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In Wake of New Intifada Netanyahu Cabinet Reevaluating Letting the Palestinian Authority Collapse

Friday, November 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Palestinian Authority’s security forces have foiled more than a hundred attacks since October 1, Walla reported on Thursday. Those attacks were at various levels of planning and execution, and in most cases it amounted to teenagers posting on the social networks they were going out to kill Jews, only to be arrested between their home and the nearest IDF checkpoint. It didn’t require great sleuth work, but the PA preventive action spared lives, including the lives of the young perpetrators.

Of course, the same Palestinian Authority generated the heated incitement to violence in its delusional “save Al-Aqsa” campaign, which began and egged on those sporadic outbursts in the first place. It’s the same Authority which has been defying almost every part of the Oslo peace accords, organizing terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians (most recently at Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem), seeking statehood via the UN, fueling boycott drives against Israel, and now taking Israel to the International Criminal Court.

When it meets their own interests, the PA security apparatus occasionally works to locate and transfer illegal weapons to the Israeli authorities, and in particular, arresting Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists, in part to keep them safe from the IDF, in part to keep Hamas from taking over the PA. On Thursday, the Hamas website reported that the Palestinian General Intelligence and Preventive Security forces arrested four Arabs because of their “political affiliation.”

It means the PA is only selectively delivering a service it was intended to deliver in full in the original peace accords—becoming a buffer between Israel and Arab terrorism. There’s a lot else that’s wrong with the PA—it could be democratic, it could work to improve the lives of its residents, it could encourage Israeli-Arab business enterprises, it could educate against anti-Semitic incitement instead of initiating and spreading it, but in the end the PA performs only some of its security mission some of the time.

Which is why, according to Ha’aretz, the Netanyahu cabinet spent the better part of Wednesday, following Secretary of State Kerry’s failed “stop the violence” visit, discussing the possibility of the collapse of the Palestinian Authority, and whether or not Israel should stand in the way of such a collapse. A few ministers, most likely from the Bayit Yehudi coalition partner, argued that not having the PA is better than having it, advocating a laisez faire approach to the already self-destructing Authority.

Netanyahu convened his Cabinet based on information that the Palestinians are on the warpath against Israel in the international arena following Kerry’s failed efforts to squeeze some gestures out of Israel to calm the situation. Israel learned that the Palestinians are working on a UN resolution, either in the Security Council or the General Assembly, calling for international protection for the people of “the occupied Palestinian state.” Other intelligence suggests the PLO will rescind its 1993 recognition of the State of Israel, the very foundation of the Oslo Accords.

As mentioned above, the ministers also examined a scenario of the collapse of the Palestinian Authority. The theme was not a willful dismantling of the PA by its chairman Mahmoud Abbas—a move he has threatened but no one takes seriously. The real possibility on the cabinet’s table was a combination of IDF pressure to curb terrorism, including curfews, limits on Arab transportation, and frequent checkpoints, coupled with an already weak economy, ushering in the PA’s collapse.

The IDF and Shin Bet representatives at the meeting were adamant against allowing such events to happen and warned against their civil and military implications.

However, according to a senior official who participated in the meeting and then informed Ha’aretz, some cabinet ministers, whose names he refused to mention, argued that the collapse of the PA may actually serve Israeli interests rather than harm them, and therefore Israel should not act to prevent such a scenario from materializing. Those same ministers argued that perhaps what the Palestinians are doing internationally and domestically against Israel today is more harmful than whatever awaits the Jewish State once there is no more Palestinian Authority.

Hamas, Fatah Hoping Terror Wave Swells to ‘Tsunami’

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The Hamas terrorist organization is working hand-in-hand with the Palestinian Authority’s leading Fatah faction to morph the current terror wave into a “tsunami” of terror against Israeli citizens.

Fatah is using its control over Palestinian Authority media, finances, international diplomacy and politics. Hamas is using the strategies of terror.

A cartoon posted Monday (Oct. 18) on the official Facebook page of the Fatah faction shows a Palestinian Arab child kicking a long-nosed, terrified Chassidic Jew off the grounds of the Temple Mount, the site holiest in Judaism.

In the background of the picture are the Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock along with the words written in Arabic, “Leave our skies,” translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW palwatch.org) monitoring organization that keeps an eye on Palestinian Arab media.

A line from a poem by the PA poet Mahmoud Darwish, calling for all Jews to leave Israel, is posted with the cartoon: “Leave our country, our land, our sea, our wheat, our salt, our wounds. Everything.”

The cartoon is another addition to the long list of incitement disseminated by the Palestinian Authority’s leading faction, headed by Mahmoud Abbas – the world’s idea of the Palestinian Arab “partner for peace” towards to whom Israel should be directing her efforts.

Abbas himself said just last month:

The Al Aqsa [mosque] is ours … and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet… We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem. (Sept. 16)

That statement alone was not only silly and superfluous but also was deliberately inflammatory and lent credibility to a base lie about Israel intending to change the status quo at the Temple Mount, which it never has. Nor does the present government intend to do so now.

A subsequent statement by Abbas’ adviser Ahmed al-Ruweidi was gauged to keep the fires burning just as attacks seemed to be slowing down. “[Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem will not move from their city” he said, as if Israelis intended to throw them out, adding “Their actions and policy will not scare us.”

He added:

We will remain in Jerusalem and protect it and its holy sites (as if Israel intended to destroy the holy city or its holy sites when in fact Israel has been the only guardian of the city in a thousand years to restore the city’s beauty and allow open access by all peoples to those sites), first among them the blessed Al Aqsa.” (To this day the site remains under the province of the Islamic Waqf Authority and the Jordanian government, with the full agreement and cooperation of the State of Israel — the precious “status quo.”)

Meanwhile Hamas has also urged Arabs in Judea and Samaria to carry out suicide bombings across the border in Israel, issuing a “call to arms” to terrorists in Hebron and Shechem as the first order of the day.

Senior Hamas terror official Mahmoud al-Zahar said Sunday the current wave of terror needs to be escalated from a popular terror war into an actual, armed terror war, according to the Hebrew-language Yediot Achronot newspaper.

Al-Zahar made an open call for the use of guns and explosives, ramping up both the intensity and the scope of the attacks planned ahead.

Terrorists in the Hebron area of Judea and those in the Shechem (Nablus) area of Samaria were the first to receive the new orders. Both are situated in areas that could potentially be used as launching sites for terror attacks on all four of Israel’s major cities: Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, Tel Aviv, and Haifa.

According to the report, an official with the Palestinian Authority security force claimed a Hamas cell in Hebron with at least six members was recently captured, together with explosives and funds. The cell members reportedly said under interrogation that they wanted to die, a revelation that led investigators to believe the terrorists had been instructed to carry out suicide bombing attacks against Israel.

Kerry Tells Abbas to ‘Cool It’

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Palestinian Authority chairman Abbas Saturday and told him to calm down the incitement to violence, according to Palestinian Authority media.

Abbas responded to Kerry that Israel must stop settlers from provoking Arabs.

During the day, Fatah, the party headed by Abbas, claimed that two Jerusalem terrorists who were killed by Israeli forces belonged to their party.

The Obama administration has been retrying to keep a low profile during the escalation of violence, restricting its comments to condemnations “in the strongest possible terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians.

Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at the daily press briefing Friday:

We continue to urge all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and refrain from actions and rhetoric that would further escalate tensions.

I think the Secretary addressed this, I thought very well, earlier this week in urging calm, condemning the violence, and calling for a return to – at least in terms of Haram al-Sharif and the Temple Mount, a return to the status quo, and for both sides to take the tensions down.

U.N. Officials on Way to ‘Rescue’ Israel and PA with ‘Peace Process’

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

There is no “Third Intifada” nor is there “war.” Plain and simple, Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority Arabs are on a murder spree.

The United Nations announced Thursday it will send high-ranking officials to Jerusalem and Ramallah next week to try to dig up the “peace process” and save Israel and the Palestinian Authority from themselves.

Or at least, that is how they see it.

This is an old scene, played hundreds of times. Whenever Israel does not give the Palestinian Authority what it wants, Mahmoud Abbas calls for “peaceful resistance” in English while his Fatah party call for the murder of Jews in Arabic.

For example, the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Wednesday reported on a statement by Fatah Central Committee Member Jamal Muhaisen, according to a translation and posting by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW):

Muhaisen stated that the Palestinian people has proven that its life and blood have little value [compared] to support for the Al-Aqsa Mosque and achieving freedom and independence… Muhaisen stressed that it is important that the popular uprising) increases, in order to deal with the occupation’s crimes and the settlers. He clarified that the settlers’ presence is illegal, and therefore every measure taken against them is legitimate and legal.

In plain Arabic, Arabs have a license to kill Jews.

But maybe Hamas terrorists and not Fatah terrorists or behind the murders of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin?

A host on official Palestinian Authority TV asked PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail, according to PMW:

Are they [killers of the Henkin couple] from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) or from Hamas?

He answered:

There is no need to return to the argument and dispute about who carried out the operation… There is no need to announce it and boast of having done it. One fulfills his national duty voluntarily, as best as one can.

In plain Arabic, that is more than license to kill. It is a “national duty.”

Abbas has the instincts of a hunting dog. He knows exactly when the time is ripe for the “international; community” to step in and save his neck from being slit by his political opponents, which is just about everyone.

He can count on the U.N. delegation to blame Israel for anything and everything at a time when the Obama administration and even most foreign media are having a hard time blaming the “occupation” for attempted murders in Tel Aviv, Petach Tikvah and Kiryat Gat, let alone the “occupied territory.”

Abbas also knows very well that if he breaks off security arrangements with Israel, he has to make sure his will is in order and that a burial plot is ready.

He also knows that Israel always deals from weakness when international leaders get involved.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not have many cards to play and that he also cannot make much more concessions.

He may have to promise that no new Jewish outposts will be built, even if it means preventing a new community near the location where the Henkins were murdered.

There are a lot of things the Prime Minister “should” do, such as reinstating roadblocks and checkpoints in Judea and Samaria, but like it or not, he cannot do it. Israel cannot roll back concessions, at least not now.

It has to wait until the Palestinian Authority regime totally disintegrates, and that is not going to happen before the United Nations fulfills Abbas wish and flies to his rescue next week.

Netanyahu Cancels Trip to Germany Due to Security Situation

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Government officials have confirmed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled his scheduled trip to Germany due to the current security situation in Israel.

Netanyahu had planned earlier this week simply to shorten the trip, but Wednesday morning another Israeli was stabbed in a terror attack at the Lion’s Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

This time the attacker was an 18-year-old Palestinian Arab girl who sneaked up on a 35-year-old Jewish man from behind and stabbed him in the back. She was stopped from killing her victim by a nearby armed Israeli passerby who drew his gun and shot her. It’s not yet clear whether she was operating as part of a larger terror cell or not.

Netanyahu’s decision to remain at home, and his announcement that he has cancelled the trip in light of the security situation, reflects the rise in tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Despite a public statement by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas claiming his desire for peace on Tuesday, he coyly delivered a very different message to the Palestinians on the street.

“We don’t want a military and security escalation with Israel,” he said at a meeting of executive officials, according to the PA’s WAFA news agency. “We are telling our security forces, our political movements that we do not want an escalation, but that we do want to protect ourselves.”

A statement by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) – which Abbas also heads – later that evening, brazenly said the group was “saluting the masses of Palestinians who are confronting the ‘Occupation’” and urged PA residents to “unite for an act of national defense.”

A Palestinian Authority official later told The Guardian newspaper, “What [the two statements] are saying, is do not fall into an Israeli trap and start shooting. It does not mean Abbas is saying ‘no’ to the popular resistance.” The official predicted a “difficult week ahead,” the newspaper reported.

The brazen incitement being disseminated from the very top levels of government in the Palestinian Authority is clearly successful in encouraging Arab teens and young adults to attack Israeli civilians and police — hence the prime minister’s decision to remain in Israel to contend with the results and find a solution.

Female Jewish Motorist Escapes Arab Lynch Attempt [video]

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) Two Jewish women were injured Wednesday morning after Arabs carried out a massive stone throwing at Israeli vehicles on the road between Tekoa and Har Homa, near Beit Sahur in Judea and Samaria, NRG reported. The two wounded women were treated at the gate of Tekoa. At least seven vehicles have been damaged by stones.

One of the injured women said that she had driven into an ambush laid by Arab terrorists, who attempted forcefully to drag her out of her car, but she said she managed to escape, after having been beaten all over her body by Arab youths. “Anyone who leaves home now, should not go that way,” she warned, “There’s not a single soldier there. I arrived at the checkpoint and screamed at them that they must send in the army. There’s nobody there.” She was taken in stable condition to the trauma department at Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus, having sustained bruises all over her body.

The second female motorist, 38, was taken with light injuries to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, with a bruised head and arm resulting from stone-shattered windows.

A mother and her infant daughter were injured from stones that were thrown at their vehicle Tuesday night, near the town of Levona. The woman’s husband continued driving to the town, where they were treated by a military medical team and moved by an MDA ambulance for further treatment at Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus.

During the night, three Jews were arrested for demonstrating at the spot where the little girl had been injured. The detainees were taken to the Benjamin police station and received legal advice. It is still unclear whether they would be indicted.

Meanwhile, a Border Police force in A-Tur, eastern Jerusalem, discovered 15 Molotov cocktails ready for throwing on a rooftop. The day before police seized Molotov cocktails on the roof of a neighborhood mosque. Chief Superintendent Aviad Ktefi praised the Border Police fighters, saying: “This is an important capture of Molotov cocktails which endanger our fighters.”

Baby seat below shattered car window / Photo credit: Tekoa Security

Baby seat below shattered car window / Photo credit: Tekoa Security

[Editor: Josh Hasten was there when the attack happened}
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Investigators: Henkin Children Saved by Killers’ Friendly Fire [video]

Monday, October 5th, 2015

(JNi.media) The terrorist cell that murdered Naama and Eitam Henkin south of Shechem four days ago has been arrested, the Shin Bet announced. The terrorists shot the couple and then verified their death with additional bullets, while the Henkins’ four children, ages nine, seven, four and four months were watching from the back seat.

The investigation revealed that one of the terrorists shot his friend by mistake during the attack, forcing them to flee the scene hastily, which explains why they left alone the children in the back seat of the Henkins’ car. The wounded killer was picked up by security forces from his hospital bed in Shechem.

The cell members, five Hamas operatives from Shechem, were picked up one day after the attack. Several Arabs suspected of helping the cell have also been arrested. The cell was under the command of a released prisoner, a Hamas member, who provided the weapons and planned the attack but did not participate in it personally.

The investigation revealed that the attack was carried out by two terrorists who opened fire on the vehicle belonging to the Henkins, and after the car had stopped, they approached it and fired at the couple at close range. The shooters told investigators that they had recently carried out two more shooting attacks that did not result in casualties.

A senior IDF officer speaking about solving the Henkins’ murder told Walla: “This is a terror foundation that planned to attack along this road, by stopping the car and carrying out the shooting. They had a glitch — a bilateral shooting at the injured man we picked up from his hospital bed in the Rafidia Hospital in Shechem. You may be able to say that this terrorist glitch resulted in the fact that the children are alive.”

Below is reportedly the security footage of the Israeli undercover security personnel capturing the injured terrorist in the Shechem hospital:

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/investigators-henkin-children-saved-by-killers-friendly-fire-video/2015/10/05/

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