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Hamas Announces It Is Now In "Open War" With Israel

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As expected, the escalation out of Gaza has been fast and furious with Al Arabiya reporting that the Hamas response to the operation that Israel has code named "Operation Pillar Of Cloud", which an IDF spokesperson has clarified Israel is ready to escalate into a ground operation into Gaza if needed, is that "Hamas is now in open war" with Israel. Moments later the organization Islamic Jihad has unsurprisingly, chimed in: "Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences." Stay tuned folks cause this may get very messy quickly. Now if only the US military wasn't currently the functional equivalent of a grotesque reality gong show.

A picture of Gaza:

Straight from the IDF, which may be engaged in live tweeting a war for the first time in history:

Some recent updates courtesy of Enduring America:

Israel/Palestine Describing Gaza as a "forward Iranian base", IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai claims that Israel has struck 20 underground rocket launchers belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in an airstrike.

Israel/Palestine. Islamic Jihad responds unsuprisingly strongly to Israel's attacks today. Reuters reports the organisation as saying:

Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences.

Israel/Syria. Earlier today, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu toured the occupied Golan Heights region. The Jerusalem Post reports that Barak told journalists that nearly all of the Syrian villages along the Israeli border are in the hands of rebels. Barak added that the IDF was closely monitoring "the painful crumbling of the Assad regime".

Since Sunday, Israel has twice fired into Syria, claiming that it is responding to shells which have struck territory in the occupied Golan Heights. On Monday, the IDF claimed it had made "direct hits" on Syrian targets. Barak said today that the IDF is working to stop any Syrian fire crossing the border into Israel, "while making more wide-scale preparations for all developments". He continued:

It's very difficult to estimate what will be in Syria in the future, and we need to be alert and ready here, like in other areas.

We are determined to defend our land and our borders. We made that clear to the other side.

Israel-Palestine.. Citing Palestinian sources, Hareetz reports that Hamas military wing chief in Rafah, Raed al-Atar, has also been killed in IDF strike.

The Jerusalem Post also reports al-Atar's death, citing Israel Radio.

Israel-Palestine. Charlotte Alfred, a journalist working for Ma'an News, an independent Palestinian news organization, has sent me the following comment.

Multiple airstrikes are ongoing across the Gaza Strip. Ahmad al-Jabari is Hamas' most senior military leader. This is the most serious assassination of a Palestinian figure in years. Qassam [the military wing of Hamas] are furious. Just hours earlier [Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh] was expressing defiance that Israel's assassination threats will amount to nothing.

Rockets -- not much reported right now but they will come

There are already reports of rocket attacks against Israel - here are the last 3 updates from the IDF's own liveblog, though the last update was about an hour ago:

4:30 PM: A rocket fired from Gaza hits the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

6:00 AM: A rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel.

2:10 AM: In response to rocket fire from Gaza, the Israeli Air Force targeted a weapon storage facility in the central Gaza Strip, as well as two launching sites in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel-Palestine. An Israel Defense Forces spokesman has put out s statement on the assassination of Hamas's head of military operations Ahmed Jabari in central Gaza. Yoav Mordechai said, "The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations."

Mordechai described Jabari as a man with "a lot of blood on his hands", as he raised the prospect of more operation. Over the past 48 hours, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz reportedly approved a series of steps following border clashes and the exchanges of Israeli airstrikes and rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel.

"All options are open," Mordechai said. "We are very determined to strike at terror organizations."


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Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:12 | 2980632's picture

Before Zioinst terrorists took over Palestine it was possible for Americans to visit that land as Innocents Abroad.


"The narrow canyon in which Nablous, or Shechem, is situated, is under high cultivation, and the soil is exceedingly black and fertile. It is well watered, and its affluent vegetation gains effect by contrast with the barren hills that tower on either side." -- Mark Twain

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:19 | 2980000 lironr
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since you know absolutely nothing about what's going on. do know that over 1 million israelis live under constant stream of rockets from gaza in the last 10 days, which started for no reason by the pal. this is the true context.


Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:43 | 2980139 machineh
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Yeah, keeping Gaza under siege since 2006, and the West Bank under brutal occupation for 40 years, is 'no reason at all.'

Lying Israelis always claim that 'it just started out of nowhere.'

Nope, it started when European Zionist settlers began stealing Palestinian land -- 'this my garden now.'

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:20 | 2980653's picture


since you know absolutely nothing about what's going on. do know that over 1 million israelis live under constant stream of rockets from gaza in the last 10 days


At least 6,617 Palestinians and 1,097 Israelis
have been killed since September 29, 2000.


started for no reason by the pal. this is the true context.


So if someone came to your house and killed your kids because they claimed their ancestors lived there two thousand years earlier you'd be OK with that?


Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:18 | 2980004 Winston Churchill
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More like the goon show.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:18 | 2980005 sharky2003
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After reviewing the IDF tweets, it appears a major training exercise between US and Israel just ended yesterday.

The end of the article says, "Franklin said that if the U.S. is ever called upon to join the IDF in the defense of Israel, U.S. forces are now even better prepared to do so.

The exercise was not in response to any current specific tensions in the region. Rather, AC12 prepared forces for a variety of threats on multiple fronts for which Israel must prepare." 

Sounds a bit fishy to me... 

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:19 | 2980009 nowhereman
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This is madness, but, wouldn't you just love to have this situation finally over.  I don't care who wins, let's just have a winner, let's just get this over with.  I'm sick and tired of this never ending threat.

Nuke 'em, Nuke 'em all.  Turn the area to glass.  make it uninhabitable for generations so that we never have to think about them ever again.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 16:57 | 2981471 jomama
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fucking brilliant.  i wish we had more people like you with the finger on button.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:20 | 2980012 Bay of Pigs
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Headline: Gold and Oil flat, Stocks rally on WWIII

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:21 | 2980014 samsara
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Now that Patraeus is out of the way, along with a few other 'Previous' top Military Leaders....

Remember this story     When Former CIA Chief David Petraeus Enraged the Israel Lobby   "What Foxman and other Israel lobbyists understood correctly was that Petraeus was articulating a view that is increasingly common within the US establishment, but is an absolute taboo when it comes to stating it publicly: that US “interests” and Israeli “interests” are not identical, and that Israel might be a strategic burden, rather than an asset to the United States. "
Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:22 | 2980017 holgerdanske
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The jews have sensed a power vacuum. I wonder if they were also responsible for creating that vacuum, somehow?

With the American top brass busy getting fucked, both literally and figuartively, it is a good time to fuck up the rest.

Talking about impotence LOL.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:23 | 2980024 SDRII
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Wag that dog Bibi

Lets see:

Border escalation in Sinai; attacks on border days after Egypt opens Gaza border ( - which was promptly shut ( Note dates

Israel pressures Egypt to clamp down on tunnels; rationing Gaza calories (

Syria stray bullet hits an IDF vehicle; then mortars [in the Golan]

Palestinians starting to exhume the body of Arafat to explore possible poisoning...

Palestinians making bid for UN Nov 20; Israel warns (

Israeli Elections coming



Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:24 | 2980031 Apostle of Unknown
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Promises... Okay, the whole region is a fragile pressure cooker so obviously at some point shit *will* go down again. Maybe this will be that time. But honestly, the times these clowns have promised "massive retaliation" and rivers of blood can no longer be counted. We're still waiting for the massive revenge that was assured after Mugniyah quit smoking. What I mean: I doubt any future escalation will be announced in advance by a bunch of Arab drama queens promising hell and destruction once more. 

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:26 | 2980037 ThisIsBob
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We get Isarel to test drone defense?  Good show!

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:27 | 2980047 jmcadg
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Netenyahu you pussy, get on with it in Iran - you know you want to, you just haven't got the balls.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:28 | 2980050 Dr. Engali
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             "Now if only the US military wasn't currently the functional equivalent of a grotesque reality gong show"

There have been a lot of tenured leadership taken out at some strange times. There is a lot of talk about a possible coup against the white house.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:38 | 2980112 Winston Churchill
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Very rarely are coup d'etat's started at the general rank level.

Usually colonels are the ring leaders ,they still have direct contact with

the ranks and NCO's.

Generals and Admirals live in ivory towers.

Don't believe the coup rumours until we start seeing colonels ousted.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:42 | 2980134 Dr. Engali
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Good insight...thanks.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:47 | 2980166 libertus
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The functional eqilivant of Cols today is Brig. Generals. We have no idea how many have been reassigned. The bimbo eruptions last week are creating a culture of fear in the US military top brass. The war with Iran will soon begin. The timing is perfect. 


Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:44 | 2980484 Urban Redneck
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fear and paranoia running rampant amongst military leadership rarely has a good outcome, is this intentional or is it still amateur hour?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:28 | 2980055 Bicycles and Beer
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makes a good enough reason as any for a costco run.. i could stand to bulk my inventory of spices, sugar, and coffee..

the oberto pepperoni sticks have 11g of protein, go great with beer, and will survive a 50 mile bike ride stuffed in the camel pack.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:28 | 2980057 Lagging Indicator
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Archduke Ferdinand?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:41 | 2980128 Quinvarius
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Israel would dig him up and kill him again if they thought it would get the US to attack Iran

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:47 | 2980161 ElvisDog
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Well, except this Hamas guy wasn't the crown prince of a major world empire with a mutual defense treaty with other world powers. Other than that, it's exactly the same.

All sarcasm aside, Russia and China are not going to go to the mat for a Palestinian. Why would they? Gaza has no resources and no strategic importance.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:30 | 2980721's picture




Israel and BG in talks over Gaza's gas field Read more:

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:30 | 2980073 Inignort
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The good news for Bibi is that the U.S. military is always available to assist our ally. The bad news is our commanders may be too busy sending pictures of their dick to other guys wives to be that effective.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:39 | 2980115 barroter
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I wonder if the hard core muslim element in Egypt will sit by?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:18 | 2980305 mayavision2012
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From Guardian UK live blog:

(Quote) On its official Facebook page, Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, called the assassination a "crime that requires a quick Arab and international response to stem these massacres against the besieged Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip." It accused Israel of trying to "drag the region toward instability".  (Unquote)


Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:39 | 2980117 Quinvarius
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The elections are over!

I am not 100% sure.  But I think my gasoline prices went up .30 cents a gallon since the elections too.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:47 | 2980155 BBullionaire
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the erections are over.

there fixed it for you


Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:02 | 2980227 Quinvarius
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Erections? Nothing is over until the horribles are clipped!

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:37 | 2980452 Mysteerious Roo...
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The auctions are over. There. Fixed it for ya.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:40 | 2980119 ElvisDog
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So during the month before the election, nothing. One week after the election and the head of the CIA comes out with his affair and Israel assasinates a key Hama person. Hmmm, interesting timing.....

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:41 | 2980129 NEOSERF
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To summarize the current state:

1. General strikes and a coordinated protests in most EU countries

2. 4 More years of socialist policies

3. Israel held off as long as they were going to...war with abutters gives them the cover they need to fly over Syria to Iran

4. Fiscal cliff looming or downgrades if they punt

5. Sex scandals everywere, now including Waffle Hut CEO...horrors

6. Retail numbers down but blamed on Sandy as will every other company when numbers are junk for Q4

But Holidays are starting so ramp back over 13K and make sure you frontrun on Santa....BTFD!

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:47 | 2980168 Winston Churchill
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Its not about Iran except as a means to the end.

Israel has to have S.Lebanons water.If they do not get it,they

are finished as a country in a decade.

They would love Hezbollah to retaliate for anything done to Hamas,

as a pretext for re invading Lebanon.

Games within games,within games.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:51 | 2980532 Urban Redneck
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Israel has plenty of water, they have beachez & they have nukez

The Saudis also have plenty of water, as they have beachez and burn millions of barrels of oil at $5/gal in forgone profits to desalinate it, while farting in the general direction of the United States

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:36 | 2980740's picture

Israel's Chronic Water Problem


PS: Why do pages hang up so often when loading widgets from scorecardreasearch?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 15:45 | 2981048 Urban Redneck
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Perhaps the question should be what ambition is served by perpetuating Israel's Chronic (self-induced) Water Problem?

Since building a couple nuclear reactors (total 2,000 MWe) to power desalination plants would provide enough white water to meet their white, gray, and black water needs...

(edit: fixed the math)

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:44 | 2980144 machinegear
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You know what I was thinking... we haven't had a war in a while. This is exactly what we need. /sarc off

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:44 | 2980145 bigrooster
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That's it time to send in Team America....Fuck Yeah!


Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:46 | 2980153 walcott
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Hamas or Hams suck for thanksgiving.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:47 | 2980163 uncle reggie
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"Now if only the US military wasn't currently the functional equivalent of a grotesque reality gong show."

The grotesque reality gong show isn't limited to current events dominating the msm. It's been an ongoing state of affairs for a long time. Are you suggesting that absent a grotesque reality gong show the US military would have a role to play in this mess?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:49 | 2980176 Bagbalm
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They would not have smacked the hornet's nest if they didn't have a big can of spray handy.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:08 | 2980612 semperfi
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you would not believe just how big that can is

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:58 | 2980210 Rat Patrol
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Since when has a decapitation strike against the military leader of the people shooting rockets at you an "assassination?"



Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:04 | 2980238 wisefool
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"Now if only the US military wasn't currently the functional equivalent of a grotesque reality gong show." good one TD.

The only word choice i disagree with is "currently"


The quote is something like: “Let them march all they want, so long as they continue to pay their taxes.” It's attributed to President Reagan's Secretary of State Al Haig. (



Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:30 | 2980398 QQQBall
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Where are Hillary and Punutta? They got outta dodge. So convenient for Obomber - General resigns, war in the ME and whatever else they need to make Benghazi fade away.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:06 | 2980606 semperfi
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and this is different how ?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:29 | 2980714 Joe A
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Hamas declared war on Israel years ago and has been fyring missiles into Israel for years so they had it coming.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:40 | 2980762's picture

Right. Hamas invaded Europe in 1946 and forced the Zionists to move to Palestine.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:33 | 2980730 SgtShaftoe
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Long term, unless Israel can lose the attitude and get along with other humans, the country is toast.  It doesn't matter they have nukes.  Operationally, they can't nuke Gaza, the radioactive fallout would cover the country.  Egypt has made it clear that they aren't going to standby for more ethnic cleansing of palestinians.  Lebanon has been rebuilding, Syria will change power structures at some point.  If the US provides too much Israeli support, the international community will pull the economic rug out from under the US, consequently ending foreign aid to Israel. It's not 1967 anymore.  Israel better have a "come to Jesus" moment, lest they experience a modern day "Downfall" and this time, they are the Nazis.  


I think it would be interesting to see US weapons systems against other US weapons systems, An M1 Tank against another M1, and everyone has been through the "School of the Americas"?  crazy shit.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:42 | 2980778's picture

Good post. I'd point out that American Christian Zionists support Israel specifically because they see the destruction of the Jewish people as the ultimate "come to Jesus moment."

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 14:55 | 2980850 silverserfer
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tha pic is not news. Those are just normal pillars of smoke rising from the hookah houses. zzzz

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 16:54 | 2981459 Hobbleknee
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People still declare war?

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 18:17 | 2981830 dinastar2
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Oy Vey Mr Durden, the zionists are blowing the trumpets of war ! The poor arabs are suffering ! The cruel USA lend a hand to the bloodthirsty jews looking for a fresh pint of blood ! Oy Vey Mr Durden, what a great banner ! What a great oc casion mr Durden ven  for your moronic jews-haters readers to vomit their venom ! Thank you again mr Durden, for turning your website into an annex of the Volkischer Beobachter ( a great newspaper unfortunately closed by the djwish influence ! ) Vat a shame ! mr Duden ven you climb to heaven, ask for a seat near Mr Goebbels , he keeps one for you !

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 19:37 | 2982022 blunderdog
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Although it is a bit disappointing to observe the level of Jew-hating vitriol around here these days, you're not doing anything to elevate the level of discourse, schmuele.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 20:07 | 2982111 Monedas
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God love my Jews .... give 'em Hell .... Monedas will take care of all the impertinent idiots .... IDF focus on the mission .... I got yo' back !        Monedas      1929       Comedy Jihad Self-anointed Spokeshole For The Jewish Ether World Tour        

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 20:18 | 2982129 Monedas
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Now this is my kind of "reality show" .... dancing with my Jews !    Cry me a river .... almanacky yacky yacky !    Bomb Arafat's exhumation .... RIP .... not rest in peace .... rip, rip, rip his cadaver into filthy little bits of rat food !    I'm having a basket fuck in Haifa .... sipping on my Two For Tea .... a Rush Limbaugh beverage !  Me happy !

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 21:59 | 2982534 laosuwan
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First congratulations to israel on the accuracy of their missiles and for taking out a hamas leader.


No word yet from MSM about outrage over missiles fired into israeli cities and towns from Gaza but I am sure any day now.


This statement is typical of the arabs

"Israel has declared war on Gaza and they will bear the responsibility for the consequences."


Yeah, any attempt to resist islamic attacks, in israel, myanmar, thailand, cyprus, serbia, you name it, well that is agression according to the arabs, and the MSM nods its heads and pens a biased condemnation more illogical than anything simon black could dream up.

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