Opinion: It’s Time for Congress to Get Involved in Gaza War

After what appeared to be a supportive approach to Israel’s war on Gaza terrorists, the US has reportedly given Israel some backhanded diplomacy. According to reports from Haaretz and Al-Monitor, the US proposed a ceasefire to the Israel-Hamas conflict that embraced multiple Hamas requests while barely noting Israeli concerns. Based …

Israel Builds A Modern Highway and Finds an Ancient Village

Highway expansions can result in traffic jams, and in Israel it can turn into archaeology as well. That’s what happened to a recent project, after an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) inspector found pottery shards during the Highway 1 project, a discovery that has since led to the uncovering of an …

Israel, Gaza Terrorists Reach Ceasefire Agreement

Despite the collapse of nearly a dozen previous ceasefires due to Gaza attacks, it appears the latest agreement between Israel and Hamas is going to hold based on the reactions it is receiving. Israel has outlined a list of clauses to the ceasefire, demonstrating its similarity to the original one …

Terror Group Holding Lebanese Prisoners Threatens Hezbollah

One of the Al-Qaeda-inspired terror groups fighting in Syria, the Al-Nusra Front, has threatened to kill Lebanese prisoners if Hezbollah interferes with their fight in Syria. The Daily Star, citing a statement from Nusra, said the terror group wants Hezbollah to stay out of an upcoming battle in Syria, or …

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Terror Group Holding Lebanese Prisoners Threatens Hezbollah

September 1, 2014 News, Syria, Terrorism
Violence in Lebanon isn't that far from Israel. Sign showing the distance between Jerusalem and Lebanese capital city. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Violence in Lebanon isn’t that far from Israel. Sign showing the distance between Jerusalem and Lebanese capital city. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

One of the Al-Qaeda-inspired terror groups fighting in Syria, the Al-Nusra Front, has threatened to kill Lebanese prisoners if Hezbollah interferes with their fight in Syria. The Daily Star, citing a statement from Nusra, said the terror group wants Hezbollah to stay out of an upcoming battle in Syria, or else.

The prisoners in danger are members of the Shiite Islamic sect, like Hezbollah, and are part of a group of dozens of soldiers and security personnel captured in a fight in the Arsal region in Lebanon, which is near the Syrian border. Another terror group, ISIS, also was part of the battle and also has prisoners. The Daily Star reported that Lebanon is considering the demands to release prisoners from the terror groups in exchange for the captured Lebanese. … Continue Reading

Captured Terrorists from Gaza War: Hamas Hid in Hospitals

August 26, 2014 News
Is it really peace they want?Palestinian banner. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Is it really peace they want?Palestinian banner. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Following the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza in previous weeks, new reports from Hamas operatives captured by Israel are telling a troubling tale of Hamas using hospitals and mosques in their fight with Israel. A press release from the Israel Security Agency said that Hamas operatives admitted in interrogation that Hamas officials hid in hospitals.

Muhammad Alqadra was paraphrased as saying that “it was well known that senior Hamas leaders and their armed bodyguards, usually in police uniforms, openly hide in hospitals.” … Continue Reading

Israel, Gaza Terrorists Reach Ceasefire Agreement

August 26, 2014 IDF, Peace and Conflict, Terrorism
Will Israel and the Palestinians shake hands next? Prime Minister Netanyahu (Left) and UN Sec-Gen Ban. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Will Israel and the Palestinians shake hands next? Prime Minister Netanyahu (Left) and UN Sec-Gen Ban. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Despite the collapse of nearly a dozen previous ceasefires due to Gaza attacks, it appears the latest agreement between Israel and Hamas is going to hold based on the reactions it is receiving. Israel has outlined a list of clauses to the ceasefire, demonstrating its similarity to the original one Hamas rejected, while Hamas is trying to claim victory after taking a series of heavy blows from Israel.

Israeli spokesman Ofir Gendelman’s Twitter feed said Israel accepted the “open ended” ceasefire, which “does not mention Hamas’ preconditions” of a seaport, airport, release of prisoners or transfer of funds. “Hamas gave in & accepted today the same Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire it rejected until now. The reason for the change: IDF’s airstrikes,” tweeted Gendelman. … Continue Reading

Gaza Terrorists Wound Israelis Trying to Help Palestinians

August 24, 2014 News
Israeli medics help wounded Gazans. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Israeli medics help wounded Gazans. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Israel GPO. By Kobi Gideon / GPO.

Multiple Israelis seeking to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians needing medical help were themselves wounded by Gaza mortar fire on Sunday, as Gaza terrorists targeted one of the crossings between Israel and Gaza. A press statement from Israel’s Government Press Office said that hundreds of injured and sick Palestinians have used the crossing to receive care in Israel.

However, on Sunday, Gaza terrorists unleashed “direct and continuous fire purposely aimed at the crossing”, according to the press statement. The IDF Blog reported that four civilians were wounded, one moderately, in the attack. Following the assault, Israel decided to close the crossing for the rest of the day, except in life-saving cases. Said the press statement, “Hamas has hurt the transfer of patients from the Gaza Strip and the provision of medical aid.” … Continue Reading

Israel Takes Down Gaza Terror Commanders

August 21, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Is it really peace they want?Palestinian banner. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Is it really peace they want?Palestinian banner. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

When targeting terrorist groups, it’s especially beneficial to take out their leadership. This worked with Al-Qaeda, and it’s Israel’s approach to the terrorists in Gaza. This week, Israel has assassinated three Hamas commanders, according to the IDF Blog.

The three Hamas commanders were responsible for a number of terror attacks, with two of them directly involved in the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006. The IDF Blog reported that two of the Hamas operatives were also involved in weapons smuggling for terrorists in Gaza. … Continue Reading

Gaza Terrorists Hit Israeli Home; Netanyahu Compares Hamas to ISIS

August 20, 2014 News

After violating the ceasefire with Israel on Tuesday, Gaza terrorists intensified their rocket attacks on Israel—while Israel has responded with a number of airstrikes of their own against Gaza terror targets. On Wednesday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter feed reported that a civilian home was hit by just one of the more than 200 rockets fired at Israel since Tuesday.

Israel has hit back, targeting two terrorists who fired at Israel earlier in the day, as well as making other air strikes. Following the violation of the last ceasefire by Gaza terrorists, the IDF Spokesperson’s feed tweeted, “Israeli cities are under rocket attack. Millions of Israelis are running to bomb shelters. Hamas made its decision. Now we will make ours.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made similar comments on Wednesday, comparing Hamas to the ISIS terror group in Iraq. … Continue Reading

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