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Netanyahu Blames PA Chairman ‘Abu Mazen’ for Shooting of Temple Mount Activist

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The streets of Jerusalem are quiet right now, and a tense calm has settled on the city.

Israel’s security establishment met this morning (Thursday, Oct. 30) with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to decide how to meet the challenge that now lies ahead.

“I would like to send my best wishes for a full and quick recovery to Yehuda Glick, who is now fighting for his life,” Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting.

Participating in the discussion were Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Public Defense Minister Itzhak Aharonovitch, ISA Director Yoram Cohen, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and representatives from the Attorney General’s office, the Justice Ministry and the IDF.

Netanyahu praised the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the Israel Police for quickly solving “this act of terrorism.”

The prime minister added, “A few days ago, I said that we were facing a wave of incitement by radical Islamic elements and by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen who said that Jews must be prevented from going up to the Temple Mount by any means possible.

“I still have not heard from the international community so much as one word of condemnation for these inflammatory remarks.

“The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters, against those who try to change the status quo.

“I have ordered significant reinforcements so that we can maintain both security in Jerusalem and the status quo in the holy places. This struggle might be long, and here, like in other struggles, we must first of all, lower the flames.

“No side should take the law into its own hands. We must be level-headed and act with determination and responsibility, and so we shall.”

Knesset Members on Glick Shooting: ‘Red Line Crossed’

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Knesset members are expressing outrage over a targeted assassination attempt by an Islamic Jihad terrorist against Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick Wednesday night.

The terrorist shot and nearly killed Glick, who was rushed to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in critical condition, following a conference at the Menachem Begin Center in Jerusalem attended by a number of Knesset members. The attacker subsequently died in a shootout with Israeli Yamam counter terror police in the Abu Tor neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Bayit Yehudi party chairman and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett expressed the shock and fury of most: “Something has happened in Israel,” he said. “The assassination in the heart of Jerusalem of a public activist is a red line that was crossed. I call on the prime minister to restore the sovereignty of Israel to its capital city.”

MK Miri Regev, a participant at the conference that had just been held at the Begin Center, told Israel’s Channel 2 TV News that the event had been focused on Jews coming to the Temple Mount.

“The moment the center of Jerusalem comes under fire, this is an escalation and the government is required to make a change in the perception about Jerusalem,” Regev declared. “This terror in Jerusalem is like terrorism anywhere else in Israel. I don’t know if [Glick] had received personal threats or not – but if so, this is an omission by the police.”

Housing Minister Uri Ariel, meanwhile, prayed for Glick’s recovery and warned that the attack was aimed symbolically at all of Israel.

“The bullets fired at [Glick} were aimed at all Jews who want to exercise their right as Jews; it is moral for Jews to go up to pray at their most holy place,” Ariel pointed out. “I demand that the prime minister immediately permit all Jews to freely go up to the Temple Mount, and to use an iron fist against those who are responsible for this act.”

Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, who also attended the conference at the Begin Center, said that he was not surprised. Feiglin told Channel 2, “I was speaking with Yehuda at the time he was fired at. He was shot at least two times. It’s no surprise, really, because of the ongoing incitement,” Feiglin said bluntly. “The Muslim organizations have been actively harassing him – they marked him as the point man on the Temple Mount issue – and therefore he was attacked. This was expected.”

Fatah’s Gaza Branch Making Rockets to Use before Next Cease-Fire [video]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gaza’s branch of Fatah, Hamas’ rival terrorist party headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, showed off its continuing rocket-manufacturing capabilities for visiting Russian journalists, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported.

Fatah invited Russian TV (RT) last week to a rocket production facility to witness and film the actual production of new rockets. Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, depleted its reserves while taking an active part in the Gaza war alongside Hamas, firing rockets at Israeli towns and cities:

“The moment the war ended, the Palestinian military wings renewed military production in order to replenish the stock, which was emptied during the war,”  according to an Arab journalist for RT, quoted by Fatah on its Facebook page.

A Fatah video, as seen below, shows Fatah members at work producing new rockets, and a masked Fatah terrorist explained, “We are preparing and developing rockets in the productions’ division of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – Al-Asifa Army following the ceasefire agreement in preparation for the coming battles.”

The Palestinian Authority does not want another cease-fire unless it has plenty of rockets on hand to make sure that the truce is temporary. Terrorists in Gaza, like those in the Judea and Samaria who received thousands of rifles from Israel in the 1990s to keep the peace as part of the Oslo Accords, never store their weapons for a long period of time. Their idea of “defense” is to use them to attack Israel, whose existence is considered an offensive act.

The journalist added that Fatah is making rockets because the partial blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt interferes with efforts to smuggle weapons into Gaza.

Of course, Israel could put an end to all smuggling simply by removing the maritime blockade. Then, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and all of the other terrorist groups simply could bring in weapons at will in response to the “humanitarian gesture” by Israel.

Fatah’s activity in the war, in which it lost 17 times more members than those identifying with Hamas, is a sign that Fatah and Hamas have achieved unity in the area of terror, if not on the diplomatic front.

A Sept. 10 Fatah post, translated and published by PMW, quoted the RT reporter as stating. “We are visiting the Al-Aqsa Brigades – Al-Asifa Army (i.e., Fatah’s military wing)… where fuel for rockets and mortar shells is being produced.”

An Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades fighter added, “We are preparing and developing rockets in the productions’ division of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – Al-Asifa Army following the ceasefire agreement in preparation for the coming battles. During the last war, we fired rockets at the Zionist enemy. We have notified the enemy that we have many more [rockets]. We have also successfully developed the K-132 rocket, which is here beside me.”

This is What Happens When You Attack Israel

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Leftwing websites love to play up the photos of destruction of Gaza. The poor, suffering, innocent “Palestinians”, victims of Israeli aggression and collective punishment, are their front page stories.

Their bottom line is always the same, the Gazans (or the “Palestinians”) are not responsible for their actions and decisions; they’re passive victims of the conflict.

But it’s not true.

Even before their violent takeover of Gaza, Hamas received the largest block of votes in Gaza, giving them the majority, in fact Hamas secured 76 out of 132 seats – that’s 58% – in the Palestinian Authority’s parliament.

The people of Gaza, knowing full well the genocidal charter of Hamas, voted Hamas in. There’s no getting around that.

It’s both immoral and patronizing to say Gaza’s residents (or the Arabs in Judea and Samaria) voted Hamas in because Hamas’s social programs are more important to them than Hamas’s plans for genocide.

It is now well documented that the destruction in Gaza by the IDF was limited to areas that Hamas was using to attack Israel, whether it be for their command centers, missile silos, terror tunnels, or terrorist positions. For the most part, areas that were not involved in the fighting emerged from the war mostly unscathed.

Even within terror-infested neighborhoods, there are buildings that were hit, and buildings that weren’t.

Owners of many of the hit buildings were profiting from Hamas, charging them rent and receiving payment for letting Hamas store their weapons there, build terror tunnels entrances underneath their homes, or to set up rocket launchers in their orchards and backyards.

Unfortunately, there were also other civilian locations which Hamas illegally decided to use during the war, to attack Israel from.

The problem is that the international community refuses to report on the Arab civilian’s complicity and collusion with the terrorists, preferring to always portray them as the innocent victims, stuck in a situation out of their control.

Last week a Hamas official accidentally let it slip that Gazans are not letting Hamas back into their homes.

So much for the myth of the innocent and oppressed Gazans who can’t stand up to Hamas.

What was missing until now was any incentive for the Gazans to stand up to Hamas.

After all, the media and the UN teach them that there are absolutely no consequences to their actions – so why not let part of your house be converted into a missile silo to wipe out the Jews.

But now, the Gazans have learned an important life lesson. If you participate in any way in the genocidal attempt to destroy Israel, there are significant consequences to your actions.

The media should keep showing these photos of the destruction in Gaza.

Some day, the Gazans and the Arabs in Judea and Samaria will demand the right to vote from their leaders in the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

They will once again need to decide whether they want the corrupt terrorists to take over, or if they want the ruthless terrorists to take over.

Unfortunately, a poll right after the war showed that Hamas was more popular than ever.

But perhaps, just perhaps, with a little retrospection, they’ll look at these pictures from Gaza and say, “We want a third option.”

The Gift of The Islamic State

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

We live in a world where, at least in the hands of a real leader, the Islamic State could be a gift. There are two reasons why.

First, IS enables people to see what pure evil looks like – and to remember that there really is such a thing as evil, that not every political actor is simply choosing a different flavor at the ice cream counter, all equally worthy of respect. For many in the world today, this is an important insight.

But there’s another reason, another value of IS: it enables people to see the place to which all other Islamist fascism is headed. When Hamas rounds up “collaborators” and murders them on a Gaza street; when Islamic Jihad sends a woman to her death as a suicide bomber so she can “compensate” her family for having been raped; when the Saudi virtue police send little girls back into a burning school to be roasted alive because they fled the fire without adequate head coverings; when Iranians and Iraqis murder and torture homosexuals; when Palestinian Authority television teaches its child viewers that Jews are descendants of monkeys and pigs, and that these little Arab children should grow up to be suicide bombers who murder Israeli children; when Fatah fighters take over a church, use the pages of bibles found there to clean themselves in the bathroom, and claim the right to own the building because one of their “fighters” died there – when Islamists do these things, they do them because they are driven by the same fascist, hateful, death-worshiping insanity animating the Islamic State. There’s a reason why the Arab states that oppose the Muslim Brotherhood are also the most active in opposing IS: it’s because the leaders of these Arab states know that the Brotherhood and IS are ideologically the same.

Indeed, the Egyptians and the Saudis know what many Americans try so hard not to know: that the Islam of the Muslim Brotherhood wants to subjugate every non-Muslim. In the world. That’s why, around the time founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, Hassan al-Banna explained: “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its laws on all nations and to extend its power to the entire world.”

That clarity, even among Arab nations, leads to this happy thought: maybe, just maybe, the Arab states that oppose IS, and that oppose the Brotherhood, might just perhaps conceivably lead to the discovery in the real world of the most famous unicorn of the 21st century: a courageous, outspoken, moderate Islam, a reformed Islam, an Islam that has abandoned the desire to murder, or subjugate, everyone who doesn’t agree with Islam. Maybe, just maybe, the Arabs who recoil in the face of IS’s rapes and tortures and beheadings can be the leaders of an Islam that is willing to live in peace with people who aren’t Muslims.

It’s a tall order. After all, traditionally the Muslim map of the world has only two regions: dar al Islam, the region of Islam, and dar al Jihad, the region of war. That map will have to be discarded and a new one prepared, with borders between sovereign nations marking the good fences that make good neighbors. As of now, the tolerance taught the West by John Locke has no place in the Muslim world. Maybe the great disgust with IS’s orgy of blood and violation and death will teach the Arab and Muslim world why toleration is a good thing.

The problem for the world right now is that these things can only happen if there is a leader, who sees these things, and is prepared to say them, clearly, to the world. The Americans in office now, who say simply that IS is not Islam, are believed by precisely no-one. The Egyptians, and the Saudis, and many others, know they have a problem precisely because for many Muslims, what IS is doing is indeed the logical conclusion of everything they hear and know and are taught about their own religion. The Brotherhood’s definition of Islam is the definition embraced by many Muslims, regardless of what is said by that famous scholar of Islam, John Kerry.

Some Lessons From The War With Hamas

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
  • Nice fences do not stop missiles, rockets, and mortars.
  • Unless the Israeli military controls the ground on the other side of fences, those fences achieve nothing.
  • Complete removal of Israeli forces and Jewish settlers from an area merely signals Israeli weakness and invites escalated Arab terror and aggression.
  • Hamas (and Hizbullah and ISIS) cannot be defeated with air strikes. There is no effective alternative to ground invasion and ongoing military control of the ground retaken.
  • Goodwill gestures by Israel increase terror. They do not win Israel friends in the West but rather encourage outbursts of anti-Semitism.
  • Terror is caused not by Israeli settlements but by the removal of Israeli settlements.
  • Terror is caused not by Israeli military occupation but by the removal of Israeli military occupation.
  • The Likud is too cowardly to defeat Hamas.
  • The Israeli Left will oppose every conceivable act of Israeli self-defense.
  • Arab terrorists do not morph into statesmen.
  • It is impossible for two sovereign entities to exist between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • No matter how many concessions Israel makes, the world will always justify Arab terrorism because there will always be still one more capitulation Israel failed to make.
  • No matter how nice Israel is to its Arab citizens and no matter how many affirmative action programs it implements, Israel will always be accused of being an “apartheid regime.”
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East that is not an apartheid regime.
  • The real enemy of Israel is not Arab fascism but Jewish leftism.
  • Israeli niceness and flexibility fan anti-Semitism.
  • Much of the world has no qualms about seeing Jewish civilians murdered by terrorists.
  • Many people around the world would not raise an eyebrow if Israeli Jews were shipped off to concentration camps in cattle cars – except perhaps to demand improved rail service.
  • Israel bashers do not care about dead Arab civilians, other than as a useful tool with which to bludgeon Israel.
  • Most Arabs will never accept an independent Israel within any set of borders, no matter how small. Hence reducing Israel’s territory does nothing but signal weakness and destructibility.
  • The vast majority of Israeli Arabs and nearly all Israeli Arab politicians support terrorism and wish to see Israel destroyed.
  • The only country on earth expected to respond to the murder of its civilians by turning the other cheek is Israel.
  • The only country on earth that has spent years trying to defeat aggression and terrorism by turning the other cheek is Israel. It failed.
  • Israeli leftists, rather than learn from the failures of their policies and “ideas,” will always complain that their policies have not been applied thoroughly enough.
  • No matter how Israel responds to aggression and terrorism, it will always be denounced as a “disproportionate” response. The only “proportionate” response is complete capitulation by Israel.
  • If an Israeli coughs in the general direction of Gaza, it’s considered a disproportionate war crime and an act of genocide.
  • Those who claim anti-Zionism is different and distinct from anti-Semitism tend, on close inspection, to be anti-Semites themselves.
  • The only people on earth whom the Left believes should be denied the right to self-determination and self-defense are the Jews.
  • The moral and legal responsibility for every Arab civilian killed or injured in Gaza rests squarely on the shoulders of the Arab terrorists and their Western amen choruses.
  • There is no moral or legal reason for Israel to refrain from attacking terrorists and murderers when they hide among civilians.
  • There are no non-military solutions to the problem of terrorism.
  • There are no significant differences between the anti-Israel agenda of the Palestinian Authority and the anti-Israel agenda of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Muslim Brotherhood, and ISIS.
  • One cannot buy off anti-Semites and Islamofascists with trade concessions and subsidies.
  • One cannot make peace by pretending that war does not exist.
  • The only way to stop terrorism is to kill terrorists.
  • No terrorist has ever murdered anyone after he was executed.

Is the Gaza War Really Over?

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Reprinted from The Gatestone Institute Website

It is important to note that these cease-fire demands are not part of Hamas’s or Islamic Jihad’s overall strategy, namely to have Israel wiped off the face of the earth.

Many foreign journalists who came to cover the war in the Gaza trip were under the false impression that it was all about improving living conditions for the Palestinians by opening border crossings and building an airport and seaport. These journalists really believed that once the demands of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are accepted, this would pave the way for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

To understand the true intention of Hamas and its allies, it is sufficient to follow the statements made by their leaders after the cease-fire announcement this week. To his credit, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’s leader, has never concealed Hamas’s desire to destroy Israel.

Hamas and its allies see the war in the Gaza Strip as part of there strategy to destroy Israel. What Hamas and its allies are actually saying is, “Give us open borders and an airport and seaport so we can use them to prepare for the next war against Israel.”

Statements made by Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders and spokesmen following the announcement of the long-term cease-fire agreement with Israel this week serve as a reminder of their true intentions and strategy.

Over the past two months, the two groups, together with several armed factions in the Gaza Strip, repeatedly announced that their main goal was to end the “siege” on the Gaza Strip and build their own airport and seaport.

During the cease-fire talks in Cairo, the Palestinian groups repeatedly and stubbornly insisted that complying with these demands, along with opening all the border crossings with the Gaza Strip, was the only way to end the violence and achieve a long-term cease-fire with Israel.

However, it is important to note that these cease-fire demands are not part of Hamas’s or Islamic Jihad’s overall strategy, namely to have Israel wiped off the face of the earth.

Hamas and its allies in the Gaza Strip are not only fighting for an airport and seaport. Nor are they fighting only for the reopening of all border crossings with Israel and Egypt.

During this war, many seem to have forgotten that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are actually fighting to “liberate Jerusalem and all Palestine.” The two groups have never recognized Israel’s right to exist and continue to oppose any attempt to make peace with the “Zionist entity.”

Many foreign journalists who came to cover the war in the Gaza Strip were under the false impression that it was all about improving the living conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by opening border crossings and building an airport and seaport. These journalists really believed that once the demands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad are accepted, this would pave the way for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Yet these journalists, like many others in the international community, failed to look at the bigger picture or take into consideration the context of conflict. Moreover, most of them did not even seem to be listening to what Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been stating before and after the war — that their real goal is to “liberate all Palestine.”

Operation Protective Edge may have ended, but the dream to destroy Israel is still alive. Even if Hamas and Islamic Jihad eventually get their own airport and seaport, it is obvious that the two groups are now more determined than ever to pursue their fight to eliminate Israel, especially in light of the fact that they feel they have emerged from the war triumphant.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/is-the-gaza-war-really-over/2014/08/31/

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