleged murder of three teenagers whose bodies were found on Monday would open ‘the gates of hell,’ the Islamist movement warned.
‘If the occupiers carry out an escalation or a war, they will open the gates of hell on themselves,’ Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP.
The warning came shortly after Israel confirmed finding the bodies of the three students who disappeared while hitchhiking in the southern West Bank on June 12.
The bodies were found in a field near Halhul some 10 minutes from the roadside spot where they were last seen, media reports said…” (I agree with the above headline, but the ‘gates of Hell’ will fall upon the heads of Hamas who have 220,000 rockets ready to kill every Jew possible. I Chronicles 21:1 informs the world why anti-Semitism is global and will fail because Yahweh God states “I will give them [Israel] an everlasting name…” Isaiah 56:5. This information is a warning for all Jew haters. See the next five reports.)
Hamas Promises Israel ‘Suicide Attacks on Every Bus, Café and Street’
July 11, 2014 — Breitbart.com reports: “The Hamas rocket offensive against Israel in response to Operation Protective Edge continues to grow, with Israel reporting on the third day of strikes that 250 rockets have been launched out of Gaza since Tuesday. That number threatens only to grow as Hamas releases propaganda footage promising ‘thousands’ of rocket strikes.
In a video published by the Jerusalem Post, the Hamas jihadist group promises Israel that they will continue their attempts to kill Jews. ‘Zionists, wait and see stabbing attacks everywhere,’ the narrator says over some rudimentary animations. ‘Wait for suicide attacks on every bus, café and street.’ In addition to the suicide attacks, the narrator implores the viewer to ‘remember the rockets that made Tel Aviv and the Israeli Parliament tremble,’ promising that Hamas has ‘thousands of them.’ The video provides Hebrew text to ensure that Jewish viewers get the message.
In addition to the video, the Hamas leadership itself has made clear it has no interest in deescalating tensions. Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, said at a press conference yesterday that the terrorist group has determined that ‘all Israelis have now become legitimate targets.’ Another top Hamas figure, Hussam Badran, went as far as to condemn the Palestinian Authority, which incorporated Hamas into a ‘unity’ government, for being ‘completely detached’ from the Palestinian people…”
Mahmoud Abbas slams Hamas over rocket attacks on Israel
July 11, 2014 — The National Post reports: “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Hamas to end its hail of rockets on Israel as Israeli leaders signalled they were preparing to invade the Gaza Strip to stop the barrages.
Mr. Abbas spoke Thursday as the Palestinian death toll from three days of intensified Israeli air strikes in Hamas-controlled Gaza neared 90.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address there would be ‘additional phases’ to the military operation and that a ‘difficult, complex’ battle lies ahead.
‘What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?’ Mr. Abbas asked on Palestine TV, without explicitly naming Hamas, which recently lent its backing to his government after a seven-year rift. ‘We prefer to fight with wisdom and politics.’
It was the first time he has openly criticized Hamas for firing hundreds of rockets into Israel over the past month. The public nature of his critique may further strain his political alliance with the hardline Islamists, which has already developed cracks over finances and his denunciation of the abduction of three Israeli teenagers, whose killing Israel has blamed on the militant group…”
IDF chief: We’re ready for ground offensive, awaiting cabinet’s orders
July 11, 2014 — YnetNews.com reports: “IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Friday that the military was ready for a possible ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, and was awaiting instructions from the political leadership.
‘Nothing is stopping us from moving forward,’ Gantz said during a tour of a Paratroopers training base. ‘The IDF is not waiting for the last straw to go on a ground offensive, it’s waiting on political instruction.’
Terrorists ‘in Gaza are understanding that they’ve made a big mistake. In four days we’ve been intelligently using our offensive means while remembering that there are civilians there that Hamas has turned into hostages,’ Gantz said. ‘Gaza is slowly sinking to its doom.’
The chief of staff noted that ‘the air offensive is excellent and we have intelligence that works. We have what to attack, and we will intensify the attacks. We’ve yet to exhaust our offensive capabilities.’
Gantz went on to say that ‘strategically, Gaza needs to choose whether it’s heading for a calm or to a security catastrophe.’…”
Iran Condemns Israeli Self-Defense as ‘Savage Aggression’
July 9, 2014 — Israel National News reports: “Iran’s foreign ministry condemned Israel’s operation to protect its citizens from Hamas rocket fire on Wednesday, calling on the West to urge the Jewish state to prevent a ‘human catastrophe’.
The remarks by Iran, a traditional ally of Hamas, came after the Israeli Air Force pummeled terror targets in Gaza Tuesday night, in response to nearly a week of near-constant rocket fire on Israeli civilians.
‘We are, unfortunately, witnessing the escalation of savage aggression by the Zionists in recent days against the innocent and defenseless people of Palestine,’ IMFA spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in her weekly briefing with reporters.
Iran calls on ‘Western countries and supporters of the Zionist regime (to) take firm a stance and prevent a human catastrophe and stop the attacks,’ she added.
Afkham also questioned the ‘unrealistic excuse of the kidnapping of three Zionist settlers,’ referring to the horrific abduction and murder of Israeli teenagers Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha’ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19).
Unsurprisingly missing from the statement was the fact that Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza have fired more than 500 rockets on Israel over the past week, according to several estimates, with 120 fired on Tuesday alone.
Hamas’s rockets have hit not only the embattled Israeli towns and villages bordering Gaza which have been under constant attack for more than a decade, but also reached major Israeli cities, such as Be’er Sheva, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and even as far north as Hadera…”
Jordan Demands Israel Stop ‘Barbaric’ Operation
July 9, 2014 — Israel National News reports: “Jordan condemned Israel’s Operation Protective Edge on Wednesday, calling the mission which aims to stop Hamas from firing hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians ‘barbaric.’
Jordanian spokesperson Mohammed Momani said that the airstrikes on Gaza, which reportedly have killed over 20 Gaza residents, including many senior terrorist officials, are ‘aggressive,’ reports AFP.
Momani said his country, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994 it has threatened to revoke, ‘condemns the military aggression that Israel has launched in the Gaza Strip,’ and calls for ‘its immediate halt.’
The spokesperson further claimed the ‘barbaric aggression’ of Israel has ‘negative repercussions on the Gaza Strip and the whole region. …The Israeli actions violate international laws and obstruct peace efforts in the region.’
It should be noted that Hamas is using ‘brutal’ tactics to inflate its casualty number, by among other things using human shields and firing on Israeli civilian population centers from within Gaza population centers.
The calls to stop the operation comes on the heels of similar statements by Turkey. On Tuesday, the Turkish foreign ministry called on Israel ‘to immediately halt its attacks on Gaza.’…”