Israel Says Ground Troops Out of Gaza as Cease-Fire Takes Effect

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Photo Credit: Fox News

By Fox News.

The Israeli military has said that all of its ground forces have been removed from Gaza as a 72-hour cease-fire went into effect Tuesday.

The truce, agreed upon Monday by Israel and Hamas, took effect at 8 a.m. local time Tuesday (1 a.m. Eastern Time). The Times of Israel reported that a barrage of rockets were fired from Gaza minutes before the cease-fire was due to take effect. The paper also reported that Israeli’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two rockets over central Israel, while two other rockets fell into open areas in southern Israel near the Gaza border, causing no damage or injuries.

There were also signs of tensions created by the Gaza fighting spreading to Jerusalem and the West Bank, including two attacks police say were carried out by Palestinian militants.

Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told The Associated Press that the withdrawal would go forward after forces completed the destruction of the last of the 32 known tunnels used by Hamas militants to cross between Gaza and Israel to carry out attacks on soldiers and civilians.

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Why Jon Voight is speaking out on Gaza and Hollywood activism

By Max Schindler.

Hollywood celebrities on both sides of the political aisle are alternately supporting – and condemning – Israel’s month-long military operation in the Gaza Strip as the death toll climbs to more than 1,700 Palestinian and 67 Israeli casualties.

Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight is the latest to jump into the verbal fray. But the Middle East conflict has already heard from movie actors, radio jockeys, musicians and music producers. If there were a scorecard, it would be tilted toward public sympathy with the Palestinians.

Last week, Spanish actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, along with Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, denounced Israel’s aerial campaign in an open letter to a Spanish newspaper, calling for the European Union “to condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip,” adding:

“Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air. Palestinians’ homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.”

Their letter was “one of the most strident messages from any global cultural figure regarding the current conflict,” reported The Guardian, and their comments provoked a fierce backlash from a number of other celebrities.

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  • Bob2002

    It’s too bad that the USA, under the present Administration, is not being Israeli friendly. Of course, we can understand why. Its the Muslim in the White House. Ever since Obama became our illegal president, we have had nothing but trouble in the Muslim world. He screwed up in Egypt by backing the Muslim Brotherhood and now he has screwed up again by backing Hamas. Can not wait until he is out of office. This is not to mention the worse case of Obama’s leaderless actions; that is the illegal immigration on our southern border. He is costing us taxpayers billions by not closing the border and instead accepting anyone arriving there. We will have many people get sick from the diseases these people are bringing, plus they are costing billions to house, clothe, school, and feed them. Then, you have Ukraine. They asked for advanced weaponry such as missle jamming technology and the regime refused to give this technology. They used the lame excuse that it might fall into Russia’s hands. Stupid decision because Russia probably has superior missle technology than we do already because Obama has cut the military budget so much..

  • gracentruth

    to Israel: take back Judah and Samaria (Gaza strip). It is your land. We are praying and supporting you. When you fight for your land – you are fighting for God’s land. You are on God’s side and God never loses. Forget USA – we are under curse of Isaiah 9:10. Peace,