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UNRWA Runs Out of Money that Israel Says Being Used for Terror Tunnels

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

UNRWA said Tuesday it has suspended it program  rehabilitate Gaza, which may be good news for Israel since it says material shipped to Gaza are also being used to rehabilitate terror tunnels.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told President Reuven Rivlin in New York Monday night that the United Nations has sent a team to Gaza to investigate assertions by Israel that metal and cement shipped into Gaza are being used for tunnels as well as homes.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told The Jewish Press he is not aware of any money being used for the tunnels, some of which have been identified by the IDF as newly constructed.

The UNRWA program to help Gazans, whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hamas rockets as well as Israeli fire in last summer’s war, is dependent on pledges of $5.4 billion, including $720 million for UNRWA, made by foreign donors at a conference in Cairo last October..

“The gap between expectations after the October Cairo conference and present reality is widening. There are genuine fears that if UNRWA halts this program, the consequences could be dramatic,” said Gunness.

He added, “All of the money that we can dispense has been spent. There is no more money.” He also stated that no money is missing.

There are two UNRWA aid plans, one for rental subsidies and the other for cash payments for Gazans to buy materials.

The Jewish Press has learned that most of the money that actually was turned over to UNRWA came from Saudi Arabia, followed by the European Union.

The constant threat of violence from Gaza is often fueled by great expectations, and the halt to work for homes in Gazans could stir up the locals again.

And what happened to all of the pledges?

Par for the course, most Arab countries have not lived up to their promises.

For example, Qatar pledged $1 billion.

With the price of oil having caved in since October, perhaps the richest country in the world, which has investments of more than $100 billion, cannot find the shekels for its poor brethren in Gaza.

Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad may need the small change for the maid to clean his home in London, for which he paid $62 million and then spent another $110 million to refurbish, complete with marble bathrooms.

Is Hamas Setting Up HQ in Turkey After Qatari Expulsion?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Is the Hamas terrorist organization about to set up a new international headquarters in Turkey?

Top Hamas terror officials denied a flurry of media reports Monday that the group’s political bureau chief, Khaled Mashaal, was expelled by long-time patron, Qatar.

At the same time, Israel’s foreign ministry issued a statement welcoming those same reports.

Hamas sources told CNN earlier in the day that members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which spawned the terrorist organization, had also been expelled.

All were now on their way to Turkey together with Mashaal, according to the report.

However, Qatar-based senior Hamas official Izzat Risheq denied the report, and the Qatari government declined to comment.

Historically, Qatar has been a long-time supporter of both the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

However, political alliances are everything in the Middle East, and Egypt’s star is on the rise. Cairo’s increasingly popular military-backed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed his Muslim Brotherhood-backed predecessor. Sisi followed the coup by offering to include the Brotherhood in his new government, but when that peace offering resulted in fresh violence, he outlawed the group.

During the Egyptian-brokered negotiations for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas last summer, numerous players were peripherally involved. Hamas was heavily guided by Qatar, which welcomed the Mashaal and his followers when they fled their Damascus headquarters at the start of the Syrian civil war. Also involved in guiding Hamas wasTurkey, another passionate supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

But both Saudi Arabia and Jordan opposed any direct participation by those nations in the talks, as did Egypt, the United States and Israel herself.

Qatar has also recently come under pressure from the international community to halt its role as a center of service for terrorist groups and other radical Islamist organizations in the Middle East.

Communications via envoys between Qatar and Saudi Arabia have resulted in a quiet understanding that Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood must seek a new home for its headquarters “abroad.”

On December 27, Mashaal attended a congress of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, where he praised the nation’s Islamist leaders and said he hoped to “liberate Palestine” with Turkey.

Last week, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah fell ill with pneumonia; it remains to be seen whether, and if so, how the monarch’s weakened state may affect Qatar’s decisions and actions in the coming days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fighting Islamists : Will Modi listen to Obama ?

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Speculation is rife across the Indian strategic community that when American President Barack Obama meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the US soil this week, he may discuss , among several important issues, taking New Delhi on board in the ongoing military campaign against the violent Islamic State group based in Iraq and Syria. I guess Prime Minister Modi would be favourably inclined to an American proposition to this effect.

Prime Minister Modi’s speech at the current United Nations General Assembly session indicates he is well aware India has suffered at the hands of the Islamists for the last four decades and he will not tolerate the evil any more . Like most of us, Modi knows today the ISIS, led by the self-styled Caliph of Iraq and Syria Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, represents the most dangerous Islamist outfit in the world . It calls for global jehad aimed at installing an Islamic world dominion, of which India, along with many other pluralist nations, would be part.

Sharing its ideology in common with of al Qaeda, Taliban and other Wahabist Islamist outfits, the ISIS preaches hatred and violence against whoever does not subscribe to its radical, militant theological version. In its operations and activities , the ISIS has been far more aggressive and dangerous than its once ideological begetter al-Qaida. It has made a rapid advance in a very short time. Beginning just as a mere group of al-Qaida in the region, it took the shape of Islamic State in Iraq in 2006 in the wake of the escalation of the crisis the post –dictator Saddam Hussein phase generated in the country . As another crisis escalated in the neighbourhood of Syria under its autocratic presidency of Bashar al Assad, this terrorist group metamorphosed into an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Now it is known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Syria, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey).

The situation demands New Delhi to cooperate with Washington( and allies) in combating this outfit without any delay. Knowledgeable sources say New Delhi could be of great use in this war in the area of intelligence cooperation . At present, Indo-American intelligence cooperation is confined just to exchanging notes on IS propaganda and information-sharing. This could be enhanced to target the Islamists and block IS attempts to enlist gullible people in India and the United States .

Time is opportune too for India. Washington and London have at long last got up from their bloody slumber to act against ISIS terrorists– I wish they had awaken before the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff , British aid worker David Haines and French tourist Herve Gourdel . President Obama has implored world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to rally behind this campaign. He thinks, and rightly so, “there can be no reasoning, no negotiation, with this brand of evil” and force is the only language the militants understand. Obama has just chaired also a meeting of the U.N. Security Council where members unanimously adopted a resolution to prevent the recruitment and transport of would-be foreign fighters preparing to join terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State group.

Besides, U.S. planes have already began hitting ISIS targets in Syria. They have been joined by five Arab nations- Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. France has also taken part in this . Denmark has sent in its air power. It is being said that Iran too is sending troops in Iraq while Syrian President Bashar al Assad has consented to strikes on the Islamist targets on his territory .

Turkey Offers to Host Muslim Brotherhood Leadership

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Turkey has offered to host the seven Egyptian leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who were asked to leave Qatar.

Turkish media quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan late Monday as saying his nation would welcome the leaders if they wished to come to Turkey.

Erdogan, who leads the Islamist AK Party, made the remarks while speaking to reporters on his presidential plane during his return flight Monday from a state visit to Qatar.

Turkey has also been mentioned as a possible destination for Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal, who it was rumored was also asked to leave Qatar. Hamas officials later denied the report published in a Tunisian newspaper, however, saying the group’s relations with Qatar were “passing through an extraordinary phase.”

One the Hamas terror organization’s greatest financial and strategic backers, exiled Hamas commander for Judea and Samaria operations Saleh Arouri is currently living in Turkey. It is Arouri who is believed to have been the true mastermind behind the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens in Gush Etzion this past June.

Arouri confirmed to a group of clerics in Turkey in early August that the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas was responsible for the murders.

When he made that announcement he was sitting next to Qatari-based Yusuf al-Qaradawi. The Doha mega-preacher, a favorite on the Al Jazeera Arabic-language satellite television network, had organized the gathering.

Hamas Denies Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal Leaving Qatar

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Hamas has denied a report quoting Arab sources who said that Khaled Meshaal might leave Qatar. It is believed Meshaal, who heads the political bureau of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, has been considering moving to either Tunisia, Turkey or Malaysia, according to a report by prominent Arab affairs reporter Khaled Abu Toameh.

It was Meshaal who repeatedly nixed various cease-fire agreements between Hamas and Israel during negotiations in Cairo, when terrorist factions sent representatives to consult with him in Doha.

At least seven top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group were asked to leave the country on Sunday by the monarchy of Qatar, according to an Egyptian member of the organization. Hamas was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood.

“We appreciate the great role of the state of Qatar in supporting the Egyptian people in their revolution against the military junta, and well understand the circumstances faced by the region,” said Dr. Amr Darrag, a Brotherhood leader and head of the Freedom and Justice political party. The group has since been banned in Egypt by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

“In order to avoid causing any embarrassment for the State of Qatar, which we found to be a very welcoming and supportive host, some symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing … have now honored that request,” Darrag told international media on Sunday. He vowed that the “revolution will continue.”

Qatar Expels Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Leadership

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Qatar is reportedly attempting to heal its strained relations with Egypt and others in the region by expelling some members of the Muslim Brotherhood – the organization that spawned Hamas and other terrorist organizations — who have made their home base in Doha since being kicked out of Cairo.

The secretary-general of the organization, Mahmoud Hussein, is among those who were asked by the monarchy to leave. Also on the list were former Egyptian minister Amr Darrag, and cleric Wagdi Ghoneim, according to the Rassad news agency, which said the group is seeking another headquarters in exile, possibly Turkey.

Ambassadors from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates all were recalled from Qatar by their governments in June to protest Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its associated terror groups. All view the organization to be a threat to the region, and to their nations individually as well.

Turkey, however, has long been a firm supporter of the group and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been vocal in his praise for Gaza and its Hamas rulers.

Egypt outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood after repeated violent riots following the coup that deposed former President Mohammed Morsi, backed by the group.

Qatar Forces Fox to Delist Israel From Sports TV Map

Friday, September 12th, 2014

So here is a sad little story.

Qatari Sports Investments, which, the Jerusalem Post learned, is a “100-percent Qatari private shareholding company specializing in sports and leisure industries, with the goal of investing in profit-bearing projects within Qatar and internationally.”

So it’s not a big deal that QSI companies have such an aversion (there’s a calm word) to Israel, that they don’t list the country even when Israeli teams are engaging in sports which QSI companies otherwise are covering.

Except it is a big deal when a QSI company, beIN Sports, administers Fox Sports – Middle East. Everyone in the Middle East who wanted to watch Fox Sports utilized a drop-down menu listing all the countries in the Middle East, and when the sports teams from those countries were playing. That is, until Thursday, Sept. 11.

Because the Jerusalem Post noticed that Israel was not one of the choices on the menu. “Palestine” – which is not a country – was listed, but Israel – which is a country – was not.

Following the paper’s inquiry to the Fox Broadcasting Network, the website was changed. However, instead of adding Israel, the list disappeared altogether. Rather than include Israel on a list of countries which exist and which have sports teams, Fox Network’s forced contortion was to no longer list any country. That’s how much Qatar cannot tolerate even the listing of the name of the Jewish State.

Now the games are listed simply according to Greenwich Mean Time, thereby inconveniencing everybody.

Foreign Minister spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon explained to the Jerusalem Post why the issue matters so much.

This issue is not as trivial as it might seem at first, Nahshon said. “We are engaged in a long fight against people, organizations and interests who want to delegitimize Israel,” he said.

“Each small step adds up to a very large picture, and we have to be vigilant,” he said. “No fight is too small, because small steps against Israel have an incremental effect and leave the impression that there is something wrong and illegitimate with us.”

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