Wars and Rumors of Wars

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Ambassador Rips Media For Coverage Of Israel-Gaza Conflict

MIAMI (CBS Miami) — The Israeli ambassador to the United States is claiming that the “media is not connecting the dots” to Hamas following a story of 15 Palestinians killed when a United Nations school they sought shelter in was shelled.

Appearing on CNN Thursday evening, Ron Dermer chastised the network for not including in their coverage about how Hamas was using schools to hide rockets.

“It would be a disservice to your viewers for a reporter from Gaza not to mention that in the last week we had two different UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) schools where we had actually rockets found in the schools and handed over to Hamas,” Dermer said.

He then added: “Do you not think that it’s relevant to report on CNN that the secretary-general of the United Nations yesterday warned against the use of U.N. schools and shelter for rocket missile deposits of Hamas?”

 

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Putin’s inner circle reveals Russian leader’s personal world

A week after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, the world’s attention remains focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Newsweek writer Ben Judah offers a rare glimpse into the life of a man some call a latter-day dictator. Michelle Miller reports.

Pentagon confirms 2 Ukrainian fighter jets shot down near Russia border

Pentagon confirms 2 Ukrainian fighter jets shot down near Russia border

The Pentagon has confirmed two Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jets were shot down near the Russian border Wednesday. Ukraine’s Security Council said the jets may have been brought down by missiles fired from Russia, but a Pentagon spokesman said it’s too soon to determine what type of weapons were used, or where exactly the shots came from.  The Sukhoi-25 fighters were… Read more →

Oren: Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians

Oren: Hamas media strategy relies on deaths of civilians

Editor’s note: Michael B. Oren, a CNN Middle East analyst, is the Abba Eban chair in international diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and an ambassador-in-residence at the Atlantic Council. He was formerly Israel’s ambassador to the United States. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN) – The displacement, injury, and death of civilians… Read more →

Smoking gun? Intercepted calls point finger at Russian separatists in jet downing

Intercepted phone calls purportedly between Russian military intelligence officers and members of a pro-Russian separatist group that appear to capture the moment the rebels realized the plane they shot down was a civilian passenger plane could be the smoking gun that helps prove Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed Ukraine by the insurgents.

The tapes were released by SBU, Ukraine’s security agency, and transcript was published in the Kiev Post. It appears to capture the chaotic moments after the plane was shot down — and the realization that it was a passenger plane rather than a Ukrainian transport plane, which had been targeted in recent days by the Russia-backed separatists.

“We have just shot down a plane,” says a man the SBU identified as Igor Bezler, a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

That call came just 20 minutes after the crash and was placed to a person identified by Ukraine’s SBU as a colonel in the main intelligence department of the general headquarters of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Vasili Geranin, according to Ukraine security officials.

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Israel launches ground operation in Gaza Strip

Israel launches ground operation in Gaza Strip

The Israeli military launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said. The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had instructed the IDF to start a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the underground tunnels that reach into Israel. The army said in a statement late Thursday that after 10 days of Hamas… Read more →

Ukraine conflict: Russia accused of shooting down jet

Ukraine conflict: Russia accused of shooting down jet

A Ukrainian security spokesman has accused Russia’s air force of shooting down one of its jets while it was on a mission over Ukrainian territory. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, said an Su-25 ground attack plane was downed on Wednesday evening. There was no comment from Moscow but rebels in eastern Ukraine say they… Read more →

‘Hamas doesn’t care about protecting Palestinians, only about destroying Israel’ – MFA spokesperson

With the Egypt-proposed truce out of the window following Hamas rejection, violence between Gaza and Israel reaches new highs with 200 dead Palestinians and one Israeli. Ilana Stein from Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry tells RT that the Israeli military tries to avoid civilian casualties among Palestinians, but Hamas uses people as a human shield

IDF resumes strikes in Gaza after Hamas rejects ceasefire, launches dozens of rockets

Netanyahu and Ya’alon authorize resumption of Operation Protective Edge after Israel briefly agreed to Egyptian ceasefire initiative; Gazans say they are receiving messages from IDF blaming Hamas for continued strikes.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered a restart of the attacks on the Gaza Strip Tuesday afternoon after Israel’s acceptance of anEgyptian-brokered ceasefire was met with a morning and afternoon of Hamas rockets fired at Israel.

Diplomatic officials said that the IDF actions, which came at 3:00 pm, six hours after Israel held its fire and responded positively to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal, were the result of Hamas and Islamic Jihad rejecting the cease fire.

IAF aircraft began striking targets on Tuesday afternoon following the decision. The IDF stated that it would strike all “elements that are behind terrorist attacks on Israel.”

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip claimed on Tuesday that they had been receiving text messages and pre-recorded phone calls from the IDF that blame Hamas for the renewal of Israeli strikes following Hamas’s rejection of the ceasefire.

Netanyahu had earlier warned that Israel would widen its offensive in Gaza if the rocket attacks continued.

Netanyahu, speaking at the beginning of a meeting in Tel Aviv with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said that Israel “agreed to the Egyptian proposal in order to give an opportunity for the demilitarization of the Strip – from missiles, from rockets and from tunnels – through diplomatic means.”

The prime minister said that the purpose of Operation Protective Edge was and remains to return quiet to Israel’s citizens while delivering a severe blow to Hamas and other terrorist organizations. He said that Israel succeeded in hitting the terrorist organizations in Gaza very hard, and prevented their efforts to attack Israeli citizens.

US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through the ceasefire.

“I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire, in which Egypt and Israel worked together, that the international community strongly supports,” Kerry told reporters in Vienna on Tuesday morning.

 

This is a copy of the full article provided by The Jerusalem Post