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17 Feb

Cease Fire Begins in Gaza

17 Jan

soldiers1Stating that Israel had crippled Hamas, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert just announced an end to the 3-week Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. He said the army would remain in Gaza while Egypt mediates a long-term truce with Hamas.

According to DEBKAfile Israeli forces will hold to their positions in the Gaza Strip for a trial period to test Hamas’ response. Meanwhile, Hamas promises to keep on fighting and shooting rockets, while neither Washington nor Cairo guarantee action to end the flow of weapons to Gaza. As the Israeli security cabinet voted on the unilateral cease fire, Hamas blasted rockets against Ashdod and Ashkelon.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office reiterated that the IDF began Operation Cast Lead following an extended period of restraint as Hamas continued to terrorize the residents of southern Israel with daily rocket barrages. According to the IDF “Hamas alone is responsible for creating the situation in Gaza and is accountable for its consequences.”

The IDF will redeploy forces within the Gaza Strip in accordance with security assessments. Air, naval, ground and intelligence forces will remain on alert .

Sources: AP (photo); LA Times, DEBKAFile, IDF Spokesperson

Al-Jazeera – Growing Islamist Agenda

17 Jan

Since its launch in 1996, Al-Jazeera has been taking on an increasingly more Islamist agenda, according to Douglas Farah of The Counterterrorism Blog. This is particularly troublesome since so much of the Western media rely on this station to interpret news and events, such as the Hamas-Israel conflict. According to Farah, the station’s general manager may be the driving force behind this Islamist leaning, diminishing other voices which once had a stronger role.

The Nation reported on the station’s “Terror TV” trend in 2007. Kristen Gillespie, the author of the article describes Al-Jazeera’s programming as being comprised of newscasts, which tend to be fairly balanced; talk shows and related programs, to which viewers call in; documentaries; and reports from correspondents in the field. She says that it’s this last category where the reporting has frequently turned away from international standards of journalism and toward a sensationalistic and Islamist bias.

Farah concludes his article saying:

I am all for freedom of expression and the rights of others to get their message out. But I am also in favor of full disclosure of ownership and interests. Al-Jazeera is losing its right to claim to represent different voices, because the Islamist agenda has made it increasingly difficult for any other voices to be heard.

Agreed.

Interesting to note that last week Al-Jazeera ran an large ad in The New York Times, touting it’s journalistic integrity. Let’s see where this all goes.

Hat Tips: Counterterrorism Blog, The Nation

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10 Jan

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8 Jan

Joe the Plumber Goes to Gaza as a TV Reporter

8 Jan

Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher , the Ohio man who became famous during the U.S. presidential campaign after asking Barack Obama about his tax plan, is heading to Israel as a war correspondent for Pajamas TV Gaza Update.

“Joe” was held up by the McCain campaign as an example of an American worker who would be hurt economically by Obama’s election.

Wurzelbacher will spend 10 days covering the fighting and explaining why Israeli forces are mounting attacks against Hamas. He tells WNWO-TV in Toledo that he wants “go over there and let their ‘Average Joes’ share their story.”

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

Improvised Explosive Devices in Disguise Found in Gaza by IDF

8 Jan

According to IDF reports, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were discovered in the Gaza Strip by the Combat Engineering Corps and the Paratrooper Brigade Forces. One was found within a booby-trapped dummy dressed as a Hamas operative.

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Source: IDF Spokesperson

How the “Cease Fire” Ended (in June): the Backstory

7 Jan

David Saranga of the Israeli Consulate in New York, posted an informative backgrounder today on the story behind the June “cease fire” between Israel and Hamas. His article points out that while rocket and mortar fire from Gaza slowed during the “lull,” it never fully stopped. David goes on to say that rather than use the “state of calm” to promote peace and to build a civilian infrastructure in Gaza, Hamas took advantage of the situation to expand its terrorist capabilities. For more information go to David’s site.

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Source: Israel Consulate via IsraelPolitik

Hamas’ Latest High Tech Rockets Threaten Tel Aviv

7 Jan

Hamas has been fighting an increasingly more high tech ground war utilizing more advanced rocket power, according to analysts at globalsecurity.org and Jane’s Information Group. Popular Science (PopSci) reveales that over time, Hamas has been beefing up its arsenal of new rockets with expanded range. With the latest in rocket power, they are becoming better equipped to strike cities such as Tel Aviv with improved accuracy.rocket

In its recent article, PopSci reports that recently, Hamas imported factory manufactured rockets from China and Iran. Based on a family of Soviet rockets dating back to World War II, these rockets have the range to hit more Israeli cities, and their introduction help propel the current conflict.

The Iranian rocket, called a Grad, has a range of about 12 miles, long enough to hit the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot. The Chinese rocket, called the WS-1-E (pictured above, courtesy of globalsecurity.org) has an even greater range of up to 27 miles, and better accuracy than the Grad.

It is believed that Hamas possesses Iranian Fajr-4 rockets, which have a range long enough to hit Tel Aviv.

Sources: Popular Science, Jane’s Information Group, globalsecurity.org

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