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March 31, 2015 / 11 Nisan, 5775
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PA Back Down on ICC in Exchange for Frozen Tax Revenue

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

As a lesson in practical politics, we’ve now learned that the Palestinian Authority does respond to properly applied pressure, and at least to a certain extent, the PA can be forced to uphold its end of an agreement, if it is firmly and resolutely made clear to them that it is in their self-interest to do so.

Following unilateral steps and threats by the PA in the international arena, Israel decided to freeze the transfer of all collected PA tax revenue since January, to the tune of around 500 million shekels.

While the PA will still be joining the International Criminal Court on April 1, it has decided it will not pursue additional legal steps against Israel or Israelis, according to a Jerusalem Post report.

The decision was made in connection to Israel agreeing, on Friday, to free up the frozen PA tax revenue, minus the PA’s debt to Israel for services including water, electricity and medical care.

In addition, the PA won’t be halting security cooperation with Israel, as it threatened to do.

Both decisions were made, based on rational self-interest considerations on the PA’s part – survival.

Maintaining security cooperation with Israel is the only way the PA won’t be taken over by Hamas in Judea and Samaria.

And they discovered that agreeing to not attack Israel in the ICC, which would be yet another breach in the treaties they signed with Israel, was the only way to get Israel to free up their tax revenue, without which the PA would collapse.

No decision has been made by Israel whether to release March’s revenue to the PA. Israel is waiting to see what the PA actually does at the ICC in April, and if they maintain the security cooperation.

Israeli legal organizations, such as Shurat HaDin, have also prepared their own legal cases against the Palestinian Authority to bring to the International Criminal Court, and their cases are far stronger than anything the PA could possibly bring against Israel. If the PA does takes steps against Israel at the ICC, these organizations will hit back even harder.

This is a threat that the PA leadership is also concerned about.

Nasrallah is Angry As Iran’s Isolation Grows

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Iran’s puppet in Lebanon, Hezbollah chieftain Hassan Nasrallah, is angry.

He’s angry at Saudi Arabia for attacking the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, trying to prevent Iran from taking over Yemen.

He’s angry at Palestinian Authority chieftain Mahmoud Abbas, who openly expressed support for Saudi Arabia.

He hasn’t said anything yet about Hamas, but they also expressed support for Yemen and the Saudi coalition.

As Iran makes its way to becoming the North Korea of the Middle East, Nasrallah is angry that Iran isn’t receiving support from his fellow anti-Israel terrorist groups.

But it makes sense, the Middle East is breaking back down into its traditional battle lines.

The Iranian Shi’ites and the Hezbollah Shi’ites are fighting against the Syrian citizens, who are mostly Sunnis.

Hamas and Fatah (Palestinian Authority) are mostly Sunnis, and they probably aren’t thrilled their fellow Sunnis are being killed by Shi’ites.

And as much as all the Muslim groups hate Israel, they hate each other even more.

So now, when the expansionist Islamic Republic of Iran starts openly trying to create their Shi’ite hegemony in the Middle East, backed by nuclear weapons, alliances will naturally shift from the convenient enemy (Israel) to the real enemy (their fellow Muslims).

Nasrallah is angry. But he shouldn’t be.

He’s just been locked in his bomb shelter so long he’s forgotten what the real world really about.

Houthis Copy Hamas Tactics and Use Civilian Shields to Hit Saudi Planes

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels are using civilian houses to launch anti-aircraft attacks against Saudi planes, said Saudi Gen. Ahmed bin Hasan Asiri, who said:

They’ve put anti-aircraft batteries over buildings, forcing us to bomb these areas, resulting in collateral damage.

Iran has denied it is backing the Houthis, a claim no one believes, and the use of civilian shields is a classic tactic used by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and Hamas terrorist organizations.

Saudi Arabian warplanes bombed Houthi positions in Yemen for the fourth consecutive day Sunday while the Iranian-backed forces approached the Saudi border and threatened to carry out suicide bombings.

Pre-dawn strikes Sunday targeted an arms depot in the capital of Sanaa and a military airbase near the international airport.

Asiri announced that Saudi planes have destroyed most of the Houthis’ ground-to-ground ballistic missiles launching pads, but he added, “We cannot rule out that the Houthi militias resorted to keeping in stores a big amount of them.”

The aerial attack also is trying to keep the Houthi rebels from mobilizing near the Saudi border. Senior Houthi official Abdel Mon’em Al-Qurashi threatened that the rebels would destroy the Saudi regime for its “aggressive” policies.

“If Saudi Arabia continues its aggressions against the oppressed Yemeni people, [Houthi] fighters will pave the way for the Saudi regime’s destruction by conducting martyrdom-seeking operations inside Saudi Arabia in the coming hours,” Quraishi told Fars News Agency.

 

 

Hamas Test Fires Rocket

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Hamas test fired a rocket on Saturday, the rocket landed within the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu to Release Frozen Palestinian Authority Tax Revenue

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu has approved the transfer of frozen Palestinian Authority tax revenue, following the recommendations of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

The tax revenue had been frozen following various unilateral steps by the Palestinian Authority in the international arena, in breach of all agreements with Israel.

Debts owed by the PA, such as for water, sewage, electricity and medical care will be deducted from the amount transferred to the PA.

The Prime Minister’s office says the decision was made based on humanitarian concerns and a broad view of Israeli interests at this time.

PM Netanyahu said that with the Middle East in turmoil, Israel must act judiciously and responsibly, along with determination against the extremists.

The Palestinian Authority has not retracted its plan to go to the International Criminal Court and charge Israelis with war crimes, or other steps against Israel in the international arena, in particular at the UN.

And the PA is still transferring money to the families of terrorists.

Releasing the funds may be an attempt to appease US President Obama, or alternatively, Israel is afraid that the PA may actually collapse, which would usher in a Hamas take over.

Information from Tazpit News Agency was used to produce this report.

‘Arab-Israel Alliance’ Leaving Obama Isolated

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has jabbed President Barack Obama with a stinging remark that although Israel and the United States are friends, fears of Iran and the ISIS have forged a “new partnership” of Israel and “many of our Arab neighbors.”

Netanyahu took the opportunity of being charged with the responsibility to form a new government to say:

We very much appreciate, and will take care to preserve, our alliance with the best of our friends, the United States; however, we will continue to work to prevent the agreement with Iran, an agreement that endangers us, our neighbors and the world. We see eye to eye with many of our Arab neighbors regarding the danger posed by Iran and we also view positively the benefit that this new partnership could have for the region.

The chaos in Yemen has once again embarrassed the Obama administration by exposing another colossal foreign policy failure that has made President Obama increasingly isolated in the region.

Obama and his foreign policy gurus still hold on to the delusion that if Israel simply would agree to surrender every inch of territory that was restored to the country in the Six-Day War in 1967, the sky would be filled with doves of peace, pooping on Jews, instead of rocks and rockets aimed at Jews.

The biggest problem with that policy, which to be fair has been fostered by every administration in the past 40 years thanks to the State Dept., is that the Arabs world couldn’t care less about the Palestinian Authority.

Mahmoud Abbas was supposed to be the messenger for Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab League to force Israel into submission and prepare the way for a Muslim takeover over “Palestine.”

Instead, corruption, mismanagement and the failure to accept the word “compromise” have left the Palestinian Authority a sorry welfare state.

When it comes to keeping the Palestinian Authority alive, it is the European Union that has forked over most of the money while the oil-rich kingdoms pledge billions of dollars and end up giving a few shekels.

Abbas has become nothing but a depreciating tool for the Arab League to use to pay lip service to the masses that Jerusalem will be the capital of a Muslim country.

One big exception has been Qatar, but its money has gone to the Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization, which has been boycotted by Egypt but endeared by Turkish President Recep Erdoğan.

Given events in Yemen, both Qatar and Erdoğan, must be fretting and sweating at the idea of Iran’s adding Yemen to its real estate portfolio, which includes a good slice of Lebanon and is trying to move in on Syria.

While the Obama administration and its media groupies try to prove themselves that Prime Minister Netanyahu is isolating Israel, it is the president who is finding himself increasingly alone.

Saudi Arabia was unhappy with Obama last year after he backed off his threat to directly fight the Assad regime, which has begun using chemical weapons against opposition forces.

Add the failures of the Obama administration in Libya, Afghanistan Iraq and now Yemen, and throw in growing signs that he will call a “bad deal” with Iran a “good deal,” and it is no wonder that Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Muslim allies feel more comfortable with Israel than with Washington.

Amnesty Intl Charges ‘Palestinian Armed Groups’ With War Crimes

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

In a 62-page report released today (March 26, 2015), Amnesty International accused Palestinian terror groups of committing war crimes against Israelis and Gazans.

The report followed a similar fiery document published late last year that accused Israel of committing similar crimes during its counter terror Operation Protective Edge against Gaza terror groups in summer 2014.

During that conflict, the agency says in its new report, “Palestinian armed groups fired thousands of rockets and mortars at Israel, in many cases directed towards Israeli civilians and civilian objects, in violation of international law… The conduct of Palestinian armed groups, including firing from residential areas and using indiscriminate munitions that cannot be accurately directed at a military target, also endangered civilians in Gaza.”

The report, “Unlawful and Deadly: Rocket and Mortar Attacks by Palestinian Armed Groups During the 2014 Gaza/Israel Conflict” can be accessed by clicking here.

The report “does not address the summary killings of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by Hamas forces for alleged ‘collaboration’ with Israel during the July/August 2014 conflict, which will be the subject of a forthcoming report,” the author writes.

Ditto for “Israeli violations, including attacks that constituted war crimes.”

The report minimizes the damage inflicted by Hamas on its people during the seven years after the bloody militia war it started with its Palestinian Authority government “partner” and rival, the Fatah faction.

In fact, the report altogether ignores the fact that Hamas ignited the coup, seizing control of the region and murdering anyone it believed posed a threat to that authority.

Amnesty also ignores the trigger for the “seven years of Israeli blockade” – that is, the terror group’s cross-border kidnapping of an Israeli soldier, who was held captive in the enclave for more than five years.

The agency instead writes benignly that Hamas “took over Palestinian governmental institutions in the Gaza Strip” and how that blockade “had already inflicted a severe cumulative toll on infrastructure, health systems and all aspects of life in the territory. The 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Strip could not leave, as the borders were sealed” except for transfer of limited medical patients, the agency writes plaintively, “and no place inside the Strip was truly safe. There are no bomb shelters or warning systems to help protect civilians in the Gaza Strip.”

But why should they need them?

If Israel is not attacked, it has no reason to retaliate, and has no desire to waste expensive, hard-to replace ammunition. Why is no place inside Gaza “truly safe” ? Could it be that Gazans are not safe under the administration of the Hamas terror administration that they chose to elect as their leadership?

“Several UN schools sheltering displaced civilians came under attack,” the report notes.

It did not explain that each of those buildings either also housed a cache of missiles or was being used as a rocket launch site in order to prevent a response by IDF soldiers tasked with silencing the rocket fire on Israeli civilians.

The majority of Israel’s 8.3 million citizens – and all 2.8 million Palestinians living in the West Bank – are now within range of at least some of the rockets held by Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, the report noted.

“In each of the three major Gaza/Israel conflicts over the last six years … the circle of fear has widened and the number of civilians who have suffered disruption, displacement and trauma has increased.”

More than a million Jewish Israelis were displaced from their homes, and the entire quarter-million Bedouin population of the Negev was placed at terrifying risk. The former seemed to be of little concern to Amnesty, which pointed to “bomb shelters, advanced warning systems and Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system” which helped limit civilian casualties.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/amnesty-intl-charges-gazas-palestinian-armed-groups-with-war-crimes/2015/03/26/

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