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Standing by Israel - A Special Advocacy Report

Standing by Israel - A Special Advocacy Report

Standing by Israel is a Special Report produced by The Washington Times Advocacy Department.

BLOCK: No better friend in the world

By Josh Block

The world we live in is both increasingly globalized and increasingly dangerous. There are more than 20 countries currently battling violent internal instability problems involving the use of military forces. Published July 31, 2014

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An Israeli army officer walks near the entrance of a tunnel, Friday, July 25, 2014, that is allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israel-Gaza Border. A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel, dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military, is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. (AP Photo/Jack Guez, Pool)

KEENE: Why Israel needs to destroy the tunnels

- The Washington Times

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the support of something like 84% of his fellow citizens for his effort to destroy the dozens of tunnels Hamas has dug under Israeli territory over the last few years because every Israeli knows that they allow Hamas fighters to infiltrate their country to kidnap and kill Israeli civilians or worse.

KEENE: The lone soldier

- The Washington Times

Earlier this week, an estimated 20,000 Israelis gathered in Haifa for the funeral of a 21-year-old from South Padre Island, Texas, who had come to Israel, joined the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), and died in fierce fighting in Gaza.

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2008, file photo, masked Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad place homemade rockets before later firing them into Israel on the outskirts of Gaza City. In 2009, a prominent human rights group said there was "strong evidence" that Gaza's Hamas rulers committed war crimes by allowing militants to fire rockets from the territory, killing civilians in Israel. The third Gaza war is playing out very much like the first one some five years ago: We are now at the stage where the harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants which are the reason for the Israeli assault. In 2009, Hamas was firing relatively small projectiles with minimal range, mostly aimed at border communities surrounding the blockaded Gaza Strip. Now Hamas is firing at Tel Aviv, which is 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the strip, and even at some cities beyond. (AP Photo/Ashraf Amra, File)

SCHANZER: The will to win an unavoidable war

The latest round of violence in the Gaza Strip between the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the Israel Defense Force continues in fits and starts, even after calls from President Obama for an unconditional cease-fire.

Illustration on Mideast peace by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

SOWELL: Quit the Mideast cease-fires

Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East — Arab and Israeli alike — were among the nicest-looking little children I had seen anywhere.

On a higher plane: SkyTran is using magnetic levitation technology to build a high-speed mass-transit system. (SkyTran Inc.)

U.S. firm to build Jetsons-like highway in the sky for Israel

- The Washington Times

Cruising to work in a levitating pod 20 feet above city streets might sound like something out of "The Jetsons," but a California company is building the technology right now in Tel Aviv and thinks it could solve transportation problems in major cities worldwide.