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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Friday 1 Aug 2014

72-HOUR CEASEFIRE BEGINS IN GAZA Israel and Hamas began an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza this morning. Talks on a longer truce are to start in Egypt. Since fighting began on 8 July, more than 1,420 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, according to health officials. Show More Summary

Hamas Turns Schools into Battlegrounds—Israel Gets the Rap

For the media, nothing beats that “Jews kill children” meme.

Obama Administration Credibility Suffers Again in Middle East Conflict

Will the latest attempt at a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas hold? Not likely, but at least it will take the attention off the last one that Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to establish, which was met with outrage by Israelis across the political spectrum.

Egypt invited Israel and PLO for truce talks

Egypt has invited Israel and the Palestinian Authority to send delegates to Cairo for truce talks, after both sides agreed a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, the foreign ministry said Friday. The delegations, which will include representatives of Hamas in Gaza, are expected to depart at any moment, a senior Hamas official said. Show More Summary

About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

Girl in Gaza. (origin of photos unknown) by ROBIN KIRK for ISLAMiCommentary Of all of the images of the destruction being visited upon Gaza and Israel, why did the picture of a…

Gaza: Analysis shows Israel Keeps Changing Justification

AJ+ Analysis of tweets from Israeli military over past few weeks shows that the justification for its attack on Gaza keeps changing, with previous narratives admitted to be untrue. AJ+ “Why Does…

'The Honorable Woman' premiere: Timely look at Israel and Gaza or too soon?

"The Honorable Woman" couldn't have known that its premiere would coincide with some of the worst violence between Israel and Palestinian territories in years. As it is, the timeliness of a show that deals directly with such conflicts...Show More Summary

IPO Preview: Mobileye N.V.

By IPOdesktop: Based in Jerusalem, Israel, Mobileye N.V. (Pending:MBLY) scheduled a $500 million IPO on the NYSE with a market capitalization of $3.8 billion at a price range midpoint of $18 for Friday, August 1, 2014. Price range increased to $21-23. Show More Summary


By ERNEST ISTOOK Terrorism is not on the run; it’s now out in the open. In Iraq, Christians are told to convert to Islam or die, unless they can escape the country. In Israel, thousands of rockets pour down upon innocent civilians, then in Gaza more civilians and children are used as human shields to […]

Israel's Protective Edge Has Killed More Palestinians in Gaza Than Operation Cast Lead Did in 2008

A total of 1,437 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza as Israel continues its offensive against the enclave for the 24th day, surpassing that in Cast Lead, six years ago.

Israel and Hamas Agree To 72-Hour Ceasefire

It’s an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that begins at 8AM Friday. A joint US and UN statement urged all parties to “act with restraint” until the ceasefire begins. Talks on a more permanent truce are to start in Cairo… “During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place,” US Secretary of State John [...]

Coulter: Palestinian Kids Get Killed Because They’re Associated with Terrorists

3 hours agoNews : Mediaite

Ann Coulter compared the crisis at America's border with the crisis Israel is currently facing on Sean Hannity's show tonight. And in an aside, Coulter said that "sometimes Palestinian kids get killed" because of who they're associated with.

Why Can't Obama Enforce Peace Between Palestine and Israel?

Not long ago, perhaps less than a decade ago, I was one of those Iranians who view Palestinians as terrorists and opportunists. As somebody who was born and raised in Iran, I can confidently tell you that this view is prevalent there;...Show More Summary

NYT's Kirkpatrick Bizarrely Suggests Lack of Support for Hamas by Arab Nations Bad News for Peace

New York Times Cairo bureau chief David Kirkpatrick's front-page story on Thursday, "Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent," appeared under a sympathy-inducing photo of a shattered United Nations school allegedly...Show More Summary

Explainer: How Israel's Iron Dome Anti-Missile System Works

The breakdown of an initial ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas last weekend played out to a familiar soundtrack: the wail of air-raid sirens and the menacing hiss of incoming rocket fire, followed in many cases by the concussive crackle of Iron Dome missiles intercepting their targets. More »      

Israel: Unity Not Uniformity

My friend Candice, a Talmud Professor, recently posted her hope that the fighting ends soon in Israel and Gaza, with a note of concern for her sister in Jerusalem who plans to get married later this month. Her colleague at UCLA, Awad, a Palestinian American, responded that his sister, too, was planning an August wedding, hers in Ramallah. Show More Summary

Israel has to keep Hamas from rebuilding once Gaza fighting ends

3 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Determined to avoid a repeat of the fighting in the Gaza Strip, Israel is seeking to build support for having an international force take charge of preventing the Palestinian militant group Hamas from rearming once the conflict is o...

Why Sam Harris Doesn't Criticize Israel

Although Sam Harris is out of his depth on philosophical topics, and wrong about religion, he talks sense on politics and is courageously blunt about the threat to civilization of radical Islam. Hats off to Harris! Excerpts with emphases and...

Ted Cruz Spokesperson Derides White House Katy Perry Concert for Special Olympics - Then Deletes Tweets

For real? President Obama is having a Katy Perry concert at the WH? Do they even care about optics anymore. -- Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) August 1, 2014 Thinking back this week on things Cruz has worked on: Israel, border crisis, Internet taxes, NSA, FAA. Iran. Not holding Katy Perry...

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