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The Jewish Press Forces Change in Ban Ki-Moon’s Announced Agenda

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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.

Update: UN Forgot to Announce Ban Ki-Moon to Visit Negev Rocket Victims

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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.

More Terrorists To Be Released from Israeli Prisons

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

{Originally appeared on the authors’ website, This Ongoing War} Why is so little mainstream media attention paid to the deaths and mayhem caused by Palestinian Arab terrorists subsequent to their release from Israeli prison sentences via one or another of the various “deals” extorted in the name of freeing a hostage (or bodies) or creating the conditions needed for spurious “peace” discussions?

We touched on this theme a week ago ["04-Oct-14: Hamas announces "a new victory"; once again, it's about terrorists being freed from Israeli prisons'"], when we wrote that “At the moment, we don’t see any other sources for the story, but we have just begun to look.”

Without offering an answer at this point, here’s today’s news from yesterday’s first “Palestinian unity government” cabinet meeting, held in Gaza on Thursday. The report comes from AFP:

A top official within the Hamas political wing on Thursday said a further round of negotiations between Israel and the Gaza-based militant group regarding the release of security prisoners will be soon set in motion, according to the Israeli news site Walla. Mohammad Nazzal further added that indirect talks are to begin soon and that they will be held in Cairo. Hamas claims to hold the bodies of Israeli Defense Forces soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, who died in combat in the Gaza Strip during this summer’s 50 day-long Operation Protective Edge. [i24news.tv]

We believe there would be widespread outrage if public opinion understood the extent of the damage and pain that has followed the previous terrorist-releases. It’s very bad news that the idea is once again under discussion.

UPDATE Friday 10:00
Thanks to YH who emailed just now to say IMRA had reported this morning that Yossi Beilin, an “Israeli statesman and scholar” according to his Wikipedia page, interviewed on Israel Radio’s 7:00 am new bulletin today, said “Israel must insist on trading bodies for bodies and that it would be a terrible mistake for Israel to trade live Palestinian prisoners for the release of the bodies of the two Israeli soldiers now held in the Gaza Strip”.

US Announces $212 Million in New Aid for Gaza Reconstruction

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The United States has announced it is providing $212 million in new aid to the Palestinian Authority unity government for reconstruction in Gaza.

The announcement was made midday Sunday at the international donor conference being held in Cairo, co-sponsored by Egypt and Norway in cooperation with the United Nations, European Union and Arab League.

The gathering is being held to provide funds for reconstruction in Gaza, under the aegis of the Palestinian Authority unity government. “I promise you the full commitment of President [Barack] Obama, myself and the United States,” Secretary of State John Kerry told participants as he made the announcement.

But wealthy donor countries remained wary going in to the conference, given the tensions remaining between Gaza terrorists and Israel.

Foreign ministers from more than 30 nations convened in the Egyptian capital to discuss the request by the PA for $4 billion to rebuild the destroyed parts of Gaza.

“It’s fair to say there are serious questions being raised by the donors,” a State Department official told reporters at a news conference. The official acknowledged concerns expressed by donors that unless the cycle of violence is broken, they would find themselves “back here doing the same thing again in a year or two.”

He predicted that Gulf States would provide the lion’s share of funding for reconstruction in Gaza, and the U.S. and Europe would provide “meaningful and appropriate” amounts as well. But, he said, “I don’t know whether anybody thinks we’re going to get to four billion [dollars] or whether we [even] need those kind of pledges right now.”

Abbas Regime Visits Gaza in ‘Unity’ Con Game for $4 Billion in Aid

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah, protected by a squad of 40 Fatah bodyguards, rolled into Gaza in his silver Audi Thursday for the first Fatah-Hamas “unity” cabinet meeting to convince the world that it now is safe to throw more money away so Gaza terrorists can shoot more missiles at Israel.

The establishment media bought the meeting hook, line and sinker, with the Associated Press reporting its “marking the end of more than seven years of absolute Hamas control of the coastal territory.”

But AP, like all other media, added that the show of unity’s purpose was to assure donor countries that “absolute Hamas control has ended and that it can lead the rebuilding of the war-battered territory.”

Dig down more than a dozen paragraphs in The New York Times’ rendition of the quickie PR stunt and you will discover that PA foreign minister Riad Malki told Voice of Palestine radio, “This meeting is more symbolic than anything else. It was important that it was convened and the role of the consensus government was cemented in the reconstruction process.”

Unity between Hamas in Gaza and the Ramallah-based regime of Mahmoud Abbas is not the goal.

The real goal is money, and lots of it, and it is no coincidence that the “unity” show took place one day before Hamdallah and several PA ministers will travel to Cairo for a conference to suck up foreign aid from more than 30 countries expected to attend.

Hamas official Salah Bardawil told reporters the visit by Hamdallah “is important for the conference to remove the international and Israeli pretext that there is no unified Palestinian government.”

It is the biggest con game since the peace process.

“Fatah wants the government to impose its control on the whole Gaza Strip and to carry out its missions and duties without any obstacles. Hamas wants the government to act as a government of national consensus and to take into consideration the reality or the de facto situation in Gaza — that Hamas is the authority that has control on the ground,” said Gaza political analyst Talal Okal, quoted by the Times.

He said the meeting “tells the world that the Palestinians are ready and have ways to deal with the reconstruction file.”

That “file” has been dealt with several times. The world helps Hamas rebuild Gaza. Hamas then attacks Israel. Israel fights back and bombs terrorist hideouts, such as school, homes and mosques. Gaza needs more money to re-build.

It is a movie that has had several re-runs.

The show of unity is to prove that this time it will be different, but no one knows if the unity cabinet will have any authority. It is composed of “technocrats” who ostensibly are not Hamas or Fatah politicians, but Hamas’s terrorist organization and goon squads still enforce the peace, so to speak, in Gaza.

Hamas supposedly is not involved in the cabinet, but whom did Hamdallah visit after the meeting? None other than Ismail Haniyeh, who officially is no longer prime minster of Gaza. It was described as a “good will” visit, but Haniyeh does not have authority in Gaza just like Hezbollah does not have anything to do with the Lebanese army.

Hamdallah on Thursday did an excellent PR job. He said at the meeting, which took place at Abbas’ former Gaza City residence, “I cried in Beit Hanoun when I saw how the people live and sleep. The priority is reconstruction.”

Every tear is worth a few million dollars.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that this will be the last time that the international community is going to rebuild Gaza only to see its terrorists attack Israel, followed by another round of bombing to stop the attacks.

Hamas Builds New Force In Gaza

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Originally published in Israel Behind the News.

Hamas has been forming a new security unit in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sources said Hamas has been recruiting a militia force that would maintain regime protection. They said the militia, trained in light weapons, was meant to free Hamas’ military wing from engaging with civilians.

“Hamas is following the Iranian model in which plainclothes forces are used to quell dissent,” a source said.

The sources said the new Hamas force was dubbed the Popular Army. They said the so-called army was meant to work with Izzedin Kassam Brigades, which directed the Hamas war against Israel in July and August 2014.

The force, meant to contain thousands of members, has been recruited by Hamas in wake of the 50-day war. The sources said Hamas officers were organizing militia units in every major city and town in the Gaza Strip.

The sources said the Popular Army was meant to protect Hamas’ interests should the Palestinian Authority take over the Gaza Strip. They said the army was modeled after Iran’s Basij, a force of students sworn to defend the Teheran regime.

Hamas launched recruitment in Gaza mosques within days of the end of the Gaza war on Aug. 26. By the end of September, Hamas claimed that thousands age 16 and over already joined the Popular Army.

“This force will be assigned specific missions in case of another war with the occupation [Israel],” a Hamas military official, identified only as Abu Jafar, said.

Under the reconciliation deal between Hamas and the rival Fatah Movement, the Palestinian Authority could deploy 3,000 officers in the Gaza Strip. The PA officers were meant to be stationed around border facilities.

“While no one expects the PSF to forcibly disarm Hamas and the myriad other armed groups in Gaza, the implications of this move are clear: Hamas is creating facts on the ground to preserve its power if the PA returns to Gaza, counterweighing any nominal political authority it may cede,” the Washington Institute for Near East Policy said in a report on Oct. 1.

US Secy of State John Kerry Returns to Region

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to return to the region by the end of the week.

Kerry will participate in a conference focused on “rebuilding Gaza,” to be held in Cairo on October 12, according to State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Last Thursday the Palestinian Authority unity government called on world leaders to provide $4 billion to rebuild the enclave.

Many areas were battered by Israeli air strikes targeting weapons factories and hidden rocket launchers – deliberately placed by Hamas and other terror groups among Gaza civilian residential population centers.

Israel launched its counter terror Operation Protective Edge in July to stop the constant rocket fire from Gaza terrorists who aimed their missiles and other ordnance at civilians in southern Israeli towns and cities.

The United States last month said it would boost the rehabilitation effort in Gaza with an additional $71 million in emergency aid to the region, bringing its total funding since the start of the war to more than $118 million.

But although the PA unity government claims that $1.9 billion is needed for public and private infrastructure repais, and $1.2 billion is needed for “reactivating economic productivity,” these figures need to be scrutinized.

First of all, there is still a highly complex network of smuggler tunnels that lies beneath the ground level of Gaza. Much of the construction material previously allowed in to the region for the purpose of building “infrastructure” — as well as houses, hospitals and other badly needed structures — obviously was instead instantly diverted to military use. Billions of dollars gone astray there.

Ditto for other “dual use” supplies such as metal piping and other materials redirected instead towards the manufacture of missiles, rockets and mortar shells.

Endless funds have been poured into the enclave by the United States, European nations and other well-meaning, wealthy donors – only to leave Gaza residents as poor as ever, forever dependent upon the self-perpetuating United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“Basic necessities like food, clean water and fuel remain in short supply throughout the territory,” the State Department warned in a statement last month. But legitimate desalination plants and sewage treatment plants were not built in Gaza because the materials with which to build them were always being stolen by the ruling Hamas terrorist organization for use in building up its military structure.

Fuel, food and clean water has been shipped in on a weekly basis throughout the entire summer and right up to the current day, via the overland crossings from Israel, even at times under rocket and mortar fire. Each was documented by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). So basics are not the issue. Perhaps the State Department should question Hamas.

When the shipments do not go through, it is because the ruling Hamas terror group chooses to block the transfer. When they do go through, they “sometimes” never make it to the warehouse — or when they make it to the warehouse, they are sometimes “redistributed” elsewhere rather than to their intended target families.

Hamas is known to steal supplies and keep its own fighters fed, first and foremost. It has no problem starving its citizens for the purpose of winning a pitiful international “photo op.”

That, without a single murmur from Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority unity government that partners with Hamas and whose own Fatah military wing, the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, joined in with the rocket fire aimed at Israel from Gaza during this summer’s war.

By the way, the first meeting of the PA unity government is set to be held this Thursday in Gaza.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/us-secy-of-state-john-kerry-returns/2014/10/07/

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