November 18, 2018

Missile Strikes Expose Limited Options in Gaza

Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters

It’s Nov. 13 and all of Israel is focused on the Gaza Strip.

This morning, after a barrage of Hamas missile attacks, it appeared Israel had no choice but to up the ante. Its deterrence of Hamas wasn’t working. Its reluctance to go to war was being perceived as weakness. Its measured counterattacks following the massive bombings of Israeli cities looked like acts of hesitation.

The morning air felt heavy with the looming specter of death — mostly, but not only, from the impending deaths of Gazans. Would the “dead men walking” in Gaza’s streets be counted by the dozens, the hundreds or maybe the thousands? We braced ourselves for the next round of violence to erupt.

Now, this evening, a cease fire is suddenly on the horizon. Will it hold? (By the time you read this in the Journal, you’ll know. At this moment I write, I don’t.)

Israeli leaders, goes the cliché, have only two options in Gaza. They can conduct small wars and arrange for short-term ceasefires; or they can send the Israel Defense Forces to reoccupy Gaza and uproot the government of Hamas. But reoccupation of Gaza is not an option — it is madness. Luckily, Israel’s leaders, while not perfect, are not mad. 

What are the real options in Gaza? One is to fight Hamas until it accepts certain terms that result in peace and quiet for a while. The other one — an option heralded by some opposition leaders — is to help the Palestinian Authority take over Gaza. That is, to cooperate with Mahmoud Abbas against Hamas. 

Leaders who support the latter option suspect that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not pursue it because he is averse to strengthening the Palestinian Authority’s leadership. Netanyahu, they argue, prefers to deal with two weakened Palestinian factions so he can claim to have no partner for a comprehensive peace deal that includes all Palestinians. Maybe. But there is an alternative explanation to such a strategy — which is no less sensible. Netanyahu does not believe that Abbas and his allies can control Gaza effectively. He does not want to waste Israeli resources — or lives — on a lost cause. 

Netanyahu has been very clear, possibly too clear, in expressing his reluctance to go to war in Gaza.

“Whatever one thinks about Israel’s long-term strategy toward Gaza, its short-term goal has been to avoid war, to even accept some humiliation in an effort to restore the peace.”

“I am doing everything I can to avoid an unnecessary war,” he declared in Paris before rushing back to Israel as a rain of rockets threatened to escalate into war. In the past couple of months, Netanyahu has negotiated (indirectly) with Hamas, has allowed Qatar to transfer money to Hamas, and has accepted the embarrassment of being criticized from right and left. Hamas has tested him time and again, sending hordes of demonstrators to harass the IDF near the Gaza fence, firing the occasional rocket, and burning fields on the Israeli side of the border. 

If or when war begins, Netanyahu will be portrayed by some international media as a bloodthirsty warmonger. But a sober assessment of his actions — including in this past week when many others were ready for heightened violence — would conclude that he might have been too hesitant, too accommodating, too eager for compromise. He was the one restraining the cabinet, reining in his gung-ho colleagues. Whatever one thinks about Israel’s long-term strategy toward Gaza, its short-term goal has been to avoid war, to even accept some humiliation in an effort to restore the peace.

The eruption of violence began when an Israeli elite unit was discovered and attacked in the Gaza Strip. The unit’s mission in Gaza has remained secret, but military professionals insist it was essential. When Hamas retaliated, Israel responded calmly, understanding the need of Hamas to blow off steam. Then Israel learned that Hamas’ definition of blowing steam was greater than expected. A bus was attacked by an antitank missile, and a soldier was badly wounded. Rockets were fired on Israeli cities and citizens. In Ashkelon, a man was killed. Ironically, he was a Palestinian worker — the only man Hamas was able to kill as of this morning. (The Middle East is filled with such unfortunate ironies.) 

Netanyahu still wanted to limit the scope of Israel’s response, to explore the possibility of a ceasefire. His logic was solid: A war will not change the basic realities that make Gaza a thorny problem for Israel.

Lewis Carroll wrote in “Alice Through the Looking Glass” that sometimes “it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Today, Netanyahu insisted that sitting is better than running, if all one wants is to keep in the same place.  

True, seeing a country sitting on its hands does not instill much awe or inspiration. But in Gaza, Israel doesn’t wish to inspire. It wishes to avoid disruption and violence. No more, no less.

Israel, Hamas Reportedly Agree to Truce

Residents of southern Israel protest against their government’s decision to hold fire in Gaza in response to a similar decision by Palestinian militants, in Sderot, Israel November 13, 2018, REUTERS/ Amir Cohen

Israel and Hamas have reportedly agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce after Hamas launched hundreds of rockets toward southern Israel on Nov. 12.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched more than 460 rockets into southern Israel, resulting in at least 108 Israelis wounded. Israel with 160 airstrikes against Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The Times of Israel (TOI) reports that Egypt led the ceasefire talks; Qatar, Norway and the United Nations also contributed.

“Israel maintains its right to act,” a senior Israeli official told TOI. “Requests from Hamas for a ceasefire came through four different mediators. Israel responded that the events on the ground will decide [if a ceasefire will go into effect].”

Hamas hailed the ceasefire as a bulwark against “Zionist aggression.”

“Our rockets have pounded Israel and sent a clear message: Bomb for bomb, blood for blood,” Hamas official Ismail declared. “If you attack Gaza and our people, Hamas rockets will find you everywhere, in Haifa, Jaffa, Ashkelon and Ashdod.”

The ceasefire has been roundly criticized by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, as well as the Zionist Union and Yesh Atid parties.

Residents of southern Israel communities are protesting the ceasefire, arguing that the repeated use of ceasefire agreements enable Hamas to continue to launch rockets into their communities.

UCLA Hillel Director: NSJP Turned UCLA Bruin Into ‘A Symbol of Anti-Semitism’

Screenshot from Facebook.

Aaron Lerner, the executive director of UCLA Hillel, wrote in an op-ed for the Daily Bruin that National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP)’s conference logo turned the UCLA Bruin into “a symbol of anti-Semitism.”

NSJP’s logo shows a bear playing with a Palestinian kite; the left half of the kite is shaped like Israel and is colored in red. NSJP has said that the bear is supposed to be a general California grizzly bear; others interpret the bear as the UCLA mascot, Joe Bruin.

Lerner argued that the kite “resembles actual petrol kite-bombs, which Hamas, a terrorist organization, launches into Israel to start fires and terrorize the population.”

“NSJP is openly broadcasting its solidarity with Hamas terrorists by co-opting UCLA’s cherished mascot in this fashion,” Lerner wrote. “Standing for Palestinian human rights is one thing; advocating for violence is another. This use of the university’s trademark should offend all Bruins, regardless of their political sympathies.”

Lerner added that several SJP leaders have uttered violent anti-Semitic statements such as “Kill all Jews.”

“The group now mocks our cherished symbol,” Lerner wrote. “Sure, a bear flying a Palestinian kite might not be perceived as a hateful message at face value. But the political context of the imagery – and the history it reminds us of – cannot be ignored.”

Lerner acknowledged that not all SJP members are anti-Semites and genuinely care about achieving peace in the region, but he encourages them to start a group that is independent of SJP.

“A hate group can’t advocate for human rights,” Lerner wrote. “But people who really care about Palestinians, Jews and the future of humanity in the region can still do important work without demonizing and attacking others.”

UCLA issued a cease-and-desist letter to NSJP regarding the logo; NSJP agreed to remove the UCLA name from the logo, although the logo remains intact in otherwise. The university seems to be fine with this modification.

The conference is set to take place on Nov. 16-18.

Petition Calls on UCLA to Cancel NSJP Conference

Photo from Flickr.

A recent petition started by Stop Anti-Semitism website is calling on UCLA to cancel the upcoming National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) on Nov. 16-18 and already has tens of thousands of signatures.

The petition, titled “Help prevent the next Pittsburgh – tell UCLA to cancel SJP’s annual hate conference!”, notes that SJP founder Hatem Bazian has uttered “horrific anti-Semitic and violence-inciting statements,” such as calling for an “intifada” in the United States and that “there are large number of Zionists who were engaged with Nazi Germany.”

The petition also highlighted various anti-Semitic statements from SJP members:

Additionally, the petition points out that SJP has heaped praise upon convicted terrorists Rasmea Odeh and Leila Khaled and has ties to terror groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.

“Because of SJP’s closed-door policy of not allowing any non-SJP students to attend the Conference, UCLA is essentially allowing SJP to continue spewing their messages of violence, Anti-Semitism, and support of known terrorists,” the petition states.

The petition proceeds to call on UCLA to cancel the conference.

“If not canceled, we call to hold UCLA accountable by investigating it for violation of anti-discrimination laws, its own policies against discrimination as were adopted by the UC Regents, and violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin (including Anti-Semitism) for federally assisted programs and activities!” the petition concludes.

As of publication time, there were more than 16,000 signatures to the petition.

UCLA issued a cease-and-desist letter to NSJP on Wednesday evening to stop using the UCLA Bruin Bear in their logo by Monday, or else the university could shut down the conference.

Rocket Fired at Be’er-Sheva: Is War in Gaza Imminent?

Palestinians celebrate after Hamas said it reached a deal with Palestinian rival Fatah, in Gaza City October 12, 2017. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

1.

Gaza is, again, on the verge of war. Israel has no desire to have such war, but when rockets are fired at Beer Sheva and towards Gush Dan – the urban center of Israel – it might have no choice other than to act. Hamas’ calculations are more complicated. War is dangerous for Hamas, but apparently its leaders concluded that they can no longer sustain the current, miserable economic situation. Egypt is trying to mediate, but a war in Gaza is faraway – a headache, not a crisis. The Palestinian Authority seems to want war. If Gaza burns it puts the Palestinian issue back on the table, it gives the PA a little hope that a Hamas defeat would make it – the PA – the alternative. And of course, a war in Gaza would provide the PA with an opportunity to attack Israel in international forums.

A war in Gaza is a small victory for the Palestinian Authority.

2.

Many critics of the above-mentioned players complain that they have no strategy for Gaza. This is true – because no one wants to have a strategy for Gaza that comes with responsibility for Gaza.

Israel pulled out and wants to have nothing to do with Gaza.

Egypt is wise enough to never take over this mess again.

The PA wants to rule Gaza – but not to pay the price of having to fight for Gaza.

For Hamas, Gaza is merely a launch pad for greater enterprises.

So it’s true: everybody uses tactics, some tactics of delay, some tactics of inflammation. The players have no long-term plan. The critics have no long-term plan. And even in case they have a plan, there is no one to implement a plan.

3.

What Gaza needs is what used to be called – in the good old days – nation building. But we all remember how difficult, unsuccessful, costly, demanding, violent and deadly nation building can be.

Any takers? I didn’t think so. Israel will definitely not be a nation builder in Gaza. If that’s the strategy proposed by outsiders – Israel is likely to stick to tactics. Contain, deter, delay – and from time to time have war.

At Least Three Palestinians Dead in Latest Gaza Riots

Screenshot from Twitter.

Hamas-led riots at the Israel-Gaza border on Friday resulted in at least three Palestinians dead and 124 injured, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry.

However, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced in a tweet that “10 armed terrorists” breached the border fence, but the IDF stopped them and then launched retaliatory strikes against Hamas:

According to the Times of Israel, one of the Palestinians that breached the fence threw a grenade, but no Israeli soldiers were injured in the riots.

Additionally, Ynet News reported that there were at least seven fires that were ignited from the incendiary balloons that were launched, but they all appear to have been doused out.

Twenty-thousand Palestinians participated in the riot.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted a warning to Hamas, who are believed to have been escalating the riots as talks of a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas have deteriorated.

“We got through the High Holy Days just as we had planned, without a war erupting and while exacting a heavy price from the rioters on the Gaza border,” Lieberman wrote. “But the holidays are now behind us, and I tell the heads of Hamas: ‘Take that into account.'”

Hamas responded by saying, “These are empty words against the Palestinian will to break the blockade on Gaza. The March of Return will intensify. Our people pay no attention to this broken record of the Zionist leadership”

Six Palestinians Dead in Latest Gaza Riots

A Palestinian hurls stones at Israeli troops during a protest calling for lifting the Israeli blockade on Gaza and demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border fence east of Gaza City September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

At least six Palestinians died, and more than 500 were injured, during Friday’s Hamas-led riots at the Gaza border, including a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has stated that there were 20,000 Palestinians at the riots, many of whom threw rocks, burning tires and explosives at IDF soldiers. No IDF injuries were reported.

Additionally, the IDF said that there were Palestinians who breached the border fence, but retreated to the Gaza side of the border.

The 20,000 rioters were an increase from the more than 10,000 rioters in the week prior, as Hamas called for more Palestinians to riot at the border. Israel has stated that the increase stems from deteriorating ceasefire negotiations with Hamas.

One Palestinian Dead, 94 Wounded in Latest Gaza Riots

Screenshot from Twitter.

Another round of riots at the Israel-Gaza border occurred on Sept. 7, resulting one Palestinian dead and 94 injured, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry.

There were around 7,000 rioters along the border; the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that the rioters were throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks, and burning tires at Israeli soldiers, as well as launching incendiary kites and balloons toward the Israeli side of the border. In response, the IDF struck two Hamas outposts.

The kites and balloons ignited two fires on the Israeli border, one of which stemmed from a kite tied to a burning tire landing on a Keren Shalom antennae.

Around 30 of the injured Palestinians were from Israeli soldiers’ gunfire when they attempted to breach the fence. Some Palestinian social media posts have claimed that there were some successful breaches of the fence, although this has yet to be confirmed. The one Palestinian that died was a 17-year-old.

The riots also featured Palestinians hanging and lighting fire to effigies of Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Hamas Terrorist Accidentally Blows Himself Up

Screenshot from Twitter.

A Hamas terrorist accidentally blew himself up on Wednesday in an attempt to “neutralize an Israeli munition,” the Times of Israel reported.

The terrorist, Abdel Rahim Abbas, was a commander in the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. The explosion occurred during an inspection of Hamas’ bomb disposal unit’s headquarters, when Abbas accidentally caused the munition to catch fire and explode.

The ensuing fire was contained and extinguished, but Abbas died from the explosion.

U.N. Watch’s Hillel Neuer tweeted sardonically, “Another Gaza human rights activist accidentally blows himself up.”

Terrorists seem to have a knack for accidentally killing themselves. In February, one of Hamas’ founders Imad al-Alami, died from accidentally shooting himself in the head while he was cleaning his gun.

There have also been instances of terrorists accidentally lighting themselves on fire:

Complaint Filed Against UK Charity Over Ties to Terrorism

Screenshot from Facebook.

The Lawfare Project and UK Lawyers for Israel filed a complaint on Wednesday against a British charity over its ties to terrorism and its anti-Israel activism.

The complaint states that the charity, War on Want, bills itself as a social justice organization that works to ameliorate poverty and inequality and fight for human rights, yet it has ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has been designated as a terror group by various Western countries.

The War on Want partners with various NGOs that have ties to the PFLP, such as Addameer, which has many various PFLP members. The War on Want has worked with Addameer in boycotting G4S, which has provided goods and services to Israeli prisons; they have also promoted a campaign advocated for the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons.

Additionally, the War on Want names Al Haq, which says it has been “Defending Human rights in Palestine since 1979,” as a partner of the organization in a booklet; Al Haq’s general director, Shawan Jabarin, is a part of PFLP leadership. Al Haq also champions the Palestinian Authority’s “pay-to-slay” policy of paying terrorists and their families to murder Israelis.

The War on Want also partners with the Palestinian BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] Committee, an umbrella organization for various entities with ties to a myriad of a Palestinian terror groups, including Hamas, the PFLP and Islamic Jihad.

The complaint also argues that War on Want’s frequent activism against Israel through its promotion of the BDS movement – such as its campaign for Israeli Apartheid Week at British universities – is political activism with no connection to its stated charitable goals, noting that poverty in Gaza and the West Bank has improved “since Israel imposed various controls following Gaza’s takeover by the Hamas terrorist organization.”

The last point mentioned in the complaint is that the War on Want disseminates “misleading” information on the Israel/Palestinian complaint, including false statements about Israeli prisons being mired in “poor conditions” and referring to Palestinian terrorists as “political prisoners.”

“War on Want produces and disseminates false propaganda against Israel that misleads donors and other members of the public, stokes hatred of Israel and Jews, and encourages anti-Semitism, contrary to the public benefit,” the complaint concludes.

According to NGO Monitor, the War on Want faced a complaint from Jewish Human Rights Watch in 2016 due to its ties to terror and anti-Israel activism “that has no bearings on the object of charity.” The War on Want has frequently accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and “war crimes” and advocates for Britain to cease arm sales to Israel.

Israeli NGO Accuses Hamas of War Crimes

Screenshot from Twitter.

The Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center, on behalf of Israeli farmers and tens of thousands of individuals worldwide, filed a war crimes complaint against Hamas over the terror group’s use of incendiary kites and rockets against Israelis.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the complaint argues that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should launch a probe into the extensive damage to agricultural land caused by the fiery kites that Hamas has launched into Israel.

“Hamas transported civilians to the border for the purpose of burning 10,000 tires and throwing gasoline bombs, as well as openly issued propaganda videos advising civilians that the purpose of burning tires was to mask the movements of its armed militants, who had been directed to murder Israeli civilians,” the complaint argues.

The complaint specifically names Hamas leaders Khaled Mashal, Saleh al-Nouri and Zaher Jabarin as people who should be charged with war crimes, pointing out that they are Jordanian citizens, and Jordan is one of the countries represented on the ICC. They also argued that property damage and intent to murder civilians follows ICC precedent.

“For many months, Israeli farmers have endured thousands of destructive arson attacks and rocket fire from Gaza, while the world stood by in silence,” Shurat Hadin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said. “Amazingly, Hamas, which has orchestrated this campaign of terror… accuses Israel and the IDF of utilizing excessive force. We are demanding the ICC put an end to this hypocrisy and diligently investigate these Palestinian war crimes. “

Michael Uziyahi, an Israeli mother in the Eshkol region, said at an August 19 event at Stephen S. Wise Temple that over the past few months, balloons that were once the “symbol of hope and childhood and celebration and happiness, became the symbol of hell, the symbol of fear.” Another Israeli mother, Yedidya Harush from the Halutza region, told attendees that her daughter has come to fear balloons, stating when she saw a man selling balloons, “Balloon is bad, balloon explodes, balloon can kill us.”

“It is not easy for us,” Harush said. “We have been going through a rough time, but we are strong. Our spirit is so strong that even when we cry, even we go through tough times, we know we are going to stay and grow.”

In June, the United Nations rejected the United States’ effort to condemn Hamas for violence at the Israel-Gaza border.

180 Palestinians Reportedly Injured in Latest Gaza Border Riots

REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Another round of riots at the Israel-Gaza border occurred on August 31, resulting in 180 Palestinians wounded, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry is claiming.

The Times of Israel reported that around 5,000 Palestinians rioted at the border; the rioters threw rocks and burning tires at the border as well as incendiary kites. An incendiary balloon was flown into southern Israel and ignited a fire at the Be’eri Forest, but Israeli firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread.

A grenade was also thrown at an Israeli soldier, although no injuries to Israeli soldiers have been reported.

The rioters are proclaiming that they were able to strike down an Israeli drone that was firing tear gas grenades to control the riot, however the IDF is claiming that the drone simply malfunctioned from a technical error.

“The marches will not end until all goals are achieved,” Deputy Hamas leader Khalil al-Hayya declared at the riot. “As long as the occupation continues, our people have the right to resist in all ways.”

The Hamas-led riots at the border have been occurring since March to protest in favor of the Palestinian Right of Return and attempt to penetrate the Gaza border fence. Israel and Hamas are currently in talks for a long-term truce.

WATCH: 13-Year-Old Gaza Boy Reveals Hamas Torture

Screenshot from Twitter.

A 13-year-old Gazan boy explained in a clip released by Palestinian Media Watch how Hamas fighters subjected him to brutal torture for fighting with the son of a Hamas commander.

The boy, identified as Muhammad Adham Abu Anzah, said in the video as he wiped away with tears with his hand in a cast that the Hamas terrorists smacked him “with daggers and a whip” and “broke my finger.”

“When one finished or tired out, another came and continued to hit me with a belt,” Anzah said. “They broke iron on my neck. Six people – they continued to hit me until the police came.”

The police arrested Anzah and detained him until the police acquiesced to his father’s screaming demands to let him go.

“There is no need for this barbarity,” Anzah’s father said. “To torture him and hit him inside the mosque, to tie him up, to break sticks on him, and to hit him with chains, his soul was broken.”

Anzah’s father acknowledged they were taking a serious risk by speaking out, pointing out that his son has received death threats and that Hamas typically executes people who are critical of them, claiming that they are either prostitutes or Israeli collaborators. But the family felt like they had to speak out to raise awareness about Hamas beating a child.

“I implore the human rights organizations, the Arab states, and all organizations to stand with us,” Anzah’s father said.

British PM Frontrunner: Zionists Have ‘No Sense of English Irony’

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has found himself in yet another anti-Semitic controversy, as a video clip from 2013 shows him stating that Zionists have “no sense of English irony.”

Corbyn was speaking at a London conference that was promoted by Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ propaganda arm, that featured “a range of anti-Semites, homophobes and conspiracy theorists,” according to the UK Daily Mail. Corbyn said that British Zionists “don’t want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don’t understand English irony either.”

Other speakers at the conference included Daud Abdullah, who called for attacks against the Royal Navy and led a boycott against Holocaust Memorial Day.

Corbyn has been heavily criticized for these unearthed remarks. For instance, the UK Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone wrote on Friday that while he has been defending Corbyn in a string of recent controversies, the “no sense of English irony” comment is “unquestionably anti-Semitic.”

“To generalize about any race or religion is discriminatory,” Hattenstone wrote. “And if there were ever a clear example of somebody conflating Zionist with Jews, this appears to be it. Let’s play the traditional ‘swap the minority’ game. Instead of ‘Zionists’ let’s make it, say, Muslims or African-Caribbeans or Asians or Irish needing lessons in history or irony. Not nice, eh?”

Corbyn has also come under fire for laying a wreath at the graves of the Munich 1972 terrorists.

Britain’s Corbyn Reportedly Met With Hamas Leaders in 2010

Photo from Wikipedia.

A recent report from i24 News states that UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Hamas leaders in 2010, back when he was a largely unknown member of parliament.

According to i24, Corbyn visited Hamas leaders Aziz Dweik, Mahmoud al Ramahi, Muna Saleem Mansour, Naser Abd El-Jawad and Omar Abdel Razeq in Ramallah, as well as Hamas leaders Ahmed Attoun, Khaled Abu-Arafah and Muhammad Totah in East Jerusalem. Corbyn did not meet with a single Jewish Israeli on his trip.

After the trip, Corbyn wrote in The Morning Star, “It is time to bring those Israelis who committed crimes against humanity to account and to end the EU [European Union] Israel Trade Agreement while the occupation and settlement policy continues.”

The trip was funded by Middle East Monitor (MEMO) and Friends of Al-Aqsa. The aforementioned groups provided Corbyn with £927 ($1,500), well above the £660 ($840) gift threshold in which MPs have to report to parliament. But Corbyn never reported the trip to parliament.

The i24 report is the latest in a series of Palestinian terror-related controversies for Corbyn. Photos unearthed by the UK Daily Mail showed Corbyn laying a wreath at a Tunisia ceremony commemorating the 1972 Munich terrorists. An August 21 Daily Mail report showed photos of Corbyn in 2015 speaking to Hamas supporters in Parliament, including one Hamas supporter who said he wished he could conduct a suicide bombing for “Palestine.”

Palestinian Ambassador Manuel Hassassian praised Corbyn and the Labour Party for being “principled” on their watered-down anti-Semitism rules. Hamas said they “Salute Jeremy Corbyn’s supportive positions to the Palestinians.”

Israel Defense Minister Calls on Gazans to Overthrow Hamas

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is using the recent calm between Israel and Hamas to urge Gazans to overthrow the terror group, arguing that the “peace and quiet” is preferable to Hamas’ constant state of warfare.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Lieberman announced that the Kerem Shalom crossing and a fishing area near the Gaza coast were going to be re-opened, saying that it shows Gazans that “peace and quiet are worth it.”

“The residents of Gaza have much to gain when the citizens of Israel enjoy peace and security, and much to lose when quiet is disturbed,” Lieberman wrote.

Lieberman added that he hopes Gazans realize “that Israel is not the problem, but rather the solution.”

“The problem is the Hamas leadership, which uses civilians as live ammunition and as human shields,” Lieberman wrote.  “We hope for you, the residents of Gaza, that all of the budgets of Hamas and the international community will be channeled towards your welfare and to the development of the Gaza Strip, instead of to terrorism.”

After a recent escalation between Israel and Hamas, there has been relative calm on the border of Israel and Gaza Strip, although a long-term ceasefire agreement has yet to be reached.

The Times of Israel reports that the re-opening of the Kerem Shalom crossing and the fishing was part of a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas negotiated by Egypt and the United Nations.

However, Israel maintains that no long-term ceasefire agreement can be reached until Hamas agrees to releasing the four Israeli soldiers they have held captive since 2014, two of whom are dead.

Al Jazeera Required to Register As a Foreign Agent Under New Law

Screenshot from Facebook.

Under the recently signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Al Jazeera and other foreign media outlets are required to register as foreign agents.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the NDAA will force all foreign media outlets – including Al Jazeera – to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a law that requires individuals and organizations to disclose that they’re aiming to shape public opinion in favor of a foreign entity. Russia’s RT America was required by the Justice Department to register as a foreign agent under the law in 2017; YouTube already forces each Al Jazeera video to disclose that they are funded by the Qatari government.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt argued in an op-ed for The Hill that Al Jazeera is “a major exporter hate against the Jewish people, Israel, and the United States.”

“Al Jazeera also routinely glorifies violence against Israeli Jews, regularly calling Palestinians killed in the act of trying to murder Israelis as ‘martyrs,’” Greenblatt wrote. “The network also uses this term for any Palestinian operative of the armed wing of Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad who is killed by Israeli forces, despite the fact that both of these groups avowedly seek to slaughter Israeli civilians.”

Al Jazeera has previously come under fire for spying on Jewish groups in the United States. as part of a documentary that claims that Jews control the U.S. government. The network has also previously promoted the conspiracy theory that Israel warned Jews that the 9/11 terror attacks were going to occur.

The Qatari government, which funds Al Jazeera, has reportedly warm relations with the Iranian regime and has funded and sheltered Islamic terror groups like Hamas, al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Chaos & Deflection: Iranian Regime’s Long Term Strategy Against Israel

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with Muslim leaders and scholars in Hyderabad, India, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

During the past two weeks we have seen a dramatic increase by Hamas terrorists launching hundreds of random rockets at civilian populations in Southern Israel. I have long written about the Hamas attacks being generated as a result of the nefarious actions of the radical Islamic regime in Iran whose leaders not only fund and arm Hamas for their on-going conflict with Israel, but also specifically direct their Hamas proxies to carry out attacks against Israel. The Iranian regime has had a long standing strategy to direct its proxies such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups to attack Israel not just at random times, but specifically when there is increasing international pressure or focus on the regime’s leadership. This strategy of “chaos and deflection” in my humble opinion is designed to shift international pressure as well as Western media attention away from the evil activities of the Iranian regime. The ayatollahs and their thugs wish to drawn attention away from their actions at home against the Iranian population or their evil actions in the Middle East by essentially creating an alternative chaotic situation in the region with the help of their terror proxies.

Today again, we see the Iranian regime’s strategy of “chaos and deflection” being employed against Israel from their terror proxy Hamas. Following America’s recent re-instating painful sanctions on the Iranian regime and Iran teetering on the verge of economic collapse, the people of Iran have taken to the streets in masses across the country calling for regime change.  Fearing their own people’s uprising and potential international pressure to either give up power or give the people of Iran greater freedoms, the Iranian regime’s leaders have called on their Hamas puppets in Gaza to begin launching rocket attacks on Israel in order to create a new chaotic situation in the region. The Iranian regime’s hope is that with this new chaotic conflict flaring up in Gaza, the world’s attention and pressure will be diverted to Israel instead of their own evil actions at home and in the Middle East. When Hamas increases their own civilian casualties by placing civilians’ lives in danger during attacks on Israel, this Iranian terror proxy and the Iranian regime’s leadership hopes that the international media and community will condemn Israel and shift their focus away from Iran. The Iranian regime’s strategy of “chaos and deflection” has also been utilized in the past through the regime’s other terror proxy “Hezbollah” located in southern Lebanon and in southern Syria. The regime’s leaders have directed Hezbollah and their other loyal militias in recent years to launch attacks on Israel to shift media and diplomatic attention away from their own nefarious actions in the region.

While in the past the Iranian regime’s strategy of “chaos and deflection” has successfully worked because the former Obama administration and European governments have wrongly focused on Israel instead of the Iranian regime’s own nefarious actions, such is not the case today. The economic situation in Iran is increasingly getting dire by the day and the people of Iran are fed up and infuriated with the dictatorship squandering away their nation’s wealth on terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. They have even been chanting “death to Palestine” in the protestors throughout Iran as they have limited economic prospects and are facing high costs of living at home. Likewise, while the European powers have shamefully decided to look the other way at the Iranian regime’s terror activities in the Middle East and crackdowns on protestors in Iran, the current Trump administration has rightly turned its focus on the Iranian regime. The administration has correctly exposed the Iranian regime’s corrupt leaders, evil terrorist sponsoring actions and hegemonic wars in the Middle East. The Trump administration has correctly placed heavy sanctions on the Iranian regime in an effort to cut off their revenue sources for such evil activities. Fortunately the Israeli government has also tried hard to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza when striking back against Hamas terrorists who have been targeting Israeli cities with hundreds of rocket attacks. All of these actions have in essence helped to reduce the effectiveness of the “chaos and deflection” strategy by the regime in Iran.

Moving forward, in my own humble opinion, the regime’s strategy of “chaos and deflection” may at times continue to succeed, but the only way to effectively stop the evil criminal activities of the Iranian regime throughout the Middle East, is to bring about regime change in Iran. If the people of Iran are empowered and given international support, they can eventually topple this demonic regime in Iran. When the regime is gone, this will ultimately cut off all the funding and military arming of terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah in the region. Without billions in funding each year from their ayatollah masters in Tehran, Hamas and Hezbollah would cease to exist. Without billions in funding each year from their masters in Tehran, radical Shiite Islamic militias in Iraq, Yemen and Syria would cease to exist.  Not only would terror attacks against Israel radically decrease or stop, but attacks on other Middle Eastern countries would likely cease as well. After 40 years of chaos which the Iranian ayatollahs have unleashed on the entire region, the time has come for America and Europe as well as other free democracies in the world to help expedite the demise of the Islamic Republic of Iran today. Both the region and the people of Iran will benefit tremendously from this demonic regime being removed from the face of the earth.

Two Palestinians Dead in Gaza Riots

Screenshot from Twitter.

August 10 marks the 20th week of the weekly Hamas-led riots at the Israel-Gaza border, prompting a riot that has so far resulted in two Palestinians dead and more than 300 are injured, according to Palestinian media.

According to the Israel Defense Force (IDF), there were 9,000 Palestinians rioting and hurling projectiles at IDF soldiers, as well as attempting to breach the Israel-Gaza fence:

Per usual, the riots featured Palestinians launching fiery kites into Israel, according to the Times of Israel (TOI).

The Jerusalem Post reports that the rioter who attempted to breach the fence “immediately backtracked into the Gaza Strip. According to TOI, Hamas’ Gaza Health Ministry is claiming that one of the dead Palestinians was a 25-year-old journalist.

The riots began in March and was dubbed by Hamas as a “March of Return” to protest Israel and to bring attention to the Palestinian cause. But Hamas’ intentions seem to be more sinister than that.

“The march has two distinct strategies,” the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) website states. “The first, through the outwardly peaceful, civilian elements of the demonstration, is to raise international awareness of the plight of Gazans and Palestinians. The second, through the militants who are attempting to approach and attack the border line, is to use the demonstrators as human shields for the group’s terrorist ambitions, as well as to provoke a strong Israeli response that will garner headlines and support for their efforts.”

Iran, a Hamas ally, is also reportedly funding the riots.

Hamas has vowed to continue to incite such riots, even as they are claiming there is a ceasefire between them and Israel.

Video: Israeli Child Recalls When Hamas Rockets Hit His Home

Screenshot from Twitter.

StandWithUs posted a video of an Israeli boy sharing the details of a Hamas rocket striking his home while he’s in a room with his dad, who was hospitalized in the strike.

The boy, identified in the video as Shalev Levy, said that when the first rocket alarm went off, he and his dad, Avi, stayed in a bomb shelter; when it ended Avi went outside.

Suddenly, another rocket alarm sounded and then Shalev heard a “boom.”

“When I went out to see what was happening, I saw that in my sister’s room there was a smoke and fire and I went to the living room and dad shouted and told me to leave the house quickly,” Shalev said. “When he said that I saw that his arm was bleeding.”

The video ends with Shalev saying that he used a cloth to bandage his father’s arm and then asked his neighbors for help.

According to the UK Guardian, Hamas and other Gaza terror group launched more than 180 projectiles into Israel; Israel has responded with 150 airstrikes into Gaza. Three Palestinians have died and numerous Israelis have been injured.

Hamas is claiming that there is a ceasefire agreement between them and Israel; Israel is denying this but acknowledged “that quiet would be met with quiet,” per the Times of Israel.

To get an idea of the constant barrage of threats those in southern Israel have to had to deal with lately:

Oshrit Sabag, who resides in Nahal Oz, told the Guardian, “We’re mostly scared that there will be another war. We’ve had tens of fires. Houses were burnt. Now rockets and mortar bombs. It’s chaos.”

Gaza Judge Says That ‘Jihad’ Against Israel Is an ‘Individual Duty’

Screenshot from Twitter.

Gaza Judge Omar Nofal, who serves on Gaza’s Sharia court, said on Hamas TV on August 8 that “jihad” against Israel is an individual duty.

Nofal’s interview on Hamas TV, translated by MEMRI, begins with Nofal hyping the “72 Virgins of Paradise” as well as “the crown of honor” that martyrs earn in the afterlife.

“How can anyone cling to this world after hearing all of these great rewards?” Nofal said. “You can see that our young people have renounced life in this world, and hastened (to become martyrs).”

Nofal claimed that this is one of the reasons why “the Palestinian people have emerged victorious in all battles.”

“You can see that when the rockets are raining down, our young people march toward martyrdom,” Nofal said. “On the other hand, as soon as our enemies hear the siren – I’m talking about sirens and balloons, not rockets – when they hear the sirens, all of them – the police, the civil defense and, the soldiers – throw themselves to the ground and have a panic attack.”

Toward the end of the clip, Nofal states, “Regarding the situation in Palestine, I say that jihad is an individual duty incumbent upon the entire nation. Nobody is allowed to forsake this jihad.”

Nofal’s comments come amidst Hamas shooting rockets and fiery kites and balloons into Israel. Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon is calling on the U.N. to put the full responsibility on the escalation in violence on Hamas.

“Alarms have once again shattered the hope of the children of southern Israel for a quiet summer vacation – no country would tolerate such a situation,” Danon said. “The international community must condemn Hamas and place the responsibility for this unacceptable onslaught on the terrorist organization”

Latest from Gaza: Hanging by a Thread

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

On Thursday afternoon, a rocket from Gaza hit the city of Beer Sheeba for the first time since the Gaza war of 2014. This was an escalation of an already tense situation, after a long day and night of fire — an escalation of potentially grave consequences. Israel was forced to make two quick decisions. The first one: How to respond to this provocation? The second: Should an international soccer match, scheduled for this evening in Beer Sheeba, be canceled?

The decisions Israel made could seem contradictory. The match was to be played; the military response was to be immediate and high profile. So, as Israel was taking the risk of having thousands of people under the threat of rockets during a soccer match, it also sent the Israeli Air Force to take down a building in the center of Gaza.

In the last war, taking down two high rises in Gaza was the last straw that led to a ceasefire. It was a message: From now on, if the war doesn’t stop, all hell will break loose.

Today, taking down a building was meant to prevent a war that hasn’t yet started, but could start very soon. Israel does not want this war, but cannot tolerate for much longer the drip drop of fire from Gaza. Thus, it is now in Hamas’ hands.

The building went down in flames. Hamas surely got the message. If this message doesn’t sink in, there could be only one reason for it: Hamas wants war.

This Video Captures the Terror of Hamas Rockets

Screenshot from Twitter.

A video has been circulating on social media that captures the terror that Israelis endure when Hamas launches rockets at them.

The video shows a Hamas rocket in the air that explodes, and then proceeds to show the chaos of Israeli children screaming and attempting to be herded into a bomb shelter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Times of Israel, Hamas launched eight rockets at Israel; two of them struck the town of Sderot – where the video was taken – causing severe damages to numerous vehicles, a home and an apartment building.

Three Israelis were also injured from the strikes, none of which are believed to be serious. Two pregnant women went into premature labor as a result of the rockets and eight other Israelis were taken to the hospital to be treated for anxiety attacks.

There was more:

Additionally, terrorists from the Gaza Strip ignited at least 11 fires throughout southern Israel that had to be extinguished by Israeli firefighters.

The rockets and arson attacks came a day after Hamas announced they would seek revenge for the Israeli military reportedly killing two Hamas snipers.

Hamas Leadership Reportedly Agrees to Possible Ceasefire With Israel – With Conditions

Sebastian Scheiner /Pool via Reuters

Hamas leadership has reportedly agreed to a possible five-to-10-year ceasefire agreement with Israel. However, Israel has signaled that they will only sign onto an agreement in which Hamas releases Israeli soldiers they have held captive since 2014.

According to the Times of Israel, Egypt hammered out a ceasefire agreement that will re-open the Refah border crossing with Egypt as well as loosen restrictions on the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Israel. The agreement would also hand over control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority and hold elections in six months, which would be the first time they would be held in Gaza since 2006.

The agreement would also set forth humanitarian efforts for Gaza and begin negotiations with Israel over the Israeli soldiers that have been held captive in Gaza.

Hamas’ leadership agreed to the deal, and an Israeli official is reportedly going to Qatar to talk about enforcement of the deal, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the family of Oron Shaul, one of the deceased Israeli soldiers held captive by Hamas, in a letter, “For the deal to have practical and moral validity, its first stipulation must be the release of our sons…. A deal without the return of our sons is a surrender that only serves as evidence of our country’s weakness.”

Most recently, Hamas has been terrorizing Israel by launching rockets and incendiary kites and balloons into Israel and organizing riots at the Israel-Gaza border to breach the fence.

Egypt had previously brokered a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas on July 14, but the ceasefire was ignored by Hamas, prompting Israel to retaliate.

Israel Seizes Norwegian Boat Carrying Pro-Palestinian Activists Toward Gaza

Screenshot from Twitter.

Israel seized a Norwegian boat carrying pro-Palestinian activists that was headed toward Gaza on July 29, prompting an outcry from the Norwegian government.

The 22 people on the boat were attempting to protest Israel’s blockade against Gaza; Israel boarded the ship and arrested the activists. Most of the arrested activists have been released and deported, though seven remain in Israeli jail.

“Israel has broken all the rules,” Herman Reksten, the captain of the boat, told a Norwegian media outlet. “It’s horrific that they board a Norwegian ship in international waters and force it to moor in Israel.”

Reksten has also claimed that Israel used “excessive force” by using tasers.

Israel has defended its actions.

“The ones that were acting against international law were those activists who were attempting to breach an internationally-recognized legal naval blockade over the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by an Islamic terror organization, Hamas,” Dan Poraz, a diplomat at the Israeli embassy in Norway, told AFP. “There was definitely not a use of excessive violence. There was use of a minimal and reasonable amount of force simply because the crew members … were reluctant to cooperate and to follow orders from the (Israeli) navy.”

Aussie Dave, a blogger at the Israellycool website, argued that there were contradictions in the various passengers’ stories. He pointed out that while the captain accused the Israeli navy of using tasers, another activist claims the soldiers “savagely beat” the passengers on the ship and another claimed they were surrounded by heavy artillery, but did not accuse the soldiers of violence.

“In other words, they are lying,” Aussie Dave wrote. “Not that this is surprising – it is what they do in order to generate sympathy for their morally bankrupt cause.”

Israel has implemented the blockade against Gaza ever since Hamas seized control of the strip in 2006 to prevent military equipment from reaching the terror group; however, Israel still provides humanitarian aid to Gaza. Similarly, Egypt also has a blockade against Gaza, but unlike Israel, they don’t provide any humanitarian aid to Gaza.

U.N. ECOSOC Votes Down Amendment Calling for Hamas to Release Captured Israelis

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) overwhelmingly voted down an amendment to a resolution calling for Hamas to release captured Israelis.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the resolution heavily criticized Israel and called on the Jewish state to stop building settlements and allow unfettered crossings at the Gaza border. No blame was placed upon Hamas for its role in the conflict.

In response, Israel proposed a one-line amendment that advocated for Hamas to release the two Israeli civilians they were holding in captivity, as well as the bodies of two Israeli soldiers. Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon argued that the two Israelis held by Hamas “mentally disabled and in need of immediate medical attention.”

The amendment was voted down 18-5, with 23 abstentions.

Every member of the European Union (EU) abstained from the amendment, prompting Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon to tweet that the EU’s move was “disappointing.”

The EU instead put forward text that called for all bodies being held in the Israel-Palestinian conflict to be released. That text was subsequently approved by ECOSOC.

The resolution passed by a margin of 45 votes in favor and two against, with the only countries voting against it being the United States and Canada.

U.S. ECOSOC Ambassador Kelley Currie slammed the resolution for being “unbalanced” and “unfairly” criticizing Israel

“This document only serves to inflame both sides of the conflict and complicate our shared goal of advancing Israeli and Palestinian peace,” Currie said.

Hamas acknowledged that it was holding the four Israelis in 2016, two years after they captured them. The two Israeli civilians, Avraham Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, were captured after climbing the Israel-Gaza fence. Mengistu’s family has described him as “unwell” due to his mental health issues; similarly al-Sayed “has mild psychological issues and has a history of entering Jordan, Egypt and Gaza,” per the Times of Israel.

The two Israeli soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, were killed in the 2014 Israel-Hamas conflict.

According to U.N. Watch, ECOSOC is the gatekeeper body that decides who goes on the U.N. Human Rights Council Countries with documented human rights violations, such as China, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, are represented on ECOSOC.

Israeli Soldier Murdered By Palestinian Terrorist

Screenshot from Twitter.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have announced that one of their soldiers was murdered by a Palestinian sniper on July 20.

The IDF tweeted that the soldier was shot nearby the Israel-Gaza border after a group of Palestinian snipers opened fire on Israeli soldiers. The family of the deceased soldier has been notified.

The soldier’s murder was what prompted Israel to launch numerous airstrikes against Hamas, which are still ongoing. Four Hamas terrorists have been killed in the strikes and 15 Hamas targets were hit.

Hamas Shoots At IDF Soldiers, Israel Responds With Airstrikes

REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

The Israel-Hamas conflict continues to escalate. On July 20, Hamas shot at Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers, prompting Israel to respond with airstrikes against the terror group.

The shooting took place at the Israel-Gaza border, where Palestinians began shooting at IDF soldiers during a Hamas-led riot at the border. Israel retaliated by striking eight Hamas posts throughout the Gaza strip, killing at least three Hamas terrorists.

The IDF tweeted the following about the situation:

The day prior, Israel launched airstrikes against Hamas in response to the terror group’s repeated use of incendiary kites and balloons against Israelis, which killed one Hamas terrorist. Hamas then launched rockets and mortars toward Israel; no injuries or damage were reported.

Israel has warned that it will invade Gaza if Hamas doesn’t cease its use of incendiary balloons and kites against Israelis.

“Hamas leaders are forcibly leading us into a situation where we will have no choice, a situation in which we will have to embark on a painful, wide-scale military operation,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in Sderot on July 20. He added that such an operation could result in a longer, more painful war than the 2014 conflict.

Israel Retaliates at Hamas for Firing Projectiles from Gaza

REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israel and Hamas continued to exchange fire on July 16 after a weekend of the two firing a bevy of projectiles at each other.

According to Haaretz, Israel struck two Hamas locations in Gaza where they believed Hamas was launching the fiery kites and explosive balloons into Israel. Hamas responded by firing a rocket into Israel. There have yet to be any sign of casualties.

This past weekend, Hamas launched over 200 projectiles into Israel, prompting Israel to shellack Hamas with dozens of strikes. Three Israelis in Sderot were injured in the strikes.

Additionally, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are taking measures to prevent fuel and gas from entering Gaza and held a ground incursion military drill as a warning to Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated the strikes between the two would not stop anytime soon, calling it “a protracted campaign.”

“There is no such thing as a ceasefire which excludes the fire kites and fire balloons,” Netanyahu said, referencing the ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt on July 14 between Hamas and Israel. “For a hundred years we have been fighting terrorism, fighting it with force. In this place at the moment, this is the line of friction between Islamic terror and the Jewish state, and we are determined to win. It involves an exchange of blows, it’s not over yet.”

Palestinians’ Latest Method of Terror: Burning Condoms!

Screenshot from Twitter.

The Hamas-led riots at the Israel-Gaza border that have occurred at least once a week since March have featured Palestinians launching fiery kites and balloons laced with explosives as a means to terrorize southern Israel. Now they have found a new weapon: condoms.

Yes, you read that correctly. No, it is not a joke.

On June 21, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) shared part a Palestinian video on Twitter that a provided a how-to guide on how to create an explosive condom balloon:

Even though it’s incredibly juvenile, it’s no laughing matter.

According to a June 20 Times of Israel (TOI) report, the use of kites, balloons and condoms as weapons are “dead simple and dirt cheap methods” to cause terror, citing one instance where an explosive balloon emblazoned “I <3 YOU” landed on Israeli highway, forcing that section of the highway to be shut down until the police were able to conduct a controlled detonation of the balloon.

Another instance involved a group of balloons that had an explosive on them landing onto a trampoline in an Eshkol backyard.

Meirav Vidal, who lives in the home where this occurred, told TOI, “Balloons on a trampoline in the backyard — that’s a decorative play area and beckons the most innocent ones, and yet our children have lost their innocence because of this phenomenon.”

In the case of the kites, Israeli farmers have been particularly burdened by them since their fields have been wiped out by the fiery kites.

Israel has responded to these actions of terrors by firing warning shots at the encampments launching them as well as launching strikes against Hamas.