It has now been 9 days since Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16 were kidnapped and last seen alive. Wherever you are, support the campaign to “Bring Back Our Boys”.
UPDATES 9 am Israel time, Sunday, June 22 2014:
**The search for the three missing Israeli teenagers is now concentrating on an area northwest of Hebron. Thus far, approximately 350 Hamas operatives have been captured, scores of weapons seized, and more than 1,300 locations examined.
The campaign to “Bring Back Our Boys” has gone viral around the world. At the World Cup in Brazil:
From the land down under:
A particularly poignant post on Facebook:
On a bus in Jerusalem:
Why don’t you, dear reader, do something today to show your support for the three missing Israeli teenagers?
**A major terrorist event was narrowly averted early this morning at 4:30 am when a Palestinian terrorist who had breached the Gaza border fence was captured by alert security guards in a border community in the Eshkol region. The terrorist was armed with guns and a grenade.
This capture comes on the heels of the inexplicable decision earlier this month by the Israel Home Front Command to remove all IDF security from the communities along the border and to rely solely on “technological means” to stop terrorists.
So much for technology.
And how about this disingenuous statement from the IDF this morning: “It is too early to link this penetration to the decision to cut back on security.”
**Robert Serry, the infamous United Nations Middle East Envoy who is one of the most vicious anti-Israel people on the planet, is back in Israel–apparently with $20 million dollars that he is attempting to ferry from Qatar to the PLO-Hamas government in Gaza.
This news, that was supplied to Israel’s Channel 2 television last night by the Israel Foreign Ministry, has led FM Lieberman to seek Serry’s eviction from Israel on the grounds that he is persona non grata. Lieberman will seek this action at the Israel cabinet meeting this morning.
Persona non grata indeed–why Serry was ever allowed into the country in the first place defies understanding.
**There is photographic corroboration of the event reported here on israelstreet several days ago concerning the ambush and killing of 40 Hezbollah fighters in Syria. The following picture surfaced on the internet this morning showing the dead Hezbollah members in body bags:
The missile fire out of Gaza has intensified dramatically over the last few weeks with rockets and mortars crashing into southern Israel and exploding at the rate of at least six per day.
The last 24 hours have seen PLO-Hamas missile strikes at 3:32 am (2 Iron Dome interceptors were fired near our house in south Ashdod), 11:28 pm, 9:12 pm, 8:34 pm, and 7:45 am. Whereas there used to be single Qassams and or Grads fired, the terrorists are now shooting them in barrages of 2 or 4 each time.
Sometimes we have alarms and reportage, and sometimes we do not. Often terrorist missiles are said to hit “open spaces”; however, this is usually a emphemism for saying that the missiles exploded near a security position or installation. For example, here is a photo from the Ashkelon Beach region of a missile that hit “an open space” yesterday:
What you cannot see here (because your humble servant has cropped it out) is the high-value target that this rocket came within about 50 meters of hitting. Similarly, whatever the Iron Dome was shooting down last night at 3:32 am must have been rockets aimed at a security installation because there is virtually no reportage of the incident this morning (except that other people heard it).
Here is a photo of Iron Dome interceptor fire from the night before last:
There is mounting evidence this morning that a new military campaign against Hamas in Gaza may be in the works. But your humble servant is not holding his breath.