Gaza

Whinging Poms seem to want to stop Israel defending itself

Me with the Iron Dome Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Pommy whingers and haters of Israel seem to want to stop Israel from defending itself by opposing the shipping of vital components for their defence forces.

Britain approved the sale of arms to Israel worth ÂŁ7m in the six months before its offensive on Gaza this summer, including components for drones, combat aircraft and helicopters along with spare parts for sniper rifles, according to figures seen byThe Independent.

The government data will raise fresh concerns that British-made equipment was used by the Israeli military during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in July and August, which led to more than 2,000 Palestinian deaths and 73 Israeli fatalities, 66 of them soldiers.

The Independent can reveal that ministers in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) have also ordered a fresh review of military export licences to Israel granted prior to the outbreak of the conflict after officials found 12 instances where arms containing British components may have been used in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).

The refusal of the Government to suspend these licences caused a split in the Coalition and led to the resignation of Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi, who described Britain’s stance during the Israeli land and air assault as “morally indefensible”.

Official figures declared to the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) show that Britain granted 68 export licences for ÂŁ6.96 of military-use items to be sent to Israel between January and the end of June this year.

The licences covered a broad range of weaponry, including parts for drones and combat jets as well as military radar components and £600,000 of “high-power RF weapon systems”, in effect energy ray weapons which can be used for purposes from air defence to disabling cars.

The licences also included armour plating, anti-armour ammunition, electronic warfare components, sniper rifle parts and technology for weapons sights. One licence for an unspecified amount of small arms ammunition was refused on grounds of “risk of diversion or re-export to undesirable end-users”.  Read more »

Now Egypt is sick of Hamas’ tunnels of terror

Israel launched an operation to stop rocket attacks, and to destroy the tunnels that Hamas was building under the border in order to attack Israel.

Now Egypt is moving against Hamas tunnels…and they aren’t anything like Israel.

Critics who think Israel is taking a heavy-handed approach in destroying Hamas terror tunnels should see what Egypt has in mind.

Facing the same type of underground routes out of Gaza that allowed terrorists to mount attacks on Israel, Egypt is considering creating a huge, 1,000-meter buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula – they have already evicted 10,000 people in the process of clearing the first 500 meters — and digging a deep-water trench that would flood any future efforts to carve subterranean routes for smuggling weapons and terrorists in and out of Gaza. And unlike the fierce resistance and international public relations campaign Hamas mounted against Israel in August, the terrorist group that governs Gaza appears to not be seeking a head-on fight with Cairo.

“I don’t think that Hamas is looking for a confrontation with Egypt,” Zvi Mazel, Israel’s ambassador to Egypt from 1996–2001, told FoxNews.com. “They don’t want to put more oil on the fire. After all, Hamas stems from the Muslim Brotherhood — and the presence of the Brotherhood is nowhere in the fight now — so Hamas doesn’t want to speak too loud.”  Read more »

A besieged people

William Pollack discusses Israel in the wake of the killings by Palestinian terrorists in a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Just days ago, Barack Obama, the Commander in Chief and honorary Islamic Protectorate, stated the savage beheading of yet another American by ISIS, Peter Kassig, was not representative of “any faith, LEAST of all Muslim.” If Muslims are the “least” representatives of worldwide terrorism, whom might we expect to be more prominent, Lutherans?

Days ago and now vanished from the headlines, four Jewish worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue and a security guard were viciously attacked by Palestinian MUSLIM terrorists armed with meat cleavers, axes and guns. President Obama’s all-too-common response was to make a moral equivalence between Israel, a nation of laws, and a band of cold-blooded murderers. The Palestinian Authority’s leadership response was typically indifferent, coughing up a statement of regret that “any” citizens were harmed,  then blaming Israel for everything under the sun.

Reminiscent of the Palestinians celebrating dead Americans following the 9/11 attack on the United States, Palestinians handed out candy in honor of killing men dressed in prayer shawls. This horrific event followed weeks of savage Palestinian attacks on Israelis, including ramming cars into bystanders. One of the numerous casualties was a child.

The United Nations, a wasteful and irrelevant piece of real estate, paused momentarily from their relentless condemnation of everything Israel to offer stoic regret. With the notable exception of the sincere and meaningful comments by Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, worldwide statements of sympathy for the slain innocents were matched by the obligatory nod for more peace talks; as if Israel has a Palestinian peace partner; which they don’t.

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Palestinians being evicted, houses blown up, why no outrage?

Some so-called Palestinian’s are being evicted from their homes and the buildings torn down, but there is no world wide media outrage.

Why?

Well, because it is the Egyptians who are doing it not the Israelis.

Once more, Gaza’s border is in flames.

Civilians  are being evicted from their homes, a curfew has been imposed, and a crossing that enables Gazans to leave has been closed. Yet the world is silent. Isn’t that strange?

Hundreds of residents along one of Gaza’s borders have suddenly been ordered to evacuate, on just two days’ notice. Their homes are to be demolished. There is no talk of compensation. Why isn’t the United Nations Security Council denouncing this outrage?

Because it is Egypt, and not Israel, that is doing the evicting. (See the New York Times, October 28 edition.)

The Egyptians have decided they need a buffer zone along their border with Gaza. They don’t trust the Hamas regime, which they say has been assisting terrorists who have been attacking Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai. Apparently Cairo does not accept the Obama Administration scripted fiction that the new Hamas-PA government is run by “technocrats.” Egypt understands that a Hamas-appointed “technocrat” is, first and foremost, a functionary of Hamas.

So the bulldozers are rumbling in Rafah. As a result of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty of 1979, the city of Rafah was split in half. Part of it is on the Gaza side of the border. Residents in the “Egyptian” part of town are now being evicted willy-nilly, in order to make room for a buffer zone that will be nine miles long, and with water-filled trenches that will be more than 500 yards wide — that’s half a kilometer, or five football fields.

Yet nary a word of protest from the White House, nor any suggestion of delaying any U.S. arms deliveries to Egypt.

That’s not all. In response to the recent attacks in Sinai, the Egyptians have imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew all along the Egypt-Gaza border. In other words, no resident of Rafah can leave his or her home after dark, for any reason.\

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Anatomy of a Hamas Pallywood production

Pallywood and Hamas producer snapped in purple shirt

Pallywood and Hamas producer snapped in purple shirt

Remember the death of 4 Palestinian school kids on a beach and the outrage of the media, the world and the assorted leftist apologists for Hamas?

Of course you do…it was massive news at the time.

But it turns out that it might well have been staged by Hamas in one of their most successful Pallywood movies yet…and they killed the kids themselves.

James Delingpole explores the facts as ascertained by Thomas Wictor.

Here was the evidence – or so it seemed – that wanton Israeli aggression was leading to the needless deaths of innocent civilians, in this case four boys who had been playing football moments earlier and now lay in bloodied rags on the beach.

The story was reported by the Independent, the Huffington Post, Reuters, Channel 4 News, the Times, the Telegraph, NBC News, CNN, the Washington Post, and others, none of them questioning the premise that Israel was to blame for the deaths of the children.

And why should the media have doubted it? The entire sorry event  had, after all, been witnessed by numerous members of the international press corps, among them NBC reporter Ayman Mohyeldin, who tweeted that he had been playing football with the boys just minutes before the Israeli ordnance struck.

But did they actually see what they think they saw? Not according to a US-based weapons expert who has conducted a forensic analysis of what happened on the day, pieced together using Hamas propaganda footage, film from various international TV networks, and still photographs, and who has drawn a conclusion which could hardly be more different from the Hamas/mainstream media narrative.

His name is Thomas Wictor and if his theory is right then those four dead boys were not, after all the victims of Israeli missiles, but were murdered by Hamas in one of the most complex and ingenious “Pallywood” propaganda stunts ever staged.

If this sounds implausible – another wacko, 9/11-style conspiracy as some will no doubt suggest – then consider the evidence.  Read more »

What the UN didn’t show with their maps of Gaza

UN Map

UN Map

Last week, the UN published several maps showing the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge. The maps paint a picture of catastrophe, marking damaged buildings with red dots scattered throughout Gaza.

But those maps tell only half the story: Hamas used many of these buildings  – including houses, hospitals and schools  –  as sites to launch rockets and carry out other attacks.

In many cases, the IDF struck buildings in order to stop Hamas’ violence. This means that the red dots on the UN’s maps represent more than destruction. They show the many cases in which terrorists attacked Israel from heavily populated areas in Gaza.

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The Israeli Navy – Defending the toughest border

Yesterday I was treated to a visit of the Israeli Navy in Haifa.

Security was tight, but not as tight as I expect tomorrow for my trip to IDF Intelligence.

We were told that we could only take photos of soldiers and sailors from behind, or from afar. Every photo had to be inspected.

After a briefing on how the Navy controls all shipping out to and beyond the 12 mile limit and the borders with Lebanon and Gaza we were escorted about a Super Dvora class fast patrol boat to have a look.

This border is their toughest boarder due to the constant movement of vessels, the terror threat along with smuggling and other criminal activity.

One was leaving on patrol and so we were allowed to photograph that as it left the dock.

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Super Dvora class fast patrol boat leaving dock in Haifa. Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

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Today in Sderot [VIDEO + IMAGES]

Entry to Sderot    Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Entry to Sderot Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

WARNING: This might look like a travel blog post, until you see the video.

You will hear people moaning about the children in the conflict with Gaza and you will hear them moan about civilians and the effect on them.

Yesterday I visited Sderot, a small town of 25,000 near the Gaza border. When I say near…the closest part of Sderot to Gaza is 840m.

Every bus stop – approximately 200m apart, sometimes more is actually a bomb shelter as well. Whether you make it there is another matter as I will demonstrate shortly.

As you drive around you notice that every house also has a bomb shelter attached or is integral to the apartment blocks. This is the investment the people of Sderot and the government makes to protect children and the civilian population.

There is also an Iron Dome protecting Sderot, but due to the proximity to Gaza you only get 15 seconds warning…if that.

We had just finished a visit at the Police station where they have piles of expended Hamas rockets they have collected and I was crossing the road towards the van when an alert was issued. My phone buzzed and over the loud speakers that are everywhere in Sderot came the Hebrew words for Red Alert.

I was walking towards this bus shelter where there were people waiting and IDF Captain Roni Kaplan, who I was with, grabbed me and pushed me towards the shelter. The rest of the group were a fair bit behind and they returned quickly to the shelter at the Police station.

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Bus stop and Bomb shelter, Sderot Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

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Hamas kills 4 year old civilian in mortar attack

Hamas, on top of killing 18 alleged collaborators, have mortared a town in near Gaza and killed a 4 year old at a kindergarten.

A 4-year-old child was killed Friday evening after being critically wounded in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council by mortar fire during a large barrage of rocket fire from Gaza that also reached central Israel.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the fire on central Israel, saying that they had aimed for Ben Gurion International Airport. Iron Dome intercepted one rocket over Tel Aviv during the barrage.

At least 80 rockets were fired at Israel on Friday, with one landing a direct hit on synagogue in Ashdod, lightly wounding two and putting one woman in moderate condtion. Ten were treated for anxiety on the scene.

Earlier rockets fell near a preschool in Be’er Sheva, wounding a man while another landed meters from another preschool in the south, after a quiet night gave residents a much needed rest from renewed fighting which have seen a record number of rockets slam into Israel.

In the late afternoon hours, an apartment in Sderot also suffered a direct hit by a rocket from Gaza. Initial reports from the scene indicated that nobody had been injured in the attack.  

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What does it feel like to be under attack?

Haaretz breaking news page

Haaretz breaking news page

I was watching television in my room, shortly before 6pm last night.

I was about to go to dinner, but a siren started sounding. At the same time a txt message arrived on my cellphone and a push message on the app I downloaded.

This is the IDF’s early warning system at work. Hamas had launched a rocket at Tel Aviv and my hotel was in the calculated landing zone.

The Iron Dome detects the speed, trajectory and makes a calculation then sends out broadcast messages to anyone within about 500m of the calculated target zone. It takes 7 seconds for this to happen.

When you can hear sirens, you are in trouble.

About the time I got up from the bed the intercom system in the hotel announced that sirens and warnings were in effect and for all guests to move to the shelter.    Read more »

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