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Praying for Israel.

Posted by on Jul. 15, 2014 at 8:37 AM
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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/15/israel-cabinet-approves-gaza-cease-fire-egypt-offer/

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he is willing to intensify the country's military campaign against the Islamic militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip after a proposed cease-fire aimed at ending the week-long conflict was approved by Israel's Security Cabinet, but rejected by Hamas minutes later.

"If Hamas rejects the Egyptian proposal and the rocket fire from Gaza does not cease, and that appears to be the case, we are prepared to continue and intensify our operation," Netanyahu said in a statement.

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Israeli officials said that the truce proposed by Egypt's Foreign Ministry had been accepted by the cabinet shortly after it was due to take effect at 9 a.m. local time (2 a.m. Eastern Time). Less than half an hour later, a senior Hamas official told The Associated Press that the group had rejected the proposal, claiming that Cairo had not consulted them.

"We did not receive any official draft of this Egyptian proposal," Sami Abu Zuhri said, adding that the plan, as is, was "not acceptable."

Under the Egyptian plan, proposed late Monday, a 12-hour period of de-escalation was to begin at mid-morning Tuesday. Once both sides agree to halt hostilities, they would negotiate the terms of a longer-term truce.

Earlier Tuesday, the armed wing of Hamas said the Egyptian plan "wasn't worth the ink it was written with." Reuters reported that a statement on the website of the al-Qassam Brigades called the proposal "an initiative of kneeling and submission" before vowing that "our battle with the enemy continues, and will increase in ferocity and intensity."

Since the start of the proposed cease-fire, the Israeli military said that 35 rockets have been fired at Israeli territory from Gaza.

In addition, the military said three rockets were fired at the southern city of Eilat early Tuesday, injuring two people and sparking a fire. The military did not immediately know who was behind the rocket fire. Previous rocket attacks on the city have come from radical Islamic militants in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula.

The military also denied it launched at an air strike on Gaza after a Hamas police spokesman Eyad Bouzam reported a strike on an apartment building.

Word of Hamas' rejection of the cease-fire came hours after State Department officials told The Associated Press that Secretary of State John Kerry had opted not to travel to the region on his way back to Washington from talks regarding Iran's nuclear program in Vienna. There was no immediate word of whether Kerry would reconsider his decision in light of the cease-fire's rejection.

The militant group appeared to be holding out for better cease-fire conditions, with senior officials saying the current proposal offers no tangible achievements, particularly on easing a border blockade of Gaza enforced by Israel and Egypt.

Osama Hamdan, a key aide to top Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, told The Associated Press that Hamas has a series of demands, including the release of Hamas activists arrested by Israel in the West Bank in recent weeks. Hamas also wants to be recognized by Egypt as a partner in any truce efforts.

Another Hamas official, Moussa Abu Marzouk, sounded more conciliatory, saying internal consultations on the cease-fire proposal are continuing.

Hamas officials are weary of promises by Egypt and Israel to ease the border blockade. Such promises were also part of a truce that ended more than a week of fighting in 2012, but were quickly broken as violence flared again.

An easing of the blockade of the coastal strip is key to the survival of Hamas.

Before the outbreak of the latest round of fighting, the militant group found itself in a serious financial crisis because a particularly tight closure by Egypt had prevented cash and goods from coming into the strip through hundreds of smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border.

Israel launched an offensive July 8, saying it was a response to weeks of heavy rocket fire out of Hamas-ruled Gaza. The Health Ministry in Gaza claims 185 people have been killed, and more than 1,000 people wounded, though it is not clear how many of those casualties were civilians and how many of those were Hamas operatives.

There have been no Israelis killed, although several have been wounded by rocket shrapnel, including two sisters, ages 11 and 13, who were seriously hurt Monday. Ahead of the Egyptian announcement, there appeared to be no slowdown in the fighting, with Hamas for the first time launching an unmanned drone into Israeli airspace that was shot down.

The violence followed the kidnappings and killings of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month, as well as the subsequent kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager in an apparent revenge attack, along with Israeli raids against Hamas militants and infrastructure in the West Bank.

Israeli officials have said the goal of the military campaign is to restore quiet to Israel's south, which has absorbed hundreds of rocket strikes, and that any cease-fire would have to include guarantees of an extended period of calm. Hamas officials say they will not accept "calm for calm."

With the death toll mounting, both sides have come under increasing international pressure to halt the fighting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 8:50 AM
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Sounds to me that they are not the ones who need the prayers of safety.  Prayers for a good memory of a time when they were brutalized, prayers that they see their neighbors as human beings. 

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jul. 15, 2014 at 8:58 AM
IhartU
by Gold Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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Question: Which country did not exist before 1947 Answer:Israel. 

Question:Which country popped out of nowhere in 1947 and start invading it's neighbors along with periodic genocide just to steal land.Answer:Israel

Question :Which country has successfully operated a propaganda for a long time to make people completely forget the fact that they are genocidal invaders. Answer:Israel.


Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing civilians including children?
Answer: Israel

Question: What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International fordemolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing?
Answer: Israel

Question: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States , according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S. ?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections? ?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
Answer: Israel

Question: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
Answer: Israel

Question: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
Answer: Israel

Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
Answer: Israel

Question: What country in the Middle East created millions of refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
Answer: Israel

Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?Answer: Israel

Question: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
Answer: Israel


IhartU
by Gold Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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Question: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
Answer: Israel

Question: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
Answer: Israel

Question: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents from USA and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union ?
Answer: Israel

Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
Answer: Israel

Question: What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
Answer: Israel

Question: What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque.?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because "We control America ?"
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?
Answer: Israel

Question: Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children? Answer: Israel

IhartU
by Gold Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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 Waits for some asshole to come along saying I hate Jews... seems to happen to anyone who doesn't agree with Israel- including US JEWS.

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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Ridiculous.

Israel uses their weapons to protect their citizens.

Ha-mas uses their citizens to protect their weapons.

The way to have peace is to end any and all ability for Palestinians and Ha-mas to wage war.

Quoting snookyfritz:

Sounds to me that they are not the ones who need the prayers of safety.  Prayers for a good memory of a time when they were brutalized, prayers that they see their neighbors as human beings. 

 

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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http://www.newsmax.com/TawfikHamid/TawfikHamid-Israel-Palestinians-Netanyahu/2010/12/02/id/378757/

The Arab-Israeli conflict has repeatedly been resistant to negotiated solutions. Despite peace treaties such as the Oslo Accords, hatred toward Jews and Israel has risen to unprecedented levels in the Palestinian areas and continues to rise in much of the Muslim world. This consistent lack of progress should lead us to think anew about the underlying causes.

The view that solutions for the Arab-Israeli conflict have failed because of what some in the Muslim world call the “expanding and colonizing ideology of Zionism” is unfair and devoid of truth. Israel proved its dedication to peace when it withdrew from Sinai, Lebanon, and Gaza in hope of peace with its neighbors.

What, therefore, are the real factors causing the repeated failures of negotiated attempts to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict? What perpetuates the stalemate?

One of these factors is that Palestinians do not accept the existence of Israel.

Until Palestinian leaders, in both Arabic and English speeches, declare that Israel is their legitimate neighbor whom they no longer will strive to overrun, their participation in negotiations is fake, hypocritical, and doomed to fail. It is impossible to negotiate with a partner about borders if this partner does not accept your existence to begin with.

The second factor blocking progress is the selfish mentality of the Palestinian leadership. Palestinian leaders seem to be interested in proving their "merit" by destroying Israel than in gaining a better life for their people. True leaders must be ready to make concessions to ensure a better life for their people.

Until Palestinian leaders are ready to make such concessions to the Israelis, the problem will not be solved.

A third factor is the international community's naive belief that less radical Palestinians are “moderates.” Fatah is not much different from Hamas in its refusal to accept that Israel is an established country with the same right to exist as any other country in the world. Fatah is also virtually identical to Hamas with regard to its promotion of extreme anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propagandist incitement.

Considering the Fatah leadership as “moderate” because they are less radical in terms of their Islamic practices is like considering stage III cancer as a “benign” tumor because it is less malignant than stage IV cancer.

The fourth reason that makes things worse is that the Palestinian leadership prefers to live — and to make their population live — in delusions rather than in reality.

Just recently, an official Palestinian report claimed that a key Jewish holy site — Jerusalem's Western Wall — has no religious significance to Jews. It is impossible to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict if the Palestinian leaders insist on living in such delusions instead of admitting the archeological reality that Jerusalem's Western Wall is Jewish. Problems are not solved by living in fabrications and lies but rather by facing and admitting realities.

The fifth factor that aggravates the inability of Palestinians to participate as serious partners in peace discussions is that the Palestinians of Gaza who elected Hamas have not had to pay the price for their choice.

Hamas was elected on the promise of the Muslim Brotherhood that “Islam is the solution.” Allowing Palestinians to see that Hamas is unable to fulfill its promises would weaken radical Islam in the area. European and American economic support for Gaza under the banner of humanitarian aid masks the realities of the radical group's poor governance and enables them to survive.

With Hamas still strong, Gazan Palestinians have zero interest in cooperating with peace arrangements negotiated by the West Bank’s PLO leadership. To the contrary, their version of Islamic doctrine forbids any accommodation with the Jewish state.

What about Israel's role in the stalemate? What mistake does Israel continue to make?

The fifth factor inhibiting progress has been insufficient use by Israel of negative consequences, perhaps in part because their American and European "allies" would balk at such tactics.

Israel, for instance, could announce that it will build a certain number of new West Bank towns every year, or will annex land in the West Bank each year, unless and until Fatah and Hamas accept the minimal principles necessary for Israel to participate in any further negotiations.

These principles would include:

  1. Declaration of the right of the Jewish state of Israel to exist;
  2. Cessation of both verbal incitement and physical violence against Israeli civilians and;
  3. Implementation of all previous agreements between Palestinians and Israelis.

Lastly, what of America's role? Blaming Israel for Palestinian hostility is counterproductive.

President Obama's pressure on Netanyahu to make further concessions to recalcitrant Palestinian leaders adds yet another obstacle to peace. Concrete evidence shows that unilateral concessions from the Israeli side without significant concessions from the Palestinian side are counterproductive.

Unfortunately, given the mentality of the Palestinian leadership, a strategy by Israel and its allies of negative consequences is probably the only strategy with potential to, at last, give peace a chance.


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Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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That list is horrifying. :( If I prayed, I know what it would be for...an end to the occupation and violence by Israel and for Hamas to leave Gaza so it's people can begin to heal and recover.

Quoting IhartU:

Question:
In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the
assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility
in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international
waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to
steal classified documents from USA and then gave some of them to the
Soviet Union ?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then
voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the
American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to
its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to
extradite them once in their custody?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a
memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in
their Mosque.?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N.
Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and
especially children?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations
Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S.
vetoes?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all
U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his
staff not to worry about what the United States says because "We
control America ?"
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to
halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more
than 270 new settlements since the signing?
Answer: IsraelQuestion:
Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100
political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing
hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children? Answer: Israel

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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Israel on MANY occasions try to cease fire and live peacefully.  It's not being reciprocated and they need to protect their citizens.

Della529
by Matlock on Jul. 15, 2014 at 9:12 AM
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I don't hate the Jewish people. In fact, my heritage has a great deal in common with them.

Quoting IhartU:

 Waits for some asshole to come along saying I hate Jews... seems to happen to anyone who doesn't agree with Israel- including US JEWS.

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