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Five Israeli soldiers wounded in Gaza during operation to destroy tunnel.

A firefight broke out overnight between IDF forces and Palestinian terrorists along the Gaza border. Please pray for healing and comfort, and for calm to be restored on the border.

“Five Israeli soldiers were wounded in an attack late Thursday while on an operational mission to destroy a tunnel dug by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” reports Haaretz. “The force was taking part in a joint operation by the Golani infantry brigade and the Combat Engineering Corp to destroy a part of a tunnel network discovered in the southern Gaza Strip last month. In the course of the operation, an explosive device was detonated against the soldiers, wounding five, a statement from the Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson’s Unit said.”

“One of the five sustained serious wounds, another was moderately wounded and the three others sustained light injuries,” noted Haaretz. “They were all evacuated by helicopter to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva for treatment and their families were notified. The seriously-wounded soldier was operated on overnight, while the others — one of them a lieutenant colonel – may require surgery at a later date. In response to the attack, the troops opened fire at terrorists identified nearby, the IDF statement said, reporting that hits were identified. Hamas said one Palestinian was killed in the incident and another was wounded. Later, the Israel Air Force bombed another tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, which, according to the Israel Defense Forces, could have been used to carry out a terrorist attack in Israel. The IDF reported that it identified that the target was hit. Hamas said three Palestinians were killed in this attack.


Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

Guess who appeared disengaged during momentous national security meetings, playing with his BlackBerry and chewing gum?

You only get one guess.

…A close examination of how the Obama administration finds itself at this point — based on interviews with dozens of current and former members of the administration, foreign diplomats and Congressional officials — starts with a deeply ambivalent president who has presided over a far more contentious debate among his advisers than previously known…

…[some insiders] are far more critical [of Obama], saying that the administration’s paralysis left it unprepared for foreseeable events like the Aug. 21 gas attack…

…As one former senior White House official put it, “We spent so much damn time navel gazing, and that’s the tragedy of it…”

…on Aug. 20 he made a comment that would come to haunt him. Though he was determined to keep the American military out of Syria, “a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” he said at a news conference…

… at the State Department, some officials were fuming about what they felt was a broken process and a lack of strategy… The administration took more than a year to nominate a replacement for Jeffrey D. Feltman, a veteran Arabic-speaking diplomat who had coordinated the State Department’s Middle East policy…

…Even as the debate about arming the rebels took on a new urgency, Mr. Obama rarely voiced strong opinions during senior staff meetings. But current and former officials said his body language was telling: he often appeared impatient or disengaged while listening to the debate, sometimes scrolling through messages on his BlackBerry or slouching and chewing gum

…The president signed the finding in April, but months went by without any movement on the C.I.A. program. The White House waited to ask Congress for money for the secret mission, further evidence of Mr. Obama’s continued misgivings…

I’m truly shocked — shocked! — that a community agitator with no executive experience would treat the job of president as an inconvenience when it didn’t involve speechifying and fundraising.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal