“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Israel is vulnerable economically unless it makes peace with the Palestinians by giving up its settler-colonial enterprise

Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future

A Hamas rocket hit and destroyed a house in Yahoud, a town only a mile from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel on Tuesday, raising severe alarm in among the international airlines and leading most of them to cancel flights to Tel Aviv. The US Federal Aviation Administration called for a 24 hour moratorium on US flights to Israel, and United Airlines, U.S. Airways and Delta Air lines said they would cease flying there “until further notice.” The European Aviation Safety Agency likewise cautioned European airlines from flying to Israel, and Lufthansa and other major carriers cancelled their flights.
Israel’s Transportation Ministry, in its charming way, stridently denounced the airlines as accomplices of terrorists, saying “there is no reason whatsoever that American companies would stop their flights and hand terror a prize…” In fact, the downing of MH17 over eastern Ukraine is obviously the context for the airlines being spooked. And, if a rocket can land one mile from the airport, it can land on a plane at the airport just as easily.

Israeli tourism brought in $11 billion last year, some 4.5% of its nominal GDP. Tourism employs 100,000 workers, two-thirds of them in the hotel industry. In other words, a full loss of tourism would cost Israel $30 mn a day and could idle nearly 3% of the country’s workforce. (Since El Al is still flying, there hasn’t been a full loss of tourism, but El Al is probably flying many planes that aren’t full and may take an economic hit on that account alone; jet fuel is expensive and nowadays full planes are necessary to avoid losing money).

Here are the major countries of origin for the tourists last year:

US: 623,000
Russia: 603,000 tourists
France 315,000
Germany 254,000
United Kingdom 217,000
Italy 173,000
Ukraine 134,000

A quarter of all visitors described themselves as pilgrims. Over half said they were Christians and a little over a quarter were Jewish.

Some observers assumed that the FAA and EASA decisions were made at the behest of political leaders in the US and Europe and were intended to pressure the Israeli government to wrap up its Gaza War. These allegations were denied by the two agencies. But then they would say that, wouldn’t they? The US State Department has also issued a travel advisory for Israel.
If the airlines cease flying to Israel for a long while, the economic pain would be great, a loss of hundreds of millions to as much as $900 mn. a month. It is likely that the business classes in Israel will begin pressuring PM Binyamin Netanyahu to end the Gaza engagement as soon as possible, given how bad it is for business.

The true significance of the airlines’ decision and that of the aviation regulation agencies lies not in its short term effect on the Israeli economy. Rather, it is a demonstration effect of how Israel is becoming vulnerable. When Netanyahu attacked Gaza in 2012, life and the economy went on normally in Israel. But in 2006 during the Israeli attack on Lebanon, Hizbullah rockets made fully a fourth of Israelis move out of their homes, away from the north, as they went to stay in with friends further south. But the rockets are gaining in range.
In essence, Hamas by targeting the airport (it wasn’t trying to hit a house in Yahoud but rather the runway at Bengurion International) has hit upon a new strategy, of imposing willy nilly an international boycott on Israeli aviation.
The airlines’ decision will likely motivate the Netanyahu government to attempt to disarm Gaza permanently and to attempt to make sure that Hamas can never again put the Tel Aviv airport in danger. But wanting to disarm Hamas and doing it aren’t the same thing. And once Israel leaves Gaza, what will stop Hamas from restocking?

Israel’s Likud government ought to (but won’t) take the opposite lesson from the airlines’ decision. It is that Israel is vulnerable economically unless it makes peace with the Palestinians by giving up its settler-colonial enterprise. It has to stop sending in squatters on Palestinian land and make preparations for pulling the settlers out.



  1. Rather, it is a demonstration effect of how Israel is becoming vulnerable.

    Read that here, not long ago.
    The existential threat to the Zionist regime, in Israel, is its economy. An economy based upon foreign trade and tourism.

    One by one, the pillars of the Zionist economy will be undermined, revenues falling, stock values collapsing.

    “Bigotry does not consort easily with free trade.”
    ― Peter Ackroyd

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    1. The objective is to remove or at least moderate the NASI regime in Israel, to provide basic human rights to the Palestinian people -OR - and better still ...

      End US aid and subsidies to Israel.

    2. That is not the objective.

      The objective is to disarm Hamas.

      Then we will have peace and other matters, after the passage of time and trust building, can be discussed.

    3. Economic pressure and sanctions work, they helped to advance freedom and democracy in South Africa and look at how Iran has moderated its position and is coming into line.

      Iran eliminates sensitive stockpile under interim nuclear deal: IAEA

      The same type of nonviolent programs would work with Israel.

    4. Teresita RedingerWed Jul 23, 11:09:00 AM EDT

      If you have something worthwhile to say, say it. Your new little idiotic game of making directed comments at me or the blog is uninteresting and irritates me. Save that for your blog.

  3. Me too.

    The Hamas should take up knitting and sewing and weaving and kick start their their economy and get it cracking.

    As it is they are just international beggars.

    Israel will do just fine.

    1. The Israeli would have to allow them to open the port to international traffic, instead ...
      The Israeli board ships bound for Gaza, in international waters, and kill the passengers on board.

      Reality must suck for you, Robert Peterson, because you never reference or speak of it.

    2. Robert' point i well taken, if the Israeli do not allow the people of Gaza the freedom to improve their own situation, if the Israeli continue the blockade of Gaza, continue to destroy the infrastructure of the society, then ...

      Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions of the Israeli economy is called for.
      The people of Gaza must be allowed to fend for themselves.

      The Israeli will just have to get out of the way.
      Or the proof that they are not "Partners in Peace" will be made ever more evident if they block Robert Peterson's solution.

  4. The Hamasi need to be disarmed. Thus inhibited from their genocidal intentions towards Jews as put forth in their Hamas Charter, after the passage of time they can take up basket weaving as a beginning to creating an economy. In due time other employment opportunities can be created, and with more time, some meaningful relations with other peoples. No more international begging.

    Personally, I think they should be de-islamized as well, like was done to the Germany at the time of the Nazis - the de-nazification program.

    However that may be, if they are not disarmed this whole play will continue, act after act.

    out for now

    CHEERS !!


  5. Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Israel is vulnerable economically unless it makes peace with the Palestinians by giving up its settler-colonial enterprise

    Giving up it's "settler-colonial enterprise"

    In other words, no peace unless the Jews kill themselves..


    If that is the option?

    Military DEFEAT the Palestinians, exile them completely from the west bank and from gaza forever, since you are saying there will never be peace with the Jewish state.

    1. Dreams of an Israeli "Final Solution". Ironic, no?

    2. Ash, hell no…

      No mass murder, just a population exchange like the arabs did, the american did, the germans and russians and europeans did..

      But the defeat of Nazi Hamas? I am fine about that…

      So take your buzz words and shove them up your ass.

    3. Dreams of a FINAL solution?

      Ash you are one sick prick.

      The Posted point was that the ONLY solution was the destruction of Israel IS a FINAL solution and you twisted that around.

      The very existence of Israel is the problem to you and your Hamas dick sucking friends….

      So no, my solution? Hardly even approaches your acceptance of genocide.

    4. The simularities between the NASI and the NAZI of Germany becomes clearer each day.
      The comments of our Israeli, "O"rdure, cement them in place.

      Finally, this quote from the diary of Yitzhak Tabenkin, a charismatic leader of the kibbutz movement.
      In his diary, Tabenkin stated,

      “the ideals of Hitler which I like:
      ethnic homogeneity, the possibility of exchange of ethnic minorities;
      the transfers of ethnic groups for the sake of an international order which for me are a particularly valuable feature.”

      Day by day, brick by brick the edifice of lies that is Zionist Israel is being dismantled.

      How sweet it is!

    5. Day by day more and more jews from across the globe move to Israel. To build a bigger, better and more secure Israel.

      Day by day, jihadists are converting foes of Israel into friends.

      It's a modern day miracle to be sure.

      The arabs in the middle east who respect and want to copy Israel's success have thrown off the yoke of the poison that has been called "palestinian nationalism"

    6. this is the line…

      Israel is vulnerable economically unless it makes peace with the Palestinians by giving up its settler-colonial enterprise

      So again, unless Israel commits suicide there will be no peace….

      Ok, message received

    7. ...this from the same dude who mocked my use of "existential"...

      Israel is going nowhere because there is nowhere to go. For those with short attention spans, Israel exists because of a failed pan-European effort at a "final solution". Still not content, the establishment of Israel was a twisted exercise by the Europeans, who had equipped the Arabs to finish off the job. Israel was supposed to die; heads would be bowed; prayers would be said; the Bible would be quoted; Israel would be dead. Well! They failed. Hamas will fail. Israel will suffer and from that suffering may relearn self-reliance. We have no friends, but we do have a promise and each other. Shema Israel!

      At long last, this dust-up may prove to the Jewish left that when you play with snakes you will be bitten.


    Arabs for Israel…. It's happening all over the world.

  7. Gosh, the mental giants at the EB finally caught up with the existential nature of the threat to Israel. "Better late than never."

    The only option now open to Israel is the destruction of Hamas. That will be covered in "Lesson 2".

    However this dust-up ends, Netanyahu is history.

    1. Decline in tourism an existential threat to Israel? Hardly!

    2. Allen, maybe maybe not.

      Depends if Hamas is destroyed completely enough…

      Look to the region.

      Hamas has lost MOST of it's major backers. Moslem brotherhood is reeling and being executed by the Egyptians, Tunisians and even in the Syrian rebel groups the moslem brotherhood folks are being picked off… (hamas backed the MB against assad and against Iran)

      No, this could be a see change that sweeps Hamas out and Abbas and his retarded Fatah back in…

      I do not underestimate Bibi

  8. Maybe in response to America and the EU for shutting down the airport of Israel?

    Cutting off all food, power and supplies that Israel transfers to the Gaza Strip that originate in any way shape or from from those flights.

  9. Israel opens second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations

    Transportation minister orders that Uvda airport near Eilat be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport beginning noon local time.

    Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday instructed the relevant agencies to immediately open the Uvda airport, the country's second terminus for air traffic which lies just north of Eilat, in the wake of the spate of flight cancellations announced by major foreign airlines.

    Katz convened a meeting of senior civilian aviation officials who recommended that the Uvda airport be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport.

    When trouble occurs? BUILD BABY BUILD

    There is PLENTY of room for another international airport, a new and secure 50,000 capacity POW camp and of course several million square feet of high tech manufacturing buildings...

  10. Replies
    1. Reacting to a stimulis…

      If hamas had used the billions it was given to build a better society?

      we would not have had the situation we have.

      Until you Deuce, wake up and realize the true enemy of your new adopted people aint Israel but Hamas, Jidadists and other like minded black hearted assholes you are being brain washed.

      The vast majority of Arabs that live in Israel, would not move to any other arab nation for any reason…

      Ask yourself why?

    2. Because they are the progeny of Moses, the true heirs of Judaism.

      That is why the Arabs hate them, why the Ashkenazi fear them.

      The Invention of the Jewish People
      is a book written by Shlomo Sand, an Israeli professor of history at the University of Tel Aviv.

      The author wasn’t probing a belief system but Zionist fabrications of a spurious common lineage for people of the Jewish faith.
      The results of a recently published study by Israeli-American geneticist Dr Eran Elhaik at John Hopkins University have scientifically and genetically validated Sand’s research
      In addition to the descendants of the Canaanites, the original denizens before patriarch Abraham’s arrival from Mesopotamia,
      Sand concludes that today’s Muslim and Christian Palestinians are actually the true progenies of the original Jews.

      Jamal Kanj

    3. yawn…

      Jack and his beanstalk fairy tales.

    4. But they are still being read....

      Where as yours, the first and last lines suffice.

    5. Your ego is just as large as your buffoonery..

      And that makes Chris Christy look small

    6. Just replying to your response, which is predicated on the fact that you are reading every post.

  11. NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Even a prolonged bull market delivering double-digit returns can't mitigate the deep investor distrust of Wall Street. Five years after the financial crisis, Americans overwhelming believe that the investment and banking industry requires even greater supervision and more stringent regulation.

    By a convincing 3:1 margin, voters surveyed by Lake Research Partners believe that broad regulation will help prevent future financial problems – and that conviction holds true across political party lines. Fully 85% of Democrats, 78% of Independents, and 72% of Republicans agreed that Wall Street should be guided by "tougher rules."

  12. I tribute to Israel and the brave citizens of that nation (arab, druze, christian, jew, bhaia and pagan alike, I will be donating my days gross sales to Israel...


    1. That's about 7 month's of Jack gross income...

    2. Sings "Stand with Israel" all over the place!

      The line outside at this and the other locations are staggering.

    3. Daily gross sales, you claim to be in some type of retail business.

      Such entry level capitalism.
      Must be why you are so focused on 'pay grade'.

    4. After all, when he's not crying over some phony, not in the Ohio Marketplace, $1500.00 (2 fifty-ish adults, 2 children) health care premiums, he's boasting about being a "wealthy Jewish businessman."


    5. methinks our boy is full of shit. :)

    6. Just not the "O"riginal.
      The accounts are not the same, the blogs not linked.

      Claiming to be something it's not.
      Just another Zionist fraud.

    7. Rufus IIWed Jul 23, 02:24:00 PM EDT
      After all, when he's not crying over some phony, not in the Ohio Marketplace, $1500.00 (2 fifty-ish adults, 2 children) health care premiums, he's boasting about being a "wealthy Jewish businessman."

      5000 a person deductible. 1460 a month for a family...

      that's 4 times the amount the average obama looter pays.

    8. Rufus, I am wealthy, compared to you and rat, but I have employees and taxes and bwc...

      and it's MY money to spend how I see fit, not yours to take and redistribute.

    9. Halal and parve Chocolate Rat.. up yours.

    10. Rufus IIWed Jul 23, 02:26:00 PM EDT
      methinks our boy is full of shit. :)

      Me thinks you are jealous and a nobody.. Just a drunk with a poor service record..

      My Uncle fought and died in Nam.. You just gave blow jobs to the troops

    11. You got it mixed up. How about, "a poor drunk WITH a Service Record." And, now, after all these years, you've found an 'uncle who died in Vietnam.' :)

      You're a phony asshole.

  13. Jack HawkinsWed Jul 23, 02:08:00 PM EDT
    Daily gross sales, you claim to be in some type of retail business.

    Such entry level capitalism.
    Must be why you are so focused on 'pay grade'.

    You could fill a thimble with what you understand about business..

    Go muck some horse shit looser

  14. Jack HawkinsWed Jul 23, 02:08:00 PM EDT
    Daily gross sales, you claim to be in some type of retail business.

    Such entry level capitalism.
    Must be why you are so focused on 'pay grade'.

    The Limited, Giant Eagle, Pathmart, CVS, Kroger all some type of retail businesses..

    Of course they are all multi BILLION dollar operations...

    I am in no way even a rounding error compared to them..

    But compared to you and your ass monkey friends?

    You can't touch that....

    In fact I'd wager I spend more on postage a month than you make in a year...

  15. bwabwabwahahahahaha -

    HUMILIATE: Kerry Undergos Metal Detector Screening Before Meeting With Egyptian President........drudge


    1. I think that's really really funny........

    2. Sounds like Sisi may not be buying what dog face is selling.....

    3. "O"rdure claims to use the post office, not FedEx or UPS, now we we have another proof he is a fraud.

    4. I claimed to use postage.

      I guess you really don't KNOW about residential surcharges with FEDEX or UPS or zone dropping?

      Once again, you don't know SHIT..

      Your ignorance of business is astounding.

      If you are shipping anything less than 3 pounds WHY would you use FEDEX or UPS?

      Please instruct us horse fucker....

  16. FAA extends Ben Gurion Airport ban another 24 hours

    Hate to say "I told you so" ...
    but I did.

    1. All the more reason to demolish Hamas once and forever..

      and yes, I read your above post...

      as for you saying "i told you so?"

      You have a narcissistic personality disorder, if fits.

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    1. I am all sympathy, Miss T. It has happened to me as well.


  18. Hamas tactics exact high toll in Israeli ground thrust

    Hamas has killed 32 Israeli soldiers -- almost three times as many as in the last major ground clashes in a 2008-9 conflict.

    "The al-Qassam brigades continue to give repeated surprises, and every day the holy warriors arise from where the (Israeli) occupation could not foresee," the group said last week.

    "They fight... face to face with the enemy in retaliation for the blood of the martyrs that the occupier spills daily."

    1. United States Postal Service (USPS)
      USPS is by far the cheapest shipping option if your parcel weighs less than 2 pounds. Parcels weighing 13 ounces or less that qualify for first class postage are even cheaper to ship. At the present time, USPS offers 3 main shipping services

      First Class Mail – Arrives within 2-5 business days
      Priority Mail – Arrives within 2-3 business days
      Express Mail – 1 – 2 business days depending on location
      If you are on a shipping budget and you typically ship items weighing less than 2 pounds, choosing USPS is a no brainer. If your parcel weighs over 2 pounds and it can fit in a priority mail flat rate box, USPS is a fantastic deal.

    2. UPS
      You can always negotiate with UPS for lower rates if you ship a large volume of packages. For the purposes of my analysis, I’m going to assume out of the box pricing.
      UPS shipping costs tend to be on the higher side. I’m not sure exactly why the non-negotiated prices are so high but I suspect its because UPS is unionized. It really only becomes economical to ship UPS if your package exceeds 3 pounds. In addition to ground shipping, UPS also offers 3 day, 2 day and next day shipping depending on your needs.

    3. Fed Ex
      Fed Ex used to only be known for their next day delivery service. For a while now, they’ve been offering a ground service as well at really low prices. Fed Ex is cheaper than UPS and USPS for packages exceeding 3 pounds. If you sign up for an account, you get an additional 15% off shipping right off the bat as well.
      As far as I can tell, Fed Ex is just as reliable as UPS if not more so. They also offer detailed tracking of your package every step of the way.

    4. we actually use all three...

      and price compare...

      some nifty Israeli made software does it all for us..

      weight cube distance...

      then prints out the right carrier, right zone...

      Never heard of zone dropping?

      i doubt you have... go google it and tell me how I am a fraud...

      horse fucker.

    5. ha, ha, ha,

      If the High Priests of Judaism couldn't marry women that had been fucked by dogs ...
      ... there would be no women for them to marry
      - paraphrasing the Talmud.

      I'll get the quotes and references and post them later

    6. No woman, Jew or gentile will marry you...

      no need to lie and distort what the Talmud says...

    7. the Talmud teaches that
      "unnatural intercourse does not cause a woman to be forbidden to marry a High Priest,"
      since then "you will find no woman eligible … ."... from the Talmud book of Yebamoth, Folios 59a-59b)

      Rulings of the "sages" follow:
      "A woman who had intercourse with a beast is eligible to marry a priest — even a High Priest."

      Unless specifically warned in advance and the act seen by two witnesses, she is acceptable also. If she had intercourse with a dog while sweeping the floor, she is likewise reckoned to be pure, and suitable. For,

      "The result of such intercourse being regarded as a mere wound, and the opinion that does not regard an accidentally injured hymen as a disqualification does not regard such as intercourse either."

    8. Sanhedrin 59a

      To communicate anything to a Goy about our religious relations would be equal to the killing of all Jews, for if the Goyim knew what we teach about them, they would kill us openly.

      Libbre David 37

      A Jew should and must make a false oath when the Goyim asks if our books contain anything against them.

  19. Hey, rat, if you could fly, you ought to take a flight to Sarcelles and join the fun ......... but a slow will all be over by the time you get there -

    “Gas the Jews”: Supporters of Hamas run riot in French city, smash Jewish shops
    posted at 3:21 pm on July 23, 2014 by Allahpundit

    Guy mentioned the attacks in Sarcelles in his post about Hamas supporters intimidating Jews in Boston, but not until I read this did I grasp the full scope of it.

    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose:

    It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city’s Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chats of “Gas the Jews” and “Kill the Jews”, as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as “little Jerusalem”…

    Francois Pupponi, the mayor of Sarcelles, told BFMTV that the violent attacks were carried out by a “horde of savages.”…

    Eighteen people were arrested for attacks on shops, including a kosher supermarket, a Jewish-owned chemist and a funeral home. Rioters, who carried batons and threw petrol bombs according to eyewitnesses, were yards from the synagogue when they were driven back by riot police who used tear gas.

    “They were shouting: ‘Death to Jews,’ and ‘Slit Jews’ throats’,” David, a Jewish sound engineer told The Times. “It took us back to 1938.”…

    The government had banned a demonstration planned in Paris for Saturday, but posters were seen around the area which said “Come equipped with hammers, fire extinguishers and batons” and promised a “raid on the Jewish district”.

    Last year, per the NYT, slightly less than 3,300 French Jews emigrated to Israel, a rate of not quite 10 a day. According to the HuffPo post quoted above, more than 1,000 French Jews have made aliyah in the last 10 days alone — at a moment when Israel is in a hot war with Hamas, with rockets being fired at Israeli cities and the FAA suspending flights to Tel Aviv due to a risk of attack. At a rate of more than 100 a day, Jews in France would rather take their chances with Hamas itself than with Hamas’s degenerate supporters on the continent. In Israel, at least, the IDF’s there to protect you; who’ll protect you in France from this, especially as demographics in Europe change?

    The town held an interfaith service after the attacks attended by France’s chief rabbi and an imam, which is encouraging. Think it’ll stem the outflow of Jewish citizens, though, who’ve decided that they’ve seen this movie before and aren’t keen on a re-release?

    video too

    1. Rat is a figment of your imaginationWed Jul 23, 04:08:00 PM EDT

      Want to what?

      I didn't bother to read your cut and paste.

    2. Rat is a figment of your imaginationWed Jul 23, 04:09:00 PM EDT

      You need to edit and highlight your entries, Robert Peterson.

      Otherwise, they are ignored.

    3. Rat is a figment of your imaginationWed Jul 23, 04:12:00 PM EDT

      Clickable links, too.

      HTML for Dummies, all you Zionists should get a copy, study it and implement the concepts.
      It'd improve your inputs.

      Well, anything would improve your inputs, but that's another matter, entirely

    4. Didn't read it?, no, no.....

      You don't know what you missed.

      You would have r e a l l y enjoyed it.........and the dream of joining in......

    5. But why are you answering for rat, if you didn't read it, rat?????

    6. OOOOh yes, yes, yes

      I'll leave the enjoyment to you, Robert Peterson.

    7. It's not the kind of thing I'd like to do, rat, throw rocks at Jewish businesses.

    8. In fairness to the French, I imagine the rock throwers were mostly immigrants from northern Africa.

  20. IDF Commanders: Time for decisive war move after IDF victories in Shejaiya, E. Rafah and Khan Younes

    Hamas is dying....

  21. Foreign Journalists Acknowledge Hamas’ Human Shields Tactics

    Buried in a number of foreign media reports from Gaza are acknowledgments that amid the images of Palestinian civilians, Hamas terrorists are operating amongst the population. Here are some examples:

    1. Globe and Mail correspondent in Gaza, Patrick Martin, wrote in his article from 20 July:

    The presence of militant fighters in Shejaia became clear Sunday afternoon when, under the cover of a humanitarian truce intended to allow both sides to remove the dead and wounded, several armed Palestinians scurried from the scene.

    Some bore their weapons openly, slung over their shoulder, but at least two, disguised as women, were seen walking off with weapons partly concealed under their robes. Another had his weapon wrapped in a baby blanket and held on his chest as if it were an infant.

    2. Canadian TV correspondent Janis Mackey Frayer tweeted the following on 20 July:

    3. Washington Post correspondent Willian Booth reporting from Gaza, wrote in an article from 15 July:

    At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, crowds gathered to throw shoes and eggs at the Palestinian Authority’s health minister, who represents the crumbling “unity government” in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The minister was turned away before he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.

    4. Another report by Washington Post correspondents from 17 July recounts:

    During the lull, a group of men at a mosque in northern Gaza said they had returned to clean up the green glass from windows shattered in the previous day’s bombardment. But they could be seen moving small rockets into the mosque.

    5. Wall Street Journal Correspondent Nick Casey tweeted the following (since removed):


    6. The Japanese daily Mainichi’s correspondent in Gaza reported on 21 July:

    Hamas criticizes that “Israel massacres civilians”. On the other hand, it tries to use evacuating civilians and journalists by stopping them and turning them into “human shields”, counteracting thoroughly with its guerrilla tactics…

    Hamas’s “Human Shield” strategy is also aimed at foreign journalists…During the current battle, Hamas’s checkpoint was bombarded, and there was temporary checkpoint at another location. To some 20 journalists who wished to leave, Hamas staff member suddenly told, “Israel closed the checkpoint… However, when I called IDF personnel at the checkpoint, he said that “We haven’t got attacked and we are open as usual…”. While were discussing what to do, the same Hamas staff member shouted, “in 5 minutes Israel seems to conduct an airstrike on here. Return immediately to Gaza!” All the journalists returned to Gaza by car. But we remembered that Hamas, during the conflict with Israel in November 2012, also closed checkpoints to block outflow.

    7. Huffington Post’s Middle East reporter, Sophia Jones, tweeted on 15 July:

  22. Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal gave a speech tonight. Not from Gaza of course.

    Much of the speech is a disgusting mix of anti-Semitism and rage. But here are the parts that matter:

    Resistance proved to be more moral than Netanyahu's army. We will never disarm. Resistance is a right

    Resistance will only disarm on 2 conditions. 1) Israel to end all its occupation of Palestine 2) Israel has to disarm too.

    People were displaced inside Gaza. No one will leave Gaza. Refugees will be coming back, and this war makes it sooner.

    We don't use our people as human shields. Contrary is true. Israel failed to break the resistance and thus Netanyahu punishes civilians.

    During this humanitarian disaster, I'm calling all the Human rights organizations to put pressure on Israel to stop its genocides.

    We care for a humanitarian ceasefire we support like this week. But it should be real and give aid to people and not trick us.

    Our main demand is to end the Israeli offensives against our people and to completely lift the siege.

    My conclusion from Meshaal there is no eminent ceasefire because the Palestinian resistance conditions are not met.

    Our demands are legitimate and we have provided them to everyone, we will not stop the fire before agreeing to our demands.

    We have 6 conditions and you consider them too much? After so much blood? And after so much resilience?

    We want the aggression to end now, but if you bet on our patience we can take it as long as it take to end the siege.

    I wish I were in Gaza now.

    6 demands. then unite to free Palestine, bring back the refugees, use all sorts of resistance, to free JErsalem. End collaboration.

    Somea re talking about ending the siege AFTER the ceasefire. We tried that. We do not accept it now.

    If Kerry wants to reach an agreement, I invite him to go to Gaza where decision making takes place and final word is not Ramallah.

    Ban Ki-Moon should go to Gaza and see the crimes there!

    Hamas is losing...


  23. Mayor Bloomberg is giving a good statement of Fox.

    He flew to Israel to show solidarity and that flying there is safe.

  24. All of Israel is safe, Robert Peterson, always has been.

    That's been the point, the Israelis have REALLY over reacted to a minimal threat.

    Now their hyperbole, the destruction of the airport in Tripoli and the MH17 going down in the Ukraine is biting them in the as.

    1. ... in the ass

      Payback is ...
      a bitch.

      They've been killing, on average, 13 Palestinians children each month of the 21st century.

      Now they are down $44 million, with more to go.

    2. It was Israel's choice ...

      Their policies of blockade and political exclusion are driving the situation.

    3. Still no arrests in the kidnap / murder of those three teens.
      Israeli interrogation techniques either really suck, or Hamas did not do the deed.

      The Israeli know how to interrogate suspects ...
      So what does that tell ya?

  25. Either Israel is facing an existential threat from those rockets, and the airport and all of Israel are threatened ...

    Or they are not.

    There is no middle ground when the safety of US flagged airlines and their passengers is concerned.

  26. What the hell are you blabbing on about now, rat?

    1. Rat is a figment of your imaginationWed Jul 23, 05:37:00 PM EDT

      Nothing that concerns you, Robert Peterson

  27. Fifteen commercial airlines and four cargo carriers service Kabul, Afghanistan. Hmm…

    1. Is the airport there being shelled?

    2. Direct from United States

      No airlines flying direct from United States to Kabul

      Other airlines flying to Kabul
      Emirates flights - Turkish Airlines flights - Air India flights
      The biggest airlines flying to Kabul: Emirates flights to Kabul, Turkish Airlines flights to Kabul, Air India flights to Kabul

      If there are others, list 'em.

  28. Two commercial airlines service Syria.

  29. Thirty-two (32) air carriers service Lebanon.

  30. Jordan is serviced by twenty-six (26) commercial airlines.

  31. Seven (7) commercial carriers, including British Airways, fly in and out of Tripoli, Libya.

    1. How many planes did they lose on the ground?

      Shelling of Libya's main airport damaged 20 aircraft
      (Reuters) - Twenty aircraft were damaged by shelling at Libya's main airport in the worst fighting in the capital Tripoli in months as rival militia battled for control, officials said on Wednesday.

      Tripoli International Airport became a battlefield at the weekend when a militia launched an attack to try to take control from a rival armed group, part of the turmoil in Libya three years after Muammar Gaddafi was toppled.

      The fighting, the worst in Tripoli since November, has halted flights

      Fighting at Tripoli Airport Forces Libya Flight Cancelations

  32. The flight restrictions into Israel are reaccessed every 24 hours, when the fighting stops, when the threat US carriers and passengers is no longer viable, the restrictions will be lifted

    1. when the threat TO US carriers and passengers is no longer viable, the restrictions will be lifted

  33. Bob OreilleWed Jul 23, 04:27:00 PM EDT
    Mayor Bloomberg is giving a good statement of Fox.

    He flew to Israel to show solidarity and that flying there is safe.

    At last I can say something nice about Bloomberg. Kerry and Obama are having a tantrum.

    Ukraine is host to twenty-four (24) airlines, included British Airways, Lufthansa, and Air France.

    1. If you want to fly into the Ukraine, go ahead.
      But on what US Carrier will you be flying?

    2. Into what airport, and is it being shelled?

      To bad the Iron Dome system was a TOTAL FAILURE, aye

  34. British Airways continues its twice daily flights into Ben Gurion. The rocket causing all the fright in Washington fell about one mile from airport property. Hail Britannia!

  35. There you go then, all's well that ends well.

  36. Re: "Iron Dome", noun: The dense ferrous hemisphere surrounding the nearly vacant brain case of Homo projectus, a deviant and rare variation of Muslim toughluckus. H. projectus is always impotent, infertile, and a solitary scavenger of discredited anti-Semitic agitprop. Specimens have been observed sitting for days on end hammering out repetitious, bold type-faced gibberish. Such bouts of hyperactivity are interrupted by occasional leaps into the air, paired with the incomprehensible sound, “eh, eh, eh”. It is further noted that during these outbursts H. projectus will frantically grasp its flabby, hairless mons pubis as if searching for something. Since H. projectus is given to randomly throwing its feces, fastidiously rolled into 1-2cm balls, caution in approach is advised.

    1. You posted it was a complete failure, the airport was deemed unsafe because the Iron Dome failed.

      You were gleeful, then, not so much now.

      $22 million a day, lost and unrecoverable, each day the flights are cancelled, mas o menos.

      Enjoy the glee, enjoy the hubris.

      It's entertaining to watch..

  37. Yet...The American public continues to support Israel. Americans do not trust Muslims and smell Islamic CS from a mile away. Only fools buy Islamic propaganda or purchase antiquities near the pyramids.

    Hamas leadership says it is willing to die for the cause. They spew this filth as they are safely, luxuriously ensconced in Qatar.

    1. Hamas leadership is in Qatar, no where near Gaza.
      Bibi has lost over thirty Israeli soldiers, and for what, to close the airport?
      He hasn't reached the Palestinian death count from Cast Lead, yet.

      If and when they do breach 1400 dead Palestinians, what will have been gained, a couple years of respite?
      If that, from a nonsensical military threat. One you fellas puffed up, until your own balloon popped.

      Then after forty or fifty Israeli soldiers are killed, the IDF will withdraw.
      Blood for nothin' and the chicks ain't free, at least in Tel Aviv.

    2. And if the Zionist decide to stay in Gaza, it will be a repeat of Lebanon, the slow bleed.
      Empowering Hamas every day the IDF stays on the ground.

      When they finally do leave, and they will, Hamas declares victory, just as Hezbollah did.

      al-Sisi won't let Israel drive those people into the Sinai. There is no upside for him there.

      The long term problem for the Israeli is not going away, accommodation or economic defeat, those are the long term options.
      Just as they were for the National Party in South Africa, and as they were for the Protestants in Northern Ireland.

      Enjoy the hubris, enjoy the shouting and the rants and raves, but Arizona is not going back to Indians, nor to the Mexicans.
      Israel, on the other hand ....
      ... is holding Aces & Eights

  38. allenWed Jul 23, 07:16:00 PM EDT

    Yet...The American public continues to support Israel. ...

    Yet wherever the left holds sway, Israel is seen through jaundiced eyes. There has been an unprecedented moral inversion, illustrating the power of a noxious idea to seep from the ideological fringe to the mainstream.

    The United States is not yet down to one pro-Israel party. But the seepage among Democrats continues. At the 2012 Democratic convention, a fight erupted over the deletion from the party’s platform of standard language acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It took an order from the White House to restore the pro-Israel clause, and even then it had to be gaveled through over the vocal opposition of half the convention delegates.

    Not long ago, such a hostile gesture would have been unthinkable. Now, with each new poll confirming Democratic chilliness toward the Jewish state Democrats once loved, can it be anything but a precursor of worse to come?

    Now Robert Peterson posted this, just yesterday ...

    Day by day, brick by brick, the edifice of lies is being dismantled

    Enjoy your hubris, the cute little remarks, the curses and your perversions ...

    Israel is holding two pair ....
    .... Aces & Eights

  39. Das Allen said nothing of the sort. Das Allen linked to a site where the authors made such a claim. Behold the magic of the internet and the triumph of fact over fantasy.

    allenMon Jul 14, 02:36:00 PM EDT
    Rufus IIMon Jul 14, 01:21:00 PM EDT
    Iron Dome will keep on getting better, developer says

    No, it is not. It has a serious flaw that is allowing its targets to be disabled but not detonated, as advertised. To date, the unexploded rounds have caused no damage, but eventually the good luck is going to fail.
    Israel's Iron Dome Is a 'Total Failure' at Its Most Important Job, Experts Say

    1. Re: "Iron Dome", noun: The dense ferrous hemisphere surrounding the nearly vacant brain case of Homo projectus, a deviant and rare variation of Muslim toughluckus. H. projectus is always impotent, infertile, and a solitary scavenger of discredited anti-Semitic agitprop. Specimens have been observed sitting for days on end hammering out repetitious, bold type-faced gibberish. Such bouts of hyperactivity are interrupted by occasional leaps into the air, paired with the incomprehensible sound, “eh, eh, eh”. It is further noted that during these outbursts H. projectus will frantically grasp its flabby, hairless mons pubis as if searching for something. Since H. projectus is given to randomly throwing its feces, fastidiously rolled into 1-2cm balls, caution in approach is advised.