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Senior Hamas Official: Time Ripe for 3rd Intifada

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

(JNi.media) Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official, said that the conditions are ripe for a new intifada against Israel, but, unfortunately, the Palestinian Authority prevents it and uses its security forces to block the emerging uprising. In an interview with Hamas’ website, Al-Zahar said that the only way to protect the Al Aqsa mosque would be with the Arabs in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem taking up weapons, but, as he put it, the sad reality is that these weapons are being used to protect the settlers.

“The image of Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem throwing stones and Molotov cocktails has dealt a blow to the occupier,” Al-Zahar said.

So far, no Palestinian Authority officials have condemned the murders of Jews by Arabs in the past three days in Jerusalem.

Saeb Erekat, one of the Palestinian Authority negotiators of the Oslo accords and chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee until 2011, told Radio Palestine Sunday, following the lethal stabbing incidents in Jerusalem: “The events remind us of September 2000. Israel’s isolation is causing it to take forceful measures. Experience shows that you cannot deprive the Palestinians of their freedom by force.”

Erekat added: “We are in contact with leaders in the Arab international world, to prevent a large Israeli operation. We are preparing to convene the Palestinian leadership soon to start implementing the declarations stated in the Abbas [UN] speech.”

IDF Captures Wanted Hamas Fugitive After Firefight in Jenin

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

After a complex military operation overnight that included a firefight lasting into Sunday morning in the Palestinian Arab city of Jenin, IDF soldiers captured a wanted Hamas terror fugitive and his brother.

The operation was carried out in cooperation with Israel’s Security Agency, the Shin Bet.

The IDF military forces were not deterred by the entrenched Hamas operative who had refused Saturday night to comply with a demand to surrender to arresting officers.

The fugitive, Kais a-Sa’adi, had barricaded himself in his home during arrest operations carried out by the IDF’s elite Duvdevan Unit.

Soldiers surrounded the house and fired a missile at the building.

Arab media reported that troops subsequently left the city without arresting the fugitive, but did arrest his brother. However, Israel’s Channel 10 television news reported that two suspects were taken into custody.

An M-16 assault rifle was also discovered, along with several homemade bombs (improvised explosive devices, or IEDs) at the home.

Abbas’ Adviser Urges More Attacks 2 Days after Abbas Renounces Terror

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ adviser on NGOs, Gen Sultan Abu Al-Einen, called for more attacks as Fatah claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack, Ofir Gendelman, Israeli government spokesman for Arabic media, tweeted on Friday.

The Palestinian Authority has been totally silent since Thursday’s murder of an Israeli couple in Samaria while its ruling Fatah party took responsibility for the terrorist attack that orphaned four small children.

Abbas told the United Nations in his speech Wednesday:

The PLO and the Palestinian people adhere to the renouncement of violence and rejection and condemning of terrorism in all its forms, especially State terrorism, and adhere to all agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel.

Not only have the PLO and Abbas not condemned the drive-by murder, but Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed also told Hamas’ Al Quds TV:

The attack is a natural response to the crimes of the settlers and every action has a reaction.

The Martyr Abdul-Qader al-Husseini Brigades, associated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades said it carried out the “heroic operation.”

WAFA, the official Palestinian Authority website, did not mention the murders and instead drowned its readers with the usual daily reports of alleged IDF violence against Arabs.

The Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem and considered close to the Palestinian Authority regime, reported the killings but implicitly supported remarks by the Fatah officials that they were a “natural response.” Ma’an told its readers:

Tensions between Israeli settlers and Palestinians have been running high in recent weeks, as right-wing groups have increasingly urged their supporters to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, which has sparked clashes and spurred political debates around what Palestinians see as a challenge to the status quo in Israeli policies concerning the holy site.

Israeli authorities imposed severe restrictions on Palestinian entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the fourth day in a row on Wednesday, while Israelis entered the compound under armed police escort.

According to the Palestinian Authority narrative, Arab rage is a result of Israeli actions.

After the murder, maiming and wounding of thousands of Israelis by Palestinian Authority terrorists the world no longer is buying the Arab agenda.

It is not falling in love with Israel but, as indicated by the absence of the words “Palestine” and “Israel” in President Barack Obama’s speech at the United Nations this week, the international community has run out of energy trying to make believe that the problems in the Middle East start and end with the “occupation,” if they exist at all.

ISIS, the Muslim immigration invasion of Europe, and the Syrian war have eroded the world’s illusions that the Palestinian Authority really wants “two states,” unless one is Fatah and the other Hamas with both of them killing each other in a war to see who can try to annihilate the State of Israel.

NY Times Says Abbas Has Given Up on Establishing PA State

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The New York Times’ editorial Thursday uncharacteristically criticized Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and informed readers, “He has effectively given up on ever achieving a negotiated Palestinian state.”

The fact that The New York Times no longer is cheerleading Abbas is extremely significant because the newspaper and President Barack Obama often seem to be one and the same when it comes to Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The editorial did not “balance” its disappointment with Abbas by dumping on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

It called Abbas a “bitter man,” and added:

[He is] increasingly unpopular among the Palestinians, and the Palestinian Authority he leads effectively controls only the West Bank since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. His chief preoccupation lately has been on a series of gestures, largely futile, to gain international recognition of a Palestinian state, like the official raising of the Palestinian flag at the United Nations on Wednesday.

The newspaper’s comments on Abbas’ declaration that effectively invalidated the Oslo Accords were equally condemning. It noted “that there was so little left to disown,” an implicit admission that the Accords have been eroded over the years.

The editorial did not point out the Palestinian Authority’s abrogation of clause after clause of the Oslo Accords. The most egregious violation was Abbas’ officially ditching negotiations and turning to the United Nations to recognize the Palestinian Authority as an independent country based on its own territorial and political terms.

The New York Times also wrote that it would be “foolhardy” for Abbas to cut security and economic arrangements with Israel.

Netanyahu Responds to Henkin Murders

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement about the murder of the parents of six young children by Palestinian Arab terrorists on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin HY”D were shot to death as they traveled on the road to their home, following a yeshiva reunion.

At least two Arab terrorists attacked the occupants of the car as it passed the Arab village of Beit Furik.

Four of the six children of the couple were in the back seat of the car at the time of the attack.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Hamas spokesperson praised the barbarous act, calling it “heroic” and describing it as “brave resistance.”

This is Netanyahu’s statement:

“This is a difficult day for the State of Israel. We are witness to an especially heinous and shocking murder in which parents were murdered, leaving four young orphans. My heart is with the children, all of our hearts are with the children and the family.

“The killers knew that they were murdering a mother and father, the children were there. It has been proven again that the wild Palestinian incitement leads to acts of terrorism and murder such as we have seen this evening. I am about to speak with the Defense Minister, the IDF Chief-of-Staff and the Director of the ISA about the steps we will take not only to apprehend the murderers but also to increase security for all Israeli citizens.”

20,000 Israelis Ignore Terror and Visit Gush Etzion

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Approximately 20,000 Israelis from all over the country visited Gush Etzion on the first day of Chol HaMoed Tuesday, numbers that regional council chairman Davidi Pearl said prove the strong connection between the area and all of Israel.

He added that the throng of visitors shows that terror cannot intimidate people.

Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Uri Ariel visited the Givat Oz V’Gaon park adjacent to the Gush Etzion junction. The area was dedicated to the memories of the three yeshiva youth were murdered by Hamas terrorists last year.

Thousands of tourists also traveled through Gush Etzion to visit the Patriarchs’ Cave (Maharat HaMachpela) in Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills.

Travelers reported a heavy presence of IDF patrols on Highway 60 to deter Arabs from trying to murder Jews with rocks and firebombs.

IDF Retaliates over ISIS Rocket Fire from the Gaza Strip, Fourth in Recent Weeks

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

(JNi.media) On Tuesday night, a rocket was launched at Southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. The rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System. No injuries or damage have been reported.

An ISIS affiliate in Gaza claimed responsibility for the launch.

Alarms sounded in Ashdod, Ashkelon Coast Regional Council, and the Yavne and Lachish regions before the rocket landed. This was the first time since the 2014 operation Protective Edge that alarms sounded in these areas. No injuries or damage were reported.

In response, the IAF targeted four Hamas terror sites in the Gaza Strip, IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner announced. “This evening, the third day of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a rocket was fired at Southern Israel sending the residents of Ashdod as well as several surrounding communities to nearby bomb-shelters. Hamas is responsible and will be held accountable for every attack emanating from the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue defending all Israelis who are repeatedly attacked by such blatant acts of aggression,” Lerner said in an email statement.

Tuesday night’s launch was the fourth such event in recent weeks, following an attack a week ago Monday, when a rocket exploded in an open area in the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. The rocket did not cause the activation of the “color red” alert system because there was no fear that the rocket would fall in populated areas.

A few days earlier, a rocket exploded in Sderot and the fragments caused damage to a bus and an adjacent building. Also, a woman in her 40s was treated for shock. A few hours later, the Iron Dome system intercepted a rocket in skies of Ashkelon. The ISIS affiliated group took responsibility for that attack.

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