Tuesday, July 01, 2014

1-Jul-14: Rockets continue coming as Israel deals with tragedy

It's reported (Times of Israel) that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip early Tuesday crashed into and exploded in Israel's Eshkol region. Damage was caused to several cars and a fire close to a packaging plant which was quickly put out by emergency services. Another rocket landed in the Sdot Negev region, causing no damage or injuries.

Fifteen rockets were fired at Israel a night earlier - the night between Sunday and Monday.

Noah Pollak, writing overnight at the Weekly Standard, pulls some of the strands together for us:
Here is what bias against Israel looks like. Three Israeli teenagers are abducted by the terrorist group Hamas, and after a desperate weeks-long search for the boys, they are finally found—dead in shallow graves near the site of the abduction. While all this is happening, Hamas instigates a new round of missile attacks from Gaza, firing 56 rockets at southern Israeli communities. The Obama administration's response? Express sympathy but call on Israel to refrain from responding.
Moments after the news broke today that the bodies of the teenagers had been found, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. was "urging restraint"—that is, urging Israel not to respond to the murder of its citizens.
Likewise the president's condolence statement concluded with an admonition that "all parties refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation." Make no mistake—this is not a call on "all parties." It is a call directly to Israel, as Hamas already acted to "destabilize the situation" by abducting and murdering three teenagers and it continues to "destabilize the situation" by launching dozens of rockets a day at Israel... [W]ith Hamas and Fatah joined in an Obama-approved unity government that will continue receiving hundreds of millions of dollars a year in U.S. funding, we arrive at the events of the past three weeks—the increased rocket fire, the abduction and murder of the teenagers, and, of course, the administration's admonition that Israel not respond to events the administration itself has played a role in bringing about. And all the while the Obama administration insists on its "unshakable commitment to Israel's security," a phrase invoked with repetitive meaninglessness. The most important part of that commitment is being a source of moral clarity on days like today, and treating an ally like an ally, instead of a problem that must be contained...
The entire piece makes a strong impact. It's here.

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