Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.
The Israeli security cabinet unanimously decided today that Israel would not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, the terrorist organization that calls for Israel’s destruction. Considered a severe blow to peace talks, the ‘historic’ Hamas-Fatah unity pack was announced on Wednesday following a seven-year power struggle between the two factions.
After Hamas’s victory in the Gaza’s 2006 parliamentary elections, the Islamist group violently took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, throwing out many Fatah political and security officials while imprisoning others. Earlier this year, in January, Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyah, announced that the Hamas government would release Fatah political prisoners from Hamas prisons and allow Fatah leaders to return to Gaza during the reconciliation process.
US State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki responded to Hamas announcement of the unity accord, stating it was “disappointing.” “It’s hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist,” Psaki stated on Wednesday. During Thursday’s security cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that:
“Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel.”
“Abu Mazen has formed an alliance with an organization whose covenant calls for Muslims to fight and kill Jews. Hamas has fired more than 10,000 missiles and rockets at Israeli territory and has not halted terrorist actions against Israel even for a minute,” Netanyahu said.
“The agreement between Abu Mazen and Hamas was signed even as Israel is making efforts to advance the negotiations with the Palestinians. It is the direct continuation of the Palestinians’ refusal to advance the negotiations. Only last month, Abu Mazen rejected the framework principles proposed by the United States. Abu Mazen has refused to even discuss recognizing Israel as the national state of the Jewish People. He violated existing agreements by unilaterally applying to accede to international treaties and then formed an alliance with Hamas,” continued the Israeli prime minister.
“Whoever chooses the terrorism of Hamas does not want peace.”
Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman noted yesterday that “it was impossible to make peace with Israel as well with Hamas, a terrorist organization advocating for Israel’s destruction. Signing an agreement of a Fatah-Hamas unity government is tantamount to a signature on the end of negotiations between Israel and the PA.”
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Left-wing Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said Tuesday that no ceasefire is imminent between Israel and Hamas, and added that the current military operation in the Gaza Strip was “unavoidable.” Speaking to Army Radio, Livni said there is no substance to Palestinian reports earlier in the day that Israel and the terrorists were considering an additional […]
Six IDF soldiers wounded in Gaza have showed significant improvement at Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva, Israel Radio reported. Three soldiers have been downgraded from “serious” condition to “moderate,” and three additional soldiers are now listed as “lightly injured.” One hundred fourteen soldiers are currently hospitalised as the result of the fighting.
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As of this writing, Code Red rocket alerts were sounded in the following locations Tuesday: 17:48 Hatzerim 17:25 Ofakim, Merhavim, Maslul 16:47 Kfar Aza 16:42 Nahal Oz, Kfar Maimon 16:07 Nahal Oz, Kfar Maimon 16:00 Bnei Shimon, Merhavim 15:59 Beer Sheva, Hatzerim, Nevatim, Segev Shalom 15;41 Sha’ar HaNegev, Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asarah 15:30 Gaza Belt region […]
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Pick a rocket target and the new Israeli citizens will be moving there, to Beit Shemesh, Givat Shmuel, Hadera, Jerusalem, Karmiel, Modiin, Nes Tziona, Ra’anana, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva.
The IDF has commenced Operation Protective Edge in Gaza against Hamas in order to stop the terror that Israel’s citizens face on a daily basis and to restore quiet to Israel’s border.
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“The call for the safety of these boys doesn’t have to come just from synagogues and yeshivas; it must also come from halls of prayer from every religion – from churches and mosques, especially during the Ramadan period,” Rivlin stated.
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