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PA Heads to The Hague, Hopes for War Crime Suit Against Israel

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The Fatah-led Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority Unity Government is heading to The Hague today to attempt to file suit against Israel in the International Criminal Court.

The PUG (PA), led by PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is hoping to charge Israel with war crimes over its counter terror Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

It is likely the lawsuit will have little effect even if it is accepted by the Court, however; Israel is not a member of the ICC, which therefore has no jurisdiction over the Jewish State.

The Palestinian Arab entity was represented in The Hague by its foreign minister, Riad al-Maliki, according to Reuters.

Peres: Return Gaza to PA Unity Go’vt Leader Mahmoud Abbas

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Former President Shimon Peres is advocating for the return of control over Gaza to Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority unity government in which his Ramallah-based entity formed a partnership with the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza.

“Gaza was taken from President Mahmoud Abbas [in a coup],” Peres told journalists at a briefing on Wednesday after visiting injured IDF soldiers at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

“He is the only one with international recognition and who is a legitimate leader. The right thing to do is to return Gaza to Abbas and save it.”

The former president added that he believed it is time for Israel to begin to seek a diplomatic resolution to the situation in Gaza, saying the military option has been “exhausted.”

He refused, however, to discuss the current relations between Israel and the Obama White House. Israel’s Security Cabinet met in Tel Aviv Wednesday afternoon and voted to approve a four-hour humanitarian cease fire, to take place from 3 pm to 7 pm. The cabinet also approved measures to ‘widen and deepen’ operations in Gaza, specifically in and around the area of Khan Younis and other residential areas where terrorist tunnels have originated and must be eliminated.

Earlier in the week, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer told a gathering of U.S. officials and Jewish leaders in Washington on Monday, “Israel appreciates that President [Barack] Obama, Secretary Kerry, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who is here today, have strongly supported Israel’s right to defend itself.

“We also appreciate their efforts to help achieve a sustainable cease fire… I speak directly for my prime minister here,” he added. “The criticism of Secretary Kerry for his good faith efforts to advance a sustainable cease fire is unwarranted.”

U.S. Secretary John Kerry has repeatedly attempted to pressure Israel into a cease fire agreement that as yet does not address the security concerns of the Jewish State.

Day 22: Ramallah, Gaza Differ on 72-Hour Cease Fire Fantasy

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

While Fatah-led Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah did their best to put a good face on things in Samaria, Hamas terrorists continued ‘business as usual’ in Gaza.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials announced at a briefing to reporters in Ramallah late Tuesday afternoon that “all” PA unity government factions were willing to hold their fire under a 72 hour cease fire.

The announcement was allegedly based on a proposal advanced by United Nations special envoy to the Middle East, Robert Serry, according to PLO official Yasser Abd Rabbo — who said Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers had agreed as well.

However, Rabbo did not specifically mention the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization in his announcement. That group has been responsible for numerous long-range missile attacks on Israel in the past three weeks.

Together with Hamas, the PIJ has broken every cease fire that Israel has agreed to. This time, Israel did not race to respond with an agreement — a wise move, given the capricious nature of the enemy with which it must contend.

Less than an hour after Rabbo’s announcement, Fatah’s ‘unity government partner’ Hamas denied ever agreeing to the deal.

A spokesperson for the terrorist organization categorically denied the report from Ramallah and said that Hamas did not, in fact, agree with the announcement made by Rabbo.

A cease fire cannot exist with IDF forces present in Gaza, Hamas stated. No response from Israel.

Earlier Tuesday, international media reported that a delegation of representatives from various Palestinian Arab factions arrived in Cairo for talks on an Egyptian cease fire initiative proposed two weeks ago. Reportedly, the PIJ had sent a representative to that meeting.

Even as these words are being written, Code Red incoming rocket alert warnings have continued to flash across this journalist’s screen, making it clear there is a far cry between announcements of agreements to cease fires in Ramallah, and facts on the ground in Gaza.

Upon hearing rumors of the possible cease fire, IDF soldiers in Gaza, meanwhile, told reporters in the field, “We can easily overcome Hamas.

“Don’t stop us now.”

Islamic Jihad Commander Killed in Northern Gaza

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

One of the commanders of the Islamic Jihad military wing was killed Tuesday night in an IAF air strike in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. Local sources reported that five members of his family were also casualties in the attack.

Encouraging one’s family to remain in a war zone and to act as human shields comes in accordance with standard Gaza terrorist policy. It is also the result of the constant incitement and psychological conditioning that Palestinian Authority residents are subjected to from birth to the grave via all their media outlets — including those controlled by the Western-backed so-called ‘peace partner’ and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, whose nom de guerre is Abu Mazen.

Abbas, who signed a unity pact with Hamas in May, has yet to denounce the agreement despite ample evidence — and stated intent — of the terrorist group’s goal of annihilating the State of Israel. The United States continues to endorse the Palestinian Authority unity government (PUG) but denies Hamas is a participant in that government, despite numerous photos documenting its membership.

Netanyahu Speaks With Father of Murdered Arab Teen

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke this morning with Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whose burned body was found last week in the Jerusalem forest.

The prime minister promised the grieving Arab father that his son’s murderers would face the ‘full weight of the law’ – a clear difference between the behavior of Israeli leaders and those of the Palestinian Authority, who name public squares after terrorists who murder Jews.

“I would like to express my outrage and that of the citizens of Israel over the reprehensible murder of your son,” said Netanyahu. “We acted immediately to apprehend the murderers,” he pointed out.

“We will bring them to trial and they will be dealt with to the fullest extend of the law,” he promised.

“We denounce all brutal behavior; the murder of your son is abhorrent and cannot be countenanced by any human being.”

The prime minister’s behavior was in stark contrast to that of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who took days to condemn the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the same age group by terrorists from his own population, members of Hamas.

Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16 and Gilad Sha’ar, 16, were kidnapped and brutally murdered on June 12 in Judea by a group of Hamas terrorists as they were hitchhiking home from their yeshiva in Gush Etzion. A recording of the murder was made because Gilad called the police in desperation from his cellphone to say that the boys were being kidnapped. As the terrorists realized the call had been made, the phone was dropped and the boys were beaten and then shot to death – the entire event, meanwhile, was heard by police and recorded by the central dispatcher’s office.

Nevertheless, Palestinian Authority police have done little – if anything – to track down the killers of the three Israeli teens, whereas Israel has already caught those responsible for the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a Jerusalem Arab.

The difference makes crystal clear which of the two parties is a “partner for peace” and which obviously is not, regardless of attitudes abroad.

PA Lawmaker Khaled Ibrahim Arrested in Kidnap Search

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

It has been 13 days since Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrach were abducted by Arab terrorists as they hitchhiked home from yeshiva in Gush Etzion to be with their families for the Sabbath, but motivation remains high among the IDF soldiers who search every night for the teens.

There is no word on their whereabouts or condition, but tens of thousands of Israeli soldiers are combing the hills of Judea and Samaria, hunting for the boys and those who abducted them, while trying to make the area safer from now on for those who live there.

The other goal is to neutralize the creeping presence of the Hamas terrorist organization — which publicly states its whole-hearted commitment to Israel’s annihilation and that of its citizens — and which has managed to infilitrate the region over the past several years.

Palestinian Authority lawmaker Khaled Ibrahim was among the 17 PA fugitives who were arrested by IDF soldiers overnight Tuesday in the continuing search.

Ibrahim, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was among those taken into custody during Operation Brother’s Keeper.

The IDF has meanwhile uploaded to YouTube a video from a Skylark drone, showing a paratroopers unit raiding the home of a Hamas terrorist in Beit Awwa, a suburb northwest of Hevron.

Thanks to the operators of the Skylark, the IDF soldiers were able to track down the fugitive as he tried to escape. The drone showed him running to a nearby house where he apparently thought he could hide, and the paratroopers used the data to make the arrest, without resistance.

IDF troops also discovered a cache of weapons in Jenin late Tuesday night, but were forced into clashes there with PA Arabs before confiscating the arms. No injuries were reported.

Hunt for Kidnapped Teens, Night 7: IDF Nabs 30 Hamas Men, 2 ‘Shalitniks’

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

It’s the seventh night of desperate searching after an Israeli teen whispered to a police dispatcher, “We’re being kidnapped,” before his cell phone was cut off.

Dual Israeli-American citizen Naftali Frenkel, age 16, and his two friends, Gilad Sha’ar, 16 and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were kidnapped by terrorists last Thursday night as they hitchhiked home for the Sabbath from Gush Etzion.

Thousands of IDF soldiers were fanned out across Judea and Samaria, hunting for them and the terrorists who abducted them. There’s still been no news of their location or condition, and no clear idea of who took them. Constant prayer vigils by millions of Jews around the world continue at all hours of the day and night.

On Wednesday night, IDF troops ‘visited’ some 100 private homes and public institutions linked to the Hamas terrorist organization, mostly in the Hevron area, Israel public radio reported.

While looking for the missing boys, they were also out hunting for the terrorists who kidnapped them – and the rest of the Hamas members who may have assisted in some way.

And while they’re at it, they’re also hauling in those who were released early from Israeli jails in exchange for the freedom of former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. The former hostage was kidnapped in a cross-border raid near the Gaza border by a consortium of Hamas and other allied terrorists in 2006. Shalit was held captive by Hamas for five years — until Israel agreed to swap more than a thousand terrorist prisoners for his freedom.

Those who were released signed pledges agreeing to certain conditions before they were freed. Under the circumstances, however, Israel is now determined to re-incarcerate the many who intelligence services know have violated their agreements.

Within the past seven days, 53 of the ‘Shalit terrorists’ have been picked up so far. They will appear before a military judge, unless their sentence was handed down by a civilian court. If the violation is found to be valid, the terrorist will return to jail to serve the remainder of the original sentence. In many cases, that is life in prison.

These cases are included in some 300 Palestinian Authority unity government terrorists that were rounded up by IDF troops, nearly all of whom are members of Hamas. A few were Islamic Jihad terrorists as well.

Accomplishing “Operation Brother’s Keeper” is not easy; Israeli soldiers encounter “resistance” at each location. Rocks, bottles… and last night even two firebombs (Molotov cocktails) were hurled straight at them in Jenin when they entered the area to search and make arrests. There were similar clashes in Bethlehem and Birzeit. In one case Arabs attempted to run over IDF soldiers with a car; other troops returned fire and hit the vehicle before it fled the scene.

But the soldiers are clear about their mission and they are firm in their resolve, as are the Israeli Air Force pilots who fly their missions in retaliation for the rocket attacks fired at Israeli civilian populations.

Last night (Wednesday) pilots carried out air strikes against five Hamas terror targets in Gaza, including a concealed rocket launcher and two terrorist bases. Direct hits were confirmed and all personnel returned safely to base.

The strikes came in response to a missile attack on Ashkelon by Gaza terrorists earlier in the evening. One of the rockets hit a house (no one was home at the time) and damaged it. The second exploded in an open area, causing no damage. No injuries were reported in either attack.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hunt-for-kidnapped-teens-night-7-idf-nabs-30-hamas-men-2-shalitniks/2014/06/19/

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