Sunday Show Round Up

Israel under attack and the Mexico border under siege
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during an appearance on “Face the Nation” that the tumult in Gaza would not subside anytime soon and that Hamas, not Israel, was responsible for the deaths of Palestinian civilians.

Life Under Siege

Iron Dome, shelter procedures keeping Israelis safe as rockets rain down
An Iron Dome air defense system in Ashkalon attempts to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza Strip / AP

JERUSALEM—Before the sirens stopped wailing last night, the staircase, serving as a shelter, was lined by neighbors, including some women in housecoats hastily donned. It was the first siren to be heard in Jerusalem since the fighting with Hamas began to intensify the day before.

What Hillary Clinton and ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Have in Common

Is aspiring caliph out of touch with mainstream terrorists? (AP)

ISIS frontman Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s much-anticipated public rollout has been plagued by some of the same problems that Hillary Clinton has experienced on her mediocre book tour.

The Telegraph reports that al-Baghdadi—a.k.a. “Caliph Ibrahim”—whose Islamist terrorist group recently seized up to $400 million from an Iraqi bank as part of its effort to establish a global caliphate, is under fire for sporting a flashy wristwatch in a video released last week:

Official Al Qaeda Rebel Unit in Syria Joins ISIL

Merger a sign ultra-violent wing of al Qaeda gaining strength
al Qaeda

In other Iraq developments, the Iraqi government announced that its forces had taken full control over the Bayji oil refinery and that ISIL fighters at the plant had been defeated.

Power Precedes Politics

Column: What liberal internationalists don’t understand
An ISIL image shows the country’s largest oil refinery under ISIL control / AP

The situation on the ground: Iraq in flames. The black flag of al Qaeda over Sunni-majority cities, Shiite militias cleansing Baghdad neighborhoods of other sects and ethnicities, car and suicide bombs exploding daily, the government of Nouri al-Maliki looking insolent and ineffective, the Kurds hinting at independence. Civil war. Iranian meddling. American defeat.