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Posts Tagged ‘Palestinian Authority’

Stoning Attacks Damage Israeli Bus, Private Cars

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Arab terrorists attacked Israeli drivers in a public bus and also in private vehicles Wednesday night.

Israeli public bus # 141 came under a hail of rocks as it passed the Arab town of Hizme, north of Jerusalem, along Highway 60. No physical injuries were reported but the windshield of the bus was smashed.

The driver kept the vehicle moving and notified the Israel Defense Forces.

Israeli security personnel were deployed to the area to search for the attackers.

A number of drivers traveling on Route 55 the road near the community of Azoun, not far from the Jewish community of Kedumim, were targeted earlier in the evening.

In at least once case, a windshield was smashed by the hail of rocks that struck the vehicle, but the driver stayed focused on continuing towards the Jewish community of Kedumim.

It is not clear whether it was the driver or another who was injured in the stoning attacks; Hatzolah of Judea and Samaria reports that at least one driver was treated “at the scene” for mild injuries sustained in the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow Also Hope to Deter Trump From Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Russian officials this week held unofficial reconciliation talks in Moscow between Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and the Fatah faction that leads the Palestinian Authority government from Ramallah.

Moussa Abu Marzouk represented Hamas in Moscow at the talks.

Since Sunday the two sides discussed the possibility of forming – again – a national unity government prior to elections.

On Tuesday, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said in Arabic the two sides reached an agreement to, “within 48 hours” call on PA leader Mahmoud Abbas to launch “consultations on the creation of a [national unity] government.”

The two sides have made the same agreement several times before, and each time the “unity” falls apart when it comes to actually functioning as a unified government.

The two sides had no differences between them, however, when it came to asking Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to try to convince U.S. President-elect Donald Trump not to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We sensed understanding on Mr. Lavrov’s part,” Ahmad said.

“It is crucial to find a new working mechanism for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he added.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Terrorist Decides ‘Too Many Israeli Soldiers’ To Carry Out Attack

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

A 20-year-old Arab man on his way to carry out a terrorist attack suddenly had second thoughts about his “mission” Tuesday afternoon after seeing the number of soldiers gathered in the fields along the way.

The sight prompted him to rethink the idea, and upon his arrival the first thing he did upon his arrival at the Taysir roadblock near Jenin was to put his hands up in the air as he reached the observation post (also known in Hebrew slang as a ‘pillbox’), shouting his surrender.

The local IDF commander and his soldiers immediately cuffed him and began a body search, and a search for his belongings.

Under questioning the “would be terrorist” revealed he had traveled to the site from the Palestinian Authority community of Par’a, intending to stab IDF soldiers at the checkpoint. But on the way to the site, he became anxious about the large number of soldiers he saw along the way, and decided that he wouldn’t carry out the attack.

Towards that end, he had tossed his bag, which contained a knife and a gas canister — both of which were to be used in his attack.

The “terrorist” was taken into custody and held, unharmed, for further investigation.

Hana Levi Julian

Terror Attack Stopped at Crossing Near Tulkarem

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

An armed Arab terrorist was stopped in his tracks Tuesday afternoon while trying to stab Israeli soldiers at a crossing, Checkpoint 104, near the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Tulkarem in Samaria.

The terrorist, armed with a knife, attempted to stab an IDF soldier stationed at the checkpoint.

The soldiers repeatedly fired warning shots in the air and ground, and the terrorist kept approaching the soldier. Until when the terrorist was stabbing distance away (and after retreating multiple times) did the soldier actually shoot at the terrorist.

No injuries were reported, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, except those suffered by the terrorist.

“Responding to the imminent threat, forces fired towards the attacker, resulting in his death,” the IDF reported.

Video of the attack can be seen here.

Hana Levi Julian

Germany Blames Israeli Presence in Judea, Samaria for Continued Conflict with Palestinian Authority

Monday, January 16th, 2017

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier took a shot at Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria on Monday (Jan. 16), telling reporters in Brussels prior to a meeting of European Union officials “the basis of … negotiations [between Israel and the Palestinian Authority] cannot be undermined by construction of settlements.

“It is difficult but there is no alternative,” he said.

Steinmeier also said that both sides have to be willing to “create results” in order for Israel and the PA to co-exist peacefully.

“Everybody knows that the security situation in Israel is part of that,” he said, but referred back to language seen in the UN Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) as the only way to reach those results.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini later told reporters the European body opposes the Trump administration’s promise to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

Qatar Donates Millions to Save Hamas From Gaza Electricity Crisis

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Qatar has come to save the day in Gaza – at least, Qatar’s millions are being donated — to help out with the current power crisis in the region.

Two million Gaza residents have been treated to a scant two or three hours of electricity a day – less than half the usual allocation – thanks to a political battle between the Hamas regime in Gaza City, and the Ramallah government in the Palestinian Authority.

Thousands of Gazans have been protesting the lack of electricity as they face a bitterly cold winter and intermittent rains.

The Palestinian Authority pays for 30 megawatts of electricity imported to the enclave from Egypt, and 120 megawatts of electricity supplied to the region by Israel. But the Palestinian Authority itself in neck-deep in debt and several times in the past was itself cut off from electricity it imported from Israel, due to the millions of shekels it owed Israel Electric Company.

Although in the past the Ramallah government exempted Gaza from taxes on the power, it is no longer offsetting the full amount, due to its own precarious financial situation. Gaza, meanwhile, is demanding 450-500 megawatts of power per day, but receives barely a third of that amount.

To end the quarrel, Qatar has donated $12 million to the Energy Authority run by Hamas in Gaza. The funds are to be used to buy fuel to supply a generator at the Gaza power plant.

The donation is expected to help provide electricity in eight-hour cycles for the next three months – that is, unless Hamas diverts the power for use to build more of its terrorist tunnels, again.

As Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, Spokesperson for the IDF, tweeted over the weekend, “They have electricity for tunnels, not for the people of Gaza #Hamas to blame for #Gaza electricity crisis.”

Hana Levi Julian

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

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