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Jerusalem, Israel: Israeli planes struck 29 targets in the Strip, the army said in a statement. Palestinians said at least five strategic points were hit in the coastal enclave, primarily in areas around the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah.
Israel had warned that it would hit back hard at Gaza terror groups, after more than 50 rockets were fired at southern Israel. Among the IAF targets were bases of the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, which had claimed the rocket attacks, throughout the Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses said. No Palestinian casualties were initially reported. Earlier, IDF tanks fired shells at targets in the Strip.
“All of our planes safely returned to their bases,” the IDF said in a statement. “The attack was carried out in retaliation for the massive ballistic bombardment of Israeli territory this evening. The IDF will not abide any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers, and will continue to act decisively against anyone who employs terrorism against the State of Israel.”
Israeli military sources said after the late-night retaliatory strikes that Israel would now wait to see how Hamas and Islamic Jihad responded. If there were no further rocket attacks on Israel, the current flare-up would be over. But if there was more rocket fire, Israel would again respond.
As of late Wednesday night, the Israeli authorities had not canceled school for children in the south Thursday.
Although the rocket fire from Gaza subsided late in the evening, Israel raised its security alert in the south, and residents were told to stay within 15 seconds of rooms reinforced against rockets, amid indications that the dramatically escalated new round of confrontation was not over.
At least two rockets from Gaza fell in residential areas, one of them causing light damage in Sderot. There were no direct injuries, but a Sderot woman, aged 57, was lightly hurt as she ran for cover.
“If there is no quiet in our south, no quiet for the residents of Israel, there will be noise, lots of noise in Gaza,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a joint press conference with his British counterpart, David Cameron. “And that’s an understatement.” source – Times of Israel
Riots in Israel mark anniversary
Marking thirteen years to the second Palestinian uprising (intifada), Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, in Jerusalem and on the Gaza Strip border. Protesters hurled stones and burned tires in clashes across the West Bank.
An IDF soldier was lightly injured in Beit Ummar near Hebron from rocks, but did not need to be taken to hospital for treatment, the IDF said. Near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, some 100 protesters clashed with security forces, throwing makeshift grenades, according to Army Radio.
Some 80 protesters clashed with security forces in Kafr Qaddum, and have already been dispersed by the IDF.
In Nablus, Ma’an reported two Palestinians were injured at Huwara checkpoint, near the Itamar settlement. Several others suffered tear-gas inhalation, Ma’an reported. In Beit Furik east of Nablus, hundreds of Palestinians marched toward Itamar before clashing with IDF soldiers who fired tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets, Ma’an reported.
At least three Palestinians were injured in clashes outside Ofer prison in Qalandiya, Ma’an reported, where some 80 protesters threw rocks at security forces and burned tires.
Additionally, some 150 protesters demonstrated in Beitunia west of Ramallah, some 120 protested in Prigat junction, and some 250 rioted in Palestinian refugee camp Jalazone north of Ramallah, an IDF spokeswoman said.
Earlier in the day, the IDF dispersed a gathering of some 300 Palestinians near the Gaza border fence.
In central Gaza, protesters burned effigies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, as well as a model of the Jewish Temple. In Jerusalem, 13 Palestinians have been arrested in clashes with Israel Police in the Old City. One policeman was hit in the face by rocks, and received treatment on the scene, Army Radio reported.
Following the morning prayers at the Temple Mount stone throwing broke out outside of the old city’s Damascus Gate, in the east Jerusalem neighborhood Ras al-Amud, near the Rockefeller Museum and near the Church of All Nations, according to Israel Radio.
Palestinian militants and youth groups have called for a general uprising in response to the entry by Jewish groups under police escort to the Temple Mount, which is revered by both Muslims and Jews.
Police threw stun grenades to disperse small crowds of youths outside Jerusalem’s medieval walls.
Earlier on Friday police limited the entrance for Muslim worshipers to the Temple Mount to men over the age of 50 with Israeli IDs and in an attempt to prevent riots. On Tuesday the holy site was closed after police received threats of rioting by Palestinians at the compound.
Palestinian protests over a visit to the al-Aqsa mosque compound by then opposition leader Ariel Sharon in September 2000 spiraled into deadly clashes and a five-year Palestinian uprising, known as the second Intifada.
Palestinians oppose Jewish worship at the plaza, which overlooks the Western Wall, seeing it as a first step toward restricting access to the area for Muslims and a deepening of Israeli control over the Old City. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed US-brokered peace talks in late July, ending a three-year stalemate.
But friction on the ground has risen during the High Holy Days, with Palestinian leaders complaining about swelling numbers of Jewish visitors, saying some of them try to defy an effective ban on praying on the vast esplanade.
“The uprising [in 2000] erupted when al-Aqsa mosque was stormed. They [the Israelis] are now raiding al-Aqsa every day,” a senior official with the Islamist Hamas group, Mushir Al-Masri, told thousands of supporters at a Gaza rally.
“We call upon our people to revolt against tyranny and aggression. Let a third Intifada be declared because this is the best way to teach the aggressors a lesson,” he said, adding that “every Jew” would be extracted from Jerusalem.
In a speech at the United Nations on Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a public appeal for a halt to the al-Aqsa visits.
“There must be an end to the near-daily attacks on the religious sites in Occupied Jerusalem, at the forefront of which is al-Aqsa mosque, where the continuation of such attacks will have dire consequences,” he said.
Allies of Netanyahu have been among the most vocal advocates of Jewish prayer at the 35-acre site and the government has done little to stem the flow of visitors to the area.
Religious Jews revere the compound as the location of their ancient biblical temples. For Muslims, it is the place where Prophet Mohammed is believed to have ascended into heaven – the third holiest site in Islam.
Israel captured the site, along with the rest of east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Six Days War. The Jewish state then annexed east Jerusalem as part of its capital in a move never recognized internationally. source – Israel and Stuff
The sweet smell of…terrorism?
A new perfume created in Gaza will bear the name of a missile designed by Hamas and fired in the direction of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during Operation Pillar of Defense in November, a local newspaper reported on Thursday.
Shadi Adwan, the owner of a local cosmetics company, decided to name a new scent M-75, to “honor the victory of the Palestinian people and the resistance during the eight-day war,” he told Islamist daily Al-Resalah.
The M-75 missile is manufactured in Gaza by Hamas’s Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and Hamas claims it possesses a range of 75 kilometers (46 miles).
“The fragrance is pleasant and attractive, like the missiles of the Palestinian resistance, and especially the M-75,” Adwan said, adding that his company wished “to remind citizens of the victory wherever they may be, even in China.”
According to the report, the perfume comes in masculine and feminine scents and costs double the price of other perfumes due to special ingredients it contains, “worthy of the victory in the Gaza Strip.” source – Times of Israel
In politics there are no accidents or coincidences
If you think that the recent power grab of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi is happening in a vacuum or by mere happenstance, you are greatly fooling yourself. The move by Morsi to make himself Egypt’s new Pharaoh is exactly what the plan has been all along since Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood started the Arab Spring.
Haven’t you wondered why Obama, so vocal during the Gaza-Israeli conflict, is now as quiet as a Mosque Mouse? Not one word has he spoken against Morsi’s coup. And he won’t until he is sure how it will all wind up.
We ask you to consider the following:
- Back in the very beginning of the Ara Spring, Obama sided with the Muslim Brotherhood.
- Obama put the muscle in place to assasinate Muammar Gaddhafi.
- Obama did nothing to stop the Arab Spring as it spread across the Middle East.
- Obama aided the Brotherhood in Yemen with airstirkes.
- Obama convinces G8 to give Muslim Brotherhood $8 billion for Arab Spring.
- The liberal media aided Obama by whole-heartedly embracing the Arab Spring.
- After taking over Egypt, Obama then publicly declared the US-Muslim Brotherhood partnership.
The aboved-cited articles are barely even the tip of the iceberg showing Obama’s blood-stained hands in his partnership with the Muslim Brotherhood. Do a category search on our site and see all the evidence, it’s quite overwhelming.
From the very beginning, NTEB has shown you the ever-evolving partnership between Obama and the US with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. All this was done for one reason and one reason only, and that answer is found here in the Holy Scriptures:
The Coming Psalm 83 War Against Israel
“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.” Psalm 83: 2-8
Lets take a look at who the Muslim nations are that are referenced in Psalm 83:
- The Tabernacles of Edom: South Jordan and Palestine.
- The Ishmaelites: Saudi Arabia
- Moab: Palestinians and Central Jordan
- Hagarenes: Egyptians
- Gebal: Hezbollah and North Lebanon
- Ammon: Palestinians and North Jordan
- Amalek: Sinai
- The Philistines: Hamas of Gaza
- Inhabitants of Tyre: Hezbollah and Southern Lebanon
- Assur: Syrian and Northern Iraq
Interesting note: Contrary to popular belief, the word Selah in the bible at the end of verse 6 does not indicate a “timely pause” or ask the reader to “meditate on what they read”. Instead, it refers to the red rock city of Selah Petra where the Jews will flee during the time of Jacob’s trouble.
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7
One by one, we have watched over the last year and a half most of these nations coming together under the mantle of the Arab Spring, and we believe that in short order the remaining nations will as well. This partnership is unique in both world and Muslim history, but is well-known to students of bible prophecy. The Psalm 83 Confederacy is alive and well.
Keep in mind that none of this would have been possible had it not been for Barack Hussein Obama supporting the efforts of the Muslim Brotherhood with American taxpayer dollars, influence and military might. and everywhere he has travelled he has beat the drum for other major nations to kick in money and support as well.
You might say it’s the world’s largest non-secret conspiracy theory
Now that he has won a second term as US president, Obama’s naked ambitions will become more and more obvious and all consuming. He has been placed in office by God primarily to judge American for her rebellion and wickedness, and to create the Psalm 83 confederacy.
Can it be stopped? No, it cannot. Ultimately, God’s Sovereignty will decide the exact day and hour of when the attack outlined in Psalm 83 will happen. And no amount of planning and scheming by man will stop or even delay its progress.
Its exciting to be alive in the time of the end spoke of in the bible, just make sure you have this squared away before events really heat up.
A masterful foreign policy
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
Time and again, since he has ruled America, Obama and Company seem to know exactly the right time to orchestrate events so that the many Muslim nations they ‘protect and serve’ are allowed to not only survive, but to thrive. Obama’s great foreign policy achievement is that of being able to pull Israel back from inflicting permanent damage on their many Muslim nation enemies.
Obama protects Iran
You have heard so often from this White House these words – ” We will never allow Iran to achieve a nuclear weapon”. And they have been spoken with such force and repetition that we have come to believe them without considering them. What do his words actually mean? Well, let’s pause for a second and actually consider what they don’t mean:
1). They don’t refer to nuclear reactors. Obama has repeatedly said that we cannot allow a ‘nuclear Iran’, but is that what he really means? Because Iran has, not one, but multiple nuclear reactors which have come online only after Obama became president. Seems to me that part of preventing a “nuclear Iran” would also entail preventing the reactors which will make the bombs from coming online. Obama had not one word to say when Russia built and brought online Iran’s nuclear abilities.
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2). They don’t refer to nuclear fuel. A nuclear bomb is not much good without the nuclear fuel it needs to propel it and explode it. Shouldn’t a strategy of stopping Iran from going nuclear also include stopping their ability to create nuclear fuel? You may well think so, but obviously this is not the case from Obama’s perspective as Iran is making tons of fuel night and day.
3). They don’t refer to supporting Israel in a strike to disarm them. Remember this little gem from a few weeks ago?
“The United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country’s nuclear facilities, as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday. According to the report, Washington used covert back-channels in Europe to clarify that the US does not intend to back Israel in a strike that may spark a regional conflict.” source – NTEB Archive
But Obama would have you know that he is working night and day for the “safety of Israel“. Iran needs to send Obama flowers on Valentine’s Day and say “thank you” to him for giving them all the time and space they need to create a nuclear bomb(s). I would imagine that those bombs should be all ready to fly by February 14, 2013.
Obama protects Hamas
Now, with Israel’s current conflict with the Hamas terrorists in Gaza, Obama is indeed working quite hard to
protect Hamas stop the violence. After Israel repaid Hamas for the hundreds of missiles sent over from Gaza with punishing air strikes, and was just about to send in ground troops to finish the deal. Obama and Company leapt into action and started feverishly brokering a peace treaty of Israel’s enemies by their enemies.
First Obama demanded that Israel delay their Gaza ground operations. Then he dispatched Hillary over to Israel to “show American support” for Israel in her time of need. What did they accomplish? They rapidly hammered out a quickie “peace treaty” as Gaza bombs exploded a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded scores of people. Hamas immediately celebrated this as the ‘great victory’ that it was. And it was a great victory, handed to Hamas by Obama, for rendering the Israelis powerless. Does Israel now get to retaliate against Hamas for this? No, they do not. They just signed the Obama peace treaty.
“Peace in our time” indeed.
You can’t help but watch this video of Neville Chamberlain as he was duped by Hitler in 1938 and think of Obama and Company as they wheel-and-deal now in the Middle East. We will let you draw your own conclusions.
So, far from “protecting Israel from her enemies”, what Obama and Hillary have actually done was to stop Israel from sending in ground troops to destroy Hamas. They did not protect Israel, they saved Hamas and Gaza from utter destruction. It was a masterful stroke of Islamic gamesmanship, and Obama has emerged from this as the victor.
And Israel as the loser.
Netanyahu Tells Clinton Israel Will Do ‘Whatever Actions’ Necessary For Defense
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while affirming his support for diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire in Gaza, underscored that Israel would take “whatever actions” are necessary to defend itself.
Netanyahu made a brief statement beside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had flown to the Mideast on Tuesday to help advance diplomatic talks intended to avert an escalation of the weeklong conflict with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.
Clinton said the United States is pushing for a “durable outcome” promoting stability, but the cease-fire talks brokered by Egypt had failed to yield a truce as of late Tuesday, with Hamas reportedly saying an agreement won’t come any earlier than Wednesday.
Earlier Tuesday, a senior Hamas official had told the AP that a truce agreement was within reach, while Reuters quoted an Israeli spokesman who said that while a cease-fire wasn’t finalized, the “ball is still in play.”
Reuters later quoted a Hamas official saying they “must wait until tomorrow,” blaming Israel’s failure to respond to proposals.
Efforts to end a week-old convulsion of Israeli-Palestinian violence drew in the world’s top diplomats on Tuesday, with President Obama dispatching Clinton to the region on an emergency mission and the U.N. chief appealing from Cairo for an immediate cease-fire.
“The goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike,” Clinton said after meeting with Netanyahu.
Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers have staked tough, hard-to-bridge positions, and the gaps keep alive the threat of an Israeli ground invasion. On Tuesday, grieving Gazans were burying militants and civilians killed in ongoing Israeli airstrikes, and barrages of rockets from Gaza sent terrified Israelis scurrying to take cover.
Meanwhile, Israel reported its first military causality in the conflict after a rocket strike.
Reuters reported that Palestinian gunmen rode motorcycles and dragged the body of a man suspected of working for Israel.
There is broad consensus among Palestinians that informers for Israel deserve harsh punishment, and it is rare to hear someone speak out against killings of alleged collaborators. Such public killings been carried out in the West Bank and Gaza since the first uprising against Israeli occupation in the late 1980s.
From Egypt, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said he came to the region because of the “alarming situation.”
“This must stop, immediate steps are needed to avoid further escalation, including a ground operation,” Ban said. “Both sides must hold fire immediately … Further escalation of the situation could put the entire region at risk.”
The U.S. considers Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide and other attacks, to be a terror group and does not meet with its officials. The Obama administration blames Hamas for the latest eruption of violence and says Israel has the right to defend itself. At the same time, it has warned against a ground invasion, saying it could send casualties spiraling.
The conflict erupted last week, when a resurgence in rocket fire from Gaza provoked Israel to strike back, killing Hamas’ military chief in an air attack and carrying out hundreds of assaults on militants’ underground rocket launchers and weapons stores.
The onslaught abruptly turned deadlier over the weekend as aircraft were ordered to go after Hamas military commanders and buildings suspected of housing their commands and weapons caches. In the narrow alleys and warrens of crowded Gaza, where militants often operate from residential areas, civilian casualties mounted.
By Tuesday, civilians accounted for 54 of the 113 Palestinians killed since the operation began. Some 840 people have been wounded, including 225 children, Gaza health officials said.
Early Tuesday, Israeli aircraft targeted another Hamas symbol of power, battering the headquarters of the bank senior Hamas officials set up to sidestep international sanctions on the militant group’s rule. After Hamas violently overran Gaza in June 2007, foreign lenders stopped doing business with the militant-led Gaza government, afraid of running afoul of international terror financing laws. source – Fox News
UPDATE 12:21 PM EST…Minutes after a Hamas official told Reuters that Palestinians and Israeli had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire, a spokesman Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that no agreement had been reached yet. Mark Regev, the Israeli spokesman, told CNN that the negotiations are still going on.
An Israeli source told Hala Gorani of CNN that Israel is insisting on 24 hours of “calm” before agreeing to a deal. source – NY Times
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We at NTEB are inclined to disbelieve the veracity of this story, but it is breaking news and we are reporting on it. Do not be surprised if rumors of a ceasefire turn out to be just that…
From Yahoo News: GAZA (Reuters) – Israel and militants from the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that will come into force at midnight local (2200 GMT), Hamas official Ayman Taha said, speaking to Reuters from Cairo.
“An agreement for calm has been reached. It will be declared at 9.00 p.m. and go into effect at midnight,” Taha said. source – Yahoo News