Describing the barbarity of a Civil War prison, Benson Lossing wrote in 1868, "Seventeen feet from the inner stockade was the 'dead-line,' over which no man could pass and live." Lossing could well be describing the inevitable bloody endgame of the Israeli-Iran conflict during the final twenty-four months of the Obama administration. Both sides are acutely aware of this "dead-line," with Iran more so than Israel. Iran's "dead-line" awareness reaches back 31 years to the release of 52 American hostages held for 444 days, just twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president (and after Jimmy Carter previously agreed to release $8 billion in frozen Iranian assets).
The slow, simmering buildup to war between the Iranian proxies of Hamas and Hezb'allah and Israel continues to ramp up in rhetoric, intensity, and violence. Here are some examples of news items that are cheerfully hidden by the usual propaganda organs of our state-controlled media.
The Palestinian leadership on Wednesday warned Israel against any large-scale military response to the escalating terrorist rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told a visiting European diplomat that "any new Israeli aggression would put the entire peace process in real danger." He did not address the fact that it was the Palestinians of Gaza who fired first.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat also warned against Israeli "aggression," and even blamed Israel for the increased tensions along the Gaza border.
Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip have fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel over the past two weeks.
Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired a short-range missile into southern Israel on Tuesday morning wounding a 14-year-old Israeli girl. The missile landed just outside a kindergarten in a kibbutz not far from the southern coastal town of Ashkelon.
The attack comes less than a day after Gaza-based terrorists fired 10 mortar shells into southern Israel, prompting retaliatory strikes on terrorist positions by the Israeli air force.
In other violence, an Israeli soldier narrowly escaped being stabbed by three Palestinian Arabs just north of Jerusalem on Monday.
The soldier was at a gas station outside the Jewish community of Givat Ze'ev when a car pulled up and three Arab men jumped out, one of them brandishing a large knife. The soldier quickly loaded his M-16 rifle and pointed it at his would-be attackers, who got back in their car and sped off.
Do you remember that cold-blooded murder of an American Christian woman last weekend? Here are the details of attack you will not find in the American press. Why? Perhaps the bravery shown by these Palestinians does not perfectly fit the political narrative being shoveled down our gullets by the New York Times and it associates.
Arab terrorists attacked and killed a visiting American Christian woman and badly wounded her UK-born Messianic Jewish friend in a forested area south of Jerusalem on Saturday.
Kay Wilson is a leading tour guide with Shoresh Tours, which operates under the auspices of the CMJ global ministry from the Christ Church complex in Jerusalem's Old City. Kristine Luken came to Israel with a Shoresh tour three years ago. From there she became involved win CMJ's US branch, and then went on to become adminsitrative secretary at the UK branch.The two friends decided to take a weekend hike through a forest between the southern Jerusalem suburb of Tzur Hadassah and the nearby town of Beit Shemesh.
Along the way they were approached by two young Arab men who asked for water. Wilson told Ynet that she responded in Hebrew that they did not have any extra water, but that she did not feel good about the situation. Wilson told Luken that they needed to get out of there, but it was too late. As the two women began to walk away and look at their map, the Arab men attacked. "It all happened so fast," said Wilson. "Suddenly they attacked us, and one pulled out a long knife, like a bread knife." Wilson said that as the terrorists tied her hands she was scared, but recalled that Luken became hysterical. And that's when the stabbing began." One of them turned me around and saw that I was wearing a Star of David necklace," said Wilson. "He took it off of me like a gentleman and then stabbed me 12 times." Wilson realized the knife had not hit her heart, and so pretended she was dead. As she laid on the ground, Wilson could hear her friend being stabbed, but could do nothing to help her. When she was sure the two men had gone, Wilson made a dash for the nearby highway. After walking a short distance, a group of people at a children's playground spotted her and called the police.
An overnight search was launched to find Luken, whose had apparently been dragged away by the attackers. There was widespread fear that Luken had been kidnapped. Her body was found on Sunday morning a few hundred yards from the site of the stabbing. Wilson is recovering in stable condition at Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
Have you noticed the total lack of response from the American government in this matter? Surely the PA has; American citizens can now be murdered in Israel without any consequences. Thank you, Barry; you really are the most clueless guy in the room.
And finally, from the Jerusalem Post, we find a chilling news item detailing the sophisticated weapons that are finding there way from Russia to Hamas. Didn't we just agree to some treaty with these лежащих сукины дети (lying bastards)? DF Chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi called the situation in Gaza "fragile and explosive." Sources in the Southern Command told The Jerusalem Post that Hamas would likely prevent rocket fire deep into the Israeli home front, but continue targeting towns and IDF positions along the border.
"We have no guarantee that the situation won't deteriorate if a rocket causes a large number of casualties," Ashkenazi said during one of his final briefings to the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Ashkenazi also revealed that two weeks ago an advanced Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missile - one of the most sophisticated in the world - hit an Israeli Merkava tank and succeeded in penetrating its hull. As a result, the IDF has decided to deploy Battalion 9 of the 401st Armored Brigade along the Gaza border, since its tanks are equipped with the new Trophy active-protection anti-tank missile defense system.
Top military sources said the current round of violence was started by Hamas and was likely a result of internal pressure within the organization to renew attacks on Israel, which it hadn't undertaken since Operation Cast Lead two years ago. Hamas is still recovering from the damage it suffered during that campaign and has yet to complete the rebuilding of many of its underground tunnels and passageways on the outskirts of towns and villages in northern Gaza.
Ashkenazi said that a total of 60 Palestinian terrorists had been killed inside the Gaza Strip over the past few months in 112 Israeli attacks.
To millions of Muslims around the world, it must seem as if Allah has graciously reciprocated the Iranian mullahs' fanatical, suicidal belief in the Mahdi's return by the election of a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli American president. Our adolescent-in-chief's astonishingly naïve appeasement of Iranian nuclear aspirations brings a strong likelihood of a bloody Middle East war before Obama's butt-feathers are firmly compressed by the steel-toed boot of the American electorate.