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October 24, 2014 / 30 Tishri, 5775
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Abbas Regime Visits Gaza in ‘Unity’ Con Game for $4 Billion in Aid

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah, protected by a squad of 40 Fatah bodyguards, rolled into Gaza in his silver Audi Thursday for the first Fatah-Hamas “unity” cabinet meeting to convince the world that it now is safe to throw more money away so Gaza terrorists can shoot more missiles at Israel.

The establishment media bought the meeting hook, line and sinker, with the Associated Press reporting its “marking the end of more than seven years of absolute Hamas control of the coastal territory.”

But AP, like all other media, added that the show of unity’s purpose was to assure donor countries that “absolute Hamas control has ended and that it can lead the rebuilding of the war-battered territory.”

Dig down more than a dozen paragraphs in The New York Times’ rendition of the quickie PR stunt and you will discover that PA foreign minister Riad Malki told Voice of Palestine radio, “This meeting is more symbolic than anything else. It was important that it was convened and the role of the consensus government was cemented in the reconstruction process.”

Unity between Hamas in Gaza and the Ramallah-based regime of Mahmoud Abbas is not the goal.

The real goal is money, and lots of it, and it is no coincidence that the “unity” show took place one day before Hamdallah and several PA ministers will travel to Cairo for a conference to suck up foreign aid from more than 30 countries expected to attend.

Hamas official Salah Bardawil told reporters the visit by Hamdallah “is important for the conference to remove the international and Israeli pretext that there is no unified Palestinian government.”

It is the biggest con game since the peace process.

“Fatah wants the government to impose its control on the whole Gaza Strip and to carry out its missions and duties without any obstacles. Hamas wants the government to act as a government of national consensus and to take into consideration the reality or the de facto situation in Gaza — that Hamas is the authority that has control on the ground,” said Gaza political analyst Talal Okal, quoted by the Times.

He said the meeting “tells the world that the Palestinians are ready and have ways to deal with the reconstruction file.”

That “file” has been dealt with several times. The world helps Hamas rebuild Gaza. Hamas then attacks Israel. Israel fights back and bombs terrorist hideouts, such as school, homes and mosques. Gaza needs more money to re-build.

It is a movie that has had several re-runs.

The show of unity is to prove that this time it will be different, but no one knows if the unity cabinet will have any authority. It is composed of “technocrats” who ostensibly are not Hamas or Fatah politicians, but Hamas’s terrorist organization and goon squads still enforce the peace, so to speak, in Gaza.

Hamas supposedly is not involved in the cabinet, but whom did Hamdallah visit after the meeting? None other than Ismail Haniyeh, who officially is no longer prime minster of Gaza. It was described as a “good will” visit, but Haniyeh does not have authority in Gaza just like Hezbollah does not have anything to do with the Lebanese army.

Hamdallah on Thursday did an excellent PR job. He said at the meeting, which took place at Abbas’ former Gaza City residence, “I cried in Beit Hanoun when I saw how the people live and sleep. The priority is reconstruction.”

Every tear is worth a few million dollars.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that this will be the last time that the international community is going to rebuild Gaza only to see its terrorists attack Israel, followed by another round of bombing to stop the attacks.

Netanyahu: Talking to Hamas Means How Israel Should Commit Suicide

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that negotiating with Hamas means nothing except how to commit suicide, and Hamas proved his point this morning with another “cease-fire” rocket explosion that was heard by Gaza Belt residents but denied by the IDF.

He said in an interview to be aired Sunday by CNN, “As long as Hamas remains committed to our destruction, what’s there to negotiate with? The method of my suicide or what?”

The Jewish Press reported here earlier this morning that a rocket was launched but did not land in Israel, prompting the IDF to declare it was a “false alarm” and leading the public to think that there was no rocket launch. IDF spokesmen insisted there was no rocket fire, but residents in the Gaza Belt reported they heard an explosion.

The military’s definition of a “false alarm” is a bit fuzzy.

Spokesman told The Jewish Press Sunday, “The term means that an alarm was activated, though without any launch from Gaza.  It is important for me to emphasize that each incident is a case of its own and any more information about a ‘false alarm’ is not connected to the use of the term itself.”

In clearer language, “false alarm” means there was no rocket launch – unless there was a rocket launch.

Nearly half a dozen rockets have been launched since the end of the recent cease-fire, and all of them fell in Gaza or in the sea. Several times, the IDF confirmed the launch along with stating that the Color Red siren was a”false alarm.” It appears the IDF spokesmen’s response depends on the political atmosphere.

The last cease-fire may or may remain the last one in a war that was escalated in 2005, immediately after the Sharon government expelled all Jews and withdrew all IDF personnel from to ensure safety for southern Israel.

In return, Hamas placed all of Israel within range of missile attacks until the temporary “cease-fire” two months ago that was to be followed by negotiations for a long-term halt in violence.

No one, except for perhaps Catherine Ashton and John Kerry, believes that will ever happen. Israel’s demand that Hamas dis arm makes great headlines for the vast majority of Israeli who are fed up with Hamas’ countless cease-fires that have proven to be nothing more than an opportunity for its terrorists to prepare to attack deeper into Israel in the next round.

Whether Hamas is testing rockets or simply is trying to prove its point that it can attack Israel if it wants, Sunday morning’s launch is a reminder that the cease-fire will last only as Hamas does not see any political, diplomatic or military gain in attacking again and suffering a devastating response from the IDF.

A stronger but less vocal reminder is Hamas’ continued attempts to smuggle by sea material for manufacturing weapons.

The Israeli Navy has foiled several maritime smuggling attempts in August, according to a Navy commander quoted by The Jerusalem Post Sunday. He told the newspaper, “We continue to see attempts to smuggle weapons or material to build them. The sea is a very convenient platform for smuggling. The terrorists still have one big smuggling tunnel, and it’s called the Mediterranean.”

An IDF Intelligence Unit Lieutenant Colonel told the Times of Israel, “Hamas will not relinquish its military capabilities or its military wing. The demand that it subordinate its military wing to the PA is unrealizable. For now, the talk of ‘one weapon,’ or ‘one authority’ is just talk.”

Fatah’s Gaza Branch Making Rockets to Use before Next Cease-Fire [video]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gaza’s branch of Fatah, Hamas’ rival terrorist party headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, showed off its continuing rocket-manufacturing capabilities for visiting Russian journalists, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported.

Fatah invited Russian TV (RT) last week to a rocket production facility to witness and film the actual production of new rockets. Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, depleted its reserves while taking an active part in the Gaza war alongside Hamas, firing rockets at Israeli towns and cities:

“The moment the war ended, the Palestinian military wings renewed military production in order to replenish the stock, which was emptied during the war,”  according to an Arab journalist for RT, quoted by Fatah on its Facebook page.

A Fatah video, as seen below, shows Fatah members at work producing new rockets, and a masked Fatah terrorist explained, “We are preparing and developing rockets in the productions’ division of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – Al-Asifa Army following the ceasefire agreement in preparation for the coming battles.”

The Palestinian Authority does not want another cease-fire unless it has plenty of rockets on hand to make sure that the truce is temporary. Terrorists in Gaza, like those in the Judea and Samaria who received thousands of rifles from Israel in the 1990s to keep the peace as part of the Oslo Accords, never store their weapons for a long period of time. Their idea of “defense” is to use them to attack Israel, whose existence is considered an offensive act.

The journalist added that Fatah is making rockets because the partial blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt interferes with efforts to smuggle weapons into Gaza.

Of course, Israel could put an end to all smuggling simply by removing the maritime blockade. Then, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and all of the other terrorist groups simply could bring in weapons at will in response to the “humanitarian gesture” by Israel.

Fatah’s activity in the war, in which it lost 17 times more members than those identifying with Hamas, is a sign that Fatah and Hamas have achieved unity in the area of terror, if not on the diplomatic front.

A Sept. 10 Fatah post, translated and published by PMW, quoted the RT reporter as stating. “We are visiting the Al-Aqsa Brigades – Al-Asifa Army (i.e., Fatah’s military wing)… where fuel for rockets and mortar shells is being produced.”

An Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades fighter added, “We are preparing and developing rockets in the productions’ division of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – Al-Asifa Army following the ceasefire agreement in preparation for the coming battles. During the last war, we fired rockets at the Zionist enemy. We have notified the enemy that we have many more [rockets]. We have also successfully developed the K-132 rocket, which is here beside me.”

Death of Hebron Killers Apparently No Obstacle to Cairo Talks

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization says it will continue with negotiations in Cairo over a permanent cease-fire with Israel.

The news follows the news that two Hamas terrorists were killed in a shootout with IDF soldiers during an attempt to arrest them late Monday night in Hebron.

Amar Abu Aisha and Marwan Kawasmeh were killed after they opened fire when the soldiers who tried to take them into custody. The two were accused of abducting and murdering three Israeli teens – Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha’ary – as they hitchhiked home from yeshiva for the Sabbath on June 12, 2014, in Gush Etzion.

“We condemn the assassination of Amar Abu Aisha and Marwan Kawasmeh, and view it as an Israeli attempt to backtrack from a truce agreement,” said Izzat al-Risheq, a senior Hamas official living abroad. A second Hamas leader confirmed the Palestinian Authority unity government delegation had decided to proceed with the Cairo talks. Funerals for the two are to be held sometime Tuesday following afternoon prayers, according to media reports.

Israel’s delegation reportedly arrived in Cairo early on Tuesday.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokespereson Mark Regev declined to confirm or deny the report.

 

Hamas Rocket Explodes in the Sea

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Hamas terrorists Monday afternoon again fired a rocket that fell short of Israel and exploded in the Mediterranean Sea.

At least three similar incidents occurred last week, and military officials publicly have dismissed the rocket launches as nothing more than military exercises.

That explanation ignores the question, “Why is Hamas launching rockets during a cease-fire and when ‘indirect’ talks are taking place between Hamas and Israel, mediated by Egypt?

There are several possibilities.

More wishful thinking than anything else, Hamas is trying to fire on its own population and then blame Israel.

Tying for the least likely probability is that Hamas simply is losing its touch and is out of practice since the end, so far, of the war. Perhaps its terrorists have forgotten that Israel is north, and not west, of Gaza.

That theory presumes that Hamas is trying to attack Israel, which might be true only in the future, after a cease-fire is solidly established, but it is unlikely that Hamas would aim for Israel now and risk instant retaliation what would cause further deterioration in its foreign and domestic relations that still have not gone the way of missiles intercepted by the Iron Dome..

The estimation that Hamas is carrying out military exercises makes sense if Hamas is trying out a new kind of rocket or if terrorists are bored making rockets and need to stay busy to justify their salaries.

Or perhaps, just perhaps, Hamas is serving notice on Israel that it cannot forget about any efforts to dis-arm the terrorist organization.

Cairo Cease-fire Talks Moved Up in Deference to Jewish Holidays

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Cease-fire negotiations in Cairo between Israel and Gaza terrorist factions were moved up to Tuesday this week in deference to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana.

Israel has confirmed it will send a delegation to the Egyptian capital to resume talks over a permanent cease-fire with Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and other allied terrorists.

The main demand that will be brought to the table by Israel at this point is the requirement that Gazans be disarmed – the one issue that is likely to torpedo the talks altogether, since Hamas and its allies are refusing to lay down their weapons.

Hamas, meanwhile, is demanding the construction of a seaport and airport, both of which would constitute immediate, free import of sophisticated weaponry from Iran and other major international military backers. In the past Israel has not agreed to this condition.

In addition, Hamas is demanding that Israel free hundreds of terrorist prisoners in exchange for the bodies of IDF soldiers 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin and 1st Sgt. Oron Shaul, o.b.m. Both fell in the line of duty this summer while fighting in Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

Ahead of the cease-fire talks, Egypt is also hosting negotiations between Hamas and its rival in the Palestinian Authority unity government, the Fatah faction led by PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

IDF Stops Gaza Infiltrator

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Less than two weeks before a month-long cease-fire between Israel and Gaza terrorists is due to end, a Gazan armed with a knife was caught trying to infiltrate into Israel.

The Gazan was spotted by security personnel from a lookout post close to Kibbutz Kissufim, near the border with Gaza. His motives were unknown.

IDF soldiers turned the captive over to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for interrogation.

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