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August 1, 2014 - 9:12 am

Secretary of State John Kerry called on Hamas to “immediately and unconditionally” release an Israel Defense Forces soldier kidnapped in a Palestinian attack that rapidly broke what was supposed to be a 72-hour cease-fire.

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s attack, which led to the killing of two Israeli soldiers and the apparent abduction of another. It was an outrageous violation of the cease-fire negotiated over the past several days, and of the assurances given to the United States and the United Nations,” Kerry said in a statement.

“Hamas, which has security control over the Gaza Strip, must immediately and unconditionally release the missing Israeli soldier, and I call on those with influence over Hamas to reinforce this message,” he continued.

“After the horrific loss of life in this attack and its aftermath, it would be a tragedy if this outrageous attack leads to more suffering and loss of life on both sides of this conflict. I have been in close touch with Prime Minister Netanyahu, with UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry and with other regional partners. The international community must now redouble its efforts to end the tunnel and rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists on Israel and the suffering and loss of civilian life.”

The father of captured soldier 2nd-Lt. Hadar Goldin, Simha Goldin, says he’s “sure the army will not let up for a moment and will turn over every stone in Gaza to bring back Hadar safe and sound,” according to The Times of Israel.

Netanyahu’s office said the prime minister spoke with Kerry by phone and assured him “the Palestinians had unilaterally and grossly violated the humanitarian ceasefire and attacked our soldiers after 09:00.”

“PM Netanyahu told Secretary Kerry that Hamas and the other terrorist orgs in the Gaza Strip will bear the consequences of their actions and that Israel would take all necessary steps against those who call for our destruction and perpetrate terrorism against our citizens,” his office said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Go ahead, ketchup-boy, have your bimbos hash tag the Shiite outa them! (And just to let them know how SERIOUS you are, why don't you hold your breath until they give in!) Yeah, that's the ticket!
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So far, I believe there have been 6 cease-fires declared, and each one has been broken by Hamas. Sad to say, Israel seems to be playing the role of Charlie Brown kicking the football to Hamas' Lucy. The only appropriate response would be for Bibi to announce that there will be *no more* cease-fires until this war is over. Not humanitarian, not for reloading, not if called for by Kerry, not if called for by Ban Ki-Moon. None.
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another poster mentioned, hash tags.

now maybe that will put the fear of god into them, when moochelle sits all teary eyed with a hashtag about honoring truce,

Sorry, in a war, soldiers break things and kill people and win, then you don't get a truce, you get a peace accord, dictated by the winning side.

And enough with putting the football out for Israel to kick, and then pulling it. Even Drudge headlined Bibi to B.O. don't question me again.
19 weeks ago
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Yup, they are really going to listen to this man.

maybe he can throw his medals at them, to remind them that he was in Viet Nam,

maybe he can stomp his feet and whine,

maybe he can better yet, resign and maybe we can get an adult in the room.

19 weeks ago
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Ironically enough,I'm am listening to Don Henley: "Give me what you got" which is followed up on this CD with the track, "If dirt were dollars"
The CD is titled, "The End of Innocence".

19 weeks ago
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You cannot negotiate something that nobody wants.

Why should Hamas, even as it's assets are attrited by the IDF allow a cease fire which allows Israel to destroy the tunnels? No reason unless they actually care about the civilians in Gaza. We know with certainty that is not true, all of us except our government anyway.

Better strategy from Hamas is to keep the war up until something even worse happens which will force Israel to give ground. So far that strategy, which has worked in the past is failing.

Netanyahu reportedly gave a very succinct message to Obama, "never second guess me again" . Let that be a rallying cry.

19 weeks ago
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And the next line was probably "and I urge the Israelis to stop bayoneting babies." The basic policy seems to be that you never ask an Islamist to cease an atrocious evil without accusing a Jew of something worse even when you have to make it up.
19 weeks ago
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I called both my Senators and asked them not to ratify Kerry for Sec. of State. He is a "Jane Fonda" Liberal.
19 weeks ago
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you tell 'em, lurch. get vlad on the phone.
19 weeks ago
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Funny!
Like Vlad would walk 2 steps to pick up a call from Kerry.
19 weeks ago
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Kaptin catchup STRIKES AGAIN!
19 weeks ago
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I have more respect for Captain Kangaroo than I do for Captain Heinz-Kerry.
19 weeks ago
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Condemned in the strongest possible terms.
I bet hamas is scared now.
19 weeks ago
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Yeah right. Like who fears John Kerry these days? Certainly not the likes of Hamas.
19 weeks ago
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Go ahead, ketchup-boy, have your bimbos hash tag the Shiite outa them! (And just to let them know how SERIOUS you are, why don't you hold your breath until they give in!) Yeah, that's the ticket!
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