His eminence praised the persistence of the Hamas resistance and the tremendous patience of the people of Gaza and strongly supported their rightful demands to end the current battle.
Sayyed Nasrallah heard from Meshaal comforting and confident stance, as he reassured that Hamas resistance was ready to make a second victory in July." al-Manar
Israel should seriousl think about agreeing to a cease fire. It has been suggested by some of our European friends on SST that Hizbullah does not care about Gaza and will not fight the Israelis over the "destiny" of th eGazans. IMO Nasrallah is not making an empty gesture. If the IDF continues its ravishment of Gaza, Hizbullah will begin to fire into nothern Israel. They can target just about anything in th enoerthern half of the country and have many, many weapons. A good question now would be the degree of redundancy in Iron Dome. pl
Hasbara work - "Now, there are 40 people in the interactive unit of the Israel Defense Forces, including videographers, animators, graphic artists and computer programmers, pumping out missives in six languages, on many platforms, in a tone much punchier than the typical news release. “Israel uses the Iron Dome to protect its civilians,” it said on Twitter over the weekend. “Hamas uses civilians to protect its rockets.”
Hamas has also tried to harness social media, though its categorization as a terror group by the United States and other Western countries has led Facebook and Twitter to block some official accounts. The Hebrew Twitter feed of its military wing had a polite, amusing exchange the other day with Israelis correcting its grammar." NY Times
An excllent article. pl
Iran - " Tehran: Iran has diluted its entire stock of medium-enriched uranium as required under a November deal with world powers, the UN atomic agency said in its latest report seen by AFP Monday.
Even as talks to reach a nuclear deal with Iran were extended beyond an initial July 20 deadline, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Tehran was standing by its international commitments.
As agreed under a so-called Joint Plan of Action reached in November, the Islamic Republic has cut half of its stock of 20-percent enriched uranium down to five-percent purity.
The rest was being converted into uranium oxide.
Tehran also refrained from enriching above the five-percent level at any of its nuclear facilities, the IAEA report said. " Zeenews
You will have noticed that you don't hear any of this in the US media and among the lunatics running the US Congress. pl
Gaza Fortifications - "The Hamas movement has developed three distinct types of tunnels:
The first consists of the many hundreds of tunnels along the border between Gaza and Egypt, most of which were sealed recently by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s new regime. These are "economic tunnels." They are designed to bring merchandise and raw materials into Gaza from Egypt. Over the years, and especially after Israel’s withdrawal from the Philadelphi Corridor (the route running along Gaza’s border with Egypt), these tunnels served as an “underground railroad” of sorts to bring in weapons, including the vast stockpile of rockets that have accumulated in Gaza.
The second network of tunnels is complex and has multiple branches running off it. This network, which was burrowed beneath the cities and refugee camps of Gaza — Khan Yunis, Rafah, Jabaliya, and Shatti — was designed to hide the stockpile of rockets and launchers. At the same time, other tunnels were dug to provide protection to Hamas leaders and allow them mobility. Every single leader of Hamas, from its lowest ranking bureaucrats to its most senior leaders, is intimately familiar with the route to the security tunnel assigned to him and his family. The most senior leadership has its own specific tunnel, which serves as a “war room” in times of emergency, such as the current military campaign in the Gaza Strip.
Then there are the tunnels along the border with Israel. These were intended to allow Hamas activists from the Gaza Strip to infiltrate deep into Israeli territory. Israel had already established a security fence along its border with Gaza, which has successfully prevented countless terrorist infiltrations and attacks. So the border tunnels were dug beneath the fence."
What is depicted here and in the many pictures of these tunnels now available is a well built preparation of the battlefied for defense of an urban area as well as for leadership protection and "sally ports" into enemy territory for raiding operations. This is reminiscent of the Hizbullah defensive system preparation that has existed in south Lebanon for a decade or more. Israel will continue to lose men in its effoet to uprootthis system. Enemy fighters can emerge anywhere to fight them from prepared positions. pl
Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/07/israel-idf-tunnels-gaza-underground-network-failure-welfare.html?utm_source=Al-Monitor+Newsletter+%5BEnglish%5D&utm_campaign=bda396dff2-July_21_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_28264b27a0-bda396dff2-93066749#ixzz387Z3KQ51
Jordan abandons the war in Syria - "Jordan is realigning its stance on the three-year Syrian crisis in response to recent developments in Syria and Iraq. Last week, Information Minister Mohammad al-Momani announced that Jordan “was not interested in training Syrian opposition forces on its territory” and that its “public policy has always been not to interfere in Syrian affairs.” He told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Jordan had never trained opponents of the Syrian regime and that it continues to support a political solution that will bring stability to Syria and decrease the effects of refugees, who present a great pressure on the kingdom’s resources and infrastructure.
Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/07/jordan-syria-islamic-state-iraq-war-rebels-neutral.html?utm_source=Al-Monitor+Newsletter+%5BEnglish%5D&utm_campaign=bda396dff2-July_21_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_28264b27a0-bda396dff2-93066749#ixzz387aLd4kx