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Egypt Kills 10 Gunmen in Sinai

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Egypt killed 10 gunmen in northern Sinai from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis Wahhabi. The Egypttian attacks took place near Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah.

Dozens more members of the group were wounded in the attack by the Egyptian military.

The group became active after Muslim Brotherhood’s President Morsi was ousted in Egypt’s 2013 military coup.

The group is reportedly responsible for numerous bombings inside Egyptian cities.

Terror Tunnel Used to Attack Egyptian Soldiers Near Gaza

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

A terrorist tunnel was used to attack and kill 11 Egyptian soldiers Tuesday near the Gaza border town of Rafah, according to an Egyptian security source.  According to an Egyptian security source quoted by the Associated Press on Wednesday, an explosive device was planted in a tunnel beneath a main traffic artery in the town.

Two of the soldiers died immediately in the explosion, which at first appeared to be a roadside bomb. The other nine soldiers were shot as they tried to flee, the sources said. Two more soldiers were wounded, according to a report in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm al-Saba’a.

According to the report, the Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Beit al-Maqdis terrorist organization, based in Sinai, may be connected to the Islamic State. The group claimed responsibility for the attack on the 11 Egyptian soldiers.

In addition, the group has claimed responsibility for beheading four Egyptians last month. Four bodies that had been decapitated were found in the Sinai Peninsula; Ansar Beit al-Maqdis later said it had beheaded four Egyptians it believed were collaborating with Israel. It was the first time that beheading was made public in Egypt.

Links have also been found between Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, which appear to have joined together in Egypt in attempts to topple the administration of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who deposed Muslim Brotherhood-backed former president, Mohammed Morsi, in July 2013.

Egyptian border police reported they destroyed eight new tunnels in the Sinai Peninsula, raising the total to 1,718 destroyed to this point, according to the Al Ahram newspaper.

On Wednesday, terrorists shot and killed a 32-year-old Egyptian off-duty police officer in northern Sinai Peninsula. The officer was walking home from work in the provincial capital of el-Arish when the gunmen opened fire, killing him on the spot. It is not clear which terrorist group was responsible for the attack.

On Monday, two jihadists died during a raid at a farm in Sinai whose owner was suspected of shooting at military aircraft, according to sources quoted by the Aswat Masriya website.

IAF Hits Terrorcycle

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

On Thursday, the Israel Air Force hit a motorcycle transporting 2 terrorists in Rafah.

The two were apparently involved in shooting rockets at Israel.

Israeli Air Strikes Eliminate 20 Terror Targets in Gaza

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

At least 20 terror targets were eliminated Wednesday night and into the wee hours of Thursday morning as Israeli fighter pilots flew sorties non-stop in the skies of Gaza.

Local sources said six people were killed in a strike in Rafah, a town that straddles the Gaza border with Egypt and which is a hotbed of terrorist activity and tunnel-digging. A four-story structure was destroyed in the town.

Can’t Burn a Jew? Burn a Jewish Star

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Hamas is frustrated. Their missiles turned out to be useless, their tunnels were destroyed, they lost hundreds of terrorists, and the IDF effectively routed them both in war and now at the diplomatic table.

So to vent some of those frustrations (and to keep the populace angry), they’ve been running angry anti-Israel protests.

At this Gaza protest in Rafah, they’re burning a Jewish star for the children to watch.

Government May Have to Decide if Money Buys Peace or War with Hamas

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

An idea on the negotiating table in Cairo that tax money collected by Israel for the Palestinian Authority would end up in the pockets of Hamas in exchange in exchange for a supposed truce was debunked Tuesday by key coalition government partner Naftali Bennett, who said the scheme is nothing short of extortion.

The Minister of the Economy and chairman of the Jewish Home Party, the third largest in the coalition, said the idea is one of “Pay us – we’ll shoot at your later; don’t pay us – we’ll shoot at you now.”

Israel previously has insisted that all money it transfers to the Palestinian Authority cannot reach Hamas, which is a fiction because the Palestinian Authority ends up paying for salaries of Hamas government “workers,” which includes “civil servants” with machine guns.

The government in the past also has used the tax money to pay off a huge debt owed to Israel Electric Corp.(IEC) by the electric company in the Palestinian Authority.

Most of the “news” on negotiations in Cairo between Hamas and Israel, mediated by Egypt in order to maintain the illusion that Israel and Hamas do not recognize each other, is based on the usual Hamas hyperbole and threats, and on more substantiated reports.

The guts of a proposed agreement reportedly would extend the 72-hour ceasefire due to expire on midnight Wednesday.

Israel would perform a very poor trick of magic by handing over the money to Hamas through a third party to fool itself that it is not paying Hamas directly.

That idea sent Bennett through the ceiling. “Extortion” and “dangerous” were only two of the unflattering adjectives he expressed. He warned that the money will be used by terrorists “who are digging under our feet… It’s a ‘calm for money to terrorists formula.’ You don’t pay Hamas, you defeat them.”

Bennett said he will fight the proposal if it comes to the Cabinet for a vote.

Israel reportedly is willing to ease the blockade without removing it completely, and Egypt would do the same at the border in the divided city of Rafah. Israel also is seriously considering extending the permitted fishing zone to six nautical miles and to allow, once again, construction materials to move into Gaza under supervision.

As with previous ceasefire agreements and concessions on the blockade, supervisory measures are questionable.

Hamas exploited Israel’s previous agreement to allow cement and other “dual-use” materials into Gaza and used them to build tunnels for terrorists, among other activities that were at the expense of building houses and schools. Even then, Hamas has used schools and homes, as well as mosques and hospitals, as rocket launching pads, so all “dual purpose” materials ultimately had only one purpose – terror.

Officially, “no progress” has been made in the talks. This is expected because Hamas always likes to keep everyone in suspense until the last minute, or even after the last minute.

For good measure, it has publicly threatened that any extended ceasefire would simply be a temporary measure until the next war. That can be dismissed as rhetoric in the short-term, but in the long-term, Hamas means what it says. Its existence depends on attacking Israel. If it does not, it risks losing its power to rival terrorist groups who would be happy to take over the task.

One of the most dangerous elements of a possible longer-term agreement for a truce is allowing security forces from the Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, to supervise the “Philadlphi” smuggling route at and near Rafah.

Abbas and Hamas have accepted each other as peace partners in a new unity government, which has carefully placed “technocrats” in the government, a camouflage for the grip over Gaza by Hamas and its full-fledged army.

Israel Would Have Freed Prisoners for Demilitarized Gaza, Asks Germany for Help

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Israel would have released Hamas prisoners in exchange for a demilitarized Gaza, sources say, but the terror group did not agree. Moreover, Hamas said it plans to resume fighting promptly at 8 am Friday, when the 72-hour cease fire runs out.

So Israel is now asking Germany and the EU to help with administration over Gaza to prevent future security problems.

Egyptian sources who spoke to the Hebrew-language Yediot Aharanot newspaper say that during cease fire talks in Cairo, Israeli negotiators agreed to release Hamas prisoners in exchange for demilitarizing Gaza.

The Israelis also considered the possibility of building a small airport and seaport in Gaza, but did not make a final decision on the issue. The sources said Israel refused to back down from the issue of demilitarizing Gaza, however, though the Jewish State was willing to also lift the blockade and expand the fishing zone.

In fact, Israel was willing to be flexible on nearly all the demands put forth by the Palestinian Arab factions – but not on the issue of disarming Gaza, the sources said.

Israel is now calling on the European Union to step in and take an active role in dealing with the thorny issue of how to monitor the security issues from Gaza.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told the German newspaper Bild in an interview published Thursday that inspectors from the EU and Germany should be sent to “monitor the Palestinians’ trade with neighboring countries… The EU already did that once at a crossing in Rafah in southern Gaza,” Liberman reminded.

The foreign minister added that Israel does not want to have to deal with administering Gaza after withdrawing its troops and communities from the region in 2005, but said a reasonable solution for Gaza residents must be found. He called on Germany to take a leading role in finding a viable resolution to the problem.

Until Hamas seized control over Gaza in 2007, the “EUBAM” program was started by the EU following Israel’s 2005 Disengagement from Gaza. EUBAM assigned 70 European observers as monitors over movement of human, material and vehicular traffic at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

Meanwhile, the entire discussion may be academic for the time being: Hamas rejected the extension of the current 72-hour cease fire beyond Friday at 8 am.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-would-have-freed-prisoners-for-demilitarized-gaza-asks-germany-for-help/2014/08/07/

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