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West Bank - earlier estimates 10,000 Palestinians marching toward Jerusalem

Ramallah hospital filled to capacity following demonstration against Gaza op

"These are scenes out of the first intifada," said participants of that particular uprising who came to the hospital when they heard their sons and daughters were wounded by IDF gunfire. 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.607180

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What next?

The General Security Service (Shin Bet) said on Thursday it was expecting cyber attacks on Israeli internet sites over the next few days to coincide with major Muslim holidays. 
The attacks would be connected with "Jerusalem Day" in Iran as well as general mass prayers for the Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) that signals the end of Ramadan.
The Shin Bet said in a statement that its cyber defense unit is preparing to deal with attacks by hackers all over the world, including in the Gaza Strip.

The Shin Bet is preparing to ward off attacks include an option to obstruct text messages, sending false messages to Israelis and paralyzing Israeli internet sites. It said it has warned the relevant state institutions and private bodies of the expected attacks. (Gili Cohen)

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@LadyHW saw that - I have a friend ready to send in for passport renewal to head to Israel - she was not happy to see that news.

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Been following along in here today - great stuff.

Newly Released Document Reveals How The US Government Defines A Terrorist
(copy of said report within article)

The 166-page document was not cited as belonging to the cache of intelligence documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, but is attributed to ”a source within the intelligence community.”

“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project head Hina Shamsi told the Intercept after reviewing the document. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.”

“These criteria should never have been kept secret.”


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/24/newly-released-document-reveals-how-the-us-government-defines-a-terrorist/#ixzz38Qft65Qn

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 Air Algerie flight that disppeared from radar crashed in Mali, French official says (breaking news)

A senior French official told The Associated Press that it seems unlikely that these fighters had the kind of weaponry that could shoot down a plane.

The official, not authorized to speak publicly, said on condition of anonymity that they primarily have shoulder-fired weapons -- not enough to hit a passenger plane flying at cruising altitude.

http://tinyurl.com/lva49q5

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U.S. ends ban on flights into Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

Washington (CNN)July 23rd -- The Federal Aviation Administration removed its ban on U.S. passenger planes flying to and from Tel Aviv Wednesday night, a day-and-a-half after stopping all the flights citing security concerns.

Israeli officials have been lobbying Washington to reverse its decision which was put in place after a Hamas rocket struck close to the airport on Tuesday. Other international airlines followed suit, canceling many flights to Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport in the last two days.

Now that the ban is lifted, the three U.S. airlines that fly to Israel -- Delta, United and US Airways -- will need to decide when they will resume flights.

 http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/24/travel/israel-flights-suspended/index.html

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Female reservists called up in unprecedented numbers Operation Protective Edge poses unique challenges to the thousands of female reservists, among them pregnant women and mothers

Some 60,000 IDF reservists have been called up to serve in Operation Protective Edge so far. Many are parents leaving families behind at home – but not all are fathers.

According to the IDF Spokesman who would not release exact figures, the thousands of women currently serving in reserves are a higher percentage than in any previous IDF operation. They serve in a variety of capacities, but especially in combat support in the Home Front Command, Intelligence, the Air Force and field operations.

While it is never easy for anyone to drop everything and leave home, receiving a “tzav 8,” an emergency call to service, poses unique challenges to the currently active female reservists, among them pregnant women and mothers.


Read more: Female reservists called up in unprecedented numbers | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/women-reservists-called-up-in-unprecedented-numbers/#ixzz38LcRJc6d

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30,000 gather in silence to honor 'lone soldier' from L.A., killed in Gaza 'You told me that you did not have many friends in Israel,' Max Steinberg's sister says. 'Look around you. 30,000 people are here to tell you that you are among friends.'

RIP Max Steinberg

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-gaza-conflict-2014/1.606861

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 UN rights council to form commission of inquiry over Israeli 'war crimes' in Gaza The United States cast the only dissenting vote in the United Nations Human Rights Council, with European nations abstaining.

Speaking at the meeting, Israel's envoy to the UNHRC, Eviatar Manor, charged that the UN Human Rights Council "failed to protect the human rights of Israelis."

Manor went on to say that the residents of Gaza were not Israel's enemies and that Israel was committed to international law. He charged the council of "pouring oil on the fire." 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.606860

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@TexGrl @Txazz Actually both international airports are within range - the accuracy is hit or miss however and the longer range missiles are new this time. Uvda is emergency only (now delegated as int'l) and no re-routes there so far - passengers would have to be bused to Tel Aviv (?) which is a good 3 hrs or more from Eilat area, nearly as far south as one can get in Israel.

Appears to be some politics involved here I would say - you are right.

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Wed: Three more IDF soldiers killed in Gaza, army confirms: Second Lt. Paz Eliyahu,  22 of Avrun; Master Sgt. Li Mat, 19 of Eilat; and Master Sgt. Shahar Dauber, 20 of Ginegar. The three paratroopers were killed earlier Wednesday when an explosive device was detonated beside them near Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Thirty-two Israeli soldiers and officers have been killed since the ground operation began. Three civilians - two of them Israeli citizens and the third, a Thai worker - have died in rocket attacks in Israel. (Haaretz)

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Chaos in a land of turmoil - whew!

Thousands stranded in Israel by canceled flights desperately try to get out Passengers are not eligible for compensation for canceled flights or hotel expenses.

Israeli travel agents were inundated today with desperate phone calls from tourists stranded in the country and Israelis stuck overseas after most international airlines announced on Tuesday that they were temporarily suspending flights to Ben-Gurion International Airport.

“The whole industry is on the verge of a nervous breakdown,” said the manager of a big travel agency in Tel Aviv, who asked that he not be quoted by name.

All the Israeli air carriers – El Al, Arkia and Israir – are continuing to operate flights on schedule. In addition, according to the Ministry of Tourism, 22 foreign airlines are continuing flights to Israel, among them British Airways, Aeroflot and Ukrainian Airlines. Although all the American airlines, as well as major European airlines, have suspended flights to Israel, the ministry reported that 209 flights were scheduled to take off and land today at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-gaza-conflict-2014/1.606817


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The Red Cross announced a temporary ceasefire in two zones including Khan Younis and Sejaia of the Gaza Strip, according to a report by AFP.
The IDF has not confirmed any reports of a ceasefire.
The Red Cross intends to use such a  ceasefire for the purpose of evacuating wounded Palestinians after days of heavy fighting in urban areas. 

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Report-Red-cross-announces-temporary-humanitarian-ceasefire-in-Gaza-368623

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Israel opens second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations

07/23/2014 10:29 

Transportation minister orders that Uvda airport near Eilat be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport beginning noon local time.

Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday instructed the relevant agencies to immediately open the Uvda airport, the country's second terminus for air traffic which lies just north of Eilat, in the wake of the spate of flight cancellations announced by major foreign airlines.

Katz convened a meeting of senior civilian aviation officials who recommended that the Uvda airport be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport.

Speaking to reporters at Ben-Gurion Airport, Katz said that Uvda would begin operating at noon local time. The minister said that efforts are also being made to provide service to some 4,000 Israelis who were left stranded in Istanbul after their airlines refused to fly into Lod in light of the FAA ban announced on Tuesday.

Katz said that his ministry had urged Turkish aviation officials to transport the Israelis back home, but that the Turks are hesitant to land their aircraft in Uvda.

 http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Israel-opens-second-international-airport-near-Eilat-in-response-to-flight-cancellations-368568

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@Recon6 @Txazz This jury has to be unanimous.  Definitely dragged out too long - let's get 'er done.  Taya has suffered through at least 3 court cases concurrently.  We will look for true justice for the Kyles.

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@LadyHW @Txazz @Kiyabear @KESStrong  Beautifully said, S.  But, they want their cake and to eat it, too.  I don't want to admit the United States is becoming more European these days with the present socialist leaning administration.

Back to the subject, let's not leave everything up to the Europeans this time (or ever).

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@BrandonWebb @JohnChristopher1 Great details pointing to professionals to plant 1 or 2 pipe bombs between donut run and school run. That woman had angels smiling down on her that day.

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Jesse Ventura trial: Who's telling the truth? Jury gets case (Tues July 22)

The two sides made their closing arguments Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul before handing off the two-week-long trial to a jury of six men and four women.

Jurors got the case about noon and broke for the day just before 4:30 p.m. without reaching a verdict. They'll resume deliberations Wednesday morning.

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_26194351/jesse-ventura-trial-defense-makes-closing-arguments

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@Allwet @Txazz Good news, and enjoy!  Speaking of Kyles, Ventura case went to jury yesterday http://tinyurl.com/mah3x7f
 

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@LadyHW Yes, finally . . . and excellent article wasn't it.  EU makes most amazing statements and totally unheard of.

Hawkish Likud MK Danny Danon issued rare praise for the EU and UN due to their condemnation of Hamas.

“I am happy to see that Israel’s regular critics in the EU and UN understand, albeit too late, that Hamas is the problem, not the solution, and that the only way to defeat terror is to fight it, not embrace it,” he said.

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Wed July 23 Israeli Time

5:11 A.M. Two Israeli soldiers were killed Tuesday evening in fighting in Gaza Strip, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit says.  One of the soldiers has been named as Capt. Dmitry Levitas, 26, from Jerusalem and from Geshur. Levitas, a commander in the armored corps, was killed by sniper fire in the Gaza Strip. Over the last 24 hours, three soldiers were seriously wounded, nine were moderately wounded, and eight sustained light wounds. Since the Gaza operation began, 29 soldiers and officers were killed. (Haaretz)

4:35 A.M. Palestine Liberation Organization senior official Yasser Abed Rabbo says PLO endorses supports Hamas' demands for halting Gaza hostilities.

"The Gaza demands of stopping the aggression and lifting the blockade in all its forms are the demands of the entire Palestinian people and they represent the goal that the Palestinian leadership has dedicated all its power to achieve," Abd Rabbo says in Ramallah, the West Bank.

"We are confident Gaza will not be broken as long as our people are standing beside it to support it through all possible means until the invaders understand that our great people inside the homeland and outside will not leave Gaza alone." 

3:05 A.M. For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss the Gaza cease-fire efforts.

A senior Saudi official told The Associated Press that Saudi Crown Prince Salman, and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin also attended the meetings with Qatar's Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the coastal city of Jiddah. (AP)

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@Kiyabear @KESStrong Can't fault Mr. Blair's comments.  We don't think like Europeans do and that's why we came over here and founded the United States of America.  Whatever they think they should be able to back up with their own actions.

His last statement:  “How do we make sure that Europe as a commercial market and political union today exercises the power it has in a way that manages to shape events on our doorstep rather than having to turn to the U.S. and ask for their help?” he asked. “When the U.S. is unable to, for whatever reason, we’re then powerless.”

Yepper, that's says it all and sounds familiar to me.

Doesn't sound like a good idea right now to leave everything up to them.

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@LadyHW "moment by moment to a crisis"

Exactly, H, we have in the WH the cry baby mentality - wahhh I want it now and I want it my way however, that fluctuates depending on the mood that day.  I'll do anything or say anything to make myself look good that day and short memory goes a long way.  As long as it goes along with my ideology I'll go for it type thing.  Oh, and I have to check with Mama Valerie first.  Foreign policy you say - what's that?

As you can tell, y'all are all way to scary smart for me.  LOL LOL

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@BrandonWebb @SEAL76 I wonder what made her get out of the van at the intersection before it exploded.

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@BrandonWebb Great, getting them all ready to get back to school.

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@Allwet Are you still in "that" part of the world . . where you were during Chris Kyle funeral?

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@YankeePapa @Txazz @Kiyabear Hundreds are entering the country right now - program sponsored by Masa, the organization that brings thousands of young Jewish adults to Israel each year on educational, volunteer and internship programs is bringing in plane loads (recent 228 US & Canucks, 100 childdren, 420 French) 

Neither have French Jews been deterred by the escalating violence of recent weeks, a group of 420 arriving on a special flight less than a week ago.

“Despite what’s going on in the country, they feel much safer here than they do in France,” notes Arielle Di-Porto, director of French immigration at the Jewish Agency.

In the first five months of the year, she says, the number of French olim rose by 300 percent, to total 2,254. The agency estimates that, by the end of the year, the number will reach a record 5,000. 

Definitely need the planes back in service.

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@YankeePapa @Kiyabear @Txazz It may look like Israel is going down but, NOT SO, don't you believe it.


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@Kiyabear @Txazz L shared this ME Friendship Chart - the line for Israel is wrong - faces should all be red.  That's world opinion - the US used to be the one staunch ally.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/07/17/the_middle_east_friendship_chart.html

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@Kiyabear @Txazz Hamas' psychological warfare with their statement.  They are shooting their missiles from Gaza but, now reaching the Tel Aviv area and airport.  It would take an incredibly lucky shot to hit that area again, much less an aircraft.

What has me really fired up is The UN Human Rights Council and their meeting Wed. to condemn Israel.

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@Kiyabear @Txazz Yes, that's what started this with Delta and dominoed from there.  Iron Dome intercepted one rocket but, missed this one.  Since airline and FAA statement Hamas has now issued their threat.

"The armed wing of the Hamas movement has decided to respond to the Israeli aggression, and we warn you against carrying out flights to Ben-Gurion airport, which will be one of our targets today because it also hosts a military air base," a statement by the group said at the time.

and that's a bunch of BS from Hamas

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@YankeePapa @Txazz YP Look at this - seems to be more to think about than all blocked airlines.  Latest update Israeli time:

11:16 P.M. The UN Human Rights Council is slated to hold a meeting Wednesday morning over the IDF operation in Gaza, and is expected to issue a severe condemnation of Israel, to include operative steps. The Palestinians and Arab countries have filed the Council with a draft, which includes the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to probe alleged war crimes and violations of international law by Israel. The draft does not mention Hamas.

Despite Israeli lobbying with the Council's member states to prevent the meeting taking place, the Palestinians managed to get the signatures necessary to hold the meeting. The U.S., most of the EU states and additional Western states, including Australia and Canada, are expected to oppose the draft. However, the Palestinians are believed to have a majority. (Barak Ravid)

11:06 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene to resume U.S. flights to Israel, sources in the Prime Minister's Office say. Earlier it was reported that the FAA prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to and from Ben-Gurion Airport "for a period of up to 24 hours."(Barak Ravid)

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FAA bans U.S.-Israel flights, citing rocket attack

They might be extra nervous after the MH17 shoot down.

One immediate effect of Delta's decision: Delta Flight 468, which left New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday with 273 passengers, diverted to Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport instead of heading to Tel Aviv as scheduled, the airline said.

The American Airlines flights in question -- between Philadelphia and Ben Gurion -- are operated by US Airways, said American spokesman Casey Norton.

The Israel Airport Authority told CNN that the U.S. companies made the decisions on their own, and it urged them to reconsider, saying the airport was safe. "There is no reason that American carriers should stop flying to Israel and thus give a prize to terror," it said.

Several European airlines have also decided to halt flights to Israel. The Lufthansa Group has suspended flights to Israel for the next 36 hours, which includes Lufthansa's Austrian and Swiss flights, a Lufthansa official told CNN's Richard Quest.

Dutch flag carrier KLM has canceled a flight to Israel which was due to depart Tuesday evening. The company says it is still looking into whether future flights will also be canceled.

The suspensions come a day after the U.S. State Department asked Americans to consider deferring nonessential travel to Israel and the West Bank.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/22/travel/israel-flights-suspended/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

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Updates: Airlines stopped flights to Ben Gurion - watched it start out with Delta and then the WH said each airline would make their own call and then the FAA made the call after all.  Now the Europeans have made their call.  This all due to the rocket landing in Yahoud about 5 clicks from the airport.  Iron Dome missed that one.


9:26 P.M. Europe Air Safety Agency (EASA) to issue "strong recommendation" to avoid Ben-Gurion International Airport until further notice. (Reuters)

9:22 P.M. France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the death toll exceeding 600 in Gaza is not acceptable, and calls for the "massacres and attacks" to stop immediately.

"It was not acceptable that a country was threatened by missiles and that missiles landed on it, but the response must be proportionate," Fabius told TF1 television. 

"When we are talking about 600 dead, it is obviously something that we can't accept. The massacres and attacks must stop immediately."(Reuters)

9:18 P.M. Barrage of rockets fired at south and central Israel

9:17 P.M. Rocket intercepted over Bat Yam, another rocket explodes in open area in Gan Raveh in southern Israel. (Gili Cohen)

9:15 P.M. UNRWA discovers a hidden rocket cache in an abandoned school for the second time in a week. UNRWA states in a press release that the abandoned school was located between two schools, and "strongly and unequivocally" condemned the group responsible for storing the rockets there.

UNRWA says it will launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident. (Barak Ravid)

9:01 P.M. Air Canada cancels tonight's departing flight and tomorrow's return flight to Israel, following the lead of U.S. and European airlines.

8:59 P.M. Rocket sirens sound in West Bank, central Israel and southern Israel.

8:52 P.M. Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, pilots from El Al, Arkia Israel Airlines and other foreign airlines reported daily attempts to blind them, which originated from Qalqiyah, Jaljulia and Kfar Qasim.

Police are handling the complaints and transferring them to the Counter-Terrorism Unit. (Yaniv Kubovich)

8:36 P.M. Israel's Transportation Ministry called on the airlines to reverse their decision and said it was trying to explain that the airport was "safe for landings and departures."

"Ben-Gurion Airport is safe and completely guarded and there is no reason whatsoever that American companies would stop their flights and hand terror a prize," it said in a statement. (Haaretz)

8:28 P.M. Lufthansa Airlines - which includes Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss Air - suspends flights to Ben-Gurion International Airport for 36 hours. (Reuters)

8:25 P.M. KLM airlines cancelling Tuesday's flight to Israel. Air France indefinitely suspends flights to Israel. (Reuters)

7:59 P.M. IDF retracts previous statement: Rocket landed in urban area in Yehud. (Gili Cohen)

7:49 P.M. 28 foreign ministers from the European Union issue joint statement calling for the disarmament of all terror organizations in Gaza. (Barak Ravid)

7:41 P.M. The FAA prohibits all U.S. airlines from flying to and from Ben-Gurion International Airport "for a period of up to 24 hours."

6:38 P.M. Police deny IDF claims that Yehud rocket from earlier today was intercepted. (Ido Efrati)

6:20 P.M. Staff Sergeant Avitar Torjamin, killed in action Tuesday morning, will be buried at Mount Herzl tonight at 10:30 P.M., according to the IDF Spokesman. (Gili Cohen)

5:57 P.M. Delta Airlines and U.S. Airways suspend flights to and from Israel on Tuesday. This follows a warning from the Federal Aviation Authority given after a rocket fell earlier Tuesday in Yehud, near Ben-Gurion International Airport. United Airlines announced it will continue operating as usual.

A Delta Airlines flight from New York to Israel landed in Paris following the decision. U.S. Air has relocated planes currently at Ben-Gurion airport tonight's planned flight has been canceled. (Zohar Blumenkrantz) 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.606534

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@LawyerHandle Wow, that's interesting - maybe they just moved them.

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“Soldiers who loved each other like brothers and who fought for each other; families who have made a sacrifice that our nation must never forget. ‘I think we owe it to them,’ he says, to ‘live lives worthy of their sacrifice.’”

Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts

 Bustin' my buttons over another one of our boys and I'm so proud of Ryan as he stands in stead for so many who never received their medals.



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@TurkeyVulture You can say that again - all of it !!! +1000

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Dermer: IDF deserves Nobel Peace Prize for ‘unimaginable restraint’ Addressing Christian supporters, ambassador to the US says ‘Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live’

http://tinyurl.com/lsfuw84

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The seventh, missing soldier from the APC that was attacked by Hamas in Shejaiya, Gaza, on Sunday, is Sgt. Oron Shaul of the Golani Brigade. 

Major General Orna Barbivai, Head of the Personnel Directorate, has met Sgt. Shaul's parents and told them that the chances that he is alive are slim.

The IDF is looking into the suspicion that Shaul's body was abducted from the APC by Hamas.

A military source estimated that Hamas has gotten hold of the soldier's dogtag or uniform, but not of his body. Apparently, UAV footage shows that the terrorists did not manage to reach the soldiers' bodies.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183205#.U85ngkC4NPg

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LIVE UPDATES: IDF names 28th soldier killed in Gaza - Gaza officials puts day's death toll at 27 - 608 total; for first time in Gaza op, direct rocket on central Israeli hours; rocket strikes Ashdod schoolyard; Israel formally rejects request for humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza. July 22nd

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.606534

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@LawyerHandle Gaza City:

An Israeli tank shelled Al Jazeera news network's office in Gaza City on Tuesday, one of the network's correspondents in the embattled enclave said.

"Al Jazeera's office was targeted this morning with two shells from an Israeli tank stationed on the Gaza Strip's eastern border," Tamer al-Mishal told Anadolu Agency. (so they accuse)

http://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/362704--al-jazeera-accuses-israel-of-targeting-its-gaza-office

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This is all quite interesting - consider the source: 

Whistleblower: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17 Source tells award winning reporter Washington lying about responsibility for tragedy

Source tells award winning reporter Washington lying about responsibility for tragedy

Award winning former Associated Press reporter Robert Parry has been told by an intelligence source that the United States is in possession of satellite imagery which shows that Ukrainian troops were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

In the absence of any proper investigation, media rhetoric over the last few days has firmly pointed the finger of blame for the downing of the aircraft on Russian-backed Ukrainian rebels, but Parry’s source tells a different story.

http://www.infowars.com/whistleblower-u-s-satellite-images-show-ukrainian-troops-shooting-down-mh17/

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@YankeePapa @LawyerHandle Oh yeah, and when the Maccabees are playing - there is a hush on the streets as ppl are inside watching the game.  Everyone's windows are open of course so you can walk down the street and hear the game.  LOL

3 days, 8 hours ago on Amidst Successful Targeting of Hamas Tunnels, IDF Operations Seek to Cripple Hamas as Death Toll Rises

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@YankeePapa @LawyerHandle There may be differences in politics but, I am here to tell you personally, the Land is like a big family and reacts like one.  I never could get over that how word got back and forth across that country so quick.  Everybody knows what you're doing.

When there is a threat or a reason that family pulls tight together.  That's what I experienced and I can only imagine the Land right now and the unity.

Two ppl can be talking and observing them you might think there was a hostile difference of opinion but, they are only discussing the price of chickens.

There is great unity in the Eretz Israel now even though there might be many hot conversations.

3 days, 10 hours ago on Amidst Successful Targeting of Hamas Tunnels, IDF Operations Seek to Cripple Hamas as Death Toll Rises

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