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Hamas says it ‘highly appreciates’ Rep. Ilhan Omar’s remarks condemning US, Israel — then rebukes her

Hamas, the Gaza-based terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip, released a statement Friday thanking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for “defending justice and the rights of the oppressed.”

What did Omar say?

The Minnesota Democrat found herself in hot water this week after she lumped together the United States, Israel, Afghanistan, Hamas, and the Taliban as countries and organizations guilty of committing “unthinkable atrocities.”

“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” Omar said Monday.

How did Hamas respond?

Hamas, which is officially classified by the U.S. government as a “foreign terrorist organization,” released a statement Friday both thanking and condemning Omar.

Despite approving of Omar’s pro-Palestine stance, Hamas rebuked Omar for equating Israel and “U.S. aggression” to “the resistance of the Palestinian people,” suggesting that Hamas is on the side of good and they should not be conflated with their enemies.

The statement read, in part:

The remarks made by US congresswoman Ilhan Omar are very peculiar; she equated between the victim and the executioner when she treated the resistance of the Palestinian people, the Israeli crimes in Palestine, and the US aggression in Afghanistan as an equal footing.

Hamas highly appreciates Omar’s stances in support of justice and the rights of the oppressed around the world, foremost among them is the just rights of the Palestinian people. However, it is unacceptable to make such an unfair comparison, which contradicts with basic norms of justice and international law.

Anything else?

Not only did Omar’s comments invoke condemnation from Republicans and, ironically, an actual terrorist group, but even Democrats — including party leadership — believe Omar’s conflation of Israel and the U.S. with terrorists was unacceptable.

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) released a statement Wednesday along with 11 other House Democrats rebuking Omar’s comparison.

“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided. Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice,” the statement said. “The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”

In response, Omar accused her colleagues of engaging in islamophobia.

“It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for ‘clarification’ and not just call,” Omar said. “The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”

Omar later clarified her remarks.

“On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about ongoing International Criminal Court investigations,” Omar said Thursday. “To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel. I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that no disciplinary action will be taken against Omar.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar compares US to Hamas and Taliban terrorists, says all are guilty of ‘unthinkable atrocities’

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Monday seemingly compared the United States and Israel to Hamas and Taliban terrorists.

Hamas, the Gaza-based terrorist group, is officially classified by the U.S. government as a “foreign terrorist organization.” However, Taliban soldiers who terrorize Afghanistan are not technically part of a U.S.-designated terrorist group.

What are the details?

Omar, one of the most far-left members of Congress, claimed the U.S. and Israel — along with Afghanistan, Hamas, and the Taliban — have committed “unthinkable atrocities” and human rights abuses.

“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” Omar said.

The context of Omar’s inflammatory claim included her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday about how perpetrators of human rights abuses — she cited the Israeli security forces and Hamas, the Afghanistan government and the Taliban — will be held accountable, especially because the U.S. government opposes the International Criminal Court, the global tribunal tasked with prosecuting war crimes.

Why exactly, then, Omar invoked the U.S. in her tweet and lumped America into a group with terrorist organizations is unclear — unless she is also publicly accusing the U.S. of committing war crimes and human rights abuses.

Omar did not elaborate on what crimes against humanity she thinks the U.S. is guilty of committing. Interestingly, Omar did not cite the U.S. when she questioned Blinken.

What about Israel?

During military tensions between Israel and Hamas last month — which started when Hamas terrorists began launching rockets from Gaza into Israel — Omar accused Israel of committing war crimes.

“We need accountability for every war crime committed. And we need to stop underwriting crimes against humanity while doing nothing to end the occupation,” Omar said.

Omar also criticized President Joe Biden for moving forward with a proposed arms sale to Israel, saying, “The United States should not stand idly by while crimes against humanity are being committed with our backing.”

Despite accusations of war crimes, human rights abuses, and even claims that Israel is operating an “apartheid” state, Israeli leaders take special precautions to prevent civilian causalities during military campaigns against Hamas, even calling off military strikes if it means saving innocent lives.

The reason many non-military Gaza residents are killed when military tensions flare is because Hamas operates from residential areas, knowing their strikes will prompt a response from Israeli forces. By locating themselves in residential and civilian areas, Hamas allows Gaza civilians to become causalities knowing international media will provoke empathy for the Palestinian cause.

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Bill Maher staunchly defends Israel, hilariously mocks celebrities who condemn Israel

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” staunchly defended Israel and its right to defend itself from Hamas terrorists in Gaza on Friday, rebuking progressives who condemn Israel and claim that Israel is guilty of “war crimes.”

What is the background?

Progressives, from far-left lawmakers to celebrities like supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, vocally condemned Israel’s military campaign against Hamas terrorists in Gaza this month, which was initiated after the terrorists began launching missiles into Israel.

The state of Israel even accused Bella Hadid of “advocating for the elimination of the Jewish State” for allegedly invoking the phrase “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” which Israel explained “is a phrase used by those who call for the elimination of Israel.”

What did Maher say?

During a panel discussion that involved New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, Maher strongly upheld Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas terrorists.

When Kristof accused Israel of “engaging in possible war crimes in Gaza,” Maher immediately interrupted.

“Well Gaza fired 4,000 rockets into Israel, what would you say Israel should have done instead of what they did?” Maher said.

Kristof responded by claiming Israel’s response to Hamas “was probably a war crime because [Israel] did not sufficiently avoid civilian casualties.” Maher immediately shot back, pointing out that Hamas intentionally operates from civilian areas.

Maher then gave a history lesson about Jewish occupation of the southern Levant, noting that Israelites controlled the area more than 1,000 years before Arabs ever arrived there, to rebuke accusations that Israelis are “occupiers” or that they are operating an “apartheid” state.

But I don’t know how well you respond to when– I mean, what if Canada, fired 4,000 rockets into America. Or Mexico, which is even better analogy, because we actually did steal the land from Mexico. I would submit that Israel did not steal anybody’s land. This is another thing I’ve heard last couple of weeks. Words like “occupiers” and “colonizers” and “apartheid,” which I don’t think people understand the history there.

The Jews have been in that area of the world, since about 1,200 BC, way before the first Muslim or Arab walked the earth— 1,000 years before. I mean, Jerusalem is their capital. OK, so if it’s just about who got there first, it’s not even close. There has been a continuous Jewish presence. Yes. The Jews were the ones who were occupied by everybody. The Romans took over at some point, and then the Persians and the Byzantines and then the Ottomans. So yes, there was colonization going on there. Beginning in the 19th century, they started to return to Palestine, which was never an Arab country. There was never a country called “Palestine” that was a distinct Arab country.

Maher then pointed out, “Hamas’s charter says they just want to wipe out Israel, their negotiating position is: ‘You all die.'”

Later, Maher responded to progressive celebrities who support Palestine, claiming they would “run screaming to Tel Aviv if they had to live in Gaza for one day.”

“As far as Gaza goes, it’s amazing to me that the progressives think that they’re being progressive, by taking that side of it, the Bella Hadid’s of the world, these influencers. I just want to say, in February of this year, a Hamas court ruled that an unmarried woman cannot travel in Gaza without the permission of a male guardian. Really? That’s where the progressives are?” Maher mocked. “Bella Hadid and her friends would run screaming to Tel Aviv if they had to live in Gaza for one day.”

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‘American Friends for Hamas’ asks Portland college students for donations to ‘destroy Israel’ — and the woke youngsters are only too happy to help

Ami Horowitz — a creator of digital shorts that throw conservative light on sociopolitical issues — is at it again.

What are the details?

Horowitz decided to pay a visit recently to left-wing bastion Portland State University to pose as a worker for “American Friends for Hamas” — a made-up group — who asks students to pledge donations in order to assist the terrorism-loving organization to carry out its mission to “destroy Israel.”

And boy, did Horowitz lay it on thick for the camera.

“We’re not your father’s terrorist organization,” he told students without a hint of tongue in cheek. “We’ve kind of evolved beyond that. It’s still kind of what we do, but we’ve kind of rebuilt and rebranded ourselves and, you know … Hamas is where it’s at!”


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Horowitz even added the telltale rolling tongue on the “H” for extra Middle Eastern authenticity.

He proceeded to tell students that his group was raising money to help “fund operations against Israel” — and that they were looking to hit “soft targets” in “civilian populations” such as cafes, schools, hospitals, and places of worship to “make ’em feel it.”

And no students seen in the video ran for the hills upon hearing Horowitz’s genocidal pitches.

“That’s the only way you can fight back, really,” he said.

Horowitz even likened a “suicide bomber” to “kind of like the poor man’s F-15.”

“Right, right,” one student responded in apparent agreement.

‘We’re looking to destroy Israel’

Further on in the open-air chats, Horowitz described “American Friends for Hamas” as “next-level BDS” — the acronym for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement — and “we’re looking to wipe Israel off the map … we’re looking to destroy Israel.”

He added that “we don’t want just Gaza, we want to have all of Israel.”

Incredibly Horowitz also told at least one student that “to get peace you first gotta destroy some stuff, you know?”

How did students react?

There was no apparent pushback from students on the video Horowitz produced.

“I actually have been learning in this last school year about everything that’s going on over there,” one student told him. “So, I like the sound of what you’re doing, it sounds like the right thing to do.”

Another student said, “I’m totally against the Israeli genocide.”

The video captured a number of students pledging to “American Friends for Hamas” in relatively small dollar amounts — all for the cause of killing off Israel. Horowitz wrote in a Fox News op-ed that it took him only about an hour to raise “hundreds of dollars for Hamas.”

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Anti-Israel statement from Vanderbilt U. student gov’t weeps for Palestinians — and predictably fails to mention ‘Hamas,’ ‘rocket attacks,’ or ‘terrorism’

Vanderbilt University’s student government was called out for issuing a decidedly anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian statement over the weekend in the wake of the recent ceasefire after nearly two weeks of deadly fighting between the warring factions.

What are the details?

The unsigned statement is curiously titled “In Solidarity with Students” — but given the weight of the overall words, it seemed clear that not every student was created equal in the eyes of the college’s student government.

While it makes a passing reference about extending “support and consolation to Israeli students also affected by this crisis” and that “there is no place for antisemitism or anti-Jewish sentiment of any kind” on campus, the vast majority of the two-page statement is passionately anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian — and fails to even mention the words “Hamas” or “terrorism” or the thousands of rocket attacks the Jewish state endured.

The most blatantly anti-Israel sections of the statement are found on the second page where Vanderbilt’s student government catalogs death and destruction by Israel’s “occupying forces” and uses phrases such as “indigenous Palestine,” “targeting Muslim Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “inhumane and cruel acts of war, supremacy, and genocide.”

Hillel had something to say

In the wake of the student government statement, Vanderbilt’s Hillel group put together a response on its own Instagram page — and the campus’ Jewish organization was not happy.

“Vanderbilt Hillel strongly condemns the recently released, biased statement from Vanderbilt Student Government,” Hillel’s statement begins. “Despite VSG’s claim to denounce antisemitism, their statement contributes to the continued erosion of Jewish students’ sense of safety at Vanderbilt and has unleashed a torrent of offensive comments online.”

The Hillel statement goes on to say that Jewish students are being “targeted for harassment and abuse for their Jewishness, Zionism, and support of Israel as a Jewish state” and are left feeling “unwelcome and threatened” on campus. The statement also urged Vanderbilt to help student leaders especially to learn “the ways that anti-Israel activism becomes antisemitism.”

What did Vanderbilt have to say?

The school made note on its website of the competing social media statements without mentioning specific student groups and encouraged peaceful, restrained interactions in regard to the volatile topic.

“Some student organizations on our campus have posted statements on social media about this issue that have prompted heated debate and discussion, marked by at times offensive and inflammatory rhetoric. Student organizations do not speak for the university or the overall Vanderbilt community. They are formed and led by students as an opportunity to enhance their college experience and become well-rounded leaders, scholars and citizens who navigate the world with civility, curiosity and respect for others. As such, all our students, whether members of these organizations or not, are expected to adhere to our high standards of conduct aligned with the university’s policies and rules governing such groups.”

The school’s statement added that “we must all ensure through our words and our actions that Vanderbilt remains a safe and welcoming community committed to civil discourse, especially when we hold strong and impassioned views. Language and actions that constitute harassment and bullying are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

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Top Netanyahu adviser hits back at criticism from Democratic politicians: ‘No one should make excuses for’ Hamas

Mark Regev, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responded to American critics on Sunday, defending Israel’s right to defend itself from attacks from Islamic terrorists in the Palestinian territories.

What is the background?

Members of the so-called “Squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) — amplified anti-Israel rhetoric last week as Israel continued its military campaign against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Ocasio-Cortez called Israel an “apartheid state,” Omar accused Israel of committing acts of terrorism, while Tlaib called Netanyahu the “Apartheid-in-chief” and accused him of “committing war crimes.”

Tlaib and Omar even said after Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire that a ceasefire was not enough. Omar, instead, demanded “accountability for every war crime committed.” Meanwhile, Tlaib said the U.S. should stop sending aid to Israel if the Jewish nation doesn’t “uphold human rights,” claiming the ceasefire “will not alone achieve freedom, justice, and equality for all who live under Israel’s apartheid government.”

What did Regev say?

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the top Israeli diplomat dismissed criticism from Democrats, saying they don’t represent the views of a majority of Americans.

Regev also reiterated that Hamas is not just an enemy of Israel’s — but of the free world.

“I can tell you this morning before coming to this interview, I looked at the polling. And I saw that the overwhelming majority of the American people stand with Israel, support Israel, are favorable toward Israel,” Regev said. “A majority of people who identify as Democrats also support Israel or favor Israel.”

“People need to understand — Hamas is not just Israel’s enemy. Hamas is the enemy of everyone who wants to seek peace and reconciliation in our part of the world. There were brutal jihadist terrorist group,” Regev added. “No one should make excuses for them.”

When pressed on the issue further — including on criticism from Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who rebuked Israel for targeting a building that housed an Associated Press bureau and Hamas intelligence offices — Regev further explained why criticism of Israel is unwarranted.

In that building that the senator was concerned about, Hamas had its elite scientific research unit that was working on ways to try to counteract the guiding systems on our rockets. If they would have succeeded, not only couldn’t we have shut down incoming rockets coming into Israel to kill our people, but we wouldn’t have been able to be surgical in our strikes against Hamas’ military machine, so that definitely was a legitimate military target.

That Hamas was using journalists as a human shield shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone but we notify the journalists in advance and I’m happy to tell you that there was not a single civilian casualty from that operation. In fact, from my point of view, it was an Israeli tactical success because we took out a legitimate Hamas target, a dangerous Hamas target and at the same time, not a single innocent civilian was killed. That’s a good thing.

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Report: Biden officials made requests to Israel that mirrored demands from Hamas terrorists

When tensions flared between Israel and Palestine two weeks ago, the Biden administration reportedly made requests of Israel that mirrored demands from Hamas terrorists, who have controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

What is the background?

Growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians boiled over on May 10 when Hamas began firing missiles at Israel.

Prior to the military escalation, Hamas had demanded Israel remove their security forces from and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits on the Temple Mount, a site holy to Jews and Muslims.

Israeli security forces only entered the compound after increasing violence from Palestinian activists. “Anger had been mounting for weeks among Palestinians ahead of a now-delayed Israeli court ruling on whether authorities were able to evict dozens of Palestinians from the Old City’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and give their homes to Jewish settlers,” the Guardian reported.

What did the Biden admin tell Israel?

As tensions escalated at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, top Biden administration officials reportedly spoke with their Israeli counterparts and made three demands of Israel.

The demands included canceling evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and canceling the annual Jerusalem Day flag parade.

Axios reported:

[W]ith tensions escalating fast, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had called his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, while Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke to the director general of the Israeli foreign ministry, Alon Ushpiz.

The Biden administration had three immediate demands of Israel: stop the evictions in Sheikh Jarrah, lower tensions on the Temple Mount and cancel the annual Jerusalem Day flag parade, during which Israeli nationalists celebrate the unification of Jerusalem under Israeli control.

Israel reportedly rejected U.S. requests, though, as Axios noted, it appeared that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to thwart further escalation.

“[Netanyahu] asked the Supreme Court to postpone its verdict on the evictions, banned visits by Jews to the Temple Mount and rerouted the flag parade so it wouldn’t pass through the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City,” Axios reported.

What were Hamas’ demands?

A Hamas spokesperson told Newsweek their goal in attacking Israel was “to have the Israeli occupation authorities accept our demands.”

Those demands included “giving free access to worshipers from all parts of Palestine to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque without restriction or harassment by the Israeli police or the Israeli settlers and halting the attempts to expel the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah,” the Hamas spokesperson told the media outlet.

An Israeli official reportedly responded to the demands by explaining they were “already and partially the policy of Israel,” as indicated by Axios’ report.

Israeli and Palestinian officials finally came to a ceasefire agreement that began last Friday morning.

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AOC and Bernie Sanders try to block Biden admin’s arms sale to Israel — all while the US’ top Middle East ally is bombarded by Hamas terrorists

Hamas has been bombarding Israel with rockets over the last several days in its latest efforts to violently challenge the United States’ top ally in the region. Over the last week and a half, Hamas terrorists have fired more than 4,000 rockets at Israel, the nation’s air force said, according to the Associated Press.

As Hamas rockets continued to rain down on Israeli communities, left-wing Democrats in the U.S. Congress were spending their time trying to stop President Joe Biden from selling arms to Israel that the nation could use to defend itself against terrorism.

What happened?

The Biden White House approved a $735 million sale of weapons to Israel, the Washington Post revealed Monday. These weapons include JDAMs, or Joint Direct Attack Munitions, which, Fox News said, are tail kits that convert “dumb” bombs into precision-guided missiles. Analysts believe JDAMs have been instrumental in the recent cross-border conflict with Hamas.

According to the Post, the administration notified Congress of the planned sale on May 5, five days before recent hostilities began. The declaration is required under law, and lawmakers have 15 days to object with a nonbinding disapproval resolution.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been leading the charge to kill the arms deal, along with known anti-Israel Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.), who called the potential sale “appalling.”

AOC, along with Tlaib and Rep. Mark Pocan, introduced a resolution Wednesday to block the arms sale.

In a statement on the resolution, the democratic-socialist lawmaker said, “For decades, the U.S. has sold billions of dollars in weaponry to Israel without ever requiring them to respect basic Palestinian rights. In so doing, we have directly contributed to the death, displacement and disenfranchisement of millions,” the Post reported.

And she took to Twitter to claim that the move was all about protecting human rights and allege that Israel has been targeting civilian and media sites.

“The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions and civilian sites for bombing,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We have a responsibility to protect human rights.”

Israel has said that JDAMs have been used for the Gaza airstrikes and in other similar situations in order to avoid harming civilians, which is the opposite of what Hamas has done with its indiscriminate bombing of Israeli cities.

On the U.S. Senate side, avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he plans to introduce a similar resolution Thursday to stop the weapons sale, the Post reported.

“At a moment when U.S.-made bombs are devastating Gaza, and killing women and children, we cannot simply let another huge arms sale go through without even a Congressional debate,” Sanders tweeted.

“I believe that the United States must help lead the way to a peaceful and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians,” he continued in a follow-up tweet. “We need to take a hard look at whether the sale of these weapons is actually helping do that, or whether it is simply fueling conflict.”

Though the Sanders resolution will likely get an up-or-down vote, its fate is uncertain, the Post said. Should it get the 51 votes needed for passage, it would still need to pass the House, which AOC and her ilk would likely support it.

The president, however, would have the power to veto the resolution. If he did, both congressional chambers would need to rally two-thirds of their respective bodies to overturn the veto.

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Israel’s military posts video showing how it has taken down more than 60 miles of Hamas tunnels

For the last week and a half, Hamas terrorists have been indiscriminately launching rockets into Israel from Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces have been responding with targeted attacks on Hamas assets and personnel — who often hide among civilians and the media.

One of the IDF’s top targets has been Hamas’ underground tunnel system often referred to as the “Metro.” The terrorist organization uses the Metro for storing weapons, conducting military operations, surreptitiously moving about Gaza, and carrying out training exercises.

Just last week, the IDF pulled off what became a headline-grabbing attack on a section of the Metro system. The agency duped Hamas into believing IDF troops were initiating a ground attack into Gaza, baiting the terrorists to head to the tunnels. Once the Hamas members were underground, Israel launched a massive air campaign, burying untold numbers of terrorists in their own infrastructure.

The IDF posted a video Wednesday explaining just how effective attacks have been on the Hamas Metro — as well as how extensive the terrorists’ tunnel system has been, the New York Post said.

According the video, the Israeli military has taken out 62 miles (100 kilometers) of Metro tunnels so far.

“The Hamas terror organization invested the majority of its finances and efforts over the last decade in digging out a complex tunnel system across the Gaza Strip,” the video said, adding that the “extensive project” was “in the configuration of a ‘metro’ network — tunnels connected to each other at intersections and bypasses.”


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The Metro, the IDF said, began just as “individual shafts” used as hiding places for Hamas operatives after launching rockets.

“The network of tunnels grew and branched off until it became a ‘metro’ of an internal tunnel system throughout the Gaza Strip,” the military continued. “The system enabled military training, mobility, the capacity to carry out and manage military operations without exposing themselves, storage for weaponry, and more.”

The IDF then showed locations of Metro access points and illustrated stages of airstrikes on the system.


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IDF spokeswoman Capt. Libby Weiss told the Post that the Metro is “one of Hamas’ most strategic projects, created over the course of years and dug under the people of Gaza near homes, schools and mosques.”

“As a result of IDF activity, more than 62 miles of this network have been destroyed — that’s the equivalent of almost a quarter of the NYC subway system,” Weiss said. “Rather than investing in the economic development of the Gaza Strip, Hamas sunk tens of millions of dollars in this system.”

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told the Post that because the tunnels run under civilian areas, the military’s airstrikes have been targeting roads above the tunnels in order to “minimize damage to buildings.”

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Black Lives Matter demands ‘Palestinian liberation,’ receives praise from anti-Israel movement

The political activist organization Black Lives Matter declared this week that it supports “Palestinian liberation,” a head-nod to anti-Israeli sentiment as the war between Israel and Hamas continues.

The declaration was warmly received by an anti-Israel movement that seeks to economically destroy Israel.

What did the group say?

Black Lives Matter said it is standing in solidarity with “Palestinian liberation” because it opposes “settler colonialism.”

“Black Lives Matter stands in solidarity with Palestinians. We are a movement committed to ending settler colonialism in all forms and will continue to advocate for Palestinian liberation. ( always have. And always will be ),” the group tweeted.

In response, the movement that seeks to destroy Israel — Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions, a movement often described as anti-Semitic — thanked Black Lives Matter for supporting their mission.

“Thank you for your solidarity. From Ferguson to Palestine, our struggles against racism, white supremacy and for a just world are united!” the group tweeted.

What is going on?

Far-left progressives have been outspoken over the last week in their support for Palestine as tensions flare between Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

The fighting started May 10 when Hamas terrorists began attacking Israel with missiles following violent clashes between Muslims and Israelis at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Israel has responded with a fierce military campaign, destroying key Hamas targets in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Casualties are mounting on both sides.

The war has reignited rhetoric from Pro-Palestine advocates, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for example, who accuse Israel of operating “apartheid states” like South Africa did for much of the 20th century.

Advocates of “Palestinian liberation” often cite Israeli’s occupation of the West Bank, which is split into areas controlled by Palestinian authorities and Israeli authorities. They also cite the ongoing sea, land, and air blockade of the Gaza Strip as further evidence, and claim Arabs in Israel are treated as second-class citizens. They also accuse Israel of committing “war crimes,” and blame Israel for Palestinian deaths.

Israel has made it clear, however, that Israeli Defense Forces take special pains to avoid civilian casualties, while Hamas terrorists use their own citizens as “human shields,” firing rockets from dense residential areas that often fail to make it across the border.

International pressure has increased for a ceasefire in recent days, but doing so would allow Hamas to win, an Israeli official said Tuesday.

“We say to stop prematurely is to give Hamas the victory it wants,” the Israeli official told ABC News. “Hamas has to come out of this defeated.”

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Major newspaper wants to know why anyone should trust the Associated Press if it’s going to claim it didn’t know Hamas was in its building

Israeli Defense Forces took down a Gaza City building that housed multiple media outlets and personnel, including Associated Press journalists, over the weekend because, according to Israel’s government, the building also housed Hamas assets and terrorists.

After the attack, the AP denied having any knowledge that Hamas was in the building, despite evidence to the contrary. Now a major U.S. newspaper wants to know why anyone should trust what the AP reports.

What happened?

On Saturday, IDF forces destroyed a Gaza City high-rise that housed the AP because it was a location also known to house Hamas, the terrorist organization currently lobbing thousands of rockets into Israel. An hour before launching its strike, the Israeli military warned civilians and journalists in the building that they needed to evacuate. As a result, zero members of the media were injured.

Following the strike, the IDF said, “After providing advance warning to civilians & time to evacuate, IDF fighter jets struck a multi-story building containing Hamas military intelligence assets. The building contained civilian media offices, which Hamas hides behind and deliberately uses as human shields.”

But members of the AP decried the IDF’s move, saying the media agency, which had been in the building for 15 years, had no idea Hamas was also on the premises.

The AP reported on the incident as though it was unaware of Hamas’ presence, saying, “The Israeli military said it targeted the building because it contained assets of Hamas intelligence agencies, which it said were using media offices as ‘human shields.’ It did not provide evidence for the claims.”

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said his organization was “shocked and horrified” by the move, claiming, “The Israeli government says the building contained Hamas military intelligence assets. We have called on the Israeli government to put forward the evidence.”

“AP’s bureau has been in this building for 15 years. We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building,” Pruitt asserted. “This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu countered the AP’s claims Sunday, telling CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the building was a “perfectly legitimate target” and that the intelligence about Hamas’ location was shared with the U.S. government.

Even more damning, former AP reporter Matti Friedman reported for The Atlantic in 2014 that the AP was fully aware of Hamas’ presence.

The AP staff in Gaza City would witness a rocket launch right beside their office, endangering reporters and other civilians nearby—and the AP wouldn’t report it, not even in AP articles about Israeli claims that Hamas was launching rockets from residential areas. (This happened.) Hamas fighters would burst into the AP’s Gaza bureau and threaten the staff—and the AP wouldn’t report it. (This also happened.) Cameramen waiting outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City would film the arrival of civilian casualties and then, at a signal from an official, turn off their cameras when wounded and dead fighters came in, helping Hamas maintain the illusion that only civilians were dying. (This too happened; the information comes from multiple sources with firsthand knowledge of these incidents.)

What’s this about trusting the AP?

In response to the AP’s claim of ignorance about Hamas being in their building, the New York Post asked in a staff editorial in the Tuesday issue why anyone should trust the AP’s reporting.

“If it’s true that AP was so unaware — and the evidence suggests it’s unlikely — how can anyone trust its reporting in the region?” the Post asked.

The paper indicated that, if the AP was unable to figure it out, its reporting abilities should be called into question. If AP did know, then its willingness to cover-up and obfuscate should lead people to question the agency’s ability to deliver trustworthy news.

Citing Friedman’s 2014 report, the Post said, it certainly appears the AP did know about Hamas occupying the same building and refused to reveal it.

“It seems that what AP doesn’t know — and doesn’t report — always favors Hamas over those the group terrorizes,” the Post concluded.

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Israel’s Netanyahu Vows There’ll Be No End To Conflict

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that there will be no end to the current conflict between Israel and Hamas. His promise comes not long after Israel airstrikes killed an Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza.

This is likely not going t end well at this point. In a Twitter post and statement on Monday, the IDF said that Hussam Abu Harbeed, Islamic Jihad’s northern division commander, had been killed in an airstrike. The tweet was accompanied by a video of the attack on Abu Harbeed’s compound.

The statement says that Abu Harbeed and his forces consistently led attacks on Israel and that he was responsible for a number of missile launches. One of the attacks took place on the first day of the current round of fighting, injuring one Israeli. The IDF said he had been a commander in the Islamic Jihad group for 15 years.

The IDF statement added that there had been around 60 missile launches by militant groups from Gaza on Sunday, 10 of which had landed in the enclave and did not trouble Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.  -RT

Israel claims it has neutralized more than 130 terrorists in the last week, while Palestinian militant groups had fired more than 3,150 missiles at Israel, killing 10, with the alleged attempt to overwhelm the Iron Dome, Israel’s missile defense system.

Additionally, on Saturday, Netanyahu said there would be no ceasefire in the fourth war against Gaza, adding that he “wants to levy a heavy price” on the Hamas militant group. He has also said he will continue to attack Gaza “as long as necessary.” Turkey’s ruler has said that he will not “remain silent” when it comes to the killing of Palestinians by Israel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Ankara is “furious” over Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and lashed out at countries that “remain silent” in the face of Israel’s operation. “We are both saddened and furious at the cruelty of the terrorist state of Israel against Palestinians,” Erdogan told a virtual meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party. “To stand against Israel’s aggression in Palestinian cities, Jerusalem is a duty of honor for humanity,” he said. “By attacking the sacred sites of all three religions, terror state Israel has crossed all boundaries,” he added according to Al-Monitor.

If any other ruling class decides to send their slaves into this conflict, we could see an advancement toward a global conflict. As of right now, there appears to be no end in sight

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Israeli Prime Minister: Gaza Attack Campaign Will Continue “As Long As Necessary”

Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, Monday, May. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

According to prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the attack campaign against Gaza by Israel will last “as long as necessary.” Israel appears to remain committed to fighting the terrorists” entrenched in Gaza, Netanyahu said in a televised address on Sunday after a week of fighting.

“Our campaign against the terrorist organizations is continuing with full force,” he stated. “We are acting now, for as long as necessary, to restore calm and quiet to you, Israel’s citizens. It will take time,” he added according to a report by RT.

In recent days, Tel Aviv has faced mounting international criticism over the hostilities, which involve exchanges of airstrikes from Israel and rocket attacks from Palestinian militants. The escalation has resulted in civilian deaths on both sides, though with significantly more victims on the Palestinian side.

The Israeli air campaign against Hamas, which has involved multiple strikes on high-rise buildings in the Palestinian enclave, has been criticized by the UN. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged both parties to stop the fighting immediately. One of the strikes on Saturday destroyed a 13-floor Gaza building that housed Qatar-based Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press. RT

“The Secretary-General reminds all sides that any indiscriminate targeting of civilian and media structures violates international law and must be avoided at all costs,” the spokesman for Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, said.

Israel Orders “Massive Reinforcement” Of Reserve Troops To Quell Riots; Ground Forces Amass Near Gaza

The rhetoric is ramping up just as Turkey threatens involvement in the fighting. Neither side appears to be backing down and there looks like there will be no end to the constant bombing from either side. All we can hope is that this will cool off and we don’t see an escalation to the global level. War is not the answer but that appears to be the only solution when it comes to the ruling classes ideas.

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Israel reveals ‘smoking gun’ evidence proving Hamas worked in AP building; reporter contradicts AP president’s claims

Former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman directly contradicted Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt, who claimed Saturday the AP was unaware that Hamas terrorists were using the same building in Gaza City where AP and other media outlets housed their Gaza bureaus.

What did Pruitt claim?

After Israeli Defense Forces targeted a high-rise building in Gaza Saturday, which housed an AP bureau along with offices for other media outlets including Al Jazeera, the IDF revealed Hamas intelligence forces also occupied the building.

In a statement, Pruitt claimed his staffers “had no indication” Hamas worked from the building, and demanded Israel reveal evidence to prove terrorists, in fact, occupied the building.

“The Israeli government says the building contained Hamas military intelligence assets. We have called on the Israeli government to put forward the evidence,” Pruitt said.

“AP’s bureau has been in this building for 15 years. We have had no indication Hamas was in the building or active in the building,” he added. “This is something we actively check to the best of our ability. We would never knowingly put our journalists at risk.”

But what did Friedman say?

The former AP journalist revealed in a 2014 article for the Atlantic that AP journalists knew about the presence of Hamas terrorists, explaining how Hamas uses the media to disseminate its narrative about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

When Hamas’s leaders surveyed their assets before this summer’s round of fighting, they knew that among those assets was the international press. The AP staff in Gaza City would witness a rocket launch right beside their office, endangering reporters and other civilians nearby—and the AP wouldn’t report it, not even in AP articles about Israeli claims that Hamas was launching rockets from residential areas. (This happened.) Hamas fighters would burst into the AP’s Gaza bureau and threaten the staff—and the AP wouldn’t report it. (This also happened.) Cameramen waiting outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City would film the arrival of civilian casualties and then, at a signal from an official, turn off their cameras when wounded and dead fighters came in, helping Hamas maintain the illusion that only civilians were dying. (This too happened; the information comes from multiple sources with firsthand knowledge of these incidents.)

[Paul] Colford, the AP spokesman, confirmed that armed militants entered the AP’s Gaza office in the early days of the war to complain about a photo showing the location of a rocket launch, though he said that Hamas claimed that the men “did not represent the group.” The AP “does not report many interactions with militias, armies, thugs or governments,” he wrote. “These incidents are part of the challenge of getting out the news—and not themselves news.”

Friedman also explained that Hamas knows “international coverage from the territory could be molded to its needs” and that reporters can “be intimidated when necessary and that they would not report the intimidation.”

What did Israel say?

A source close to Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told the Jerusalem Post that Israeli officials provided the U.S. government with evidence to corroborate their claim that Hamas military assets operated from of the building.

“We showed them the smoking gun proving Hamas worked out of that building,” the source said. “I understand they found the explanation satisfactory.”

In fact, officials in multiple Israeli government agencies confirmed the call that took place between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday was to, in part, show American officials the intelligence confirming Hamas’ presence inside the building.

During the call, Biden reaffirmed his “strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas,” Reuters reported.

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Israeli military baits Hamas terrorists using ingenious tactical move, then unleashes massive air attack

The Israeli Defense Forces successfully duped Hamas terrorists into believing Israeli soldiers would initiate a ground attack in Gaza, drawing the terrorists into underground tunnels before unleashing a massive air campaign on them.

What happened?

Late Thursday night, the IDF began assembling ground forces along the Israel-Gaza border, indicating that a ground assault was imminent into the areas where Hamas terrorists have been launching a barrage of missiles into Israel.

At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli “would exact a very heavy price from Hamas and the other terrorist organizations.” Earlier in the day, Defense Minister Benny Gantz called up 9,000 reserve soldiers, according to the Jerusalem Post.

“IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF tweeted.

Media outlets across the world then reported the alleged development, including the Washington Post and ABC News, the Jerusalem Post noted. The Post, for example, reported, “Israeli troops have entered the Gaza Strip as conflict with Palestinians escalates, Israeli military says.”

Did Israeli ground troops actually invade Gaza?

According to Israeli officials, assembling ground troops near the Gaza border and publicly claiming a ground invasion was occurring was tactical deception.

The intended goal was to provoke Hamas terrorists to enter their underground tunnel system, allowing Israeli forces to systematically target the tunnels and Hamas soldiers.

In total, more than 450 bombs were dropped on more than 150 Hamas targets during the air campaign.

From the Jerusalem Post:

Yes, the IDF had deployed troops along the border, but they did not cross into Gaza. What did happen was in the air where 160 aircraft had assembled for a massive bombing run over the Gaza Strip. Their target was what the IDF called Hamas’s “Metro”, an underground network of tunnels which Hamas used to store its weapons and to move throughout Gaza hidden from Israeli aircraft. The “Metro” had been built in the years after the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip, also known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge. It was a network of dozens of kilometers of tunnels that crisscrossed Gaza and provided safety from Israeli aerial incursions.

According to reports, due to the deployment along the border and the news coming out in the foreign media of a ground incursion, Hamas and Islamic Jihad sent their first-line of defense into the tunnels to start taking up positions. These were the anti-tank missile teams and mortar squads meant to strike at incoming Israeli ground forces. What these Hamas operatives did not know was that there was no ground offensive. Instead, once they were out of the tunnels, they were exposed to Israeli aircraft. Within minutes, the “Metro” attack went ahead. This led to speculation that the tweet about the ground incursion was intentional and made to get Hamas to believe it was safe to enter the tunnels.

Despite nearly one week of fighting, Israeli officials are not interested in a ceasefire as casualties mount on both sides, the Times of Israel reported.

The Jerusalem Post, however, reported that senior Israeli officials are now urging Netanyahu and Gantz to begin working toward a ceasfire.

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Israel destroys Gaza building housing Associated Press, says Hamas intel worked from building

The building that housed the Associated Press’ Gaza City bureau was destroyed by Israeli military forces on Saturday, prompting questions about why the media organization allegedly rented office space in the same building where Israeli officials said Hamas terrorists operated.

What happened?

According to the Associated Press, Israeli military alerted the high-rise building’s owner on Saturday the building would be imminently destroyed. Within an hour of the warning, three missiles struck and completely destroyed the building.

More from the AP:

For 15 years, the AP’s top-floor office and roof terrace were a prime location for covering Israel’s conflicts with Gaza’s Hamas rulers, including wars in 2009 and 2014. The news agency’s camera offered 24-hour live shots as militants’ rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surrounding area this week.

The building also housed the offices of Qatari-run Al-Jazeera TV, as well as residential apartments. The Israeli military said it targeted the building because it contained assets of Hamas intelligence agencies, which it said were using media offices as “human shields.” It did not provide evidence for the claims.


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The Israeli Defense Forces said the building was targeted because it housed “Hamas military intelligence assets.”

“After providing advance warning to civilians & time to evacuate, IDF fighter jets struck a multi-story building containing Hamas military intelligence assets,” the IDF said. “The building contained civilian media offices, which Hamas hides behind and deliberately uses as human shields.”

What was the reaction?

While journalists expressed outrage over the AP bureau being destroyed, others wanted to know why, as the IDF claimed, the AP shared a building with Hamas terrorists.

“Will someone ask the @AP if they were paying rent to a designated terrorist organization or were they accepting a gift from a designated terrorist organization?” conservative radio host Erick Erickson said.

“Are we just going to ignore the fact AP and Al Jazeera worked in the same building as Hamas terrorists?” Steve Guest, an adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), said.

In response to Piers Morgan calling the airstrike “appalling,” conservative writer David Harsanyi said, “You’re not appalled that AP shares a building with Hamas?”

What did the AP say?

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said he was “shocked and horrified” by the Israeli airstrike.

“We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza,” he said in a statement. “They have long known the location of our bureau and knew journalists were there. We received a warning that the building would be hit.”

“This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time,” Pruitt added. “The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.”

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IDF Approves A Plan For Possible Ground Invasion Into Gaza

Rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, Monday, May. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have approved a plan for a possible ground invasion into Gaza. The war rhetoric is ramping up on all sides, and it’s important to be aware of it.

IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Hidai Zilberman told reporters on Thursday that the plan for a possible invasion into Gaza would be presented to IDF Chief of Staff General Aviv Kochavi later on Thursday. “We are ready to maneuver and, in principle, the IDF had approved several different plans for a ground offensive,” the spokesperson said.

The IDF said the Palestinian militant group Hamas had launched more than 1,500 rockets into the cities of southern and central Israel since May 10, forcing many to hide in bomb shelters and killing six civilians, including a six-year-old boy, and an IDF soldier.

In response, Israel bombed over 650 targets in Gaza, destroying several high-rise buildings in the densely populated Palestinian enclave. Israel’s armed forces reportedly killed dozens of Hamas operatives, including several of the group’s top commanders. Gazan health officials, meanwhile, said that 69 Palestinians, including 17 children, were killed in the airstrikes as of Thursday. –RT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier said that Hamas would pay a heavy price for attacking Israelis. In a tit-for-tat response, Mohammed Deif, who leads Hamas’ military wing, warned that Israel would pay a similarly heavy price if the aggression against Palestinians in West Jerusalem did not stop.

So far, it only looks like the aggression and violence have ramped up and that the area is several more steps closer to a full-scale war that will quickly escalate into a global conflict, with sides already being taken. Catatonic Joe Biden told Netanyahu that “Israel has the right to defend itself” against the attacks coming from Hamas, while Secretary of State Tony Blinken scolded a Palestinian leader for Hamas rocket fire as IDF warplanes hammer Gaza. This is a clear signal that the United States ruling class is siding with Israel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to send “an international protection force” to Gaza to counter Israeli Defense Forces operations against Hamas, according to The Washington Examiner.  “President Erdogan said the international community should also give a strong and deterrent lesson to Israel,” the Turkish president’s communications directorate said in a summary of Erdogan’s latest conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Interesting how the U.S. and Russia are on opposing sides once again.  Coincidence? Or agenda?

It’s time to use our critical thinking skills and discernment to figure out that this also very likely a part of the agenda.  The timing is uncanny and once again, Russia is poised on the “wrong side.” Stay alert and as always, remain prepared. This could touch off at any moment.

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Ron DeSantis attacks ‘terrorist group’ Hamas, says ‘they are at fault’ for current conflict with Israel

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis weighed in on the current Middle East conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The Republican governor blasted Hamas, placing blame on the group for the recent bloodshed in the tumultuous region, and emphasized that Israelis have the “right to defend themselves.”

“I also wanted to just make a comment about what’s happening in the Middle East,” DeSantis said during a Wednesday press conference. “I have friends over there who have been having to hide out in bomb shelters overnight, because of Hamas, which is a terrorist group, raining down rockets on civilians.”

“And make no mistake, Hamas is a terrorist group,” DeSantis proclaimed. “They are at fault on this. Israel has every right to defend itself against Hamas. And I think if you look at what’s going on here, it really isn’t so much about Israel, it’s about Hamas trying to stake a claim to be the leader of the entire Palestinian Authority.”

“They kind of have their little place down in Gaza where they foment a lot of terrorism,” DeSantis explained. “They’ve had a lot of problems going on with the Palestinian Authority. I think this is Hamas’ attempt to capitalize on that. But our ally Israel has a right to defend themselves and what’s going on by Hamas is an absolute disgrace.”

Ron DeSantis’ commentary on world conflicts could hint at presidential run

The Florida governor delivered his remarks about the violent situation on the other side of the world as speculation grows that DeSantis could be eyeing up a run for president in 2024. A new poll from the Trafalgar Group found that DeSantis is far and away the most popular Republican presidential candidate if Donald Trump decides not to run in 2024. The nationwide survey, conducted between April 30 and May 6, discovered that DeSantis currently gets almost 35% support from likely GOP voters in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, which is nearly the same amount as the next three potential candidates combined – Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, and Mike Pence.

An Echelon Insights poll from April declared DeSantis to be the early leader with 20% of the vote if Trump doesn’t run for president. A Just the News survey from late February stated that DeSantis was the leading Republican 2024 candidate if former President Donald Trump sits out 2024, with 21% of the vote. During the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, Republicans overwhelmingly supported DeSantis in the 2024 election, with 43% supporting his presidential run if Trump bows out.

Latest update on the Israel-Gaza conflict

More than 1,500 rockets have been launched from Gaza toward Israel since Monday, according to the Israel Defense Forces. There are a reported 83 deaths in Gaza and seven in Israel, according to the BBC. Four senior Hamas commanders and a dozen more Hamas operatives were killed by Israeli airstrikes, the Guardian reported.

Violence erupted in the streets of Israel late Wednesday as Arab and Jewish mobs attacked each other. Following the night of “anarchy,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “nothing justifies” the street violence and vowed to restore order “with an iron fist if necessary.”

“It doesn’t matter to me that your blood is boiling,” Netanyahu said. “You can’t take the law in your hands.”

Israel has prepared combat troops along the Gaza border and is in “various stages of preparing ground operations,” a military spokesman said on Thursday.

“The chief of staff is inspecting those preparations and providing guidance,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, international spokesperson of the IDF.

Hamas armed wing spokesman Abu Ubaida responded to Israel’s troop buildup with a threat.

“Mass up as you wish, from the sea, land and sky. We have prepared for your kinds of deaths that would make you curse yourselves,” Ubaida proclaimed.

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Muslim actress makes headlines after quoting Hitler in tweet as Hamas launches rockets into Israel: ‘I would have killed all of the Jews of the world’

Actress Veena Malik — sometimes known as Zahida Malik — raised eyebrows after she tweeted a quote she attributed to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, which referenced killing Jews across the world.

Malik’s tweet came at a time when clashes between Israel and Palestine have hit a fevered pitch.

What are the details?

According to a Wednesday report from the Post Millennial, the 37-year-old Pakistani Muslim actress tweeted a graphic that read, “I would have killed all the Jews of the world … but I kept some to show the world why I killed them. Adolf Hitler”

It remains unknown whether the Nazi dictator ever actually uttered or wrote those words.

While the offending tweet is gone, the actress’s
Twitter page remains active at the time of this reporting.

New York Magazine writer Yashar Ali captured the
tweet before it was deleted.

Ali tweeted, “How is this still up???” and later added, “This tweet is now gone along with a bunch of other tweets on her account. Looking forward to an apology from all those who doubted me.”

What else?

The actress has yet to issue a statement of apology or clarification at the time of this reporting.

According to OpIndia, Malik has been recently outspoken in her condemnation of Jews.

The outlet reported, “Malik has since been glorifying the attack on Israelis and cheering the death and destruction.
In her subsequent tweets in Urdu, she urged Muslims to not be disheartened and said that if they are truly ‘believers,’ then they would be proud.”

On Tuesday night, Palestinians carried out ruthless attacks on Israelis with rockets and more.

Amid the chaos, Israeli city of Lod Mayor Yair Revivo compared the deadly attacks to the Nazi campaign of death against Jews and said, “This is Kristallnacht.”

In remarks, Revivo implored the nation’s prime minister to declare a state of emergency.

“This is Kristallnacht in Lod,” said Mayor Yair Revivo. “I have called on the prime minister to declare a state of emergency in Lod. To call in the [Israel Defense Forces]. To impose a curfew. To restore quiet. … There is a failure of governance. … This is a giant incident — an Intifada of Arab Israelis. All the work we have done here for years [on coexistence] has gone down the drain.”

He added, “All of Israel should know, this is a complete loss of control. … This is unthinkable. Synagogues are being burned. Hundreds of cars set alight. Hundreds of Arab thugs are roaming the streets. … Civil war has erupted in Lod. … The Orthodox-nationalist community here has guns. I’m imploring them to go back home but they understandably want to protect their homes. Petrol bombs are being thrown into [Jewish] homes. The situation is incendiary.”

According to the New York Post, Hamas on Tuesday fired at least 130 rockets at Tel Aviv alone.

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Could The Wildly Out Of Control Violence In Jerusalem Spark A Major Regional War In The Middle East?

This article was originally published by Micahel Snyder at The End of the American Dream. 

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Things have been getting tenser in Jerusalem for weeks, and Monday was the day when tensions really started to boil over.  The violence that we witnessed in the streets of Jerusalem shocked the entire globe, and it threatens to spark a major regional conflict.

At one point, a tree that had been set on fire on the Temple Mount was burning wildly out of control, and that was a perfect metaphor for the emotions that we witnessed on both sides.  As a result of multiple violent clashes, over 300 Palestinians and an undisclosed number of Israelis ended up with injuries

Though the past week has seen hundreds of Palestinians and Israeli police officers and civilians injured, the defense establishment still thought that the situation could have returned to normal.

But that was wishful thinking.

More than 300 Palestinians and several Israelis were injured in clashes with police officers on Monday in violence that the city has not seen in years.

In response to the chaos in Jerusalem, Hamas fired more than 160 rockets into Israel, and the IDF responded by striking several targets in the Gaza strip.  The following comes from the Jerusalem Post

The IDF warned Hamas that all options, including a ground operation, were on the table after over 160 rockets were fired towards Jerusalem and southern Israel as thousands of Israelis were parading through downtown to celebrate Jerusalem Day.

Following the rocket fire, the Israel Air Force carried out several strikes in Gaza, killing at least 8 Hamas militants and targeting rocket launchers and two military positions. Palestinian media reported that 20 people had been killed including nine children and another 95 wounded.

We haven’t seen hostilities in the region reach this level in a long, long time.

Politicians around the globe are crying out for peace to be restored, but the leader of Hamas is indicating that more violence may be coming

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Monday night that “Jerusalem has called and Gaza has responded. We will continue as long as Israel does not stop the aggression and terrorism in Jerusalem and at the al-Aqsa Mosque.”

And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is publicly warning that “the current conflict could continue for some time”

“We are in a fight on several fronts: Jerusalem, Gaza and elsewhere in the country. This evening, on Jerusalem Day, the terrorist organizations in Gaza have crossed a red line and attacked us with missiles in the outskirts of Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said at a ceremony at Ammunition Hill to mark Jerusalem Day.

Netanyahu also said that while Israel does not seek an intensification of hostilities, “the current conflict could continue for some time.”

So what does that mean?

Could Netanyahu actually send troops into Gaza?

If that happens, that could spark a full-blown regional war.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad are no match for the IDF, but they would fight with everything that they have got and they are certainly capable of launching thousands of rockets toward Israel.

However, if Hezbollah decided to jump in and attack from the north, that would take the conflict to an entirely different level.

Right now, Hezbollah has 150,000 missiles pointed at Israel, and those missiles could do some very serious damage.  At this point, Beirut is absolutely teeming with Fateh 110 rockets that have the range to hit Tel Aviv

Further north, in Beirut, is Hezbollah’s central headquarters, and the city area is packed with Iranian and Syrian-made Fateh 110 rockets that can reach greater Tel Aviv. It is here that Hezbollah is trying to turn some of those rockets into precision-guided missiles.

Precision-guided missiles are not like the unsophisticated rockets that Hamas lobs toward Israel.  It is being reported that such missiles “can strike targets within an accuracy of a 5-meter diameter”.

And of course, if Hezbollah goes to war with Israel, there is always a possibility that Iran may decide to take more direct action against Israel as well.

The Iranians typically don’t like to attack anyone directly, but they could certainly use proxies other than Hezbollah to hit Israel with conventional or unconventional weapons.

Hopefully cooler heads will prevail, and the Biden administration is currently attempting to “de-escalate” the situation…

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Hamas must end the rocket attacks “immediately”, adding: “All sides need to de-escalate.”

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki echoed those calls, saying US President Joe Biden was seriously concerned about the violence.

Unfortunately, at this point, Biden’s words don’t exactly carry too much weight in the region.

And I think that it is an ominous sign that cities all over Israel began to open their bomb shelters late on Monday night

The Tel Aviv Municipality sent an urgent message to all residents late Monday night that all citywide bomb shelters will be reopened.

The cities of Givatayim, Ramat Gan and Bnei Brak have made similar announcements.

By the time you read this article, events may have escalated even more.  Things are moving very rapidly in the region, and there is a very real danger that a “point of no return” may soon be crossed.

Unfortunately, whether it happens now or later, a major war in the Middle East is inevitably coming.

Israel, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Iran have all been preparing for such a war for decades, and when it finally arrives the death and destruction it will cause will stun the entire planet.

So let us hope that it can be put off for as long as possible.

But right now the anger on both sides has reached a boiling point, and missiles are already flying.

In the age of social media, a major event that happens on one side of the globe can go viral on the other side of the globe just moments later.  This free flow of information can be a very good thing, but it can also inflame tensions when millions (or billions) of people around the world are focusing on a single crisis point all at once.

Over the next few days, the eyes of the world will be on Jerusalem, and one false move could spark a major war.

Let us pray that it does not happen right now, but at some point all of the sand will finally run out of the hourglass.

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Hamas militants fire rockets at Israel following violent clashes in Jerusalem

Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel on Monday following violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and police in Jerusalem.

The Israeli military retaliated, issuing airstrikes on Gaza military sites. Reports say several Palestinians are dead in Gaza following the strikes.

What are the details?

The Associated Press reported that Hamas fired “dozens” of rockets into Israel, “including a barrage that set off air raid sirens as far away as Jerusalem.”

StopAntisemitism.org shared video on Twitter purportedly from Israel, writing, “Shocking footage out of Israel – children and their mothers scramble for shelter as rocket sirens go off. In the last hour alone, more than a dozen rockets have been fired from Gaza, including at Jerusalem.”

Further footage posted online showed Israel’s Iron Dome intercepting the rockets fired upon their country by Hamas from the Gaza Strip.

In reaction to the news, Rep. Kathy Manning (D-N.C.) issued a statement condemning Hamas, writing, “Hamas has fired more than 50 rockets into Israel, including six rockets aimed at Jerusalem. These acts of terrorism fan the flames of hate, threaten Israeli and Palestinian civilians, and are a violation of international law. We condemn these deadly attacks, and are grateful that the Iron Dome missile defense program has prevented mass casualties.”

Another Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) reacted by blaming Israel for defending itself, tweeting, “Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid.”

According to the AP, “the rocket fire drew heavy Israeli retaliation in the Gaza Strip,” and “health officials said at least 20 people, including nine children, were killed in fighting, making it one of the bloodiest days of battle between the bitter enemies in several years.”

What prompted Monday’s violence?

According to CBS News, “confrontations between Israeli security forces and [Palestinian] protesters have been escalating for weeks,” and the “clashes started at the beginning of Ramadan, almost a month ago.”

But things came to head on Monday, after Hamas issued an ultimatum demanding Israeli security forces abandon the al Aqsa mosque area in Jerusalem or face rocket fire.

Reuters referred to al Aqsa as “another flashpoint in the holy city,” and reported:

As Israel celebrated “Jerusalem Day” earlier on Monday, marking its capture of eastern sections of the holy city in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, violence erupted at the mosque, Islam’s third most sacred site.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said more than 300 Palestinians were injured in clashes with police who fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas in the compound, which is also revered by Jews at the site of biblical temples.

The skirmishes, in which police said 21 officers were also hurt, at al Aqsa had died down by the 6 p.m. (1500 GMT) deadline Hamas had set.

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