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Posted on: July 18th, 2013News & Views → Global → Europe → European Union
If Abbas agrees to negotiations, it's because he was promised that everything he demanded as a precondition – he's going to get during and following the negotiations.
Posted on: July 17th, 2013News & Views → Eye on Palestine
Jews in Judea and Samaria know it is lawless on the roads. Arabs drive with unlicensed cars. They steal water and do not pay taxes. A new Ombudsman’s report bares some of the facts – but not all.
Posted on: July 17th, 2013News & Views → Global → Europe → European Union
On the right, many have been telling Prime Minister Netanyahu to consider severing the European involvement in the peace process
Posted on: July 17th, 2013News & Views → Israel
The JCPA went to congress urging the U.S. to restart the "peace talks." It also claims to be the the representative voice of the organized Jewish community. Both ideas are wrong-headed according to many who spoke with The Jewish Press.
Posted on: July 16th, 2013News & Views → Global → Europe → European Union
The Knesset Eretz Israel lobby called on the government to refrain from entering any agreements with the EU.
Posted on: July 16th, 2013News & Views → Jewish → Antisemitism
The new EU directive, effective Friday, demands that all deals with Israel exclude disputed territories.
Posted on: July 16th, 2013News & Views → Eye on Palestine
Kerry is flying to the Middle East, but who cares about Egypt or Syria? He will meet with Abbas in Jordan; Israel is not on his itinerary. He is cooking up something nasty or really is weird.
Posted on: July 15th, 2013News & Views → Eye on Palestine
Who says Netanyahu does not want peace with Abbas? He picked up the phone to wish him greetings on Ramadan. Why didn’t Kerry think of that? Maybe Arabs will call tonight and wish Bibi a good fast.”
Posted on: July 14th, 2013News & Views → Middle East → Egypt
Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. Israel, for a change, can sit back, enjoy the show and watch Egypt do what the world would not let the IDF do – massive destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels and all-out war against terror in the Sinai. The Egyptian military demolished hundreds of smuggling tunnels in and out of Hamas-controlled Gaza Sunday and is preparing for an all-our onslaught of Hamas, Al Qaeda and other terrorists in the Sinai, Egyptian media reported. The Egyptian offensive is a political and military shock to Hamas, with reverberations in Ramallah and Washington, on the eve of yet another attempt by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to re-ignite the “peace process.” “The reduction in smuggling will make it difficult for Hamas to maintain the level of its revenues, and therefore it will be hard pressed to contain the protests against its rule,” according to the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS). “It will also be difficult to infiltrate weapons into Gaza, mainly enhanced rockets and surface-to-surface missiles.” The Egyptian Aswat Masriya media outlet reported that 805 tunnels along the smuggling route, centered in the border city of Rafiah, were destroyed. Most of the tunnels have been used to smuggle fuel into Gaza. The Egyptian army will also close the Rafiah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip “indefinitely,” an official source told Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm. It placed a severe siege on Hamas but without a peep from the international community, which still condemns Israel for the maritime embargo that is aimed at preventing the import of terrorists and weapons from the sea. Terrorists in Rafiah targeted a military checkpoint Saturday, but no casualties were reported, and Egypt opened the Rafiah border crossing for four hours Saturday to allow humanitarian cases to cross the border. The tunnels have been a key route for terrorists to travel freely back and forth to the Sinai Peninsula and establish terrorist outposts aimed at staking out bases for attack on Egyptian tourist areas, such as El Arish, as well as urban areas. The army killed at least five terrorists on Friday, but Egyptian media reported a larger-scale offensive is in the works after an attempted assassination of Second Field Army commander Maj. Gen. Ahmed Wasfy on Wednesday. Egypt is using heavy arms and warplanes, maneuvers that are prohibited under the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979 without Israel’s approval. With the unstable and radical anti-Israel Muslim Brotherhood out of power, thanks to the military “impeachment” or coup – take your pick – Israel is not blocking any offense, “Security sources confirmed that Israel does not mind that the Egyptian forces use heavy artillery and warplanes during the operation which is expected to start very soon” military sources confirmed to the official television on Saturday. Official added, “The army had decided to cleanse the Sinai of armed gangs and terrorists "The operation will continue until it reaches its objectives, which are not only military but also aim to develop the Sinai.” Meanwhile, state media have reported Friday that two Egyptian Apache helicopters hovered over olive groves south of El-Arish before they fired shells at bunkers of Jihadist gunmen who were preparing to attack army checkpoints. The Egyptian Air Force on Saturday sent in two Apache helicopters to gun down jihadists after it received intelligence information that they were hiding in olive groves and preparing to attack military checkpoints. On Friday, an Egyptian helicopter was seen in the skies over Gaza for the first time since the Six-Day War in 1967. The Hamas terrorist organization is an offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore is a natural enemy of the military that ousted Mohammed Morsi two weeks ago. Hams has denied Egyptian military statements that its soldiers jailed 32 Hamas terrorists and arrested dozens others in the Sinai Peninsula last week. Hamas figuratively shot itself in the head last August when it mounted a severe attack on the Egyptian army, killing 16 soldiers near Rafiah in a multi-pronged attack that was intended to continue into Israel but was foiled at the last minute by the IDF. Ever since, Hamas has been an undeclared enemy, and even the Morsi regime was suspicious of it. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority also is benefiting from Hamas’ miseries but is suppressing its joy because Hamas has widespread support among Arabs in Judea and Samaria who are fed up with chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Any moves by the Secretary of State Kerry to win some kind of a forum between Israeli and Palestinian Authority are a useless exercise without the inclusion of Gaza. Another fallout of the offensive against Hamas might be negative for Israel in the near-term. “The motivation of Hamas and jihadi elements from Sinai to launch attacks against Israel is increasing,” INSS thinks.
Posted on: July 12th, 2013News & Views → Eye on Palestine → Hamas
Of course, they also fanned the flames that sent Arab youths out to throw rocks and firebombs at passing Israeli cars.
Posted on: July 12th, 2013News & Views → News Briefs
Quinn’s position runs counter to that of the U.S. government, which considers the West Bank Israel-occupied territory.
Posted on: July 11th, 2013News & Views → Israel
Palestinian political party Fatah, along with other Palestinian political organizations, criticized representatives of the Palestinian Authority for meeting with Israeli politicians sympathetic with the Palestinian Authority.. In a meeting this week set up by the left-wing Geneva Initiative, members of the ruling right-wing Likud Party and opposition Shas Sephardi party met with PLO Secretary-General Yasser […]
Posted on: July 11th, 2013News & Views → Middle East → Egypt
Hamas is on the run. Virtually boycotted by Abbas, hated by Assad and distrusted by Iran and a diagnosed by Israel as a cancer, Egypt reportedly has killed 30 Hamas terrorists in the Sinai.
Posted on: July 10th, 2013News & Views → Israel → The "Peace" Process
Secretary of State John Kerry has many in Israel wondering if the U.S. has its foreign policy priorities straight, particularly in the Middle East.
Posted on: July 9th, 2013News & Views → Jewish → Antisemitism
PA newspapers and website routinely tell its readers how “fanatical” Jews and police “storm” the Temple Mount with the explicit aim of taking it over. Even if Arabs want peace, their leaders won’t let them believe it is possible.
Posted on: July 8th, 2013News & Views → Eye on Palestine
Big Lie, big explosion. Media spread a story yesterday that Kerry will be back in town this week. Today, the PA claims Bibi met with PA honchos. Abbas forgot that Kerry’s wife is in critical condition.
Posted on: June 30th, 2013News & Views → Eye on Palestine
Netanyahu told his cabinet that any agreement would be brought to a vote of the people.
Posted on: June 30th, 2013News & Views → Business and Economy
Outgoing Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer admitted that he does not understand everything in Israel but after only eight years in the country since taking the helm at the Bank, he is another expert on the Middle East. He previously has injected his dovish political views through hints and gestures, but his […]
Posted on: June 30th, 2013News & Views → Israel
Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah’s vehicle collided with an Israel car on Saturday near Bethlehem, seriously injuring the Israeli driver and leaving his children and three PA security guards with light injures. The PA vehicle was returning to Ramallah from a meeting with the governor of Hevron when his car collided with the Israeli […]
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