by Ron Ben-Yishai
The latest attack on two Hamas tunnels is another manifestation of the fundamental change in the Israeli army’s strategy against the Palestinian organization: Using every event and incident on the Gaza border to destroy Hamas’ most important military abilities, primarily the tunnels, thereby weakening its military wing without getting involved in a full-scale war.
Up until a few months ago, the IDF would settle for responding to rocket fire and explosive devices from the strip with the purpose of deterring, punishing and prompting Hamas to restrain the rebel organizations. Now, the IDF has adopted a new strategy aimed at using every event and incident on the Gaza border to destroy Hamas’ most important military abilities, primarily the tunnels.
These are no longer acts of retaliation, punishment and deterrence, but real warfare against Hamas, which will make it easier for the IDF to manage the next round of fighting in the strip and protect the Israeli communities in the Gaza vicinity.
This is a new type of war between wars. Whereas the war between wars in the north is aimed at preventing the delivery of high-quality, precision-guided weapons to Hezbollah and the Iranian entrenchment in Syria, the new southern war between wars is aimed at thwarting Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s ability both to infiltrate Israel through underground tunnels and to fight IDF forces within the strip by transferring fighters, weapons and rockets through tunnels excavated in Gaza.
...Destroying tunnels and targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s most important military assets without killing Islamic Jihad or Hamas members, in light of the estimate that these organizations won’t lead to a major escalation if none of their members have been killed. They won’t sacrifice people and put Gaza’s residents at risk of another Israeli operation because of a tunnel that is no longer usable, but they might do so if organization activists are killed, especially senior commanders... (“The show must go on!”)
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the UN Human Rights Council, after it approved five new anti-Israel resolutions, saying the council was “foolish and unworthy of its name.”
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley blasted the UN Human Rights Council over its continued anti-Israel bias. UNHRC adopted five resolutions condemning Israel while adopting only one resolution each against North Korea, Iran, and Syria. (UNHRC and UNRWA must be banned from Israel!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
The Israeli Knesset approved a NIS 480 billion ($US137B) 2019 state budget. Not bad for "a little shitty country"! Security budget received a NIS 6 Billion increase, coming in at NIS 76 Billion ($US21.5B). Most of it is due to continuous internal terror threat from the PA sponsored terrorists and financially motivated 'matters'. It has been suggested so many times - let the PA and its international Anti-Semitic backers pay for Israel's security by withholding taxes Israel is collecting!
The US President Donald Trump signed into law legislation that cuts some aid to the Palestinians until they end stipends to terrorists and the families of slain attackers. The US had been UNRWA’s largest donor, supplying nearly 30 percent of its budget. (Why not stop financing the anti-Israel agency, which has been deliberately and artificially keeping refugee status of so-called Palestinians, since 1948?)
A comprehensive analysis by Israel’s Ministry of Defense of the effect of a U.S. foreign aid agreement signed at the end of former President Barack Obama’s term in office has concluded that Israel will be forced to lay off 22,000 workers at a cost of NIS 7 billion ($2 billion) in gross domestic product. A clause in the agreement removes Israel’s option to convert 25 percent of the aid to domestic procurement from Israeli defense companies. (The US aid is actually undermining Israel's defense industry in the long run!)
Germany is selling Iran chemical weapons tech, boosting anti-Israel efforts as US Dems block Trump Ambassador. German officials have declined to go along with a bid to crackdown on Tehran's ballistic missile program, which includes scores of medium-range rockets capable of striking Israel and sparking a regional war. Germany has also come under criticism for a series of anti-Israel efforts opposed by the United States. Germany has been blocking efforts by Israel to join the United Nations Security Council.
President Donald Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince agree on a new Supreme Committee to coordinate military and diplomatic efforts for curbing Iranian expansion. The United Arab Emirate is the third member. This committee, to focus on coordinated operations. The US, the Saudis and the UAE are meanwhile checking to make sure that their military assets are in sync and ready for potential repercussions.
Anne Bayefsky of the Touro Institute on Human Rights & the Holocaust read a speech to the body in which she recounted how Jordanians defecated on Jewish graves while controlling the Old City of Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967. The president of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) made a point to chide a pro-Israel speech as undignified and disrespectful, but he did not criticize a single anti-Israel remark.
The High Court of Justice has removed the gloves in its dealing with the Bedouin regional councils of Neve Midbar and Al-Kasom, which have never collected municipal property taxes from their residents. The justices warned the two councils that should they not start to collect property taxes, they will lose funding. (There are many non-Jewish free-loaders living in Israel. They love the life and benefits the Jewish state provides, as most anti-Semites do, but feel it is ‘beneath them’ to contribute! I doubt that anything will be done.)
Israel Confirmed that it Destroyed Assad’s Nuclear Reactor
The State of Israel on Wednesday formally acknowledged that its air force blew up a Syrian nuclear reactor in the area of Deir Ezzor in the pre-dawn hours between September 5 and 6, 2007, in a mission known to much of the world as Operation Orchard. (Is it the last warning to Iran? What would the world be like if Israel did not act against dictators, Iraq, and Syria, of the Middle East?)
Seventy missionaries arriving in Israel from Canada, the US, and England are going from door to door in central Israeli cities, handing out missionary material. Missionary work is only illegal in Israel if subjects are promised any form of material gain or are minors. (It must be forbidden in the Jewish state! They do not go to Muslim countries – it is not safe! Even in India sometimes they are killed for proselytization among Hindus.)
In response to Israel’s new anti-tunnel technologies, the Palestinian organization is now focusing its efforts on rebuilding tunnels that were destroyed. There were more than 30 such tunnels along the Gaza border. So far, within less than six months, the IDF has dealt with seven terror tunnels - six Hamas tunnels and one Islamic Jihad tunnel. (Only removal of all hostile population from Gaza will stop the threat!)
South African Ministers are now prepared to engage with Israel now that 3-year drought has afflicted South Africa to the point that Cape Town, a city of 4 million, may effectively run out of drinking water mid-July. (Israel offered help years ago! It has always been the case through all the history of anti-Semitism, Christian and Muslim!)
1) The PA president, Mahmoud Abbas, has called the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a “son of a dog” during a scathing attack on Donald Trump’s policies. “The US ambassador in Tel Aviv is a settler and a son of a dog,” Abbas said in comments to Palestinian leaders in Ramallah. Now accusing Friedman of “anti-Semitism” against Arabs - ignoring the fact that anti-Semitism has always referred to hatred of Jews in particular, to the exclusion of others claiming to be “Semites.” (He was quoting Qur’an!)
2) As it stepped up its war of words with the US, the PA called for US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman to be added to a "global terror list". (Having nothing to offer, Abbas resorts to blatant abuse to maintain support of his Israel-hateful constituency!)
The head of U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon praised their contribution to peace efforts on Monday as the force marked 40 years since its establishment on the frontier with neighboring Israel. The peacekeeping force was founded in 1978 after Israel invaded parts of southern Lebanon. Violence has broken out on several occasions since then, including major wars in 1982 and 2006. UNIFIL now has about 10,500 soldiers from 41 countries who are mostly deployed south of Lebanon’s Litani river and along the border with Israel. (Most of the times the UN observers do nothing to stop and even support Hezbollah terrorists!)
A terrorist who stabbed an Israeli to death in Jerusalem’s Old City a week ago had entered Israel with a permit that allowed him into the city to look for work. Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, 28, was a father of two from the PA controlled village of Aqraba, near Nablus. The Shin Bet has not known of any ties to any Palestinian terrorist organization! (They are all potential terrorists and definitely enemies!)
The Rwandan government have banned mosques from using loudspeakers for calls to prayer in the capital Kigali. The government issued the new ban as part of its fight against noise pollution. Rwandan authorities are targeting mosques following an earlier campaign that targeted churches. Since February, 714 churches have been closed!
QUOTE of the WEEK:
"It is unthinkable that UNRWA defines refugees as something other than what international law defines them as. According to UNRWA, refugee status is passed from generation to generation, so that even fifth-generation descendants are considered refugees from Israel... the two-state solution does not work, and we need to concentrate on the real problems, which are incitement by the Palestinian Authority, and financial support of terror." - Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely - Israel also needs be ready to repatriate Arabs from Jewish land. The plan must be implemented at the right time!
by Tzvi Lev
Deputy Minister Michael Oren (Kulanu) slammed the Supreme Court of Justice after it rejected an appeal from the Salomon family that asked to fully destroy the house of the terrorist who murdered three of their family members in a bloody July terror attack...
According to the instruction of the Supreme Court for such situations, the IDF has only demolished part of the floor on which the terrorist lived and not the entire house... (Families have raised terrorists and benefit from acts of terror, committed by their sons against Jews, by receiving financial reward from the PA! They need to be held responsible for that.)
Oren called on Israel to change its process for selecting justices, which he alleged caused the judges to ignore public sentiment. "In Israel, the judges choose themselves, and in practice, the Supreme Court of Justice does not conform to Israeli public opinion. Our judges' selection method puts us in the same list together with Thailand," said Oren.
"The Israeli citizen cannot influence the selection of judges in the Supreme Court," continued Oren, pointing out that in the United States, "citizens have two options to influence how judges get selected".
In Israel, judges are selected by the Justice Selection Committee. Aside from the Justice Minister, the committee is composed of an additional cabinet minister, two MKs, including one from the opposition, two Bar Association representatives, and three Supreme Court justices, including the Chief Justice.