Monday, May 17, 2021

Israel - Gaza War News Updates -- May 17, 2021


Daily Mail: Senior Islamist commander is 'killed in Israeli airstrike' after dozens of jets pounded Gaza overnight in 'heaviest bombardment since fighting began' as death toll rises to 211 

 * Hussam Abu Harbid, commander in Palestinian Islamic Jihadi, killed in air strike according to Israeli air force 

* Israelis said Harbid directed rocket attacks including some of the ones which sparked the recent conflict 

 * Strike followed another night of heavy bombardment that IDF said targeted Hamas tunnels and commanders 

* Death toll now stands at 201 Palestinians including 58 children, and 10 Israelis including one child 

A senior Palestinian militant commander has been killed in an Israeli airstrike, the country's air force has claimed, following a night of heavy bombardment that saw more than a hundred bombs dropped on Gaza. 

Hussam Abu Harbid, commander of the Northern Division of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), was killed in a strike on Monday, according to the Israeli air force as airstrikes continued into Monday afternoon.  

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Israel - Gaza War News Updates -- May 17, 2021  

Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive -- AP  

Israel-Gaza conflict rages on despite U.S., regional diplomacy -- Reuters  

Three huge blasts rock Gaza City after Israel vows to continue strikes against targets in Gaza -- ABC News (Australia) 

Israel pounds Gaza with fresh round of strikes as diplomatic stalemate goes on -- France 24 

Israel-Gaza conflict: 200 Palestinians killed in a week, say officials -- The Guardian  

Israel-Gaza violence shows few signs of slowing as global diplomacy ramps up -- Reuters  

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza resume as Tel Aviv thanks Biden administration for blocking UN statement calling for ceasefire -- RT  

Military sends warning to another Gaza high-rise; Hamas threatens Tel Aviv -- Times of Israel

IDF ships eliminate targets off coast of Gaza Strip - report -- Jerusalem Post  

‘Massive destruction’: Gaza’s hospitals under strain after Israeli strikes -- The Guardian  

Senior Islamic Jihad commander killed in Israeli airstrike -- Times of Israel  

Netanyahu vows to continue strikes on Gaza as Israel pounds Hamas targets -- CNN


fred said...

Having been established as the GOP’s undisputed ruler, Trump is encountering some of the headaches and tensions common to all autocrats. The first and most obvious is the lack of a clear succession principle. In 2020, the party proudly defined itself as an organization devoted to Trump, forgoing the creation of a party platform beyond ‘We ❤ Trump.’ No wonder other notables who would seem to have their own independent bases of support, like Nikki Haley and Sen. Mitch McConnell, can’t bring themselves to quit him, and dissidents like Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger face de facto excommunication. How could any of them make a claim to become the new leader of the party if the party only exists to serve the current leader? Because actively opposing Trump is impossible, Republicans with presidential ambitions have no choice but to ingratiate themselves with him in the hope of gaining an advantageous position in the squabble for his endorsement should he choose not to run.

Another issue common to both authoritarian regimes and the Trump-era Republican party is the paucity of trustworthy, honest information. Most autocrats struggle to figure out who is telling them the truth and who is a yes-man—the incentives of lower-level officials to inflate their success to their superiors are infamous. Trump embraces the problem, eschewing anyone who dares to give him bad news.

And then, of course, there’s the brain drain. One of the problems of strangling and restricting a society for political expediency is that there are always other options. The people with the most human capital—extraordinary abilities, intelligence, skills, etc.—are the most likely to defect. The Soviet Union and its allies leaked talent at an extraordinary rate. Judging by how many former Republican luminaries have publicly broken with Trump, the Republican party, or both, its brain drain could be even quicker.

Anonymous said...

The GOP’s Telltale Signs of Authoritarianism

"Having been established as the GOP’s undisputed ruler, Trump is encountering some of the headaches and tensions common to all autocrats..."

Why would someone desperately post propaganda by the discredited Lincoln Project four time in four separate blogposts. Is it a cry for help?

The Lincoln project was cofounded by a pedophile and a back stabber.

Remember the peeps, who said :If trump gets elected he is going to start a war?". Or the peeps who said he would never leave the White House voluntarily? Same peeps are now telling us he is a dictator. Lib-Logic!