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Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

      Palestinian Authority security forces directed traffic several times this month in the eastern sections of Jerusalem, according to multiple witnesses speaking to this column. If verified, this would mark a major escalation in PA activities in Jerusalem.
 
      Three times this month PA President Mahmoud Abbas quietly visited Beir Hanina, a largely Arab town in eastern Jerusalem. Each time, his convoy passed through French Hill, a northeastern Jerusalem community that is largely Jewish.
 
      One local witness driving through French Hill last week while Abbas’s convoy passed said he was stopped by uniformed Palestinian police, who asked him to wait until the motorcade passed.
 
      Two witnesses in Beit Hanina earlier this month also said they personally witnessed uniformed PA police directing traffic in that area for Abbas’s two previous visits. While Beit Hanina is largely Arab, it falls entirely within the Jerusalem municipal district, whose security is supposed to be provided by the Israeli police. According to Israeli law, the PA is not allowed to operate in Jerusalem.
 
      Abbas’s office bureau refused to confirm or deny reports of PA directing traffic in any Jerusalem area. The bureau said only that the Israeli police were responsible for Abbas’s visit and that the police coordinated with PA security forces.
 
      Shmulik Ben Ruby, a spokesman for the Jerusalem police, strongly denied any knowledge of the PA police operating in Jerusalem.
 
      “We don’t know anything about it,” he told this column. “The PA police are not allowed to operate in east Jerusalem.”
 
      However, this column previously reported that the PA police were operating for some civilian matters in peripheral eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods, a fact later admitted to by Ben Ruby.
 
      “If there are fights between some local families, sometimes we involve the PA police to make peace between the families,” Ben Ruby said. “Yes, the PA police can operate in these neighborhoods in coordination with the IDF and Border Police.”
 

      Israeli security officials have also previously said that local Jerusalem police rarely operate in several Arab-majority eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods, including Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis; instead security is turned over to the Israel Defense Forces and Border Police, who work almost daily with PA security forces.

 

Fatah-Al Qaeda Connection Brewing

 

      The Palestinian Authority provided financial support and, in at least one case, an official salary to al Qaeda allies in the Gaza Strip, according to information obtained by WorldNetDaily.
 
      Abdel-Latif Moussa, leader of a Palestinian Islamist splinter group allied with al Qaeda, has been on the official PA payroll for at least the last year. According to a PA official, Moussa, a trained doctor, receives a salary for his medical services. According to multiple sources in Gaza, however, Moussa has not practiced medicine for the past ten years.
 
      Two weeks ago, Moussa’s group clashed with Hamas after Moussa declared the Gaza Strip an “emirate,” or under strict Islamic rule, in a sermon. Abbas and other PA leaders accused Hamas of committing a “massacre” against the al Qaeda-inspired group.
 
      Meanwhile, Fatah websites have recently been granting al Qaeda-oriented groups a platform to espouse their ideology. In the past these sites, generally more secularly oriented, have shied away from promoting al Qaeda.
 

      Hamas officials speaking to this column this week claimed they have information that Fatah strongman Mahmoud Dahlan has been funneling cash to various Gaza-based Islamist groups. The Hamas officials, including the group’s chief political advisor, Ahmed Yousef, said their group will release documentation this week showing the Dahlan connection.

 

PA Lecturer: Jerusalem, Western Wall

Not Historically Jewish
 
      The Jews have no historical connection to Jerusalem or the Western Wall, declared a Palestinian Authority lecturer on official PA television.
 
      “[The Jews have] no historical roots. This is political terminology to win the hearts and the support of the Zionists in Europe so they would emigrate and come to Palestine. Nothing more!” stated Shamekh Alawneh, a lecturer in modern history at Al-Quds Open University.
 
      “The [Jews'] goal in giving the name ‘Wailing Wall’ to this [Western] Wall is political,” continued Alawneh, speaking on a PA television program called “Jerusalem – History and Culture.”
 
      “The Jewish Zionists had no choice but to invent an excuse [about Jerusalem] to spread among the Zionists or the Jews in Europe to connect to something concrete from the past about Jerusalem. They made false claims and called the ‘Al-Burak Wall’ the ‘Wailing Wall,’ ” Alawneh said.
 

      His remarks were translated from Arabic by Palestinian Media Watch.

 

      Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the book “The Late Great State of Israel.” Follow Klein on Twitter under the name “AaronKleinWND.”

Bronx Plot Points Up Threat From Independent Attackers

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

WASHINGTON – The arrest of four men accused of plotting to attack two Bronx synagogues underscores the threat to Jewish targets by individuals or small groups, several experts said.

From the shooting at a Los Angeles Jewish community center 10 years ago through the attack on the Seattle Jewish federation building in 2006, to the suspect targeting Jews at Wesleyan University in Connecticut earlier this month, an individual or small group not formally connected with al-Qaeda or any major international terrorist group was at the center of the threat.

Police believe that the four suspects arrested last week – James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen – were working alone. They were taken into custody the night of May 20 shortly after planting fake explosives, which they believed to be real, in cars parked outside the Riverdale Temple, a Reform synagogue, and the Riverdale Jewish Center, an Orthodox synagogue. They also wanted to shoot down military planes at a nearby base, according to reports.

Reports that an FBI informant played a key role in encouraging and financing the plot has prompted questions about how serious a threat was posed by the four suspects. But several security experts who work with the Jewish community said the case provides a clear road map for protecting against potential threats.

“All you need to know about terrorism you can learn from this case,” said Steve Pomerantz, former assistant director and director of counterterrorism at the FBI.

Jews will always be at the top of the list of targets for terrorists, he said, and groups unaffiliated with a large international terrorist group are “at least as dangerous” as well-known groups such as al-Qaeda because they can “more easily slip through the intelligence net.”

Paul Goldenberg, the executive director of the Jewish-organized Secure Community Network, stressed “one common denominator” present in all the past plots: hostile surveillance by the attackers.

“They were methodical enough and premeditated enough to plan and study the target,” said Goldenberg, whose network was established 3

Pentagon Official Blames ‘U.S. Policies’ For Qaeda Attacks

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

       She believes al Qaeda was an “obscure group” turned into a massive threat due to U.S. policies.

  She’s referred to former president Bush as “our torturer in chief” and a “psychotic who need[s] treatment” while comparing Bush’s arguments for waging a war on terrorism to Adolf Hitler’s use of political propaganda.

  She’s worked on behalf of George Soros’s philanthropic foundation.

  Meet Rosa Brooks, the Obama administration’s new adviser to Michelle Fluornoy, the undersecretary of defense for policy, a position described as one of the most influential in the Pentagon.

  ”I prefer to think of [my new position] as my personal government bailout,” Brooks wrote in a departing piece at the Los Angeles Times, where she served as a regular columnist.

  Brooks’s new boss earlier this month briefed Congress on U.S. policy in Pakistan and Afghanistan, two countries for which she has enormous power concerning drafting future military doctrine.

  ”Brooks will wield an extraordinary degree of influence in helping shape U.S. policy. Her extreme views should therefore be closely scrutinized,” wrote Nile Gardiner, a contributor to the London Telegraph’s online blog.

  Indeed, Brooks’s recent L.A. Times columns evidence views some may find disconcerting.

  In 2007, she labeled al Qaeda as “little more than an obscure group of extremist thugs, well financed and intermittently lethal but relatively limited in their global and regional political pull. On 9/11, they got lucky. Thanks to U.S. policies, al Qaeda has become the vast global threat the administration imagined it to be in 2001.”

  Brooks wrote that both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney “should be treated like psychotics who need treatment. Impeachment’s not the solution to psychosis, no matter how flagrant.”

  She also penned a column about Bush entitled “Our torturer-in-chief” in which she inferred attacks against the U.S. were a result of torture policies.

  ”Today, the chickens are coming home to roost,” she fumed, but “the word ‘accountability’ isn’t in the White House dictionary.”

  In another column she referred to the regimes of Iran and North Korea as “foreign authoritarians,” while calling the Bush administration a “homegrown” authoritarian regime.

  In a column last month, Brooks claimed the Bush administration’s Office of Legal Counsel arguments for prosecuting the war on terrorism were similar to tactics used by Hitler.

  Brooks is a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she serves as director of Georgetown Law School’s Human Rights Center. She previously served as special counsel to the president at Soros’s Open Society Institute.

  She has consulted for Human Rights Watch and served as a board member of Amnesty International USA.

For America’s Sake, President Barack Obama Should Oppose A Palestinian State

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

The George W. Bush years are now behind us. But Barack Obama, while still waging an American war on terror, will almost certainly remain committed to a so-called “Two-State Solution” in the Middle East. Here, he should be reminded that any state of Palestine would quickly become a primary launching point for mega-terrorism against the United States as well as Israel. Moreover, the entire Arab/Islamic world sees only a one-state solution. For Israel, of course, this would mean a patently “Final Solution.”

What is now going on in the so-called “Palestinian Territories”? Gaza is already the site of close and growing tactical and strategic cooperation between Hamas and al-Qaeda. Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Lebanon are also witnessing a determined al-Qaeda push to establish more core terror bases.

For some time, al-Qaeda has been asserting its unswerving commitment to wage jihad against Israel (the individual Jew writ large), and against Jews in general. Only recently, however, has this genocidal commitment begun to elicit Western attention. In a relatively recent Jihadi website posting, bin Laden had clearly warned: “We will not recognize a state for the Jews, not even one inch of the land of Palestine.”

The destruction of Israel has always been Hamas’ top objective, but al-Qaeda, which has proven adept at inserting itself into local conflicts around the world, and then incorporating them into the broader Wahhabi-Salafi war against the West, has now also fixed its sights on “Palestine.” This sinister focus should not be lost on the new administration in Washington. It should not be lost in all the “feel good” rhetoric and posturing of newly installed American leaders who believe naively in the equally good intentions of all parties.

A “Two-State Solution”? The Palestinian Territories are not about to metamorphose into a decent and democratic national society. After all, they have already become the newest front in a well-organized international jihad movement. With Gaza now an active forward base for global terrorism, Shi’a Iran, long a close partner of Hamas as well as an al-Qaeda ally has been intensifying the existential threat to Israel.

Now, finally, and upon careful examination of political reality rather than just theoretical ideology, it is fully understood within principal intelligence circles that operational collaboration between various Shia and Sunni groups will not be prevented, only because of profound religious differences.

Even recently, while Israel was reluctantly but unavoidably engaged in Operation Cast Lead, Palestinian civil warfare revealed expanding concentric circles of jihadi alignment. In a February 2008 interview with the al-Hayat Arab language newspaper, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had repeated claims that al-Qaeda’s growing presence in both Gaza and the West Bank could destabilize the entire region. Abbas, who recently became an object of ridicule and vilification in Gaza, had earlier warned that Hamas was enhancing al-Qaeda’s power.

The January 2008 breach in the Gaza border with Egypt along the Philadelphi Corridor represented a pivotal development. This well-coordinated attack had permitted not only large quantities of Iranian-made weapons to enter Gaza (we can see the dreadful consequences of this allowance today), but it had also admitted scores of al-Qaeda operatives.

Israel’s Military Intelligence Chief, Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, told a February 2008 meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the Knesset that this breach had “enabled Hamas to bring back those who had left for training in Syria and Iran, including snipers, explosives experts, rocket experts and engineers.”

Ely Karmon, at The Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel, raised an alarm about al-Qaeda members linked to the Sharm El Sheikh attacks of July 2005. These terrorists subsequently moved to the West Bank and Gaza from bases in the Sinai. Backed by Iran, al-Qaeda is steadily moving in on Israel from the north, first by establishing its secure presence in Lebanon. Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shia terror group Hizbullah, has tacitly acknowledged al-Qaeda’s growing involvement in Lebanon, but disingenuously termed it a “dangerous and unacceptable” situation.

Despite their religious differences, Sunni al-Qaeda and Shia Hizbullah now form a true partnership, led by Iran, whose common goal is the destruction of Israel, the toppling of less radical Arab-Muslim regimes (such as that of the Palestinian Authority’s Abu Mazen), and the establishment of a core territory around which a new Islamist Caliphate might be formed.

Let Barack Obama take note. Radical Islamist behavior is now de rigeur in Gaza. Several al-Qaeda-linked groups have emerged openly, such as the Army of Islam and the Swords of Islamic Righteousness. Several are clan-based, and affiliated with Fatah and/or Hamas. They are also reliably reported to be operational offshoots of al-Qaeda.

All things considered, our new president should understand that a Palestinian state would be altogether contrary to the security interests of the United States. Sobering here would be the inevitable competition for control of such a fragile and anarchic state by the various Sunni Arab regimes, now being armed by Washington, and by Shiite Iran; now being armed by Russia. Naturally, a Palestinian state would most clearly endanger Israel, creating irresistible new opportunities for both conventional and unconventional acts of aggression.

New wars could be launched by enemy states directly, or by their proxies from Gaza. The attackers might assume the posture of suicide bombers, thus immobilizing the normal security bases of rationality and deterrence. Under even the most optimistic assumptions, a Palestinian state – any Palestinian state – could spawn a grievously unstable balance of power in the region.

President Barack Obama should already recognize that any Islamist Palestinian state would be contrary to our national security interests. Such a state would embolden and strengthen al-Qaeda and other terrorist enemies of the United States. What had once been a basically secular nationalist territorial dispute between Israel and its Arab neighbors has now become a primary battlefront in a no-holds-barred international jihad.

Supported by Iran and by that country’s terrorist proxies, Hamas and Hizbullah, al-Qaeda threatens Israel on several fronts. But the group’s growing presence in the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon represents a danger not only to Israel, but also to the United States. With all this in mind, President Barack Obama should therefore resist the clichéd political “wisdom” of past American administrations, and strenuously oppose any creation of a Palestinian state. This will be difficult, to be sure, but the dreadful alternative would soon render moot all current counter-terrorist operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Copyright © The Jewish Press, February 13, 2009. All rights reserved.

LOUIS RENÉ BERES was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971) and is a long-time expert on international relations and international law. He is the author of many major books and articles in the field, and is known professionally to certain Israeli military, academic and intelligence communities. Dr. Beres is the Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press.

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Just five days before national elections, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima party revealed it would divide Jerusalem and allow a Palestinian state to be established in parts of Israel’s “eternal capital.” The revelation follows months of denials by top Kadima officials that the party would advocate withdrawing from Jerusalem.

“The Old City, Mount Scopus, the Mount of Olives, the City of David, Sheikh Jarra will remain in our hands, but [regarding] Kafr Akeb, Abu-Ram, Shuafat, Hizma, Abu-Zaim, Abu-Tur, Abu Dis, in the future, when the Palestinian state is established, they will become its capital,” said Otniel Schneller, a Kadima member who represented the party at an official debate last week on dividing Jerusalem.

The neighborhoods Schneller listed are located on Jerusalem’s periphery near the city’s border with the West Bank. Schneller said Kadima supports “separation between us and the Palestinians who don’t live in the heart of Jerusalem,” claiming there would be “no concessions” on sites sacred to Jews.

Kadima’s claims of “only” withdrawing from peripheral sections of Jerusalem worry many here. The Israeli government has denied previous withdrawal plans, only to carry them out later – and follow with announcements of more withdrawals in larger magnitudes from areas it pledged not to vacate.

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Global civilization is on the verge of “World War III,” a massive conflict in which the Islamic world will attempt to impose its ideology on Western nations, Meir Amit, a former director of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, said during an exclusive interview with WorldNetDaily and ABC Radio.

Amit, one of the most esteemed figures in the international defense establishment, warned that Islamic nations and global Islamist groups will continue launching “all kinds of attacks” against Western states. He urged the international community to immediately unite and coordinate a strategy to fight against the “Islamic war.”

“We already noticed the terrorists in the world hit Spain, England, France. I call it World War III. You must look at it from this angle and treat it wider, not as a problem of terrorism here and there,” said Amit. He referenced recent terror attacks against Israel, Europe and the United States; Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions; the insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan; and worldwide Muslim riots.

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An al-Qaeda leader as important as terror chief Osama bin Laden and the group’s Iraq leader, Abu Musab Zarqawi, will soon reveal himself in the Palestinian territories and orchestrate local and global jihad from the area, according to a pamphlet distributed in the Gaza Strip.

The pamphlet, signed by a group calling itself the Jaish al Jihad, or Army of Jihad, claimed to speak for al-Qaeda. It warned all non-Muslims and foreign embassies to vacate the Palestinian areas within one month.

The pamphlet’s distribution coincided with the indictment – the first ever of its kind – of two West Bank Palestinians accused of membership in al-Qaeda and plotting a largescale attack against Israel on behalf of the global group. It also followed remarks by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that there were signs al-Qaeda has established itself in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Senior Israeli security officials repeatedly warned that al-Qaeda would infiltrate the Palestinian territories following Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. The group has been suspected of maintaining cells in the nearby Sinai desert in the past few years.

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A number of Christian and Jewish American groups have announced the formation of an umbrella organization that will lobby against Olmert’s plan to withdraw Jewish communities from the West Bank, arguing in part that any withdrawal would be against United States interests.

“Olmert’s plan means the destruction of the Jewish state. Judea and Samaria is part of Israel’s biblical homeland. It borders Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and most other major Israeli cities. There is not a single doubt that if Israel vacated this heartland it would be turned over to Islamic terror groups for use to attack Israel with missiles,” said Susan Roth, founder of the United Front for the Land of Israel, the new coalition of American organizations acting against an Israeli West Bank evacuation.

“Olmert’s withdrawal would be a victory for worldwide Islamic terror. It would result in the formation of an al-Qaeda/Islamic Jihad/Iranian-satellite state that would serve as a sanctuary for all kinds of terrorists. The withdrawal would be disastrous for America’s war on terror, for Israel and for the Jewish people.

“We have come together to do everything we can to stop this withdrawal from happening,” Roth said.

The Front plans to educate the public about what they say are the dangers of a West Bank withdrawal and lobby U.S. politicians against Olmert’s plan. Groups now part of the United Front include Americans For A Safe Israel, the Jewish Action Alliance, Women in Green, Justice for Jews, Friends of YESHA, the Jewish Political Educational Foundation, the Jerusalem Reclamation Project and several university-based organizations.

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He is a co-host of ABC Radio’s nationally syndicated John Batchelor Show. He can also be heard throughout next week with Rusty Humphries, who will be broadcasting from Israel. “The Rusty Humphries Show” is featured on more than 250 radio stations, including WDBO in Orlando, WCBM in Baltimore, KSFO in San Francisco, WNIS in Norfolk, KHBZ in Honolulu and KVI in Seattle.

Random Thoughts

Wednesday, October 16th, 2002

A few items of interest as the Monitor catches up after a break from the regular routine:

Reporting on the defeat of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in an Aug. 20 Democratic primary, the Prince of Palestine, aka Peter Jennings, once again exhibited his bias and unreliability on all matters pertaining to Israel.

In a brief statement on the Aug. 21 edition of ABC’s World News Tonight, Jennings referred to McKinney simply as “a vocal critic of President Bush’s Middle East policy.” McKinney, he added, “was beaten by another Democrat who got large donations from out-of-state supporters of Israel.”

That was it. Not a word about the fact that much, if not most, of McKinney’s campaign money came from out-of-state Muslims and Muslim organizations, some of whom either support or fund Islamic terrorism or have connections to those who do. (One of those McKinney supporters was reported by the Washington Post to have declared, “Let us damn America, let us damn Israel. Let us damn their allies until death.”)

Nor did Jennings bother to explain that this (in his words) “vocal critic of President Bush’s Middle East policy” had strongly suggested that Bush knew in advance about the Sept. 11 attacks and didn’t act because somehow they were good for American oil interests.

Equally as biased and unreliable as Jennings is The New York Times, which on Aug. 8 ran the following propaganda disguised as “news” in a dispatch from reporters Evelyn Nieves and Elisabeth Bumiller:

“The vice president’s speech, billed as a talk on the economy and national security, sounded at times like an address a chief executive might give to shareholders….He credited the administration’s tax cuts with helping the country to ‘climb out of the recession and to weather the terrible financial effects of Sept.11,’ although the recession has not abated and the stock market today continued its decline [italics added].”

The inevitable correction was published one week later, on Aug. 15: “An article on Aug. 8 about speeches by President Bush and Vice President Cheney defending the administration’s stewardship of the economy referred incorrectly to the 2001 recession and to the direction of the stock market on Aug. 7. Economists agree that the recession has ended, not continued. The Dow Jones industrial average rose the day of the speeches, by 182 points; it did not decline.”

The Times could save all of us a lot of grief if it would just change its pompous and inaccurate slogan from “All the News That’s Fit to Print” to “All the News We Fit to Print.”

Must reading in this week’s New Yorker for those of you still enamored of Bill Clinton. (The Monitor receives two or three e-mails a week, and at least one letter a month scrawled in pastel-colored chalk sent from a certain post office box in Miami Beach, from readers who still pine for the days when Monica’s boyfriend was doing the country proud in the Oval Office.)

In the kind of lengthy, in-depth piece that was once the magazine’s specialty, writer Lawrence Wright delved into the roots and growth of al Qaeda, and in the process shredded whatever might have remained of Clinton’s reputation as the nation’s commander in chief.

As the always provocative Andrew Sullivan notes in the “Daily Dish” section on AndrewSullivan.com, “What Wright shows is that Clinton’s passivity and inconsistency in the face of Islamist terrorism undoubtedly made matters far worse than they otherwise would have been. By engaging in piecemeal, ineffective and disastrous retreat and half-hearted swipes, Clinton not only failed to stop al Qaeda, he gave it new strength and vigor.”

Wright, Sullivan points out, is hardly an anti-Clinton conservative, and The New Yorker has never been mistaken for a conservative magazine. Which, of course, makes the indictment all the more damning.

“No,” writes Sullivan, concluding his review of Wright’s article, “Clinton is not responsible for al Qaeda, just as Chamberlain wasn’t responsible for Hitler. But Clinton is absolutely responsible for the consequences of his inaction and his appeasement. And it’s vital, if we are to prevent a repeat of the fecklessness of the 1990′s, that we remember this lesson and take it to heart.”

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

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