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BREAKING NOW – Eilat Bus Attack Near Egyptian Boarder

There is initial news of an attack on an Eged Bus near Eilat on HWY 12 running close to the Egyptian border. The shooting was by three gunmen who stormed the bus as it was making its way 28 KM north of Eilat. There are apparently 4 injured on the bus that continued without stopping. Emergency crews are on the scene.

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On Thursday shots were fired at an Egged bus on Route 12, connecting Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat.

The bus, line 392, was fired upon by a long-barreled hand gun from a vehicle.

The terrorists escaped in the direction of the Egyptian border.

Eilat sub-district police set up road blocks throughout the entire area, including at the entrance to Eilat, as part of police efforts to assist the IDF in capturing the gunmen.

It remains unclear whether the shots were fired from Egypt or whether gunmen had infiltrated the border.

The terrorists either came from Egypt or Gaza, firing across the border, or the gunmen had crossed into Israel.

While the government has been working on completing a border barrier along the Sinai peninsula, it has yet to be finished.

Soon after the shooting, multiple roadside bombs were used against IDF forces patrolling the Israel Egypt border fence.

Then at around 1pm rockets were fired at IDF vehicles near the border.
Casualties were reported in all incidents.

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy who heads the Senate Appropriations Committee’s sub-committee on foreign operations is promoting a bill which intends to suspend U.S. assistance to three units in the Israeli Defense Forces on grounds they are guilty of human rights abuses in Judea, Samaria.

Leahy Blues

Leahy’s legislation will seek to withhold assistance from the Israeli Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit, the undercover Duvdevan unit and the Israeli Air Force’s Shaldag unit.

Leahy began pushing the bill recently after allegedly being approached by pro-Palestinian constituents in his home state of Vermont. Yet more recently, another pro-Palestinian activist group protested in front of Leahy’s office demanding that he condemnd Shayetet 13 for killing nine Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara.

Other News

Glenn Beck will be in Jerusalem for the “Restoring Courage” rally starting on August 24th.
The roughly 600 tickets for the event at Jerusalem’s Davidson Center are sold out, but the event will be broadcasted in Israel and internationally.

Despite being a self-proclaimed, ardent Zionist, Beck dismissed the recent youth protests in Israel about high taxes come “from the far left” and evidence the protesters “hate the rich.” He added, “That worked out well for the Soviets…”

He also said, “I wonder if there’s any financing behind [the protests] … look to see if there’s any leftist global financing in Tel Aviv…And don’t look to see if there’s any Islamist group that’s joining them…Well, the National Socialists [Nazis] got together with [Islamists] but that’s completely … OK, the communists and the Islamists got together, but that’s completely isolated … well, it’s happening in Egypt and in Libya, but there’s nothing to look into there.” He continued, “Why even look if there is any leftist global financing involved?…Do not look to see if there is any Islamist movement that is joining them.”

This Dysfunctional Desert

While Bibi says that peace talks could begin as early as the middle of August, only a few days after the Arab League said that it would back direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, five rockets hit the southern town of Eilat and Aqaba, purportedly fired from the Sinai Peninsula. This is just a day after Hamas militants lobbed an upgraded Kassam rocket at Sderot, thereby destroying a hydrotherapy rehabilitation center for children at Sapir College.

Oh and mortar fire too.

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator said the Palestinians had submitted a “far-reaching” peace proposal to Barack Obama which would end the conflict with Israel and resolve Palestinian claims – too much hookah puffing?

Obama has pledged to the Palestinians that if Mahmoud Abbas agreed to go into direct talks, there would be an augmentation of the West Bank construction freeze, set to end in late September – too many Marlboro Lights and booze has clearly blurred the President’s Middle East outlook.

As for the Sinai attack, a Jordanian man was killed and three wounded when one of the rockets hit central Aqaba, the Jordanian Red Sea port city. There were, thank God, no casualties reported in Eilat where the rocket struck north of the hotels.

The IDF is in contact with the Jordanian and Egyptian armies.

Egyptian officials told the Israeli media that the attack could not have come from Sinai, which they say is heavily secured – however, Egypt recently sentenced 26 alleged members of a Hezbollah spy cell on charges of plotting attacks on tourist sites and smuggling weapons to Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Will Egypt begin to work closer with the Jewish Country to keep the border secure?

Will Hamas succeed in destroying peace talks between Israel, Fatah and Obama, which will, as always, prove ineffectual, anyway?

Stay tuned and find out…

A Strange Story in Eilat

A 44-year-old man from Eilat who posted a suicide note on his Facebook profile was found injured on Wednesday.

The man who for now shall remain nameless is a recently divorced father of a 10-year-old girl. When one of his friends saw his Facebook note on Tuesday they tried to locate him – when their attempts proved unsuccessful, they contacted the local police. Specialist army troops and helicopters were deployed in the manhunt.

Investigators were able to pinpoint the man’s cell phone, which allowed them to trace his car to a riverbed, close to an army base; the phone was in the car but the man was still missing.

The man was finally located early Wednesday morning in a crevice in the riverbed, a distance from the car. He was fully conscious and able to walk, but had two broken ribs after a fall. He was immediately taken to Yoseftal Hospital in Eilat.

The man said that he had no intention of killing himself, despite the post on his Facebook wall. He will be questioned by police once his condition is totally stabilized.

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