Photo Credit: Nati Shohat / Flash 90
A sign announces the distance from the holy city of Jerusalem to the grave of the late PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the Muqata in the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah.

Palestinian Authority unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas – or “Abu Mazen,” the Fatah terrorist name he uses among Arabs – today (Tuesday Nov. 11, 2014) declared war on the State of Israel.

Claiming that Israel had launched the horrific Arab violence that is being perpetrated against Israelis across the country, Abbas vowed to seize Israel’s holiest city for the PA.

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“Israel is leading us into a religious war,” he told thousands of Arabs in the PA capital of Ramallah. Abbas spoke at a ceremony at the Muqata, the PA government seat, to mark 10 years since the death of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman Yasir Arafat.

“Jerusalem will be solely Palestinian,” Abbas vowed.

While Abbas was promising supporters in Samaria that he would lead them to victory in seizing Israel’s capital for their own, PA Arabs further south were clashing with IDF soldiers and Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was completing a Gush Etzion brigade assessment.

“We are in the midst of an escalation,” Ya’alon told the troops. “We will take a firm hand to stop this wave of violence, including more widespread arrests than in the past, and the demolition of the homes of terrorists.

“The fate of any terrorist who raises his hand with a knife, or who uses a car to run people over, is death,” Ya’alon declared.

To the PA leadership, the defense minister added, “The Palestinian Authority and the entities working on the ground to prevent escalation are conducting coordination meetings with us. That is happening despite the rhetoric, calling for escalation, by the heads of the Palestinian Authority.”

Meanwhile, scores of Arabs hurled rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at Israeli soldiers in a violent riot at the Judean Arab village of El Aroub, a burgeoning community that once was a refugee camp. Located close to Highway 60, it is situated close to the Gush Etzion junction and slightly south of Bethlehem.

IDF soldiers responded to the violence with riot control measures and when it became necessary, opened fire in self-defense. A 21-year-old PA Arab was allegedly shot and killed in the melee.

At least 150 PA Arabs were also clashing with IDF soldiers Tuesday in an area south of Hebron, and close to the Jewish community of Negohot.

Security forces were using riot dispersal measures to control the mob and bring the incident to an end without injuries. By 3pm there were no reports of casualties.

Israel’s governing cabinet was set to meet in emergency session Tuesday afternoon in light of the escalation in violence around the country.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

126 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, Abu Mazen has & it’s a war we can’t lose, we must put it down with massive brute strength, it’s the only language these barbarians will understand.
    There are no such people as palestinians & the is no such place as palestine, it’s all Israel & it’s all ours given to us by HK”BH. We must annex all of Yehuda & Shomron & send the arabs home to Jordan which is really Palestine.
    AM YISRAEL CHAI V’LAYIAM

  2. We can argue things from history and scriptures till our faces fall off and blow away as dust. But today we can see what is around us and act to effect some tomorrows. It is a wonderful thing the Arabs have declared! It is their step in the pit–if we will push them the rest of the way. They’ve declared war (again) and if we do not engage and destroy our enemies, we surrender. In that scenario the result should be not only to Yerushalayim Jewish but to completely remove a non-Jewish presence. Otherwise, we can ask our enemies for permission to exist.

  3. This evil creature who worships the devil (in reality) is so delusional as to make him likely to be mentally ill.

    A good leaders does not declare a war he cannot win. He is hoping that the destruction visited on Hamas, will win him friends far and wide. Outside of the EU, Obama, and some Islamic nations, most decent people will be praying privately for Israel to finish the job this time. If Israel has the will, this time they will complete the task. And, when Hamas joins the fray, they will decimate them, too.

  4. It’s a tad ironic they declare war on Remembrance Day. But at least they made it official, now can we fight back full force with the UN’s support? Since, you know, Israel has never had an issue living in peace with Arabs, it’s them who cannot and will not live in peace in Israel.

  5. So, Sara Pals, I guess that means you recognize the Arabs as occupier’s of Israeli lands. There has never been a State of Palestine and there have been three sovereign Jewish State a on this land. Present Day Israel and ancient Israel and Judah.

  6. I’d like to see all live in peace, but since this appears genetically impossible with anyone possessing muslim genes… (yes, I know) I say cut to the chase. Cowards and bullies that they are, the terror-scum will whine, appeal to PC gods etc no matter what…so, for every terror action, MOAB them! Do NOT warn them ahead of time. NO phone calls, leaflets, etc…Let them get the news just the way Israeli victims do…out of the freakin’ blue…For every IED, VBIED, IID, pedestrian struck, Stabbing, shooting, kibbutz attacked, missile fired, stone or gas farted at Israelis…a MOAB should be the flavor of the year…and don’t allow them to rebuild, freeze all “humanitarian” (tunnel building) monies and supplies… do this consistently, and often enough and you won’t “Spare the rod and spoil the child”…(C’mon, y’all can’t tell me that they don’t seem to act like sociopathic, misogynistic, spoiled rotten toddlers with keys to daddy’s liquor cabinet and gun-safe…in need of massive ass-spankings and corrective discipline)

  7. He’s ‘declaring war’ now? Where has been the last six years- what did he just wake up- Seems to me war has been declared profusely for the past several years- The question is why does he think (declaring) war again will gain his victory?…..like on a shared merry-go-round that we all want to ride on.

  8. The ‘Muslims’ (or probably more accurate ‘the terrorists-groups’) certainly want war, don’t they, that hasn’t changed- but the question then becomes- what of the ‘strategy to make!’ …..this disgusting viper of an enemy change? Has that been a success by Israel? How might it compare to the punitive war retributions legally assigned to Germany after a casuistic and painful WW-I? …..just for compare and contrast with today, yea? Has the possible failure of the current strategy by Israel to ‘make the enemy stop’, made the defense of Israel- which is why we are at war remember……..more difficult in the short term or long term?

  9. The ‘Muslims’ (or probably more accurate ‘the terrorists-groups’) certainly want war, don’t they, that hasn’t changed- but the question then becomes- what of the ‘strategy to make!’ …..this disgusting viper of an enemy change? Has that been a success by Israel? How might it compare to the punitive war retributions legally assigned to Germany after a casuistic and painful WW-I? …..just for compare and contrast with today, yea? Has the possible failure of the current strategy by Israel to ‘make the enemy stop’, made the defense of Israel- which is why we are at war remember……..more difficult in the short term or long term?

  10. Always remember, that when the "IDF" is referenced, these are our young men and women protecting their homeland. The palestinians, who reside outside of Jordan, are basically squatters and have no respect for life or property. They try to steal versus earning anything. They need to be relocated to some arab country, but their muslim brothers don't want any part of these parasites.

  11. Send two emails. The first one to Obama. "Israel will no longer use rubber bullets and riot control with uprisings where firebombs and rocks are thrown given Abbas' declaration of war. Live ammunition will be used on terrorists." Send the second one to Abbas, copy of the first.

  12. That is an act of war. Israel has every right to defend itself. Tell the UN that we will do everything possible to protect our country from these threats. We now take the gloves off and begin another round of self defense from terrorists. NEVER EVER AGAIN.

  13. Linda Idies you are an idiot and a useful tool of the propagandists. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PALESTINE AND NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINIAN. They are nothing more than garden variety Arabs. Israel WILL be victorious and you will be on the losing side of history.

  14. Frank Andrea Pennestri Why don't you come to my office , and say that to my face. Bloch Graulich Whelan Inc, 333 Park Avenue South, NY–between 24th and 25th street. Before you come, make sure to make an appointment with a good cosmetic dentist and plastic surgeon–face.

  15. I hope that Abbas understands that a PA declaration of war on Israel also means that Israel is legally justified in using all military methods to destroy the PA, its infrastructure, facilities and personnel. Declarations of war aren't one-way streets.

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