Thursday, May 13, 2021

Tweets Of The Day

Picture Of The Day

Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercept rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel, May 12. REUTERS/Amir Cohen  

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... In pictures: Death tolls rise in Israel-Gaza violence (Reuters).

Israel's Iron Dome System Is Being Tested In The Israel - Gaza War


Warzone/The Drive: Continuous Mass Rocket Attacks Pose New Challenges For Israel's Iron Dome System 

Highly concerning new tactics aimed at overwhelming Iron Dome batteries are being employed by Palestinian militants. 

Palestinian militants have fired more than 1,050 rockets at cities and towns across Israel from the Gaza Strip in less than two days. The Israel Defense Forces, or IDF, have been able to knock down hundreds of them thanks to Iron Dome defense systems and their Tamir interceptors. However, the sheer volume of rockets has underscored the limitations of employing Iron Dome against continous mass saturation attacks, which is clearly the tactic at play during this recent burst of violence. 

It also points to how this reality incentivizes Israel's opponents to simply expand their arsenals in order to effectively penetrate Iron Dome defenses. The Al Qassam Brigades, the militant wing of the Palestinian group Hamas, as well as Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), have been the groups primarily responsible for these attacks, which include the largest rocket barrages aimed at central Israel ever. The rocket fire has prompted Israeli retaliatory air and artillery strikes, including a number of targeted killings of senior Palestinian militants.  

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Update: Israel's Iron Dome proves successful against Gaza rockets (DW)  

WNU Editor: A good number of rockets from Gaza have been able to hit targets in Israel. But a good number have also been stopped.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Jewish - Arab Clashes Continue In Israeli Cities


France 24: Jewish-Arab clashes spread across Israel as decades-old tensions erupt 

As rockets from Gaza streaked overhead, Arabs and Jews fought each other on the streets below and rioters torched vehicles, a restaurant and a synagogue in one of the worst spasms of communal violence Israel has seen in years. 

The mayor of the mixed town of Lod, which saw the worst of the violence Tuesday, compared it to a civil war or a Palestinian uprising. 

Arab experts and activists say the violence was fueled by unrest in Jerusalem that has brought Israel to the brink of another Gaza war, but is rooted in deeper grievances that go back to the founding of the state.  

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WNU editor: These divisions are going to take a long time to heal when this is all over. 

More News On Jewish - Arab Clashes Continuing In Israeli Cities 

For first time in two decades, mass protests erupt among Israel’s Arab citizens -- Washington Post  

'Lynchings' on streets of Israel: Mob drag 'Arab man' out of his car and beat him after he 'tried to ram them' - as violent far-right protests break out in cities across the country -- Daily Mail  

Live TV shows Israeli mob attack motorist they believed to be an Arab -- The Guardian  

Gaza crisis: Rising attacks in religiously ‘mixed’ Israeli towns -- Al Jazeera

Washington Post Blames Former President Trump For The Current Israel - Gaza War

Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan sit during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House on Sept. 15, 2020. (Alex Brandon/AP)  

Max Boot, Washington Post: So much for the Abraham Accords. Trump made things worse in the Middle East. 

On Sept. 15, 2020, President Donald Trump trumpeted his proudest — and virtually sole — foreign policy achievement: the signing of the Abraham Accords opening formal ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.“After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” he said in a White House ceremony. “Together, these agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region.” 

Fast forward eight months, and that boast appears even more risible now than it did at the time. The clashes in recent days between Israelis and Palestinians make clear that there is no “peace” and no “new Middle East.” It remains the same blood-soaked mess as ever. The Abraham Accords were nice, but they did nothing to resolve underlying conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Libya — or the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now seeing one of its periodic eruptions of violence, with Hamas inundating Israel with rockets from the Gaza Strip and Israeli warplanes striking back against targets in Gaza. The result is civilian casualties on both sides — although, as usual, far more among the Palestinians than among the better-protected Israelis.  

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WNU Editor: Max Boot .... like Liz Cheney .... is a never-Trumper. But the above ridiculous opinion post illustrates what happens when you suffer from Trump derangement syndrome.

Israel - Gaza War -- News Updates May 12, 2021 (Evening Edition)


Daily Mail: Israel 'neutralises' 11 Hamas terrorists as death toll in Gaza fighting passes 70 including 16 children, Palestinians unleash 130 more missiles and Netanyahu threatens 'blows they have not dreamed of' 

* Palestinian militants have stockpiled enough missiles to continue bombing Israel for the next two months 

* Boris Johnson led international leaders in calling for the two sides to step back from the brink on Wednesday 

* Please for calm appeared in vain as Israeli and Palestinian leaders traded threats and further rocket strikes 

* The most intense hostilities in seven years have killed at least 67 people in Gaza, including 16 children, and seven in Israel, including a soldier and one Indian national, since Monday 

Israel on Thursday pressed ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing as many as 11 senior Hamas military figures and toppling a pair of high-rise towers housing Hamas facilities in a series of airstrikes. 

But the Islamic militant group showed no signs of backing down and fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities, including heavily populated Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. 

Palestinian militants have stockpiled enough missiles to continue bombing Israel for the next two months, security experts have warned, as escalating fighting led the UN to warn of 'all-out war'.  

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 Israel - Gaza War -- News Updates May 12, 2021 (Evening Edition)  

Live: Hamas fires rocket barrage after Israel brings down Gaza City tower -- France 24

Israel-Gaza violence: Israel pledges to keep up airstrikes — live updates -- DW  

67 killed in Gaza, 7 killed in Israel as UN warns conflict could turn into 'full-scale war' -- CNN  

Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures -- AP  

Hamas hits deep in Israel, which vows to keep pummelling Gaza -- Reuters  

Death toll in Middle East rises as clashes between Israel and Hamas militants escalate -- ABC News (Australia)  

Hamas sends rockets deeper into Israel after Gaza airstrikes as conflict spirals -- The Guardian  

Israel-Gaza: Rockets pound Israel after militants killed -- BBC  

Israeli airstrike kills top Hamas commander as Netanyahu vows ‘iron fist if needed’ -- FOX News 

Rubble in Gaza, Israel as IDF's battle with Hamas continues -- DW  

Gaza’s death toll soars as Israel kills senior Hamas commanders -- Al Jazeera  

Gaza teeters on the brink as fighting with Israel escalates -- AP  

Israel-Gaza: Locals scramble for cover, some hiding in wardrobes -- BBC 

‘All I saw was fire’: rockets fracture the sense of safety in Tel Aviv -- The Guardian 

Israel's Iron Dome proves successful against Gaza rockets -- DW  

Gaza weapons boast may come back to haunt Hamas -- The Guardian

Gaza Skyline As Israel And Hamas Escalate Aerial And Missile Bombardments (Live Video)


WNU Editor: Hours of nothing happening. And then a few minutes of hell. Followed by a few hours of nothing happening again. 

I have been letting the above video feed from Reuters run uninterrupted on one of my computer monitors for the past six hours. It is a surreal experience. I am typing away and/or talking to a friend on Skype/Facetime .... and then you hear explosions on my speakers that makes me look at the above video feed. It take a few seconds, and then you see the smoke rising in the distance. 

Or you hear the sound of rockets being fired towards Israel, followed by an Israeli air strike a minute later. And all captured in high definition.

Update: This is a war that is being captured on video and broadcast to the world like never before .... Israel under fire: Terrifying footage shows Hamas rocket blow up a bus, yards from civilians, while other videos show dozens of Iron Dome missiles shooting down bombardment over Tel Aviv (Daily Mail).

Israel Defense Forces Posts Video Recapping The Past 48 Hours


WNU Editor: The IDF's YouTube channel is here (link here).

NATO Exercises Rasing Tensions Between The U.S. And Russia


CNN: NATO exercises sweep Europe amid Russian escalation, rising tensions between Moscow and US 

Constanta, Romania (CNN) Lit only by an orange floodlight, a single file of camouflaged men crept along the wall of a small, dark Romanian port on the Black Sea. 

Suddenly, they opened fire on the two men guarding a darkened warehouse with broken windows. Moving past the fallen guards, an American voice - among the mix of men speaking accented English -- shouted at two others in a car: "Get out! Hurry up, hurry up." 

The team of US Navy SEALs, along with Romanian and Spanish Special Forces, quickly and quietly worked their way through the warehouse, firing on enemy fighters and, when possible, taking them prisoner. 

When the operation was done, the assaulting team -- whose ammunition had consisted of plastic projectiles and paint rounds -- was told by an instructor they had passed the course and to get back in position to run it again.  

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WNU Editor: The main focal point of NATO exercises at the moment is in the Baltics .... Estonia Becomes Centre Stage of Anti-Russia Military Exercises (Global Research).

Recent Mass Shooting At Russian School Prompts President Putin To Tighten Gun Rules

Salesperson consulting a customer in an arms shop in Omsk. (RIA Novosti/Alexey Malgavko) © RIA Novosti 

BBC: Russia to tighten gun rules after school shooting 

The gun rampage at a school in the city of Kazan has prompted President Vladimir Putin to order a tightening of Russia's gun controls. 

A 19-year-old, Ilnaz Galyaviev, was detained and he is the suspected shooter. Seven children and two adults were killed. Dozens more were wounded and some are in critical condition. 

A Russian MP says the weapon used was a semi-automatic shotgun - a type popular among hunters. Reports say Galyaviev had a licence for it. The gun is relatively cheap in Russia, costing upwards of 20,000 roubles (£190; $280). 

The same type of gun was used by a teenager, who killed 20 people at a technical college in the city of Kerch in Russian-annexed Crimea in 2018, then shot himself.  

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WNU Editor: Russians love their guns. How to maintain/handle/and shoot a gun is part of the culture. They also love to hunt game with their guns. 

I still have my Russian gun permit, and I always renew it with my car license. But I no longer hunt. A concession that I have made for my girlfriend.

Guns in Russia are also dirt cheap (when compared to the US and Canada), and you can buy anything that you want (if you are willing to pay for it).

Getting a license and a gun is also easy in Russia. Too easy in my opinion. But gun crimes are (fortunately) rare.

The above BBC report says that about four million Russians are the legal owners of 6.6 million firearms. Take it from me. A lot of Russians that I know have guns that are not registered, and they certainly do not have a license to own one. 

There is also a gun lobby in Russia, and it has wide support .... Pro-gun lobby wants to turn Russian homes into fortresses (RT).