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The leader of Al-Qassam Brigades, which is a part of Hamas, publicly admitted that Hamas is rebuilding its terror tunnel network. The Gaza-based newspaper Al-Resalah was invited to send reporter Mahmoud Foda to a tunnel site on Sunday, where he was shown the diggers hard at work repairing a tunnel that had been bombed by Israeli planes during Operation Protective Edge.
The commander of the digging team, Abu-Khaled, admitted that the tunnel’s repairs were started “during one of the humanitarian ceasefires reached during the war.”
This admission shows Hamas was using ceasefires reached for humanitarian ends as part of their war strategy.
There have been previous indications that Hamas was engaged in a rebuilding effort after Protective Edge. In mid-September, Al-Qassam Brigades had announced that Ahmad Riyad al-Hadad had died while engaged in “underground activities”, without specifying what they were.
Earlier this month, Al-Qassam Brigades’ spokesperson announced at a rally “the tunnels of Al-Qassam are fine, thank God. Our men will begin the next battle with their feet on the ground in Nahal Oz….and the other settlements around Gaza.”
Seen together with the missile test launches reported over the last two months, signs point to Hamas preparing for another conflict. A senior Israeli diplomatic source, quoted in Israeli media, said “Hamas did not wait a single moment after the last round of fighting, and began its rearmament in anticipation of another round”.
What Israel’s response will be to Hamas’ aggressive drive to repair its attack capabilities remains unknown.
Israelis in at least half a dozen Gaza Belt communities woke up to the sound of Color Red early warnings of incoming rocket attacks from Gaza shortly after 7:15 a.m.
The fact there were two separate warnings makes it less likely the sirens were activated because of a technical problem, but the IDF said the sirens were a false warning, and no rocket explosions were heard.
We have been down this road before, where a “false warning” does not necessarily mean that Gaza terrorists did not launch rockets to test new weapons or that the missiles simply exploded within Gaza, short of their target in Israel.
Hamas has bragged that it has continued its manufacture of weapons since the temporary cease-fire two months ago.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Gaza and the rocket-battered Tuesday, but his heart clearly was with his hope for a “one Palestine” that unites Hamas and Fatah with joint supervision of goods moving in and out of Gaza.
“We stand by you. The international community supports your government’s efforts to assume the security and governance responsibilities in Gaza,” he said after meeting with Gaza officials.
He also visited Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha and Nirim, targets of Hamas tunnel terrorists, and he toured the remains one of the tunnels with IDF officials.
Ban didn’t connect the dots.
“This is a great opportunity to unite the West Bank and Gaza under one Palestinian leadership,” he said. “My visit today to the school and to Gaza has reinforced my conviction that there is no time to lose. There can be no peace in the Middle East, no security for Israel, while the crisis in Gaza festers.”
He did not acquit Gaza terrorists of all guilt and added, “I repeat here in Gaza: the rockets fired by Hamas and other armed groups must end.”
He said he was “shocked and alarmed by the underground tunnels which have been used for penetration for terrorist purposes. Nobody should live under constant threat or fear by these rockets and the penetrating alarming underground tunnels.”
Ban did his best to show sorrow for terror victims in Israel as Gazans who have been caught between their own terrorist regime and IDF retaliation.
But the bottom line, as expected, is that lifting the “senseless blockade” and addressing the underlying issues “is the only way – a viable option, so that the two peoples can enjoy peace and harmony and security.”
His visit follows by several days the “donors” conference in Cairo, where more than $5 billion was pledged to “re-build” Gaza.”
Ban said last week this will be the “last time” that aid will pour into Gaza, where Hamas has repeated used funds to feed its stockpile of weapons rather than feed its hapless resident.
A sign that the Ban called the “build-destroy, build-destroy cycle” is not about to end is that aid is going into Gaza without Hamas agreeing to give up its missiles.
The United States is coughing up more than $200 million for Gaza, and Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked the State Dept. Tuesday, “If you’re going to give them the money without a guarantee of – that hostilities aren’t going to start again, I’m wondering why you just don’t throw it on a bonfire or something.”
Spokeswoman Jen Pskai replied dodged the question, saying only, “We want to see Gaza reconstructed, and we believe that the people of Gaza have a vast array of needs… There’s a desire in the international community to see a serious approach to a lasting ceasefire. “
Arab rioters attacked Jewish motorists in eastern Jerusalem Tuesday night in what has become a “silent intifada” thanks to establishment media’s generally ignoring frequent violence.
Arab rioters attacked several cars whose occupants were on their way on the eve of Hoshana Raba, the last day of Sukkot, to learn Torah at the “Beit HaHoshen,” in the heart of a hostile and almost entirely Arab neighborhood above Wadi Joz in eastern Jerusalem.
Shuki Set wrote on the Rotter.net website that he and his son were driving to Beit HaHoshen when they got stuck in a traffic jam, a ready-made setting for Arab violence.
“Arabs suddenly struck our car with rocks at point-blank range,” he wrote. “The kicked the car and smashed the side mirrors, but there was nowhere to flee. We simply stood there like sitting ducks, hoping we would not be physically harmed.
“Suddenly, one of the rioters heaved a huge rock and smashed the back window.”
The driver barely was able to escape the ambush, and he called the police. He discovered that there were other families who were on their way to learn and who also were attacked.
“This Jerusalem!” he wrote. [It is] two minutes from Hebrew University. Where are the police” Where are the authorities?
“I never felt so ashamed and helpless in my life.
“I hope the government will start to exercise its sovereignty over our capital. If we don’t stop this erosion in Beit Hanina, the rioters will get to the Mount of Olives and then Rehavia,” an upscale neighborhood near downtown Jerusalem.
We have news for Shuki. Arab attacks on Jews traveling to and from the Mount of Olives as well as the nearby Maaleh Zeitim neighborhood are almost daily events.
The establishment rarely report on them.
Because their agenda is that “United Jerusalem” includes Ramot and Gilo, maybe Talpiot, Pisgat Ze’ev and French Hill, but does not include anywhere else where Jews live in eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem.
The media silence is somewhat reminiscent of the Arab violence in Gush Katif from the 1990s until the day in the summer of 2005 that the Sharon administration expelled 9,000 Jews from Gaza and withdrew the entire military, down to the last soldier.
The establishment newspapers, website and TV and radio stations only reported violence when someone was killed or badly injured, and they twisted the reportage to push their agenda that things would be a lot more peaceful if the Jews simply would go away.
Even the media snobs in Tel Aviv know today that the result was they also had to hide in bomb shelters to protect themselves from missiles fired in Gaza.
If Israel’s media and political leaders really had learned the lesson, they would not ignore the daily violence in eastern Jerusalem that, thanks to the self-muzzling, has become a “silent intifada.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week finally broke the silence and ordered police to crack down on Arab attackers “to ensure the safety of Jerusalem.”
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat occasionally stands up and makes a nice speech that the police are not doing enough to protect Jews in eastern Jerusalem.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, arguably one of the worst ministers ever to hold the portfolio, insists that his office has zero tolerance towards the rioters” and that hundreds of arrests have been carried out.
Arrests usually end up in in the revolving door, but he often claims violence is on the decrease. He usually does so at almost the same time rioters prove him wrong.
The attitude of the establishment media was best-expressed in a recent editorial in Haaretz, the left-wing bastion to which foreign media turn for their “knowledge” of Israel.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s press secretary hastily called The Jewish Press Monday night to announce that Ban will visit rocket-battered communities in southern Israel as well as devastated areas of Gaza.
The phone call would not be news if it weren’t for the fact that that the visit to the Negev was not previously announced by U.N. officials nor by Ban, who made special mention to journalists in Cairo Sunday that “I am announcing today that I will visit Gaza on Tuesday to listen directly to the people of Gaza, survey the situation for myself.”
We don’t usually like blowing our horn, but when Ban’s press secretary calls us directly to ask us to publicize a previously unannounced omission, it deserves attention because it only shows how biased the United Nations really is.
We asked Ban’s press secretary Stefan Dujarric why the official U.N. press releases made such a big deal out of the misery in Gaza without any mention of Israel.
The omission was an ”unfortunate error,” he explained, adding he will “look into” how it happened.
For the record, Dujarric said of Ban’s itinerary, “He will go to Kibbutz HaShlosha near and will meet with inhabitants of the kibbutz and with families impacted by the rockets and relatives of people who lost loved ones, and he will meet with them privately.”
We give the press secretary credit for admitting there was an “unfortunate error” but also suggest that the error goes a lot deeper.
It probably was not intended. It simply is natural, part of the inherent pro-Arab, pro-Hamas and anti-Israel agenda of the international community’s hold on the United Nations.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit communities battered by Hamas missiles and meet with relatives of victims after his visit to Gaza, his press secretary told The Jewish Press Tuesday evening.
An earlier story entitled “Ban Ki-Moon Skips Sderot on Way to ‘Stand with the People of Gaza’ was based on official United Nations press releases that Ban said he will “listen directly to the people of Gaza.” A visit to southern Israel was not mentioned.
The omission of any reference to his itinerary in southern Israel was an “unfortunate error” that will be investigated, his press secretary Stefan Dujarric said.
Fresh from a visit to Libya, another hotspot where the United Nations has been a colossal failure, Ban’s speech at the “Donors Conference” in Cairo to make Hamas safe from the world marked another step towards the international body’s becoming an instrument for insanity.
It turns out, according to Ban, the “root causes” of the war are not Hamas’ stated aim of destroying Israel. “We must not lose sight of the root causes of the recent hostilities: a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights, and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations,” Ban said.
It’s all because of the “occupation,” meaning the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria following the Jordanian army’s retreat in 1967 after joining half a dozen other Arab countries that tried and failed to annihilate Israel.
It’s because of the “occupation” – not the occupation by Jordan of Judea and Samaria after it and the Arab world refused to accept the U.N. recognition of Israel and the partition plan that would have left Israel a defenseless nation and without Jerusalem.
It’s because of the “occupation” when Israel took over Gaza from Egypt, which was happy to get rid of it in the war and allow Israel to breathe life into that had been a hapless and hopeless society.
It’s because of the occupation – but not the occupation of the political vacuum by Yasser Arafat, who led the destruction of the Arab economy and religious and social freedoms.
Not only is the “occupation” the reason that Hamas attacked Israel again and again and again.
One of the root causes also is the “denial of Palestinian rights,” rights they never had under Jordanian and Egyptian role. Ban did not refer to other rights, such as free speech, a fair trial and the freedom to be a Christian. It would be too much to suggest that Jews be free to be Jews because that is what the Hamas attacks were about.
Ban says otherwise.
The war was because of “the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations,” the euphemism for creating a Palestinian Authority state according to its own definitions, including ridding the United Nations of the burden of “refugees,” who would flood Israel to rid the world of a Jewish nation.
Ban is to meet with Israeli leaders Monday. The earlier Jewish Press article, based on U.N. press releases, stated that “Ban will reserve for Arabs in Gaza the privilege of talking with him.”
“I believe it is important to be on the ground,” he told journalists in Cairo. “That is why I am announcing today that I will visit Gaza on Tuesday to listen directly to the people of Gaza, survey the situation for myself.”
The official UN News Center removed any doubt that the United Nations is a front for the United Anti-Israel Nations.
Press Secretary Dujarric phoned The Jewish Press to correct the official press releases’ omissions and said, Ban “will go to Kibbutz HaShlosha near and will meet with inhabitants of the kibbutz and with families impacted by the rockets and relatives of people who lost loved ones, and he will meet with them privately.”
However, Ban’s speech in Cairo and the official U.N. News Center hardly mentioned Hamas attacks on Israel.
“During the recent 51-day conflict, dozens of schools, hospitals and clinics were destroyed or damaged in Gaza. UN facilities sheltering women and children were hit, resulting in many casualties. Eleven staff members of the UN were killed in the course of the conflict,” the U.N. News Center stated.
No mention was made of Israeli casualties, No mention was made of damage in Israel. No mention was made that Israel did not raise a finger at Gaza until Hamas attacked.
The United Nations continues to act as a propaganda organ for the Palestinian Authority, which now officially includes Hamas, and the “unfortunate error” only highlights its agenda.
“Given that 70 percent of Gazans are refugees, we have a huge responsibility to rebuild homes and improve the situation in the refugee camps,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness speaking with UN radio from Jerusalem this afternoon.