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IAF aims to target terror infrastructure, not fighters

צילום: AFP

3 incendiary balloon cells attacked on Sunday, with IAF firing upon them directly rather than firing near them, but the majority of the 100 or so rockets and missiles fired at Gaza targets on Saturday was aimed at infrastructure, with the IAF avoiding attacks terror combatants as much as possible.

National Ice Cream Day PSA: Beware the ice cream machine on 'Chopped'

National Ice Cream Day PSA: Beware the ice cream machine on 'Chopped'As we hunt for free ice cream on this glorious holiday, National Ice Cream Day, let us not forget that not all ice cream stories end well. Especially when
Chopped's involved. The long-running
Food Network show pits four contestants against each other as they compete for a cash prize. They go through three cooking speed rounds, whipping up an appetizer, entree, and dessert using random ingredients provided in a basket — you can get everything from sardines paired with watermelon to mud pie and potato chips.  SEE ALSO: The absolute best and worst ice cream truck treats The dessert round decides the game, and even though there have been more than three dozen seasons of this reality show, contestants still make the mistake of using the ice cream machine. Stay away from the ice cream machine! The ice cream machine will only bring you sorrow.  One of the following is bound to happen: You go for the ice cream machine only to be foiled by another contestant who got to it first, and there's only 10 minutes left before you have to present the dessert and ahhhh why did you want to make ice cream out of fruit cake anyways? You get to the ice cream machine before your competitor, and breathe a sigh of relief as you begin pouring a hot mixture into the machine. Wait! The ice cream base can't be hot. It'll ruin the ice cream. There goes $10,000.  Everything seems to be going well, you've managed your time, and you've got the ice cream machine all to yourself. You put the ingredients in and move on to doing other stuff, like making a nice boozey sauce to impress the judges. You come back to check on your ice cream, and it's just soup. It didn't work. What happened? Noooooo! This time, ice cream's looking good. It's spinning in the machine and has the right consistency. You use a spoon to scoop the ice cream out and oh no, what happened to the spoon? The ice cream machine ate it!  That spoon scenario really happened and is even featured in the show's "Most Serious Mishaps" video on Facebook.  There are memes dedicated to the ice cream machine and its evil ways. A recurring judge on the show has even admitted Food Network only has one machine for the drama. “It’s really for creating that level of semi-chaos," said chef and restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson. "It’s really like cooking on a treadmill. It’s not easy at all.” No it's not. Make your life easier and avoid that machine. I don't think I've ever watched anyone have a favorable outcome when using the ice cream machine on Chopped. — Say Chels (@renegadewriter) July 11, 2018 You know you’re setting yourself up for failure if your in the final round of chopped and you try to make ice cream — GABE (@GabeLashley00) July 13, 2018 not listening to tim : project runway :: using the ice cream maker : chopped — this cannot continue (@woodswake) July 13, 2018 Of all the gods that govern the Chopped kitchen, the Risotto gods are second only to the ice cream gods in terms of cruelty — Mike Golic Jr (@MGolicJR57) June 6, 2018 chopped contestant: ugh my ice cream is basically soup let’s hope putting it in the freezer for the last 4 minutes will help it solidify !! — liz (@peachyliiz) July 10, 2018 The ice cream machine on
Chopped is bad. I stress whenever a poor soul believes they can beat the odds and impress the judges with a cool, creamy treat, it's not gonna happen. Make something else!  So on National Ice Cream Day, which, like every year, is on the third Sunday of July, please take my advice future
Chopped competitors: Beware the ice cream machine. WATCH: Turn frozen fruit into delicious soft serve with this DIY dessert maker


Duchess of Sussex 'is struggling to cope and not answering my calls' says father

Duchess of Sussex 'is struggling to cope and not answering my calls' says fatherThomas Markle has said his daughter Meghan is struggling to cope with the burdens of royalty, and refuses to take his calls. He said he is worried the Duchess of Sussex is hiding the pressure of her new life behind a “pained” smile as she adjusts to her “prim” duties as wife of the fifth-in-line to the Throne. But he revealed she has not been in touch since a phone call after the Royal Wedding while he was recovering from the heart operation which caused him to miss her big day. He told the Sun on Sunday: “My thing about my daughter right now is that I think she is terrified. “I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile. I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don’t like the one I’m seeing now.” Thomas Markle, pictured here on Good Morning Britain in June, said his daughter had stopped taking his calls Credit: REUTERS/REUTERS He said that while her expression might be due to a “bad couple of days” it worried him, and led him to conclude she was under “too much pressure”. Adding that he could “die soon”, he said he wishes they would reconcile so he could tell her how proud he was – but she no longer answers her phone to him and staff at Kensington Palace will not return his texts. Mr Markle said: “I had a heart attack, doesn’t anybody care? I could actually die soon. Does she want this to be the last thing we’ve said to each other?” He said they pair had never gone so long without speaking, and that he wanted to clear the air and tell her how proud he is. Speaking from his seaside home in Rosarito in Mexico, the retired lighting director, 73, also offered an apology, saying: “If I had one message for her it would be that I’m sorry for anything that went wrong. I’d like to put our differences behind us and get together. I miss you very much.” In early May Thomas Markle caused headlines around the world when it emerged he had colluded with a photographer to sell staged ‘paparazzi’ shots of his wedding preparations. After the scandal broke, Meghan is understood to have forgiven her father and his invitation to the Windsor ceremony was not withdrawn. But he developed chest pains on the day he was due to be driven to the airport and went instead to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, ten miles over the US border,  where surgeons installed stents to open his clogged arteries. Meghan's father watched the ceremony from his hospital bed Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA After watching the Prince of Wales walk his daughter down the aisle on television from his California hospital bed, he texted Meghan to tell her she looked beautiful. They discussed the wedding and he wished the couple a happy honeymoon. “That was the last call,” he told the newspaper. "The phone number I had been calling Meghan on is no longer picking up, and I don’t have an address for her. "I can send something to the palace, but there is no guarantee it would get to her. “I sent a text to my palace contact saying I would like to reach my daughter and got no reply.” Markle, who was reported paid £7,500 for a tell-all June interview with Good Morning Britain, said he wanted a father-daughter relationship, adding: “I took care of my mother the last five years of her life. "My daughter said to me she would take care of me in my declining years. I’m not talking about money — I’m talking about taking care of me.” On Saturday the Duchess of Sussex drew admiring glances at Wimbledon when she watched the ladies; singles final from the Royal Box with her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.


Gaza truce mostly holds after heavy Israel strikes, Hamas rocket fire

Gaza truce mostly holds after heavy Israel strikes, Hamas rocket fireHamas, the Islamist movement that runs the blockaded Gaza Strip, said late Saturday a ceasefire had been reached with the help of Egypt and others, though Israel declined to comment. The United Nations’ Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov was in Gaza and “working with all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation,” a UN official said on condition of anonymity.


Rebels, families begin evacuating Syria's Daraa city

Rebels, families begin evacuating Syria's Daraa citySyrian rebels and their relatives began evacuating the southern city of Daraa on Sunday, an AFP correspondent and a monitor said, more than seven years after the country’s ill-fated uprising erupted there. On Sunday, hundreds of fighters and some of their relatives, carrying suitcases packed with clothes, boarded around 15 buses in Daraa city, AFP’s correspondent there said. The AFP correspondent said the buses were searched by Russian military forces before setting off just after midday for the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib.