Friday, August 1, 2014
Thursday (July 31) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the beginning of a new humanitarian ceasefire that would start Friday morning at 8:00 am Israel time and last for 72 hours. Both Israel and Hamas have agreed to the unconditional break in fighting so that Gaza can receive food, care for the injured and bury their dead. Repairs to the water and electrical infrastructure will also be made.
A shipment of humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip that arrived from Turkey to the Ashdod Port on Wednesday [July 30] included hundreds of small metal marbles that could be added to an explosive device to increase the range of its blast and make it much deadlier.
Ashkelon, Israel—With its rows of cubicles and telephones, the underground Home Front Command center looks like any call center. But here, the telephone operators are Israeli soldiers, and the callers are Israelis with questions about how to act during a rocket attack.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Marking 30 days since the discovery of the bodies of Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach, a large memorial service was held Tuesday [July 29] in Jerusalem's Great Synagogue.
As Israel’s response to the latest round of rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza continues, some Jewish individuals and institutions in the US have been targets of anti-Semitism related to the current conflict.
Hamas has asked the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist organization to come to its aid by launching hostilities on Israel’s northern front. The Russian news agency ROI Novosti quoted Hamas commander Mousa Abu Marzouk as saying, “We hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against [Israel]…There’s no arguing that Lebanese resistance could mean a lot.”
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The head of Hamas' military wing, Mohammed Deif, released a pre-recorded message on the organization's official television channel bragging of a victory over the IDF. "The balance of power has changed. We have beaten the military. It is defeated."
Thousands of elderly people, including Holocaust survivors, collected some 100,000 shekels for the purchase of equipment and food for IDF troops currently stationed in the Gaza Strip and for those who were wounded in action and have been hospitalized.
In recent days, especially against the background of Iran's "al-Quds [Jerusalem] Day" (25 July), senior Iranian officials have expressed their support for increasing military assistance to the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Hizbullah, a client terrorist organization of Iran in Lebanon, also pledged support.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
After sticking to a "return fire only" policy for most of the day, the IDF [Israel Defense Force] resumed full military operations in the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon [July 28]. IAF jets resumed attacks targeting militants and dangerous infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. According to Palestinian reports, IAF strikes were being conducted Monday night across the Strip targeting the homes of terrorists. Ten houses were been bombed.