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Bomb Found Near Istanbul Shopping Center

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

A homemade bomb was found placed outside an Instanbul, Turkey shopping center. Turkish police defused the bomb, according to the al-Ahram website.

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber, believed to have Jihadi links blew himself up in Istanbul.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report: Jordan Muslim Brotherhood Arms, Funds Hamas in Judea & Samaria

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Some two dozen members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan were arrested ten days ago in connection with accusations of smuggling arms and money into Judea and Samaria.

According to an article published Monday by the Jordanian Al-Hayat newspaper, the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood was also charged with creating a secret armed organization.

Two members were also accused of carrying out training in Gaza — and attempting to train operatives to carry out attacks in Judea and Samaria.

Sources in Jordan, meanwhile, revealed that the name of Turkey-based high-ranking Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri continues to reappear during investigations of the terror-related activities. Al-Arouri’s name has come up several times over the past year, most prominently in connection with the abduction and murder of three yeshiva teens in Gush Etzion by Hamas terrorists in June this past summer.

Al-Arouri’s name also came up during the questioning of the current Muslim Brotherhood suspects in connection with their activities. Al-Arouri, however, has stated that Hamas – which was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood – does not operate in Jordan at a military level. A report by the Aljazeera news network confirmed that 25 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan were arrested after several were caught red-handed trying to smuggle weapons in the Palestinina Authority

The Jordanian officer involved in the case noted in his report that it appears two of the suspects had been trained for their roles in Gaza.

Hamas Planned Massive Attack at Teddy Soccer Stadium in Jerusalem

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Thursday it has exposed a huge terrorist network that was aided by terrorists and commanders operating from Jordan, Syria and Turkey as well as within Judea and Samaria.

One of their targets was Jerusalem’s Teddy stadium, home of the Betar soccer team.

They also were planned to use a car bomb and had drawn up plans for a mass casually attack on the Jerusalem light rail system, coordinated roadside bombs and shooting attacks with M-16 semi-automatic rifles, and infiltrations, murders and kidnappings in Jewish communities throughout Judea and Samaria.

The gag order on the arrests of more than 30 terrorists two months ago was lifted today. A large quantity of weapons and ammunition also were found.

At least two of those arrested are Jordanians who previously were soldiers for the kingdom, drafted by Hamas in 2010 and sent to Turkey and Gaza for training, entering the Hamas territory through smuggling tunnels from Egypt.

The command post from Turkey further shows how Hamas has been provided a deadly safe haven by Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The cells had carried out two explosions in Samaria last August, but no one was injured. The terrorists set off the bombs using a timer so that the explosions would occur when security forces were on the scene. One of the bombs went off at the Rehalim junction.

The explosions were carried out under instructions from Hamas commanders in Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Investigations by the IDF and Shin Bet helped them track down the extensive terrorist network.

Among those arrested were two from Jordan, Manaf Mohammed Angvera, 28; and Abdallah Mahmoud Zitawi, 25, Jordan;

Kuwait native Mahmoud Airbajie, 25, who learned in Jordan; two Arabs from Tulkarem, east of Netanya, Rjyie Ahmed Amuri, 30; Adnan Samara, 30; Mutzav Ruwib, 23, from Bethlehem; and Tzuhiv Rabat, 29, from the Jordan Valley.

Israel Busts Turkey-Based Hamas Terrorist Network

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Israeli security forces in recent weeks have arrested dozens of terrorists operating within the Palestinian Authority and with tactical and financial support from Turkey, which the United States still considers a close ally.

The cell that planned to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with RPG grenades, as reported here earlier today, was only one of several what targeted other Israeli officials, soldiers, civilians and even Palestinian Authority officials, the Times of Israel reported, quoting PA sources.

However, it is not known if the trio that planned to assassinate Lieberman was operating under the network based in Turkey.

Several of the terrorists reportedly are being held by the Palestinian Authority.

The arrests follow last August’s previously reported plot to overthrow Mahmoud Abbas

Turkey, which helped sponsor the IHH terrorists on the Mavi Mamara ship more than four years ago, has become Hamas’ de facto headquarters.

Senior Hamas official Salach al-Aruri last August admitted that Hamas was behind the kidnap-murders of three Israeli yeshiva students in June.

The United States for years has declared Hamas to be an illegal terrorist organization, but it has not opened its mouth in public to say anything against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s open support for Hamas.

Ever since Operation Cast Lead in late 2008, Erdogan has gone out of kilter.

He single-handedly changed Turkey from a decades-long friend of Israel to a sworn enemy.

He also suddenly and inexplicably saw Iran and Syria as allies in what he figured would be the new power broker in the Middle East.

Syrian President Bassar al-Assad’s butchery against his own people and raids on refugees who deserted to Turkey changed Erdogan’s mind, or what is left of it.

Similarly, he finally realized that a nuclear Iran might not be so healthy for Ankara.

But he still plays cards with Hamas, probably because of populist hate against Israel that has been fueled by incitement from Erdogan and Turkish media.

“Countries do not gain strategically by hosting terrorist groups,” Max Abrahms, professor of political science at Northeastern University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations told Al-Monitor.

“My research demonstrates empirically that terrorism is politically counterproductive behavior that erodes popular support for the political cause and results in a backlash from the target country,” he added. “Hosting terrorist groups is thus a political liability.”

ISIS makes Hamas look like the Boy Scouts, so Turks are not up in arms so long as they see Hamas as being nothing more than a group of Muslims loyal to the cause of turning Israel into an Arab country, whether through the “peace process” or the “war process.”

Al-Monitor noted that “Turkey’s support for Hamas — along with Qatar — hampers Israel’s ability to isolate Hamas,” but the reported Israeli success in busting another Hamas network based in Turkey shows that it still can be done.

It also proves that Abbas knows he is making empty threats when he warns he will break off security cooperation with Israel.

It would be suicidal for him.

ICC Nixes Probe of 2010 Clash on Gaza Flotilla Vessel

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The International Criminal Court at The Hague has decided not to investigate the 2010 incident involving clashes between Israeli commandos and IHH terror activists aboard a “humanitarian” flotilla headed for Gaza.

The clashes took place aboard one of six vessels in the flotilla, the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara ship, which was found when searched to be carrying no aid supplies whatsoever.

It did, however, carry armed activists who were itching for a fight and more than prepared to start one. As soon as the Israeli soldiers began to board their vessel to take control and bring the ship to Ashdod port – since the flotilla had ignored Israeli orders to change course and avoid Gaza on its own – the activists attacked the commandos with crowbars, knives, chains and other weapons. Some soldiers were hurled overboard into the sea. Several were tied up.

But the soldiers who were behind and following saw the attack and realized what was happening, and they launched a counter attack. Ultimately, nine of the terror activists died in the clashes, including eight Turkish nationals and one American.

Prosecutors at the ICC found that although there was a “reasonable basis” to believe the Israeli commandos may have committed war crimes during the incident, they did not fall under the jurisdiction of the court.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who at the time was the country’s prime minister, has milked the incident to distance his government — and his country — from  its regional ally, Israel.

Until the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the two nations were close allies, but Erdogan flew into a rage when Israel launched a counter terror operation in summer 2006 against the Hamas terrorist organization, created by the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group which Erdogan strongly favors.

Since that time, Erdogan has constantly sought excuses to slap at Israel and to dissolve the close economic, military and strategic relations that have been developed between the two countries over the years.

Egypt Ends Major Trade Deal with Turkey

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Cairo has nixed renewal of a major trade agreement signed with Turkey in 2012 that is set to end in April 2015.

The agreement allows Turkey to use an overland route and Egyptian ports to export its goods to Gulf and African nations, thereby eliminating the need to ship the wares via war-torn Syria.

The decision not to renew the deal reflects the deteriorating relations between the two countries. Egypt’s diplomatic ties with Turkey have become increasingly cold since the ouster of former Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi by Egyptian military.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong backer of the Muslim Brotherhood who served previously as his country’s prime minister, has repeatedly lashed out at Egyptian officials since the ouster, calling it a “coup.”

A spokesperson for the Turkish foreign affairs ministry told the Anadolou news agency, “With this action, the Egyptian government is adding a new damage to other damages it has dealt to the interests of its people.”

The Muslim Brotherhood also gave birth to Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and is a prominent player in Qatar.

During cease-fire negotiations this summer to end Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge, Hamas requested the presence of both Turkey and Qatar at the indirect Egyptian-mediated talks with the Jewish State.

Although the request was rejected, Hamas did not respond to any cease-fire proposal without first at least consulting with officials in Doha, Qatar.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/egypt-ends-major-trade-deal-with-turkey/2014/11/04/

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