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Israel-Hamas talks to open in Cairo after 72-hour ceasefire. Netanyahu faces credibility gap at home
Israel and Hamas were due to open talks under Egyptian aegis for a long-term ceasefire after the start of a 72-hour Gaza truce Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 8 a.m. debkafile: Israel’s consent to this arrangement flies in the face of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s solemn pledge 48 hours earlier to continue Operation Defensive Edge for as long as necessary and have no truck with Hamas. “No accommodation, only deterrence” was the motto of Aug. 2. This credibility gap generates Israel’s first major internal refugee problem as ghost communities form along the Gaza border.
Minutes before an agreed 72-hour truce was to go into effect Tuesday at 8 a.m., Hamas directed a rocket barrage at Kiryat Malachi, Ashdod, Kiryat Gath, Maale Adummim, Efrat, Greater Tel Aviv and western Negev. Iron Dome intercepted enough to save casualties. Hamas fired a total of 3,300 rockets during the month-long Israeli counter-terror operation.
Israel Monday night accepted the Egyptian proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and will now send envoys to Cairo to join talks. A Hamas delegation has also approved the ceasefire and agreed to hold indirect talks with Israel. The Egyptian plan calls for using the pause for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a permanent cessation of hostilities. The Netanyahu government had previously consented to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal without preconditions, and is expected now to agree to withdrawing the forces remaining in the Gaza Strip after pulling out the bulk of its ground troops.
Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said that a Palestinian terror alert had been elevated in Tel Aviv after two attacks Monday in Jerusalem. He disclosed that the threat to Tel Aviv with which the police were dealing appeared to be grave.
Two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. An Israeli killed, a soldier injured. Security forces beefed up in capital
Police are hunting for the motorcyclist who shot and injured an Israeli soldier near Mt. Scopus, Monday, Aug. 4 after 4 p.m. - three hours after another Palestinian rammed his heavy excavator into a bus, tipping it over, on the main road linking west and east Jerusalem. An Israeli man was crushed to death in the first attack, which the assailant did not survive. Six others were injured. A police officer shot him dead before he used his heavy vehicle to continue the violent rampage. The Jerusalem police have been reinforced.
In the second terrorist attack in Jerusalem Monday, a motorcyclist shot a security police officer on Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, injuring him seriously. A large-scale hunt has been launched for the assailant. The attack occurred on the road between the Hebrew University campus and Hadassa hospital. The soldier was evacuated to the hospital with stomach injuries.
The terrorist who rammed a heavy excavator into a Jerusalem bus Monday, killing a man and injuring six others, was a 19-year old Palestinian from Jebel Muqaber, a suburb of southern Jerusalem. He was shot dead by a policeman before he drove off on a further rampage.
A man of 30 was crushed to death when a heavy excavator crashed deliberately into a bus and tipped it over on the main road linking west and east Jerusalem Monday. The bus was empty. Six more people were injured, including the driver. A passing police officer who witnessed the attack and two civilians shot the excavator driver dead, cutting short a rampage on the busy thoroughfare of Shmuel Hanavi. Two Palestinian tractor attacks have been staged on Jerusalem streets in recent years causing fatalities.
Lebanese army artillery has been pounding areas around Arsal on the Syrian border for three days in a bid to expel Islamists who invaded Lebanese territory in force for the first time since the Syrian war erupted. Lebanese officials described the incursion by al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State as a planned attack, after its push into Iraq and Syria. Thirteen Lebanese soldiers have been killed in the fighting and at east two dozen have either been taken hostage or are missing. The Lebanese army said it had taken full control of a school seized by the Islamists and found 50 bodies there.
Two hours after Israel’s unilateral humanitarian ceasefire when into effect Monday, 23 Palestinian rockets and mortar rounds were fired at Kerem Shalom, Shear Hanegev and Ahskelon shore district. The IDF returned the fire aimed at Kerem Shalom. The truce which began at 10 a.m. to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and for displaced Palestinians to return to their homes, ends at 5 p.m. IDF denies the Palestinian charge of an air strike on Shati after the ceasefire went into effect and says the strike took place earlier Monday.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that the best solution for the Gaza Strip was a UN mandate for international rule. He presented this idea to the Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee. It could be done by means an accord between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, he said. The worst situation would be ending Israel’s Defensive Edge counter-terror operation against Hamas without a clear outcome.
Friday, July 18
- Staff Sgt. Eitan Barak, 20, Herzliya, Nahal Brigade
Saturday, July 19
- Sgt. Bnaya Rubel, 20, Holon, Paratroopers 101st Battalion
- Second Lt. Bar Rahav, 21, Ramat Yishai, Engineering Corps
- Maj. (Res.) Amotz Greenberg, 45, Hod Hasharon
- Sgt. Adar Barsano, 20, Nahariya, Armored Corps
Sunday, July 20
- Sgt. Max Steinberg, 24, Los Angeles, Golani Brigade. Lone soldier who came to Israel without family to enlist in the IDF; 20,000 people turned out for his funeral Wednesday at Mt. Herzl.
- Staff Sgt. Shachar Tase, 20, Pardesiya, Golani Brigade
- Staff Sgt. Daniel Pomerantz, 20, Kfar Azar, Golani Brigade
- Sgt. Shon Mondshine, 19, Tel Aviv, Golani Brigade
- Sgt. Ben Itzhak Oanounou, 19, Ashdod, Golani Brigade
- Staff Sgt. Oren Simcha Noach, 22, Hoshaya, Golani Brigade
- Maj. Tzafrir Bar-Or, 32, Rehovot, Golani Brigade
- Capt. Zvika Kaplan, 28, Kibbutz Merav, Golani Brigade
- Staff Sgt. Oz Mendelovich, 21, Talmon, Golani Brigade
- Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, Ra’anana, Golani Brigade, lone soldier from Texas, US. His funeral was attended by 30,000 Maccabi Soccer Club fans.
- Sgt. Gilad Yaakobi, 21, Kiryat Ono, Golani Brigade
- Staff Sgt. Moshe Malko, 20, Jerusalem, Golani Brigade
Monday, July 21
- Lt. Col. Dolev Keider, 38, Modi’in, OC Gefen Battalion of Bahad 1
- Sgt. Nadav Goldmacher, 23, Be’er Sheva, Bahad 1
- Warrant Officer Bayhesain Kasahun, 39, Netivot, Northern Brigade, Gaza Division
- Staff Sgt. Tal Ifrach, 21, Rishon Lezion, Golani Brigade
- Staff Sgt. Yuval Dagan, 22, Kfar Sava, Golani Brigade
- First Lt. Yuval Heiman, 21, Efrat, Bahad 1
- Master Sgt. (res.) Ohad Shemesh, 27, Beit Elazari, Givati Brigade
- Sgt. First Class Oded Ben Sira, 22, Nir Etzion, Nahal Brigade
- Staff Sgt. Jordan Bensemhoun, 22, Ashkelon, Golani Brigade. He was a French citizen and "lone soldier" who came from France to volunteer for this fighting unit of the Israeli army.
Tuesday, July 22
- First Lt. Natan Cohen, 23, Modi’in, Armored Corps
- Staff Sgt. Avitar Torjaman, 20, Beit Sha’an, Paratroopers
- Capt. Dmitry Levitas, 26, Jerusalem and Kibbutz Geshur, Armored Corps
Wednesday, July 23
- Lt. Paz Eliahu, 22, Evron
- First Sgt. Shachar Dover, 20, Ginegar
- Lee Matt, 19, Eilat.
Friday, July 25
- 1st Sgt. Yair Ashkenazi, 36, from Rehovot.
A lawyer, he served in the reserves of Bahad 1.
- 1st Sgt. Guy Levi, 21, from Kfar Veradim, of the armored corps.
- 1st Sgt Oron Shaul, 21 of the Golan Brigade, from Poria Elit, first reported missing, now confirmed fallen in action.
- Staff Sgt. Guy Boyland, 21, from Ginosar, a combat engineer.
- 1st Sgt. Amit Yeori, 20 from Jerusalem, combat engineer.
- Lt. Roy Peles, 21, from Tel Aviv; Avraham Greenzweig, 21, from Petah Tikva, of the Nahal Brigade.
- 1st Sgt. Gal Bason, 21, from Holon, an IDF combat engineer.
Saturday, July 26
- Capt. Liad Lavi, 22, from Sde Nitzan, paratrooper, died of his wounds.
- Master Sgt. Rami Kachlon, 39, from Hadera, paratrooper, died of his wounds.
Sunday, July 27
- Master Sgt. Barak Rafael Degorker, 27, from Gan Yavneh, was killed on the Israeli-Gaza border by a mortar shell.
Monday, July 28
- 1st Sgt. Eliav Eliahu Haim Kachlon, 22, from Safed.
- Master Sgt. Meidan Maimon Biton, 20, from Netivot
- Master Sgt. Niran Cohen, 20, from Tiberias
- Master Sgt. Adi Bariga, 23, from Bet Hashikma
- 1st Sgt. Moshe Danino, 20, from Jerusalem
- Sgt. Daniel Kedmi, 18, from Tsofim
- Sgt. Narkai Yishai Shor, 21, from Jerusalem
- Sgt. Sagi Erez, 19, from Kiryat Ata
- Sgt. David Deri, 18, from Jerusalem
- Sgt. Nadav Raymond, 19, from Shdamot Devora.
Wednesday, July 30
- 1st Sgt. Matan Gottlieb, 21, from Rishon Lezion
- 1st Sgt. Omer Hai, 21, from Savion
- 1st Sgt, Guy Algranati, 20, from Tel Aviv.
Friday, August 01
- Sgt. Maj. (res) Daniel Marash, 22, from Rishon Lezion
- Capt. Omri Tal, 22, from Yahud;
- 1st Sgt. Shay Kushnir, 20, from Kiryat Motzkin.
- St.-Sgt. Noam Rosenthal, 20, from Meitar.
- Capt. (res.) Liran Adir (Edry), 31, from Ezuz.
- Major Benaya Sarel, 26, from Kiryat Arba, Givaty Brigade
- St.-Sgt. Liel Gidoni, 20, from Jerusalem, Givaty Brigade.
- Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, of Kfar Saba, Givaty Brigade (who was first reported captured)
IDF quietly carves out 1-3km security strip while pulling troops out of Gaza. A humanitarian truce declared
While withdrawing the bulk of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip, the IDF has been quietly carving out an off-limits cordon sanitaire just inside the Gaza border. It is designed to be controlled from the outside by special forces and armored units on round-the-clock alert to bar hostile infiltrations and equipped with a battery of firing posts, sensors and drones. The strip runs 65km from Beit Hanoun in the north to Khan Younis in the south (see map). Israel has turned to acting unilaterally in respect of its own security needs rarther Hamas' price for a truce.
As the first Israel troops pulled out of Gaza Saturday night, Aug. 2, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged that Operation Defense Edge would continue until security and calm were restored – however long it takes. But in his televised news conference, he also said: “The IDF will deploy according to the needs of Israel’s security – and only Israel’s security.” debkafile: The new slogan signals a switch to a unilateral policy and a decision to redeploy the bulk of Israel’s ground troops outside the Gaza Strip in offensive formation – even before achieving all its goals.
Hamas denies knowing captive officer’s whereabouts, says he may have died. IDF continues to blast Rafah
Hamas’ military wing claimed Saturday, Aug. 2, to have lost contact with the abductors of 2nd lt. Hadar Goldin and believes they were all killed in the subsequent Israeli bombardment of Rafah. All Friday night until early Saturday, Israeli jets, tanks and heavy artillery continued to pound parts of the town. The Palestinians say they lost 150 dead – 70 in Rafah. Regarding the Cairo talks, Israel notes that Hamas has proved six times that any ceasefire deal it signs will breached and the lull used for surprise attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians.
Israel informed US Secretary Kerry Friday, Aug. 1, of its withdrawal from the 72-hour truce after gross Hamas violations which peaked in an attack on an IDF tunnel team in Rafah in which two soldiers were killed and Israeli Givati officer, 1st Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba, was abducted. The White House condemned the Hamas violation as “barbaric.” Hamas also breached the truce with a score of rockets and mortar shells. IDF tanks, artillery, air force and special forces retaliated in southern Gaza. Hamas and Islamic Jihad report many dead.
Although it would take at least a week to destroy Hamas’ terror tunnels, Netanyahu looks for a quicker exit from Gaza war and sets up an Israeli buffer zone inside territory’s edge.
The transcript of a tense conversation between Netanyahu and Obama exposes the increasing rift between the two leaders, with the Israelis frustrated that the US favors Hamas.
Mohammed Deif is rarely seen in public and has survived several Israeli assassination attempts, but the Hamas military commander has final say in all decisions and is running the Gaza war from his hideout.
Chinese government sponsored hackers compromised networks of several private Israeli security firms, stealing schematics for Iron Dome, drones, Arrow 3 and other anti-ballistic missile programs.