Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza with tank fire & airstrikes after 4 soldiers wounded in blast

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Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza with tank fire & airstrikes after 4 soldiers wounded in blast:

At least four Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers were injured when a patrol was hit in an IED explosion in the Gaza Strip. Following the incident, Israel responded with tank fire and airstrikes at Hamas targets.

The IDF troops were patrolling an area near the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip when the explosion took place, the military tweeted. Four servicemen sustained injuries in the incident, the IDF spokesman, Jonathan Conricus, said in a Twitter post, adding that two of them were “severely” injured.

Read moreIsrael hits Hamas targets in Gaza with tank fire & airstrikes after 4 soldiers wounded in blast

Hamas Leader Warns War With Israel Will Erupt “Within Days”

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Ron Paul: Israel Created Hamas (Video)

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Hamas Leader Warns War With Israel Will Erupt “Within Days”:

Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar has reportedly ordered the Gaza-based militant group on high alert, warning “with 95 percent probability” that war with Israel is likely to erupt within the coming days.

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Hamas Founder Linked To Iran Dies After Mysterious “Accidental” Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

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Hamas Founder Linked To Iran Dies After Mysterious “Accidental” Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound:

A senior Hamas official and one of the Palestinian terror group’s founding fathers has died after suffering a head wound in what reports are describing as an “unexplained shooting” . Hamas announced that Imad al-Alami died Tuesday after being unconscious since a January 9 mysterious incident said to have occurred at his Gaza City home, which sparked widespread speculation over what happened.

Fueling the speculation was a hasty Hamas statement released on January 9 which initially claimed he had died of “natural causes” but a subsequent statement was quickly issued saying he accidentally shot himself in the head while “inspecting his personal weapon in his home and is in critical condition.” The 62-year old Alami, who also went by Abu Hamam, had been in critical condition in a Gaza hospital for the three weeks before his death.

Imad al-Alami was classified as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the US in 2003 after a lifetime overseeing Hamas military operations. Image source: Arab News

Read moreHamas Founder Linked To Iran Dies After Mysterious “Accidental” Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

More Rockets Fired From Gaza, Israel Responds With Tanks And Airstrikes

– More Rockets Fired From Gaza, Israel Responds With Tanks And Airstrikes:

Following last week’s escalating protests and violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories which also witnessed two days of sporadic rocket volleys out of Gaza and retaliatory air strikes by Israel, there are new reports Monday of a fresh round of rocket attacks.

During Monday evening (local time) the Israeli Army confirmed via the IDF spokesperson that, “A short while ago, rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. Hits have not yet been identified.” And the IDF once again repeated its warning that Hamas would be retaliated against following any and all rocket fire: “In response to the rocket, an IDF tank and the IAF targeted Hamas terror posts in the southern Gaza Strip. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for these aggressive acts originating from the Gaza Strip.”

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Israel Bombing Targets Inside Gaza After Hamas Missile Intercept

Israel Bombing Targets Inside Gaza After Hamas Missile Intercept:

After a day of escalating violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories which left at least two Palestinians dead and dozens injured in clashes with police and Israeli soldiers, Israel is on high alert with public alarm warnings sounding across multiple communities in the south after at least three rockets were from fired from the Gaza Strip Friday evening. Meanwhile Israel has commenced retaliatory airstrikes on the Gaza Strip just after 9pm local time, and according to early unverified reports there are already possibly dozens Palestinians injured and at least one death.

In the early evening the Israeli Army issued public statements via its IDF spokesperson account saying that Israel’s Iron Dome system intercepted a rocket launched from Gaza, and there were no reports of casualties or damage. The IDF also listed multiple Israeli towns in southern Israel which had rocket alarms sound warnings of potential incoming strikes.


Photograph currently circulating among reporters purporting to show Friday night Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

And later in the evening the IDF confirmed that Israeli Air Force jets struck inside Gaza in response to the rockets: “In response to the projectiles fired at Israel from Gaza earlier today, IAF aircraft targeted a Hamas training compound & an ammunition warehouse in the Gaza Strip.”

Read moreIsrael Bombing Targets Inside Gaza After Hamas Missile Intercept

Hamas Leader Calls For Third Intifada Following Trump’s “Declaration Of War”


Hamas’ leader Ismail Haniyeh

Hamas Leader Calls For Third Intifada Following Trump’s “Declaration Of War”:

Yesterday, President Trump officially announced his “new approach” to the Israel-Palestine conflict that, which instead of bringing peace to the region like he repeatedly promised during the campaign, appears poised to trigger the most destructive periods of Israeli vs Palestinian violence since 2005.

Early Thursday, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which recently relinquished absolute administrative control of Gaza but remains incredibly popular in what some have described as “the world’s largest open-air prison”, called for a third intifada – or uprising – against the Israelis to protest Trump’s violation of the “Status Quo”.

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Israel opposed to any Palestinian reconciliation with Hamas ‘mass murderers’ – Netanyahu

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Israel opposed to any Palestinian reconciliation with Hamas ‘mass murderers’ – Netanyahu:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out against the reconciliation deal reached between rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, claiming that peace between Israelis and Palestinians will now be “much harder to achieve.”

“There is nothing we want more than peace with all our neighbors, but reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas makes this peace much more difficult to achieve,” Netanyahu said in a statement published on his official Hebrew and English Facebook accounts.

Palestine’s civil discord started in 2007 when Hamas won the elections and obtained power in Gaza while the West Bank territories fell under Fatah’s control. Since then, all attempts to reconcile the two groups and form a Palestinian power-sharing government have stalled.

Read moreIsrael opposed to any Palestinian reconciliation with Hamas ‘mass murderers’ – Netanyahu

ISIS Sustains Casualties in Clashes with Hamas in Gaza Strip

ISIS Sustains Casualties in Clashes with Hamas in Gaza Strip (The Ugly Truth, June 2, 2015):

Ed-note (Sabba) – ISIS in Gaza?!? Isn’t Gaza already destroyed and in ruins? No need to ask how they managed to get into the most severally locked concentration camp in the world: we all know who brought them in.

The most coward army in the world has shown us time and again that it is unable to fight – let alone defeat – the mighty resistance of the Palestinians. With extremely limited resources they have managed to display that kind of courage and moral strength that we now only read about in History books. We can only wonder how much they would achieve if they only had a little bit more sophisticated weapons.

Jewish soldiers can not fight any men on any battle field and so now, they send in their head-chopping, high on captagon brethren to do the job for them. And while the Palestinians will be busy defending themselves against this new wave of jewish terror, while the world will be busy reporting on it, the jewish state will be busier than ever stealing more land than ever.

ISIL Sustains Casualties in Clashes with Hamas in Gaza Strip (Farsnews, June 2, 2015):

TEHRAN (FNA)- Several ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in heavy clashes between the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and the Takfiri terrorists in the Gaza strip on Tuesday.

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​ISIS Supporters Claim Attack On Hamas Base In Gaza Strip

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​ISIS supporters claim attack on Hamas base in Gaza Strip (RT, May 8, 2015):

A jihadist group with ties to the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a mortar attack on a Hamas base in the Gaza Strip.

The group, calling itself ‘Supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL),’ said in an online statement that it fired mortar rounds at a base used by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ armed wing) in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza, on Friday.

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Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys apartment tower (Reuters)

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General view of the rubble of a residential tower, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, is seen in Gaza City
A general view of the rubble of a residential tower, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, is seen in Gaza City August 24, 2014.

Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys apartment tower (Reuters, Aug 24, 2014):

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower.

Israeli aircraft fired a non-explosive rocket at the building as a signal to residents to get out before attacking it on Saturday. Seventeen people were wounded in the strike on the structure, which Israel said had housed a Hamas command centre.

“I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to evacuate immediately from every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is a target for us,” Netanyahu said in public remarks at a cabinet meeting.

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America’s Secret Civil War

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America’s Secret Civil War (Veterans Today, Aug 10, 2014):

A Secret American Civil War is now being waged as Terrorist Proxy-Wars in Syria, the Ukraine and Afghanistan.

 This is a remote civil war with the “Aggressors” being Mind-kontrolled Mercenary Zombies fighting on behalf of the City of London (COL) Rothschild World Zionists (WZs), Israeli’s Leaders, Saudi Arabia and Bush Crime Cabal lackeys still deeply embedded inside the Secret Shadow Government (SSG aka the US Privatized Defense establishment).

And on the other side, best viewed as the “Defenders” which are now counter-attacking in Iraq, is the USG on behalf of the current Administration who have been playing along at times but are now directly bucking the City of London and Israeli WZs and the Bush Crime Cabal (BCC).(1)

The reason the US Administration has ordered an attack on ISIS in Iraq when they did nothing for so long? Because the ISIS made the mistake of attacking Kurdistan which has been a very strong secret Allie of the US Administration. It seems clear that this is a line that even President Obama will not allow ISIS to cross.

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Stories From The Battlefield: Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel’s Kindergartens

Stories From The Battlefield: Hamas Tunnels Used To Target Israel’s Kindergartens (The Daily Caller, July 27, 2014)

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Facts All US Citizens Need To Know About Israel And Palestine

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On record: Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘America is something that can easily be moved.’ ‘The world won’t say a thing.’ ‘The world will say we’re defending.’ (Video)

US ‘News’ Lying Sack Of Spin Warmonger: ‘It’s In The Hamas Charter They Want To Kill All Jews’

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US ‘News’ lying sack of spin warmonger: ‘It’s in the Hamas charter they want to kill all Jews’

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FOX News (sic) interviewed Anna Baltzer, an ongoing hero to expose Israeli apartheid and now genocide upon Palestinians. This is the type of “coverage” Americans receive from corporate media, and why every other nation but America have negative polling data of Israel’s government.

I’m sure how Ms. Kelly communicates in this excerpt is typical:

Megyn Kelly: “How is Israel supposed to fight back against an organization whose entire mission is the destruction of Israel? I mean it’s in the Hamas Charter that they want to kill all Jews.”

Read moreUS ‘News’ Lying Sack Of Spin Warmonger: ‘It’s In The Hamas Charter They Want To Kill All Jews’

First Syrian Rebels, Now Hamas: Qatar Once Again Emerges As ‘Mystery’ US-Backed Sponsor Of War

First Syrian Rebels, Now Hamas: Qatar Once Again Emerges As “Mystery” US-Backed Sponsor Of War (ZeroHedge, July 25, 2014):

It was a little over a year ago when the “Mystery Sponsor Of Weapons And Money To Syrian Mercenary “Rebels” Was Revealed” as none other than the uber-wealthy Qatar (also known as the tiny but filthy rich state in the Persian Gulf that hosts the US Fifth fleet, better known as infinite leverage vis-a-vis the United States), which effectively had been pulling the US interventionist strings in hopes of taking out the Assad government and installing a puppet regime, one which would be helpful in facilitating the passage of a natgas pipeline beneath the country, which would then proceed into Turkey and all the way into Europe, as a means of bypassing Europe’s reliance on Russia (which as recent events have shown has all the leverage when it comes to Europe).  It failed.

As a result it had to redirect its puppetmastery skills elsewhere. That “elsewhere” appears to be none other than Hamas, which is now embroiled in a landwar with Israel in a conflict that has claimed the lives of over 800 people. And while we did find the revelation reported by the Times of Israel as surprising, it is certainly not shocking in a world in which moneyed interests fund militants across nations in what has become an explosion of proxy wars around the globe (see Syria, Ukraine, etc).

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, shakes hands with Hamas leader
Khaled Mashaal, right, as the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, center,
looks on, after signing an agreement in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Feb 6, 2012
(photo credit: AP/Osama Faisal)

According to the TOI, Israel president Shimon Peres “accused Qatar on Wednesday of becoming “the world’s largest funder of terror” due to its financial support for Hamas in Gaza.”

Read moreFirst Syrian Rebels, Now Hamas: Qatar Once Again Emerges As ‘Mystery’ US-Backed Sponsor Of War

Frontrunning: July 23

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Frontrunning: July 23 (ZeroHedge, July 23, 2014):

  • Here come the gates which we predicted in 2010: SEC Is Set to Approve Money-Fund Rules (WSJ)
  • Dick’s cuts 400 jobs as golf now less popular (MW)
  • Kerry arrives in Israel, pushes for peace (Reuters) (Sure!)
  • Pay Penalty Haunts Recession Grads as U.S. Economy Mends (BBG)
  • Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health-Law Subsidies (WSJ)
  • Rebel Stronghold Donetsk Holds Breath as Shellfire Mounts (BBG)
  • Business executive wins Georgia Republican runoff in U.S. Senate race (Reuters)
  • Five held in China food scandal probe, including head of Shanghai Husi Food (Reuters)
  • Jobs Hold Sway Over Yellen-Carney as Central Banks Splinter (BBG)

Overnight Media Digest

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* Two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on subsidies for health coverage purchased on federal insurance exchanges, clouding a major part of Obama’s health law. (http://on.wsj.com/1pb81yo)

* The Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that Deutsche Bank AG’s U.S. operations suffer from a litany of serious financial reporting problems that the lender has known about for years but not fixed. (http://on.wsj.com/1jUoOXe)

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Facts All US Citizens Need To Know About Israel And Palestine

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On record: Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘America is something that can easily be moved.’ ‘The world won’t say a thing.’ ‘The world will say we’re defending.’ (Video)

Lunatic Netanyahu Exposed: What The Israelis Really Think Of Us (Video)

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Netanyahu Orders Israel Army To Prepare For Possible Military Strike Against Iran In 2014

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: I Don’t Care What UN Says About Settlement Activities

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Facts All US Citizens Need to Know About Israel and Palestine (Washington’s Blog, July 12, 2014):

  • Gaza (along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem) is occupied Palestinian territory under international law, determined by the vast majority of the world, as well as the highest court in the world, the UN’s International Court of Justice. Gaza cannot commit aggression against Israel, since Israel is in constant and continual commission of illegal aggression against Palestine by occupying it (illegally and sadistically blockading it and frequently committing terrorism against its civilians, including by targeting them with chemical weapons provided by US taxpayers – see “Rain of Fire” by Human Rights Watch). As documented by Amnesty Int’l, Human Rights Watch, and many others, Israel intentionally targets and murders civilians, including children, en masse.
  • But, even ignoring international law and that Gaza is under illegal Israeli occupation, Gaza did not initiate this current round of violence; Israel did:
  • Western/US/Israeli propaganda says the violence started with the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli youths on June 12th. That is a lie:
  • On May 20th, the Israeli government murdered 2 unarmed Palestinian teens, one on video, and wounded a third.
  • The firing of pathetic scrap metal rockets from impoverished Gaza, which have killed no one, were in fact launched in response to earlier Israeli bombings, killings, assassinations, and arrests of Palestinians, including children.

Israel Is Bombing Gaza Back to the Stone Age to Get Hamas … But ISIS – NOT HAMAS – Claims Credit for Attacks Against Israel

Israel Is Bombing Gaza Back to the Stone Age to Get Hamas … But ISIS – NOT HAMAS – Claims Credit for Attacks Against Israel (Washington’s Blog, July 11, 2014):

Israel is currently bombing Gaza back to the stone age (MSM spin notwithstanding).

While Israel claims that Hamas was behind the murder of 3 Israeli boys which started this round of violence (and subsequent rocket attacks), the Times of Israel reported last week:

A new Palestinian jihadist group pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIL) [or “ISIS”] has claimed responsibility for the killing of three Israeli teenagers last month in the West Bank, as well as other recent deadly attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Read moreIsrael Is Bombing Gaza Back to the Stone Age to Get Hamas … But ISIS – NOT HAMAS – Claims Credit for Attacks Against Israel

Israel Hits 200 Gaza Sites, 8 Children Reported Dead, Hamas Fires Rockets

Israel hits 200 Gaza sites, 8 children reported dead, Hamas fires rockets (RT, July 9, 2014):

At least eight children have been killed in the last 24 hours as Operation Protective Edge launched by Israeli forces entered its second day. The IDF claims it has hit at least 200 targets in Gaza since Tuesday.

By Wednesday evening, Israel’s offensive had killed at least 53 people and injured over 450, while also striking scores of targets, Ma’an news agency reported citing medical officials.

Read moreIsrael Hits 200 Gaza Sites, 8 Children Reported Dead, Hamas Fires Rockets

‘Priceless’ Bronze Statue Of Greek God Apollo Found In Gaza Strip

A bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo is pictured in Gaza
The bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo is pictured in Gaza. Photograph: Reuters

‘Priceless’ bronze statue of Greek god Apollo found in Gaza Strip (Guardian, Feb 10, 2014):

• Hamas officials seize statue after it appears on eBay
• Doubt cast on fisherman’s claim to have found item in sea

Lost for centuries, a rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip, only to be seized by police and vanish almost immediately from view.

Word of the remarkable find has caught the imagination of the world of archaeology, but the police cannot say when the life-sized bronze might re-emerge or where it might be put on display.

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Former US Assistant Secretary Of Defense: ‘It’s Very Popular In Israel To Kill Lots Of Palestinians in Gaza Around Election Time … It Wins Votes’ (Video)

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“Well, I suspect the timing in this case was dictated by the Israeli election. It’s very popular in Israel to kill lots of Palestinians in Gaza. And Hamas is seen as a monster, and so a war against Hamas… it wins votes.”


­Charles W. (“Chas”) Freeman, Jr. (born 1943) is an American diplomat, politician and writer. His major political career began as the principal American interpreter for President Richard Nixon’s first visit to China in 1972. From 1989 to 1992 Freeman served as the US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, where he dealt with issues related to the Persian Gulf War. Then Freeman was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs (1993-94). Later he became the president of the Middle East Council and other institutions. In February 2009, a leaked media report indicated Freeman might soon chair the National Intelligence Council in the Obama administration. This triggered a wave of criticism from prominent pro-Israel figures, and after several weeks, Freeman withdrew his name from consideration.

‘Killing Palestinians is popular in Israel around election time’ (RT, Dec 9, 2012):

Was Israel’s Pillar of Cloud self defense, or state terrorism? What is the Israeli lobby in the US, and what does the Arab lobby have to counter it with? To get some answers, RT sat down with former US Assistant Secretary of Defense Chas Freeman.

On November 14, Ahmed Jabari, Hamas’ military leader in Gaza Strip, was killed in an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) airstrike. It signaled the beginning of the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Cloud, which Tel Aviv said was aimed at halting indiscriminate rocket fire into Israeli territory from the strip.

Read moreFormer US Assistant Secretary Of Defense: ‘It’s Very Popular In Israel To Kill Lots Of Palestinians in Gaza Around Election Time … It Wins Votes’ (Video)

Gerald Celente: The Start Of WW3 – Israel Says They Have Right To Defend Themselves – ‘I Don’t Support Murder’ (Video)


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Leveling Gaza: Israel Airstrikes To Cost Gaza Over $300 Million

Leveling Gaza: Israel airstrikes to cost Gaza over $300 million – report (RT, Nov 25, 2012):

The eight-day Israeli assault on Gaza has resulted in $300 million in economic damage, a Palestinian Chamber of Commerce report concludes. The document also calls for the Gaza Strip to be recognized as an economic disaster area.

­The report covered damages to the agricultural, health and social sectors. The occupied territory’s agrarian segment suffered $120 million in damage. The eight-day halt to economic activities resulted in $40 million lost. The rest of the sum comes from destroyed buildings and infrastructure that was impaired by Israeli airstrikes, Xinhua reported.

To deal with the disastrous economic consequences of the raid, the report calls for a lift of Israeli restrictions on Gaza in accordance with the truce that ended the operation on Wednesday.

Besides economic damage, the Israeli response to Hamas’ rocket attacks killed 168 Palestinians, most them civilians.

Read moreLeveling Gaza: Israel Airstrikes To Cost Gaza Over $300 Million

Israel To Test-Fire New Missile System After Iron Dome Failed To Intercept Hundreds Of Rockets An Missiles


The Israeli military launch a missile from the Iron Dome missile shield in the southern city of Beer Sheva into the Gaza Strip on November 15, 2012.

Israel to test-fire new missile system after Iron Dome failure (PressTV, Nov 24, 2012):

The Israeli regime is set to test-fire a new missile shield developed by US company Raytheon after its Iron Dome missile system failed to intercept hundreds of rockets and missiles fired from Gaza.
Israel has turned to engineers from the American company to help the regime develop the next-generation missile shield called the Stunner.

According to Boston Globe newspaper, the new missile interceptor is scheduled to be test-fired in “Negev Desert in coming days.”

If the system proves viable, Tel Aviv will add the system to its missile shield, known as David’s Sling, which is designed to complement Iron Dome.

“They are working hard to get David’s Sling operational. The hope is it will be able to knock out a variety of targets,” said Theodore A. Postol, professor of science, technology, and national security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former adviser to the US Navy.

Israel developed the Iron Dome with a 200-million-dollar fund from the United States. The US plans to give Tel Aviv another $600 million for additional batteries and replacement missiles.

The US will also help finance the Stunner project if it proves viable. The Israeli firm Rafael has spent a total of $130 million over the past three years to complete the system.

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Russia Sends Warships To Gaza Coast

Russia Sends Warships To Gaza Coast (ZeroHedge, Nov 24, 2012):

For the entire 8 day duration of Operation Pillar of Defense, there was one major geopolitical player who had been largely quiet and certainly absent from the scene: the same player whose unflinching position over the Syria conflict has so far prevented any intervention in the civil war torn country: Russia. The same Russia which has a military base in the Syrian port city of Tarsus, and thus in its own eyes, a very substantial “national interest” role to play in the middle east, one that is certainly opposing that of the US and the pro-NATO forces, a tension that will surely boil to the surface now that war between Iran and Israel is always at most “hours away” depending on who is asked, and which one day will be more than just a war of words. Today, Russia decided that it had kept quiet for too long over the Gaza conflict, with Voice of Russia reporting, courtesy of Al Arabiya, that Russian warships anchored off the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea will be put on military alertness should the conflict in Gaza escalate and brought in proximity, according Russian Navy Command source on Friday.

Sure enough, there is a diplomatic reason for the escalation: evacuation preparedness. To wit: “The detachment of combat ships of the Black Sea Fleet, including the Guards missile cruiser Moskva, the patrol ship Smetliviy, large landing ships Novocherkassk and Saratov, the sea tug MB-304 and the big sea tanker Ivan Bubnov, got the order to remain in the designated area of the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea for a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from the area of the Gaza strip in case of escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict”, the spokesperson said. He added that ship crew members will continue routine combat training, maintenance of equipment and weapons along with other military services.

A missile cruiser, which just happens to be the flag ship of the Russian Black Sea naval fleet, and whose purpose is “to destroy hostile surface ships” in order to aid evacuation? Odd…

Naturally, only very naive people would buy this “explanation”, which does nothing to mitigate the factor that Russia, too, is now implicitly involved in the Gaza conflict. How soon until China sends a few of its own warships to the region. Just in case China nationals needs evaluation too.

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