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  • Fatah Exposes Hamas’s Trafficking Network to Europe

    09/17/2014 12:31:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 9/17/2014, 9:36 AM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has exposed that Hamas is running a human trafficking network, smuggling Gaza residents to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person. The charges come following reports that dozens of Palestinian Arabs drowned last week after leaving Gaza for Egypt, where they boarded an ill-fated ship bound for Europe that never reached its goal, reports Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio). Apparently Hamas used its hundreds of smuggling tunnels into the Sinai Peninsula to funnel the would-be immigrants out of Gaza and into Egypt; while an Egyptian siege limited the usage of those smuggling tunnels,...
  • Egypt’s Sisi Denies Offering a Palestinian State in Sinai (per Al-Ahram)

    09/08/2014 7:17:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 9/9/2014, 4:44 AM | Ben Ariel
    Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday denied reports that he had offered to establish a Palestinian state in the Sinai Peninsula, the website of Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper reported. […] Earlier Monday, Army Radio reported that Sisi has offered Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to cede 160 square kilometers of the Sinai Peninsula adjoining Gaza to the PA, thus creating a Palestinian state five times the present size of Gaza. In return, the PA would stop demanding that Israel return to the indefensible pre-1967 borders. […] According to the report, Abbas had rejected the offer. Later Monday, Abbas’s office wasted...
  • Al-Sisi Offered Abbas: Create Palestinian State in Sinai

    09/07/2014 10:55:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    INN ^ | 9/8/2014, 7:54 AM | Gil Ronen
    Egyptian president General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi has offered Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas to cede 160 square kilometers of the Sinai Peninsula adjoining Gaza to the PA, thus creating a Palestinian state five times the present size of Gaza. In return, the PA would stop demanding that Israel return to the 1967 borders. The offer was revealed on IDF Radio. Al-Sisi reportedly suggested that Palestinian “refugees” be allowed to settle in the new, much enlarged Gaza, which would be demilitarized. …
  • Hamas Leader Haniyeh Favored for Unity President

    09/02/2014 5:24:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 9/2/2014, 1:24 PM | Ari Yashar
    Support for the terrorist organization Hamas has skyrocketed in Judea, Samaria and Gaza according to a new poll, after Hamas “skyrocketed” Israel with a massive missile barrage and terror war in Operation Protective Edge. A full 61% of Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza would pick Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for unity government president if elections were held today, according to the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research poll reported Tuesday by Associated Press (AP). By contrast, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was found to have dropped sharply to a mere 32% in support. …
  • The Long Arm of Qatar

    07/28/2014 12:00:09 PM PDT · by Kennard · 5 replies
    misterchambers.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Why Israel? Why now? Though few Americans paid any attention at the time, in November of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to the world that this summer would be defined by violence against the Jewish state. Almost as he had been tipped off, the Secretary of State warned Israel to make a deal with the likes of Hamas and Fatah, Palestinian parties who do not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, Kerry said, “Does Israel want a third intifada? … “I believe that if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis; if we do not...
  • Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza cease-fire

    08/23/2014 10:06:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 2014 10:47 AM EDT | Sarah El Deeb and Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging Israel and Hamas to return to indirect talks after seven weeks of fighting punctuated by a number of failed truce attempts. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo. Egyptian officials did not say how they expected renewed talks to produce a different outcome after repeated failures. …
  • Hamas: Israel 'Opened the Gates of Hell'

    08/19/2014 3:38:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/8/14 | Elad Benari
    Hamas declared on Tuesday night that Israel had “opened the gates of hell”. In a statement, the group’s so-called “military wing” said that it had resumed the rocket fire on Israel because the Israeli Air Force had launched an airstrike on a home in Gaza. The group warned that “the price will be a heavy one”. Senior Hamas official Ezzat al-Rishq warned, according to AFP, "Israel will not enjoy security so long as the Palestinian people do not, and it started it." While the latest truce between Israel and Hamas was set to end at midnight on Tuesday, Hamas violated...
  • Report: US Assigned to Pressure Israel in Truce Agreements

    08/17/2014 2:13:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    inn ^ | 8/17/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The American government has been asked by the international community to directly intervene in any truce agreement between Israel and Hamas, according to a report in Arabic daily Al-Hayat, and force Israel to agree to Hamas's demands in future ceasefire agreements. Egypt was reportedly behind the guarantee, as rumors swirl that the current conditions being discussed have found support both from the international community at large and from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Israel has denied agreeing to any truce deal proposed so far, however, and diplomatic sources in Jerusalem have emphasized repeatedly that Israel will not agree to any...
  • Abbas’s Fatah Declares a Return to Terror Against Israel

    08/16/2014 5:14:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 8/16/2014, 8:40 PM | Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, often touted internationally as a “moderate” alternative to Hamas, has declared its intentions to further increase its terror attacks against Israeli citizens. A new video released to YouTube by Fatah’s “military wing,” the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, declares the unity of Fatah’s various military branches, and announces a recent decision to strengthen Fatah’s military activities. […] In Judea and Samaria, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades have likewise declared “open war” on the Jewish state. …
  • EU Offers to Take Charge of Gaza Border Crossings

    08/16/2014 10:00:00 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-16-14 | Elad Benari, Canada
    The European Union (EU) on Friday offered to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, according to The Associated Press (AP). The EU is prepared "to play a strong role" in managing the crossings while assuring that Israel's security is guaranteed, said the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. The EU offered to reactivate and extend its monitoring of the Rafiah crossing with Egypt and other border posts, provided there will be a UN Security Council mandate for the mission and a sustainable cease-fire in place, according to AP. In addition, the EU...
  • Radical Islam: The Monster in the Room

    08/14/2014 3:44:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/14/2014 | Lee Habeeb and Mike Leven
    It’s not the elephant in the room — it’s the monster in the room. Radical Islam is the monster, and it is on the march in the Middle East. And those who are suffering the most from radical Islam’s rise there are Muslims themselves, although Christians, Jews, and ethnic minorities of all kinds — gays too — don’t have it much better. The pictures from Iraq are horrifying, as the world watches in real time radical Islam’s ruthless intentions; as we watch Muslims, Christians, and ethnic minorities stagger to safety under treacherous conditions near the Syrian border; as we watch...
  • Fatah Threatens to Kidnap Soldiers

    08/12/2014 1:30:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 8/12/2014, 6:15 AM | Dalit Halevy and Elad Benari
    The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the “military wing” of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel, including the kidnapping of IDF soldiers. […] Abbas’s Fatah faction has called for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel, and declared “open war” on Israel late last month. On Monday, Palestinian Media Watch released a translated statement from Fatah, in which the movement boasted of having murdered 11,000 Israelis. …
  • Fatah brags it killed 11,000 Israelis (The Obama/Kerry Peace Partner)

    08/11/2014 7:55:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    PMW ^ | 8-11-14 | Itamar Marcus
    Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah is challenging those who try to minimize its leadership role in the Palestinian conflict with Israel. To show its prominence it did not choose to cite any actions seeking peace but only actions of violence and terror, even claiming fictitiously that its attacks have killed 11,000 Israelis. One of the actions it bragged about was being the "first Palestinian faction to reach the [Israeli] nuclear reactor," which is actually reference to a bus hijacking and murder of three Israeli civilians on their way to work at the nuclear plant. Throughout the current Gaza war, Palestinian Media Watch...
  • Fatah Terrorist Killed near Shechem, Two Soldiers Wounded

    08/11/2014 12:51:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 8/11/2014, 9:13 AM | Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar
    IDF forces eliminated a wanted terrorist on Monday morning just south of Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, in a joint operation of IDF and security forces. The terrorist had been involved in terrorist activities against Israel. IDF forces surrounded the house, at which the terrorist attempted to entrench himself in his home and refused to turn himself in peacefully. All attempts to convince him to leave the home were ignored, until without warning the terrorist opened fire on the IDF forces. An exchange of fire broke out, during the course of which the wanted terrorist was shot to death. In his...
  • Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing

    08/10/2014 11:14:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 6, 2014 1:51pm EDT | (Sabine Siebold, Maggie Fick)
    Germany, France and Britain have proposed reactivating a European Union mission on the Egypt-Gaza border to help stabilize the Palestinian enclave after a month-long war, a German diplomatic source said on Wednesday. […] Egypt, which was not involved in the negotiation of the 2005 agreement, has repeatedly shut the Rafah border over the past year, significantly increasing pressure on Gazans, who already face a rigid land and sea blockade imposed by Israel. […] Egypt wants any discussion over Rafah to take place bilaterally with the Palestinian Authority, rather than as part of any deal between the Palestinians and Israel to...
  • Hamas TV: Dress up like Jews to execute suicide bombings

    08/07/2014 2:55:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
            Hamas TV:  Dress up like Jews  to execute suicide bombings  PA TV: "She wraps her waist  with dynamite and explodes...It is neither death... nor suicide...It is Gaza's way to declare its right to life."by Itamar Marcus During the Gaza war, Hamas repeatedly broadcast a video promoting suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. The Hamas video shows a terrorist putting on a suicide belt and dressing up as a stereotypical, bearded Orthodox Jewish civilian, who is then sent to commit a suicide bombing.   [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), 3 times: July 9, 27, and 30, 2014] PA TV likewise broadcast a video during the war...
  • Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?

    07/29/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Let’s concede for a moment that most of us don’t believe the United States should be taking sides in conflicts abroad. Even so, most Americans would probably agree that at a minimum our diplomatic efforts should not cause unnecessary harm. Which brings me to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent misadventure in the Middle East. It seems like a rather big deal that Egypt, Israel, Fatah, Jordan, Saudi Arabia—ostensibly, all allies of ours—agree on anything. This development, one imagines, might be something the United States would be interested in fostering rather than destroying. Certainly, the idea that Hamas’ power should...
  • John Kerry’s big blunder in seeking an Israel-Gaza cease-fire

    07/29/2014 7:09:33 AM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2014 | David Ignatius
    Kerry’s error has been to put so much emphasis on achieving a quick halt to the bloodshed that he has solidified the role of Hamas, the intractable, unpopular Islamist group that leads Gaza, along with the two hard-line Islamist nations that are its key supporters, Qatar and Turkey. In the process, he has undercut not simply the Israelis but also the Egyptians and the Fatah movement that runs the Palestinian Authority, all of which want to see an end to Hamas rule in Gaza.
  • Report: Hamas Losing Palestinian Arab Support in Gaza

    07/27/2014 7:39:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 7/27/2014, 10:31 AM | Tova Dvorin
    Hamas’s war against Israel is not only losing militarily, but losing popular support for the Islamist group in Gaza as well, according to a study released last week. A Washington Institute study published during the first week of the operation polled 450 Gazans between June 15-17—before Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, but after Hamas began firing more rockets on Israel. The study, which claims to be “the only credible Palestinian poll” since Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha’ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19), were abducted and murdered last month, reveals that 70% of Gazans believe that Hamas “should maintain...
  • Fatah Declares War on Israel

    The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade of Judea and Samaria, the military wing of Fatah (PLO), headed by Mahmoud Abbas, who also serves as the "President of Palestine" and head of the PLO, has declared "open war" against the "Zionist enemy." In a ecorded message from July 23, three armed terrorists from the al-Aqsa brigade announced that they would not sit idly by during the Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip, and that they intend to bring the struggle deep into Israeli territory. "The language of blood is the only way to answer Zionist aggression", they said, stating that international law permits...
  • Hamas armed wing rejects truce ahead of Israeli gov’t talks on deal

    07/14/2014 9:29:49 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | July 15, 2014 | Itamar Sharon
    Cabinet will likely accept terms of Arab League-backed ceasefire deal as Gaza terror group remains defiant. Hamas said Tuesday morning that the terms of an Egyptian ceasefire proposal were tantamount to surrender, as the Israeli government prepared to meet on the issue, and was expected to approve the deal. Meanwhile the Arab League, the US and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas all urged approval of the truce. As the security cabinet meets to discuss the terms of an Egypt-backed ceasefire, Palestinian sources report that Israel is still attacking targets in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday morning, Israel Radio reports.
  • Egypt launches initiative to halt Israel-Palestinian conflict

    07/14/2014 5:19:06 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffery Heller
    Egypt launched an initiative on Monday to halt fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants, proposing a ceasefire to be followed by talks in Cairo on settling the conflict in which Gaza authorities say more than 170 people have died. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene his decision-making security cabinet on Tuesday to discuss the proposal on the Gaza violence, an Israeli official said. [An] Israeli official seemed to put a positive face on the proposed truce, saying that Israel's week-old offensive in Gaza had weakened the Islamist Hamas group militarily. Two members of Netanyahu's security cabinet suggested a truce...
  • US Asks Israel to 'Show Restraint in Response'

    07/07/2014 4:03:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/7/14 | Moshe Cohen
    The United States on Monday night condemned the rocket fire by Hamas against Israel. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night in the wake of the heavy rocket fire on Israel. Kerry asked Netanyahu to “act with restraint” in his response to Hamas' pounding of southern Israel. With that, State Department spokesperson Jean Psaki said that the US supported Israel's right to defend itself. “We condemn the firing of missiles at Israel and support Israel's right to defend itself.” Kerry, she said, had spoken to Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and asked...
  • Sick: Fatah Posts Cartoon Mocking Kidnapped Teens as 'Rats'

    06/15/2014 8:16:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 6/15/14 | Ari Soffer
      The official Facebook page Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party has posted a cartoon comparing the three kidnapped Israeli students to rats.
  • Pro-Palestinian students bring hate, intimidation to campus, critics say

    06/12/2014 11:26:00 PM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    FOX ^ | June 9, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    They've become the bullies of the quad at college campuses around the nation, shouting down speakers, terrorizing Jewish students and intimidating those who disagree with them on the vexing issue of peace in the Middle East, according to watchdog groups. Students for Justice in Palestine, with nearly 100 chapters on campuses around the nation, has become increasing strident in promoting its agenda, staging "die-ins," handing out mock eviction notices in dormitories, and raising funds for Hamas-aligned groups, according to Jewish watchdog groups. Individual members have been accused of assaulting students, vandalizing property and hurling anti-Semitic slurs at Jewish students, all...
  • BREAKING: Three Yeshiva Students Kidnapped by Terrorists in Judea

    06/13/2014 8:04:37 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 46 replies
    Three Israeli students from the Makor Chaim Yeshiva in the religious kibbutz Kfar Etzion were kidnapped by terrorists on Thursday night. As the students made their way home from the Yeshiva, security forces say they were dragged into a vehicle driven by terrorists that had stopped for them as they waited at a hitchhiking post. Makor Chaim Yeshiva is located between Jerusalem and Hevron in the Judea region. IDF and police forces have been searching in the hours since the kidnapping to try and locate the three young students, while a gag order was placed on the press, due to...
  • IDF Launches Massive Manhunt for Three Israeli Youths Feared Kidnapped in West Bank

    06/13/2014 10:07:08 AM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JUNE 13, 2014 10:33 AM | Dave Bender
    BREAKING: IDF Launches Massive Manhunt for Three Israeli Youths Feared Kidnapped in West Bank JUNE 13, 2014 10:33 AM Dave Bender The IDF confirmed on Friday afternoon that “three Israeli teenagers are currently missing. The individuals were last seen late last night in the area of Gush Etzion,” south of Jerusalem. “He just disappeared, never made it home,” a relative of one of the youths said, according to Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. “His parents are worried, praying, hoping for the best. We’re all praying this incident ends on the good side,” the relative said. Army “forces are conducting a widespread...
  • Hamas calls for intifada against Israel

    06/13/2014 11:46:27 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 6/13/2014 | Jack Khoury
    Hamas called on Palestinians Friday to declare an intifada throughout the West Bank and to confront Israeli "forces of Occupation," be it through a popular uprising or individual action. Husam Badran, Hamas' international spokesman in Gaza, posted Friday on Facebook calling for Palestinians in the West Bank to impede the Israeli army's movement around the West Bank, particularly in the Hebron area, where three Israeli teens are feared kidnapped. [....] Earlier Friday, Khaled Al-Batsh, a senior member of Islamic Jihad, called on Palestinians to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
  • Netanyahu Links Hamas-Fatah Government to Missing Students

    06/13/2014 6:57:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 6/13/14 | Elad Benari, Canada
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on Friday evening with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, following the disappearance of three yeshiva students near Hevron. During the conversation, Netanyahu told Kerry that the boys’ disappearance was directly related to the Palestinian Authority (PA) signing a reconciliation pact and forming a unity government with the Hamas terrorist group. "What is happening on the ground since Hamas was added to the government is a deterioration of the situation. This is the direct result of allowing a murderous and racist terrorist organization into the government," Netanyahu told Kerry, according to Channel 2 News. Netanyahu...
  • Clinton Accuses Israel of Being Occupying Force

    06/10/2014 11:09:08 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 31 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 10 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accuses Israel of being an occupying force in her new memoir Hard Choices and claims that the Jewish state denies “dignity and self determination” to Palestinians in the West Bank. Clinton recalls being surprised by what she termed “life under occupation for the Palestinians,” according to the book. Pro-Israel officials and insiders on Capitol Hill have called Clinton’s comments tone deaf and said that her claim that Israel is an occupying force reveals a bias against the Jewish state. “When we left the city and visited Jericho, in the West Bank, I got my...
  • Hamas Reveals: Abbas Told Us He is ‘Tricking the Americans’

    06/08/2014 10:29:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 6/9/2014, 7:49 AM | Ari Yashar
    A former Hamas government spokesman revealed on Sunday that Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has said in private meetings he is lying in public statements to “trick the Americans.” The spokesman, Ihab al-Ghussein, wrote on Facebook that “behind closed doors,” Abbas had said “when I go out and say that the government is my government and it recognizes ‘Israel’ and so on, fine—these words are meant to trick the Americans.” Palestinian Media Watch translated and exposed the Facebook post. “Guys, let me (continue) saying what I say to the media. Those words are meant for the Americans and the...
  • Tipping Point on Iran

    06/06/2014 7:58:29 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 5, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Dr. Matthew Kroenig, associate professor and the international relations field chair at Georgetown University, spoke at a the Heritage Foundation on Iran’s nuclear proliferation efforts and his newest book, A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat. Although one may think that Kroenig is advocating for a military option, he said, “I argue that we should try to solve this problem, the Iranian nuclear challenge, diplomatically, if possible.” But, if diplomacy fails, Kroenig suggested that “there will come a time to attack Iran.” And, adding to the discussion, he asked the question, “Are we prepared to live with a...
  • Report: US Holding Backroom Talks with Hamas ‘For Months’

    06/05/2014 3:40:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 6/5/2014, 1:07 PM | Tova Dvorin
    The US has been secretly holding talks with Hamas for months Buzzfeed reported Thursday, despite its official stance that it would (not?) negotiate with the terrorist organization. “Our administration needed to hear from them that this unity government would move toward democratic elections, and toward a more peaceful resolution with the entire region,” a US official stated to the “social news” site, on condition of anonymity. “It was important to have that line of communication.” US officials have publicly denied the charges, however, leading to confusion over the report’s veracity. …
  • Obama’s Embrace of Hamas Betrays Peace

    06/04/2014 12:29:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 06.02.2014 - 5:10 PM | Jonathan S. Tobin
    When Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas chose to scuttle peace talks with Israel this spring by deciding to conclude a pact with Hamas rather than the Jewish state, he was taking a calculated risk. In embracing his Islamist rivals, Abbas sought to unify the two leading Palestinian factions not to make peace more possible but to make it impossible. Since Palestinian public opinion—indeed the entire political culture of his people—regards any pact that would recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state as a betrayal of their national identity, bringing Hamas back into the PA fold illustrated that he would not...
  • UN Chief Welcomes Hamas-Fatah Government

    06/03/2014 2:31:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 6/3/2014, 11:50 PM | Elad Benari
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed on Tuesday the formation of the new Palestinian “unity government” which includes the Hamas terrorist group. In a statement, Ban expressed hope that new opportunities for progress towards a two-State solution with Israel will emerge soon, saying the UN had received assurances that the Hamas-Fatah deal would be implemented on the basis of previous commitments such as the recognition of Israel and non-violence. …
  • US Vows to 'Work With' Palestinian Arab 'Unity' Government

    06/02/2014 1:22:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    arutz 7 ^ | 6/2/14 | ova Dvorin and AFP
    Washington said Monday it will work with the Palestinian Arab unity government and maintain aid, while "watching closely" to ensure it respects the principle of non-violence, AFP reports. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington believes Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has "formed an interim technocratic government... that does not include members affiliated with Hamas." "With what we know now, we will work with this government," Psaki said. Abbas has insisted that a 'unity' government would be based on what he called"the four Palestinian principles": recognizing Israel, recognizing the terms of international agreements, and the explicit rejection of violence...
  • Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh Steps Down

    06/02/2014 7:20:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 6/2/2014, 4:48 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and his “cabinet” in Gaza have resigned, Hamas spokeswoman Israa al-Mudallal said, “paving the way for the new ministers of the consensus government.” Haniyeh welcomed the new cabinet as “a government of one people and one political system.” […] Hamas and Fatah swore in a “unity” government earlier Monday, despite last-minute tensions which almost prevented the Palestinian Arab reconciliation. The joint government elected Palestinian Authority (PA) official Rami Hamdallah as Prime Minister. …
  • Pope Francis: Mahmoud Abbas is a “Man of Peace”

    05/27/2014 10:13:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/27/2014 | Robert Spen
    AP reported Sunday that “Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts ‘unacceptable.’”Not only that, but “Palestinian officials hailed Francis’ decision to refer to the ‘state of Palestine.’ In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the ‘state of Palestine,’ and his Bethlehem office as the ‘presidential palace.’ He pointedly called Abbas a ‘man of peace.’”This is not really all that surprising. After all,...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz blames Palestinians for failed peace talks

    05/26/2014 10:03:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    jpost.com ^ | May 26, 2014 | Lahav Harkov
    America has no business dictating terms on issues of vital national security to Israel, US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said in the Knesset Monday. He placed the blame on the Palestinians for the recent failure of peace talks, saying “the principal impediment to peace is that, to date, the Palestinians have refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and have refused to renounce terror. “Unless and until the Palestinians can agree on those very basic starting blocks, no lasting peace solution is likely,” he stated. Cruz...
  • Israel Will Be The Last Man Standing in the Middle East: The Oil Weapon vs. the Grain Weapon

    05/22/2014 7:11:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2014 | david A
    The Arab Spring, which started with the self-immolation of a Tunisian vegetable vendor at 11.30 am on 16th December, 2010, has resulted in two failed states in the region so far.  Libya has become “Scumbag Woodstock” because of the number of terrorist organisations headquartered there.  The French and English attempt at regime change created a terrorist haven with consequences as far afield as Mali and the 300 Christian girls kidnapped in Nigeria.  Fortunately, Syria has become a meatgrinder for Islamic terrorists and for the moment has ceased being a net exporter of terrorism.  In that conflict, the Obama Administration has...
  • U.S. held secret meeting with Hamas, Terrorist regime still won't recognize Israel's right to exist

    05/23/2014 5:24:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    WND ^ | 5/22/14 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – The U.S. last week held a clandestine meeting in Egypt with Ghazi Hamad, the deputy foreign minister of Hamas, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. The officials would not say whether the meeting was with a current member of the U.S. government or a former diplomat acting as a proxy for the Obama administration. Messages were exchanged about Hamas’s intentions as part of a newly formed Palestinian unity government with the rival Fatah party, led by Mahmoud Abbas, the officials said. Last week, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper quoted an unnamed White House official stating the Obama administration...
  • Half The World Doesn't Know About The Holocaust

    05/20/2014 5:49:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
  • EU Envoy Says ‘No Reason’ to Stop Talks Over Fatah-Hamas Unity (here we go again)

    05/20/2014 8:02:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 5/20/2014, 3:49 PM | Ari Yashar
    European Union (EU) Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen spoke to reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday, saying that he didn’t feel peace talks should have been stopped last month over the unity deal between Fatah and the terrorist group Hamas. “I don’t see a reason for the peace talks stopping in order to send a message that there’s a difference between Fatah and Hamas,” opined Faaborg-Andersen. While indeed Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has made clear that there is little distinction between them and Hamas in terms of their goal of destroying Israel, which would of course call...
  • Legacy of Hamas-Fatah Killings Complicates Unity

    05/20/2014 5:18:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5-19-14 | FARES AKRAM and JODI RUDOREN
    GAZA — For 14-year-old Aseel Radi, the promised reconciliation between warring Palestinian political factions is viewed through a forlorn fountain in a crowded market on the eastern side of Gaza City. Aseel used to visit the fountain in what is known as Palestine Square with her father, Maher, a member of the Fatah faction’s armed wing who was killed by militants from its rival, Hamas, during the bloody six-day battle for control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. Now, only a few bricks remain of the broader basin, which is filled with trash. The lights have been turned off and...
  • Jimmy Carter hails Palestinian unity deal as opportunity for Israel to forge peace

    05/13/2014 5:50:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    "It would be impossible to implement any peace agreement between Israel and just one portion of the Palestinians,” the former president wrote in the "Washington Post." The Palestinian unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah offers Israel an opportunity to move the peace process forward since any future agreement would incorporate all of the West Bank and Gaza, former president Jimmy Carter argues in an op-ed he wrote for The Washington Post on Tuesday. “This reconciliation of Palestinian factions and formation of a national unity government is necessary because it would be impossible to implement any peace agreement between Israel and...
  • Palestinian Official: Soak the Land with Blood to ‘Liberate Jerusalem

    05/05/2014 7:26:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 5, 2014 | Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Palestinian Official: Soak the Land with Blood to ‘Liberate JerusalemPosted By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik On May 5, 2014 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Visit Palestinian Media Watch.Even at the height of the peace negotiations with Israel, in December 2013, Fatah official Tawfiq Tirawi said that Palestinians were not committed to non-violence. Rather, he said that negotiations are just one option, and do not preclude use of the “rifle,” which the Palestinians have never abandoned. Last week, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Tirawi had essentially proclaimed the end of the peace...
  • Damn Right I Taped Kerry’s ‘Apartheid’ Talk

    05/03/2014 8:50:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 2 ,2014 | Josh Rogin
    And if I had to do it all over again, I’d do it in the exact same way. If a reporter agrees that a conversation or event is off-the-record, then of course he cannot print what was said during that interchange. But the unwritten rule—the one that directly applies here—is that if a reporter enters an off-the-record event uninvited and has not agreed to the off-the-record terms, he is free to report what happens inside that event. It’s the responsibility of the event organizers to keep reporters from entering events without invitations. As long as the reporter does not misrepresent...
  • Arab world: Has the penny finally dropped?

    05/02/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/26/2014 | ZVI MAZEL
    Since the start of the ill-named “Arab Spring,” the Muslim Brotherhood has been very much in the news. Coming to power through democratic elections in Egypt and Tunisia, they were toppled within a short time by the people, who discovered their true intentions. There were some in the West – but not all – who saw the light as well. British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a comprehensive review of the movement,... its activities in Britain and its impact on the country’s interests. The decision was made because the Brotherhood is allegedly behind terrorist operations in Egypt, and because...
  • Kerry: Hamas-Fatah Pact Was Unexpected

    05/02/2014 12:38:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 5/2/2014, 3:14 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry admitted on Thursday that the unity deal between Fatah and Hamas had been unexpected. Speaking in Ethiopia, where he said it was time for the United States to take a “pause” in Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace talks, Kerry said that the deal announced last week took the U.S. by surprise, according to The Associated Press (AP). That deal, he noted, “came as a complete and total unannounced event, without any heads-up, so to speak, at the moment of important negotiations.” …
  • A lot to A.N.S.W.E.R. for

    05/05/2003 11:12:38 AM PDT · by yonif · 24 replies · 557+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May. 1, 2003 | Edward Grossman
    Israel-bashing figures prominently in 'teach-ins' where San Franciscans seek a flavor of the Vietnam era Let's admit it - San Francisco is gorgeous, and deserves its name as the capital of resistance to what the US is trying to do in the Middle East. After all, while other places from coast to coast had rallies and marches before and during Operation Iraqi Freedom, only there were thousands "hauled off by the pigs" for blocking the financial district, and only there was there a rally and march almost every Saturday for weeks and weeks until Saturday, April 19. But were all...