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Hamas Headquarters Destroyed by Israel in Ramallah, Binyamin Region

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Israeli security forces and intelligence agents teamed up late Sunday night to take down an extensive Hamas terrorist infrastructure in Samaria. It’s not the first time.

The IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) carried out joint raids on Hamas command centers in the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah and in the Binyamin region.

According to a statement issued by the Shin Bet (known in Hebrew as “Shabak”), 13 Hamas terrorists were arrested in the raid. Forces seized propaganda materials, a vehicle and a large amount of money during the raids.

Both command centers were funded by Hamas headquarters in Gaza and by foreign Hamas satellite offices abroad, according to the Shin Bet.

The statement said the raids were being carried out to trim back the growing presence of the Hamas terrorist organization in Judea and Samaria, as it again attempts to overthrow the Ramallah government of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

This, despite public and international protestations by Abbas that he would prefer never to see another Israeli security force in Palestinian Authority territory ever again.

It is of course impossible that the Israeli security operation could have been carried out, especially in Ramallah, without the cooperation of the security apparatus under the auspices of the Abbas government.

Hana Levi Julian

Tweet to Paris: ‘Push Abbas to Negotiate Peace Directly With Israel’

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the only way forward to a true peace is between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In a graphic posted to the ministry’s Twitter feed, the MFA wrote that international delegates heading to the so-called Paris “peace summit” set to begin on Sunday should instead be pushing Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate directly with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Last week Mr. Netanyahu discussed the upcoming conference with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who said he is attending the summit and looks forward to further discussions with Israel on peace.

“It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances,” the prime minister said at his meeting with the minister.

“This pushes peace backwards. It’s not going to obligate us. It’s a relic of the past. It’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in.”

Minister Borge also met with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely during his visit. The two discussed bilateral relations as well as their individual perspectives on peace – and kosher sushi.

Hana Levi Julian

Trump Team Disavows Talks With Abbas: ‘No One Represents Our Team Except Our Own People’

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Trump transition team has brushed off claims made by New York business person Daniel Arbess, that he was representing the Trump team in speaking with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas about the incoming president’s intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Senior adviser Jason Greenblatt to President-elect Donald Trump said Friday that Arbess “doesn’t represent Trump, [Jared] Kushner or anyone else in the upcoming administration.”

Arbess allegedly told Abbas earlier in the week that Mr. Trump was “serious” about moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

From the outset of the campaign, there have been numerous individuals who have attempted to burnish their credentials by saying they “represent” the Trump team in some way.

Hana Levi Julian

Abbas Meets Pope, Opens PA Vatican Embassy, Rejects US Jerusalem Embassy

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

On Saturday, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and inaugurated the PA embassy there. As he was raising the black, red, white and green flag, Abbas called on the world’s leaders to recognize the State of Palestine when they get together in Paris on Sunday.

“Tomorrow, more than 70 countries will meet in Paris in order to discuss how to bring peace to our region, the holy land,” Abbas said. “We call upon the participants to take concrete measures in order to implement international law and UN resolutions.”

Abbas told reporters he discussed Jerusalem with the Pope, accusing the Israeli government of “turning Jerusalem into an exclusive Jewish/Israeli city, demolishing Palestinian homes, expanding illegal settlements, building an illegal Annexation Wall, dividing families, and isolating our occupied capital from the rest of Palestine.”

Regarding the next US Administration’s stated plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem, Abbas said that “Any attempts at legitimizing the illegal Israeli annexation of the city will destroy the prospects of any political process, bury the hopes for a two-state solution, and fuel extremism in our region, as well as worldwide.”

Speaking to Le Figaro on the eve of the Paris conference, Abbas threatened that, should President Trump go ahead with the embassy move as promised, “there would be several options for us, and we would discuss them with Arab countries.” He suggested that one of those options would be “reversing our recognition of the State of Israel.”

According to the Washington Post, PA leaders called on Muslim preachers on the Palestinian Authority payroll to dedicate their Friday sermons yesterday to opposing the US embassy relocation. The imams even received suggested talking points about the embassy move. The Post reported that the imam of the Jamal Abdel Nasser Mosque in Ramallah warned that moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would “engulf the region in the flames.”

Actually, according to reliable reports, the region already is engulfed in flames, so this should be a good window of opportunity for the move…

A draft of the Paris conference resolution obtained by AP says the conference will urge Israel and the Palestinians “to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution,” but “will not recognize” changes, such as the establishment of a Palestinian State without Israeli agreement. The resolution will instead reiterate “that a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace.”

JNi.Media

Palestinian Authority Embassy Opens at the Vatican

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

A new Palestinian Authority embassy is to open at the Vatican, according to a report by the official WAFA news agency.

The inauguration of the embassy, set for Friday, will be attended by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The Vatican officially recognized the Palestinian Authority as an independent Arab country a little more than a year and a half ago in a move that was slammed by Israel’s foreign ministry.

Hana Levi Julian

Kerry, PA, Muslim Preachers, Warn Against Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Palestinian Authority on Friday instructed the mosques under its supervision in Judea and Samaria to dedicate their sermons to the possibility that the US would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as promised by President-elect Donald Trump during his campaign.

The PA official TV channel broadcast segments of sermons imams had delivered throughout Judea and Samaria against the move. One Imam called it a blatant attack on the Muslim religion and on history. Another said it would violate the holy sites and the Al Aqsa mosque. Other called on the Islamic nation to awaken in light of the great offense.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Friday condemned attempts by the incoming Republican president to move the American embassy, saying such a move would send the Middle East peace process and the entire world into a “crisis.”

Soon to no longer be Secretary of State John Kerry also warned on Friday about “an absolute explosion” in the Middle East following Trump’s moving the embassy to Jerusalem. In a language disturbingly similar to the threats by the PA Imams and the PA chairman, Kerry, speaking to CBS News, assured Trump that “You’d have an explosion – an absolute explosion in the region, not just in the West Bank and perhaps even in Israel itself, but throughout the region. The Arab world has enormous interest in the Haram al-Sharif, as it is called, the Temple Mount, the Dome [of the Rock], and it is a holy site for the Arab world.”

“And if all of a sudden Jerusalem is declared to be the location of our embassy,” Kerry complained, warning that such a move “has issues of sovereignty, issues of law that it would deem to be affected by that move and by the United States acquiescing in that move, and that would have profound impact on the readiness of Jordan and Egypt to be able to be as supportive and engaged with Israel as they are today.”

Perhaps. On the other hand, it’s more likely that the embassy move, which was promised by presidential Candidate Barack Obama back in 2008 (at an AIPAC conference – and he took it back the next day) is less disturbing to Jordan and Egypt than the growing instability of both regimes, for which they would desperately need support from the US and from Israel.

Abbas, for his part, said that although he is a man of peace, his administration would use “diplomatic and political methods” against moving the embassy. “I demand the American administration stop its duality in dealing with the political process, especially concerning talks of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem,” Abbas insisted. “We consider this aggressive speech that contradicts the political efforts underway on the Palestinian situation, which includes a solution where East Jerusalem remains as Palestine’s capital.”

Incidentally, speaking later to CNN, even Kerry couldn’t deny that having the American embassy in Jerusalem was the right thing to do. “We support the embassy being there one day,” Kerry said. “We want that to happen. But we have opposed unilaterally moving it without resolving the other surrounding issues.”

Next year in Jerusalem? Possibly.

JNi.Media

Khaled Abu Toameh: Abbas Wants to Work with Trump, but 64% of PA Arabs Want Abbas Out

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Israeli Arab journalist Khaled Abu Toameh on Saturday night twitted a flurry of notes regarding Arab public opinion and the state of affairs in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, including a report that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has declared he is ready to work with the Trump Administration to achieve peace on the basis of a 2-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative – meaning Israel gives back every last stitch of land it liberated in 1967 in return for recognition by the Arab states. At the same time, according to Abu Toameh, 64% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign. Though his tweets about the poll results are unsourced, Abu Toameh is considered a reliable journalist, who is remarkably unbiased. In the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), a.k.a. Durban II, Toameh criticized Israeli Arab MKs for supporting extremism and calling Israel a “state of apartheid” rather than fighting for the rights of Arab citizens of Israel. Abu Toameh says he is routinely subject to condemnations, and is often threatened, more often than not by sources outside the Middle East that don’t deny that he is telling the truth, they just want him to “shut up.”

Also according to Abu Toameh, the same poll found that 65% of PA Arabs believe the 2-state solution is no longer practical. 62% are in favor of abandoning the Oslo Accords; and 53% support an armed intifada against Israel.

Similarly, according Abu Toameh, 37% of PA Arabs believe an armed action (against Israel ) is most effective, while 33% favor negotiations to establish a state.

Abu Toameh on Saturday night also twitted an English translation of a Quds Press report saying 11 have been wounded in a clash between the Abbas PLO forces and Mohammed Dahlan supporters in Gaza.

Perhaps they should decide first who should run the PLO, before they launch an armed intifada against Israel?

David Israel

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