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Israel Crosses 'Red-Line' with Criticism of Obama and Kerry

by Oui Mon Jul 28th, 2014 at 06:22:17 PM EST

Israel was undertaking an "appropriate and legitimate effort" to defend itself but the consequences were of deep concern, Kerry said. President Obama made it clear: "Israel has a right to defend itself."

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration pushed back strongly at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.

"It's simply not the way partners and allies treat each other," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Her comments were echoed by the White House, where National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the U.S. was "dismayed" by mischaracterizations of Kerry's efforts. Israeli media reports have cast Kerry as seeking a cease-fire that is more favorable to Hamas and being dismissive of key Israeli concerns.

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Rice Attempts to Quell Concerns Over US-Israel Relations (Arutz Sheva)

Kerry himself, in a speech to the Center for American Progress, noted the criticism but did not give ground.

Poll: 86.5% of Israelis oppose cease-fire

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"Make no mistake, when the people of Israel are rushing to bomb shelters, when innocent Israeli and Palestinian teenagers are abducted and murdered, when hundreds of innocent civilians have lost their lives, I will and we will make no apologies for our engagement," he said.

The coordinated pushback in Washington came amid growing U.S. frustration with Israel as Palestinian civilian casualties mount amid a sustained Israeli air and ground war in the Gaza Strip.

Ynet News: Obama demands an immediate, unconditional ceasefire in Gaza

Israel disputes US account of Kerry's ceasefire effort

JERUSALEM (Times of Israel July 28, 2014 - While US says document conveyed to cabinet on Friday was just a draft, didn't require a vote, and didn't help Hamas, sources tell ToI that ministers were asked to vote and did so 8-0 to reject a proposal that gave Hamas specific gains.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R), Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (C), and IDF Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz seen during a meeting at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv on July 26, 2014. (Photo credit: Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense/Flash90)

Amid strains between Israel and the US over diplomatic moves to resolve the conflict with Hamas, Israeli official sources on Monday flatly rejected a series of American assertions Sunday about Secretary of State John Kerry's ceasefire efforts.

In a briefing late Sunday, a senior American official told Israeli journalists that the document conveyed by Kerry to the Israeli leadership on Friday was not a ceasefire proposal but rather "a draft... that emerged from discussions between a number of parties." The official, who asked not be named, added that the document "was provided for comment and input, not for rejection or acceptance," that it was "fully consistent with the Egyptian proposal," and that it did not aim to satisfy Hamas demands. The official also castigated parts of the Israeli media for misreporting Kerry's work, mischaracterizing his strategy and motivations, and launching gratuitous attacks on him, including accusations of betrayal.

Live Updates: Five IDF soldiers killed in Gaza and on border (Haaretz)

12:23 P.M. Knesset members from Likud and Habayit Hayehudi issued a warning against U.S. President Barack Obama's demand for an immediate cease-fire. (Jonathan Lis)

Israeli right-wing MKs slam Obama's call for immediate truce  

Poll: 86.5% of Israelis oppose cease-fire

(JPost) - Public opinion in Israel is solidly against ending Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip, according to a poll released Sunday.

The poll was conducted by pollster Mina Tzemach among 504 respondents, a representative sample of the Jewish Israeli adult population. It was sponsored by strategist Roni Rimon, who once worked with Likud and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but who insisted he took it at his own initiative.

Just so we keep the facts straight, the Israeli cabinet broke off peade talks with Fatah predident Abbas last April and the Israel population loves Bibi Netanyahu for it ...

Left-wing MKs call peace talks suspension `cowardly'

(Times of Israel) - The cabinet's unanimous decision to halt peace talks with the Palestinians drew support from hawkish politicians on Thursday evening, while left-wing MKs denounced the move for being "hypocritical" and "cowardly."

Israel announced the suspension of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority in the wake of Wednesday's announcement of a unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas.

Following Thursday's ministerial meeting, Economics and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett called the decision "balanced and correct."

"I back the prime minister who took care to protect the correct interests of Israeli national honor and security for the citizens of Israel," he said. "There is no negotiating with murderers."

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) echoed Bennett's remarks, saying that just as every Western country with "national honor" boycotted terrorists, so too Israel maintained that terror must be fought, not negotiated with.

Rightist MKs slam Obama remarks at United Nations - Sept. 2010

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Attack by IDF veteran on critics of Israel policy ...

Director of Israeli Aerospace Institute Conducts Campaign Disabling My Facebook Account

An Israeli Facebook user named Tal Inbar began a campaign to get my Facebook account removed.
Here is what he published in Hebrew.

International ISR: Israel Tackles The Last Frontier Of UAV Technology
"UAVs have become indispensable in performing a full range of missions in support of our defensive strategy. Not a day goes by without multiple operational deployment of our unmanned assets," said Tal Inbar, head of the Space and UAV Research Center at Israel's Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies.

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Tikun Olam is one of the few blogs I follow and sometimes contribute my thoughts. Throughout the years, Tikun Olam is harassed on a daily basis by the (paid) group of hasbarists out of the school of Gerald Steinberg. Netanyahu by his military actions may be losing the PR war. From the Office of the Minister President most directives are send, and funding arranged, to fight the PR war across the western world.

IDF's New Media - War Propaganda Through Social Media
Zuckerberg's Facebook Conduit to Impose Israeli Censorship

Read about the I/P conlict: Mondoweiss: Gaza and Guernica  - Max Blumenthal: The Great Islamophobic Crusade - Juan Cole: Why a 'Cease Fire' Is Not Enough In Gaza - Tikun Olam: Gaza War Bringing Out the Worst in Israeli Misogyny, Racism.

My recent diary - We Share Their Moral Values ... Israel.

by Oui on Fri Aug 1st, 2014 at 05:12:17 PM EST
Gaza: Israel Uses Hannibal Directive To Kills 50 Palestinians After Soldier Captured

(MoA) - A cease-fire between Gaza and Israel was announced for this morning at 8am local time. The Israeli defense forces continued to operate in Gaza and to destroy the Palestinian tunnels. Shortly before the official cease-fire start, according to Palestinian sources, a commando of Islamic Jihad fighters infiltrated the Israeli line through a tunnel, attacked a group of Israeli soldiers, killed several and captured one of them alive. This happened near the southern Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

The Israelis took a while to notice that a soldier had been captured but when they found out they immediately responded according to the Hannibal directive which demands to do everything possible to prevent that an Israeli soldier captured alive stays captured alive.

Gaza War, Day 24: 61 IDF Soldiers Killed, 1,458 Palestinians Killed, 9,000 Homes Destroyed, Bibi Lied About West Bank Kidnapping

Apparently, the daily massacres of children at UN schools over the past few days have taken a toll.  As did the uncontrollable weeping of UNWRA Gaza director, Chris Gunness as he tried to speak up, during a TV interview, for the children under his care who'd been murdered by the IDF.

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Now Yisrael Ha-Yom, Bibiton, Bibi's personal political shmatteh, inadvertently confirms that its patron lied
(Hebrew).  If you peel away the hasbara and posturing in the first sentence, it leaves you with the unavoidable conclusion, "Bibi lied:"

    "Hamas had planned a summer campaign that it expected would extract it from the strategic-political-economic predicament in which it had become trapped.  In unplanned fashion, it ultimately happened in the form of the kidnapping of young boys, about which it had no prior knowledge."

UNRWA Strongly Condemns Israeli Shelling of Its School in Gaza as a Serious Violation of International Law

by Oui on Fri Aug 1st, 2014 at 05:13:12 PM EST
It's just unbelievable. After the lies of Netanyahu and his cabinet to fight a war of choice, Israel gets all the support from 'peace broker' the United States. All three US representatives were silent when Netanyahu rounded up 800 members of Hamas in West Bank razzias in June. Today, all three blame Hamas for breaking the cease-fire and demand the immediate release of a single IDF soldier.

Obama calls on Hamas to release captured IDF soldier

(Ynet News) - President Barack Obama called on Hamas to secure the release of a captured Israeli soldier. "I want to make sure they are listening: If they are serious about trying to resolve that situation that soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible."

Obama's statement also after the collapse of a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The temporary truce lasted less than two hours, as Gaza militants attacked IDF forces, killing two and capturing 2nd Lt. Hadar Godin. Israeli forces have moved deeper into southern Gaza in search of the soldier.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, fearing an escalation of violence in Gaza, called on Turkey and Qatar on Friday to use their influence to secure the release of the abducted soldier.

Kerry called Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu soon after being told of the abduction and the killings of two Israeli soldiers by an aide while flying back from a visit to India. The incidents led to the quick breakdown of a ceasefire Kerry had worked hard to broker.

Apologists for Israel take top posts at BBC - May 2013  

Bertus Hendriks, an oustanding Middle East analyst, said the cease-fires agreement between Hamas and Israel was ambiguous. The IDF expeditionary forces inside Gaza were allowed to stay in place and by some weird interpretation were even allowed to continue their search for and destruction of the tunnels. The cease-fire agreement didn't address the Hamas demand for an unconditional release of the illegal capture of its members on the West Bank in June. Egypt can't be an honest broker for Hamas, as General Sisi is at war with the Muslim Brotherhood, an alliance with the Hamas militants in Gaza and Islamists roaming the Sinai desert.

by Oui on Fri Aug 1st, 2014 at 05:14:45 PM EST
Why aren't Israeli journalists questioning their military's devastation in Gaza?

(Slate) - In times of war, many, if not most, Israeli journalists--with some admirable exceptions--hunker down with the rest of the country and are afraid to ask tough questions, especially in the early days of a military campaign. Instead, they tend to parrot the country's political and military leaders. (The Hebrew phrase critics have for journalists in these times is--meguyasim--the drafted, or recruited.) Israelis are barred from entering Gaza. And with that access cut off, few Israeli journalists have cultivated Palestinian sources because there is amazingly little interest among the Israeli public in understanding Palestinian affairs.

It helps explain why Israel and the world see the war in Gaza so differently. With their country under fire by rockets and with soldiers fighting and now dying on the battlefield, the Israeli journalists' role transforms from dogged inquirer to purveyor of piecemeal information provided by the military. Patriotism suddenly trumps any duty to report impartially. That leaves Israelis--many of whom even in this global media age turn exclusively to Hebrew-language news sources--an incomplete and skewed picture of what is happening. Public support for the war is bolstered. And the narrative put forth by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Gaza and Hamas simply becomes the consensus.

As wounded Israeli troops return home, military censorship is harder to enforce

by Oui on Fri Aug 1st, 2014 at 05:50:08 PM EST


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