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September 16, 2014 / 21 Elul, 5774
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Ban & Kerry Want New Cease Fire Amidst Ceaseless Rocket Fire From Gaza

Friday, August 1st, 2014

It’s been another rocket night in southern and central Israel, with Code Red sirens blaring and mortar shells flashing – in fact, the hits just keep on coming . . .

Israelis in the coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod spent most of the night in their track shoes so they could make it to their shelters with ease. Gaza terrorists sent missiles flying towards both cities at least once or twice an hour for most of the evening.

Residents who still don’t have comfortable shelters or safe rooms were forced to make the trip back and forth quite often; those who have ‘mamads’ – Hebrew for ‘safe room’ – built into their apartments by now have learned to furnish it appropriately with comfort foods, games, electronic communication devices and other entertainment accessories.

Some Israelis were not as well equipped or fast enough, however and others were either too fast or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. One was the victim who was badly hurt when their car was directly struck by a rocket.

In addition to eight people wounded by mortar fire in the Eshkol Regional Council district earlier in the day, six more were similarly injured Thursday evening. According to a report broadcast by Channel 2, the latest group was hurt when a mortar shell exploded in their midst after having been fired from Gaza.

A barrage of four Qassam rockets had also landed in Eshkol — and one in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district — barely an hour earlier.

In fact, according to Magen David Adom, 26 people were injured on Thursday alone due to Gaza rocket fire, bringing the total number of injured to 625 since the start of Operation Protective Edge. Of those, 117 have been treated for trauma and shock.

Terrorism against Israelis elsewhere in the country on Thursday evening involved rock attacks on the roads; a mother was forced to do some fancy driving to evade road terrorists on the Tali Tekumi highway near Jerusalem. She and her daughter were both wounded in that attack and her vehicle was damaged; both were evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment. Security personnel are searching for the terrorists.

While all this is going on, the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite television network reported this evening that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are calling for another humanitarian cease fire, this one to last 72 hours. (Didn’t we just do that?)

No, I’m not kidding. Not about any of it.

Naftali Bennett Takes Down Qatar’s Al Jazeera

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Naftali Bennett takes on and takes down Al Jazeera, and what a great job he did of it.

“Your owner, Qatar, funds the daily murder of children in Israel and Gaza.”

Ambassador Michael Oren Warns Obama is Legitimizing Hamas

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren slammed the American government Monday morning, commenting the Obama administration is relating to Hamas terrorists as a legitimate organization.

Oren told Army Radio in an interview that Israel does not have to have international backing, however. “We see the first signs of weakness on the side of Hamas,” he said. “We need to clarify once and for all that our priority is to return security to the citizens of Israel however in whatever way is necessary.”

Casting Hamas in the light of a de facto legitimate entity is a very dangerous thing to do. It creates the erroneous impression in the eyes of the world that this terrorist organization is a sovereign body with whom one should negotiate. But it’s not. This is a proxy group of terrorists, like mercenaries, acting for Iran and other Arab nations, carrying out attacks on Israeli civilians like a bunch of Middle Eastern land pirates. Hamas was behind the last two intifadas and is working hard to ignite the third one, already well on its way to massive violence inside pre-1967 Israel.

Why would U.S. President Barack Obama have any interest in legitimizing their image, already burnished brightly by Turkey, Qatar and Iran? Could it have something to do with Obama’s possible affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood?

Obama’s first speech in the Middle East upon taking office was launched from Cairo — but in a slap at the leader of the host nation, he invited guests were from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, which made it impossible for President Hosni Mubarak to attend the event. The address itself, in fact, subtly called for Mubarak’s overthrow and a regional revolution. That indeed followed, along with total chaos.

Obama was deeply disturbed when subsequently former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi – backed by the Muslim Brotherhood – was deposed by Egypt’s current president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He had the grassroots support of millions of citizens who were sick of radical Islamic rule over Egypt and the seizure of their parliament by the Muslim Brotherhood.

But Obama showed his pique by continuing — illegally — to withhold the shipment of Apache attack helicopters long promised to America’s non-NATO ally to fight Islamist terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula. That, even after sending Secretary of State John Kerry a few months ago to make his grand statement in Cairo, announcing the delivery of the helicopters, “soon, very soon.”

Meanwhile, in Turkey, Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas supporter Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan likewise was not happy with events in Egypt. Erdogan has long been a fierce critic of his country’s former ally, Israel, over its dealings with Hamas.

This week Erdogan’s government allegedly has decided to support another effort by the terrorist-linked IHH organization to send a flotilla to again violate Israel’s maritime borders and breach her blockade of Gaza – even during wartime. Is it true? The Jewish Press has been unable to obtain any direct confirmation of the report.

But a plethora of media reports indicate the IHH intends to send a convoy to Gaza with “humanitarian aid” for Gaza residents. But Gaza residents are receiving plenty of supplies via the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and other international aid organizations, whose deliveries regularly travel into the region overland via the Erez Crossing.

In 2010, the Mavi Marmara ship sent by the IHH organization ignored instructions from the Israeli navy and refused to change course and head for Ashdod port. When Israeli commandos boarded to redirect the ship, they were attacked by armed terror activists wielding iron bars, knives and other weapons; several nearly died and more were badly injured.

Even Haaretz Thinks Kerry’s Ceasefire Is One-Sided against Israel

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

A leak of of  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal reveals that it ignored the need to destroy terrorist tunnels and disarm Hamas while granting the terrorist organization, outlawed by the United States, millions of dollars to entrench itself in Gaza.

The “framework,” as Kerry called it, was so clumsily put together that the left-wing Haaretz newspaper, a long-time champion of peace with Hamas, reported that Kerry’s “conduct in recent days over the Gaza ceasefire raises serious doubts over his judgment and perception of regional events. It’s as if he isn’t the foreign minister of the world’s most powerful nation, but an alien, who just disembarked his spaceship in the Mideast.”

After Hamas thoroughly rejected a ceasefire proposal by Egypt last week, Kerry knew he could not get support from Hamas without going through its allies, Qatar and Turkey. He staged a press conference with their foreign ministers, ignored Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority, among others, and presented a proposal to the Israel Cabinet that was unanimously rejected Friday night.

Kerry made things even worse when he insisted that the Cabinet did not “reject” the proposal because, in his words, “There was no formal proposal submitted to Israel. Let’s make that absolutely crystal clear. Prime Minister Netanyahu called me a few minutes before this to tell me that that [rejection] was an error, and he’s putting out a statement to that effect … It’s fair to say that Israel had some opposition to some concepts, but that doesn’t mean a proposal by any means.”

Okay. It is not a proposal. It is a framework, one of Kerry’s favorite words dating back to his Peace Process Follies, where Palestinian Authority ultimatums became “negotiations” and the American “ultimatum” also was a “framework.”

The Jewish Press asked the Prime Minister’s spokesman if Netanyahu issued a “clarification,” as Kerry said he would. The spokesman, known for his accessibility and prompt response, has not answered after three hours of phone calls and text messages.

Until proven otherwise, it is more than conceivable that the Office of the Prime Minister has nothing to say. There is no sense in embarrassing Kerry since he does a good job at that all by himself.

The ”framework,” in the word of Haaretz’s Barak Ravid, “placed Israel and Hamas on the same level, as if the first is not a primary U.S. ally and as if the second isn’t a terror group which overtook part of the Palestinian Authority in a military coup and fired thousands of rockets at Israel.”

Kerry held a press conference on Saturday, slobbering praise on the Qatari and Turkish foreign ministers. In the first two words in the excerpt of the YouTube below, Kerry uttered two words that fewer and fewer believe anymore. He said, “I understand.”

He understands Israel’s needs and understands this and understands that but does not understand anything more than he says at the moment.

According to his own spokeswoman Marie Harf Friday, the Secretary of Talk “made 13 phone calls as of today. He ended up making a total of 25 yesterday – very busy – talking mainly about his attempts to help broker a ceasefire in Gaza.”

What’s good for the phone company is good for the United States.

For all his talk, he delivered a draft that, again in the words of Haaretz’s Ravid, “was a slap on the face to the rapidly forming camp of Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, who have many shared interests. What Kerry’s draft spells for the internal Palestinian political arena is even direr: It crowns Hamas and issues Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with a death warrant.”

Ceasefire Talks Again

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Once again there are talks of a cease fire being put together for this afternoon.

Qatar has managed to wiggle its way in, because of their special relationship with Hamas.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is waiting to hear back from the Qatari and Turkish Foreign Ministers about Hamas’s Khaled Mashaal’s response to Kerry’s  latest cease fire proposal.

The basics of the proposal have been reported as follows:

1. A one week cease fire, where the IDF will remain in Gaza and continue to destroy the Hamas terror tunnels.

2. Israel and Hamas will begin negotiations (!) over a permanent arrangement. The Palestinian Authority will participate in these talks.

3. The US, the UN and the EU will provide guarantees to both sides for their demands. For Israel – the dismantling of the Hamas rockets and tunnels. For Gaza – the end of the blockade.

If these reports on the conditions are correct, and Israel agrees to them, then Israel has essentially recognized Hamas, granting legitimacy to a terrorist organization as the political authority over Gaza, and it has agreed to negotiate with terrorists, instead of destroying them.

Not to worry, even if it accepts it, Hamas and Islamic Jihad are unlikely to be able to control themselves for an entire week.

The question is, will Israel choose to ignore Hamas breaches during the cease fire – and that answer is probably yes.

If Mashaal responds positively, the Israeli cabinet will vote on it this afternoon.

Peres Warns Qatar to Stop Funding Terror in Gaza, Praises UN’s Ban

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Outgoing President Shimon Peres warned Qatar on Wednesday to stop supporting terrorism in Israel’s back yard.

“If they are providing funds to support the construction of hospitals and schools and helping to build a productive infrastructure, that is a good thing. But if they are sending money to purchase rockets and build tunnels, then let them stop it,” he said firmly.

Qatar is one of two nations chosen by Hamas to negotiate on its behalf in cease fire talks in Cairo; the other is Turkey. Both Islamist nations are strong supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood organization that founded Hamas. Qatar, home of the Al Jazeera satellite television network, is a wealthy nation that has provided a great deal of financial support to Hamas activities for years from various venues around the world, including the United States. Recently Al Jazeera purchased a cable television network from former U.S. vice president Al Gore and opened an English-language American Al Jazeera television cable station which some have contended is being used to give Qatar a quiet foreign policy base in the United States.

During his Wednesday breakfast meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem, Peres also took the opportunity to thank the world body leader for his friendship with the Jewish State. But he made it clear that now is the time for the U.N. to step up to the plate to help Israel deal with the nightmare in its back yard.

“Now we have to stand together and reject the danger and ugliness of terrorism,” he said.

“No state in the world would be willing to accept rockets fired at its mothers and children from the sky and terrorists emerging from tunnels to kill innocent people for no reason, and with no justification.”

Peres pointed out that the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza have even transformed the U.N.’s Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) into a tool for terrorism, using its schools as storage facilities for missiles it fires at Israel. “Mr. Secretary-General, they even use your UNRWA schools to store their rockets. The behavior of Hamas is a criminal act against their own people and ours.

“The death of innocent civilians pains me personally and it pains our people. We sanctify life, every life. Hamas glorifies death and they are the ones responsible for the deaths in Gaza. We must say clearly – terrorism will never bring peace. The way to peace is through negotiations, dialogue and compromise.”

For the second time in less than a week, UNRWA inspectors ‘discovered’ an untold number of missiles on Tuesday stashed in one of its schools. As it did last Thursday, however, the agency immediately handed over the ordnance to the Hamas terrorist organization.

Wanted: Ally for Israel in Cairo Talks

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Israel needs an ally as it faces an array of representatives who hope to bring about a premature cease fire with Hamas terrorists intent on wiping out the Jewish State.

Hamas has no qualms about using any form of human or other innnocent creature as a shield for its weapons in attacking Israeli civilians and soldiers. Nor has its ability to launch a constant barrage of short and medium-range rocket and missile fire been significantly impaired thus far — a lethal threat to the millions of Israeli men, women and children who are spending more time in their bomb shelters than outside of them this summer.

Nevertheless, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Monday in Cairo with the announced intent to help world leaders re-establish the November 2012 truce between Israel and Hamas terrorists.

Noah Pollack’s Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) explained the issue: “Israel does not need a mediator. Israel needs an ally. Pressuring Israel to agree to a cease fire that rescues Hamas from defeat and leaves it in possession of its missiles, tunnels, and terror infrastructure is foolish and wrong. If President [Barack] Obama and Secretary [John} Kerry want to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East, they should support Israel and its campaign to end the terror threat from Gaza.”

But instead, shortly after heading into a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Kerry announced the U.S. will send $47 million in ‘humanitarian aid’ to Gaza, of which $15 million is earmarked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) there.

UNRWA, incidentally, which purports to be scrupulously neutral in its dealings in Gaza, “discovered” 20 missiles at one of its schools in the town of Rafah, located on the border of Gaza and Egypt a few days ago during a routine inspection by international staff. The missiles were quietly handed over to the Hamas terrorist organization.

Kerry’s aides added a statement warning that it would be “difficult” to achieve an immediate and lasting cease fire – but that he hopes to make progress in the next few days to reach a temporary pause.

Israel agreed to two humanitarian cease fires since the start of Operation Protective Edge, including one requested by the International Committee for the Red Cross on behalf of Hamas itself. Hamas violated them both, firing mortar shells and rockets at Israeli civilians during the “pause” each time. Israel held its fire nevertheless; but should it now?

What kind of ally aids an enemy to reach a cease fire in which it can attack a friend?

Meanwhile, Hamas is insisting that Qatar and Turkey be allowed at the table to represent its interests in talks with Egypt, which is mediating the negotiations.

Qatar – a generous fiscal patron of Hamas — recently purchased $11 billion in military weapons and hardware from the Obama administration. In whose hands will those weapons eventually land?

In the first week of June, Qatar pledged $60 million to help pay the salaries of Gaza workers in the Palestinian Authority unity government. The money was to be transferred to the PUG offices in Ramallah in three monthly payments of $20 million each, according to Qatari government spokesperson Ihab Bseiso. The Qatari government has sent funds to Hamas before, even via charitable organizations in the United States. The Al Jazeera television network has also been described in a February 2006 State Department cable leaked by Wiki Leaks as a “big friend of Hamas.” Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal maintains an office in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Turkey is also no friend of Israel at this point and appears to be coordinating its moves with Qatar, and possibly with Iran as well, with whom it has strong ties.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, himself a sympathizer with radical Islamists, is closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and a longtime supporter of Hamas in Gaza. He has brought Turkey much closer to Tehran and successfully sabotaged diplomatic ties with Israel in the years he has served as prime minister, but now faces a fight to stay in his job. Turkey goes to the polls on August 10 to elect a president who will lead the nation alone, instead of the current dual ‘prime minister-president’ system. Erdogan needs a reason to ‘wow’ his constituents and firm up his AKP electoral base, comprised of Islamist voters. There are two competitors for the presidency; one a secularist, the other a moderate Muslim.

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