Israel opts for military war of attrition against Hamas/Jihad rocket aggression

By Sunday morning, May 5, it was evident that the Hamas/Jihad terrorist front and the IDF were locked in a “who blinks first” confrontation. The Palestinians showed no inclination to end their offensive after firing 430 rockets against Israeli civilians in less than 24 hours and the IDF, after hitting 220 Hamas and Jihad terrorist strongholds in the Gaza Strip, was gearing up for a lengthy war of attrition.

A strong statement by the IDF spokesman confirmed this conclusion: “The IDF does not recognize – and is not engaged in – any ceasefires,” he said on Sunday in response to the rumors disseminated from Gaza of an imminent ceasefire deal through Cairo. Underlining this point, he announced the transfer of the IDF’s 7th Armored Brigade to the Gaza sector, indicating preparations for IDF forays into the Gaza Strip for hit-and-run strikes at rocket batteries and their command teams. The Israeli military spokesman added: “The army is getting prepared for the ongoing confrontation to continue in the coming days.”

Hamas and Jihad strategists will certainly not be slow to respond to this new challenge by further fanning out their rocket targets, most likely as far as central Israeli towns, including Tel Aviv. However, if the IDF metes out its vast resources in smart and measured stages, neither the terrorist organization nor their rocket stocks will be able to hold out for too long.
Their first mistake was to bank on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi running as usual to Cairo with an appeal to broker a ceasefire to stop the barrage without Israel being forced into a major, costly military operation. Only this time, they were nonplussed to find that Israel was not only toughing it out – air strike-for-rocket – but getting set for a first-time, drawn-out operation for cutting down the terrorist groups capabilities piece by piece.

There is no telling how long it will take for this operation to bring results or the price in casualties, damage to property and disruptions in important Israeli cities. The communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip, who have endured terrorist assault for more than a decade and say they are ready to pay the price for guaranteed closure, suffered the first fatality of the current round: Moshe Agadi, 58, father of four, was killed by a rocket that hit his home in Ashkelon early Sunday.

A prolonged war of attrition by Israel faces more than one uncertainty: The Palestinian terrorist organizations’ allies – Iran, Hizballah and the assorted militias serving them beyond Israel’s northern borders in Syria and Lebanon – may decide at some point to take a hand in the conflict..

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61 thoughts on “Israel opts for military war of attrition against Hamas/Jihad rocket aggression

  • May 5, 2019 @ 12:11 at 12:11
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    hi Diane.. a few days ago Debka posted an article that mentioned the sanctions squeeze that Iran was under: them not giving much aid to Hizb., their Yeman supporters and Hamas. Money was tight and they [Iran] was not as forthcoming as before.
    You continued to say that with this in mind, that with all the shouts and threats coming from Hamas, don’t expect too much from them. It is only a bluff as they will only send over a trickle of rockets. well, that prognostication was a tad off-mark. Agreed??
    PS: i located the article that was written, but alas, the part about the rocket trickle was deleted. Better luck next time.

    • May 5, 2019 @ 15:33 at 15:33
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      Intelligence is usually based on facts while propaganda is just wishful thinking. Bibi made decisions by not locking up the leaders of the Terrorist gangs and their supporters. Paying them ransom doesn’t work.

    • May 5, 2019 @ 15:44 at 15:44
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      israil hami -sami dil ailesindendir yani hami ve sami dil ailesinin soyundandır israil acımasız vahşi katliamcı soykırımcı devlettir israile insan hakları konusunda tazminat davası açılmalı israile ulsulararası mahkemelerde dava açılmalıdır israile

      • May 5, 2019 @ 18:16 at 18:16
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        Tell Erdogan to next time appoint somebody that speaks English, so we can all understand. Anyways, it is not important and relevant.

      • May 5, 2019 @ 19:18 at 19:18
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        Sahte propaganda yapmak istiyorsan git senin boklu ülkende yap.
        Burada medeni insanların ortasındayız.

        • May 5, 2019 @ 22:33 at 22:33
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          An Italian man walks into a nightclub wearing a shirt that says “Turks have 3 problems”.
          A Turkish man approaches him and asks: “What the f*** is your shirt supposed to mean?””
          The Italian says: “See, that is your first problem. You Turks are way too curious”
          The Turkish man walks away and comes back later with a friend and threatens the Italian.
          The Italian says: “See, that is your second problem. You Turks are way too aggressive.”
          The two men walk away and when at the end of the evening the Italian leaves the nightclub, the Turkish man is waiting outside with 5 friends. They all have their knives out.
          The Italian says: “See that is your third problem.”
          “You brought knives to a gunfight”

        • May 6, 2019 @ 2:10 at 2:10
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          Speak white man!

    • May 5, 2019 @ 17:24 at 17:24
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      I remember that well also. DEBKA did slightly misinterpret the situation on that one, but I’m sure thankful for the info they provide, generally proved to be spot on. Somehow they have and are getting rockets from somewhere. They don’t seem to be deterred one iota. This volley may play right into, or collide with, the announcement of the “Deal of the Century.”

    • May 6, 2019 @ 5:25 at 5:25
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      and now there is a ceasefire. must be a false flag event in the pipe

  • May 5, 2019 @ 12:33 at 12:33
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    israil büyük soykırımcı faşist bir diktatör devlettir savaş yanlısıdır savaş çıkararak mehdinin geleceğini ve mehdinin yahudileri cennete götüreceklerini sanıyor hayatımda duyduğum en saçma insan eliyle yazılan tahrib edilip değiştirilen insan eliyle yazılmış saçma sapan düşünce fikirleri allaha büyüklük taslayanlar elbette er yada geç allahın hükümüyle hakkıyla en iyi bilendir zulüm sonsuz değildir israil er yada geç ykılıcaksın zulmün işkencelerin katliamların yanına kar kalmaz bu dünyada

    • May 5, 2019 @ 13:22 at 13:22
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      You Turks are a genocidal people

      • May 5, 2019 @ 15:43 at 15:43
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        Don’t condemn all Turks because of one person’s comment. Then you become as genocidal as he is.

    • May 5, 2019 @ 14:39 at 14:39
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      You muslims need to loose your religion ASAP because your religion wants to concur the world and subjugate all of us to that made-up religion. Chapter 2 verse 98 in your fraud, Arch angle Michael and Gabriel are BOTH FICTIONAL CHARACTERS created by Arius Calpurnius Piso between the years 95-100 c.e. So you have a two Fictional characters telling a fictional story to an illiterate man in a cave. I think you have a problem with your “hole” book.

      Turkish Translation:
      Sizler asi dininizi kaybetmek için müslümanlara ihtiyacın var çünkü dininiz dünya ile aynı fikirde olmak ve bu dine hepimizi boyun eğmek istiyor. Sahteciliğinizde Bölüm 2 ayet 98, Kemer açısı Michael ve Gabriel, 95-100 c.e. Demek mağaradaki okuma yazma bilmeyen bir adama kurgusal bir hikaye anlatan iki kurgusal karakterin var. Bence “delik” kitabında bir sorunun var.

    • May 5, 2019 @ 16:26 at 16:26
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      Sen ne pickurususun?

    • May 5, 2019 @ 17:22 at 17:22
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      Anece cok otuzbir cikiyor

    • May 7, 2019 @ 3:31 at 3:31
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      Sen aptal bir Türk el ve bir eşeksin, ve sen Yahudiler Rusların hep Türkleri becerdiği gibi sevişiyorsun

  • May 5, 2019 @ 13:15 at 13:15
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    Obadiah 1:18

  • May 5, 2019 @ 13:24 at 13:24
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    Turkey is a Stupid bird full of stuffing

  • May 5, 2019 @ 13:26 at 13:26
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    Hamas with Ikhwan alMuslimin camps behind funding it can keep fighting; whether the Gaza people had enough and and able to turn is another question.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 13:44 at 13:44
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    GO ISRAEL
    NO LETUP THIS TIME
    FINISH THESE SLIMEBAGS
    ONCE AND FOR ALL
    THE LORD IS WITH THEE
    AMEN

  • May 5, 2019 @ 13:56 at 13:56
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    War

  • May 5, 2019 @ 14:03 at 14:03
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    “getting hands in the conflict”. That is why attrition is better than invasion of Gaza.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 14:24 at 14:24
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    The ONLY solution to this life threatening menace is to once and for all realize that giving Gaza back to the Palestinians was a major mistake just like in 1967 when Israeli troops captured Jerusalem and did NOT level the Al-Aqsa Mosque!

    Take back Gaza…repatriate ALL women and children under the age of 16 and give them money, an airline ticket….ALL OTHER MILITARY AGE MALES ARE TO BE EXECUTED.

    Remember the Lord’s marching orders when you first took the land of Canaan over…only time has changed….stop playing nice with these animals…they want you DEAD!

  • May 5, 2019 @ 14:28 at 14:28
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    A complete embargo will work in a matter of days or weeks if done properly and completely. It might even encourage the people of Gaza to rise up against their own oppressors – Hamas and other Islamic fanatics. Cut off electricity and as many shipments as possible to the terror camp of Gaza. They have had their minds on war and terrorism for too many decades and Israel must tolerate it no longer. The Terrorstinians and Killerstinians are always the aggressors and oppressors as their antisemitic Charters do not allow any room for peace. Give peace a chance by waking them up from the sick nightmare of their own making and contained in their beliefs; beliefs they have forced on one and all. Only then can they be helped to live their lives.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 14:34 at 14:34
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    It’s time to bring the wrath on all Muslim worshippers of the child molester Muhammad. A false peace of dirt he is and his followers will swim in their blood if they don’t repent and bow to yeshua the king of kings. The Jews will have their eyes opened likewise very soon. Jacobs trouble comes like a thief in the night. That’s prophecy my friends. It will happen before May 14th is over.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 14:44 at 14:44
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    A huge mistake to give them Gaza. Pound Gaza and then take it back again, before Ramadan ends. Show ‘No mercy’ to these Arab animals.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 14:59 at 14:59
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    Giving them Gaza was supposed to bring ‘peace’. What sick joke that turned out to be. You cant do deals with these crazies.

    • May 5, 2019 @ 16:20 at 16:20
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      …….. was supposed to bring peace with Egypt and Jordan, and it did.
      Gaza with Hamas will stay to be a dangerous thorn only as long there is a hope for grabbing back Jerusalem and the administration of the religious sites. Remove this card from the table, and the motor for the Arabs willing and hate will die.
      The key element is annexation of Judea and Samaria.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 15:50 at 15:50
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    Wipe Gaza off the map don’t stop until there is no living thing left alive

  • May 5, 2019 @ 16:06 at 16:06
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    Israel, do not bow to international pressure for a cease fire and let the Gaza terror groups off the hock. It’s time for a systematic destruction of the terror groups and renewal of target killing. Israel has to stop being the “nice guys”, they MUST come down to the same moral level of the terrorist groups and finish the job before the international community of librals and terror lovers force ceasefire.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 16:27 at 16:27
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    Sen ne pickurususun?

  • May 5, 2019 @ 16:59 at 16:59
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    The IDF joined by American Treasury Intelligence is Hurting Hamas in Ways that will Haunt Hamas and Iran for Months to come. As Hamas’s Businessman Found Out on his Last Weekend on Earth. Hamed Ahmed Abed Khudri, was Caught Responsible for Transferring Iranian Funds to Hamas & PIJ in Gaza, Helping Fund the Rocket Fire at Israelis. Clearly, more to come as now Transferring Iranian Money to Hamas & the PIJ doesn’t make Anyone a Businessman that is now Unprotected Terrorists. This is How American Treasury Agents, DEA, and Interpol all took out Drug Cartels Leaders, 1980s Mafia Leaders in NYC, and 1940s Chicago Mobsters but did it in Courts. Today, Terrorists Businessman and their Families have Different Problem with Laser Pointed Drones and Bombs that Holds them Accountable. More to come!

  • May 5, 2019 @ 17:14 at 17:14
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    Iran is probably behind this to get everyone to look at Gaza and commit resources there over and above what is needed while it plots attacks from Lebanon and divides your forces north and south. It would then attack the Golan. Do not discount this scenero. Satan and his minions are devious.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 17:48 at 17:48
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    My solution.
    1. Select 500 highly populated buildings.
    2. Airdrop and publicise that 1 in 25 will be flattened if any more rockets at a given time *say 2 hours notice).
    3. Ask Hamas to cope with the panic.
    4. Flatten the above buildings on time.
    5. Any deaths are Hamas problem – Due and ample notice.
    5. Rinse and repeat.
    6. Any lives lost are Hamas fault.

    • May 6, 2019 @ 2:12 at 2:12
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      Yes ,your solution can work if Hamas administrative buildings , food stores and supply chains are hit and water tanks also to be hit. Coupled with this counter attacks by local insurgents in Iran and Lebanon will up the pressure.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 18:00 at 18:00
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    The only way to win a war is to fight to win. No quarter asked and none given. Total defeat is the only thing that will stop these monsters. Don’t be like my country, the U.S., which hasn’t fought to actually win a war since WWII.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 18:23 at 18:23
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    We give them land, we get rockets.
    We give them autonomy, we get rockets.
    We give them money, we get rockets.
    Let’s make it even this time: rockets x rockets. To this I call “proportionate” response.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 18:43 at 18:43
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    Just tell those terrorsist to surrender and give up all their weapons. A 100% disarment without any preconditions. If they fail to comply in 7 days. All terrostist members will be shot on sight en every known hidding place be bombed. Problem solved!

  • May 5, 2019 @ 20:11 at 20:11
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    Carpet bombing 24/7.

    • May 6, 2019 @ 2:15 at 2:15
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      didn’t work in Vietnam did it Mr” Yankee? Lol

      • May 6, 2019 @ 17:42 at 17:42
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        It didn’t work in Vietnam because certain targets were put off limits.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 21:31 at 21:31
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    One thing is Israel can count on the US for help if things go wildly out of control and Iran and Hezbollah decide to enter the fray. I pray for the peace for Jerusalem but know that Israel must clear out Gaza nd end Hamas rule there. The PLO has control of Hamas; Hamas is a sub group of the PLO as is Fatah and Islamic Jihad and the PPLA and the PFLP they are all PLO. The most direct way to stop Hamas is through Ramallah!

  • May 5, 2019 @ 23:05 at 23:05
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    …and the world, including Diaspora Jews, expect Israel to live with murderous jihadists in a two-state “solution”!!! Send them to Europe, America or any other country in the world and see how they get along with their favorite jihadists. What is needed now is a one-state solution – Israel being that one state.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 23:36 at 23:36
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    Fake “palestinians” targeting elderly and families, hiding behind children and pregnant women.
    As of right now, 25 “palestinians” dead, 4 Israelis.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 23:38 at 23:38
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    It’s easy to encourage bombing from comfort and secure home behind a computer.

    How many more decades Israelis and Palestinians should suffer before a JUST and a FAIR deal for peace is offered?

    American public opinion is getting tiered of Israeli and Palestinian conflict and sooner or later Israel will lose it’s political support that has enjoyed, over used and wasted since it’s inception.

    There is no way to win this against the Palestinians through armed conflicts.

    Stop this madness while Israel is ahead.

    P.S. look forward to your unintelligent negative comments.

    • May 5, 2019 @ 23:41 at 23:41
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      “American public opinion getting tired of Israeli palestinian conflict”?
      Prove it.

  • May 5, 2019 @ 23:38 at 23:38
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    If the terrorists are really brave and strong, let them come out from behind the children and pregnant women, stop targeting the elderly in Israel and fight the IDF.

  • May 6, 2019 @ 0:56 at 0:56
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    Israel not the same without Sharon!!!

  • May 6, 2019 @ 1:06 at 1:06
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    Throw highly radio active material with short time of decay but high gamma radiation levels.
    See how the fakestinians will spit and pee blood
    Wait some months until the radiation has gone and clean up the mess.

    Big advantage: you keep the infrastructure and you can convert cleared Gaza into a theme park.

  • May 6, 2019 @ 1:58 at 1:58
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    TINY BUT NASTY — Here in America, it’s all too easy to forget how small Gaza really is — about 109 square miles. In comparison, the median size of a U.S. county is 622 square miles, which is about 6 times larger than Gaza. We have a total of 3,42 counties in the U.S. My own state — Michigan — has 83 counties.

    It’s sometimes hard for us to comprehend these differences in scale.

    But remember: Most Americans stand firmly with Israel, according to a recent poll by the nonprofit Pew Foundation. Don’t be fooled by the loudmouth BDS fools on some college campuses…or the far-left goons in the Democratic Party.

    We Americans are more committed to Israel than ever. Stay strong, friends!

    • May 6, 2019 @ 7:11 at 7:11
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      You are 30% of 300 million. Wouldn’t call that the majority. Majority of US citizens reject the ideology that gentiles are subhuman animals meant to serve a master race.

  • May 6, 2019 @ 2:08 at 2:08
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    Forget the war of attrition, take them out. Take out Hamas’s command center, missiles/launchers, tunnels, and leaders even if civilians are killed. This is the only way to end this. Hamas can surrender the missile launchers and missile stockpiles, destroy the tunnels, and the shooting will stop. But there can be no peace until the above has been achieved. There will be a continued blockade to prevent the rebuilding of the tunnels and military weapons. It’s a tragedy that Israel has to do this, but they’re taking care of themselves but notice the dog isn’t barking. No one is running to Hamas, and no one, for a change is doubting Israel’s right of self-defense.
    Iran, Sryia, and Hesbollah are watching what Israel will do. Show them what they fear.

  • May 6, 2019 @ 2:25 at 2:25
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    The Marxist traitor named Barak Hussin Obama bought and paid for these Iranian supplied missile’s but President Trump and the America people have your back to do what it takes clear out this rat’s nest of terrorist for good.

  • May 6, 2019 @ 2:38 at 2:38
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    The Hamas Rockets Red Glare with Iran’s Paid For Bombs Bursting In Air, Gave Proof Through the sight of the Night, Months and Years that Our Israel Is Still Here!

  • May 6, 2019 @ 5:04 at 5:04
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    Call them Hamas, Hezbollah, PLO; they’re all the same: they’re Muslims.
    Muslims never reciprocate for peace. They wait for your weakness, then kill you. That is what they’re Koran dictates, and that is what Muslims obey.

    Israel will have to deliver the most unpopular price for peace. Kill all the Muslims, and let God sort out the good from the bad.

  • May 6, 2019 @ 6:28 at 6:28
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    You got the Golan Heights recognized by the US. Now get yourself some more land and purge these people out. Go claim it.

  • May 6, 2019 @ 6:32 at 6:32
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    Thank you, dictator NuttyYahoo for begging for a cease-fire!

    My hind-quarters is so sore from being bludgeoned for 3 days by little piglets. Fortunately I fled to safety, home with mommy, daddy, and a half=dozen of the cutest little piggies you could ever imagine.

    They had their way with me for days on end. When they weren’t all up inside me, I was terrified and $hitting myself all over the place.

    Yikes, I’m still so scared. Why is the Iron Dome so worthless?

  • May 6, 2019 @ 6:55 at 6:55
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    I wish Bibi would take advice by polling the comments on this article. I remember the Rebbe pleading to Israel’s leaders to take advantage of whatever crises was distracting the W.H. at the time and saing it was “Divine Providence”. But with Trump in power we dont even need that. He’s support whatever Israel did. Iran is our common enemy. The problem has and always will be Israel’s leaders. Even if they do a land incursion it will commence with announcements and pamphlets that Israel has to take certain symbolic steps to appease the public. They have no intention of diminishing the Trojan Horse they themselves created and sustain. This has been the problem since the Six Day War. None of Israel’s Cabinet read Maimonides who is the only Rishon who paskened on this matter in “The Laws of Kings and their Wars, Chapter 11.

  • May 6, 2019 @ 6:57 at 6:57
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    I wish Bibi would take advice by polling the comments on this article. I remember the Rebbe pleading to Israel’s leaders to take advantage of whatever crises was distracting the W.H. at the time and saing it was “Divine Providence”. But with Trump in power we dont even need that. He’s support whatever Israel did. Iran is our common enemy. The problem has and always will be Israel’s leaders. Even if they do a land incursion it will commence with announcements and pamphlets that Israel has to take certain symbolic steps to appease the public. They have no intention of diminishing the Trojan Horse they themselves created and sustain. This has been the problem since the Six Day War. None of Israel’s Cabinet read Maimonides who is the only Rishon who paskened on this matter in “The Laws of Kings and their Wars, Chapter 11.

  • May 6, 2019 @ 17:29 at 17:29
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    War of attrition huh?
    How about 2 days of playing war games, then it’s back to the status quo, keeping both sides in a constant low level of fear and stress, until the next round when Bibi and Haniyeh decide that the fear is starting to wear off, and people are beginning to turn their heads away from the conflict and towards their corrupt leadership. Then boom, we’re off again!
    Face it, we’re just cannon fodder for men who are first and foremost interested in gathering and keeping money and power.

  • May 7, 2019 @ 3:31 at 3:31
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    Sen aptal bir Türk el ve bir eşeksin, ve sen Yahudiler Rusların hep Türkleri becerdiği gibi sevişiyorsun

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