Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Attorney General: Incendiary Kite Flyers ‘Legitimate Military Target’
So I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza, and it shall devour her strongholds. Amos 1:7 (The Israel Bible™)
Palestinian terrorists prepare incendiary kites for use to destroy Israel’s agriculture.(Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90)
By Tazpit Press Service June 19, 2018 , 9:31 am
Gazan terrorist cells launching incendiary kites over the border into Israel are legitimate military targets, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said Monday.
“Kites can be innocent and nice, but if we know that they may be used as a weapon of war, they become a legitimate military target,” Mandelblit said.
The Attorney General’s comments came after a report by the Kan public broadcaster claiming that a senior IDF officer had told lawmakers that army’s hands are tied by legal constraints in the battle against arson attacks launched from Gaza against communities in Israel’s south.
According to the report, OC Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Ofer Levi said the army should shoot Gazans launching incendiary kites and balloons over the border, but cannot do so due to legal constraints. The report quoted Knesset lawmakers as saying Levi had told members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee during a tour of the area last week that opening fire on persons launching incendiary kites toward Israel would significantly cut the number of attacks.
Over the past few weeks hundreds of kites and balloons have been launched toward Israel, setting thousands of acres of farmland on fire and causing millions of shekels worth of damage.
The lawmakers reportedly told Kan that Levi had hinted that the Military Advocate General was tying the army’s hands by not allowing it to open fire against the arson cells.
An IDF spokesperson said in response to the report that it “did not faithfully represent the IDF’s position” and that the IDF “would not discuss the content of internal operational discussions.”
Meanwhile, the IDF struck a Hamas position in the southern Gaza Strip Monday evening after a cell launched incendiary balloons into Israel from nearby the post. Earlier, Several Palestinians were wounded and one was killed during two attempts to attack security infrastructure along the border fence Monday.
Overnight, the IDF attacked nine Hamas terror targets in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to cross border arson attacks. The targets included two military compounds and a munitions manufacturing site belonging to Hamas.
Posted by Sam and Bunny Sewell at 3:23 PM
Monday, June 18, 2018
The Media Are Lying About Trump Separating Illegal Immigrant Families. Here’s The Truth.
June 18, 2018
Over the weekend, the media went insane over the supposed Trump administration policy of separating illegal immigrant parents from their children. According to the media, Trump could with one quick fix simply prevent the separation of children from their parents; according to the media, all Trump has to do is wave his magic wand, and all will be well.
This is a lie.
More specifically, it’s several lies.
1. Trump Created Separation Of Children From Illegal Immigrant Parents. This is plainly false. In 1997, the federal government made an agreement in a case called Flores not to keep unaccompanied illegal immigrant children in custody beyond 20 days. The settlement said nothing about accompanied illegal immigrant children – children who crossed the border with their parents. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals then ruled that accompanied children also could not be held in custody under the terms of the settlement. This meant that the government either had to release whole families, or that the government had to separate parents from children.
2. Immigrants Seeking Asylum Are Being Punished For Seeking Asylum. This is plainly untrue as well. Immigrants who come to points of entry to seek asylum aren’t actually illegally in the country – they’re not arrested. They’re processed through ICE, and their children stay with them. If, however, illegal immigrants cross the border illegally, the Trump administration now treats them as criminals. If they choose deportation, they aren’t separated from their kids; if they choose to apply for asylum, they stay in the country longer than 20 days, and their kids have to be removed by operation of law.
3. The Trump Facilities Are Awful Thanks To Trump. They may be awful, but they were just as awful under President Obama. These are pictures from Brandon Darby of Breitbart circa 2014:
The big mistake made by the Trump administration here came courtesy of Stephen Miller and John Kelly, both of whom reportedly stated that the administration was separating kids from parents as a sort of deterrent. That’s idiotic. The deterrent is arrest and deportation, not separating children from parents. That’s why the House is attempting to pass some sort of fix here to keep kids with their parents.
But with that said, the media coverage of this issue has been patently irresponsible. Trump isn’t forcing children away from parents. He’s enforcing the law on the books. The legislature can fix that law at any time. The facilities he’s using are the same facilities Obama used. Pretending that this is Japanese internment (as Laura Bush suggested) or the Holocaust (as General Michael Hayden suggested) is ridiculous. This policy ought to be fixed. But lying about it isn’t designed to fix it. It’s designed to prevent a fix by allowing Democrats to play political football with children, believing they’re winning a victory by holding Trump’s feet to the fire with pictures of crying children.
Posted by Sam and Bunny Sewell at 3:19 PM