Monthly Archives: July 2014

And while we were sleeping..

LIVE BLOG: Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza

Tuesday, July 29

4:15 p.m. Hamas denies agreeing to unilateral ceasefire, proposed earlier by Fatah.

4:08 p.m. A rocket siren was sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

4:05 p.m. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that Israel needed to leave the current operation in Gaza with a clear victory.

Bennett added that Israel must not just “try its best,” but to end Operation Protective edge with a “decisive victory.”

3:31 p.m. Fatah member Yasser Abd Rabbo says Palestinians ready to announce 72-hour cease-fire, says announcement made with consent of all Palestinian factions, including Hamas, in light of UN request for halt in fighting.

2:28 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

2:17 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

2:12 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in Sderot and surrounding communities in southern Israel.

1:57 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

1:41 p.m.
Two rockets exploded outside a community in Eshkol Regional Council moments ago. No injuries were reported.

1:15 p.m. The IDF warned Gazan residents of eastern Khan Younis to vacate their homes immediately and head to central Khan Younis. The messages were delivered by phone calls and leaflets.

12:14 p.m.  Palestinian witnesses claim Gaza’s sole power plant knocked out by IDF tank fire, electricity cut in Gaza City. An IDF spokeswoman was checking the report.

11:19 a.m. Two rockets fall outside a community in Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.

10:11 a.m. Update: During the attempted infiltration into Israel by Gaza terrorists on Monday, a terrorist cell came out of a tunnel near Nahal Oz and fired an anti-tank missile at the base of an IDF watch tower, killing five soldiers. IDF soldiers on top of the tower shot and struck at least one terrorist who attempted to kidnap a body.

9:55 a.m. The IDF struck over 70 targets in Gaza overnight between Monday and Tuesday, including the home and offices of Ismael Heniyeh, head of Hamas’s political wing. Both buildings were used as a command center to manage terrorism, the IDF said. Four mosques used to store weapons, a terrorism tunnel, and an underground rocket launcher located near a mosque were also attacked, the IDF added.

9:39 a.m. Code Red sirens sounded again in the Asheklon Coast Regional Council.

9:27 a.m. Palestinian sources have reported that a delegation – including representatives from the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad – was due to travel in the coming days to Cairo to meet with Egyptian officials for talks on a cease-fire in fighting with Israel, Israel Radio reported.

9:18 a.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

8:52 a.m. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a “rabid dog” for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

7:37 a.m. The fifth soldier killed during the infiltration attempt at Nahal Oz is identified as Sgt. Nadav Raimond, 19, from Shadmot Dvora. He will be laid to rest today at 6 p.m.

6:20 a.m. The IDF announced that five soldiers were killed in an attempted infiltration into Israel on Monday via a cross-border tunnel from Gaza.

The army released four of the soldiers’ names. The fifth name was not yet cleared for publication on Tuesday morning.

The four named fatalities are: Sergeant Daniel Kedmi, 18, of Tzofim; Sergeant Barkay Yishai Shor, 21, of Jerusalem; Sergeant Sagi Erez, 19, of Kiryat Ata; Sergeant Dor Dery, 18, of Jerusalem.

6:00 a.m.
A Rocket alert siren sounded in Sderot.

5:10 a.m.
A rocket alarm siren sounded in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

4:10 a.m. A rocket siren sounded in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

3:45 a.m. An Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh early on Tuesday causing damage but no casualties, Gaza’s interior ministry said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman had no information on the report but was checking for details.

3:20 a.m.
Two rockets intercepted over Ashkelon.

2:47 a.m. Following rocket alert sirens on Tuesday morning at around 2:30 a.m., one rocket fired from Gaza fell in an unspecified area of central Israel. Another rocket fell in an open area of Rishon Lezion, and a third rocket was intercepted over Ashdod.

There were no reports of damage or injury following the barrage.

2:35 a.m. Rocket alert sirens sound in Tel Aviv area, Shfela.

2:20 a.m. A rocket alert siren sounded in Eshkol Regional Council.

1:06 a.m. A suspected security incident caused the police to close Highway 232 near the Gaza border from the Sa’ad Junction to the Gabim Junction early Tuesday morning. The police provided no further details of the closure.

During the 22 days of Operation Protective Edge the police have closed roads a number of times in the area due to suspected terrorist infiltrations from Gaza.

Monday, July 28 

11:50 p.m. The IDF released the names of four soldiers late Monday night who were killed earlier in the day in a mortar shell attack on the Eshkol Regional Council, which is on the border with the Gaza Strip.

The four soldiers belonged to the Armored Corps. Their names are: Staff Sergeant Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon, 22 of Safed; Private First Class Meidan Maymon Biton, 20 of Netivot; Private First Class Niran Cohen, 20 of Tiberias; and Sgt. First Class Adi Briga, 23 of Beit Shikma.

10:45 p.m.
The IDF said on Monday that since midnight, 51 rockets and mortars had been fired into Israel. Of these, 6 rockets were shot down by the Iron Dome, and another 40 impact sites were found inside Israel, both in open and populated areas.

9:58 p.m. Code Red sirens were sounded in Asheklon and the Eshkol Regional Council.

9:41 p.m. The IDF announced that five soldiers were killed in two separate incidents today. St.-Sgt. Moshe Davino, 20, of Jerusalem was killed in action inside Gaza.

Four others, who were not yet identified, were killed in the mortar attack in Eshkol.

9:09 p.m. Terrorists in Lebanon apparently attempted to target Israel with two rockets that failed to breach the border, landing inside Lebanese territory on Monday night, Channel 2 reported.

No injuries or damage were reported on the Israeli side, although rocket alert sirens were activated in communities in the Upper Galilee region, warning of a possible attack.

8:57 p.m. Rocket alert sirens heard in Upper Galilee near Lebanon border.

8:40 p.m. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Monday said Israel would not hesitate to expand its actions against Hamas in a manner that will harm the terror organization. He stressed that Israel would not compromise the security of its citizens.

“We won’t be deterred from fighting for our home and citizens,” he said in a press conference.

8:29 p.m.
Netanyahu: Hamas is a cruel enemy, not only to us, but to their own citizens. They have rejected numerous cease-fires. We are prepared for an extended operation.

8:29 p.m.
Netanyahu: There needs to be international supervision of financial aid coming into Gaza.

8:28 p.m. Netanyahu: This is a hard and painful day. We will not end the operation in Gaza without neutralizing the terror tunnels.

8:26 p.m. Netanyahu addresses nation at press conference: There is no war more just than this one. I would like to extend my condolences to the families of our fallen soldiers.

7:48 p.m. Terrorists attempted to enter Israel via a cross-border tunnel from Gaza, surfacing in the Nahal Oz area on Monday evening. IDF soldiers detected a terrorist cell and opened fire on it, killing one Gazan attacker.

The army was searching for additional attackers.

7:38 p.m. Police repeat their call for non-residents to stay away from the Gaza border communities.

7:25 p.m.
The IDF on Monday evening sent messages warning Gaza residents to immediately evacuate to central Gaza City from the regions of  Shejaia, Zeitoun and western Jabalia. The military warned the population via recorded voice messages and text messages.

7:23 p.m. Two rockets landed in open areas in the Hof Hacarmel Region Council. No injuries or damage were reported.

7:20 p.m. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz were scheduled to hold a joint televised press conference on Monday at 8 p.m.

7:10 p.m. Rocket alert sirens sounded in various communities in Israel’s northern Hof Hacarmel and Hadera regions, including Zichron Ya’akov, Caesarea and Or Akiva.

7:03 p.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

6:39 p.m. Code Red sirens were heard in Beersheba and Ashkelon.

6:12 p.m. The IDF confirmed that Shifa hospital in Gaza was hit by failed Gazan rocket. The explosion killed 10 people, including children, according to Palestinian reports. Hamas had blamed the attack on an IAF drone strike.

5:55 p.m.
A number of people were injured after a mortar shell exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council on Monday. The seven injured were evacuated to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.

5:17 p.m. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that the obstacle to ending fighting between Israel, Islamist Hamas terrorists and Palestinians in Gaza Strip was “political will.”

5:14 p.m. Air raid sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

4:59 p.m. Air raid sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

4:40 p.m.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed a UN Security Council statement calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, saying during a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the statement addresses the needs of a murderous terrorist organization, but not those of Israel.

The statement, he said, does not address Israel’s demands for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, a principle already established by previous interim agreements with the Palestinians.

4:21 p.m. Code Red siren sounds in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

4:10 p.m. Following several rocket attacks on Israel in the last few hours, the IAF resumed air strikes on terrorist targets across the Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

3:23 p.m. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that parties to the conflict in Gaza have “expressed serious interest” in his request for a further 24 hour humanitarian ceasefire, but “have not yet agreed on the timing of its implementation.”

“The Secretary-General calls on the parties to renew a humanitarian pause in Gaza and reiterates his demand for a durable ceasefire that could set the ground for the start of comprehensive negotiations,” his spokesman said in a statement.

3:11 p.m. Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to adopt President Obama’s humanitarian cease-fire initiative that would lead to a permanent cease-fire.

“The agreement needs to serve Israel’s security interests and the lives of the Palestinians, and also with the Palestinian Authority as part of the solution,” She said.

Gal-On also called to end the bad-mouthing of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

2:50 p.m. Code Red sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council and the Ashkelon Regional Council as rocket fire appears to have resumed, targeting areas bordering the Gaza Strip.

2:37 p.m.  Captain Liad Lavi, an officer in an infantry unit, who died on July 26 after he was hospitalized from wounds he had sustained in the southern Gaza Strip on July 25, will be laid to rest at 5:00 p.m. at the Meitar Cemetery.

2:07 p.m. Gaza medical officials said  that two people, including a child, were killed by Israeli fire in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday. The IDF did not confirm the reports.

2:01 p.m. A rocket is located in an open area of the Sdot Negev Regional Council after alert siren sounded.

1:58 p.m. A rocket alert siren sounds in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attack.

1:31 p.m. 
A rocket alert siren sounds in the Sdot Negev Regional Council area. No injuries or damage were immediately reported in the attack.

1:06 p.m. 
Four rockets fired from Gaza in the direction of the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council at about 12:40 p.m. on Monday failed to pass the border fence , falling in Palestinian territory.

1:00 p.m.
Culture and sports minister Limor Livnat said on Monday morning that deterrence had still not been reached in Gaza.

She said that Israel cannot allow Hamas to continue to fire and hurt Israeli citizens. She stressed that Hamas’s rocket supplies have been hurt but they still have supplies and capabilities.

She urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to tell President Obama, in response to his urging a cease-fire, “Not yet. We can’t stop yet.”

12:40 p.m.
4 rockets landed in open areas after sirens were heard in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. There are no initial reports of injuries or damage and the rockets landed in open areas. The attack broke hours of relative quiet in the South.

12:10 p.m. An IDF soldier was wounded in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday despite a lull in the fighting. The IDF Spokesman’s Office said he was shot and lightly wounded. He was transported to hospital.

11:45 a.m. The IDF struck two Hamas rocket launching sites and a weapons production facility in the northern and central Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired at Ashkelon earlier on Monday.

10:45 a.m.
Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely stated on Monday that the cease-fire proposal put forward by the United States in recent days would only benefit Hamas in Gaza.

“Israel must postpone the cease-fire proposed by Obama,” she said, “The majority of the Israeli public supports continuing the operation [Protective Edge], and  the government’s capability to provide a game changer in the Gaza Strip by removing Hamas.

10:00 a.m.
The security cabinet convened to discuss whether or not to expand operations in Gaza.

8:56 a.m. The IDF says they returned fire to the source of the rocket that landed in Ashkelon this morning.

7:30 a.m. A rocket landed in an open area in southern Israel.

7:15 a.m. After a quiet night with no rocket attacks, Ashkelon woke up to sirens warning of incoming rockets from Gaza.

5:55 a.m. 15 Security Council members agree on statement supporting immediate humanitarian cease-fire, and will formally adopt it at a midnight meeting.

4:30 a.m.
The United Nations Security Council will convene a meeting at midnight EDT to adopt statement on Gaza.

3:00 a.m. The spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza says the Palestinian death toll has now reached 1,035, including 236 children, according to the Ma’an news Agency.

On Sunday, 16 civilians were killed as the IDF resumed fire in the Strip, the report added.

2:00 a.m.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency reports that Saudi Arabian King Abdullah met with PA President Abbas at the royal palace to discuss current situation in Gaza.

12:06 a.m. The IDF said it completed an investigation into the shelling on Thursday of an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, and found that Hamas terrorists fired at the army from within the school complex.

The IDF fired several mortar rounds in response. One IDF mortar fell in a yard near the school, which was empty, the military said.

Sunday, July 27

11:35 p.m. Three rockets land outside Eshkol community, no damage or injuries were reported.

11:11 p.m. US President Barack Obama called for an “immediate cease-fire” in a phone call to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday night.

Obama added that any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of militant groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.

10:06 p.m. Around 200 Israeli Christians demonstrated in Haifa Sunday night in support of the IDF and in solidarity with Christians around the Middle East.

Protesters held signs condemning terrorism and “ethnic cleansing” of Christians in the Middle East.

9:28 p.m.
Two rockets intercepted over Netivot following a Code Red rocket alert siren.

8:38 p.m. The IDF said that there had been 56 rockets and mortars fired into Israel from Gaza since midnight. Of the rockets, 7 were shot down by the Iron Dome and 39 fell in open areas, the rest were not accounted for.

Altogether since the operation began there have been 2,507 rockets and mortars fired into Israel, and 492 rockets shot down by the Iron Dome. Since the ground operation began on July 17th, there have been 1,0004 rockets and mortars fired, and 195 Iron Dome interceptions.

7:44 p.m.
The family of Oron Shaul, the IDF soldier declared killed in action Friday after being MIA for nearly a week, has decided that it will begin to sit shiva for Oron today.

7:23 p.m.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “urges, in the strongest terms, both the Israelis and Palestinians to extend, for an additional 24 hours, the humanitarian cease-fire that was in effect and mostly observed until early this morning.

He notes the importance for both Israelis and Palestinians to be able to have a break in the violence that has killed too many, marred so many lives, and caused such destruction.”

7:00 p.m.
A house was hit by a rocket in Eshkol Regional Council moments ago, no injuries were reported.

6:03 p.m. The security cabinet is meeting to discuss a possible cease-fire proposals.

5:23 p.m.  Palestinians in Gaza unleashed rockets at the northern and eastern Negev, including Be’er Sheva, its satellite suburbs, and the Beduin villages scattered to the east.

4:52 p.m.  Iron Dome intercepts four Gaza rockets over Kiryat Gat.

4:42 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Gaza frontier towns, Ashkelon, and Ashdod.

4:31 p.m. Israel has rejected a cease-fire proposed by Hamas hours after Hamas rejected an Israeli-proposed humanitarian cease-fire.

Asked whether Israel would accept the truce offer, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told CNN: “Hamas doesn’t even accept its own ceasefire, it’s continuing to fire at us as we speak.”

Netanyahu added that Israel “will take what ever action is necessary to protect our people.”

4:01 p.m.
Code Red siren sounds in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. One rocket hit a house, leaving one person moderately injured.

3:22 p.m. Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel land in open territory in the Sdot Negev Regional Council area.  No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

2:44 p.m. Rocket sirens wail in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

2:31 p.m. Three rockets fall in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage.

2:08 p.m. Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) responded to Hamas’ request for a cease-fire. “After breaking the cease-fire and killing our soldiers, Hamas is now on its knees begging for a humanitarian cease-fire. Mr. Prime Minister, don’t let them have it! Now is the time to strike them until the end and finish this story once and for all. The time has come for us to stop being nice.

2:03 p.m. Rocket sirens wail in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, and Eshkol Regional Council.

1:20 p.m. Hamas asks for new 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire, to begin at 2:00 p.m., after breaking previous cease-fire.

12:51 p.m. Three rockets fell in open areas in Eshkol Regional Council.

12:45 p.m. “A cease-fire would be like lending a hand to the opponent to help him get up, and then giving him something to drink so he can compose himself … Especially at this moment, it’s impossible to take the foot off the pedal. Now is the time to be determined,” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) said in response to Hamas’ new ceasefire request.

12:40 p.m. The IDF resumes striking targets in the Gaza Strip, including concealed rocket launchers, a terror tunnel and three terror operatives.

11:22 a.m.
A rocket landed in Eshkol Regional Council. There were no injuries or damage in the attack.

10:56 a.m. A rocket alert siren sounded in Eshkol Regional council.

10:40 a.m. It was announced that Chief Sgt. Barak Refael will be laid to rest on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Gan Yavne military cemetery.

10:15 a.m. A projectile landed in Eshkol Regional Council on Sunday morning causing damage to a building. There were no injuries in the attack.

10:04 a.m.
The IDF announced Sunday morning that it would be resuming attacks on terror targets in the Gaza Strip through the air, sea and on the ground after Hamas rocket fire broke a humanitarian cease-fire that Israel had agreed to extend until midnight Sunday. In light of the decision, the IDF called on civilians in Gaza to avoid areas where fighting was taking place.

8:28 a.m. Rocket alert air raid sirens were sounded for the Shfela and Sharon regions.

8:18 a.m.
Rocket alert sirens sounded in the Ashdod and Ashkelon regions. Shortly after, four rocket interceptions were heard.

7:19 a.m. The Israel Defense Forces announced  that a soldier was killed after he was struck by a Kassam rocket fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The dead soldier has been identified as Chief Sgt. Barak Refael Degorker, a 27-year-old from the town of Gan Yavne. Degorker is the 43rd soldier to die in Operation Protective Edge.

5:04 a.m.  Rocket sirens heard in Gaza frontier towns.

Saturday, July 26

11:40 p.m. Rocket sirens continue to blare in communities across Gaza border.

23:00 p.m. Several rockets land in open areas in Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.

22:52 p.m.  Rocket alert siren sounds in Ashkelon and in Beersheba.

10:40 p.m. Security cabinet meets on whether to extend humanitarian cease-fire that began at 8:00 a.m. for another 20-hours.

10:15 p.m.
Two rockets were shot down by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system oer Ashkelon. One falls near Sha’are Hanegev community.

10:00 p.m. Police forces are dispersing Tel Aviv protesters over renewed rocket attacks from Gaza.

9:50 p.m. Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon.

9:45 p.m. Rocket sirens sound in Ashdod and in the Shfela area.

9:30 p.m. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri says there is no agreement to extend ceasefire until midnight.

9:25 p.m. Police forces arrest three right-wing demonstrators for disrupting the peace who held a a counter protest – supporting Israel’s actions in Gaza – near an organized left-wing rally.

9:22 p.m. Rocket siren sounds in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council on Saturday evening.

8:45 p.m. The IDF detected and destroyed four tunnel shafts on Saturday. Givati, paratroopers, and the 7th Armored Brigade all took part in the operations to locate the shafts.

8:40 p.m. Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General releases statement, welcoming 12-hour cease-fire:

“We owe to the people of of both Israel and Gaza our renewed effort to consolidate this pause in fighting into a more sustainable ceasefire,” the statement read, adding that the blockade of and the closure on Gaza must end.

The Secretary General called for a two-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security.

8:20 p.m. Hundreds of people gather at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to call for an end to Israel’s 19-day offensive in Gaza. Police forces at the scene are securing the rally.

8:11 p.m.
Three rockets were fired at the Eshkol Regional Council as the 12 hour cease-fire that began at 8 a.m. on Saturday came to an end.

Israel has extended the cease-fire until 12:00 midnight.

6:31 p.m. Israel is leaning towards extending a 12-hour truce agreed with Hamas and other Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, an Israeli government source told Reuters on Saturday.

“As far as Israel is concerned, there is no reason to prevent Gaza’s people from stocking up on supplies, so long as the military can continue its work against the tunnels. Our war is not against the population,” an official said, declined to be named.

6:00 p.m. Protesters gather in central Paris – chanting pro-Palestinian slogans and waving Palestinian flags – to march from Republique Square to Bastille and on to Nation Square. Over 1,000 police officers were spread out along the way.

5:50 p.m. Ma’an wire service says the number of bodies unearthed from rubble in Gaza climbed to 151, including women and children, citing medical sources in Gaza.

5:30 p.m. Palestinian death toll tops 1,000, many of them civilians, says Gaza’s health ministry.

5:20 p.m. Germany’s pilots’ union criticize decision by Air Berlin, Lufthansa to resume flights to Israel, ending ban.

15 p.m. Three IDF soldiers were killed in Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza overnight between Friday and Saturday, the IDF announced, bringing the military death toll in Operation Protective Edge to 40.

5:00 p.m. Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzouk comments on gathering of foreign ministers in Paris, saying “We will not accept any solutions that do not take into consideration the rights of our people in Gaza.”

4:38 p.m. Thousands of demonstrators are protesting outside the Israeli Embassy in west London, carrying large Palestinian flags and chanting pro-Palestinian slogans, such as ‘End the Siege,’ and ‘Free Palestine.’

3:12 p.m. Foreign ministers from seven nations on Saturday called for an extension of the 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

“All of us call on the parties to extend the military ceasefire that is currently underway,” Fabius told reporters after a gathering that included the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Turkey and the United States. An EU official also attended the meeting at the French foreign ministry.

1:56 p.m. Palestinians have recovered at least 40 bodies from rubble in Gaza since the beginning of a 12-hour cease-fire that began Saturday morning, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.

1:05 p.m.
The funeral for fallen IDF soldier St.-Sgt. Guy Boyland, who was killed in Gaza on Friday, was scheduled to take place at his native Kibbutz Ginosar at 5 p.m. Sunday.

12:24 p.m. Turkey lifted a ban on flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport after a temporary cease-fire was agreed between the parties, the state’s SHGM aviation authority said on Saturday.

10:56 a.m. The IDF has struck over 155 targets across Gaza over the past 24 hours, the army said Saturday.

10:05 a.m.
IDF forces from the Givati ​​Brigade uncovered a number of booby-trapped houses in Gaza on Saturday morning that contained various weapons and communications devices as the army continued to locate terror sites amid a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire, the military said.

8:15 a.m A rocket fired earlier from Gaza exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council as a temporary pause in fighting went into effect.

8:00 a.m. A UN-requested 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire between the IDF and Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip tentatively was expected to go into effect at 8 a.m.

7:39 a.m. Code Red sirens sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council shorty before a 12-hour cease-was was due to take effect in Gaza.

5:15 a.m. The army announced that 2 IDF soldiers were killed in action the previous night, fighting in the Gaza Strip. 3 soldiers were critically wounded, 13 sustained moderate wounds and 19 were lightly wounded.

The deaths of two more soldiers brings the IDF’s death toll to 37. The IDF said that the families were notified.

4:55 a.m. A Red Alert siren was heard in Sha’ar HaNegev communities.

3:15 a.m. Kerry will continue truce efforts in Paris on Saturday when France hosts diplomats from the United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union, Turkey and Qatar, a French diplomatic source said.

2:30 a.m.
Red Alert sirens were heard in Yad Mordechai on Saturday overnight.

2:10 a.m. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency stated that 160,487 Palestinians are currently staying in 83 UNRWA shelters.

1:50 a.m. Rockets were fired at southern Israel and sirens went off in Ashkelon and the surrounding area. Iron Dome intercepted three rockets.

12:45 a.m. A Hamas spokesman announced that Hamas has agreed to a 12 hour ceasefire beginning on Saturday morning.

Friday, July 25

11:32 p.m. Hours after rejecting terms for a longer cease-fire, Netanyahu told Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in hostilities starting at 8 a.m. Israeli time on Saturday, a US official said.

11:30 p.m. Red Alert rocket sirens were sounded in Ashkelon and communities near the Gaza border late on Friday night.

11:24 p.m. 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu informed US Secretary of State John Kerry late Friday that Israel will observe a 12-hour cease-fire beginning Saturday at 7 a.m. local Israeli time, Reuters reported.

10:54 p.m.  Since the IDF launched its ground incursion into the Gaza Strip last week, it has uncovered 31 underground tunnels used by Hamas, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced on Friday.

Of the 31 tunnels, 11 have been destroyed.

The army announced on Friday that an Armored Corps unit from the 401st Battalion spotted two Palestinian rocket launchers just as they were about to fire at Israeli territory. According to the IDF, the unit struck a direct hit against the launchers, who took positions near a school and a mosque.

The army also claimed that a Givati infantry unit discovered a booby-trapped house with eight explosive devices wired to explode in the southern Gaza Strip.

10:23 p.m. US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there are still disagreements on the terminology for a Gaza truce but he is confident there is a framework that will ultimately succeed.

He told reporters in Cairo that “serious progress” had been made on a truce but there was more work to do and he was sure that Prime Minister Netanyahu is committed to working towards a ceasefire.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, also at the press conference, called for a seven-day humanitarian truce with an extendable 12-hour pause.

8:50 p.m.  Iron Dome intercepts three rockets over Ashkelon.

8:39 p.m. The soldier killed Friday afternoon in Gaza was identified as Guy Levy, 21, from Kfar Vradim in northern Israel. Levy served in the Armored Corps.

8:37 p.m. Rocket alert sirens were heard in the Shfela, Sharon, Gush Dan, Ashkelon, Samaria regions. Several audible explosions were heard.

7:07 p.m.
One soldier was killed in action Friday afternoon in central Gaza bringing the number of fallen soldiers and officers to 35, the IDF says. Fourteen others were injured in the last 24 hours.

6:54 p.m.  Code Red sirens sound in Ashdod and Ashkelon. Three rockets were intercepted above Ashdod by Iron Dome.

6:07 p.m. Code Red in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

5:30 p.m.  IDF declares Oron Shaul, the soldier who went missing after his armored personnel carrier was hit by an anti-tank missile near the Gaza border, killed in action. The Shaul family has been notified of the decision.

5:10 p.m. Two rockets exploded in open areas of Sha’ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev Regional Councils following Code Red sirens. Earlier, one rocket was intercepted over Ashdod, and a second rocket fell in an open area nearby.

4:56 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in the western Negev town of Kisufim.

4:48 p.m. Three Palestinians reported killed in separate incidents in the West Bank the day after massive clashes over the Green Line left one Palestinian dead.

4:41 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Gaza frontier towns of Kfar Aza, Sa’ad, Kfar Maimon, Shukeda, and Zameret.

4:37 p.m.  Rocket sirens sound in Gaza frontier town of Miflasim.

3:59 p.m. Code Red rocket alert sirens sound in Ashkelon and Ashdod.

3:47 p.m.  Some 240 terrorists have been killed by the IDF in Gaza since the start of the ground offensive last week. The IDF struck 75 targets across Gaza on Friday, and 3,590 targets since the start of Operation Protective Shield.

On Friday afternoon, the IDF uncovered anti-tank missiles, grenades, and communication equipment in a south Gaza home. Additionally, paratroopers encountered six armed terrorists, and opened fire, killing them.

1:56 p.m. An IDF soldier was killed in battle in Gaza, the army announced Friday.

It named the fallen soldier as 36-year-old Sgt.-Ma. Yair Ashkenazy, from Rehovot. Ashkenazy served in the reserves brigade of the Bahad 1 officer training base.

1:04 p.m. The World Health Organisation (WHO) called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines.

In a statement, the UN health agency said that four hospitals, including al Aqsa hospital in the coastal strip, had been damaged in the conflict that began on July 8 when Israel launched air strikes, followed by a ground invasion.

“WHO calls for the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of the injured, as well as for the supply of life-saving medicines. The humanitarian corridor should extend to protect the safe passage of patients to access crossing points and exit outside the Gaza Strip for medical care.”

12:18 p.m.
Rocket alert sirens sound in Eshkol Regional Council.

11:50 a.m. Three rockets intercepted over Rishon Lezion. One man went into shock.

11:45 a.m.  Gazan rockets fired at Tel Aviv and intercepted. Sirens sound in Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion airport, Rishon Lezion, Ness Ziona, Rehovot and Yavne.

11:25 a.m. Iron Dome intercepts a number of rockets over Ashkelon; direct hit on home reported, no injuries.

11:10 a.m Rocket sirens sound throughout Ashkelon, Sharon and Dan regions in southern and central Israel.

9:36 a.m. The IDF and Shin Bet killed senior Islamic Jihad member Salah Abu Hasnin on Friday morning by targeting his Rafah home by air. Since Thursday morning, the IDF has killed around 40 terrorists in Gaza.

7:53 a.m. Sirens sounded in Ashkelon and the communities surrounding Gaza.



The Day of the Lord 2 Peter 3

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.[c] 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Cleo Paskal “How Geopolitical, Geoeconomic and Geophysical Changes are Redrawing the World Map” Free Public Lecture Friday, February 7, 2014

Geostrategic analyst Cleo Paskal is an Associate Fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources department at Chatham House, London, as well as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University, India. She researches the increasingly strategic confluence of changes in the ’3 geos’ (geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical changes).

For example, an increasingly geopolitically and geoeconomically strong China, combined with geophysical changes in the far North, have resulted in the new dynamic of China as a nascent Arctic power – something only possible because of the epochal changes in all ’3 geos’.  She also researches similar dynamic ’3 geo’ nodes in the Indo-Pacific, the US and Europe.

Statement of faith

Excepts form

Statement of faith:

Christianity is not behavior modification; it is heart transformation. You can never be good enough for God or attain salvation through goodness alone. Salvation can not be achieved aside from Christ. He is THE way, THE Truth and THE Life and NO MAN comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)There is one TRUE God. I believe that God is three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Mathew 28:19). God Himself is uncreated yet He is the Creator of all life, the Sustainer of all things. He is transcendent above all things. I believe that there are no other Gods by which we can be saved. He is totally holy, perfectly righteous, all-powerful, all-knowing, all present, and eternally unchanging.

He alone is the one True eternal God. I do not acknowledge ANY other gods. (Deuteronomy 4:35, Isaiah 45:5-6, Matthew 4:10)

The DIETY of CHRIST I believe that Jesus is THE Messiah. His birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled over 300 Messianic prophesies in the Old Testament. (John 4:25-26, John 10:25-30)

I believe Jesus is the only Son of God, was born of a virgin and lived a perfect, sinless life. He was sent to die as the sacrifice for the sins of man in order that we would not have to suffer spiritual death and eternal separation from God.

I believe Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. Forty days later he ascended to heaven and is now seated on the right hand of the Father.

He will PHYSICALLY return to earth to set up His millennial Kingdom.

(Matthew 1:18-21; Matthew 27-28; Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:30-35; Luke 22:69; John 1:1-5; John 3:16; Acts 1:3, 11; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 20:4)

I believe the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God. I believe that it is God-breathed and divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. I also believe the Bible is THE authoritative standard for all generations (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21).

I believe that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). I also believe that Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:14).

I believe that as the ultimate authority, whatever the Bible says is to be obeyed. I also believe the principle of interpreting scripture it is thus found within itself.

I believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus. I believe the gift of eternal life is available only through Christ Jesus and that there is no other name by which we can be saved. (John 10:27-29; John 14:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 2:5-9)

I believe that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12). There is NONE righteous, NO, NOT ONE: There is NONE that understands, there is NONE that seeks after God. They are ALL gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is NONE that does good, NO, NOT ONE”! (Rom. 3:9-12).

I believe salvation cannot be attained through good works (Isaiah 64:6, Ephesians 2:8-9). You cannot be saved by simply keeping the Ten Commandments because in and of yourself, you CAN NOT keep them!

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his own sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20)

“But that no man is justified by the law (commandments) in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11

I likewise believe that salvation is through atonement; through the shedding of blood. Someone undeserving of death had to be willing to die in our place; someone who possessed sinless spotless perfection. Jesus was our sacrifice.

I believe that every sacrifice offered on the altar in the Old Testament was an illustration of Christ’s coming sacrifice.

“Without Shedding of Blood Is No Remission” Hebrews 9:22

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Rom. 5:6

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isa. 53:

“For the wages (payment) of sin is death; but the GIFT of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 6:23

I believe that there is no one aside from Christ, that can save us. Our own good works can not save us nor can our church membership or religious affiliations. For it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us” (Titus 3:5).

I believe that TO BE SAVED WE MUST REPENT and believe.

“Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5).

“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

To repent literally means to have a change of mind or spirit toward God and toward sin. It means to turn from your sins, earnestly, with all your heart, and trust in Jesus Christ to save you.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that BELIEVE on his name.” John 1:12.

I believe that the outward evidence to all men is a life of RIGHTEOUSNESS and true HOLINESS.

“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24)

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” (Titus 2:12)

“Whosoever abides in him sins not: whosoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.” (1 John 3:6)

I believe that sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and a dedication to God. The scriptures teach a life of “holiness”, without which no man shall see the Lord.

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Hebrews 12:14).

I believe that baptism is the merely the outward sign of an inward transformation, regeneration and conversion. I likewise believe that while every believer should be baptized, it can not and will not save anyone. You can be saved and not baptized and you can be baptized and not saved.

I believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit was the normal experience in all of the early Christian church. I believe that with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their use in the work of the ministry.

I believe that there are nine gifts of the Spirit as mentioned by Paul in I Corinthians Chapter 12.

Word of Wisdom
Word of Knowledge
Gifts of Healing
Working of Miracles
Discerning of Spirits
Divers (different) kinds of Tongues
Interpretation of (different) Tongues
I believe that these gifts of the Spirit are given not for the believer but for the Body of Christ. They are intended for the church to build, edify, strengthen, feed, exhort, and encourage. They are to empower the Body of believers to do the work of Christ.

I believe these gifts are not necessary for salvation or sanctification and that when used properly they will always exalt Christ.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4).

I also believe that this experience is distinct from the experience of the new birth.

I believe God that God created and sustains everything that exists, and that life did not simply evolve. (Genesis 1; John 1:3, Acts 17:24)

I believe heaven and hell are REAL places, and eternal punishment awaits those who finally reject Christ as their Lord and Savior.
(Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; John 14:2, Revelation 21 & 22)