Wednesday, June 14

Israel mayor's message to Americans (Podcast)

Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal talking with reporters at the town's city hall on Tuesday, June 13th. as Government Press Office Director Danny Seaman looks on. (Dave Bender)

Hear Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal
compare US President Bush's military reaction to the 9/11 attacks to possible Israeli responses to the non-stop terrorism and rocket attacks emanating from the nearby Gaza Strip.

Sderot: 'Red Dawn' means run for cover (podcast)

Sderot school custodian Shlomo Halevy points to hole in classroom ceiling where Kassam rocket slammed in. Children had just left the room for morning prayers. (Dave Bender)

Hear Israeli National Service student Avital Morer tell about Kassam rockets and traumatized children in Sderot, where a lethal steel rain from Gaza keeps falling, and kids are terrified.

Film: IDF airstrike against Katyusha missile crew

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

Yesterday morning (Tuesday), 13 June 2006, the IDF carried out an aerial attack in the northern Gaza Strip against a vehicle loaded with rockets and carrying a Islamic Jihad terrorist cell en route to launch long-range Katyusha (Grad) rockets against Israel. Thirty-eight rockets have been launched at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours; over 100 rockets have been launched at Israel since Friday, 9 June 2006.

According to Palestinians reports three terrorists who operated in the cell were killed, as well as eight civilians. After the attack the terror cell was seen removing the rockets from the vehicle.

"I state clearly that we are saddened by the deaths of these innocent Palestinians but hold absolutely no responsibility for them. The responsibility lies entirely on the shoulders of the Palestinians," said the Chief of Staff Dan Halutz last night, who added that "the incident must be evaluated in its context, which is that Palestinians attempted to launch Grad rockets against Israel, and we acted with determination to prevent their firing."

This is the fourth time in the past two months in which terrorist cells attempt to launch Grad rockets at Israel. On Knesset election day (March 28) a rocket fell south of Ashkelon; about a month later another attempt was thwarted. On the third attempt, which occurred on May 15, the rocket hit an Israeli community north of the Gaza Strip, and damaged civilian infrastructure.

These rockets are capable of causing much more serious damage than the Qassam rockets, because they can reach a range of 15 to 20 kilometers and carry much more explosives. Since Friday morning terrorists have launched over 100 projectile rockets at Israel, 38 of these within the last 24 hours.

'Kossacks against Israel'

The (what seems pretty clear to me, at least) hard-left blog, Daily Kos (the "Alien" to hard right-wing Little Green Footballs' "Predator" More on the Alien vs Predator sci-fi film face off here) has a very interesting entry by an American-Israeli/Israeli-American member on the sheer maliciousness, and redline-the-meter hatred of Israel of many commentors shot throughout the Daily Kos site:

"Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 03:26:26 PM PDT

Why do so many on the DailyKos continuously attack Israel? Why is there no balance in the presentation of issues? What the hell has happened here?

"I support progressive politics. I support gay rights, oppose globalization, hope that unions will be reinvigorated. I've voted democrat every election that I could, write my congressmen, and live in one of the most liberal towns in the US. I'm an Israeli citizen, I served in the IDF, and I am proud to be Israeli-American. And I am disgusted by the daily vicious attacks on Israel that we see on this site.

"I am saddened and amazed to see how the "left-wing blogosphere" falls completely for so much anti-Israel propaganda. I am stunned at how so many Kossacks daily argue that Israel is fundamentally evil, that Israel must abandon its defenses, and that Israel takes glee at the death of its enemies."

Israel supporters, first take a dramamine and a shot of arak, and then read it all, and leave some comments - there and here.


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