Hamas’ attempts to minimize attention on its strategy of using civilian areas as a base of operations for rocket fire and other terrorism took a hit Tuesday when a United Nations relief organization found rockets stored in one of their schools for the
Foreign Minister slams United Nations Human Rights Council over its intention to investigate the IDF’s operations in Gaza.
(People’s World) — Charles Krauthammer, the right wing columnist, pooh-poohs the idea that the child migrants in South Texas, who have been coming in mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, are fleeing violence and poverty. “Nonsense” says Krauthammer, “when has there ever not been violence and poverty in Central America?”
U.N.H.C.R. (the UN Refugee Agency) interviews found that more than for the other countries, the Guatemalan children mentioned poverty and hunger as motivators. Also, 48 percent of the Guatemalans interviewed were indigenous people, of Native American ethnicity and language, instead of Spanish speaking “Latinos.” The overall population of Guatemala is said to be about 40 percent indigenous, perhaps an underestimate.
The poverty and suffering of Guatemalans, and especially indigenous Guatemalans, is rooted in long term U.S. policy in the region.
Operation Protective Edge is now two weeks old. Since the ground offensive began Thursday night, we have begun to get a better picture of just how dangerous Hamas has become in the nine years since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. And what we have learned is that the time has come to take care of this problem. It cannot be allowed to fester or grow anymore.
We have known for years that tunnels were a central component of Hamas’s logistical infrastructure.
What began as the primary means of smuggling weapons, trainers and other war material from Hamas’s sponsors abroad developed rapidly into a strategic tool of offensive warfare against Israel.
As we have seen from the heavily armed Hamas commando squads that have infiltrated into Israel from tunnels since the start of the current round of warfare, the first goal of these offensive tunnels is to deploy terrorists into Israel to massacre Israelis.
But the tunnels facilitate other terror missions as well.
As Israel continues to deal with the threat of terrorist rockets flying through its skies, a recent newspaper headline trumpeted the possibility of supernatural protection.
“Their God changes the path of our rockets in mid-air, said a terrorist,” was the headline in the July 18 edition of the Jewish Telegraph.
It was a partial quote from Barbara Ordman, who lives in Ma’ale Adumim on the West Bank.
Her exact quotation was: “As one of the terrorists from Gaza was reported to say when asked why they couldn’t aim their rockets more effectively: “We do aim them, but their God changes their path in mid-air.”
Hamas rockets have kept Israel under siege in recent days.
She opened her piece by noting: “In October 1956, [Israel's first Prime Minister] David Ben Gurion was interviewed by CBS. He stated: ‘In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.’”
Ordman also noted religious texts, specifically the Jerusalem Talmud, teaches Israelis not to depend on miracles for survival.
“It argues that we must not desist from our obligations and must not wait for miraculous intervention from the Supernatural,” she writes.
After her mention of the divine diversion of enemy rockets, she said, “When our God is not busy doing that, He is ensuring that the high-tech brain power of our ‘start-up nation’ is working overtime to produce yet another Iron Dome battery to help protect our cities and us.”
The headline is now being shared worldwide on Facebook by “Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural” page, with thousands of likes and a variety of comments including:
- “Shalom to Israel and supernatural protection, thank you Jesus for releasing your warring angels to supernaturally protect and defend Israel in Jesus’ name … ” (Juliet M. Maeck)
- “Indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:4″ (Danette Mallard)
- “The Muslims should also read about their future … in Psalm 83. (Jimmie Vestal)
- “Anyone against Israel should just run the other way!” (Trace Remington)
David Ward issues statement condemning Hamas after facing backlash for tweet supporting rocket fire on Israel.
(CNBC) — U.S. stocks mostly rose on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 finishing at a record for the 26th time this year, as investors weighed earnings from companies including Boeing and Apple.
“We’re seeing improving sales and improving earnings and the market is reacting to that. In the short term, I expect that to continue. This is a trend, and you don’t want to get in front of that,” said Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial, who views valuations are a longer-term concern.
“There has been a tailwind behind the market for some time — not irrational exuberance — but as things continue to be less worse, regarding the economy and corporate earnings, so we have this relentless climb,” said Erik Davidson, deputy chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.
The message is prejudicial and the timing is suspicious, with John Kerry in the Middle East to try to broker a ceasefire.
(DAILYMAIL) — Locals in a small Tennessee town are outraged after a 76-year-old man was arrested during a town hall hearing over a proposed pipeline because he asked board members to speak louder.
Eddie Overholt’s arrest came Friday after asking town board members to speak louder during a hearing to determine whether a gas company would be allowed to build a pipeline to dump waste into a local river.
‘Okay, I’m arrested,’ Overholt can be heard saying in a baritone drawl as he is escorted out of the Greenville Town Hall during a hearing with U.S. Nitrogen, according to WATE. The company wants a pipeline to the Nolichucky River.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama’s poll numbers are nothing to brag about, but there’s little evidence he has suffered so far this year a “Katrina moment” that caused his predecessor’s numbers to plummet.
A new CNN/ORC International survey indicates that public opinion of the President has barely budged in the wake of new challenges that Obama has faced this year.
According to the poll, which was released Wednesday, the President’s approval rating among Americans stands at 42%. That’s not great, but it’s basically unchanged since March.
Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) — Two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said.
The pilots ejected, the office said. Information on their condition wasn’t immediately available.
An air defense system shot down the jets after the pilots completed a task in Dmytrivka, a village in Ukraine’s Donetsk region near the border with Russia, the military press office said.
(CBS NEWS) A group of House Republicans tasked with finding a solution to the flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border is calling for the deployment of National Guard troops expedited deportations of Central American children.
“Our focus has been to ensure the safety of the children and it has remained a top priority throughout this process.
In our personal meetings with the Presidents of Honduras and Guatemala they both stated that they wanted their children back, and we believe that is in the best interest of all the countries involved in this crisis,” said Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, who headed the working group and briefed her fellow Republicans Wednesday morning.
The message is prejudicial and the timing is suspicious, with John Kerry heading for Israel to try to broker a ceasefire.
Hamas refuses to initiate any cease-fire until Israel fully capitulates to its demands, Khaled Meshaal states in public speech.
(NBC NEWS) A number of recent arrests have highlighted the role citizen smartphones can play in documenting police action, and while courts have sided with camera-wielding observers in the past, civilians who tape police making a bust may still face their own arrest, legal experts and activists say.
Several court rulings have upheld a civilian’s First Amendment rights to videotape cops performing their jobs in public places, legal experts say.
Those same federal courts, however, also found “this federal constitutional right is not absolute, particularly when it comes to filming traffic stops,” said Professor Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida. “The precise contours of the right have yet to be fully fleshed out.”
(NBC NEWS) The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned, an agency spokesman said Wednesday.
Michael Farrell was head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab since 2009. He submitted his resignation Tuesday, the spokesman said.
Farrell was reassigned following an incident last month at an Atlanta lab that handles bioterrorism agents. The lab was supposed to completely kill anthrax samples before sending them to two other CDC labs that had fewer safeguards, but didn’t.
Brief ban lifted after ‘guarantee’ given that demonstrations would not descend into violence minister denounces Jewish Defense League.