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Report: Bullets from Hamas Live-Fire Training Land in Israel

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Stray bullets from Gaza terrorists’ live-fire training exercises have landed in Israeli communities near the security fence, HaKol Yehudi reported Tuesday.

It said that the IDF has claimed they were “stray bullets.”

Hamas terrorists reportedly are carrying out live-fire training are paving a new road less than 200 yards from the fence.

New UN Middle East Envoy Comes Up with ‘New’ Idea – Freeze Settlements

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The new United Nations Middle East envoy has swung into action like a robotic parrot by demanding that Israel freeze all building in “settlements” which by U.N. definition includes parts of Jerusalem where approximately one-third of its residents live.

Nikolay Mladenov, in his first briefing to the U.N. Security Council, also said he is working with U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki moon to come up with a “realistic options “to resume the peace process” that is buried so deep in the ground that no one can even find its ashes anymore.

And how does Mladenov, who presumably is pumping new blood into the over-aged and crippled international organization, plan to reach his goals?

Freezing settlement building is only the first step. He always wants a “reasonable timetable” for Israel

He also turned on the tape recorder and said:

The coming period will be critical to the future of the peace process.

If that statement rings a bell, try going back around 20 years. No senior official in the American government, the European Union and the United Nations has let a month go by without parroting the same words.

Mladenov also has some other brilliant ideas, such as rehabilitating Gaza.

First of all, he described the situation there.

Gaza Arabs are angry at Israel for the “continuing blockade” that hardly exists, but it makes the Arabs feel good to say that it does.

He admitted “some progress” has been made in allowing more material and goods into Gaza, but it is not enough, and never mind that Hamas still uses construction materials to build homes for missiles and tunnels for terrorists instead of people.

Mladenov said Gaza Arabs not only are angry at Israel.

They are angry at Egypt for the closure of the Rafah crossing.

They also are angry at the whole world for not living up ties commitments to donate $3.5 billion to rehabilitate Gaza, i.e. Hamas.

During his briefing, he said that no one in Israel should have “illusions towards the significance of unilateral actions” such as building homes for Jews in Ramot, French Hill, Talpiot, Gilo and other areas in Jerusalem as well as new homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

When Arabs build homes they are not “unilateral actions” because, according to the U.N.-EU-Obama agenda, a “unilateral action” is one that helps Israel.

Why?

Because the United Nations, agenda, which President Barack Obama has adopted, states that “negotiations” with the Palestinian Authority mean discussing what color ink to use to sign on the dotted line. Invisible ink is not allowed unless it is in Mahmoud Abbas’ poison pen, the one the pope gave to him two years ago.

Speaking of illusions, Mladenov’s appeal to pour money into Gaza has a nasty smell and a hollow ring.

He said only 27 percent of the money pledged at a “donors’ conference” in Cairo last year has been forked over to Hamas. The United States did its bit to the tune of $212 million, as announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said at the time:

Out of this conference must come not just money but a renewed commitment from everybody to work for peace that meets the aspirations of all, for Israelis, for Palestinians for all people of this region.

Freezing settlement construction and setting timetables have failed for two decades to produce anything but terror and the Palestinian Authority’s emasculation of the Oslo Accords.

If Mladenov wants to go hunting for old solutions, he can take look at the only one that has helped Arabs in Gaza enjoy a decent economy, social life and self-government of local affairs.

1 Dead as Gaza Terror Tunnel Collapses

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Gazan sources are reporting that a Hamas terrorist died after the terror tunnel he was in collapsed on top of him.

The tunnel was located in northern Gaza.

Turkey to Help Hamas Rebuild 19 Destroyed ‘Missile Mosques’

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Turkey has offered money to Hamas to re-build 19 mosques that were used to store or launch missiles on Israel before the IDF destroyed them in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio reported Monday morning.

Mehmet Gormez, president of Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs, is visiting Gaza for the first time in what may be a warm-up for a long-promised visit by Turkish President Recep Erdoğan

Gormez said everything Hamas and condemned Israel for “violating human rights” in Gaza by attacking missile-launching sites, many of which were located in mosques, schools, cemeteries and U.N.-financed buildings.

The religious affairs official said:

Israel used internationally banned weapons and violated religious and human rights. Israel must be prosecuted.

Gormez met with de facto Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, who rules Gaza despite a brilliant Orwellian-like maneuver last year that delighted the Obama administration with a “technocrat” government, supposedly without Hamas representation.

Haniyeh poured praise on Turkey for its “reliable and sacred” bond.

The promise of Turkish aid to rebuild missile-launching sites, camouflaged as mosques, follows Iran’s resumption of aid to help Hamas re-build terror tunnels, camouflaged as hide-and-seek playgrounds

Vatican Officially Recognizes PA as New Arab Country

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The Vatican officially recognized the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday as a new Arab country. This, despite its lack of any borders, and the fact that it is, in essence, comprised of two complete entities ruled by two completely different governments.

In a new treaty finalized Wednesday but not yet signed, the Vatican welcomed the 2012 decision by the United Nations General Assembly to grant the entity non-member observer state status.

As the first legal document to be negotiated between the Palestinian Authority and the Vatican, the treaty as such constitutes an official recognition of “the state of Palestine.”

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas – who has remained in his position more than four years past the expiration of his legal term in office – is slated to meet with Pope Francis on Saturday.

Since the PA has not seen fit to meet its obligations under the internationally- recognized Oslo Accords, this treaty further exacerbates tensions over the entity’s violations of the agreement.

The PA has sought UN membership as a means of evading its responsibilities under the Accords, which include stopping terror and reaching a final status agreement with Israel through direct negotiations between the parties.

IDF Gaza Front Commander Turns “Palestinian” Hero over Misquote

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Reading the headlines various Middle East editors have slapped on a recent AFP/Reuters story, one would believe a top-ranking IDF officer switched sides, God forbid:

“Israeli General: ‘Israel and Hamas have common interests.'”

“A top Israeli general thinks Hamas is crucial to peace in Israel”

“No obvious alternative to Hamas in Gaza, says top Israeli general”

“Israeli general says Hamas needed for Gaza stability”

These headlines display a remarkable level of wishful thinking on the part of Arab, European and Israeli editors, gleaning confirmation for their political views from a factual—and frank—discussion of realities in the Gaza strip by said officer.

It began with a meeting this week, between soon-retiring southern command chief Major General Sami Turgeman and local southern mayors, in which the commander addressed the situation in Gaza, eight months after last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, and what to expect from the next round of fighting against Hamas.

Here is what Turgeman actually thinks about Israel’s options in Gaza, speaking to the top concern of the mayors—the fact that Hamas continues its relentless project of digging terror tunnels that reach under Israeli settlements on Gaza’ border.

“There are four options for Gaza,” the southern command chief believes:

“One is constant war without periods of quiet, and then there are no tunnels, but it also ensures that we will live in a perpetual state of emergency.

“A second option is to say we understand that the period of quiet is being utilized to rebuild [the other side’s] capacity, in which case we’ll know that every few years there will be another confrontation.

“A third option is the occupation of the Gaza Strip, in which case we will be responsible for 1.8 million people with all that this implies.

“The fourth option is a political solution, which is a complex thing. We’ll have to inquire with whom we reach it and on what terms, and to consider what it does to our relationship with the PA and with Egypt.”

Having stated those options, Turgeman concluded, “You have to choose between these alternatives,” and only at this point he added his view:

“I think we must find as many periods of quiet as possible, with the knowledge that every so often there will be a battle. And then we shouldn’t be surprised every few years [when a war breaks out]. I hope that after Protective Edge the quiet will last a long time.”

Major General Turgeman said many other things during that meeting, but the above statements reflect what he actually believes regarding the Gaza situation, and none of it suggests anything about “Hamas is crucial to peace in Israel.”

In fact, when he spoke directly about Hamas, Turgeman said:

“Every such battle is over our stamina. Hamas is doing everything to exhaust our society, it’s part of their mission. The damage it inflicts on the area surrounding Gaza is its most significant accomplishment. It’s not the IDF that’s being tested, it’s our entire society doing the fighting. When Channel 2 runs a story of how the settlements near Gaza are feeling abandoned, that’s a victory for Hamas. Hamas gets no greater success than this kind of headline.”

Now, here is where the authors of those semi-messianic headlines got their ideas:

Referring indirectly to calls in Israel to destroy Hamas during and after Protective Edge, Turgeman said that Israel has an interest in Hamas remaining in power for now.

“Inside Gaza, Hamas is the sovereign, and it is highly effective in exercising its sovereignty. As of now, there is no alternative sovereign in Gaza. The only alternative would be the IDF, and authoritarian chaos. The Palestinian Authority can’t govern there. Most Gaza residents see only Hamas as able to solve their problems. The prospect of a popular uprising—before or after Protective Edge—is not high.”

That’s anything but a political statement about the legitimacy of Hamas in any shape or form. It’s an evaluation from the point of view of a military commander who must choose between letting a dangerous but effective enemy run the civil society in Gaza—or having to go in and run things himself (or letting things just go to hell or ISIS). Each option coming with a price.

As military commander, on a functional level, Major General Turgeman needs someone on the other side so he could shake carrots and sticks before their eyes, someone he could intimidate and reward—to get results.

“We are interested in having an addressee [on the other side], because without it there will be chaos,” he explained. “In Syria the addressees are weak, which is why there are so many dangerous weeds growing there; likewise in Iraq and the Sinai. If there is no addressee [in Gaza], our security situation will be much more problematic. So we have an interest to have an addressee the Gaza Strip.”

But suggesting that any of the above includes sanctioning Hamas as a legitimate ruler, or seeing a chance for peace with an extremist Islamic-terror movement is simply the opposite of what the major general believes.

Gaza Flotilla Season Begins Again, Led by Swedish Vessel

Monday, May 11th, 2015

It’s flotilla season among the anti-Israel, pro-Gaza activists.

The latest in the parade of protesters hopes to ferry its protesters about in a convoy led by a Swedish trawler.

Israel will not allow any unauthorized vessels to sail into her territorial waters, officials said Monday.

The Marianne of Gothenburg set off on her voyage to Gaza from her home port Sunday evening, according to a post on the website of the International Solidarity Movement.

The trawler was jointly acquired by Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza Norway.

According to information on the site, the Marianne is expected to join with other ships on the way.

Together they are to form the “Freedom Flotilla III” according to the site, in order to “perform a peaceful, nonviolent action” to break Israel’s legal naval blockade of Gaza.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emanuel Nachson pointed out Monday that “if the so-called ‘helpful’ Gaza flotillas were really interested in the welfare of the population in Gaza, they would send their aid via Israel.

“The fact that they insist on a flotilla demonstrates this is an unnecessary provocation.”

The trawler allegedly will “bring a limited cargo of, among other things, solar cell panels and medical equipment.”

Five crew and up to eight “delegates” will also be on board the vessel as passengers in each section of the route, the group said. This ship will stop in Helsingborg, Malmo and Copenhagen as well as other ports to be announced later.

Israel maintains control over her sovereign territory, currently including the coastal waters of Gaza, in order to protect her citizens as do other nations.

Iranian-backed terrorists constantly attempt to transfer arms, ammunition and other contraband into the region. The sea is one of the routes used by smugglers to bring in the ordnance.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gaza-flotilla-season-begins-again-led-by-swedish-vessel/2015/05/11/

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