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The Daily TIP: U.S. Envoy Slams Hamas for Israel’s Night of Terror

Posted by Tip Staff - August 09, 2018

U.S. Envoy Slams Hamas for Israel’s Night of Terror
Southern Israel Under Attack; Hamas Rocket Reaches Beersheba for First Time Since 2014
Kuwait Airways Paying "Substantial" Penalty to Israeli Woman for Refusing Her Passage
Former Israeli PM Barack Buys Piano for 10-Year-Old Musical Prodigy


U.S. Envoy Slams Hamas for Israel’s Night of Terror

The United States government slammed Hamas’ campaign of terror against Israel, after tens of thousands of Israelis spent the night in bomb shelters as rocket barrages that began Wednesday evening continued throughout the night and into Thursday.

Following an escalation by Hamas that saw the first rocket from the Iranian-backed terror group reach the major southern Israeli city of Beersheba since 2014, the IDF said that it leveled a headquarters of Hamas.

Jason Greenblatt, the Trump’s administrations special envoy, said in a tweet that the “Hamas regime again is launching rockets at Israeli communities. Another night of terror & families huddling in fear as Israel defends itself. This is the Hamas regime’s choice. Hamas is subjecting people to the terrifying conditions of war again.”

MK Yair Lapid, who leads the Yesh Atid party, traveled Thursday to Sderot to see first-hand the damage from the overnight attacks and receive an update on the situation. “No country on earth would tolerate,” their civilians being fired at by an internationally designated terrorist organization without exercising the right to self-defense, Lapid stressed in an interview with The Israel Project.

“Hamas has to understand that Israel will not tolerate nights like the one we just had with rockets and mortars being fired at our women and children,” he added. Asked if Hamas and Israel are heading to war, or can agree on a ceasefire, Lapid said, “It’s too early to tell.”



Southern Israel Under Attack; Hamas Rocket Reaches Beersheba for First Time Since 2014

For the first time since Operation Protective Edge in 2014 a Hamas-launched rocket reached Beersheba as red alert sirens sounded across southern Israel, triggered by approximately 200 rockets and mortars that were fired into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, wounding dozens of Israelis, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted 30 incoming projectiles headed for population centers. Most of the remaining rockets landed in open fields, the army said. In response to the indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians, the IDF struck over 130 targets inside Gaza, where the Islamist terror organization Hamas exercises complete political and military control.

The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said three Gazans were killed in the Israeli airstrikes overnight, including a fighter from Hamas.

Amos Harel, the military correspondent and defense analyst for Haaretz, told The Israel Project that “the Israeli leadership is not seeking war,” and for Israel to send ground forces into Gaza is not a light decision. “Both Netyanhu and Liberman are quite weary of the possibility” of a full-scale war, Harel observed.

Housing Minister Yoav Gallant, a former head of Southern Command during the 2009 Cast Lead operation in Gaza, echoed hopes to continue peace negotiations, including with Egypt. Gallant clarified, however, that “Whatever we must do to protect our citizens and our soldiers will be done, no matter what the price will be in Gaza.” The minister charged that “Hamas is taking two million Palestinian citizens as hostages. If they won’t behave themselves, they will set Gaza 10 years backward after this struggle.”



Kuwait Airways Paying "Substantial" Penalty to Israeli Woman for Refusing Her Passage

Kuwait Airways has paid a "substantial" settlement to an Israeli woman whom it refused service to, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.

Last November, Mandy Blumenthal went to the Kuwait Airways counter at Heathrow Airport and attempted to purchase a ticket for a London to Bangkok flight. In a video of the encounter, the airline representative said, "Kuwait Airways does not accept any Israeli passport holders…. It’s a general rule everywhere on Kuwait Airways.”

The refusal of Kuwait Airways to serve Israelis puts it in violation of Britain's anti-discrimination law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of nationality.

Blumenthal, a pro-Israel activist, is also a British citizen.

“The law is clear: direct discrimination on grounds of nationality in the provision of a service to the public is illegal," David Berens, an attorney who represented Blumenthal, said. "Ms. Blumenthal has done a service in showing up Kuwait Airways’ illegal policy. Kuwait Airways is now legally obliged to end this policy or end its services from the UK altogether."

Kuwait now stands to lose its British routes over the discrimination.

Kuwait has had to cancel its New York to London route in 2015, after it refused an order from the United States government to stop barring Israelis from its flights. It also canceled all intra-European flights over its discriminatory policy, after a 2016 lawsuit in Switzerland.

However, a Germany court ruled last year that it was "not reasonable" to demand that a nation violate its own laws. The ruling is being appealed and if Kuwait loses it, could have to cancel its flights out of Frankfurt.



Former Israeli PM Barack Buys Piano for 10-Year-Old Musical Prodigy

Oshri Bitau is only 10 years old and started piano lessons only six months ago. But he’s already performed a Beethoven composition at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and three classical pieces in an end-of-the-school-year concert at the Municipal Conservatory in his hometown of Nazareth Illit.

And no sooner did local news media report that Oshri’s family could not afford to buy him a piano than former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak went out and bought him a Yamaha.

“Ehud Barak called us and said, ‘I bought him a new piano. You’ll get it on Sunday. Good luck, and may you be strong,’” Oshri’s mother told Hadashot TV news on July 15.

The Youth Futures nonprofit organization worked with the Nazareth Illit welfare department to arrange a scholarship for Oshri at the conservatory, where piano teacher Ina Kravitz recognized the boy’s rare musical talent and encouraged him to play before audiences.

“I really enjoyed the lessons, until I knew the piano. I wanted to be a basketball player, but now I want to be just a pianist. I dream about performances in big halls. I go into YouTube on my own, listen to Mozart Bach and Haydn and try to play their pieces,” Oshri told reporters.

Kravitz arranged to have Oshri perform Beethoven’s “For Elise” at the June 10 opening of the 2018 International Film Festival in Tel Aviv. Mayor Ron Huldai hugged the boy and cultural icon Gila Almagor pledged to help Oshri realize his dreams.

Now that he has his own piano, courtesy of amateur pianist Barak, Oshri told reporters, “I don’t ever want to leave this piano. This dream came true. Now I will keep going.”

(via Israel21c)


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