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White House Condemns Iran for Honoring Hezbollah Terrorist

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The United States, which almost ignores the Palestinian Authority when it praises terrorists, has condemned the Iranian foreign minister for honoring Hezbollah mastermind terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in 2008.

“The United States condemns the decision taken by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari to place a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh, a former leader of Lebanese Hezbollah responsible for heinous acts of terrorism that killed hundreds of innocent people, including Americans,” Caitlin Hayden, the White House National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement after Zarif visited Mughniyeh’s grave in Beirut.

Mughniyeh is believed to be behind the 1983 bombings of the U.S. embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut, which together killed 268 Americans and scores of others, as well as attacks in the 1990s on the Israeli embassy and the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which together killed 114 people.

“The inhumane violence that Mughniyeh perpetrated – and that Lebanese Hezbollah continues to perpetrate in the region with Iran’s financial and material support – has had profoundly destabilizing and deadly effects for Lebanon and the region,” Hayden added. “The decision to commemorate an individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and will only exacerbate tensions in the region.”

The Obama  administration apparently thinks differently when it comes to terrorists working out of Ramallah, where PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his officials constantly honor “martyrs.”

After the Palestinian Authority again celebrated the return of murderers whom Israel freed from jails under pressure from  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a reporter covering the U.S. State Dept. asked spokeswoman Jen Psaki if making heroes out of murdered is not incitement. “I’m not going to give an analysis of every action and what is incitement and what is not incitement,” she replied.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said less than two weeks ago that the Palestinian Authority continues to incite Arabs to commit violence by honoring terrorists and promoting violence in official PA media and in the school system, but Psaki again played foosie rather than say anything that might upset Abbas.

“We’ve spoken about our concerns about incitement consistently over the course of years…I don’t know that we have anything new to report or any analysis on the recent comments over the last couple of days,” she said.

Over the years?

Three years ago, in March 2011, the Palestinian Authority named a town square near Ramallah in honor of Dalal Mughrabi, the female terrorist responsible for an attack that killed 35 Israelis in the 1978 “Coastal Road” massacre. Abbas was on hand for the ceremony.

The Obama administration said nothing for four days.

Silence.

Not a word was heard, because honoring terrorists is not okay if the murderers are from Hezbollah, but it is nice and proper if the killing is part of the Palestinian Authority “resistance” of Israel as  Jewish state.

The State Dept. initially said it was trying to “clarify” the report” of the Palestinian Authority’s honoring Mughrabi.

The spokesman at the time, Mark Toner, finally stated four days later, “We condemn this commemoration of terrorism and have conveyed our deep concern about this incident to senior officials in the Palestinian Authority and have urged them to address it. We underscore that all parties have an obligation to end any form of incitement.”

The Obama administration is “concerned” about Palestinian Authority incitement, just like it is “concerned” about Israel’s building homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Compare that comment with the White House National Security Council’s statement above: ““The decision to commemorate an individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and will only exacerbate tensions in the region.”

Mughrabi Bridge Reopened to Chagrin of Jerusalem Municipality

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The Mughrabi Bridge, the closure of which for safety renovations raised a maelstrom across the Arab world, has been reopened on Wednesday.

 

Jerusalem security forces stationed a fire truck near the bridge, to counterbalance the hazardousness which led to its closure.  The bridge will also reportedly be doused with a fire-retardant material.  A Jerusalem municipal engineer declared the bridge to the Temple Mount gate to be at risk of collapse and a fire hazard.

 

The Jerusalem Municipality published a statement on Tuesday criticizing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government for deciding to renovate the site, which mayor Nir Barkat feels should be demolished and rebuilt.

 

“The government’s helplessness in dealing with this hazardous and dilapidated nuisance at the heart of the Western Wall and entrance to the Temple Mount is regrettable,” the statement read.  Barkat said he views the Netanyahu decision as a hindrance to restoring proper use of the entrance to the Temple Mount, the only one currently available to non-Muslims.  There are currently 10 operational gates to the Temple Mount.

 

National Union MKs Uri Ariel and Aryeh Eldad used the bridge to ascend to the Temple Mount on Wednesday morning.  Ariel told reporters that he believes the State of Israel should be more assertive of its sovereignty over the Temple Mount.

Netanyahu Halts Mughrabi Renovation Due to Arab Warnings

Monday, November 28th, 2011

A last minute order from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has halted the demolition of the wooden bridge from the Mugrahbi Gate on the Temple Mount to the Western Wall Plaza, due to “warnings” from Cairo and Amman of regional backlash.

The demoltion of the bridge was to begin after Shabbat on Saturday, and last for 72 hours, as part of a project to rejuvenate the site, erect a more permanent structure, and restore full use of the women’s section adjacent to the Western Wall.  A large deployment of security forces was to be associated with the project, both in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria.

In 2004, a storm caused the partial collapse of the Mughrabi Ramp, at which point a temporary bridge was erected to enable worshippers and tourists to gain access to the Temple Mount.  However, Jerusalem engineer Shlomo Eshkol deemed the bridge structurally unsound and a fire hazard in October, and gave the municipality 30 days to demolish it or face fines.

The postponement comes as Egypt conducts its first elections since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak.   On Thursday, 85 year-old spiritual chief of the Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, whose party is poised to make a major sweep in Egypt’s elections, contacted Jordan’s King Abdullah to ask the ruler to put pressure on Israel to cancel the project.  According to Qaradawi, the project’s aim is to ease access by security forces and Jewish settlers to the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Qaradawi, though a proponent of tolerance for non-Muslims, has stated that pregnant Israeli women are legitimate targets of jihad, publicly prayed that the next genocide against the Jews would take place at the hands of “the believers”, and refuted Jewish history on the Temple Mount.

Abdullah also told Netanyahu that any move associated with the Temple Mount would likely lead to protests throughout Jordan and possibly violence in Judea and Samaria.  In 2007, work on the ramp led to international condemnation and protests throughout the Arab world, including protests in Jordan and an outcry for a third intifada.

The prime minister will convene a meeting of officials to determine how to proceed.

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