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Defense Minister Liberman Orders COGAT to Cut Non-Security Ties With PA [video]

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has ordered the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) to cut all non-security activities and coordination with the Palestinian Authority, according to a source in the Defense Ministry.

The COGAT unit is the civilian authority for residential zoning and infrastructure, and is responsible for addressing the needs of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

For example: last week despite stormy weather and the difficulty of the location, a faulty power line on the border between Gaza and Israel was repaired last week under the auspices of COGAT. The line provides electricity to 100,000 Gazans and is one of 10 power lines carrying approximately 125 megawatts of electricity from Israel into Gaza.

The department also coordinates the activities of government departments, the IDF and security forces with regard to the Palestinian Authority in Judea, Samaria and in Gaza.

One of the projects is a new road recently paved in the Hebron-area village of Bani Naim, home to at least two Palestinian Authority terrorists who murdered Israelis in the past year. And yet COGAT has just finished coordination of a project that has paved a brand-new road that connects Bani Naim to the surrounding villages.

“This project assists over 38,000 people with their daily commute, and improves the quality of life for local residents by making travel in the area smoother,” according to the video which was filmed to show off the new project. “COGAT is committed to creating opportunities for growth in the region.”

Among the activities carried out by the COGAT with the international community are those relating to infrastructure, education, health and housing projects, as well as implementation of humanitarian aid projects.

On December 15, the COGAT announced projects being carried out to improve the infrastructure in Gaza, specifically 137 anti-flood projects – some of which are completed and others still in progress – to avoid weather-related problems during the winter months.

On December 19, an inauguration ceremony was held with the Dutch Ambassador to Israel, Gilles Beschoor Plug, by COGAT at the Kerem Shalom land crossing with Gaza, in honor of a second truck scanner donated by the Dutch government. The new truck scanner enables a quicker crossing for hundreds of trucks making daily deliveries from Israel into Gaza, while preventing smuggling of illegal materials.

“Donated by the Kingdom of The Netherlands, Facilitating Palestinian Trade and Providing Security for Israel 2016,” reads a sign posted on the new scanner. “COGAT and the Gaza CLA are constantly coordinating with international organizations to improve the welfare of residents of the Gaza Strip,” said a statement posted on the COGAT Facebook page.

Will this non-security coordination with the Palestinian Authority continue in light of the anti-Israel vote that took place at the UN Security Council on Friday? It’s not at all clear. Perhaps not. This weekend, the Netanyahu government has reached the decision that there’s a price to be paid when a foreign government pats the Israeli government on the head with one hand – when it wants Israel’s cooperation – and then slaps the Jewish State square in the face when it’s more expedient to do so.

Hana Levi Julian

Rocket Alert – Gaza Border

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

The Rocket Alert went off along the Gaza border at 7:50 AM on Sunday morning.

The siren is in the Kerem Shalom area.

7:59 AM – At this point, no explosion has been heard. It is unclear if it was a false alarm or the projectile fell short.

The alert has been declared a false alarm.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli Artillery Attack Hamas Outpost in Gaza, Retaliation for Gunfire at IDF

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Israeli tanks opened fire in an attack on an outpost of the Hamas terrorist organization in central Gaza Monday afternoon. Three artillery shells were fired at the observation tower near Al-Bureijj, sources said.

The attack came in retaliation for gunfire aimed at Israeli soldiers earlier in the day as they carried out routine work on the border fence with southern Gaza.

Farmers who were working their fields within a mile of the site of the attack were immediately told to evacuate the area.

No injuries were reported on either side.

Hana Levi Julian

Gunfire from Gaza at IDF Troops

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Just before 11 AM on Monday, terrorists from Gaza opened fire on IDF troops working along the border fence.

No one was injured in the attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Palestinian Authority Received $357 Million From US State Dept in 2016

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

A report last week that the Palestinian Authority received no funding at all in 2016 from the United States has been proven untrue in an expose by the Times of Israel.

According to the report, the Ramallah government has received more funding this year from the U.S. State Department than from any other foreign source.

As a matter of fact, a State Department official provided information to the news outlet on Thursday that proves the United States gave the Palestinian Authority more than $357 million in financial aid in 2016. Add to that another $355,177,827 contributed by the United States in 2016 to UNRWA – the United Nations Relief and Works Agency – which included an allocation of $95 million solely for Gaza and the PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.

UNRWA is the agency dedicated solely to helping “Palestinian refugees” in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria – the only refugees in the world to be defined from one generation to the next, now going into the fifth generation, and numbering past five million, rather than having be accepted and absorbed by their “Arab brethren.”

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah had told the official Voice of Palestine radio station on December 8 that his government had not received any funds from the United States in 2016, calling it a “financial siege” on the Palestinian Authority.

“We hope that this aid money will be paid,” he said, the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translated from a clip of the program.

But it turns out Hamdallah was playing semantics, with a reference to the difference between fiscal year approval and transfer of payment, which the U.S. government disburses via the USAID agency in the form of project funding in a one-year delay, which Hamdallah knows perfectly well. “Projects” can include anything like bills for education funding – utility bills for schools, for example – hospitals, direct payments to contractors who build or repair infrastructure… anything other than salaries for terrorist inmates sitting in Israeli jails.

The monies for 2016 were approved actually in 2015. The monies for 2017 – according to Hamdallah, $263 million, were approved by Congress in 2016. Somehow he has gotten the figure wrong, however: according to the figures from the State Department, $261 million was approved by Congress. TOI was unable to reach Hamdallah’s office for comment on the difference in the numbers.

Hana Levi Julian

Two Terrorists Injured in Gaza Training Accident

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Two terrorists were critically injured during a training accident in Gaza on Friday. A car in their Khan Younis training camp exploded, injuring the two.

Hamas is investigating the cause of the explosion.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Jews Rally, Counter-Rally outside Hoenlein’s Group’s Hanukkah Party at Trump’s DC Hotel [video]

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

More than 150 Jewish young adults yelled anti-President-Elect Trump slogans and sang traditional Hanukkah songs with anti-Trump twists marching from Freedom Plaza to the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC Wednesday night, during a pre-Hanukkah party that was being held inside by the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations, the Washington Post reported.

Another, albeit smaller group of about 15 Jews called Jews Choose Trump held a counter-protest nearby. Lee Green, a Jewish member of the electoral college from North Carolina, traveled from his home state to voice her objection to the idea that US Jews demonstrate against Trump.

The group opposing Trump and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents, was made up of the usual leftwing, Reform-affiliated suspects, including Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the URJ, who called Hoenlein’s decision to celebrate Hanukkah at a Trump owned joint “tone-deaf at best, naked sycophancy at worst.” The protest was organized by If Not Now, a leftwing, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian Jewish group.

Hoenlein told the Post a week ago that the Trump hotel was picked for the party “purely on a pragmatic basis,” and that “the reasoning behind it was nothing to do with the Trump name.” He explained that the Azerbaijani Embassy, which co-hosted the party with the Conference of Presidents, planned it close to a month ago, and couldn’t find a venue that was able to accommodate a kosher gathering.

The counter-protesters sang patriotic Israeli and American songs, and at one point, according to the Post, pro-Trump protester David Goldberg yelled at Sharon Kleinbaum, the clergywoman of New York City’s LGBT Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, “What is it that you think we celebrate on the festival of Hanukkah?” adding, “You would have been on the side of Antiochus rather than Judah the Maccabee.”

Back in 2014, Kleinbaum was chastised by many in her own congregation for reading the names of Arab children who were killed in the Gaza war, alongside the names of Israeli soldiers who gave their lives in the same war, creating the impression that the latter bore responsibility for the former. She is also infamous for her statement: “I do believe that Israel violates the human rights of Palestinians every single day. Both things are true.”


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