Gaza casualties by age and genderIn the comments, Vandoren pointed to tabulated data of Gaza casualties based on the Hamas ministry of health numbers as of a day or two ago.
Here is the demographic breakdown by age and gender, showing a rough bell curve heavily favoring males in their late teens, 20s and 30s and also the total casualties compared with Gaza’s demographics.
If IDF actions were “indiscriminate,” these two sets of data would track closely together. As you can see…they don’t.
Keep in mind that these statistics include many people who were killed by Hamas rockets that fell short or secondary explosions from booby trapped houses and the like. The victims of those are far more likely to reflect a distribution in line with the demographics, so a very high percentage of those killed by Hamas actions would be children.
If anyone actually objectively researched the actual number of deaths that can be attributed to the IDF - a highly unlikely scenario in Gaza - then the difference between the demographics and actual dead in Gaza would be even more striking.
If anything, we’ve learned that the president is content to let events play out. His “policy,” whether with Iran or Russia, consists of wishful thinking and empty threats.And we’ve also learned that Israel will pay a great price in blood, treasure and diplomatic vilification to survive. No, the Jewish state is not going to commit national suicide.
Surely Secretary of State John Kerry knows of the extensive labyrinth of tunnels in Gaza. Surely he knows that far beyond the rockets these pose a mortal threat to Israel that no country would accept. And surely he knows that the Israeli military is meticulously searching and destroying the tunnels and that this will take time, perhaps weeks and not days.
Then why in the world would he publicly offer a truce proposal, especially one purportedly dressed up with some pro-Hamas goodies from Qatar?
One explanation is that he is foolish beyond our wildest imagination, entirely disconnected from reality. He maybe thinks Israel bluffs like his boss does, or maybe he does not understand that Israel’s “right to defend itself” must include destruction of the tunnels. Perhaps he is deluded to think Israel wouldn’t publicly spurn him.
Another possibility is that this is yet one more sign of President Obama’s antipathy toward Israel. He’d rather Israel not complete its task, not eradicate Iran’s agents and not demonstrate that hard power is not only available but also essential to defeat those who would destroy you. There might be some extended rationale for this, but it boils down to Obama’s determination to appease bad actors in the cause of a temporary cessation in violence.
In either case, Obama and Kerry have more egg on their faces, having just reinforced how irrelevant to the Middle East they have become.
That is true when it comes to Hamas, and Iran is well. Israel is simply not going to allow itself to be bullied into surrender, which is what leaving deadly tunnels in place would amount to.
What do you have in your kitchen? Living room? here is what the IDF found in Gaza.One video uploaded to YouTube showed troops at a Palestinian house located near a UN school, which had been rigged up with explosives.
“We went inside, the search dog and I, and we found eight bombs connected to each other,” a soldier says. The soldier points out that the house is right by a UN school.
Another soldier then shows explosives rigged inside the basement, masked to look like parts of a chicken coop.
If you want to understand how Hamas intimidates the media, read this WSJ photographer’s tweet—that he later deleted.
We keep hearing of injured soldiers who keep begging to be allowed back on the front-lines to finish the job of destroying our enemies.
A friend posted this on facebook:
A commander in the paratroopers, who returned from battle yesterday, requested that the following be publicized: “Explain to everybody that we’re winning every battle, at every point, in every encounter. The soldiers are absorbing this melancholy spirit from the social networks and don’t understand what the situation really is. Of course it’s hard, complicated, they use children as a wall against us, but we are succeeding and overcoming Hamas. Please, pass this message on, explain, spread this there. We, soldiers of the IDF, are simply winning.”
I had an interesting conversation recently with a called-up reservist who said that he was writing skits for short movies to give a spiritual lift to the IDF soldiers. The entertainment he and his unit are producing isn’t just for laughs.
And as I posted the other day, even the families of the wounded want us to finish the job. I’ll never forget the mother of an injured soldier who was asked what message she had for her other son who is out fighting.
May they do their jobs well and return home safe and sound, G-d willing.
Last Time We Listened to the US, Hamas Took Over
MK Ze’ev Elkin, the head of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said in a YNet interview,“The international pressure is starting. Last time we listened to the Americans, and we let Hamas participate in the elections. [Then] Hamas took over all of Gaza, and we got terrorism in return. Hamas is a terror organization, just like Al-Qaida, and therefore there is nothing to talk about regarding negotiations.”
Elkin added, “That Hamas is still firing means they aren’t yet deterred, and they haven’t yet reached their breaking point.”
Destroying Hamas saves All Children.
such an important video to watch.
it is important that people remember to learn the facts and not make judgments before they know them ALL.
I stand with Israel.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the so-called “military wing” of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, has declared an “open war” against the “Zionist enemy.”
In a recorded message dated July 23, three terrorists from the organization announced that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade will not sit idly by while Israel’s operation in Gaza continues, adding they intended to launch a campaign in Israeli territory.
"The language of blood" is the only language in which to answer “the aggression of the Zionists”, the statement said, and stressed that international law grants the Palestinian Arabs the right to conduct an armed struggle “on all Palestinian lands.”
All units operating under the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade were ordered to act against the “Zionist enemy”, in a campaign in which “all options are open”.
This is an “open intifada”, a spokesman for the group declared in the statement.
(4) I’ve heard several friends say, “what’s the big deal about the missiles, only three Israelis have been killed?” First, several dozen have been wounded, and several dozen more have been treated for shock. Kids are sleeping in “safe rooms” (in newer buildings) or bomb shelters (in older neighborhoods) and are afraid to go out during the day. Adults go to work, but have to disrupt their day to go to shelters all the time. With nine thousand missiles, Hamas could have kept this up for many months. Those of you who live in the DC area and remember how “the sniper” disrupted life for weeks” can imagine how much more disruptive constant rocket attacks could be.
Explosives in homes and mines in streets. Look at what IDF soldiers are finding in Gaza neighborhoods.
In the southern Gaza Strip, the IDF Givati Brigade found explosives on doors of homes and mines on streets.
Tired of waking up to muezzin calls on loudspeakers in the middle of the night, Jews from Armon Hanatziv in Jerusalem mounted an aural counterattack.
Armed with loudspeakers, they blasted the “Shema” incantation (from the ‘Hear O Israel’ prayer) in the direction of the Muslim Arab neighborhood of Tzur Baher. They reportedly did so at about 2:30 a.m.
Video of the Jewish counterattack garnered enthusiastic reactions on Facebook.