UPDATES 6 pm Israel time Tuesday:
*A sample of the Palestinian terrorism against Israelis that occurred between 8 am and noon this morning: on Road 446 near Orarim, Palestinians threw an object out of a moving vehicle at an Israeli motorist smashing the car; “rocks” were hurled at IDF soldiers in Shechem (Nablus); pipe bombs were thrown at more IDF soldiers in Qabatiya; an Israeli bus was hit by “rocks”; yet another IDF patrol was assaulted in Anza; and Israeli security forces in other locations were also attacked with Molotov cocktails and “rocks”.
And all of that was just during four hours this morning.
*It was announced yesterday that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will produce the wings of the advanced U.S. F-35 aircraft for Lockheed Martin. Of course, this assumes that the F-35, supposedly the most advanced aircraft in the world (and a squadron of which Israel has been promised), ever gets built. There is much talk of canceling development of the plane because of technical difficulties and cost overruns.
*IDF Chief of Staff, the ever passive Benny Gantz, declared in a speech yesterday at the Institute for Security Studies in Tel Aviv that the situation in Gaza would not be permitted to return to how it was before the IDF operation against Hamas last November. Here’s a newsflash for Gantz: it already has. Take a look at the counter in the right hand column of this page at the number of rockets and mortars that have struck southern Israel since November 21, 2012.
There were two bizarre commentaries on the murders in Boston yesterday, one in written form and the other in verbal reply to a question at a press conference .
The first, “A Commentary on the Marathon Murders”, was penned by Richard Falk—the infamous, former, so-called “U. N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.”
In a rant about American and Israeli responsibility for the actions of the two Chechnyan brothers, Falk took the occasion to somehow tie the bombings to “the prolonged ordeal of the Palestinian people.”
Here’s what Falk further had to say about the causes of the murders and the prospect of future attacks:
“The war drums are beating at this moment in relation to both North Korea and Iran, and as long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.”
If this maniacal grouping of North Korea, Iran, and “Tel Aviv” (Falk will not say “Israel”) was not enough, we were also treated to the following statement by John Kerry yesterday at a press conference in Istanbul. In response to a question about the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010, Kerry responded:
“I know it’s an emotional issue with some people. I particularly say to the families of people who were lost in the incident we understand these tragedies completely and we sympathize with them. And nobody – I mean, I have just been through the week of Boston and I have deep feelings for what happens when you have violence and something happens and you lose people that are near and dear to you. It affects a community, it affects a country. We’re very sensitive to that.”
At a moment when Kerry could have and should have stated once and for all that the Turkish boat was illegally ferrying IHH terrorists to Gaza in an effort to break a legal blockade–and that those terrorists brutally attacked Israeli soldiers who legally boarded the boat–it is frankly astonishing that Kerry took the opportunity to compare the “suffering” of the Turkish people with the suffering of those killed by the terrorists in Boston.
This sort of immoral equivalence is nothing short of sickening–and speaks volumes about Kerry’s biases and his commitment to fighting terrorism in the Middle East.
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