Update: 1 IDF Soldier Feared Kidnapped 2 IDF Soldiers Killed

Israeli soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin was killed in Gaza on Friday morning, IDF tells family.   A military statement issued said, “findings in the field” were such that it could be established that Lt. Hadar Goldin was dead.” TimesOfIsrael
idftweetmissingsolider90 minutes into the humanitarian truce Hamas terrorist emerged from a tunnel in southern Gaza.  A suicide bomber detonated himself Hadar Goldinin the vicinity of the Israeli soldiers, 2 soldiers were killed and one IDF soldier is believed to have been kidnapped.  The missing IDF soldier is 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba is the son of British immigrants to Israel and  cousin of Israel’s defense minister Moshe

“In phone call to Secretary Kerry, PM Netanyahu says Hamas breached the ceasefire in kidnapping and killing two soldiers in Rafah this morning. Netanyahu says Hamas will bear the consequences.” Times of Israel

 Hamas attack on IDF soldiers in southern Gaza, which occurred an hour and a half after the start of a humanitarian truce, ended with the suspected kidnapping of a soldier, the IDF said Friday.

Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, was named as the IDF soldier presumed to be abducted by Hamas. His family has been notified.

Two other soldiers were killed during the incident. Their families have been notified.

Terrorists emerged from a tunnel shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated himself in the vicinity of soldiers. Heavy exchanges of fire ensued, before one of the IDF soldiers was kidnapped, a senior army source said…

“The incident is ongoing, and the IDF is in the midst of operational and intelligence efforts to track down the soldier,” the army added.

Online:  JPost IDF soldier feared kidnapped, 2 other soldiers killed 

“A Cloud Protected Us”: Senior Infantry Officer Describes Divine Protection In Gaza

IDF Givati brigade

An Orthodox infantry Givati Brigade commander Col. Ofer Winter describes divine miracles protection “the likes of which he had never seen” that protected his solders during the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Winter claimed to have witnessed a miraculous occurrence, the likes of which he had never seen before during his military career.

He said that a predawn raid that was intended to make use of the dark as concealment was delayed, forcing the soldiers to move toward their objective as the sun was about to rise. The soldiers were in danger of being revealed in the light but, Winter recalled, a heavy fog descended to cover their movements until the objective was achieved.

“Suddenly a cloud protected us,” he said, make a reference to the clouds that the Bible says protected the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. “Clouds of glory.”

Only when the soldiers were in a secure position did the fog dissipate, he said.

“It really was a fulfillment of the verse ‘For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to give you victory,’” he said, quoting a passage from Deuteronomy.

Online: Times of Israel Senior infantry officer describes divine protection in Gaza

3 IDF soldiers killed in booby-trapped UNRWA clinic

unrwaThree IDF soldiers were killed and 15 injured Wednesday trying to limit damage to the UNRWA clinic building while destroying a terror tunnel.  Explosives rigged in the passage detonated and the building collapsed on to the soldiers.  A tunnel with the entrance inside a building can not be dug without the people in the building noticing.

Three UNRWA schools also have been found housing rockets.  A booby-trapped tunnel in a UNRWA clinic.  The United Nations has some serious answering to do.

The army named the soldiers as Staff Sgt. Matan Gotlib, 21, of Rishon Lezion, Staff Sgt. Omer Chai, 21, of Savion, and Sgt. Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv.

The three soldiers, members of the elite Maglan unit, were taking precautionary measures in efforts to limit damage to the structure before eliminating the tunnel, when the explosives detonated in the small building.

The soldiers had sent in sniffing dogs and a small robot to minimize damage to the structure, located in Khan Yunis, but explosives rigged to the building detonated, toppling part of the building on top of the soldiers.

Online:  Times of Israel 3 IDF soldiers killed in booby-trapped UNRWA clinic

Gaza’s Sole Power Plant Ablaze

Gaza Power Plant Fire

Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats carried out dozens of attacks hitting symbols of Hamas power in Gaza early Tuesday; “leveling the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, and damaging the offices of the movement’s Al-Aqsa satellite TV station,  a central mosque in Gaza City and government offices.” Detroit Free Press

The fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant was hit cutting electricity to Gaza City and many parts of the Gaza Strip.  The Gaza fire brigade is not equipped to extinguish the blaze.

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France offers asylum to Mosul’s Christians

Arabic letter “N” for “Nazarene. Persecuted Christian homes in Iraq were marked with this letter.

France announced it would welcome Iraqi Christians forced to flee their homes when ISIS hordes invaded Mosul, Iraq.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint statement on Monday that they are taking steps to ease the suffering of Christians now fleeing northern Iraq en masse.

“We will aid those who have been displaced following the threats from the Islamic State [formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS] and who have taken refuge in [the autonomous Iraqi region of] Kurdistan,” the ministers said in reference to the thousands of Christians who have fled Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, in recent days.

“We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum in our territory,” the statement added, although it did not provide any details about the kind of aid France would provide in northern Iraq or the number of asylum seekers the country would accept…

The announcement by French ministers followed a rally in support of Iraq’s persecuted Christians that gathered around five thousand people outside Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral in the French capital on Sunday.

Online: France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

U.S. backs U.N. Security Council Statement

UnitedNationsSecurityCouncilThe U.N. issued a strong statement demanding that Israel and Hamas implement an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire. A statement is not a resolution and therefore not legally binding.  The Palestinians say they will continue to seek Security Council support for a legally enforceable resolution that demands Israel to halt its military actions in Gaza.

The U.S. backed a U.N. Security Council statement.
Israel has accepted a U.N. request for a humanitarian cease-fire three time, Netanyahu said, while Hamas violated
each one.

The diplomatic posturing of the Obama administration has been utterly deplorable.  That “unshakable” commitment to Israel did not last long.  A ban on FAA flights that backfired.  Secretary of State trying to bring Hamas supporters, Turkey and Qatar, into the negotiations.  A cease-fire agreement where Hamas demands were met and Israel scarcely mentioned.  Hypocrisy.

Despite a history of rocky relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration could largely be counted on to watch Israel’s back in the U.N. Security Council, where it succeeded for more than five years in blocking successive efforts by the Palestinians to gain more of the trappings of an independent state and to get the world body to formally censure Israeli settlement policies.

That changed after the stroke of midnight Sunday when, in the early minutes of Monday, July 28, the U.N. Security Council, with the backing of the United States, issued a formal “presidential statement” demanding that Israel and Hamas implement an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire to end fighting that has left more than 1,000 Palestinians and 43 Israelis dead….

“Ladies and gentleman, we heard a presidential statement right now from the Security Council that miraculously doesn’t mention Hamas or rockets or Israel’s right to defend its citizens,” Israeli U.N. envoy Ron Prosor said sarcastically.

Online: FP The United States Lowers Israel’s Diplomatic Shield at the United Nations
JPost Premier slams UN cease-fire plan for not addressing Israel’s security needs

Updated: Turkey To Send Another ‘Freedom Flotilla’ To Gaza, This Time With Troops

mavimarmaraUpdate:  A Wednesday July 30th, Turkey agreed to cancel a ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to Gaza, in exchange Israel allowed the Turks  to send planes of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

A ‘Freedom Flotilla” is being organized in Turkey by IHH to bring aid to Gaza with the protection of the Turkish military.  This is the same group that attempted to break Israel’s Gaza blockade in 2010.  IHH are radical Islamist that are listed as a terrorist group by the U.S. and Israel.  The ‘Freedom Flotilla’ is a political act misrepresented as aid.

Chairman Bulent Yidrim of IHH said they will set sail, with the protection of the Turkish military, as soon as they receive the necessary permit form authorities in Ankara. It is not clear if the flotilla will set sail but reports are being watched carefully by Israel.  What could possibly go wrong?

Amid Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas rocket fire from Gaza, a “Freedom Flotilla” was being organized in Turkey to bring humanitarian aid to the Hamas controlled Palestinian coastal enclave.

The flotilla being organized, called the “Freedom Flotilla II,” is the successor of the Mavi Marmara flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.

The new flotilla is being organized by the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief” (Insani Yardim Vakfi), otherwise known as the IHH, the same organization behind the Mavi Marmara ship, which Israel Navy commandos boarded, killing nine aboard who attacked them.

Israel and the US have both labelled the IHH a terrorist organization.

IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim told local Turkish media last week that the activists will set sail as they had received permission from the authorities in Ankara and that the Turkish Navy will provide protection.

Online:  JPost ‘Freedom Flotilla II’ set to sail for Gaza from Turkey

Kerry truce draft ignores Israeli demands

warpeaceroadsignsThe current White House administration biased showed in the ceasefire proposal that Israel rejected.  All of Hamas demands were met, scarcely mentioned Israel.  Egypt was ignored, instead Turkey and Qatar (both openly hostile to Israel )would supervise the implementation of the agreement.

Israel quickly rejected the proposal, with some commentators questioning Kerry’s grasp of the situation in Gaza.

The newspaper claimed that the draft banned Israel from destroying the so-called terror tunnels that entered Israeli territory from Gaza during a proposed seven-day humanitarian ceasefire.

According to Haaretz, the draft contained 3 key items outlining the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the “Palestinian factions.” These items include a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire beginning Sunday evening, use of the understandings reached after Pillar of Defense in 2012 as a starting point, and talks in Cairo “within 48 hours” to resolve outstanding issues pertinent to maintaining a long-term cease-fire.

Haaretz said that Hamas’ demands were all met in the draft, including opening of border crossings, passage of goods, and payment of civil servant salaries. However, there is no mention, Haaretz said, of Israel’s central demand for the Gaza Strip to be demilitarized and the terror tunnels destroyed.

Furthermore, Haaretz reported, the draft also completely ignores Egypt and instead gives supervision for the implementation of the agreement to Turkey and Qatar, both openly hostile to Israel and extremely sympathetic to Hamas. YNet

What Israeli School Children Sing to Deal With Rockets

Screen capture from video

Posted on YouTube is a song young Israeli school children sing about how to behave during a rocket attack.

This song was composed by a local teacher and has been taught to hundreds of schoolchildren within firing range of Gaza’s rockets to help them deal with the fear and trauma of having 15 seconds to run for cover when the Color Red siren sounds.

Shachar Bar, an art therapist who teaches in Sderot, became increasingly alarmed after seeing the thousands of children of the western Negev suffering the cumulative effects of trauma due to the ongoing barrage of Kassam rockets from Gazan Palestinians. Teachers reported the fear and panic being heightened each time the recorded alert “Color Red” sounded, giving students 15 second to run for cover.

“Children experienced real developmental regressions, some began bedwetting,” she said. “They were getting hysterical when the alarm sounded — some freezing in place, unable to seek cover. One day I felt like ‘now is the time’ and I took this song I’d made up to a kindergarten class.”

“By mimicking the alert system we touch slightly upon this threatening thing in a playful way, while in a safe, protected place with people we trust,” she explains. YouTube

150 Terrorist Surrender To IDF In Gaza

Surrounded by IDF forces 150 Palestinian terror operatives, many whom are members of Hamas, surrendered Wednesday to IDF soldiers during raids in southern Gaza Strip cities.  70 of the captives were suspect of carrying out terror attacks were transferred to Shin Bet (IDF Intelligence) for interrogation.  The other detainees were released.

The captives were stripped of their clothes to make sure they had no weapons.  Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz posted a picture on facebook showing the captives kneeling in the sand wearing only underwear and shoes.  The captives were later blindfolded and  given blue jumpsuits to wear.

Online:  150 Palestinians surrender to IDF in Gaza


Astronaut Posts Photo of Explosions over Israel and Gaza from Space

Photo of Israel and Gaza from the International Space Station

Astronaut Alexander Gerst posted photos to Facebook and Twitter taken from the International Space Station as it was flying over Israel and Gaza.