|Terrorists Fire Hundreds Of Rockets Into Israel, But Majority of 2020 Democratic Contenders Are Silent|
|[The Federalist] Over the past three days, our closest ally in the Middle East has endured a barrage of rockets from its Islamic jihadist neighbors in Gaza, resulting in the closing of Tel Aviv schools for the first time since 1990. In the early hours of Tuesday morning in Shajaiyah in Gaza City, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) assassinated Baha Abu al-Ata, a top commander of the Gaza terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a strike which has resulted in violent retaliatory measures against Israel on the part of the PIJ.|
Though Hamas is the terrorist organization currently exercising political control over Gaza, their absolute hold over the region has been more tenuous in recent years. And the Iran-backed PIJ has capitalized on this weakening of power, rising to fill the resulting power vacuum from Hamas’ decline.
Yet, despite the hundreds of rockets launched at civilian centers throughout the southern part of Israel, only four of the top 10 2020 Democratic contenders bothered to comment‐former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris (who commented only when approached), Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Notably absent were frontrunners Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).
The irony of this silence from top primary contenders such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA., is that they have no problem rustling up commentary on Israel when it is to lecture Israel on its immigration policy or to challenge Israel’s understanding of its own territorial claims.
Indeed, many of the Democratic contenders expressed public anger at Israel’s denial of entry to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-MI., and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MN., who were refused admittance under Israel’s Entry into Israel Law due to their BDS activities (which included the proposal of a pro-BDS bill in U.S. Congress). Though Israel’s decision was largely the result of adhering to laws already in place, public chastising on the part of the Left was swift and severe.
Democrats prefer to discuss Israel only when they can condemn Israel. When the matter involves terrorists threatening Israeli lives, these usually outspoken Democratic leaders are strangely mute. If they are so invested in Israel’s future, as they would like audiences to believe through their perpetual criticism of Israeli policy, why are they so stunningly silent now? Furthermore, isn’t it possible that the very policies they routinely criticize are the result of complex factors, like nearby terrorist factions launching hundreds of rockets, and that it would behoove them to acknowledge such attacks like the current one? Apparently, no.
In July, after Elizabeth Warren hired a pro-Hamas, anti-Israel aide named Max Berger and remained unabashedly mum about her decision, it became obvious that the far-Left’s hatred of Israel (and of really anything professing Enlightenment values) had begun to infect the upper echelons of the Democratic Party. The argument made at the time largely holds true in the current moment, as well.
|IDF hits more IJ targets pre dawn 15Nov; IJ rockets fired 14 Nov post truce|
|[IsraelTimes] The Israel Defense Forces said it had launched fresh airstrikes on Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip in the predawn hours of Friday morning, in response to four rocket attacks from the coastal enclave which violated a ceasefire agreement announced the day before.|
Palestinian media reported that Israeli drones and fighter jets were conducting strikes on PIJ facilities in the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah in the southern Strip.
"We are currently striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in Gaza. This comes after rockets were indiscriminately fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians today," the IDF said in a statement.
majoritarian opinion is that some IJ faction didn't want the truce
|Blessed be the peacemakers|
|[JPost] Rockets fired hours after Israel, Islamic Jihad announce ceasefire. After two days of heavy fighting between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the two sides announced a ceasefire on Thursday morning, which went into affect around 5:30 a.m..|
Five rockets were fired towards southern Israel shortly after a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad went into effect after two days of heavy fighting, the IDF announced on Thursday morning.
According to the military, two of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
After two days of heavy fighting between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the two sides announced a ceasefire on Thursday morning, which went into affect around 5:30 a.m..
IDF Spokesman Brig.Gen. Hidai Zilberman confirmed that after 50 hours of an operation dubbed "Black Belt," achieved all of its objectives quickly and fully.
The operation, he said, was characterized by “surgical operations and surprise," as well as by cooperation between the Air Force, Military Intelligence and the Shin Bet.
|Terrorists Strike Their Own Building, Israel Blamed|
Along with the ICHR, left-wing human rights organization Amnesty International and left-wing activist group Code Pink blamed Israel for the rocket that later reports revealed was fired by terrorists aiming at Israel.
The rocket's explosion, which injured one employee and damaged the building, was most likely collateral damage from a missile barrage orchestrated by Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Times of Israel reports. It came on the same day Palestinian Islamic Jihad rained missiles on Israel in response to the Israel Defense Forces' assassination of Baha Abu al-Ata, a leader of the terrorist group.
The IDF fired retaliatory airstrikes on Wednesday, which were only aimed at Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets, a spokesman said.
|Live Updates: Rockets fly over southern Israel, despite ceasefire|
|[J-Post] Israel came under heavy rocket fire Tuesday morning and all of Wednesday after the Air Force bombed a building in the Gaza Strip in a targeted strike which killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Leader Bahaa Abu al-Ata.|
Rocket sirens sounded in Israeli towns surrounding the Gaza Strip including Ashkelon, Ashdod and Gedera, as two different barrages of rockets slammed into Israel. As of 3 p.m. Wednesday Israel time, more than 250 rockets have been launched, dozens of which were intercepted, according to the IDF.
Live Updates Israel, Palestinian Islamic Jihad Agree to Egypt-brokered Ceasefire
[Haaretz] Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad reportedly agreed to a ceasefire on Thursday morning, putting a tentative end to two days of hostilities that killed at least 32 Palestinians.
Gaza factions launched massive rocket barrages at Israel for the second straight day on Wednesday, a day after Israel assassinated top Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata.
Thirty-one more Palestinians, including one Islamic Jihad field commander, were killed and at least 97 were wounded in Israeli strikes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday early morning. It is as yet unclear how many of those killed were non-combatants.
As of the latest estimates, which are likely to go up significantly, Israel's Iron Dome defense system intercepted 90 percent of 300 rockets launched from Gaza. The rockets were fired as far north as Tel Aviv, shutting schools in central and southern Israel and forcing one million children to stay at home.
|PIJ Sec.-Gen. presents ceasefire conditions as rocket barrage fired|
|[JPOST] "The Al-Quds Brigades has not exhausted all its missiles and weapons against the enemy," warned al-Nakhla.|
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Secretary-General Ziyad al-Nakhlah said that the group will prove that they are able to battle Israel and manage such a fight successfully, in an interview with Al Mayadeen Wednesday night.
Rockets were launched on both Sderot and Ashdod as al-Nakhla spoke. Soon after his speech ended, a heavy barrage of rockets was fired at central and southern Israel, setting off sirens from Ashdod to Rehovot.
Al-Nakhlah also said that Hamas has not, of yet, joined the fight alongside the PIJ against Israel, adding that the terror group has not asked factions to join. The PIJ secretary general specified that they have not reached the stage of all-out war between "the axis of resistance" and Israel. The attacks were carried out in response to the assassination of PIJ official Bahaa Abu Al-Ata and the assassination attempt against a PIJ official in Damascus.
The secretary-general also said that Israel conveyed a request for a ceasefire and that the terrorist group would agree to a ceasefire if Israel met three requirements: the cessation of assassinations, stopping firing on the March of Return demonstrations and the lifting of the siege on Gaza according to former agreements made in Cairo. The secretary-general stated that he expects an answer about the terms of the ceasefire tonight.
"The Al-Quds Brigades has not exhausted all its missiles and weapons against the enemy," warned al-Nakhla.
He stressed that PIJ has decided to protect the March of Return demonstrations.
"For those who say that the current battle is the battle of Al-Quds Brigades, we say it is the battle of the Palestinian people," said al-Nakhlah.
Al-Nakhla added that no rockets are fired by PIJ terrorists without direct commands.
Al-Nakhla stated that the PIJ would continue attacking Israel as long as Israel continues its "aggression."
The current round of fighting began early Tuesday morning after the IAF assassinated PIJ leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata and his wife and attempted to assassinate a PIJ official in Damascus. Hundreds of rockets have been fired since the assassination was carried out. Israel has responded with multiple waves of attacks in the Gaza Strip against Palestinian terrorist groups.
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|Live: the House’s Trump Impeachment hearings starting at 10 a.m. ET|
The hearings are set to kick off at 10 a.m. (5 p.m. Israel time) and promise to provide plenty of drama for those looking for a break from rocket sirens and the like.
Bill Taylor, the acting US ambassador to Ukraine, has arrived on Capitol Hill to testify.
|Egypt, Fatah, UN and Russia seek a truce in Islamic Jihad vs Israel action|
|[IsraelTimes] Egyptian and UN officials on Tuesday night were pushing for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza terrorist groups, as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad vowed to step up attacks against the Jewish state in retaliation for the targeted killing of a PIJ terror chief... .|
Mladenov "is heading urgently to Cairo," a diplomatic source told The Times of Israel on Tuesday night, adding that the international organization "has been involved throughout the day to de-escalate" tensions between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip. ...
The Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership has been in contact with Egypt and the United Nations to push for a ceasefire between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip, Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior Fatah and Palestine Liberation Organization official said earlier on Tuesday.
[IJ only launched a half dozen or so rockets between late evening on the 12th and dawn on the 13th]
|A rocket was fired from Gaza at Israel failed to clear border, landed inside the Strip; IDF bombs Hamas post|
In response, an Israeli military aircraft bombed a Hamas observation post along the border of the northern Gaza Strip, the IDF said.
The rocket attack came amid a flurry of exchanges of fire and mutual threats between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip. Israel has accused the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad of being behind the recent violence emanating from the enclave.
On Tuesday, terrorists in the Strip fired four mortar shells toward Israel. Three landed on the Gaza side of the border and one struck an open field inside southern Israel. In response, an Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas observation post east of Juhor ad-Dik in the central Gaza Strip, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
Senior Egyptian intelligence officials invited Hamas leaders to Cairo for talks aimed at restoring calm and a delegation led by two top Hamas members was slated to leave Gaza late on Monday, according to Israel’s Kan public broadcaster.
A delegation from the Islamic Jihad is expected to head to Cairo in the coming days as well.
|IDF kills armed Gazans on Israeli border Saturday night, the five PIJ members are named|
|[IsraelTimes] Infiltration attempt comes hours after three rockets fired at southern Israel from the Strip, one of which struck a home in Sderot.|
Israeli forces a group of armed Paleostinians along the Strip’s security fence late Saturday night, hours after three rockets were fired at southern Israel from the restive coastal enclave.
The exact number of Paleostinians killed during the suspected infiltration was not immediately known. Gaza-based news outlets reported four or five people killed in the strike.
The Israeli military said an attack helicopter and a tank were used to kill the suspected as they approached the fence.
"A short while ago, IDF troops spotted armed suspects near the security fence around the northern Gaza Strip. An IDF attack helicopter and a tank fired at them," the army said in a statement.
Israeli troops also fired flares throughout the area in order to assist in the efforts to locate the suspected terrorists.
An army spokesperson said there were no reports of Israeli casualties.
The -linked Paleostinian Information Center said the men had been on the Gaza side of the fence when they were killed, and that some of the bodies had been confiscated by Israel, citing "local sources." The reports could not be confirmed.
Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said that Israel later conducted artillery strikes on its positions east of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, near where the men had approached the fence to enter Israel.
Paleostinian media reported that the men were members of the Iran-backed Paleostinian ’s military wing, Saraya al-Quds. This could not be immediately confirmed.
On Saturday night, the cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ofakim, Gan Yavne and Yavne opened their municipal bomb shelters ahead of expected reprisal rocket attacks. The Magen David Adom ambulance service also said it was going on high alert.
Earlier on Saturday night, Paleostinian in the Gaza Strip fired three rockets at southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the military said.
Fragments from one of the Gaza rockets struck the yard of a home in the town of Sderot, causing damage. There were no physical injuries caused by the shrapnel in Sderot. Four people received medical treatment after they suffered anxiety attacks, medics said. In addition, two people sustained minor injuries while running to bomb shelters, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.
Shrapnel also landed inside a community in the Sha’ar Hanegev region of southern Israel, northeast of Gaza, causing no injuries, local officials said.
It was the second night in a row that sirens sounded in Sderot. On Friday night, in the Strip fired at least one rocket into Israel, which was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the IDF said. There were no reports of injury or damage. In response, the Israeli military struck two underground sites belonging to Hamas.
5 reported Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) armed wing militants killed by IDF tanks and helicopters on the northern Gaza border
|Iran's Hand Behind the Latest Flare Up in Gaza, Israel|
|[Free Beacon] The violent spasm from Hamas-run Gaza isn't just another episode in the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict or merely another incident in a cycle of violence in which the Palestinians are given no agency. It is a significant escalation that tests the prevailing rules of the game with Israel where Iran is demonstrating its ability to intensify the conflict by meddling in Palestinian affairs.|
Despite the ceasefire previously hammered out by Egypt, a sniper from Iran's proxy‐the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)‐opened fire across the Gaza fence wounding an Israeli officer and soldier on Friday. The attack is all the more brazen as it took place as Hamas and PIJ leaders were in Cairo finishing an agreement to ease the tensions in Gaza and Israel's south. The IDF responded to the initial incident by targeting a Hamas outpost, killing three Hamas terrorists.
Beginning around 10 a.m. the next morning, the first of hundreds of rockets were fired by Hamas and PIJ into Israel, with around 700 launched toward Israeli homes and infrastructure by Sunday evening, killing four civilians and injuring dozens. Hamas-affiliated Shehab News Agency posted video of a salvo of rockets fired from Gaza.
This latest escalation is significant for several reasons. First is the deliberate increase in range in the rockets fired from Gaza. Hamas and PIJ began by targeting Israeli communities in the Strip's periphery, such as Sderot and Ashkelon. According to the IDF, after the Home Front Command instructed residents living within 40 km of the Gaza Strip to consult with local authorities and remain near protected spaces, the terrorist groups turned to rockets with increased ranges of up to 70 km. By Sunday, several longer-range projectiles were fired, growing to encompass Ashdod further north. On Sunday, city officials opened bomb shelters as far up the coast as Netanya, which lies north of Tel Aviv.
|Exit one rocket squad video care of the IDF.|