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September 4, 2015 / 20 Elul, 5775
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Turkey’s Leaders Meet With Hamas in Ankara

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed international Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal to Ankara on Wednesday.

Senior Turkish officials joined the meeting, which reportedly focused on Turkey’s role in providing support to the Palestinian Authority, according to the Al Resalah website.

Also discussed at the meeting were “the changes in the region and Erdogan’s concerns in the Palestinian cause,” according to the report.

Meshaal also met with Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as well.

No statement was made to the media following the talks.

A statement released in Gaza by a Hamas official said Wednesday that a delegation led by Meshaal briefed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Qatar at a recent meeting between the two men during which Lavrov reportedly invited Meshaal to Moscow.

Meshaal told Lavrov about conditions in Gaza, according to the statement.

Obama Asks NYC’s US District Court Judge to Waive Bond for PA, PLO

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Obama administration asked a United States judge on Monday (Aug. 10) to “carefully consider” the size of the bond he sets for the Palestinian Authority while it appeals an award for damages in the deaths and injuries of Americans in six terror attacks in Israel.

Both the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority were determined to be financial liable for the attacks in the civil trial that ended in a New York court in February.

Under U.S. anti-terrorism law, the jury’s award of $218.5 million was automatically tripled to a total of $655.5 million.

Attorneys for the defense argued the PA could not afford to post the bond for the appeal, typically 111 percent of the judgement. They asked the judge to waive the bond requirement altogether instead.

The Obama administration concurred, and took the highly unusual step late Monday night of filing a formal “Statement of Interest of the United States of America” with Justice George B. Daniels of the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

The plaintiffs, who were opposed to the request, included ten families of victims of terror, comprising some three dozen members, eight of whom were physically injured in the attacks and others who were related to those who were murdered in the attacks that took place between 2002 to 2004.

The attacks left a total of 33 dead and more than 450 injured, including a number of U.S. citizens. They were carried out by terrorists from the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Hamas.

“The United States strongly supports the rights of victims of terrorism to vindicate their interests in federal court and to receive just compensation for their injuries,” the Department of Justice wrote in the brief.

However, requiring the Palestinian Authority to pay “a significant portion of its revenues would likely severely compromise the PA’s ability to operate as a governmental authority,” wrote deputy secretary of state Antony J. Blinken.

“A PA insolvency and collapse would harm current and future U.S.-led efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

In court last month, Judge Daniels made it clear he intended to set the bond as a “significant demonstration” that the Palestinian Authority and PLO were both “willing and able to pay a judgment, if a judgment is entered and affirmed on appeal.” The families have taken the position that the defendants should deposit at least $30 million per month with the court as a show of good faith.

Blinken added in the DOJ’s brief Monday that the government was not taking a position on the merits of the case; only the impact of the bond itself.

There has been some friction over the case – and over the issue of intervening on behalf of the PLO and PA for the bond – between the State Department and the DOJ.

Hamas Fighter Confesses Details on Tunnels, Attack Plans

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

A Hamas fighter captured by Israel early in July has revealed a wealth of information about the terror group’s plans to attack civilians and soldiers in the Jewish State.

The arrest of Ibrahim Adel Shehadeh Sha’er, 21 was only cleared for release early Tuesday afternoon, however, after weeks of questioning.

Sha’er was captured in a joint operation by Israel Police and operatives from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), according to a release sent to Hebrew-language media.

A resident of Rafah, Sha’er revealed a great deal of information to his investigators, including details about Hamas emergency procedures.

Hamas has rebuilt much of its terrorist infrastructure since the end of last year’s Operation Protective Edge war in the region, he said, including its tunnel network.

Sha’er provided specific locations and routes of the tunnels, as well as digging sites in Rafah where tunnels start – including one that he said led to the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Israel.

He also shared details about the purpose of the new road built by Hamas along the security fence. Shin Bet was able to confirm, for instance, that the road was intended for use in a surprise attack on Israel that was to involve vehicles that were to have crossed the border.

A Hamas operative, Sha’er personally was involved in many different aspects of terrorist training that included combat, command, use of advanced weapons and explosives.

During the war he served in a logistics and support company that transported military equipment and explosives to fighters in the field. Sha’er was also directly involved in combat zones, planting anti-tank mines and carrying out observation in the field.

According to the report, Sha’er was also privy to information discussed by many Hamas senior officials. He revealed many details about the relationship between Hamas and Iran, who he said sent generous military aid to Gaza to strengthen the terror organization.

Iran has been sending money, advanced weaponry and electronic equipment to Gaza, including devices used to disrupt radio frequencies and help bring down Israeli reconnaissance drones flying above the enclave. Sha’er also claimed that Iran had trained Hamas operatives in how to fly para-gliders, with the hopes of using the novel equipment to infiltrate across Israel’s border.

The Hamas prisoner also provided information about the formation of elite units in the terrorist group, and their anti-tank, anti-aircraft and observation capabilities.

At present, he said, Hamas can view and film Israeli territory at a distance of three kilometers (approximately two miles) in from the border.

Sha’er provided more details about the changes in military strategy, logistics and unit formations since last summer’s war as well.

He told his interrogators that Hamas has indeed been confiscating materials for manufacture of weapons that are being permitted by Israel into the enclave – due to international pressure – for reconstruction of civilian homes and other infrastructure.

Civilians are once again being endangered, Sha’er said, as Hamas routinely stores explosives in residential structures – as it did prior to last summer’s war – in anticipation of air strikes by Israel on separate weapons storage sites.

An indictment against Sha’er was filed with the Be’er Sheva District Court on July 31, accusing the Hamas operative of membership and activity in an outlawed association, attempted murder, contact with a foreign agent, forbidden military training and additional various weapons offenses.

Hamas Proudly Presents Gaza Summer Camp ‘Graduates’

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization proudly held a Graduation Day ceremony a few days ago for the older division of its “summer camp” program.

The youths demonstrated their skills during a graduation ceremony of the military-style camp organized by Hamas, whose armed wing organizes Liberation Youth Camps for Gaza teens ages between 15 and 21.

 A Gaza teen exhibits his sniper skills at Hamas military summer camp.

This is the incubator in which children and youths are programmed to become the next generation of guerrilla fighters for the terrorist organization.

Palestinian youth demonstrate their skills during a graduation ceremony of a military-style camp organized by the Hamas terror organization. Hamas' armed wing organizes Liberation Youths Camps for young Palestinian Arabs aged between 15 and 21.

The “campers” were put through their paces to exhibit skills that ranged from learning hand-to-hand combat to how to aim and fire guns, jump through fiery hoops, climb ropes and walls, and camouflage themselves well enough to avoid detection.

Hamas also runs a similar military “summer camp” for children of younger ages as well — children as young as five years old.

PM Netanyahu’s ‘Deep Sorrow’ Over Death of Duma Father

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed “deep sorrow” Saturday night over the death of Sa’ad Dawabsheh.

The 32-year-old father of two succumbed earlier in the day to burns covering 80 percent of his body after a week-long fight for life at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

His 18-month-old baby Ali died immediately in the firebombing that burned his house in the village of Duma, also seriously wounding his wife Riham and four-year-old son Ahmed. The two are hospitalized at Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

In his statement Saturday night, the prime minister told media: “I express deep sorrow over the death of Sa’ad Dawabsheh. When I visited family members in hospital last week, I promised that we would use all the tools at our disposal to apprehend the murderers and deal with them to the fullest extent of the law and this is what we are doing.

“At last week’s Security Cabinet meeting we made decisions to assist the fight against terrorism, including in regard to administrative detentions and advancing anti-terrorism legislation. We will not tolerate terrorism of any kind.”

Hamas used the attack on the Dawabsheh home as an excuse to against attempt to launch a third intifada.

The terrorist group issued a region-wide call to Palestinian Authority residents Saturday to attend the funeral of Sa’ad Dawabsheh in Samaria.

The group also called on PA Arabs to launch attacks on Jews throughout Judea and Samaria, claiming the violence against Israelis is “an obligation and a means of self-defense.”

Hamas Urges Intifada After Duma Father Succumbs to Burns

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization urged Palestinian Authority Arabs to attack Israelis throughout Judea and Samaria after the death of Sa’ad Dawabsheh, 32, at Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center on Saturday.

Dawabsheh died of extensive burn wounds he suffered a week ago when his home was firebombed in a terror attack on the PA Arab village of Duma, near Shechem. In the conflagration, Dawabsheh’s 18-month-old son Ali was killed immediately. His four-year-old son Ahmed and wife Riham both survived. They are suffering serious burns and remain hospitalized at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Hebrew graffiti that included the word “Revenge,” a slogan about the messiah and a Jewish star were found at the scene, leading to suspicions the terrorists may have been Jewish. However, the wording of the graffiti and elements in the writing have given rise to speculation about the identity of the terrorists, who have yet to be tracked down despite a wide security force committed to the effort.

The funeral procession for Dawabsheh, meanwhile, was conducted Saturday from a hospital in Shechem in the direction of Duma under the watchful eye of IDF soldiers, who were deployed all along the route to ensure there would be no violence.

Hamas issued a region-wide call to the Palestinian Authority population to participate in the funeral.

“The burning of this family is a turning point that will launch the start of the third intifada against the occupier in Judea and Samaria,” proclaimed a statement by the terrorist organization.

Dawabsheh’s death “demonstrates the enormity of the Zionists’ crime against this family, the result being that resistance in [Judea and Samaria] has become an obligation and a means of self-defense,” Hamas spokesperson Husma Badran said.

“The murderous settlers will not be deterred unless we initiate attacks – do not wait for them to arrive in our villages and towns,” he urged.

“We have no other option but for a general confrontation with the occupation, without waiting for a decision or the granting of permission from anyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, little Ahmed Dawabsheh is slowly improving, according to a report broadcast on state-run Israel Radio. The little boy has opened his eyes and is beginning to respond to his surroundings, hospital officials said.

IAF Retaliates Against Gaza Terror Rocket Fire

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

IAF fighter pilots retaliated against Gaza terrorists who attacked southern Israel late Friday.

Military jets scored “a direct hit” against the intended target, the IDF said.

“Israeli air force aircraft attacked the Hamas terror organization’s infrastructure in central Gaza a short time ago,” announced the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit late Friday night.

“The attack was carried out in response to the rocket fire aimed at Israeli territory earlier in the afternoon,” said the IDF statement. “Hamas is the entity responsible for actions that emanate from Gaza.”

On Friday afternoon, Gaza terrorists launched at least two rockets and a mortar shell at southern Israel. One of the projectiles exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district, about half a mile from the southern border with Gaza near Kissufim. The other projectiles apparently landed within Gaza.

The Code Red incoming rocket alert sirens were not activated in southern Israel, thus giving local residents no warning of the impending attack.

No property damage and no physical injuries were reported in Israel. It is not clear whether there were any injuries or damage in Gaza.

Security sources believe a Salafi terrorist group was responsible for the attack. Nevertheless, Israel holds Hamas responsible for any activity emanating from Gaza inasmuch as Hamas is in complete administrative and military control of the enclave.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iaf-retaliates-against-gaza-terror-rocket-fire/2015/08/08/

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