Wednesday War News UPDATED: Beersheba Theaters, Cinemas, Public Events Closed Indefinitely as Bombardment Continues, Cabinet Nixes 48-Hour Cease Fire Proposal, Rocket Strikes Gedera for First Time, IAF Hits Back at Rocket Launchers

Wednesday War News: Operation Cast Lead — Day 5 – IDF Strikes 35 Hamas Targets but Terror Rocket Bombardment Continues Deeper into Israel Hitting Beersheva, Barak Takes Heat for Suggesting 48 Hour Suspension; IDF Nabs 24 Terrorists

Are You Making YOUR Clemency for Pollard Calls to White House?

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It is disturbing, to say the least, to behold responses in certain Israeli Chareidi circles to this question.

One such response received today was this; “The big Rabbonim have not told us to do anything.” In other words, Pidyon Sh’vu’im is out the window unless these Rabbonim invoke it to the flocks? And it apparently has fallen on deaf ears that Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, shlita and Rav Aharon Leib Steinman, shlita co-signed a letter to President Bush asking the president to release Jonathan Pollard from jail. [...]  Click here to read more.

Tuesday War News UPDATE: Kassams, Mortars Continue as Regime Weighs 48 Hour Freeze on Cast Lead Ops

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It may be that the much decorated defense minister Ehud Barak is a wily, cunning military character who may well have more tricks up his sleeve for operation Cast Lead, including a ground offensive which takes Hamas by surprise.

But, excuse the cynicism, the fact remains that over the last 3 1/2 years, Israel’s governance has lost all credibilty, both diplomatically and militarily, amongst the governed. And Ehud Barak, along with the rest of the governing Troika of Olmert and Livni, is very much a part of problem regarding lost credibility. MB [...]  Click here to read more.

Tuesday War News: ‘Cast Lead’ Operation — Day 4 — IAF Continues Bombing as Army Awaits Green Light for Ground Incursion and UN Ambassador Shalev: Israel Seeks to ‘Completely Destroy’ Hamas; 200 Arabs Nabbed Nationwide in Rioting Since Outset of Op

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Four Kassams [2 Landed Near Sderot, 1 Near Kibbutz in Shaar Hanegev Region, 1 Inside Gaza] Launched by Gaza Terrorists

Man Lightly Wounded as Kassam Slams into Sderot House [5 Kassams Hit Sderot]

10 Dead in Gaza Strikes [Targeting Gaza City, Khan Yunis] After 3 Israelis Killed in South, by Yaakov Katz (Jerusalem Post)

[UN Ambassador] Shalev: Israel Seeks to ‘Destroy’ Hamas

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“Israel will push forward with its offensive in the Gaza Strip until it “completely destroys” Hamas, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gabriela Shalev, said Monday, saying that the operation will continue as long as necessary to reach that goal.” [...]  Click here to read more.

Monday War News UPDATE: Israel Blasts Truck Full of Grads as ‘Cast Lead’ Continues and as Jewish Casualties Mount from Continuing Kassams, Mortars; Islamic Retaliations in Jerusalem, Kever Rachel, Route 443, Kedumim; 74 Illegals Nabbed in Tel Aviv

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As the Israel Air Force continues blasting away on day 3 of ‘Cast Lead’, Kassam and mortar hits on Ashkelon, Ashdod and the Negev mount up as do Jewish casualties. Are we witnessing a replay of Lebanon 2006? Defense Minister Ehud Barak is quoted as stating that this is “all-out war” with Hamas, a “war to the bitter end.”

Remember those words if or when the same electioneering opportunistic ploysters Ehud Barak and Tzipy Livni spin a repeat of the Lebanon conflict results, imposed ceasefire in Gaza with international forces to further obstruct Israel’s sovereignty and self-defense. MB [...]  Click here to read more.

Bibi Like ML Team Owner Not Serious About Winning

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No, this is not a mis-posting meant for a sports blog. 7 years before 2008’s glorious Philadelphia Phillies World Series championship, a future Hall of Fame pitcher and one of baseball’s finest 3rd basemen (at the time) both talked back to team management telling them that they were not serious about contending and winning.

In turn, Curt Schilling and Scott Rolen were both sent packing and traded from the team. Schilling was subsequently instrumental in bring three World Series titles to 2 cities and Rolen helped bring his team to the World Series once. [...]  Click here to read more.

Sunday War News Updates: Artillery Batteries Deployed Along Gaza Border, Cabinet Approves Reserves Call-Up, 40 Smuggling Tunnels Blasted in 4 Minutes, Thousands of Gazans Pour into Egypt; Hezbollah Retaliation Threats; Baby Injured by Stoning, Arabs Nabbed Burning Tires in Beit Hanina

Sunday War News: ‘Cast Lead’ Day 2 — IAF Continues Bombing Hamas Facilities as Rockets Reach Near Ashdod, Barak Opens Gaza Crossings, No Advance Notice to Shalit’s Dad; Molotov Thrown at Jerusalem Home