Prepared for the
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Video: Interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Fox News) Canadian Prime Minister Harper Urges World Leaders to Side with Israel (Macleans - Canada) Video: Iran Foreign Minister Expresses Support for Hamas (NBC) Video: Dutch Prime Minister - Hamas Is a Terrorist Organization (YouTube - Dutch) Video: IDF Pilot Calls off Strike in Gaza after Spotting Children Nearby (Ynet News) Leviathan Partners: Size of Israeli Gas Field 16% Bigger than Estimates - Eran Azran (Ha'aretz)
Video: Interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Fox News)
Canadian Prime Minister Harper Urges World Leaders to Side with Israel (Macleans - Canada)
Video: Iran Foreign Minister Expresses Support for Hamas (NBC)
Video: Dutch Prime Minister - Hamas Is a Terrorist Organization (YouTube - Dutch)
Video: IDF Pilot Calls off Strike in Gaza after Spotting Children Nearby (Ynet News)
Leviathan Partners: Size of Israeli Gas Field 16% Bigger than Estimates - Eran Azran (Ha'aretz)
News Resources - North America and Europe:
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to renew a U.S. offer to help mediate a truce as Israel stepped up its military campaign against the Gaza Strip. Kerry "highlighted the U.S. concern about escalating tensions on the ground," a senior State Department official said.
The top US diplomat also told the Israeli leader that he was engaged with regional leaders "to help to stop the rocket fire so calm can be restored and civilian casualties prevented."
Kerry had condemned the militant rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel, and "stressed Israel's right to defend itself." But he also "underscored the United States' readiness to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement." (Agence France Presse/Daily Star)
Dozens of young men protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza briefly besieged a Paris synagogue and clashed with security. At least three Jews were taken to hospital as a result of the clashes that erupted on Sunday between the protesters and young Jewish men who guarded the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris.
The police blocked the entrance to the synagogue while close to 200 congregants were inside and as the protesters chanted anti-Semitic slogans and hurled objects at the synagogue and its guards. Video
The attack came on the heels of several anti-Semitic incidents that coincided with Israel’s offensive in Gaza, which began on July 8. In one attack in Belleville north of the French capital, a firebomb was hurled at a synagogue, causing minor damage. In another attack, a man sprayed pepper spray on the face of a 17-year-old Jewish girl. (JTA)
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), is citing what he says is Iran’s role in providing Hamas with the longer-range rockets it is firing into Israel as one more reason to proceed cautiously and set demands high before reaching a deal with Tehran on its nuclear program. Royce told reporters that the M-302 rockets “which Iran transferred to Hamas [serve as] a good reminder in terms of the nature of the regime.” (Christian Science Monitor)
Israel fielded its seventh Iron Dome intercepting battery under fire last week in an operational debut that destroyed five Gaza-launched rockets headed for the nation’s economic and cultural heart of Tel Aviv. In its escalating campaign against Hamas and other Gaza-based groups, the Israeli-developed and U.S.-funded Iron Dome — with an estimated success rate of 90 percent — is demonstrating game-changing value against asymmetrical threats, Israeli officials say.
As Rafael works on the eighth battery in parallel to fast-tracked production of intercepting missiles, it is preparing to receive the first Defense Ministry procurement contract for U.S.-based builds in support of Iron Dome. The firm recently finalized an agreement making Raytheon its U.S. partner in co-production of major components for the Iron Dome’s Tamir intercepting missile. (Defense News)
On Thursday (10 July), the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem delivered two portable bomb shelters to the community of Kfar Aza along the Gaza border, which has been repeatedly targeted by Hamas rocket attacks over recent days. The delivery of the shelters came the day after an art school for the community’s children suffered a direct hit by a Kassam rocket from Gaza and was completely gutted. (Christian Embassy)
A rocket fired from Gaza knocked out a power line in Israel that supplied electricity to 70,000 Gazans, according to the IDF Spokesman's Office on Sunday night. The outage was caused by shrapnel from the rocket fire that hit the high voltage line that feeds electricity into Gaza, the Israel Electric Corporation said. Repair of the line will not be carried out as long as IEC workers lives would be in danger. (Jerusalem Post)
Hamas launched a drone aircraft toward southern Israel on Monday morning from the Gaza Strip, as militants continued to fire rockets on Israeli cities and towns. The latest weapon in the arsenal of the Gaza-based terrorist organization was intercepted by a Patriot missile defense battery deployed in central Israel. (Ynet News)
See also November 2012: IDF Attacks Disrupt Hamas' Iranian-Aided Drone Production - Gill Cohen
Gaza's Hamas reached drone-production capabilities, military sources indicated, saying that the militant organization was in advanced development stages and was preparing to conduct flight tests. Intelligence officials estimate that Iran was the actual source of the advanced know-how. Iran is also the source of Hizbullah's drones. (Ha'aretz)
Egyptian military sources in Cairo said that the army raided a rocket launching center south of Rafah near the Israeli border and seized two grad missiles and two rocket launchers. (Ma'an - Palestinian Authority)
A projectile was fired from Syria into Israel's Golan Heights on Sunday evening. No injuries were reported. The IDF responded with precision artillery fire at Syrian army positions. Security officials say they believe the projectile was fired at Israel deliberately. "The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for what is done in its territory," the military said. (Jerusalem Post)
The Lebanese Army on Sunday found a launchpad from which three rockets were fired overnight from the Tyre region toward northern Israel, Lebanon's News Agency reported.
The launchpad was discovered in the Ras Al Ain plain, south of the Al Rashidiyeh Palestinian refugee camp. (Al Balwaba - Jordan)
Over the past week there are voices coming out of Egypt and some Arab countries -- voices that publicly support the Israeli military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi's decision not to intervene in the current crisis did not come as a surprise. In fact, Sisi and many Egyptians seem to be delighted that Hamas is being badly hurt. They regard Hamas as the "armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization." Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah are certainly not going to shed a tear if Hamas is crushed and removed from power in the Gaza Strip. (Gatestone Institute)
Compared with violent death rates in other parts of the Middle East, the number of dead in Gaza is small. (More than 170,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war to date.) But it is large enough to suggest Hamas is trying to get Israel to kill as many Palestinians as possible.
Dead Palestinians represent a crucial propaganda victory for the nihilists of Hamas. It is perverse, but true. It is also the best possible explanation for Hamas’s behavior, because Hamas has no other plausible strategic goal here. There is no doubt that Hamas could protect Palestinian lives by ceasing its current campaign to end Israeli lives. The decision is Hamas'.
What Hamas wants most is not a state in a part of Palestine. What it wants is the elimination of Israel. It will not achieve the latter, and it is actively thwarting the former. (Bloomberg)
Getting the Law Right on the Israel-Hamas Conflict - Laurie R. Blank (The Hill)
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