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‘Unity’ Government Fails to Take Control of Gaza Border Crossings

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

On Friday, Oct. 10, the deputy prime minister of the Palestinian Arab national consensus government, Muhammad Mustafa, told reporters that his government would assume control of Gaza crossings this Sunday.

But there has been no transfer of control of the Gaza crossings, according to the director of Gaza crossings Mahir Abu Sabha and the undersecretary of the former Hamas-run Gaza ministry of interior Kamil Abu Madhi.

A source close to the matter confirmed to the Palestinian Arab media outlet Ma’an: “No changes at all have been made to the Palestinian teams operating border crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip.”

According to the ceasefire terms ending this past summer’s 50-day military conflict between Israel and Gaza, the Israeli blockade was to be “eased” and all materials entering the Gaza Strip was to be checked by Palestinian Authority crews to ensure no weapons enter Gaza.

But as with so many details of any arrangement with the Palestinian Arabs, no clear timelines or details regarding what exactly is supposed to happen and when have emerged. No doubt everyone will still blame Israel.

More Terrorists To Be Released from Israeli Prisons

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

{Originally appeared on the authors’ website, This Ongoing War} Why is so little mainstream media attention paid to the deaths and mayhem caused by Palestinian Arab terrorists subsequent to their release from Israeli prison sentences via one or another of the various “deals” extorted in the name of freeing a hostage (or bodies) or creating the conditions needed for spurious “peace” discussions?

We touched on this theme a week ago [“04-Oct-14: Hamas announces “a new victory”; once again, it’s about terrorists being freed from Israeli prisons’”], when we wrote that “At the moment, we don’t see any other sources for the story, but we have just begun to look.”

Without offering an answer at this point, here’s today’s news from yesterday’s first “Palestinian unity government” cabinet meeting, held in Gaza on Thursday. The report comes from AFP:

A top official within the Hamas political wing on Thursday said a further round of negotiations between Israel and the Gaza-based militant group regarding the release of security prisoners will be soon set in motion, according to the Israeli news site Walla. Mohammad Nazzal further added that indirect talks are to begin soon and that they will be held in Cairo. Hamas claims to hold the bodies of Israeli Defense Forces soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, who died in combat in the Gaza Strip during this summer’s 50 day-long Operation Protective Edge. [i24news.tv]

We believe there would be widespread outrage if public opinion understood the extent of the damage and pain that has followed the previous terrorist-releases. It’s very bad news that the idea is once again under discussion.

UPDATE Friday 10:00
Thanks to YH who emailed just now to say IMRA had reported this morning that Yossi Beilin, an “Israeli statesman and scholar” according to his Wikipedia page, interviewed on Israel Radio’s 7:00 am new bulletin today, said “Israel must insist on trading bodies for bodies and that it would be a terrible mistake for Israel to trade live Palestinian prisoners for the release of the bodies of the two Israeli soldiers now held in the Gaza Strip”.

Palestinian PM Hints: Hamas Stole Food and Medical Aid

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority Prime Minister admits that Hamas has stolen food and medicine meant for civilians, and the PA has no say over what goes on in Gaza, despite the so-called “Palestinian Unity Government”.

The Tragic Farce of Israeli Confidence Building Measures

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The recent kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers near Hebron, who are now the subject of a massive Israeli military-security search, should give pause. Israel says it has evidence of involvement by Hamas, the U.S. and European Union-listed terrorist group that calls in its Charter for the worldwide murder of Jews. Hamas, recently incorporated into the Fatah/Palestinian Authority (PA) regime, is still receiving U.S taxpayer funding.

Given these circumstances, Israel needs to put an end to its concessionary policy of ‘confidence-building measures’: removing security checkpoints and roadblocks, freeing convicted and jailed Palestinian terrorists as demanded by the PA, and so on — especially if it emerges that the absence of checkpoints enabled the terrorists to carry out the kidnappings.

That some terrorist acts have been facilitated in this way is beyond argument. The January 2010 murder of Israeli, Meir Chai, by Fatah’s own Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, occurred during a Palestinian terrorist attack made possible by the removal of a road closure and checkpoint, part of ‘confidence-building measures’ previously urged upon Israel by the Obama administration.

In April 2010, then-U.S. envoy George Mitchell again urged Israel to “make a number of gestures to Palestinians, including release of prisoners, removal of checkpoints, transfer of authority over West Bank territories.” Israel acceded to President Obama’s wishes — and that August, Palestinians terrorists murdered four Israelis, including a pregnant woman; as it happens, also near Hebron. The attackers escaped the scene via a route opened by the removal of a checkpoint — part of the “number of gestures” Mitchell had urged upon the Israelis.

Western governments, including the Obama Administration, are continually tantalized at the prospect of renewed negotiations, and the PA has adroitly succeeded in recent years in making Israeli concessions a condition of their resumption. International leaders have willingly obliged.

Here, for example, is a news item from February 2012 about UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: “The UN chief urged Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make ‘goodwill gestures’ to bring the Palestinians back to direct negotiations, frozen since September 2010.”

Note that, in such cases, Israelis are not being asked to make these “gestures” in return for anything, merely so that PA will deign to speak to them from across a table. In other words, the intended “gestures” are unilateral Israeli concessions. Unfortunately, peace and has never been facilitated by Israeli unilateral concessions. Quite the contrary.

The 2005 unilateral evacuation of Gaza and eviction of its Jewish residents was received by senior PA official Muhammad Dahlan thus: “The withdrawal from the Gaza Strip is a victory for the Palestinian people’s will. … The withdrawal should take place without an agreement and with no political gains [for Israel].” Rocket assaults on Israel from Gaza increased exponentially.

In 2009 came what Hillary Clinton described as “unprecedented” Israeli unilateral concession at the behest of President Barack Obama: a 10-month unilateral freeze on the construction of Jewish homes in the West Bank. The result? The PA declined to resume talks until almost the very end of this period, only to almost immediately break them off and demand a permanent freeze — something that had never been a feature of previous Israeli/Palestinian talks.

In October 2011, Israel freed 1,027 Palestinian prisoners – including hundreds of convicted terrorists – in exchange for kidnapped Israeli serviceman Gilad Shalit. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal greeted this, not as a step on the road to peace, but as a great victory over Israel. Note that this was not even a unilateral concession, but a negotiated one, and that it was not welcomed as a laudable effort to bring peace closer, but an act of weakness heralding eventual Israeli defeat.

Where Did the Mainstream Media Disappear To (Except the NY Times)?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

I am mystified. Nearly every Jewish and Israeli news outlet has been constantly reporting on the ongoing kidnapping of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shayar and Naftali Frenkel, yet the mainstream media outside of Israel and the Jewish world has almost completely ignored it.

Let’s say for arguments sake, that they don’t consider the kidnapping of three Jewish boys (including an American citizen) to be newsworthy enough, what about the complete closure on Hebron? Hundreds of Arabs Arrested? Thousands of IDF soldiers going house-to-house? Palestinian Authority parliamentarians arrested in the middle of the night. IAF strikes on Gaza? An Arab killed in clashes in Ramallah? Nothing? Nada?

Really? Can you recall ever seeing anything like this happening? A news blackout on Israel!

On any other day this would be on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, Huffington Post, you name it. The best I’ve seen is the same rehashed AP piece, or a short notice that Netanyahu blamed Hamas.

The only notable exception to the above is, to their credit, the New York Times, which has been covering the story for days.

Israel has one of the highest concentration of foreign reporters in the world, yet this event is simply not being reported in nearly all the foreign mainstream media outlets.

It’s as if every foreign reporter in Israel was also suddenly kidnapped last week.

I only see one explanation. I think the mainstream media has a major dilemma.

Jewish children were kidnapped by Hamas, a member of the Palestinian Unity Government.

This shows how depraved these “Palestinians” are. It shows how right Israel has been all along. It shows how wrong Obama and Kerry are.

I don’t think the mainstream media is able to spin this story any other way, so their only solution is to completely ignore it.

I can’t think of any other logical explanation.

POSTSCRIPT:
The NY Times was one of the only newspapers to come out against the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement. From their perspective, they understood that Hamas in the government would be an unignorable roadblock to “peace” with the “moderate” Fatah.

What is going on now is good from their perspective; Israel is removing Hamas from Judea and Samaria, leaving Abbas in charge and looking not like a bad guy (which we know he actually also is).

The IDF is creating a tipping point on the ground, where the Israeli government won’t be able to claim “security” as a roadblock, since they’ll have cleaned up the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists (though not the Fatah terrorist), while entrenching and protecting Abbas even further, not to mention, doing his work for him.

The NY Times apparently sees this as the next step to preparing the ground for “peace”, meaning Israeli pullouts from our historic homeland. And that’s why they’re not afraid to report on it.

Oren: US Should Reject Unity Government, Hamas Behind Kidnapping

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren has joined the thus-far quiet chorus of criticism of recognition by the U.S. of the Palestinian Unity Government (PUG).

Oren publicly stated on Sunday morning, June 15, that Israel now knows Hamas is behind the kidnapping of the three Israeli boys from Gush Etzion on Thursday night.

He also wrote that Hamas publicly praised the kidnapping, and has ordered Palestinian Arabs in the territories to obstruct Israel’s rescue efforts.

Ambassador Oren has a bottom line message: the U.S. should rescind its hasty recognition of the Fatah-Hamas Unity Government.

Oren served as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. from 2009 until 2013.

Ambassador Michael Oren's Facebook post on June 15, 2014.

Ambassador Michael Oren’s Facebook post on June 15, 2014.

Hamas Unity Government Rockets Hit Israel

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

On Saturday afternoon, rockets launched from Hamas-Palestinian Unity Government controlled Gaza hit near the Ashkelon Beach area of Israel.

The rockets landed in an open area, and no damage or injuries were reported.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-unity-government-rockets-hit-israel/2014/06/14/

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