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Winds of war: will kite and balloon fires spark a major conflict in Gaza?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Since March 30 over 1,000 hectares of Israeli fields, forests and agricultural land have been ravaged by fires. They were caused not by rockets, bombs or other conventional forms of warfare, but by kites, balloons and inflated condoms lit and launched from the Gaza Strip. These simple devices, not launched by the deadly Hamas terrorist … Read More

On eve of Israel visit, Greenblatt blasts Hamas, criticizes PA

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A day before arriving in Israel for talks, US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt wrote a blistering Twitter post against Hamas – translated into Arabic and Hebrew – asking how the world can help when “murderous Hamas leaders continue to squander the resources of Gaza.” Writing that Hamas continues to “fail the Palestinians of Gaza” through … Read More

Israel deploys electronic eye to track fire kites and balloons from Gaza

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Facing a wave of airborne incendiary attacks from the Gaza Strip, Israel has deployed a system that can spot fire-starting balloons and kites in the sky, track their progress, and then direct firefighters to their landing spots, enabling them to more rapidly extinguish the flames and reduce damage. Since March 30, Palestinians in the Gaza … Read More

The ‘Haley effect’

Thursday, June 21, 2018

In many Jewish households on Friday nights, parents bless their daughters in the names of our matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. We do so to hold our highest role models to our girls. Lately though, I’ve had the creeping inclination to consider another name to this list of women in whose footsteps I hope my … Read More

CUFI Talking Points: US Rejects Anti-Israel Bias at the UN Human Rights Council

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Yesterday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley formally announced the United States has withdrawn its participation and financial support from the “cesspool” Human Rights Council. In her statement, Ambassador Haley said, “For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias. Regrettably, … Read More

Startup Nation unites to find solution to Palestinian terror balloons

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The conflict between Israel and Palestinians at the border with Gaza has unleashed a new kind of warfare — helium balloons. The new arson tactic, with the aim to set fire to vast swaths of grasslands, agricultural fields and nature reserves, follows that of the flame-bearing kites, which have been used since the first few weeks … Read More

Israel UPDATE

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summary of the Night’s Events as of 05:00 AM: Over the course of the night, approximately 30 launches were identified emanating from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory. Seven launches were intercepted by the IDF’s Iron Dome aerial defense system and at least three fell in the Gaza Strip. Earlier this morning (Wednesday), IAF fighter … Read More

Israel welcomes ‘courageous’ US pullout from UN Human Rights Council

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Israel on Tuesday night welcomed an announcement that the United States will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, praising the move as a “courageous decision against the hypocrisy and the lies” of the international body that UN ambassador Nikki Haley said harbors bias against the Jewish state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the US move, … Read More

Gaza tensions flare: IDF strikes 8 more Hamas targets as rockets barrage south

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tensions flared on Israel’s border with Gaza early Wednesday morning as the IDF carried out a second round of overnight airstrikes on Hamas targets in response to a barrage of rockets fired from the Strip towards Israeli territory. The IDF said fighter jets struck eight further “terror targets” on three separate Hamas military bases in … Read More