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Israel Busts Turkey-Based Hamas Terrorist Network

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Israeli security forces in recent weeks have arrested dozens of terrorists operating within the Palestinian Authority and with tactical and financial support from Turkey, which the United States still considers a close ally.

The cell that planned to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with RPG grenades, as reported here earlier today, was only one of several what targeted other Israeli officials, soldiers, civilians and even Palestinian Authority officials, the Times of Israel reported, quoting PA sources.

However, it is not known if the trio that planned to assassinate Lieberman was operating under the network based in Turkey.

Several of the terrorists reportedly are being held by the Palestinian Authority.

The arrests follow last August’s previously reported plot to overthrow Mahmoud Abbas

Turkey, which helped sponsor the IHH terrorists on the Mavi Mamara ship more than four years ago, has become Hamas’ de facto headquarters.

Senior Hamas official Salach al-Aruri last August admitted that Hamas was behind the kidnap-murders of three Israeli yeshiva students in June.

The United States for years has declared Hamas to be an illegal terrorist organization, but it has not opened its mouth in public to say anything against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s open support for Hamas.

Ever since Operation Cast Lead in late 2008, Erdogan has gone out of kilter.

He single-handedly changed Turkey from a decades-long friend of Israel to a sworn enemy.

He also suddenly and inexplicably saw Iran and Syria as allies in what he figured would be the new power broker in the Middle East.

Syrian President Bassar al-Assad’s butchery against his own people and raids on refugees who deserted to Turkey changed Erdogan’s mind, or what is left of it.

Similarly, he finally realized that a nuclear Iran might not be so healthy for Ankara.

But he still plays cards with Hamas, probably because of populist hate against Israel that has been fueled by incitement from Erdogan and Turkish media.

“Countries do not gain strategically by hosting terrorist groups,” Max Abrahms, professor of political science at Northeastern University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations told Al-Monitor.

“My research demonstrates empirically that terrorism is politically counterproductive behavior that erodes popular support for the political cause and results in a backlash from the target country,” he added. “Hosting terrorist groups is thus a political liability.”

ISIS makes Hamas look like the Boy Scouts, so Turks are not up in arms so long as they see Hamas as being nothing more than a group of Muslims loyal to the cause of turning Israel into an Arab country, whether through the “peace process” or the “war process.”

Al-Monitor noted that “Turkey’s support for Hamas — along with Qatar — hampers Israel’s ability to isolate Hamas,” but the reported Israeli success in busting another Hamas network based in Turkey shows that it still can be done.

It also proves that Abbas knows he is making empty threats when he warns he will break off security cooperation with Israel.

It would be suicidal for him.

PA Terrorists Plotted RPG Attack to Kill Foreign Minister Lieberman

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Three Palestinian Authority terrorists linked with Hamas planned to murder Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack on his vehicle near his eastern Gush Etzion home, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Thursday night.

It did not say exactly when it uncovered the plot but revealed that the assassination plan was conceived during the war in Gaza this past summer.

The terrorists were arrested “in recent days” and are from a village near Nokdim, where Lieberman lives. It is located across from Tekoa and approximately five miles east of Efrat.

The suspects were identified as Ibrahim el-Zir, Ziad el-Zir and Adnas Tzabih.

Israeli security personnel had spotted the terrorists staking out Lieberman’s home, and one of them was caught trying to buy the RPG missiles.

Ibrahim Zir, 37, was the ring leader of the cell and previously has been served time in jail for terrorism. His brother Ziad and Zabih were slated to fire the missiles at Lieberman’s car.

The Folly of Taking Chances for Peace

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

There is one thing all of those calling for Israel to stop building settlements and take chances for peace with the Palestinians are ignoring. That ‘thing’ is ISIS. What is so puzzling is that it is so obvious! Now more than ever.

As much as I am opposed to settlement building right now, (for reasons I’m not going to get into here) they are not the real impediment to peace. Anyone who has been paying even the slightest bit of attention would see the proverbial ‘Elephant in the Room’. Which is radical Fundamentalist Islam.

As I have said many times, I am in favor of making peace with the Arabs and am willing to pay a price for it. My reasons are simple. I want to see an end to the hostilities. I want to see an end to terrorists blowing themselves up in crowded areas in Israel. I want to see an end to rockets being fired at her. I do not want to see any more Jews being tortured and butchered; kidnapped or maimed.

I want there to be peace between two peoples so that each can get on with their lives without fear. Without one people subjugating another. Without one people needing to resort to harsh measures against the other for security reasons. I want that to end and am willing to pay the price of even an Oslo Accord type solution if that would guarantee a peace between 2 peoples sharing a border. A peace similar to what the United States has with Canada.

But as I have also said, that is currently a pipe dream so remote that it is pure folly to even suggest it.

But the nations of the world – including the United States (under the leadership of the Obama administration) think that it is still possible even in today’s terrorist climate. If only Israel would stop building settlements and ‘take chances’ for peace – they say.

This ‘song and dance’ may have made sense to the world pre 9/11 (Although not to those of us who knew what radical Islam was long before that – Israel having had its share of suicide attacks.) After 9/11 however, it should have been obvious to everyone what the real impediment to peace is. It is not settlements. It is the mindset of the devout Fundamentalist Muslim in the Arab world. It is from their ranks that the 9/11 terrorists were recruited. One may recall all the rejoicing in the Arab street after 9/11. It was the devout Burka clad Muslim women that were handing out candy to children while the masses were cheering in the street.

It should have been clear then that Israel’s existence was not the real issue. That Islamic fundamentalism was. And for a while I thought the all of the American people would finally get it… and understand what Israel’s needs are all about and why they need to take the security measures that end up being so harsh on the Palestinian people.

Unfortunately not long after 9/11 some started saying that if not for Israel none of this would have happened. The Muslim extremists only attacked the US on 9/11 because of its support for the Jewish State. That it was Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians under its occupation that caused 9/11. While most Americans did understand the truth, there were plenty of people that somehow ignored it and simply painted Israel as occupying tyrants that were torturing the poor helpless and innocent Palestinian underdog for simply existing.

This is the mindset of some of academia. Universities are filled with Palestinian academics and their sympathizers who preach hatred of Israel to their students. It is also the mindset of the BDS movement that advocates Boycotting, Divestment from, and Sanctioning the State of Israel because of their treatment of Palestinians.

They Are Murderers and not ‘Terrorists’

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Elevating the murderers of four Jews, who were praying in a synagogue, to the status of “terrorists” grossly distorts the concept of terrorism.

They are murderers, just like those who gunned down eight young men studying in the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in the heart of Jerusalem six years ago; and just like the barbaric killers of five members of the Fogel family on Erev Shabbat in Samaria three and a half years ago.

They are murderers just like Hamas “militants” and  just like Hezbollah “guerillas” and “resistance fighters” in the Palestinian Authority.

They are murderers just those in the ISIS who behead hostages because they are human beings who act like human beings.

The dictionary, media, sociologists and professors can define terrorism whatever they want, but once it is used to include murder even for ethnic cleansing and genocide, as American sociologist Charley Tilly has claimed, cold-blooded murder for the sake of cold-blooded murder is given an implicit justification.

The Palestinian Authority has incited an entire generation of youth to become “martyrs,” resistance fighters against the ‘occupation.’” It has excited them with a cause that is the personification of evil.

The enemy is not the “occupation.” The enemy is not the Jews. The enemy is not the Jewish religion

This is not a religious war nor is a war for land.

This is a war of the “Children of Light against the Children of Darkness.”

If the world – including Israel – had related to the “resistance fighters” as murderers and not as terrorists, perhaps the same youth would not have felt so exuberant,

No one joining ISIS does so to become a “murderer.” He signs up for the sake of some supposed ideology that is a thin disguise for killing.

Defining them as “terrorists” would put the Nazi butchers in the same category.

They are killers, murderers, butchers, barbarians and evil.

They are not human enough to be terrorists.

Abbas Follows Kerry’s Orders and Condemns Violence

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas condemned Tuesday’s massacre in a Jerusalem synagogue – and also called for an end of Israeli “incitement” after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told him to do so.

Kerry called Abbas after the attack, Israel Radio reported. He also expressed his sympathy to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who told Kerry that Abbas is directly inciting terror.

Abbas issued a statement that “we condemn the murders” Tuesday morning but he also added that “we condemn violence no matter where it comes from.” He also said Israel must stop” incitement’ by allowing Knesset Members to ascend the Temple Mount.

One hour before Abbas’ statement, the official Facebook page of Fatah, the party Abbas leads, praised the murders of Jews while they were praying.

Hamas, which is part of the unity government with Abbas, said the attack was a “natural response to ongoing Israeli crimes against the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” and he urged Arabs to carry out more attacks.

The Islamic Jihad stated, “The operation in Jerusalem was a natural reaction to the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation and its settlers,” according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

The Popular Resistance Committees described the attack as “heroic” and a response to “the Israeli occupation’s crimes against our people and our holy places in occupied Jerusalem.”

Palestinian Authority Media Encouraged Revenge for Suicide

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Palestinian Authority media on Monday incited Arabs to murder Jews in revenge for what they still claim was the ”execution by settlers” of an eastern Jerusalem driver who according to all experts committed suicide.

Even an Arab forensic expert said the bus driver took his own life, but the man’s family and several Palestinian Authority media outlets not only refused to accept the evidence but blamed Jews for allegedly murdering him.

Tuesday’s slaughter of Jews in the heart of the quiet Haredi neighborhood of Har Nof in Jerusalem apparently was well-planned. It also brought an immediate joyous response from Hamas. The terrorist organization declared that the massacre was a “natural reaction” to the death of the bus driver.

UAE Names CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Groups

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

The United Arab Emirates classified the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) to be terrorist organizations on Saturday.

The seven-member federation cabinet listed two of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties groups with the backers of Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi and the largest international terrorist organization, as well as some 83 other Islamist groups as terror organizations.

On the list were the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front), Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the WAM official state news agency.

CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation case in which its leaders were found guilty of aiding Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. CAIR was listed as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee in the case.

The Muslim American Society also has ties to the Brotherhood, as explained by a 2004 article in the Chicago Tribune, which reported the group was secretly created by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

In a statement released Saturday, MAS responded that the group was “shocked” to read it was listed with “numerous other organizations, as a terrorist organization… Before proceeding any further we would first like to verify the accuracy of the news reports and receive an official response from the United Arab Emirates regarding the reports,” the group said.

The move to name the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group follows a similar decision by Saudi Arabia this past March. Egypt had already outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization last December. It was the second time the group had been outlawed in Egypt, albeit the first ouster of a Brotherhood-backed president, also the first Egyptian leader to be chosen in democratic elections that many believed were rigged.

Istanbul-based Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar predicted in an interview last week, meanwhile, that ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood will eventually merge. The Muslim Brotherhood is “at the root” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Oktar said during his A9TV satellite television program on November 11. “The Brotherhood in Egypt could soon come entirely under ISIL control… [Gaza's ruling terrorist group] Hamas may also join ISIL,” he added, using the alternate name for ISIS, the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL).

“No harm will befall Israel. But there will be a chain of recruitment to ISIL… Very few groups in the Islamic world will not join. The Brotherhood is at the roots of Al Qaeda and Hamas. The Brotherhood fed them both.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/uae-names-cair-muslim-brotherhood-as-terror-groups/2014/11/16/

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