Hundreds of Satmar hasidim rallied Monday in front of Israel’s embassy in London, protesting “persecution of religion” in the Jewish state. The lead speaker was Rabbi Ephraim Shtern, member of the Eida Haredit directorate.Jewish Press Staff
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Netanyahu: No peace talks if Hamas joins PA government
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday that he would refuse to negotiate with a Palestinian government that included representatives of the Islamist terrorist group Hamas.
Click photo to download. Caption: Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: PD.Netanyahu made the remarks just days after Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo to discuss the restructuring of the Palestine Liberation Organization, the Palestinian umbrella body whose largest faction is Abbas’ Fatah, so as to include Hamas.
Speaking to Israeli diplomats in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said: “If Hamas joins the Palestinian government, I will not hold peace negotiations. Progress would have to be made in keeping with the current security arrangements, which are getting more and more difficult to maintain in light of the regional turmoil.”
Israeli politician’s car hit with firebombs
Kadima politician Otnier Schneller’s vehicle was firebombed twice last week as he was driving near the Binaymin community of Ofra. He was headed to a Hanukkah celebration at his daughter’s home with his wife and two grandchildren when the attacks occurred.
Neither of the bombs actually hit the vehicle although both fell very close. Schneller has been targeted with similar firebombs three times in the past already.
“Fortunately, MK Schneller was unhurt but this is not self-evident. The left and the media have forgotten who Israel’s real enemies are. When you shed the blood of settlers for two weeks, generalize and blame everyone for price tag incidents, it’s no wonder that Arab terrorism has reared its head. The terrorists understand the signs,” a statement by the National Union party said.
Salafists in Egypt shift gears, condemn ties with Israel
Egypt’s ultra-conservative Islamist party Al-Nour shifted gears on the Israel-Egypt peace treaty on Sunday, saying they will “stand firmly against normalization between the two countries in all forms, and are against ties with any entity that wants to harm the Egyptian identity,” according to Israel Hayom.
The statement came after the Salafist Al-Nour’s spokesman Dr. Yusari Hamad gave an interview last week to Israel Army Radio in which he stated that all Al-Nour supports peace with Israel. The interview caused an uproar in the Egyptian press and prompted the party to clarify their position. The party will work to change clauses in the treaty “in a legitimate manner,” according to the statement on Sunday.
Al-Nour is currently in second place after the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party which earned around 40% of the votes.
After the interview aired last week, Hamad told The Associated Press that he did not know he was talking to Israeli Army Radio, and he was only told it was for an Israeli broadcaster. He claimed that had he known, he would not have agreed to the Army Radio interview because “they occupy our Palestinian brothers.”
Israel attacks Gaza-bound arms convoy in Sudan
The Israel Air Force recently struck two vehicles in eastern Sudan that were smuggling Iranian weapons to Gaza, according to Sudanese media reports published on Sunday.
Sudanese government and army officials have denied that any such attack occurred, and Israeli officials were remaining mum on the reports, Israel Hayom reported.
According to Sudanese newspaper Al-Intibaha on Sunday, quoting sources from local tribes who witnessed the attacks, the first IAF strike took place about 10 days ago, targeting a convoy of six Land Cruiser SUVs. Four people were killed and two cars were completely destroyed, the report said.
The second attack, according to the newspaper, took place last Sunday, hitting a Toyota and killing everyone in it. The people in the car, however, were reported to be “gold seekers” and not arms smugglers.
While there was no official Israeli response to Sunday’s Sudanese report, defense officials have, for some time, been closely monitoring the Iran-Hamas smuggling route which routinely passes through Sudan.
Coptic Christians face persecution in Egypt
Middle East experts are warning that Coptic Christians might face greater persecution in the wake of recent unrest in Egypt, the Wall Street Journal reported. Recently, Egyptian mobs have looted Coptic churches, homes and shops, and burned churches.
Things have been historically not easy for this minority in this predominantly Muslim country. Islamists traditionally view Coptic Christians as “kafirs,” meaning “nonbelievers” in Arabic. In February, 2011, 23-year-old Coptic Christian Kirolos Andraws was attacked by thugs on an Egyptian street and told he deserves to die for refusing to convert to Islam. This forced Andraws to escape to the U.S. on a tourist visa and seek political asylum. “I have no other option,” he said.
A Muslim cleric already cut off the ear of one Christian man, justifying the deed in Islamic law.jointmedianewsservice
My daughter once worked on a kibbutz near Eilat, so the suicide bombing on January 29 in that normally tranquil Red Sea resort is especially sobering. This Palestinian “freedom fighter” struck a small bakery, killing three shoppers who had stopped by for bread and cakes. The two groups taking responsibility for the terror, Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, were ecstatic about the success of their “military operation.”
This is what the civilized world is up against, in the United States, Europe, and of course in Israel. The suicide bombers who enthusiastically maim and murder defenseless civilians are celebrated for “bravery” by literally millions in the Islamic nations. Yet, the “death” the bombers expect to endure is merely a temporary inconvenience.
“Verily,” said the late King Ibn Saud to a British guest, “the word of G-d teaches us, and we implicitly believe it, that for a Muslim to kill a Jew, or for him to be killed by a Jew, ensures him immediate entry into Heaven and into the august presence of G-d Almighty.” This is what the bombers still believe.
The “suicide” bomber never really commits suicide, only homicide. For the young murderer, self-immolation between the croissants and the cupcakes is a most perfect way of warding off death. We must never forget that the suicide bomber is religiously convinced that in murdering any Jew, he will reach immortality. There are also other very palpable rewards (72 virgins in heaven), but immortality is always cited first, especially where the promise is extended to other family members.
In the mosques today, in the Friday sermons, there are frequent citations to the following verse of Koran: “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you there then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.” (Koran 2:191)
“Persecution is worse then slaughter.” What exactly is this “persecution?” The bakery bomber, Mohammed Saksak, 20 years old, was from Gaza – an area from which Israel had “disengaged” in the interests of peace. Significantly, in the midst of a frenzied Palestinian civil war within “liberated” Gaza, the only source of mortal danger to Arabs is fromother Arabs.
The Friday sermons make everything quite clear: “The truth is simple: Israel is land confiscated from the Arabs, and they are trying to get it back…Jews and Israel are the reason for this endless cycle of violence. If the Jews have reasons in the Bible to get the land by hook or by crook, then the Muslims have the right to defend themselves and get back the land from where they have been driven out, by any means.”
The suicide bomber believes that he is engaged in self-defense. His attacks on bakeries and similar “military targets” are always agreeable to him because “persecution is far worse than slaughter.” With this illuminating view, is revealed the still-prevailing Islamic perspective on the “Middle East Peace Process.” With this perspective is revealed the utter futility of further territorial surrenders by Israel.
The message of the Hamas led Palestinian Authority and the terrorist-appointed clergy should finally be understood by both Israel and the United States. It does not need to be decoded. As I have been saying to my readers in The Jewish Press for a long while, the Washington-engineered “Road Map” is an openly twisted piece of cartography, leading Israel not to peace, but to the grave.
Israel itself, all of Israel, not merely Judea/Samaria, is presumed “stolen” territory and must therefore be “returned” to the Arabs. The Palestinian terrorists of every stripe will never cease their murders of Jews until there is an end to “persecution,” that is, until there is an end to Israel.
Israel’s intended Palestinian destroyers are brutally honest about their intentions. The problem is that Jerusalem and Washington never bother to listen. Let them begin by heeding the closing words of a recent sermon in a Jerusalem mosque: “Say [O Muhammad] ‘O ye who are Jews! If ye claim that ye are favoured of Allah apart from [all] mankind, then long for death [emphasis in original] if ye are truthful.'”
Copyright The Jewish Press, February 16, 2007. All rights reserved.
LOUIS RENE BERES was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971) and publishes widely on Israeli security matters. The Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press, he is well known in Israel’s political, military and intelligence communities.Louis Rene Beres