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‘Fifth Column’ Arab MKs Visit Qatar and Meet with Former MK-Traitor

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Knesset Members Hanin Zoabi, arguably Israel’s most hated MK, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas Hamas’ benefactor Qatar last week and reportedly met with former colleague Azmi Bashar, who fled the country seven years ago after being indicted for spying on behalf of Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

The Balad party MKs appeared on Al Jazeera, where they espoused their criticism of the Israeli government.

Al Jazeera is financed b and based in Qatar, which also has financed Hamas terror and has provided technology for Hamas to launch rockets from underground in Gaza by pressing on a computer button in Qatar.

Knesset Members from Yesh Atid and Likud asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate the connection between the three Arab MKs and Bashara as well as Qatar.

Weinstein previously has shown himself to be feeble when it comes to investigating incitement and alleged terrorist connections among Arab Mks, particularly Zoabi, who was on the IHH flotilla when terrorists brutally beat IDF navy commandos before the soldiers were able to overcome the Mavi Mamara ship trying to break the maritime embargo on Gaza.

The Knesset Ethics Committee got tough with Zoabi this year by suspending her for a period of time from the Knesset for hateful speech, including epithets at Arab security guards who escorted her out of the legislature after inciting remarks.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who heads the Yisrael Beitenu party, said he will continue to whatever has to be done to prevent the Balad party’s fifth column from representing a terrorist organization in the Knesset.”

Tonight’s Forecast: Rain of Rockets with a Chance of Mortar Drizzle

Monday, August 18th, 2014

IDF Southern Command believes that the rockets and mortars will begin again tonight, hours before the ceasefire is set to end.

This is based on political assessments that the negotiations with the Hamas terror organization are not moving forward.

The IDF is raising internal preparedness of the IAF and intelligence units, and they are preparing for rockets and retaliations.

No additional warning levels or instructions have been raised for citizens, with the exception of stopping train service between Ashkelon and Ashdod last time, until further notice.

Anti-Israeli Rioters Attack British Police and Ransack Supermarket

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

A measly crowd in London of 100 anti-Israeli rioters, most of them of Asian descent, protested outside a Tesco store that sells Israeli products while others barged inside and attacked nearly two dozen police officers Saturday.

“A group of Asian men holding Palestinian flags came walking in and starting to push products over and getting aggressive with staff and shoppers. Police officers tried to stop them but I ran out,” one shopper told the London Telegraph.

Only one person was arrested for assaulting a police officer.

The Birmingham, England’s store’s sin that drew the protest was its selling Israeli products. Rioters grabbed merchandise off the shelves and smashed them on the floor and yelled at shoppers and workers, many of who fled in fear.

Chanting demonstrators threw produce to the floor and shouted at staff and shoppers

A police statement described the protest outside the store as ”peaceful” but added that some protesters “began throwing stock inside Tesco store [and] two [were] escorted from [the] premises.” One person inside the store told the Daily Mail that the rioters “wreaked havoc.”

Tesco customers were not impressed by the riot and went on social media to castigate the behavior as Idiotic” and “disgusting,” among other adjectives.

“Peace protest? I think not. Disgusting!” one tweet stated. Another tweeter with the Arabic-sounding name, of Wagar Ahmed, wrote, “This isn’t helping the Palestinian cause. In fact, it’s doing the opposite.” Mehr Ali tweeted, “How is this going to help Gaza. Idiots.”

More to the point, how is this going to help Britain, where Islamic law already has been recognized in several areas.

Pro-Hamas Member of Parliament earlier this month called on a city to ban from the city anything and anyone connected with Israel.

British expatriates who have returned to their native country for a visit in the last several years have reported they are in shock of what is a rapidly growing de facto fanatic Muslim revolution.

Fear of confronting the fact of the crushing of British democratic values and morals has left Britons defenseless against.

Saturday’s protest ostensibly was against a store selling Israeli products but in a larger context was another riot against Western culture.

Arab Media, Israel’s Channel 2: Cease-Fire Deal Imminent

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Perhaps the “party” is over — but officials are not breaking out the colored balloons to celebrate just yet.

Hamas officials have gone to Qatar to consult with their handlers about the deal being discussed among the Palestinian Arab terror factions.

The draft of a detailed permanent cease-fire agreement was crafted in Cairo just before Israeli negotiators headed home for the Sabbath, according to Israel’s Channel 2 television and a report published in the Egyptian daily al-Shuruk newspaper, quoted by the Hebrew-language Ynet.

Meantime, both sides are maintaining a five-day cease-fire while indirect talks continue in Cairo, brokered by Egypt.

The bottom line is this:

Hamas, backed by Turkey and Qatar, is demanding that Israel lift the blockade imposed on the region after the terrorist group seized control over Gaza in 2007, and kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

It took more than five years and the release of more than 1,000 Arab terrorists in order to free Shalit, and Israel has seen two wars with Gaza since then — not including the present conflict.

According to the report, the centerpiece of the deal under discussion includes a total stop to construction of terrorist tunnels into Israel.

There will be no rocket, mortar and missile fire or any other terrorist attacks or activities against Israel by Hamas and other Palestinian Arab terror factions in Gaza.

In exchange, Israel has allegedly agreed to numerous concessions that will ease the blockade and assist with rebuilding the region.

To whit:

Israel will ease the blockade by opening the crossings with Gaza. People and goods will be permitted to enter Gaza in order to rebuild the region, and Gazans will be allowed to export goods to Judea and Samaria, pending the establishment of regulations to be determined by Israel and the Palestinian Authority unity government.

Funding for the reconstruction of Gaza will be coordinated between Israel and the PA unity government.

Israel will cease all military activity in the enclave by land, sea or air. No ground troops will enter Gaza.

Moreover, the buffer zones along the security fence in northern and eastern Gaza will be eliminated in graduated steps and PA unity government forces will be deployed, beginning January 1, 2015.

The fishing zone is to be extended a total of 22 kilometers (12 miles) — immediately to 6 miles and then eventually to a full 12 miles — in coordination between Israel and the PA unity government.

The PA unity government — in coordination with Israel and international aid groups — will provide the basic items needed to rebuild Gaza according to a pre-set schedule designed to help those whose homes were in the combat zone to make a new start.

Israel will assist the PA unity government in rebuilding infrastructure in the region, and will help provide basic necessities for Gazans who had to leave their homes.

Israel will provide medical aid to the wounded and expedite transfer of humanitarian aid and foodstuffs via the crossings. To that end, Egypt also requests that the international community join in to provide swift assistance at the humanitarian and monetary level for Gaza’s reconstruction in accordance with a pre-set schedule.

Both sides will conclude indirect negotiations in Cairo within a month after signing the agreement, upon stabilization of the cease-fire and return to normal life in Gaza. Exchange of prisoners and bodies are to be discussed in Cairo at that time.

The issue of construction of a seaport and/or airport in Gaza are to be considered in accordance with the Oslo Accords and prior agreements.

An Israeli source told Channel 2, “Israel insists that any understandings reached must clearly serve Israel’s security interests.”

Obama’s Campaign Against Israel

Friday, August 15th, 2014

It’s getting harder and harder for even diehard apologists to make a case that the Obama administration supports Israel. The latest news comes after a very rocky period in which the administration tried to do an end-around to coerce Israel into a bad ceasefire deal with Hamas, while experimenting with an unseemly and embarrassing (and short-lived) flight ban to Israel’s international airport, and straightforwardly mouthing the false Hamas narrative about an Israeli attack in southern Gaza.

Now administration officials have disclosed, in a leak-blast full of astonishing quotes, that a shipment of arms to resupply Israel after the recent operation in Gaza was stopped when senior officials became aware of it.

But they aren’t just disclosing that the shipment was halted, and that other shipments will be getting a closer look. They are concocting an entire narrative about the Israelis “outflanking” the administration, running off on their own, and being unreceptive to U.S. influence.

Obama is transparent, if you read his oracular signs with the right key. Most responsible observers have been reluctant up to now to use that key. But there’s really nothing else left to do. We’re beyond the point at which the damaging implications of tailored “leaks” from the Obama administration can be explained away.

The most positive interpretation of the administration’s posture, as revealed in the incendiary WSJ article, is that it is ideologically committed to a radical-left view in which Israel figures as the villain. From this ideological motive, Obama hopes to use American influence to limit and confound Israeli policy. Think of the policy the typical flotilla activist would adopt toward Israel, and that’s the thematic pattern in Obama’s executive-branch campaign. The campaign can’t be waged too overtly, because of the inevitable blowback from Congress.

Tending the “BASE

Characteristically, the latest escapade with the halted arms shipment is being disclosed in a way that will gratify Obama’s radical-left political base. Right away, the disclosure has the Obama signature on it (emphasis added):

White House and State Department officials who were leading U.S. efforts to rein in Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip were caught off guard last month when they learned that the Israeli military had been quietly securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without their approval.

Is Obama ever not caught off guard? This opening sentence explains to his base that he and his top officials weren’t responsible for seeming to approve of the IDF’s operation in Gaza by providing supplies to it.

But the sentence also flat-out lies – by implying that there was something sneaky about Israel’s procurement of ammunition. In fact, Israel was reordering ammunition under Foreign Military Sales cases for which reordering is already authorized, without the need for renewed approval. This is not uncommon with foreign military sales (and is actually acknowledged later in the same article, as Jeff Dunetz points out). Depicting a reorder of ammo as “adroit bureaucratic maneuvering” is worse than tendentious, and can have only one purpose. The purpose is clarified here:

But Israeli and U.S. officials say that the adroit bureaucratic maneuvering made it plain how little influence the White House and State Department have with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu —and that both sides know it.

Certainly this can be read as the Obama administration distancing itself from Israel in a diplomatic and geopolitical sense. But don’t discount the reality of who Obama is as a politician. He’s equally invested in distancing himself, in the minds of his most loyal supporters, from whatever outcome Israel is able to secure from the current conflict. The narrative crafted by this very tailored “leak” is perfectly designed to appeal to those supporters, who at this point are virtually certain to be disappointed in Israel’s outcome.

Israel Continuing Humanitarian Work in Gaza

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Israel continues to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip no matter if Hamas is in a state of war or truce against the Jewish state.

About 270 trucks carrying 5,580 tons of goods and supplies have entered Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing since August 11, according to a report released by the Israel Ministry of Defense’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) yesterday.

Among the trucks that entered the Gaza Strip, there were 133 trucks carrying 2,820 tons of food and 10 trucks carrying 100 tons of medicine and medical supplies. Since July 8, 3,324 trucks have entered Gaza from Israel. In addition, Magen David Adom (MDA) transferred 18 Palestinian patients at the Erez Crossing, which included sick and wounded individuals, from Gaza to Turkey via Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday, August 13.

“Every month, Magen David Adom, transfers about 100 Palestinians patients from Gaza into Israel,” Zaki Heller, spokesperson for MDA told Tazpit News Agency. “Usually we transport the sick Palestinians to Israeli hospitals, often to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. This time, the Palestinian patients opted for medical treatment in Turkey and so we brought them to Ben Gurion airport.”

At Ben Gurion Airport, the Palestinian patients received medical attention in a special terminal that was set up exclusively for them before they were flown on a Turkish aircraft to Ankara.

“We do this kind of humanitarian work with Palestinian patients year round,” added Heller.

Since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8th, 870 tons of medicine and medical supplies have entered Gaza through Israel amid the 3,510 rockets fired during that time according to the COGAT report.

In addition, COGAT has been working with international organizations and Palestinian authorities in order to repair critical infrastructure as quickly as possible in Gaza. Because water and sewage functionality is dependent on electricity, restoring electrical power in Gaza has been a major priority. As of August 12, eight of ten feeder lines were working and the final two are expected to be working by the end of the week.

Israel has imported 4.44 million liters of diesel for the Gaza power station and 1.24 million liters for UNRWA since July 8 via the Kerem Shalom border crossing. In addition, 3,021 tons of gas for domestic use and 5.5 M liters of fuel and 2.72M liters of benzene for transportation have been imported.

Earlier in the week, on Sunday August 10, several rockets were fired at the Kerem Shalom crossing, hitting work areas at the crossing and endangering the lives of crossing workers. Because of the Hamas rocket attacks, the IDF was forced to close the crossing in the afternoon hours, noting that trucks carrying flammable materials to Gaza were almost hit.

The Kerem Shalom Crossing facilitates the passage of thousands of trucks full of medical and hygiene equipment, food products, raw materials, animal food, cleaning materials and home utensils, textiles, fuels and gas.

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, the Kerem Shalom crossing, which serves as the sole passage for vital humanitarian goods and equipment that are transferred to Gaza residents, was opened despite constant firing in the area.

Neither Snow nor Rain (Unless it’s a Rain of Hamas Rockets)

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds – nothing except the FAA, Gazan rockets, and perhaps some antisemitism.

It’s nearly a month after the FAA banned flights to Israel, and then rescinded that ban 36 hours later, but for some, postal delivery from the US to Israel is still problematic.

The problem began after the FAA banned flights to Ben Gurion Airport, at which point some US Postal Service offices began turning down mail to be delivered to Israel. This was supposedly cancelled 36 hours later, when the FAA rescinded its ban, though apparently not all the post offices got the memo in some states.

The ADL received complaints from people in Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey who haven’t been able to send mail to Israel, and were turned away by the Post Office.

David Partenheimer, a USPS spokesperson apologized for the the error of not accepting mail to be delivered to Israel. He added that that there was no authorized decision to not accept packages, according to a JPost report, and the USPS continued to deliver mail via other cargo carriers who were flying to Israel.

The ADL wrote to the Postmaster general asking it to provide better clarification to the local post offices, that the order to stop accepting mail was a temporary suspension, and not a permanent policy change.

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