Newscast Media TEL AVIV—Air raid sirens have been heard over Tel Aviv as rocket
incursions from Gaza into Israel appeared to be on the increase. Hamas has warned
that “all Israelis” are now targets in revenge for a deadly airstrike.
Air raid sirens were sounded in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, while live television showed an
apparent midair interception by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system.
Israeli officials had been expecting an increase in rocket fire from the Gaza Strip after
Hamas officials vowed revenge for an airstrike on the home of one of their leaders in
the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis. Hamas announced that the strike had killed
six people, with children among the dead. CONTINUE TOO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama has warned Israel against
“international fallout” if direct talks with the Palestinian Authority fail and Tel Aviv
continues its illegal settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Speaking to Bloomberg View prior to his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu on Monday, Obama said that Washington’s ability to protect its staunch
ally from being isolated in the world would be “limited” if Tel Aviv continues expanding
its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Obama also warned that international condemnation will mean reduced influence for
Washington over issues that are of interest to Israel.
Talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have stalled over Tel Aviv’s illegal
settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
In his interview, which was published on Sunday, Obama said “the window is closing”
for a so-called peace deal with the Palestinian Authority, calling on Netanyahu to
“seize the moment.”
Last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry also warned that Israel would face a
possible international boycott if it failed to reach a peace deal with the Palestinian
“For Israel, the stakes are also enormously high,” Kerry said. “For Israel there’s an
increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very
sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things.”
Israeli officials reacted angrily to Kerry’s comments. They even went as far as
accusing him of endorsing and “amplifying” what they called “anti-Semitic” efforts to
impose sanctions on Israel by issuing the warning.
The US State Department quickly responded to the criticism, saying Kerry was
referring to the actions of others and he has “a proud record of over three decades of
steadfast support for Israel’s security and well-being, including staunch opposition to
Source: Press TV
Newscast Media JERUSALEM—Israel has launched an airstrike on the Gaza Strip, the first since Hamas and Israel agreed to a ceasefire in November. The strike comes after a Palestinian prisoner suffering from cancer died in Israeli custody.
Palestinian security forces said that Israeli airstrikes early Wednesday hit two spots close to Gaza City and another site further north towards the frontier with Israel.
“Occupation planes bombarded an open area in northern Gaza, there were no wounded,” a statement from the Hamas Interior Ministry said.
Wednesday’s airstrike was the first by Israel since it agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce with Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, after eight days of fighting in November that killed 170 Palestinians and six Israelis.
Israel’s military confirmed the attacks.
“In response to several rocket fire incidents directed at Israel, an Israeli Air Force aircraft targeted overnight two extensive terror sites in the Northern Gaza Strip,” it said in a statement.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon defended the military’s action.
“We will not in any way allow a routine of rocket fire steadily dripping on our civilians and soldiers,” Yaalon said in a statement.
The Israeli military said that Gaza militants fired a rocket into southern Israel on Tuesday, after a Palestinian suffering from cancer in Israeli custody died. The rocket hit an open area in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries. A Salifist group, Magles Shoura al-Mujahedeen, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The deceased prisoner, 63-year-old Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh from the West Bank city of Hebron, had been suffering from throat cancer. The Palestinian leadership blamed Israel for his death and expressed outrage over Israel’s failure to release him early on compassionate grounds.
Protests in prisons across Israel broke out after Abu Hamdiyeh’s death. Clashes also erupted in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, where demonstrators have staged protests in recent weeks in support of Palestinian prisoners, many of whom are on long-term hunger strikes and held without charge.
Newscast Media KHARTOUM—Head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, said that the Palestinian resistance is the one that will deter “Israel” and not vice versa, stressing that the days of “Israel” on Palestinian land are numbered.
In a speech on the Conference of the Islamic Movement in Khartoum, Meshaal said, “Today Israel’s leaders say they are punishing the Palestinian resistance with these strikes and for restoring the Israeli deterrent power, no power in the world can deter the real owners of the land. All military forces in the world cannot deter people of free will. The enemy is weak and many tours are still awaiting.”
Meshaal added that the real Palestinian infrastructure is the men, women and children of Palestine, indicating the Hamas will keep “loyal to all of those who supported the path of Resistance.”
For his part, spokesman for the Resistance movement, Fawzi Barhoum, said the assassination of top Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari is a declaration of war.
“This is a real declaration of war. The enemy will pay a heavy price for its crime and will regret the moment it thought of perpetrating it.”
Barhoum said Israel had initiated a war with Hamas and other Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, “but it does not know how it will end.” The armed wing of Hamas would launch retaliatory attacks against ‘Israel’, he said.
Source: Al Manar TV
NewscastMedia.com — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has scheduled delivery of aid to the Gaza Strip through Iran’s Red Crescent Society. The Iranian vessel that will be carrying over 1,000 tons of supplies, will leave port Bandar Abbas and travel through the Suez Canal to its final destination Gaza.
Ahmadinejad is known for making controversial statements about Israel and doesn’t recognize it as a nation.
Tel Aviv has not responded as to how they will handle the Iranian vessel as it approaches the Gaza Strip, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Gaza is already bountiful in food and medical supplies. http://www.newscastmedia.com/ahmadinejad.htm