Outstanding analysis of what’s going on in Israel from Stratfor.com. They explain that Hamas is firing what are likely Iranian Fajr-5 Missiles into Israel, a different type than they have ever used before, a longer-range missile capable of threatening Israel’s major economic and population centers, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Pressure is building on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put an end to the attacks. A ground offensive into Gaza to root out the location of the rockets is likely.
Here is raw video from the Israeli Defense Forces (top video) of the airstrike today that killed the top military commander of Hamas, Ahmed Jabri. The strike hit his car as it traveled in Gaza. The second video shows the wreckage of the car.
Breaking News this morning that Israel has taken out the top military commander of Hamas with an airstrike in Gaza. . .
Official Israeli defence spokesperson: senior Hamas commander was targeted itv.co/SMnd2V— ITV News (@itvnews) November 14, 2012
Israel’s military says Hamas assassination is beginning of an operation against Gaza militants: apne.ws/ZJnyrZ -AB— The Associated Press (@AP) November 14, 2012
Activists from the far-left group Code Pink attempt to interrupt Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to AIPAC. One of them shouted, “Occupying land is indefensible” and the other held up a banner saying, “Silencing dissent is indefensible.”
The Italian activist had been in Gaza for two years monitoring human rights violations by Israel.
BBC — An Italian pro-Palestinian activist has been found dead in the Gaza Strip hours after being abducted, security sources in the Hamas-governed territory say.
Vittorio Arrigoni was seized by a radical Islamic group on Thursday morning and video of him blindfolded with tape was later posted on YouTube.
Hamas police reportedly found his dead body inside a house.
Mr Arrigoni was the first foreigner kidnapped in Gaza since BBC journalist Alan Johnston was snatched in 2007…(Read More)
H/t: Gateway Pundit
Former President Jimmy Carter says the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is “not anything to be afraid of.” He says this right after acknowledging that the Brotherhood has ties to the terror organizations Hezbollah and Hamas.
Via The Blaze
Here is video of President Obama today speaking to the media alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, after the two met privately to discuss prospects for moving forward on Mideast Peace.
Obama took the opportunity to condemn recent attacks by Hamas terrorists in the West Bank that killed four Israelis.
Netanyahu also spoke briefly, thanking Obama for his strong stand against the attacks, and his efforts to work toward peace.
Rush Limbaugh responds to supporters of the ground zero mosque that are saying peaceful Muslims are being painted as terrorist Muslims. Limbaugh said those who support the “Hamasque” are doing just the opposite, “Painting terrorist Muslims with the broad brush of peaceful ones.”
Limbaugh calls it the “Hamasque” because the Imam behind the mosque won’t condemn Hamas, and is “chummy” with terrorists.
President Obama is receiving support for his endorsement of the Ground Zero Mosque – from one of the co-founders of the Hamas Terror Group:
New York Post: A leader of the Hamas terror group yesterday jumped into the emotional debate on the plan to construct a mosque near Ground Zero — insisting Muslims “have to build” it there.
“We have to build everywhere,” said Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and the organization’s chief on the Gaza Strip.
“In every area we have, [as] Muslim[s], we have to pray, and this mosque is the only site of prayer,” he said on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on WABC.
“We have to build the mosque, as you are allowed to build the church and Israelis are building their holy places.” . . . . Read More
The Imam behind the Ground Zero Mosque – Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf – has refused to call Hamas a Terrorist Group.
Here is video of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah speaking at Friday Prayers at a Mosque where he declared that “the strategy of the enemy has failed, and the strategy of patience has won in Gaza today.” Don’t you love the “peaceful” sermons of the “Religion of Peace?”
Strategy? I thought the ships were just full of “peace activists” trying to take humanitarian goods to Gaza? The PM leaves no doubt that what happened this week was part of a strategy to create chaos and whip up world opinion against Israel.
Notice also on the video that the “peaceful” people also burned a mock coffin bearing the Israeli flag.
Here is video of Vice-President Joe Biden defending Israel’s right to know what is on ships bound for Gaza. Biden said they have the right to prevent weapons from reaching Hamas. Israel “is at war with Hamas.” Biden said Israel was willing to take humanitarian supplies on into the Gaza Strip, but said they “have a right to know” if weapons are being smuggled to Hamas via ships at sea.
Good for Biden. He’s absolutely right.