#BDS_Fail: Company they love to hate posts blockbuster quarter
It was announced last week that Caterpillar posted a blockbuster third quarter
Caterpillar, based in Peoria, Illinois, reported third-quarter net
income of $1.02 billion, or $1.63 per share, in the three months ending
Sept. 30, compared with $951 million, or $1.45 per share, in the same
quarter a year ago.
Adjusted to remove restructuring costs, earnings came to $1.72 per
share, blowing past Wall Street expectations of $1.33 per share.
Revenue rose slightly to $13.55 billion, also topping the $13.37 billion
analysts expected, according to Zacks Investment Research.
Even as new evidence of a global economic slowdown emerged, Caterpillar
said Thursday that it expects adjusted full-year earnings to reach $6.50
per share, up from its previous forecast of $6.20 per share. Revenue is
expected to be $55 billion, in the middle of earlier projections
between $54 billion and $56 billion.
This week, China reported economic growth fell to a five-year low of 7.3
percent in the third quarter and there are concerns that Europe is
sliding back into recession.
"We've continued to focus on what we can control — cost management and operational execution," Oberhelman said.
Shares of Caterpillar Inc. rose $3.97, or 4.2 percent, to $98.54 in
morning trading Thursday. As of Wednesday's close, its shares were up 4
percent since the beginning of the year.
Caterpillar is the company that the BDS'ers love to hate
Labels: BDS, Caterpillar
Israel steals huge defense contract from US
Israel's defense industry gets huge kudos this morning after India has chosen Israel's Spike anti-tank missile system over the United States' Javelin system. The contract is worth half a billion dollars
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will buy 8,356 Spike
missiles and 321 launchers from Israel in a deal worth 32 billion rupees
($525 million), defense ministry sources told AFP.
The government is moving to speed up long-delayed defense orders and
bolster its military. The Israeli deal comes after recent firing along
India's border with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan and tensions with giant
The procurement deals, worth 800 billion rupees ($13.1 billion) in
total, were cleared at a meeting of India's Defense Acquisition Council,
headed by Defense Minister Arun Jaitley, on Saturday.
"It (the council) has cleared a deal for Spikes," a defense ministry official, who asked not to be named, told AFP.
"It's a fire and forget kind of missile," the official said, referring to the fact the missile locks onto targets before firing.
"You can say there was a rival bid from the US for its Javelin
missiles," the official said, adding that India's army trialed the Spike
missiles "successfully last year".
Significantly, this latest development comes just one month after
India agreed to buy 262 Israeli-made Barak 1 surface-to-air missiles for
its navy, to the tune of $144 million.
India is currently the largest buyer of Israeli defense hardware, and
Israel's military delegation to India is second only in size to its
delegation to America. The two countries also have a Joint Working group
on counter-terrorism, with bilateral ties flourishing under India's new
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi and US President Barack Obama agreed on greater defense
cooperation during a meeting in Washington last month, when the US
reportedly lobbied for its Javelin missiles.
"The DAC (Defense Acquisition Council) took the decision based on
purely technical reasons and based on hard facts. It had been on the
agenda for some time," another unnamed defense ministry official told AFP.
Israel's defense industry has demonstrated once again that it is capable of independence. That has huge implications for future relations with the United States. Change - but good change for once.
Labels: India, Narenda Modi, Rafael
Video: IDF soldiers forced to cower in position in 'east' Jerusalem
A video taped from inside an IDF position in eastern Jerusalem and uploaded by 0404 news Wednesday shows how frustrating being an IDF soldier is, these days.The soldiers are caged in inside their fortified position, and do nothing but watch as Arab rioters hurl rocks and fireworks at them.The person who is in radio contact with the soldier inside the position tells him not to worry because the attackers are unable to harm him. The soldier inside the position says the event is being documented. IDF soldiers are rarely given permission to fire at rioters who attack them, due to extreme pressure from far-left NGOs and left-wing legislators.
Let's go to the videotape.
Some deterrence, eh? Disgraceful. Simply disgraceful.
Labels: East Jerusalem, IDF, Palestinian riots
Video: Who are the 'Palestinian people'?
Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.
Who are the so-called "Palestinian people" ?
What are the origins of the Arabs who call themselved today "Palestinians" ?
What does History have to say about their claim as natives who lived in the holy land from time immemorial ?
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Son # 2 Child # 3
Labels: Palestinian lies, Palestinian people
American silence fuels 'Palestinian' terrorism
This New York Post piece by Eliyahu Federman
is spot-on (Hat Tip: Victor Shikhman
Abbas called Jews visiting the Temple Mount (Judaism’s holiest place) a “herd of cattle,” with no right to visit or worship there. Jewish visits, he said, were a desecration that must be stopped “by any means.”
“Any means” turned out to include the murder of baby Chaya.
What’s most remarkable is the US silence on Abbas’ remarks. Neither
Secretary of State John Kerry nor any State Department spokesman
condemned Abbas’ words comparing Jews to cattle. Even the US embassy in
Israel failed to issue a statement.
If the Israeli prime minister called Muslims praying at their holy
places a “herd of cattle” to be removed “by any means,” Jewish groups
and the US government would rightly and swiftly denounce such vile
Yet four days passed from Abbas’ remarks to the Wednesday terror attack. Four days of silence that culminated in horror.
Not a single Arab leader rejected this dehumanization of Jews, or
protested the incendiary call to prevent Jewish visitation and worship
at the Temple Mount.
Nor did the American Task Force on Palestine, the pro-Palestinian
lobby in Washington, speak up, nor groups representing American Muslims,
Arabs or Palestinians. The “pro-peace” movement, including Americans
for Peace Now and J Street, raised no objection.
After Wednesday’s horror, the State Department finally woke up, condemning the act of
terrorism “in the strongest possible terms,” expressing “our deepest
condolences” and urging “all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating
But calls to “maintain calm” and “avoid escalating tensions” should
have come earlier, before condolences became necessary. They should have
come after the Palestinian president called Jews “cattle” and their
presence a desecration to be stopped “by any means.”
Such a statement may not have prevented the attack, but it would have
made clear that Palestinian incitement and violence against Israel and
Jews is unacceptable to the American people.
I'm not sure why Federman considers American silence in the four days leading up to the attack to be remarkable. Surely, after nearly six years of the Hussein Obama administration, no one should have expected anything else from the White House or the State Department (except maybe for them to pile on and back 'Abbas'). But he's right to call the administration out on that silence, and he's right to call out the supposed 'peace groups' - who couldn't even find it in themselves to issue a statement that 'Abbas' remarks are 'not helpful to the cause of peace' - for their silence as well.
Another Washington double standard....
Read the whole thing
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, double standards, John Kerry, Palestinian terrorism, State Department obsession with Israel
Is Kurdistan stashing oil in Israel? Consider this
Of the 25 tankers that have left Turkey loaded with Kurdish oil since
May, 13 have gone dark—just as the Kalavryta did on Aug. 26. Most of
the time this happens somewhere in the Mediterranean, either off the
coast of Malta or Cypress or Israel, or sometimes only a few miles away
from Ceyhan. Although it’s not quite smuggling, “it’s about as dicey as
it gets on the open seas,” says Charlie Papavizas, a maritime lawyer at
Winston & Strawn, a law firm in Washington. “What the Kurds are
doing is at the margins of the business, no doubt about that.”
Rather than delivering oil directly from port to port and creating a
public record of the shipment, the Kurds are instead transferring oil
from tanker to tanker at sea, often at night and often after switching
off the ship’s electronic transponder that reports its position to
satellites. When the transponder comes back on, the ship is usually
miles away from its last known position and sitting higher in the water,
which means its cargo is lighter. Shuffling the oil from ship to ship
masks the ultimate buyer and makes it almost impossible to track.
ClipperData, a New York-based company founded in 2012, uses customs data
and ship-tracking information to follow the movements of tankers and
estimate import volumes. Every time a ship docks in the U.S., Customs
and Border Protection releases data on what it’s carrying. “It’s a real
dog’s breakfast,” says Abudi Zein, ClipperData’s co-founder and chief
operating officer. “You have to separate the olive oil from the crude
oil.” ClipperData sells its information to about 50 clients, mostly oil
traders and financial firms. The Kurdish ghost tankers have provided a
particular challenge. “This is among the weirdest things we’ve ever
seen,” Zein says. “You feel like a submarine chaser.”
Once a ship’s transponder goes off, detecting whether it’s unloaded
its cargo to another ship is a matter of being able to narrow down the
handful of vessels that are in its vicinity. ClipperData has built
algorithms that can tell when two ships get within a tenth of a mile, or
about 500 feet. “When they’re that close, they’re either transferring
the oil or they’re crashing into each other,” Zein says. ClipperData has
tracked one shipment of Kurdish oil going to Croatia, where it was
bought by MOL,
a Hungarian company, to run its refinery there. Three shipments have
been delivered to Israel, each containing roughly 200,000 barrels, Zein
says. Because neither of Israel’s two refineries is well-suited to
process Kurdistan’s heavy crude, “what we’re now convinced of is that
Kurdish crude is being stored in Israel,” he says.
One ship in particular caught Zein’s attention. On Aug. 2, about 15
miles off the coast of Malta, a tanker called the Genmar Strength
suddenly got heavier, indicating some 200,000 barrels had been loaded
onto it. At the same time, in almost exactly the same location, a ship
called the Agisilaos unloaded the same amount of oil. The cargo was
listed as a heavy crude consistent with Kurdish oil; it had been loaded
onto the Agisilaos 10 days earlier at Ashkelon, Israel, while the ship’s
transponder was off, Zein says. The Genmar Strength immediately headed
west across the Atlantic. On Aug. 19 it delivered about 200,000 barrels
of cargo to an asphalt plant outside Philadelphia. The plant is operated
by Axeon Specialty Products, a chemical and asphalt company owned by
private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg. A shipment of similar heavy oil
arrived at the same plant in June. Axeon has said it is not buying
Kurdish oil until the dispute over the Kalavryta is settled. Lindsay
Goldberg did not reply to requests for comment.
Read the whole thing
. Nigerian oil is also sometimes sold through what's known in the business as TTL (tanker top loading). But I've never heard of the tankers disappearing like that. Hmmm.
Labels: Iraqi Kurds, Kurdistan, oil and gas exploration
'Abu Mazen's Fatah finds another hero' or 'what a difference it makes when your house might be destroyed'
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
's 'moderate' Fatah terror organization has found a new terrorist to celebrate
: Abdelrahman Shaludeh, the 21-year old terrorist who murdered three-month-old Chaya Ziseel Braun HY"D (May God Avenge her blood) on Wednesday.
Shaludi, a nephew of slain Hamas explosives expert Mohiyedine Sharif, was believed to be a Hamas supporter
based on his militant Facebook posts. But the new Fatah poster may
indicate an organizational affiliation with the rival Palestinian
The Palestinian Authority issued no official
comment on the incident, but Fatah Central Committee member Sultan
Abu-Aynayn dubbed Shaludi “a hero” in Facebook comments posted Thursday,
citing his time spent in Israeli prisons, the watchdog Palestinian
Media Watch said.
Labels: Abu Mazen, East Jerusalem, Fatah, Hamas, Jerusalem Light Rail, Palestinian terrorism
Chemi Shalev justifies 'Palestinian' terrorism
An amazing Twitter exchange between Northwestern University law professor Eugene Kontorovich and Haaretz US editor Chemi Shalev in which Shalev justifies Wednesday night's terror attack and the murder of three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun HY"D (May God Avenge her blood).
Labels: Abu Mazen, East Jerusalem, Haaretz, Israel's Hebrew Palestinian daily, occupation, Palestinian terrorism, Temple Mount
To cry: Last picture of three-month old terror victim at Kotel (Western Wall) shortly before she was murdered
Three-month old Chaya Zisel Braun HY"D (May God Avenge her blood) was on her way home from the Kotel (Western Wall) with her parents and grandparents on Wednesday night when a 'Palestinian' terrorist ran her over and murdered her. The picture above was taken at the Kotel shortly before she was murdered (Hat Tip: Kikar Shabbat
Oh and by the way - she was a US citizen
. But that apparently means little to the US State Department. 'Even-handed' as always.
Three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, the baby girl killed today in Jerusalem during a vehicular terrorist attack, was an American citizen, a US official confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday night.
The girl was thrown from her stroller as a car swerved into the Ammunition Hill light rail station, injuring seven others.
State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf has "urged restraint" and calm from both sides after the attack.
His grandaughter flew 10-20 meters in the air before landing headfirst on the pavement, Shimshon Halperin said Wednesday night.
Standing outside Hadassah University Medical Center on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus, after Chaya had died of intracranial bleeding Halperin explained how the driver from Silwan rammed a row of pedestrians, hitting Chaya’s stroller and sending her flying.
I guess you'd have to work for the State Department to believe that the 'Palestinians' would stop behaving this way if only we would give them a 'state.'
Labels: East Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem Light Rail, Old City of Jerusalem, Palestinian state, Palestinian terrorism, terror victims, US State Department, Western Wall
New close-up video of Jerusalem terror attack
Here's a close-up video of Wednesday night's terror attack in Jerusalem. You'll see the car go right past the light rail train.
Let's go to the videotape.
Maybe this should be shown to @Rudoren's editor
at the New York Times.
Labels: East Jerusalem, Jerusalem Light Rail, Palestinian terrorism
Leader of French Jewish community indicted for insulting 'professional anti-Semite'
Roger Cukierman, probably the most prominent leader of the French Jewish community, has been indicted for calling French 'comedian
' Dieudonne M'bala M'bala a 'professional anti-Semite
' (Hat Tip: MFS - The Other News
Cukierman, who heads the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities
and organizations, announced the indictment on Monday in a video that
appeared on the CRIF website.
“So I am being indicted for having stated on Europe 1
that Dieudonne is a professional anti-Semite. Isn’t that funny? For
once, Dieudonne is actually comical,” Cukierman said.
Dieudonne has 10 convictions for inciting racial
hatred against Jews, according to CRIF. He also invented the quenelle
salute – which French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said was an inverted
Nazi gesture of anti-Semitic hate, and the term “shoananas,” a mashup of
the Hebrew world for the Holocaust and the French word for pineapple,
which is used
to suggest the genocide never happened without explicitly violating
France’s laws against doing so.
Earlier this year, Valls, then interior minister,
advised mayors to ban Dieudonne’s shows, leading to the show’s
cancellation and replacement with another routine which featured less
Indictments are “quasi-automatic” in France when police receive
complaints of defamation, according to the L’Express news website.
Responding to the indictment, the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Vigilance, or BNVCA, extended its support for Cukierman.
“No one in France knows anti-Semitism better than
Roger Cukierman, who survived the Holocaust at the age of nine because
nuns hid him while his family was deported to Auschwitz and gassed
there,” the Drancy-based watchdog wrote in a statement Tuesday.
Labels: Dieudonne, French anti-Semitism
Jerusalem light rail terrorist broadcast desire to murder Jews on social media
If I were to write on this blog that I wished to kill Arabs (or 'Palestinians' for that matter), the odds are pretty high that someone from the police department or the General Security Service would pay me a visit and follow me around for a while to see whether I intend to do what I said I'd do.
Abdelrahman Shaludeh, the terrorist who murdered a three-month old infant and wounded eight other people a short distance from my home on Wednesday night, bragged for months on social media that he wished to murder Jews. In the end, the police only stopped him after he succeeded.
A report in Yediot Achronot Thursday quoted Twitter and
Facebook posts of the 20-year-old Shaludeh, an Arab resident of Shiloach
(Silwan) who was a legal Jerusalem resident. In his last post on a
social media site frequented by Islamists, for example, he wrote “now is
the time to defend your home, Muslims – go out on a crusade to protect
the Al-Aqsa mosque” from Jews who sought to pray on the Temple Mount.
The day before the attack, he posted a link to a video published by
the Al Aqsa Brigade terror group – closely associated with Palestinian
Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah group. The clip displayed
terrorists in training. Slodi's comment: “See how the Al Aqsa fighters
train for suicide missions” to carry out against Israeli targets.
Speaking to Israel Radio, Israeli security officials said that Shaludeh was known to authorities, and officials believe that he acted on his own.
Shaludeh, who was 20 or 21, had a long history of arrests for terrorism
- and releases.
According to Palestinian
reports, a-Shaludi was released from jail in December 2013 after
serving a 16-month sentence. He was arrested again last February for a
period of one month. He is also reportedly a close relative of the Muhi
a-Din Sharif, aka "Engineer No. 2", a senior member of the Hamas
military wing who was killed near Ramallah in 1998.
A-Shaludi had a
history of security violations. When he was 18, he was indicted, along
with his brother and his friends, for targeting the Jewish residents of
Silwan in East Jerusalem, and for trying to prevent police cars from
entering the neighborhood.
I must be missing something. If he was sentenced to 16 months in May 2013, why was he released in December 2013? Is our government now paroling terrorists?
In May 2013, he was sentenced to 16 months in prison in a plea
bargain, having pleaded guilty to, and been convicted of, throwing
petrol bombs at Jewish cars and at a police vehicle, attempted arson,
aggravated assault, attempted assault of a policeman and rioting.
A-Shaludi confessed and was convicted under the plea bargain to one
of three charges, for an incident that occurred on Nakba Day: He and his
friends made Molotov cocktails, which they divided among themselves and
hurled. The two charges that were dropped referred to the throwing of
firebombs at Jewish residents of Silwan.
In addition, he was arrested last March on suspicion of vehicular theft.
Fortunately, at least this terrorist will not be released in a 'prisoner exchange.' He died during the night. As of now, his body has not been released. Maybe we should trade it for the two bodies of the IDF soldiers who were killed in Gaza over the summer....
By the way, why is it that the police had apparently not done anything to stop Shaludeh?
Labels: East Jerusalem, Facebook, Jerusalem Light Rail, Palestinian terrorism, Twitter
Maybe @rudoren's editor missed the video? Otherwise, how could s/he have written a headline like this:
Let's go to the videotape.
Starting from the 0:07 mark, what happened seems painfully obvious. 'Police say'?
Shame on the New York Times.
Labels: anti-Israel media bias, East Jerusalem, Jerusalem Light Rail, Jodi Rudoren, New York Times, Palestinian terrorism
And again: 'Palestinian' terrorist drives into crowd near light rail station, murders 3-montth old girl
A 'Palestinian' terrorist from the Silwan neighborhood of 'east' Jerusalem drove his car into a crowd of people disembarking from the light rail train at the Ammunition Hill station around 6:00 this evening. A three-month old baby was murdered, and at least eight other people were wounded. The terrorist was also wounded by a police officer who shot him as he tried to flee on foot. The terrorist has other terror convictions, and although it hasn't been officially confirmed yet, it appears that the terrorist was released as part of the terrorists for Gilad trade
Let's go to the videotape.
The baby has been identified as three-month old Chaya Ziso HY"D
(May God Avenge her blood). She is being buried around now, midnight Jerusalem time at the Har HaMenuchot cemetery on the western end of the city (we start funerals here until halfway through the night, which is about 12:30 these days).
Police have now confirmed (7:30 pm IST) that a Jerusalem police
officer did shoot the driver, seriously wounding him after he attempted
to flee from the scene on foot.
One witness stated to the daily that the attack was "horrific" and that "people were screaming."
The area has been closed to traffic until further notice. Magen David
Adom (MDA) medics, Hatzalah crews, and police have swamped the area.
A spokesman for the emergency services said three people were seriously wounded. Another two people were moderately hurt and four more were said to have sustained light injuries.
One of the wounded, a three month-old girl, died after being
rushed to Hadassah Har HaZofim (Mount Scopus). She has now (8:00 pm)
been named as Chaya Ziso, hy"d. She will be laid to rest at Jerusalem's
Har HaMenuchot cemetery at midnight.
Shimon Helperin, the infant's grandfather, told Arutz Sheva that
the Ziso family - which had been waiting for a child for years - had
been returning from prayers at the Western Wall (Kotel) when they were
struck by the terrorist. Helperin and his wife had arrived
in Israel specifically to meet their grandchild on Wednesday and was
forced to go immediately to the hospital, instead.
Read the whole thing
. Horrible. Absolutely horrible.
Labels: East Jerusalem, Palestinian terrorism
Morons: US troops deployed to 'fight' Ebola not being issued Hazmat suits
It sounds like the Obama administration really wants to bring Ebola to the United States. American troops being deployed to 'fight' Ebola are not being issued Hazmat (protective hazardous materials) suits. What might be even worse, in the event that the troops are infected with Ebola, they will be brought back to the United States for treatment
, rather than treating them on a desert island off the African coast where they cannot infect anyone else.
from the 101st Airborne Division leading the military response to Ebola
in West Africa will only need gloves and masks to protect themselves
from the deadly virus, so said Gen. David Rodriguez at a Pentagon
don’t need the whole suit – as such – because they’re not going to be
in contact with any of the people,” the commander of U.S. troops in
from the 101st Airborne will primarily be building hospitals,
ultimately leading what could be a contingent of 4,000 American service
members. They’ll be housed either in tent cities at military airfields
or in Liberian Ministry of Defense facilities, Rodriguez said.
health will be monitored through surveys and taking their temperature
on their way in and out of camps. If a service member does get sick,
Rodriguez said they will be flown home immediately for treatment.
Obama's not up for reelection anyway, so what difference does it make? /sarc Maybe he has a death wish for the country because most of his program for 'change' has been rejected.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Ebola, hope and change, US Army
Breaking: Terror in the desert
Arab terrorists have opened fire on a carload of Israeli civilians
traveling near the Egyptian border. Reports indicate that several Israelis have been wounded.
Initial reports of a shooting attack by Arab terrorists on the Israeli border with Sinai came in just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to the report, several terrorists opened fire on Israeli cars from Egyptian territory.The targeted region was in the area of Nitzana in the Negev desert, located right on the Egyptian border.
Israeli security and rescue forces have arrived on the scene.
Israel Radio is describing the situation as 'under control,' but the roads in the area are closed. One of the vehicles in question was a school bus transporting children.
More details to follow.
'Peace treaty' anyone?
Labels: Arab terrorism, Egyptian border fence, Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Islamic terrorism
'Palestinians' verify Jews in car, bombard it with rocks
For those of you who think that 'Palestinian' stone throwing is kids throwing small stones from long distance, please look at the picture and read this story
Oded Hania told Arutz Sheva he was driving in a car with a
friend on the traffic route through the two [Jerusalem] neighborhoods when they were
met by a group of Arab youths - who made sure to verify the two were
Jewish before showering them with a potentially lethal hail of rocks.
"We drove from Atarot towards Shuafat. In Shuafat we saw a group of
three or four youths around 18 years old," relates Hania. "Traffic was
slow; they approached so as to identify if we were Jews."
Hania's friend, an IDF soldier, was dressed in uniform, giving the
youths the indication that the intended victims were indeed Jews. At
that point "they stepped back a bit, and from point blank range threw
huge stones into the car."
The driver's window was smashed by the fusillade of rocks, as was the
window next to Hania, who noted that his friend, who was driving,
"tried to get away in reverse, as the whole car was full of glass. In
the end we went fifty meters in reverse against the stream of traffic,
and then crossed to the opposite lane and got out of there."
The Arab drivers adjacent to the entire incident were completely
indifferent to the attack, says Hania, and not one of them or any
passersby tried to stop the anti-Semitic assault.
This happened about a mile or two from my house....
Labels: East Jerusalem, Palestinian terrorism, stone throwers
Disclosed: What Hamas planned to do with the terror tunnels
A lengthy piece in Vanity Fair exposes what Hamas planned to do
with those terror tunnels.
Last spring, Hamas was already sensing isolation. Egypt had begun
curbing Hamas’s access to everything from cigarettes to guns. And a
widely touted merger with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank,
according to analysts in the region and Israeli security sources, had
brought Gazans limited economic benefit. Some observers—in Israel, the
Arab world, and the West—perceived Hamas to be on the ropes. Around the
same time, intelligence about a pending attack—electronic chatter and
word from informants—began setting off alarm bells inside Israel’s
stereotypically anxious security establishment.
“Hamas had a
plan,” says Lt. Col. Lerner, summarizing on the record what six senior
intelligence officials would describe on background. “A simultaneous,
coordinated, surprise attack within Israel. They planned to send 200
terrorists armed to the teeth toward civilian populations. This was
going to be a coordinated attack. The concept of operations involved 14
offensive tunnels into Israel. With at least 10 men in each tunnel, they
would infiltrate and inflict mass casualties.”
As a senior
military intelligence official later explained, the anticipated attack
was designed with two purposes in mind. “First, get in and massacre
people in a village. Pull off something they could show on television.
Second, the ability to kidnap soldiers and civilians using the tunnels
would give them a great bargaining chip.”
Mishal insists that
“the tunnels may have been outwardly called ‘offensive tunnels,’ but in
actual fact they are ‘defensive’ ones.’” When pressed to explain why
most of the tunnels actually ended up under or near civilian communities
or kibbutzim—not military bases—he concedes, “Yes, true. There are
Israeli towns adjacent to Gaza. Have any of the tunnels been used to
kill any civilian or any of the residents of such towns? No. Never! . . .
[Hamas] used them either to strike beyond the back lines of the Israeli
army or to raid some military sites . . . This proves that Hamas is
only defending itself.”
Reports would later surface that Hamas’s
main attack was planned to coincide with the Jewish New Year—Rosh
Hashanah—in September 2014. “It may have been,” says a top intelligence
official, in his office in the Kirya, Israel’s Pentagon. “But ultimately
everything was moved up. Hamas’s grand plan for the tunnels failed
because the kidnapping set things in motion before Hamas had everything
On July 7, Israeli jets bombed a tunnel that began in Rafah, in the
southern Gaza Strip, and exited near Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, killing seven
members of Hamas, who were trapped inside. To outward observers, it
looked as if the casualties may have been incidental. But highly placed
government sources tell Vanity Fair they feared these operatives
were the first wave. “When the operation started, we expected the mass
attack in July,” a senior military intelligence official explains. “We
suspected they would hurry up and do it during the air war, before the
Hamas considered the men who died in the
tunnel bombing to be among its most elite, warning publicly, “The enemy
will pay a tremendous price.” The next day, all hell broke loose, with
Hamas firing some 150 rockets. Over the next 10 days, Hamas would send
some 1,500 more, while the Israeli air force and navy would pound sites
in Gaza with little letup. Despite warnings by Israel to leave their
homes, thousands of civilians were caught in the crossfire. Human-rights
groups charged that Israel failed to exercise sufficient restraint when
hitting populated areas. Israel argues that Hamas used local citizens
as human shields and fired rockets from civilian areas.
Golani’s mission was to destroy what intelligence officials believed
were four particularly lethal tunnels that began in the Gaza Strip town
of Shejaiya and ended a stone’s throw from Israeli kibbutzim. Shejaiya
had long been Hamas’s first line of defense and Israel’s efforts to warn
its 100,000 residents to flee only reinforced its symbolic and
strategic importance in Hamas’s eyes. “In this war,” claims Alian, “the
biggest fight, the hardest battle, was for control of that
I.D.F. soldiers in Shejaiya and elsewhere quickly
came to understand that tactical tunnels presented as imminent a threat
as the strategic cross-border variety they were sent to find. On August
1—two weeks into Israel’s ground campaign—Lieutenant Matan (who offers
only his first name) was in the Gaza town of Rafah, when he and his
fellow soldiers heard shots, he says in his first interview about the
incident. Tracing those sounds to a nearby guard post, a tunnel opening
was discovered. He and another soldier clambered down three meters,
descending into the darkness. After firing some warning rounds, he
stopped in the dank passageway, only to find portions of a bloodied
uniform belonging to a 23-year-old lieutenant named Hadar Goldin, later
determined to have been killed and his body kidnapped, according to the
I.D.F. spokesperson’s office. (Goldin, unbeknownst to his abductors,
turned out to have been a relative of Israel’s Defense Minister, Moshe
Ya’alon.) “The Hamas operatives were like ghosts—honestly, like ghosts,”
recalls Golani’s Sgt. Rafi. “If they wanted to shoot, they came out of a
tunnel, shot, and ducked back into the tunnel.”
Israel’s troops, meanwhile, have moved north. On Vanity Fair’s
recent visit, some of the same soldiers who had swept into Gaza are now
manning a forward operating base in the Golan Heights—a contested
mountainous area between Israel and Syria. The Israelis watch as the
Syrian Army (unsuccessfully) battles rebels from the Nusra Front (the
Syrian arm of al-Qaeda). These insurgents, after kidnapping and later
expelling U.N. peacekeepers in September, have reignited a border that
had remained peaceful for four decades. Recently, Israel shot down a
Syrian aircraft that strayed into its territory. And to make matters
worse, ISIS elements are entrenched farther north, attempting to
establish a caliphate, using war-torn Syria and Iraq as their base.
Tensions have also escalated on Israel’s other
northern border—with Lebanon. In the past week a member of the Syrian
opposition was quoted as telling CNN that Hezbollah appears determined
to flex its military muscle on the Israeli border. I.D.F. troops have
fortified their positions there. And Israel has other worries as well.
Sources in these northern neighborhoods tell Vanity Fair that the
I.D.F. is planning to send an engineering team to one of the Israeli
towns whose residents have been awakened by the subterranean clamor.
Although some officials are publicly skeptical (possibly to avoid
alarming residents and parry criticism that they have ignored another
threat), privately they say they have serious concerns about what
Hezbollah might have in the works. A recent account in the Arab
newsmagazine Al Watan al Arabi quotes a Hezbollah member as
asserting: “Quality-wise, [our tunnels] are on par with the metro
tunnels in the major European cities.”
“We say in the I.D.F. that
‘procedures are written in blood,’” says one senior intelligence
officer. Harkening back to previous aboveground attacks by Hezbollah, he
continues, “I can see them doing it again and going underground to do
And the goal of at least one of these Israeli platoons
scheduled to arrive on the border with Lebanon? To plow deep into the
ground to find and, hopefully, silence the source of those noises in the
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Labels: al-Qaeda, Gaza, Golan Heights, Hamas, Hezbullah, Lebanon, Nusra Front, Operation Protective Edge, Syria, terror tunnels
Pat Condell: 'Boo Hoo Palestine'
Pat Condell is back with another hard-hitting video about the 'Palestinians.'
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Steven D
Labels: Arabs, Palestine, Palestinians, Pat Condell, two-state solution
It's not incompetence, it's malicious brilliance
Caroline Glick shows how, at least when it comes to Israel, Barack Hussein Obama is not incompetent. In fact, he's brilliant in implementing strategies that are hostile to Israel and its continued existence while maintaining his claim to having the most pro-Israel administration evah
In everything from dealing with the Congress, to reining in radical
ideologues at the IRS, to handling the chaos at the Mexican border, to
putting together coordinated strategies for dealing with everything from
Ebola to Islamic State (IS), Obama’s critics claim that he is out of
his league. That he is incompetent.
But if Israel’s experience with him is any guide, then his critics
are the ones who are out to sea. Because at least in his handling of US
relations with the Jewish state, Obama has exhibited a mastery of the
tools of the executive branch unmatched by most of his predecessors.
First, in an article published in The Jerusalem Post, terrorism analyst
and investigative reporter Steven Emerson revealed how the highest
echelons of the administration blocked the FBI and the US Attorney’s
Office from assisting Israel in finding the remains of IDF soldier Oron
In an order that senior law enforcement officials told Emerson came
from Attorney General Eric Holder’s office, the FBI was told that it
needed to first sign an “MLAT,” a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with
Israel, a procedure that would take weeks to complete, and is generally
used in cases involving criminal prosecutions and other non-life
In other words, facing a bureaucracy acting independently, Holder –
reportedly Obama’s most trusted cabinet secretary – acted quickly,
decisively and effectively. And thanks to his intervention at the key
moment, although Israel was able – after an exhaustive forensic
investigation – to determine Oron’s death, today it is poised to begin
negotiations with Hamas for the return of his body parts.
Then there was the unofficial arms embargo.
In August, The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House and
State Department had stopped the Pentagon at the last minute from
responding favorably to an Israeli request for resupply of Hellfire
precision air-to-surface missiles. The precision guided missiles were a
key component of Israel’s air operations against missile launchers in
Gaza. The missiles’ guidance systems allowed the air force to destroy
the launchers while minimizing collateral damage.
In keeping with the standard decades-long practice, Israel requested the
resupply through European Command, its military-to-military channel
with the US military.
And in keeping with standard practice, the request was granted.
But then the White House and State Department heard about the approved
shipment and spun into action. As in the case of Oron’s Facebook page,
they didn’t reject Israel’s request. They just added a level of
bureaucracy to the handling of the request that made it impossible for
Israel to receive assistance from the US government in real time.
How can you oppose a hostile policy toward Israel that the
administration insists doesn’t exist? Indeed, anyone who suggests
otherwise runs the risk of being attacked as a conspiracy theorist or a
The same goes for Obama’s policy toward Iran. This week we learned
that the administration has now offered Iran a nuclear deal in which the
mullahs can keep half of their 10,000 active centrifuges spinning.
Together with Iran’s 10,000 currently inactive centrifuges which the
US offer ignores, the actual US position is to allow Iran to have enough
centrifuges to enable it to build nuclear bombs within a year, at most.
In other words, the US policy toward Iran exposed by Obama’s nuclear
offer is one that enables the most active state sponsor of terrorism to
acquire nuclear weapons almost immediately.
But Obama denies this is his policy. For six years he has very deftly
managed Congressional opposition to his wooing of the Iranian regime by
insisting that his policy is to reduce the Iranian nuclear threat and
to prevent war.
Opposing his policy means opposing these goals.
At least as far as Israel is concerned, Obama’s mastery of the federal
bureaucracy is complete. It is not incompetence that guides his policy.
It is malicious intent toward the US’s closest ally in the Middle East.
And to defeat this policy, it is not necessary to prove incompetence
that doesn’t exist. It is necessary to show that there are far better
ways to achieve his declared aims of supporting Israel and blocking
Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
would be proud.
Labels: arms embargo, Barack Hussein Obama, Gaza, Hamas, IDF, Iranian nuclear threat, Operation Protective Edge, Saul Alinsky, US-Israel relationship