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At least 13,000 Palestinians riot along Gaza border, IDF hits Hamas post

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At least 13000 Palestinians riot along Gaza border IDF hits Hamas post

The Palestinian rioters were seen throwing rocks, firebombs and hand grenades at IDF soldiers, while also burning tires and trying to breach the border fence.

 At least 13,000 Palestinians rioted along the border between Israel and Gaza on Friday in the latest escalation in tensions in the region.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the Palestinian rioters were seen throwing rocks, firebombs and hand grenades at IDF soldiers, while also burning tires and trying to breach the border fence.

As a result of the riots, the IDF said that it had hit a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip.

“IDF troops monitored the suspects in each incident and all the suspects returned to the Gaza Strip soon after crossing,” the IDF said. “In response to the violent events along the security fence, an IDF aircraft targeted a Hamas military post.”

The fresh riots come as earlier this week Israel asked Qatar to suspend its monthly disbursement of $15 million to the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired on Israel.

Qatar began making monthly money transfers to Gaza last year in an effort to alleviate the humanitarian situation there. A total of $90 million has been set aside for aid funds to Gaza.

At the same time, an Egyptian delegation of intelligence officials also visited Gaza on Thursday to meet with leader Ismail Haniyeh and other Hamas officials. The goal of the delegation was to supervise the border protests and prevent an escalation with Israel.

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Here’s hoping there’s a plan we don’t know about with North Korea

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Heres hoping theres a plan we dont know about with North Korea

In a move that many, including supporters on the right, are calling a move of weakness, the President reversed the Treasury Department’s additional sanctions on North Korea.

My Take

I’m just not sure what to make of this. I understand many have been concerned about how nicely the President has treated Kim Jong un, but I’ve always felt there was some sort of plan happening behind the scenes that would justify it. Now, I’m not so sure.

This move emboldens Kim to continue avoiding any compromise on his nuclear weapons program. It tells him and the rest of the world President Trump isn’t going to be playing hardball and intends to coax the North Korean dictator into signing some sort of agreement before the 2020 elections.

Dare I say, this seems very Obamaesque? Where’s the hardball? Where’s the threats against Rocketman? If there’s some sort of 4D chess being played in the background, I seriously hope we see it in play soon. This is a strange move.

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Kudos to the President for calling on the U.S. to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights

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Kudos to the President for calling on the US to recognize Israels sovereignty over the Golan Heights

It’s always hard to tell where the administration may be going following policy Tweets from the President. He’s been known to say one thing, then the administration slowly shifts reality away from the initial intent of the Tweet. On the other hand, many of his Tweets have turned into policy. It’s just a matter of waiting and seeing what the official word from the White House is.

In this case, it’s the President’s bold declaration that the Golan Heights, considered by enemies of Israel to be disputed territory, is actually sovereign Israeli land. As he noted in the Tweet, this is long overdue.

Considering the stances the President has been taking on Twitter this week with sustained attacks on George Conway and John McCain, this is a breath of fresh air. If Israel ever gave up he Golan Heights, they would be losing one of the most important strategic areas through which enemy militaries could easily become entrenched and launch attacks that would be difficult for Israel to counter. While the IDF enjoys technological advances over their enemies, terrain and proximity are still major factors in the defense of their lands. The Golan Heights represents a piece of land that must never be given easy access to their enemies.

There’s one important caveat to the kudos I’m giving the President. If it turns out acknowledgement of the Golan Heights as sovereign territory is used as a precursor to asking Israel to give up the West Bank in a Middle East peace agreement, then it’s a whole other situation entirely. Just as giving up the Golan Heights would make Israel a very easy target, so too would the idea of a two state solution that grants “Palestine” control over the West Bank.

If the motives are pure, this is a great move. If this is an early olive branch, it’s dangerous.

Israel’s control of the Golan Heights is absolutely essential to its security. The lands just south would be completely indefensible if the United Nations ever got its way and the Golan Heights fell under control of Israel’s enemies.

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The reason Hamas fired rockets on Tel Aviv

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The reason Hamas fired rockets on Tel Aviv

Hamas launched two rockets at Israel without provocation or warning. Israel responded by launching strikes of their own.

Some are scratching their heads about this latest attack. Two rockets, which had little chance of doing any actual damage other than through the counterstrike which Israel was certain to launch, make very little sense until we look at the politics and suffering happening in Gaza right now.

The people of Gaza, for the first time since Hamas took control, are protesting in the streets over the elevated cost of living and low wages. They are unable to sustain themselves and Hamas seems to be out of options.

This puts everyone in a pickle. Hamas may be trying to pull Israel into a war simply to distract their people from their own hardships, or they may do it in order to get international help for “rebuilding” even though the damage there seems to be very much already done without a bombing. It’s like having a beat up car and intentionally wrecking it in order to get the insurance company to pay for all repairs.

The IDF thought something like this could happen last month.

On the surface, there isn’t much to see here, but just under the surface we see a conspiracy brewing against Israel by the broken forces of Hamas. Part of our charter at this news outlet is to cut through the surface level of the news and connect the dots to get the whole truth. Mainstream media is reporting this as a standard minor attack by Hamas and strong response by Israel. We are crowdfunded, which means we rely on the support of our readers so we can continue to find the underlying truths behind events like these.

The bottom line is this: Hamas is trying to spark a war because Gaza is in shambles. They feel war is the only way they can keep their people from revolting and possibly get international aid without taking the blame for their own stupid decisions.

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