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Is Ismail Haniyeh Dead Yet?

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

“I’m telling you, and you can quote me on this, and here everything is being recorded,” MK Avigdor Lieberman told the host of an interview show called Shabbat Tarbut (Shabbat Culture) in Be’er Sheva on April 16, 2016, “If I’m the defense minister, I give Mr. Haniyeh (Ismail Abdel Salam Ahmed Haniyeh, a senior political leader of Hamas) 48 hours: either you return the [IDF soldiers’] bodies and the [two wayward Israeli] civilians [held by Hamas], or you’re dead.”

“As far as I’m concerned, you should order for yourself a plot in the nearest cemetery. That’s the only way,” Lieberman concluded his threat.

That was a little over a month ago, and, as these strange things tend to happen, Avigdor Lieberman is about to inherit the position of Israel’s defense minister, and the question is, should the Hamas leader be worried?

Dr. Yuval Dror, communications dean at the College of Management in Rishon LeZion, decided to keep the Yisrael Beiteinu leader honest, and set up a website titled: “Is Ismail Haniyeh Dead Yet?” with the video of that interview.

So far, the website says: No, in big, red letters. As Dror put it in his blog: “Because we’re only talking 48 hours, which is a real quickie, I bought the domain isismailhaniyehdeadyet.com where I’m following the fulfillment of the promise of the new defense minister of the State of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman. I’m convinced that within 48 hours I will be changing the word No to yes. Why? Because only the right can, that’s why.”

OK, on occasion leftwingers show a healthy sense of humor; also, if the outcome of this experience would be for certain politicians to keep their bragging and their promises to a minimum, then the entire experience will not have been a total waste of time.

Should we launch a website for every promise made by senior politicians? I’ll bet you someone is already cooking up a kickstarter for that one…

David Israel

Turkey to Help Hamas Rebuild 19 Destroyed ‘Missile Mosques’

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Turkey has offered money to Hamas to re-build 19 mosques that were used to store or launch missiles on Israel before the IDF destroyed them in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio reported Monday morning.

Mehmet Gormez, president of Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs, is visiting Gaza for the first time in what may be a warm-up for a long-promised visit by Turkish President Recep Erdoğan

Gormez said everything Hamas and condemned Israel for “violating human rights” in Gaza by attacking missile-launching sites, many of which were located in mosques, schools, cemeteries and U.N.-financed buildings.

The religious affairs official said:

Israel used internationally banned weapons and violated religious and human rights. Israel must be prosecuted.

Gormez met with de facto Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, who rules Gaza despite a brilliant Orwellian-like maneuver last year that delighted the Obama administration with a “technocrat” government, supposedly without Hamas representation.

Haniyeh poured praise on Turkey for its “reliable and sacred” bond.

The promise of Turkish aid to rebuild missile-launching sites, camouflaged as mosques, follows Iran’s resumption of aid to help Hamas re-build terror tunnels, camouflaged as hide-and-seek playgrounds

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Update: Netanyahu Agrees to Cease-Fire without Dis-Arming Hamas

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Mahmoud Abbas has announced that Hamas has begin a cease-fire at 7 p.m., and Prime Minister Netanyahu told a somewhat upset Cabinet that he has agreed.

Massive rocket fire continued up until the beginning of the open-ended truce and even fifteen minutes afterwards.

Both Abbas, chairman of of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, and Ismail Haniyeh, his unofficial but de facto partner in Gaza, said Tuesday afternoon that Hamas was about to announce a long-term truce, but Khaled Mashaal, Hamas’s supreme authority who rejected or quickly broke previous ceasefire, has been mum.

Israel’s defensive stance, or secret negotiations behind the human shield of southern Israelis, left it without much choice other than to agree to the cease-fire since Netanyahu, par for the course, did not stick to his word that there would be no cease-fire without disarming Hamas.

Hamas has claimed “victory,” and the massive rocket fire immediately before and after Abbas’ announcement was a Hamas ploy to show Arabs how it can pummel Israel at will and then force the Netanyahu government to accept a cease-fire.

The agreement does not mention anything about dis-arming Hamas except to leave it for “negotiations” in a month.

We’ve been in this movie before, and if this cease-fire ploy is a re-run of broken promises, it won’t last long.

If it does, time will tell if it is nonsense anyway.

History has proven that is the case, but if  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and of the other self-appointed saviors of the Middle East jump on the a truce as a catalyst for more peace talks, meaning surrender by Israel, the  cease-fire could hold long enough until Abbas and his true peace partner Hamas stop getting what he wants.

If it does,  it’s rocket time again.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Lieberman: Kill Hamas Leaders if Soldiers’ Body Parts not Returned

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wants the government to order the IDF to assassinate Hamas leaders in Gaza if they do not return to Israel the body parts of fallen soldiers Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Doron Shaul, who were buried with whatever body parts were able to be retrieved.

Lieberman, speaking to mayors in southern Israel, the area that has taken the brunt of Hamas terror since the expulsion of Jews and withdrawal of the IDF from Gaza in 2005, said that ”we have to get rid of Hamas.”

He will get little argument from most quarters. It’s a great idea, but the government has been unable or to scared to do so, and even if it did,  eradicating Hamas is useless without a “day after” pill.

His latest brainstorm, the third in less than month, is to assassinate Ismail Haniyeh and Moahmmed Dief. Haniyeh officially no longer is prime minister because Hamas and its rival terror faction Fatah, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, pulled off a sleight-of-hand whereby Hamas and Fatah declared a unity pact that makes supposed civilian “technocrats” members of the government and placates the United States, which officially considers Hamas an outlawed terrorist group. So what if Hamas gives orders to technocrats?

Lieberman, like almost every other Israeli, is not so dumb as to swallow that position, but his solutions to the problem of Hamas do not put him ahead of the class.

How can it be that Israel, with the best army in the Middle East and one of the best in the world, cannot defeat a motley crew of 26,000 terrorists?

Just kill every single one of them. Nice idea, if it would work.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called Lieberman’s threats, calling them “ridiculous.”

Similar to his latest solution, Lieberman’s previous inspirations have raised the same question of  what he would say if he were to lead  the first tank into Gaza and hunt down all the murderers.

When the war began last month, Lieberman opined that Israel should simply take complete control of Gaza. Interior Minister Gideon Saar has suggested that Israel re-establish Jewish communities in Gaza, giving Israel an online presence. That also would help the economy in Gaza, and it might happen one day. But not today. Or tomorrow. Or this year.

Taking over Gaza would be the best solution for Gazans. Like it or not, they enjoyed their best society in decades when Israel took over Gaza in the Six-Day War in 1967. The flourishing economy rotted when the intifada began in the 1980s, and it has been downhill ever since. Hamas has trampled on civil liberties, has employed children to build tunnels for terror, and it killed many of the workers for ”knowing too much” about the locations. It has made life miserable for the few surviving Christians, and it has been well-documented that Hamas has bombed its own civilians whom it used as human shields.

Life under Israel would be great for Gaza. It also is the last thing Israel wants right now.

It would be the last thing Lieberman would want if he were to jump in the first tank into Gaza and absorb anti-tank missiles.

If he were to survive, he and tens of thousands of other soldiers would remain in Gaza for a few months, if not years, to keep all of the other jihadists from making trouble,

And there is UNRWA, which has perpetuated the miserable and hopeless lives of Gazans by declaring them to be “refugees,” just like a few million others in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon Iraq and other countries.

So perhaps taking over Gaza is not such a smart idea, at least not this year, but Lieberman then came up with the aberration of letting the United Nations take over.

Lieberman insisted to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, “A U.N. mandate over Gaza Strip is a possible option for Israel to rid itself off the headache of Gaza and pass the mission of demilitarization of the strip to the United Nations.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Hamas Prepares to Blame Israel if Haniyeh’s Granddaughter Dies

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The family of Gaza’s de factor prime minister Ismail Haniyeh apparently is preparing to blame Israel if his one-year-old granddaughter dies after having been rushed to an Israeli hospital for an infection that left her in critical condition.

The prime minister’s son Abdessalam posted on Facebook on Monday that his daughter Amal was being treated at Schneider Children’s Hospital in Petach Tikvah for an infection of her digestive tract that has affected her nervous system.

The family claimed that Israel returned the girl to Gaza in a condition of “clinically dead.”

However, media that reported the story left out one small detail – the infant already was in life-threatening condition before she left Gaza for Schneider.

A military official told The Jewish Press Tuesday evening, “She was in very critical condition when she arrived at Schneider on Monday, and after doctors there saw there was no hope for her to survive, the family took her back home.”

Earlier this year, an Israeli hospital treated Haniyeh’s daughter-in-law.

(This report updates a previous article.)

Jewish Press News Briefs

No Disagreement Between Hamas and Fatah

Monday, March 18th, 2013

For those of us arguing that there’s no fundamental difference between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, an interview of Mahmoud Abbas today by Salam Musafir of RT, the Russian television network, today comes as useful confirmation. I have bolded three key passages making this point:

RT: Today, the other part of the Palestinian resistance, Hamas, is increasingly leaning towards a political solution of the problem rather than a military one. Have you noticed the shift?

MA: Yes, we have. Moreover, that’s something we have agreed on. A number of Hamas members support this stance. That’s what we agreed on during our meeting in Cairo, and several months ago at the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation we reaffirmed that the Palestinian people have the right to non-violent resistance. We are going back to the negotiating process. There is no disagreement on this between us and Hamas leaders, though some keep saying that they don’t consider a peaceful solution the only option and don’t rule out military struggle. But all this talk stopped at the Cairo meeting, which was sponsored by the US and Egypt. Now this is Hamas’s official stance. Pay no attention to the odd Hamas members that say different. …

RT: The EU is said to be considering a move to take Hamas off the list of terrorist organizations. Do you think that this may be an attempt to legitimize the Hamas-led government?

MA: I don’t think so. After the recent developments, the chances are quite high that the Hamas government may be recognized as legitimate. If Hamas is committed to the ceasefire and if it openly pledges to stick to the peaceful popular resistance, I don’t see much difference between their policy and ours. In this case, there is no need to label them as a terrorist organization.

RT: But you didn’t target Israel with rockets….

MA: Neither we nor Hamas did. Not any longer. After the Second Intifada, we decided to give up on armed resistance. And let me be totally frank with you: we don’t want to launch any armed resistance whatsoever. Hamas has said the same. Yes, there were clashes in the past, but they have stopped – and I’m grateful to Allah for that.

Of course, in each of the three bolded statements, Abbas stressed that Hamas has adopted Fatah’s non-violent approach, and not the reverse. But for anyone with eyes to see, this is clearly false. Even the interviewer points out that Hamas keeps attacking Israel with rockets, a fact that Abbas baldly denies.

I understand the real message here to be not that Hamas has joined Fatah on the path of deciding “to give up on armed resistance” but quite the reverse; that both of them are playing the game of pretending to end violence, which Abbas has no more abandoned than Hamas has.

Originally published at DanielPipes.org and The National Review Online, The Corner, March 15, 2013.

Daniel Pipes

Hamas PM: Qatar Emir Visit Breaks Gaza Siege

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that Qatar’s emir’s Tuesday’s visit to the Gaza Strip was helping to lift Israel’s blockade, the Ma’an news agency reports.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was the first head of state to enter Gaza since Hams took over, back in 1999.

Analysts see the visit as an attempt by the emir to use his leverage with Western capitals to help rehabilitate Hamas in Western eyes, and move them into mainstream politics.

The tiny Gulf emirate, whose native population is only about the same size as that of the Gaza Strip, hosts one of the biggest US bases in the region. At the same time, it was a major supporter of Islamist groups during the “Arab Spring.” Qatar owns the Al Jazeera television network.

“You are today, by this visit, declaring the breaking of the unjust blockade,” Haniyeh told the Qatari leader in a speech at the site of a new town to be built with Gulf money.

“Today we declare victory against the blockade through this historic visit,” he said. “We say thank you, Emir, thank you Qatar for this noble Arab stance … Hail to the blood of martyrs which brought us to this moment.”

Embarking on what was a state visit in all but name, Sheikh al-Thani and his wife Sheikha Mozah crossed from Egypt at the head of a large delegation, to be greeted by Haniyeh and an honor guard.

Thousands of Palestinians lined his route, waving Palestinian and Qatari flags as the convoy with the sheikh in a black Mercedes limousine bumped along the rutted main highway that Qatar has promised to rebuild.

Qatar has called the visit a humanitarian gesture, to inaugurate reconstruction projects financed by the emirate. After initially earmarking $250 million for the schemes, a smiling Haniyeh announced the fund now stood at $400 million.

Haniyeh said the emir had agreed to fund additional projects and to increase funding of existing plans.

Qatar will build a $25 million city for released prisoners, and has increased its funding for another new city in the Gaza Strip by $15 million, he said.

The Gaza premier said Qatar had also agreed to grant $8 million to build a youth rehabilitation center and to donate an extra $13 million to a hospital so patients could be treated in Gaza rather than traveling abroad.

Israel said it was “astounding” that Qatar, a US-allied Gulf state whose oil and gas permit it to punch way above its diplomatic weight, would take sides in the Palestinian dispute and endorse Hamas, branded as terrorists in the West.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said the emir, who has met Israeli leaders but not visited the Palestinian Authority of Abbas and his secular Fatah movement in the West Bank, had “never dignified the PA with a visit”.

“No one understands why he would fund an organization which has become notorious with committing suicide bombings and firing rockets on civilians. By hugging Hamas, the Emir of Qatar is really someone who has thrown peace under the bus,” Palmor said.

The Gaza Strip is all but cut off from the world, under blockade by Israel and Egypt by land and sea.

Sheikh Hamad has sought to mediate between Hamas and Fatah in the past, to end the divisions but analysts say there is for now no prospect of reconciliation between the two factions.

Jewish Press Staff

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