15:00: President Obama at press briefing: Hamas must release Hadar Goldin “unconditionally as soon as possible.”
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Texas Governor Rick Perry – who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and is said to be considering a repeat bid for 2016 – has written a passionate op-ed piece on politico.com that vigorously defends Israel’s actions in its current military assault on Hamas in Gaza, and calls on the United States to strengthen its support of the Jewish state in this regard.
(AP). President Barack Obama says in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the United States did things that were wrong and crossed the line. He says, quote, “we tortured some folks.”
Obama is commenting on a Senate investigation into the CIA’s interrogation techniques. A report on that investigation’s results is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
President Barack Obama on Friday called Obama on Hamas to release abducted soldier Hadar Goldin “unconditionally as soon as possible.”
At a press briefing, broadcast live on national TV, Obama said, “First of all I think it’s important to note that we have, and I have, unequivocally condemned Hamas and the Palestinian factions that were responsible for killing two Israeli soldiers and abducting a third, minutes after a ceasefire was announced. The UN also condemned them. I want to make sure they are listening and if they are serious about trying to resolve this situation, that soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible.”
According to a report in the International Business Times, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has told the Palestinian people that it is “only a matter of time” before they reach Palestine to join the fight against “barbaric Jews.”
The Islamic terrorist group, which last month announced that it had formed a “Caliphate” covering the Iraqi-Syrian border and renamed itself simply as the Islamic State, released the provocative statement on an Isis-affiliated Twitter account.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, confronted on the Subway by a Palestinian activist over his strong support of Israel, defended his duty to defend the Jewish State, even “if it means I lose votes.”
Palestinian activist Nida Ahmed, writing on her Facebook page, said she confronted NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio while waiting on the platform Monday morning, a day after he returned from his Italy vacation.
“The rush to judgment that takes place on Israel – that’s I think what’s totally unacceptable,” Dermer said, cautioning that people should wait for all the facts to come out. “We know that the terrorists were firing at us very close to that school. We know that we engaged them. We know that they were firing mortars at our soldiers.”
According to a detailed report in the London Express, the Palestinian flag that had been raised over the town hall in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets was torn down by vandals amid increasing concern in the local Jewish community about rising anti-Semitic hatred.
The flag, which had been hoisted yesterday afternoon as a gesture of “humanitarian solidarity” with the Palestinian victims of Gaza, was discovered by council staff this morning to have been ripped from its flagpole.
The money will go to restocking Israel’s Iron Dome defense, which has been credited with shooting down dozens of incoming rockets fired by Hamas during a three-week war.
(AP). Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah condemned the war in Gaza Friday as a “collective massacre” and a crime against humanity, but stopped short of directly condemning Israel for its ground campaign against Hamas.
Unlike past Gaza wars, including the devastating 2008 offensive, the Saudi monarch did not condemn Israel outright for the conflict, which officials say has killed at least 1,500 Palestinians, mainly civilians, since it began on July 8. Israel says 63 of its soldiers and three civilians in Israel have been also killed.
A Jewish lady was killed on Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle in Queens, NY.
EMS responded to a call that a female, identified as Grace Fishoff was struck by a vehicle at 99 street and 62 road at around 8:43 am. Paramedics arrived at the scene and treated the victim for life treating injuries. She was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The prolonged military conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza has sparked an outpouring of active empathy and concern for the IDF soldiers on the part of the Israeli public, that is widely considered to be unprecedented in quality and scope.
Citing just one primary example, the Times of Israel focused on the large-scale effort coordinated by Doron Elbaz, who owns a farm located next to Moshav Maslul, a town near the border with Gaza. Elbaz already had some experience at this – during previous conflicts, he organized convoys transporting food for soldiers who were entering Gaza.
(AP). Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans’ dimming opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. Associated Press-GfK polling found a spring and summer of discontent with the president’s handling of world events.
Obama’s consistently low marks across crises such as the fighting in Ukraine and the conflict between Israel and Hamas could benefit Republicans aiming to win control Congress in the fall.
The bipartisan resolution singles out Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as personally inciting against the Jewish state by “stating that Israel’s defense against Hamas rocket fire is ‘barbarism that surpasses Hitler.’” His language, the resolution asserts, “sparks unwarranted anger towards Jews and endangers the Turkish Jewish community and Jews around the world.”
Haaretz’ Barak Ravid has a breakdown of behind the scenes of the short-lived 6th cease-fire, initiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry, and violated after one and a half hours by Hamas terrorists:
“As midnight approached on Thursday, the security cabinet ministers received a phone call from the Prime Minister’s Office. Over the next hour, they were told, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and U.S. Secretary
The White House on Friday couldn’t have been clearer in its support for Israel and forceful condemnation of Hamas, amid reports of a kidnapped soldier an hour and half after the 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire was implemented.
Appearing on CNN Friday morning, WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the kidnapping of Hadar Goldin, 23, an officer in the Givati Brigade, “a blatant barbaric violation of a cease-fire agreement.”
In an early Friday report, Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1puQVLX) he will step down Aug. 18 to make sure constituents have a voice during the “consequential” lame-duck session.
The Senate failed to pass a $3.6 billion emergency supplemental spending package, most of which was designed to deal with the tens of thousands children illegally emigrating from Central America. The bill included $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.
Reid sought unanimous consent to move the Israel funding on its own. “We’ve all watched as the tiny state of Israel, who is with us on everything, they have had in the last three weeks 3,000 rockets filed into their country,” Reid said.
(AP). The Israeli army says one of its soldiers is “feared” captured by Gaza militants, hours after a Hamas-Israel cease-fire in the coastal strip unraveled.
The soldier went missing shortly after a Gaza official said at least 35 Palestinians were killed in Israeli shelling in and around the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Friday, The fighting broke out just hours after the cease-fire came into force.
The recent rise of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany and many locations of Eastern-Europe, raised fears among Jews living in those areas, and around the world.
Two weeks ago an angry mob gathered on a major Berlin Avenue, chanting “Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own!” (translated from German). iIn another incident in Dortmund and Frankfurt, anti-Israel protesters shockingly chanted, “Hamas Hamas, Jews to the gas!”
Hundreds of riot police in Paris have been deployed near the Israeli Embassy Thursday for the first major pro-Israel rally since the start of the latest Gaza war.
The rally draw organized by the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, started at 6:30pm local time. According to police estimates some 6,000 people attended, many of them waving signs with slogans like “Gaza hostage of Hamas” and “We protest for peace.”
Emanuel cited his grandfathers fleeing the pogroms in Eastern Europe as a reason to welcome them. “My grandfather left Moldova in Eastern Europe. His parents put him on a boat to get away from the pogroms [and] leave the violence. Thirteen-years-old by himself, not a word of English, to come to a place called Chicago. He left the violence of Eastern Europe.”
(AP) – A Detroit federal judge with a history of service to the Jewish community won’t step down from a criminal case involving a Chicago Arab-American activist convicted of planting bombs at a Jerusalem market.
Judge Paul Borman says he’ll be fair in the case of Rasmieh Odeh, who’s charged with lying on immigration forms when she entered the U.S. She didn’t disclose that she was convicted for the 1969 bombing.