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Immoral Settlement Construction

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

United Arab Emirates delivered mobile homes to Gaza, for Gazan residents whose home were destroyed in Hamas’s war against Israel.

An internal Arab poll indicated that at least 70% of Gazans want to permanently leave the Gaza Strip.

The more moral act would have been to help these Gazan residents relocate to another country, outside the Middle East, where they could instead have a good life away from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorist groups who currently rule Gaza.

But instead, the UAE prefers to help perpetuate the Gazan’s misery.

Peace With Gaza Need Not Be Expensive

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

It’s estimated that the direct and indirect economic cost to Israel for the 51 day Gaza war was in the area of $3 billion dollars. It’s broken up between military costs, and economic damage.

I only mention that number because of an interesting article I read in Makor Rishon this weekend.

Assaf Gibor interviewed some young men (in their 20s and 30s) in Gaza who wanted to leave. They want to move to Europe, to start new lives and families there, away from Gaza, Hamas and war.

One man gave broke down the costs. He needed $12,000 to make a new life.

$5000 goes to pay the tunnel smugglers to get him out of Gaza and into the Sinai. Another thousand more to get him from the Sinai to Alexandria in Egypt. And two thousand dollars more to pay off a former Syrian woman named Um-Salim who helps Syrians (and now also Gazans) sneak into Europe via boat.

The boat goes out every Thursday with 300 people on it.

Once the boat reaches Italy, and the passengers reach shore (whether by docking or swimming), they head over to the local Red Cross office, they then get sent to jail for a short period of time, and soon after that, they are set free to go look for work and life in Europe.

At $12,000 a person, you could smuggle a million Gazans into Europe, and it would be far cheaper than what the European Union is going to waste in rebuilding Gaza, just so Hamas can get it all destroyed, when they attack Israel again. And the EU wouldn’t even notice the minuscule spike in new immigrants.

You’d need a lot more boats, but you get the idea.

When at least 70% of Arabs want to leave the Land of Israel (including Gaza), relocation is a concept seriously worth exploring.

There are financial solutions that would bring real peace. Just no one wants to talk about them.

Heniyeh: No Demilitarization for Gaza Reconstruction

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh stated on Saturday that Hamas would not agree to disarm Hamas in exchange for Gaza being rebuilt, according to a report in Middle East Monitor.

Hamas utilized civilian areas, including homes, mosques and schools to attack Israel, which then opened up those areas to Israeli retaliatory strikes.

Haniyeh also said that Hamas would not hold direct talks with Israel.

Khaled Abu Toameh reported on Friday that Gazan homeowners are now refusing to rent out their homes (or parts of their homes) to Hamas, out of fear that their homes would be targeted by Israel.

Hamas Terrorists Begin to Receive Salaries

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Hamas Employees have begun receiving partial salaries today, after 3 months of not receiving any salary at all.

Lines to the Gaza banks currently go around the block as Hamas members try to withdraw their cash.

Detached From Reality: US Renews Travel Warning Against Israel

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The U.S. State Department has again warned its citizens against traveling to Israel, equating the dangers facing people in the Jewish State with those facing visitors to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The warning comes on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack on America by the global Al Qaeda Islamist terrorist organization — and just ahead of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, the start of the Jewish high holy days.

The new travel warning replaced that posted on July 21 during the height of Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge, when Hamas was firing rockets and missiles at Israel daily from Gaza. To read it, one would believe the war is still in progress. But to walk the streets of Israel, one knows without a doubt it’s over. Schools are overflowing and so are the stores, which are filled with the latest fall fashions in Be’er Sheva, Ra’anana and even in Ramallah.

This is total silliness. Or perhaps a veiled attempt to sabotage the Israeli economy, which although damaged by the war is still in much better shape than that of Gaza.

Or even maybe it’s an attempt to take a swing at the Ramallah-based Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) headed by Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas — with whom Hamas is currently locked in a power struggle over control of the Palestinian Authority unity government, which the two factions agreed to this spring.

Sour grapes? Also maybe. Hamas is backed by Iran, Qatar, and Turkey, and demanded unsuccessfully the latter two nations be allowed to participate in cease-fire negotiations in Cairo. Although at the end they were not allowed, Secretary of State John Kerry consulted with both at a meeting in Paris at the height of the war. All three are close allies of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the United States recently signed an $11 billion military contract with Qatar. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have backed Ramallah, which has recently resumed its stance in supporting Israel on a crackdown on terrorism.

But to read the U.S. travel warning, one could believe there’s an active war zone at play.

“During the recent conflict between Israel and terrorist organizations in Gaza, long-range rockets launched from Gaza reached many locations in Israel and the West Bank including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other cities in the north and south. A ceasefire was announced on August 26 and, as of the date of this Travel Warning, is holding. The Government of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has successfully intercepted many rockets. However, in some cases missile impacts caused damage and injuries,” the travel warning reads – as if a cease-fire with Hamas was never reached.

“U.S. citizen visitors to and U.S. citizen residents of Israel and the West Bank should familiarize themselves with the location of the nearest bomb shelter or other hardened site. Consult municipality websites, such as those for Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, for lists of public bomb shelters and other emergency preparedness information. Visitors should seek information on shelters from hotel staff or building managers. We advise all US citizens to follow the instructions of the Home Front Command on proper procedures in the event of rocket attacks or other crisis events.”

Commercial flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport are operating as usual, the warning notes, “although delays and cancellations can occur. Travelers should check with their airline prior to their planned travel to verify the flight schedule. Other border crossings are generally operating as normal; however, travelers should check the status of crossings before embarking on trips. See information on the status of the airport and other crossings.”

PA Unity Deal Threatened Over Gaza Civil Service Salaries

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority unity government is falling apart over the issue of who should pay the back salaries of Hamas civil service workers.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization stopped paying its workers months ago, instead diverting funds to weapons development, tunnel building and other war mongering activities. Nor are they paying them now.

As late as three weeks ago Hamas terrorists were still summarily executing numerous Gaza civilians they believed may have been collaborating with Israel, usually after quickie kangaroo court trials — if any at all.

When the unity government deal was signed last spring, Hamas assumed the new administration would take over all the debts. But Ramallah-based Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman and rival Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas is refusing to pay the bills until Hamas is willing to allow the unity government to actually govern the workers – and Gaza.

Moreover, in order to take on the current expenses of a unity government, — which he heads — Abbas says the administration must function as one entity. In addition, the 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge launched by Israel in Gaza this summer has exacerbated problems faced by the new government.

Cleaning staff in Gaza began a strike three days ago after going without salaries for the past five months, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported. On Wednesday, Nabil Abu Aqlein spoke on behalf of Al Shifa hospital employees, saying cleaning staff in all Gaza hospitals would remain on strike until they are paid. Some 170 workers are currently on partial strike.

“If cleaning staff quit working there will be a disaster, and disease will spread throughout all hospitals,” Abu Aqlein pointed out, urging Abbas to intervene to resolve the crisis.

But Abbas won’t even enter the region, let alone intervene in a local financial crunch, until the issue of ‘who’s governing what’ is resolved.

“We will not retain partnerships with Hamas unless it accepts one arm, one legitimacy and one decision in the Palestinian territories,” Abbas told reporters. As a matter of fact, not even Abbas can safely enter Gaza at this point without bodyguards. Even then, his security is still at risk.

Abbas insists the unity government retain independent control over security and weapons. Hamas has not agreed. Gaza-based Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zukhri, called the demand “unjustified and unreasonable.”

The Hamas spokesperson told journalists that a meeting to discuss these issues has been set between Hamas and Fatah in the next few days, but “Fatah refuses to sit with Hamas in Gaza; it prefers the meeting be held in Egypt.”

Israeli, US Leaders Organize Top Brass to Fight Islamic State

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Israel’s top brass met Wednesday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to discuss the growing threat in the region from the Islamic State terror organization.

Representatives from every security establishment were present, including Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the National Security Council, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch, Foreign Ministry representatives, and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

Netanyahu discussed with those present the issues surrounding the threat posed to Israel by the Islamic State. The prime minister warned world leaders about the terror organization during Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge this summer in Gaza.

Netanyahu repeatedly has drawn a parallel between Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and the Islamic State, which has spread its influence from Iraq and Syria to the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza, Lebanon and recently as far as Europe. Israel has officially outlawed the group.

U.S. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, planned to address the American people in a prime-time televised address to the nation Wednesday evening.

Obama was to outline his strategy for dealing with the global threat posed by the Islamic State, which is rapidly becoming a specific threat to the United States as well. There have been reports that up to 100 sleeper cells from the group may already exist in the U.S.

Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Baghdad just two days after Iraq’s newly-sworn Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi installed his top government ministers.

Two car bombs exploded simultaneously in the southeastern neighborhood of New Baghdad, killing 13 people, during the meeting of the two leaders.

“A new and inclusive Iraqi government has to be the engine of our global strategy against ISIL (a former acronym for Islamic State – Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant),” Kerry said.

The next question is, where are the Europeans and how are they planning to fend off this threat in their midst? (Yes, the Islamic State has indeed already arrived on Europe’s shores. It was an Islamic State terrorist who was behind the terrorist attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum this past May 24.)

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-us-leaders-organize-top-brass-to-fight-islamic-state/2014/09/10/

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