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Report: With Little to Show for his Long Career, Abbas Told Jordan’s King He Plans to Resign

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Monday that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas had told Jordanian King Abdullah II that he wishes to resign because of the impasse in the peace process. The two met last Wednesday in Amman. Gaza sources have told the newspaper that Abbas plans to make a “surprising” speech in the coming days, notifying Palestinians about his resignation and retirement from political life.

On August 27, Abbas announced that he, along with a few others, will resign from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee.

“Mahmoud Abbas last received the approval of Palestinian voters in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip more than a decade ago,” writes Ben White in the Middle East Eye. “He is now 80 years old, with no vice president, no publicly anointed successor, and no prospect of new elections any time soon.”

Syndicated columnist Ramzy Baroud has suggested that, at the age of 80, Abbas is concerned about his legacy, a fact Baroud consideres “hardly encouraging.” The Unity deal Abbas’ Fatah signed with Hamas included the restructuring of the PLO and the inclusion of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in one unifying, representative Palestinian government. But Hamas is furious with Abbas for not living up to his commitments. In fact, Hamas is now seeking its own alternatives to breaking the Gaza siege through “indirect talks” with Israel, using the good services of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

“There is no doubt that the moment when Abbas exits the scene has arrived,” writes Baroud, adding, “That could either become a transition into yet another sorry legacy of an undemocratic Palestinian leadership or it could serve as an opportunity for Palestinians, fed up with the endemic corruption, political tribalism and across-the-board failure, to step forward and challenge the moral collapse of the Palestinian Authority and the charade of self-serving ‘democracy’ of factions and individuals.”

A Sign of Desperation: Iran Claims Syria Killed Israeli Soldiers

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

It appears that Iran soon will put the Brooklyn Bridge on sale.

The regime’s Fars News Agency, whose previous journalistic scoops include Iran’s having found a cure for cancer, has reported that Syrian war planes killed three Israeli and Jordanian officers in a supposed air raid on Al Nusra forces in Dara’a.

The need to release such a report to boost morale is a sign that the Iranian-backed regime of Bashar al-Assad is in bad shape.

The same report boasted:

In similar operations on Friday, over 100 militants of al-Nusra Front were killed in the Syrian fighter jets’ operations in Dara’a.

The sources said that, over 100 terrorists, most of them from al-Nusra Front, were killed in a series of army airstrikes that targeted their gatherings in Dael town in the countryside of the southern Dara’a city.

If the story were true, it would be a public admission that Syria broke a 48-hour ceasefire, which collapsed before its Saturday expiration date with clashes in three cities, including two that have been surrounded by an alliance of rebels and Al Nusra, linked with Al Qaeda.

The third city is on the Syrian-Lebanese border.

With nearly a quarter of million people killed and half of Syria’s population displaced in the four-year-old conflict, Iranian soldiers are fighting alongside Assad’s forces in a do-or-die attempt to keep him in power.

As for the report of Israelis being killed, there is absolutely no chance that an Israeli soldier would be killed in action without the country knowing about it.

Security Minister: Outlaw Muslim Radicals from Temple Mount

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan dropped the other shoe Monday in a letter calling on Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to outlaw two Muslim radical groups from the Temple Mount.

The Palestinian Authority called Edan’s proposal “racist.”

The right of Jews to ascend the Temple Mount, as stated in the Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty, has been under threat by increasingly violent Muslims who are paid to harass and attack Jews at the holy site.

Daily violence and the unprecedented action of Jerusalem policy facing off against Muslims who barricaded themselves inside the Al Aqsa mosque last year threatened to erupt into an all-out war until Jordanian King Abdullah and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met in Amman and took measures to cool things down.

Access to Jews was allowed, but the government made it clear that Cabinet ministers may not visit the Temple Mount.

The unwritten agreement held ground for several months until radical Muslim re-asserted their presence with men and women paid by the Islamic Movement to visit the holy site with the sole purpose of chasing and attacking Jews.

A visiting Christian was attacked last week, and Palestinian Authority and Arab world media have escalated incitement with constant reports that police escort settlers to “storm” the Temple Mount.

Erdan decided enough is enough and wrote to Ya’alon letter, which he said is supported by the police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), to outlaw the “Morabiton” and “Morabitat” radical Muslims groups.

He wrote:

These organizations follow Jewish visits to the Temple Mount and yell, incite and block them. Their aim is to use violence and intimidation to stop Jews from trying to visit the Temple Mount, and I will do everything I can to stop these dangerous organizations that violate the status quo.

The damage, partly irreversible, caused by the Israel’s government’s turning a blind eye to Muslim violence while limiting Jewish visitors is reflected in statements made by the Al Aqsa NGO, whose official told Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio Monday:

We have seen an increase in visits to the Temple Mount by fanatics and criminal Jews who cause provocations.

Israel violates the status quo (by allowing Jews to visit]. Israel is not allowed to maintain security on the Temple Mount.

It is occupied territory under international law. Israel has occupied it since 1967.

Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount is within the “consensus” of almost all Israeli Jews, so much so that even the interviewer for the leftist and pluralistic Reshet Bet charged the Muslim official with lying. He also continuous questioned the Al Aqsa official about Muslims who attack Jews, but the only response was a repetition that the Temple Mount is not a part of Israel.

Israel, Jordan Close Deal on Drones to Fight ISIS

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Israel and Jordan have inked a deal for Jerusalem to supply the Hashemite Kingdom with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to combat Da’esh (ISIS).

The announcement is a sign of increased cooperation between the two countries in the face of a common enemy. Last month it became known that Israel supplied Jordan with 16 Bell AH-1E/F Cobras it had previously retired from service.

Images seen online on August 13 also showed Royal Jordanian Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons parked next to Israeli Air Force Boeing F-151 Eagle (Ra’am) fighters at Lajes Field in the Azores on their way to the United States for joint exercises, accompanied by a group of Israeli Air Force KC-707 fuel tankers.

The Heron TP strategic UAV produced by Israel Aerospace Industries and the Elbit Systems Skylark tactical UAV are reportedly needed to support Jordanian special ground forces as they do battle with Da’esh (ISIS) in Iraq, according to Jane’s. The terrorist group seized control over the sole crossing on Jordan’s common border with Iraq a year ago.

A total of 12 drones of both types are to be delivered to Jordan, the DEBKAfile website reported, although there has been no confirmation of the claim. Elbit denied the report, according to Jane’s.

The Heron TP is the largest and most sophisticated UAV in service since entering the IDF in 2010. The drone can fly to an altitude of 45,000 feet and stay there for up to 40 hours if necessary.

Recently the drone has been approved to carry the IAI (Tamam) M-19HD electro-optical sensor turret which includes zoom and spotter high-definition (HD) day cameras, an HD infrared (IR) zoom camera; laser designator; laser rangefinder; laser pointer, near-IR laser illuminator; electron-multiplied charge-coupled device (CCD) camera; and short-wave IR camera.

Arab Bank Settles NY Fed Court Case over Hamas Terror Attacks

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Jordan’s Arab Bank Plc has agreed to an out-of-court settlement with 500 U.S. citizens in a lawsuit charging the bank with fiscal liability for Hamas terrorist attacks during the second intifada.

The bank was set to face the start of a trial on Monday with 17 plaintiffs that was to determine the potential amount of total financial damages to be paid, an amount that could have reached millions of dollars.

Michael Eisner, attorney for the plaintiffs, confirmed the settlement on Friday, as did a spokesperson for the Arab Bank. Neither disclosed the terms of the agreement, which are to be finalized over the next few months.

The Arab Bank was accused of knowingly maintaining accounts for Hamas operatives and facilitating payments to families of suicide bombers and those imprisoned or injured during the second intifada, beginning in 2000.

Arab Bank argued it had properly screened account holders and transactions against lists of designated terrorist organizations.

In September 2014 a jury in federal district court in Brooklyn, New York found the bank liable under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act for 24 terror attacks carried out by Hamas terrorists more than a decade ago in and around Israel.

The Bank of China, Credit Lyonnais SA, HSBC Holdings Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, among others, are all facing similar claims.

Court Bans Yehuda Glick from Temple Mount because He Has a Camera

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Did you know that a camera is a tool of incitement?

The High Court on Thursday accepted a lower court ruling that Rabbi Yehuda Glick cannot visit the Temple Mount, and it refused to hold a hearing on his appeal.

It simply accepted the lower court’s decision that puts its stamp of approval on the argument by police:

The fact the Yehuda Glick ascends the Temple Mount with a camera proves he not just an innocent visitor.

Glick is the Number One enemy of the police on the Temple Mount. He never shouts, never incites and never raises a hand. That is just the type of peaceful Jew on the Temple Mount that the police and liberal establishment media cannot tolerate.

They prefer someone with a snarl on his face and words of hate on his lips.

Glick is a tough customer, but the police finally got the goods on him: He always takes a camera with him.

Photographing  Muslims in a rage against a Jew visiting the Temple Mount, especially one like Glick who believes that Jews should have the right to pray at the holy site, as provided in general terms in the Jordan-Israel peace treaty, could make problems because it is not good PR for the police, the Muslims and Jordan.

Even worse, Glick’s camera might catch the police running away from furious Muslims.

And since Glick’s appearance with a camera infuriates the Muslims, it is a tool of incitement.

Believe it or not, all of the judges have a degree in law.

Netanyahu Promises 804 Homes for “Settlers’ – 3 Years after Previous Pledge

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Question: How can 300+300=300?

Answer: When the numbers refer to homes promised by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for Jews in Beit El, located in Samaria and north of Jerusalem.

The Prime Minister came out with a new math book by giving his approval for the “immediate” construction of 300 new homes for Jews in Beit El and 504 units in Jerusalem neighborhoods that the Obama administration and the United Nations considered illegal “occupied” by Israel.

These are the same residential unties that the Prime Minister three years ago promised would be built.

Next math question: How can 300+0=600?

Answer: When foreign media report that Israel has given the second approval for the same 300 homes.

Given the bureaucracy involved before the bulldozers get to work, come back in another three years and we’ll see how many times they have been approved, giving the impression that we are talking about 1,200 or even 2,400 homes and apartments for Beit El.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s announcement on the same day the High Court ordered the demolition of a housing project under construction in Beit El is far from coincidental.

The right-wing is up in arms over the decision  that nullifies government approval, based on the argument that it was granted after the project began without permits.

There are plenty of precedents for approving  construction “after the fact,” but they usually don’t apply in Judea and Samaria, unless the homes are being built by Arabs.

The Palestinian Authority, as expected, condemned Netanyahu’s’ announcement, and the U.S. State Dept. will do the same, in more diplomatic terms, when it will be asked about the “new” project by reporters.

Israel never will get a fair shake in foreign media when it comes to building for Jews.

The French AFP news agency wrote as “facts” on Wednesday:

They [settlements] are seen as further complicating peace negotiations aimed at leading to an independent Palestinian state. Talks have been stalled since last year.

The two buildings being demolished in Beit El were reportedly on private Palestinian land that was seized by the army in the 1970s…

Israel seized the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War and nearly 400,000 Jewish settlers currently live there.

The news agency should have just as “factually” reported that Palestinian Authority refusal to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state further complicates peace negotiations.

AFP also should have written that there is no proof that the two buildings that now have been demolished are on “private Palestinian land.”

And its statement that “Israel seized the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War” is totally warped.

The Jordanian Foreign Legion fled Judea and Samaria like jackrabbits in the war, leaving the land in Israel’s hands.\

News agencies also could add in their reports Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria for 19 years, and  “occupation” is the correct word since there was no U.N. mandate for Jordan to take control of the entire region.

They could note that Jordan denied  Jews and Christians to holy sites in “East Jerusalem.”

They also could tell their readers that after 19 years of benign neglect by Jordan – and even worse neglect of Gaza by Egypt – the Arab economy and society flourished under the Israeli “occupation,” until the intifada wrecked everything.

But they won’t report any of that. They simply cannot do so because most foreign journalists work under the assumption that Israel is wrong, if for no other reason than the United States and the European Union say it is wrong.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/netanyahu-promises-804-homes-for-settlers-3-years-after-previous-pledge/2015/07/29/

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