Full Text Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: US Senate resolution backs Israel’s actions in Gaza

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U.S. Senate resolution backs Israel’s actions in Gaza

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

Thirty U.S. senators have signed on to a resolution expressing support for Israel’s “inherent right to act in self-defense.”

The non-binding resolution, originally drafted by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), “expresses unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizes and strongly supports its inherent right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.”

The resolution, the first such proposed legislation in the wake of Israeli airstrikes launched Wednesday in retaliation for rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, may come to a vote as early as Thursday evening.

Unlike statements of support for Israel’s actions from the Obama administration, the Senate resolution does not call on both sides to exercise restraint or express regret at casualties on both sides….READ MORE 

 

Text of Senate resolution in support of Israel’s self-defense

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

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Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Israel moves troops toward Gaza

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Israel moves troops toward Gaza

Source: AP, 11-15-12

Palestinian militants barraged Israel with more than 200 rockets on Thursday, killing three people as Israel pressed a punishing campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip. Three rockets targeted the densely populated Tel Aviv area, setting off air raid sirens in brazen attacks that threatened to trigger an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza.

Late in the day, Israel signaled a ground operation may be imminent as forces moved toward the border area with Gaza. At least 12 trucks were seen transporting tanks and armored personnel carriers, and a number of buses carrying soldiers arrived. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he had authorized the army to call-up additional reservists for possible action. The army said it was prepared to draft up to 30,000 additional troops.

‘‘I ordered the military today to widen the draft of reserve soldiers in order to be able to be ready for any development,’’ Barak said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: UN chief to visit Israel as part of truce efforts

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UN chief to visit Israel as part of truce efforts

Source: YNet News, 11-15-12 

Ban to meet Netanyahu, Barak and Abbas in hopes of restoring ceasefire between Israel, Hamas. France says President Hollande in talks with Israeli PM, other world leaders to avert escalation of violence. Lieberman to counterparts: We won’t agree to fragile truce.

Efforts to end Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza are underway: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to visit the region on Tuesday in order to advance a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Ban is expected to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah, but he will apparently not visit Gaza. The UN chief is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The visit was coordinated following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council following the escalation in Gaza. …READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Israel moves troops toward Gaza; Ehud Barak wants 30000 reservists

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Israel moves troops toward Gaza; Barak wants 30000 reservists

At least a dozen trucks carrying tanks, armored vehicles were seen late Thursday moving toward border area, while buses ferried soldiers; Barak asks government to okay reserves call-up ahead of possible ground invasion….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Can Twitter censor the Israel Defense Forces?

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Can Twitter censor the Israel Defense Forces?

Source: WaPo, 11-15-12

Israel’s Iron Dome defense system fires to intercept incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod. (AP Photo /Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel made history Wednesday when it began live-tweeting its own strike on the Gaza Strip. Now that the initial shock is over, the questions are setting in: Are governments allowed to use Twitter that way? And even if they can, should they?

A rumor widely circulated Thursday morning claimed that the Israel Defense Forces’ Twitter account, @IDFSpokesperson, went down for a 40-minute period, but neither Twitter nor the reporter who first broke the story, Daily Dot’s Kris Holt, have definitively confirmed that the account was suspended. A parody account, @IDFspokesman, was definitely taken down.

Reports have also claimed that Youtube is suspending videos from the IDF’s official channel, but one video that was “removed mistakenly” was reinstated by the site within hours, according to All Things Digital….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: #PillarofDefense v #GazaUnderAttack: Israel conflict plays out on social media

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#PillarofDefense v #GazaUnderAttack: Israel conflict plays out on social media

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Nov. 15, 2012: As rockets fly in a new outbreak of deadly violence between Gaza militants and Israel, the latest battlefront is Twitter and social media. (Twitter)

A new voice has been added to the cacophony of war. Amid the chatter of guns, the blast of grenades and the screech of jets, there are tweets. Social media is a new battlefront in the escalating tensions between Israel and Hamas.

It’s a facet of 21st century warfare that will increasingly become the norm in conflict, an expert says….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Explosion heard in Tel Aviv as Gaza clashes mount

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Explosion heard in Tel Aviv as Gaza clashes mount

Source:  CBS News, 11-15-12

Palestinian militants barraged Israel with nearly 150 rockets on Thursday, killing three people as Israel pressed a punishing campaign of airstrikes on militant targets across the Gaza Strip….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Readout of the US President Barack Obama’s Phone Calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

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Readout of the President’s Phone Calls with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egyptian President Morsi

Source: WH,  11-15-12

Today, the President spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Morsi about the rocket attacks being launched from Gaza into Israel, and the escalating violence in Gaza.

The President reiterated to Prime Minister Netanyahu the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians.  The President urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties.  The two agreed that Hamas needs to stop its attacks on Israel to allow the situation to de-escalate.  The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch in the coming days.  Earlier today, Vice President Biden received a briefing from Prime Minister Netanyahu on the events in Gaza.

The President also spoke with President Morsi given Egypt’s central role in preserving regional security.  In their conversation, President Obama condemned the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and reiterated Israel’s right to self-defense.  The two leaders agreed on the importance of working to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible and agreed to stay in close touch in the days ahead.

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Israel launches retaliation strikes against Hamas rocket attacks

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Israel launches retaliation strikes against Hamas rocket attacks

Source: Fox News, 11-15-12

Israel moved closer to an all-out ground war with Hamas Thursday, as Israeli planes, tanks and gunboats pounded suspected militant positions in Gaza in retaliation for another day of Hamas rocket attacks that left at least three Israelis dead….READ MORE

Israel Brief November 15, 2012: Online campaign urging Israel supporters to wear red

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Online campaign urging Israel supporters to wear red

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

An online campaign is asking people around the world to send in photos of themselves wearing red clothing in support of residents of southern Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Rocket strikes southern outskirts of Tel Aviv

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Rocket strikes southern outskirts of Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

A rocket fired from Gaza struck the metropolitan Tel Aviv area….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Statement on Operation Pillar of Defense

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement on Operation Pillar of Defense

Source: PMO, 11-15-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement to the foreign press

In recent days and weeks, Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in Gaza have made normal life impossible for over one million Israelis. No government would tolerate a situation where nearly a fifth of its people live under a constant barrage of rockets and missile fire, and Israel will not tolerate this situation. This is why my government has instructed the Israeli Defense Forces to conduct surgical strikes against the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. And this is why Israel will continue to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people.

I want to remind you that seven years ago, Israel withdrew from every square inch of Gaza. Now Hamas, they took over the areas we vacated. What did it do? Rather than build a better future for the residents of Gaza, the Hamas leadership, backed by Iran, turned Gaza into a terrorist stronghold. They fired thousand of rockets at our cities, at our towns, at our civilians, at our children. They’ve smuggled thousands of rockets and missiles into Gaza, and they deliberately place these rockets and missiles in civilian areas: in homes, in schools, near hospitals. This year alone, the fired over one thousand rockets and missiles at Israel, included close to 200 rockets in the last 24 hours.

I’m stressing this because it’s important to understand one simple point. There is no moral symmetry; there is no moral equivalence, between Israel and the terrorist organizations in Gaza. The terrorists are committing a double war crime. They fire at Israeli civilians, and they hide behind Palestinian civilians. And by contrast, Israel takes every measure to avoid civilian casualties. I saw today a picture of a bleeding Israeli baby. This picture says it all: Hamas deliberately targets our children, and they deliberately place their rockets next to their children. Despite this reality, and it’s a very difficult reality, Israel will continue to do everything in its power to avoid civilian casualties.

I have to say that from my talks with world leaders, I have the clear understanding that they have a clear understanding of this. Yesterday I spoke to President Obama and I briefed him on Israel’s operations. I want to express my appreciation once again to President Obama for his unequivocal clear sided support for Israel’s right to defend itself. I also want to express my appreciation to the other world leaders I’ve had a chance to speak to in the last 24 hours: to President Hollande of France, to UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, to EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton and to Quartet representative Tony Blair. I want to thank them for their understanding of Israel’s need to defend itself, and Israel’s right to defend itself.

In the past 24 hours Israel has made it clear that it will not tolerate rocket and missile attacks on its civilians. I hope that Hamas and the other terror organizations in Gaza got the message. If not, Israel is prepared to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people.”

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Errant bullet from Syria strikes Israeli side of border, wounds IDF soldier

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Errant bullet from Syria strikes Israeli side of border, wounds IDF soldier

Source: Haaretz, 11-15-12

Israeli soldier lightly hurt after grazed by bullet; Israeli defense sources to Haaretz: Stray shells fired from Syria don’t indicate the Syrian regime is trying to stir conflict….READ MORE

 

 

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Three Israelis killed by rocket from Gaza, UN Security Council meets

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Three Israelis killed by rocket from Gaza, U.N. Security Council meets

Source: JTA, 11-15-12

Three Israelis were killed when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit their home in southern Israel….READ MORE

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