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Israel Creating Virtual Embassies in Middle East

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Israel is utilizing new media technology to developing innovative ways to extend hands of friendship to countries in a volatile Middle East.

“We are exploring government, people and societies … trying to skip over the borders and using the new media to create virtual embassies,” which speak directly to those in the Arab world, said Foreign Ministry director-general, Rafael Barak, at the inaugural ceremony of the 13th annual Herzliya Conference on Monday.

Addressing the regional trends impacting Israel, Barak related that “we live in a region in a state of constant instability, and it is our assessment that this instability will continue for many more years.” Despite this, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to locate potential friends in the region, while trying to find “frenemies” among Israel’s enemies and exploring how different governments relate to one another.

Barak remarked that Israel must not only be aware of the threats that exist in the region, but also of certain population sectors that seek friendship. “We must contend with the people around us, looking at the new strategic threats, including the large concentration of chemical weapons in Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas activity, as well as Kurdish populations and other minorities looking for our friendship and trying to draw close to Israel,” he stated.

Regionally, “the characteristics of peace have almost disappeared” said Barak. However, he stressed that the situation with Jordan was better, noting that Israel has an embassy there and is “doing a lot of things with visibility… and under the radar.”

“We always look for opportunities [in the region] … We hope an opportunity will come from Syria…[and] are trying to open doors wherever possible and provide humanitarian assistance wherever possible.”

In regard to the situation in Egypt, Barak emphasized the necessity for Israel to “maintain peace agreements with Egypt in light of the instability and internal situation.” He said that the Foreign Ministry was maintaining a “mobile ministry” which traveled to and from Egypt weekly, rather than maintaining a permanent embassy in an unstable and dangerous area.

Hamas Re-Working Its Image to Pressing US to Remove Terror Label

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Hamas is trying to re-work its image as a terrorist organization to convince the United States and the European Union remove it from the list of sponsors of terrorism. The campaign comes at the same time that pressure is growing on the EU to add Hizbullah to the list of terrorist organizations.

The Egypt Independent reported that Hamas official Ahmed Youssef said contacts have been made with Qatar, Egypt and Turkey to make the case for Hamas.

However,  he said Hamas will not comply with the demand of the Quartet (United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations) to recognize Israel.

He also said that missile attacks on Israel were not aimed at civilians but were targeting military bases.

“The armed struggle is guaranteed by international law [the right] to resist occupation … but Western countries are biased in favor of Israel,” he maintained.

“It is not reasonable for the Western countries to support Islamist regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, and continue to boycott Hamas, which came out of the womb of these Islamist movements, and keep it on the list of terrorism,” Youssef added.

How Does EU Avoid Defining Hizbullah as Terrorist Organization?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

President Shimon Peres  and the Israeli lawfare group Shurat HaDin have launched two separate but simultaneous campaigns to pressure the European Union to agree Hizbullah equals terror.

President Peres is to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg next week and will urge it to place the Iranian-backed Hizbullah Shi’ite Muslim group on the list of terror organizations, as the United States has done.

A major obstacle to the classification is the failure of all 27 EU countries to agree.

“The President will tell the EU leaders that every country needs to treat Hezbollah as a terror organization,” a spokesperson to the President told the European Jewish Press (EJP).

“The President’s EU meetings “will take place in the context of the inquiry into the terror attack in Bulgaria which found that Hizbullah was responsible for the bombing and the subsequent discussions within Europe on the consequences.”

His speech to the European Parliament will be the first by an Israeli leader in the legislature’s current format, which includes 754 members from the 27 EU member states.

Shurat HaDin, known in English as the Israel Law Center, is headed by attorney Nitsana Darshn-Leitner. She has staged a quiet revolution in fighting terrorism by winning lawsuits against Hamas and the Palestinian Authority as well as banks that handle money of terrorist groups. Shurat HaDin has won  judgments running into the billions.

It also was instrumental in convincing companies they could be subject to criminal charges if they did not stop equipping Iranian oil tankers and terrorists’ Gaza-bound ships with communications equipment.

Darshn-Leitner now has written to the un to demand that it designate Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.

“In our letter to the EU officials, we accused the EU of cowardice and hiding its head in the sand in the face of overwhelming proof of the Islamic extremist groups’ long term involvement in global terrorism,” she said.

“We accused the EU of ignoring Hizbullah’s assassination of Lebanese President Rafiq Hariri, for which several of its officials were indicted by The Hague, and Hizbullah’s on-going role in perpetrating crimes against humanity in the Syrian civil war.”

Despite pressure from the United States and Israel, the EU has claimed that it will not outlaw the group until there is “tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of terrorism,” she said.

Shurat HaDin this week issued a partial list of dozens of attacks that have killed more than 400 people, not including targeted civilians in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Bulgaria recently announced that Hizbullah was behind the July 2012 terrorist attack that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver.

Following is the partial list that is more than enough of the  “tangible evidence” the EU is looking for.

-  The 1982 and 1983 suicide bombings against the IDF headquarters building in Tyre, Lebanon, which killed 103 Israelis and 46–59 Lebanese, wounding 95 people.

-   The April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing Lebanon, that killed 241 US marines, 58 French paratroopers and 6 civilians at the US and French barracks in Beirut.

-   The Hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.

-   The kidnapping and murder of numerous individuals during the Lebanon Hostage Crisis from 1982 to 1992, including the kidnapping and torture-murder of CIA Beirut station Chief William Buckley.

-   The 1992 Israeli Embassy bombing in Buenos Aires, killing 29, in Argentina.

-   The 1994 AMIA bombing of a Jewish cultural centre, killing 85, in Argentina.

-   The 1996 KhobarTowers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 20.

-   The 2000 kidnapping and murder of IDF soldiers Adi Avitan, Benyamin Avraham, and Omar Sawaidwere.

-   In 2002, Singapore accused Hezbollah of recruiting Singaporeans in a failed 1990s plot to attack US and Israeli ships in the Singapore Straits.

-   The 2006 kidnapping and murder of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, which precipitated the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War.

-   Intentionally targeting Israeli civilians and cities with rocket fire during the Second Lebanon War.

-   The January 15, 2008 bombing of a U.S. Embassy vehicle in Beirut.

-   In 2009, a Hezbollah plot in Egypt was uncovered, where Egyptian authorities arrested 49 men for planning attacks against Israeli and Egyptian targets in the Sinai Peninsula.

-   A failed 2011 bombing in Istanbul targeting the Israeli consul, which left eight dead.

Hizbullah Denies Syria Rebels’ Claim They Hit Nasrallah’s Deputy

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Syrian rebels have claimed that they wounded Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s top deputy in the bombing of a Syrian army convoy, but Hizbullah immediately denied it.

A Lebanese newspaper reported that rebels said Naim Qassem was with senior army officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad when the explosion hit the convoy on the Damascus-Beirut highway.

Nasrallah is scheduled to make a speech Wednesday night to squelch a report by the Turkish Anatolia News Agency that he flew to Tehran for medical treatment, Lebanese sources said he suffers from cancer.

“Such news is totally incorrect, and Nasrallah did not leave the country,” Hizbullah sources said.

Sky: UN Adviser Kidnapped in Syria near Israeli Border

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Unknown terrorists kidnapped a United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) legal adviser on February 7 from an outpost near the border between the Golan Heights and Syria, the Arabic channel of Sky News reported Monday night.

The report has not been verified, and there are no details concerning who kidnapped the victim, Carl Kampo from Austria, and where he was taken. A media outlet in Lebanon and affiliated with Hizbullah also reported the kidnapping.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have lost control of several villages near the Israeli border. Rebels have taken over some of the towns, and the IDF has learned that international terrorists also have infiltrated and are preparing to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack.

The IDF recently replaced reservists with regular army elite troops because of the potential for attacks, the website of Yediot Acharonot reported.

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, was created by the United Nations, with the adoption of Security Council Resolution 425 and 426 on 19 March 1978, to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon which Israel had invaded five days prior, restore international peace and security, and help the Government of Lebanon restore its effective authority in the area.

The first UNIFIL troops were deployed in the area on 23 March 1978; these troops were reassigned from other UN peacekeeping operations in the area (namely the United Nations Emergency Force and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force Zone).

Peres asks EU What Does It Take to Brand Hizbullah ‘Terrorists’

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

President Shimon Peres called on the European Union Thursday to face the facts and follow the American lead in blacklisting Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.

Speaking at a ceremony on the 93rd anniversary of the death of Zionist pioneer Joseph Trumpeldor, the president cited Hizbullah’s proven involvement in terrorist attacks in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Nigeria.

“A short distance from here a terrible tragedy is unfolding,” he said. “In Syria, the president is shooting his own people, the children of his country. On our border, in Lebanon, Nasrallah, wrapped in a cloak of religiosity, is pushing Lebanon into a bloody war.

“It is time to call Hizbullah what it really is – a murderous terror organization. The United States of America and other countries have already included Hezbollah in its list of terrorist organizations…. The time has come for every country in the world, and especially the European Union, to add Hezbollah to its list of terror organizations.”

Hizbullah Fingered in Cyprus Terror Plot against Israelis

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The noose tightened on Hizbullah Wednesday after a Swedish-Lebanese citizen on trial in Cyprus admitted that the terrorist organization recruited him to stake out areas where Israelis gather.

Hossam Taleb Yaacoub traveled to Cyprus on business and with no ulterior motives, according to his lawyer, before Hizbullah hooked him into cooperating with it.

Cyprus police arrested Yaacoub two weeks before a suicide bomber killed five Israeli tourists and a bus driver in Bulgaria in July.

Bulgaria has accused Hizbullah of being behind the attack, and the revelation of the plot in Cyprus adds pressure on the European Union to join the United States and Britain and define Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.

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