Gaza War Diary Tue. Dec. 9 Day 154 2:30am
Dear Family & Friends,
Lots of Wars & Threats against Israel all over the Middle East, America, Europe but, as usual, in Israel we’re electioneering. I’m sure the government is taking care of business – keeping the country safe. But, we all had better pay attention to the ongoing “War of Words” that Islam’s various factions are implementing. Enjoy the following digest of today’s news & commentary.
Have a wonderful night, day, week.
All the very best, Gail/Geula/Savta/Savta Raba/Mom
1.Palestinian preacher at al-Aksa mosque threatens to ‘slaughter Jews’ By JPOST.COM STAFF 12/08/2014 15:38
“Oh Allah, hasten the establishment of the state of the Islamic Caliphate,” Sheik Omar Abu Sara says.
A Palestinian preacher recently issued a threat to Jews in an impromptu sermon at the al-Aksa Mosque: “We shall slaughter you without mercy.”
The video translated by MEMRI on Sunday, shows a sermon by Sheik Omar Abu Sara which was posted to the internet on November 28.
Abu Sara is seen in the video surrounded by dozens of worshipers, telling them that all of the “vile traits” attributed to the Jews in the Koran remain the same today, & in fact, the Jews “have become even more vile & evil.”
“By Allah, the Jews are the most evil of Allah’s creations,” Abu Sara said. “They are the most evil creatures to have walked this Earth.”
He referred to Jews as “the slayers of prophets,” adding that “it was the Jews that Allah had turned into apes & pigs.”
He said that the battle with the Jews had drawn near in current times. He quoted the Prophet Muhammad as saying, “You will fight the Jews until the trees & the stones will say: ‘Oh servant of Allah, oh Muslim, there is a Jew behind me. Come & kill him.”
Abu Sara appeared to ally himself with the goals of terror group, Islamic State, saying that he hoped Allah would hasten the coming of the Islamic Caliphate.
“I say to the Jews loud & clear: The time for your slaughter has come. The time to fight you has come. The time to kill you has come Allah willing, we are ready for the task, we & the loyal & faithful Muslims, along with the armies of the state of the Islamic Caliphate, which will come to liberate this land from your filth.”
“Oh Allah, hasten the establishment of the state of the Islamic Caliphate.”
PA Wants UN Resolution on Israeli Withdrawal by End of the Month
2.Saeb Erakat says PA pushes diplomatic offensive at the UN, hopes for UNSC resolution by Xmas. By Arutz Sheva Staff First Publish: 12/9/2014, 10:30 PM
The Palestinian Authority is seeking a UN resolution by year-end that would set a timetable for Israel’s withdrawal Judea & Samaria, the PA’s chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said Tuesday. ]
Erekat’s remarks came after several European parliaments pressed their governments to recognize full “Palestinian statehood,” & as prospects for a resumption of peace talks with Israel looked bleak.
“We are at the (UN) Security Council now, today. We are continuing our consultation. We want a Security Council resolution that will preserve the two-state solution,” Erakat told foreign journalists gathered near the Judean city of Bethlehem. “We want a specific time frame to end the occupation.”
“We’re being helped a great deal in the Security Council by many nations,” he added, referring to recent votes of British, French & Spanish MPs in favour of recognizing “Palestine” as a state.
“We are hoping to achieve this resolution before the end of the month, before Christmas as a matter of fact.”
The PA has been pressing Security Council members to adopt a resolution giving a timeframe – two years – for the withdrawal of Israel from Judea, Samaria & “East Jerusalem” – a euphemism for all parts of the Israeli capital liberated in 1967 (much of which is not, in fact, in the east of Jerusalem).
The United States has reiterated its opposition to what it sees as unilateral Palestinian measures that bypass peace talks with Israel.
But talks do not look set to resume, having collapsed in a round of recriminations in April despite a concerted diplomatic drive by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Erakat said the PA hoped the US would not veto the resolution, but that if it did, “president (Mahmoud) Abbas will be signing immediately 22 conventions,” ensuring PA membership of the International Criminal Court, through which it has threatened to sue Israel for alleged war crimes – despite warnings by the PA’s own UN human rights envoy that such a move could backfire.
3.Hezb’Allah drones, anti-aircraft missiles destroyed in alleged IAF attack,
says Syrian opposition By JPOST.COM STAFF 12/08/2014 08:48
Lebanese newspaper claimed that the IAF struck weapons caches “that belonged to Hezbollah.”
Syrian opposition sources told Arab media on Monday that the airstrikes near Damascus that were alleged to have been carried out by Israeli warplanes destroyed a storage facility housing anti-aircraft missiles as well as drones belonging to Hezbollah.
While the Lebanese Shi’ite group has yet to officially comment on the attack, Channel 2 is citing a report in the Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar which said that “the Israeli action was intended to preserve the rules of the game.”
The newspaper claimed that the IAF struck weapons caches “that belonged to Hezbollah.” These arms are considered to be “capable of tilting the strategic balance,” namely threaten Israel’s ability to act freely in the skies above Lebanon.
The IAF has struck Syria several times since the start of the three-year conflict, mostly destroying weaponry such as missiles that Israeli officials said were destined for their longtime foe Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon.
Last week, the Lebanese Daily Star reported the army said it had fired anti-aircraft guns at an IDF drone flying low over the eastern part of the country.
“The Israeli enemy committed aggression against Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, in all of Dimas & near the Damascus International Airport,” state television said, adding that there were no casualties.
An IDF spokesman said he would not comment on “foreign reports.”
At Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel was following developments in the Middle East with great interest, because “a great deal is happening.”
“We will remain constantly with our hand on the pulse, & we will deal with these threats & challenges because they do not take a time-out,” Netanyahu said.
“We will deal with them with the same degree of responsibility that we have done up until now.”
Prof. Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria from the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, “Israel’s policy is clear. It does not interfere in the war & has no interest to attack [Syrian President] Bashar Assad & its army, or to topple the regime.”
However, he said that “Israel took advantage several times in the past of Assad’s weakness & acted against arms shipments on their way from Syria to Hezbollah.”
In the past, no one had any interest in opening up another front & everyone acted to contain the fallout, said Zisser, adding: “Let’s hope that will happen this time.”
4.Israel’s air strikes hit Russian top-line air defense missiles sent to Syria & Hezb’Allah DEBKAfile Special Report
Israel’s air strikes near Damascus international air port & the Syrian-Lebanese border Sunday, Dec. 7, are depicted by Middle East military & intelligence sources as Israel’s first overt military clash with Russia in the course of the more than three-year Syrian war. Those sources assert that the strikes demolished components of Russian SA-25 or other types of top-line anti air missile systems that Moscow had destined for Syria & the Lebanese Hezb’Allah terrorist group.
Russian transport planes are said to have shipped these consignments in the last few days to the military section of Damascus international airport. It was pointed out that the Israeli air strikes occurred less than 24 hours after Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, the Kremlin’s point man for the Syrian war, met with Hezb’Allah leader Hassan Nasrallah Saturday in Beirut. The Russians for the first time insisted on widely circulating photos of the two officials shaking hands.
Israeli military & intelligence sources have not confirmed this account. However, DEBKAfile’s sources have learned that Moscow has been looking for a reckoning with the US & Israel over the fall in the last week of October of the large Russian intelligence post at Tel a-Hara in southern Syria to Syrian rebel units.. One of the most highly sophisticated Russian intelligence bases outside its borders, the secret site was located strategically close to the junction of Syria’s borders with Jordan & Israel.
The prized hi-tech apparatus, much of it unfamiliar to Western spy agencies, was quickly shipped out of Syria for examination in the West.
Other Israeli air force targets struck near Damascus airport in Sunday’s raid were the 103rd brigade of the 4th Division, which is the Syrian president’s republican guard, & the same division’s logistic rear base at Dimas near the Lebanese border.
The fact that Israel conducted air strikes against two facilities of the same Syrian army division along the route to Lebanon indicates that the targeted weapons were on their way from Syria to Hezb’Allah strongholds in Lebanon.
Syrian TV & Hezb’Allah sources accused Israel Sunday evening, Dec. 7 of carrying out air strikes against two government-held areas – near the Syrian capital’s international airport & Dimas, a town near the Lebanese border. Hezb’Allah sources also reported that Israel jets attacked military targets close to the Lebanese border & the old Damascus-Beirut highway. Both claimed that there were no casualties. Israel military sources declined to comment on these reports.
One target is said to have been a warehouse at Damascus airport which Israel has bombed in the past to demolish advanced weapons consignments bound for the Lebanese Hezb’Allah. The site at Dimas was a military position. Whether it was manned by Syrian or Hezb’Allah troops is unknown.
Syrian & Lebanese sources claim Israeli planes launched at least 10 strikes.
The last Israeli air raid took place in March against military positions in the Quneitra region on the Syrian side of the Golan.
5.Iran is playing with fire – Israel strikes Syria by Ron Ben-Yishai, YNET
Analysis: Did the IAF strike in Syria in response to public declaration by Iranian Revolutionary Guard on transfer of advanced missiles to Hezbollah?
The strikes in Syria on Sunday afternoon, which have been attributed to the Israeli Air Force, were likely intended to prevent the transfer of advanced weaponry from Iran to Hezbollah. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard continues to play with fire by equipping Hezbollah with arms that have the capability to cause widespread losses & destruction in Israel.
The appraisal is based on the fact that the targets were in two distant areas – one near the international airport in Damascus & the other in Dimas, west of the capital, mere miles from the border with Lebanon.
It is widely believed that shipments of missiles & other arms destined for Hezbollah land in Iranian cargo jets at the airport in Damascus, then transferred to a Syrian military storage site, until they are sent to over the border to Lebanon.
It is reasonable to assume that today’s strike, if it actually was undertaken by the IAF through Lebanese airspace, was launched based on precise intelligence & after all operational & strategic aspects were considered.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has previously announced the three red lines according to which Israel takes action on the northern front; 1. The transfer of “game-changing” weaponry to Hezb’Allah. 2. Chemical weapons & 3. Any harm to Israeli sovereignty.
Since there had been no recent case of breaking Israeli sovereignty, the likely assumption is that the attack was undertaken because of high-end weaponry transferred to Hezbollah or the transfer of chemical weapons – or both.
Regardless, it is reasonable to assume that Defense Minister Ya’alon approved & ordered the attack.
Today’s strike was reminiscent of the May 2013 attack which was attributed to the IAF, when advanced, precise missiles, of the Fateh-110 variety, arrived on planes from Iran. The following night a large Syrian military missile storage site near the Lebanon border was attacked.
It is increasingly likely that today’s attack – which has been attributed to the IAF but has not been confirmed by Israeli officials – was executed for similar reasons under similar circumstances.
In recent weeks, many Hezbollah officials & senior members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard have publicly boasted about the advanced ground-to-ground missiles which Iran supplied Hezbollah & which allow the terror group to threaten almost any target within Israel.
Analysts believe the officials were boasting of the Iranian-made Fateh-110 missiles.
It is in the realm of possibility that several shipments of these missiles occurred, significantly upgrading Hezbollah’s capability to unleash destruction on Israel territory as far south as the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
It is also likely that today’s attack was intended to stop another shipment scheduled to arrive at Damascus international airport, from where it was to be transferred to the Lebanese border.
Syrian President Bashar Assad, it must be noted, owes Hezbollah a great deal, as the Lebanese terror group defends his regime – which is likely why he carries the risk of Israeli attacks on his territory.
It may be assumed that today’s attack will not heat up tensions between Israel & Syria. Assad does not make a habit of responding to attacks on Hezbollah weapons transfers in his territory in order to avoid a destructive clash with Israel at a time when he is fighting for his survival against local rebels.
It is also assumed that Hezbollah will not respond, either. In the past the terror group launched reprisal attacks over Israeli strikes which destroyed its weapon shipments, but only when these strikes took place within Lebanese territory.
The Lebanese terror group has not responded to attacks on its organization in Syrian territory – since Hezbollah chief Nasrallah believes in defending only Lebanese land, while retaliating to an attack in Syria will serve as confirmation which he is receiving illegal weapon shipments from Iran.
That’s how it worked in the past. Nevertheless, there is no guarantee that Hezbollah & Syria will maintain this policy & thus the IDF must maintain alert on the northern front – both on the ground & in the sky.
It is reasonable to assume the IDF will change its missile defense deployment, reinforcing positions in the country’s north. Meanwhile, it’s likely that Iran will respond using armed Palestinian militias in the Golan Heights.
Israeli officials did not address the reports in the past – & are not confirming them – in a bid not to corner the Syrian regime or Hezbollah. The Syrian military rushed to condemn the attacks, only because it serves its propaganda line – which claims cooperation between Syrian rebels & Israel.
6.Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian peace is not a pipe dream By Herb Keinon, JPOST
Ted Belman: The reason that the US is so adamant in opposition to the settlements is that they are an obstacle to the ’67 lines plus swaps formula which is the only formula that the US can envision. Perhaps they are right. But from Israel’s point of view, no deal is better than a bad deal. Unfortunately Netanyahu’s “pillars of peace” makes no territorial claim & is content with a long term security presence.
Netanyahu enumerated three “pillars of peace”: one, genuine mutual recognition; two, an end to all Palestinian claims, including the right of return; & three, a long-term Israeli security presence.
The two-state solution is the only path to peace, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday in Washington, less than 24 hours after Economy Minister Naftali Bennett dismissed that as unrealistic.
Kerry, who spoke at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum immediately after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s taped message, said the two-state solution is the only path to peace “for the simple reason that there is no one-state alternative that is viable or can preserve Israel’s status as a Jewish state & as a democracy.”
At the conference, Bennett – possibly a major player in the next government – defended his plan for Israel to annex 60 percent of the West Bank & grant the Palestinians in the other 40% enhanced autonomy, economic opportunities & infrastructure, adding that the idea of a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was an illusion.
Without referring directly to Bennett, Kerry said that he was well aware that for many people in Israel, the West Bank & Gaza, “the idea of real peace sounds dubious at best, & impossible to many.”
But, he added, he could not stress enough “how strongly the United States flat out rejects the notion that peace is a pipe dream.
In fact, the need for a two-state solution is stronger now than it was a year ago.”
Kerry said that the entire international community is feeling the “gridlock” in the diplomatic process.
Nevertheless, he said in an apparent reference to moves in Europe toward recognizing a Palestinian state, as well as Palestinian plans to take a resolution imposing a solution on Israel to the UN Security Council, “it is important to reiterate that this conflict cannot be resolved by unilateral actions or by efforts to delegitimize Israel. It must ultimately be resolved by the parties themselves.”
With an election planned in Israel, Kerry said “we don’t expect negotiations to resume tomorrow.” But, he added, “achieving a negotiated two-state solution will remain high on the agenda of this administration.”
Kerry pledged that Washington will not involve itself “in any way” in the election campaign. “We look forward to working closely with the new government, whatever its composition, whenever it is formed,” he said.
Kerry echoed what Vice President Joe Biden said to the forum the night before, that the ties binding the two countries were unbreakable, & that there has never been closer security cooperation between the two nations.
He said Washington “believes deeply” undermine prospects for peace & isolate Israel in the international community.
Kerry devoted the bulk of his address to charting what the US was doing to fight Islamic State, as well as explaining Washington’s thinking on Iran, & how the policy of negotiating with the Islamic Republic has rolled back its nuclear program & made the world & the region safer.
Netanyahu, in his remarks, said that while Israel was not a member of the group of nations negotiating with Iran, “our voice & our concerns played a critical role in preventing a bad deal. Now we must use the time available to increase the pressure on Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons capability.”
Regarding the Palestinians, Netanyahu challenged the narrative that Martin Indyk, the former US envoy to the Middle East & now a vice president at Brookings, put forward over the summer, placing the bulk of the responsibility for the breakdown in the recent negotiations on Netanyahu’s shoulders.
“For nine months we negotiated with the Palestinians, but they consistently refused to engage us on our legitimate security concerns, just as they refused to discuss recognizing Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, while at the same time insisting that Israel recognize a nation state of the Palestinian people,” Netanyahu said.
“The talks didn’t end because Israel announced that it would build apartments in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem – neighborhoods that will remain a part of Israel under any conceivable peace agreement,” he said.
“The talks ended because the Palestinians wanted them to end. The talks ended because President [Mahmoud] Abbas unfortunately chose a pact with Hamas over peace with Israel.”
The Palestinian leadership is not prepared to confront violence & fanaticism in Palestinian society, & often times fuels it, the prime minister said.
“I don’t think sticking our head in the sand promotes real peace, & I don’t believe that false hopes promote real peace. I think they just push peace further away,” Netanyahu said.
He enumerated three “pillars of peace”: one, genuine mutual recognition; two, an end to all Palestinian claims, including the right of return; & three, a long-term Israeli security presence.
7.Israel’s secular elite commit treason with “Palestine” letter By Joel Pollack, BREITBART
Members of Israel’s secular elite–including renowned authors & former diplomats–have signed a letter that encourages European parliaments to recognize a Palestinian state. The letter, which was reportedly sent to the Belgian parliament on Sunday, comes after deadly Palestinian terror attacks, incitement by Palestinian leaders, & the collapse of the Palestinian unity government. It is self-deluded–and treasonous in effect, if not intent.
There is no other way to describe a gesture that is so callously indifferent to the lives of innocent fellow citizens, even if some of the signatories are among those who have sacrificed the most for Israel’s security in the past.
The letter relies on a fatally flawed premise: “Your initiative to recognize a Palestinian state will advance the peace prospects, & encourage Israelis & Palestinians to reach a resolution to the conflict,” it says.
History suggests the opposite. The actual response of Palestinians to Israeli concessions–whether bilateral, as in the 1993 Oslo accords, or unilateral, as in the 2005 Gaza disengagement–has been an increase in terror. The rise of international pressure on Israel has only encouraged Palestinians to harden their demands–and has also convinced many ordinary Israelis that world opinion is implacably biased against them & must be ignored.
Given that evidence, why are these leading Israelis encouraging foreign governments to recognize Palestine prematurely?
Some are opportunists, who have cashed in their Israeli careers for international acclaim. & some have simply despaired of prevailing in Israeli politics, where conservative parties are in the ascendant. Rather than make their case to fellow citizens, they now seek to trump them through international pressure.
It might be easy to draw the conclusion that Israel’s abandonment by its secular elite marks a serious threat to the future of the state. However, despite foreign threats & internal political turmoil, Israel has continued to enjoy both social cohesion & economic success. Israelis whose careers & self-image do not depend on the favor of international media & academia have learned to manage, & thrive, in the midst of uncertainty.
What the letter does indicate, however, is that secular nationalism, once the bedrock of the Zionist movement, is no longer sufficient to sustain Israel’s future. Without some religious component, Israeli national identity is ephemeral. The best case the secular elite can make for the country is that its enemies are bent on destroying it–and from the letter, it seems that the elite has stopped caring & is prepared to sacrifice the country for itself.
Religious nationalism offers a positive reason for Israelis to feel an attachment to the state: namely, that Israel is the land promised by God to the Jewish people, & that Jewish religious life finds its best expression there.
But religious nationalism brings its own challenges, as exemplified in the recent debate about a bill to define the country formally as a “Jewish state.” It is Israel’s secular institutions that have helped it thrive against the odds.
So the country faces a paradox: the values that helped make Israel a success are now among the greatest threats to its survival, while the faith that nurtures Israeli identity could become an obstacle to its future vibrancy.
That paradox is the result of decades of de-legitimization, & will not be resolved easily, much less with one Israeli election–still less by letters to foreign parliaments that serve only to isolate & endanger Israelis even more.
Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak edits Breitbart California & is the author of the new ebook, Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, available for Amazon Kindle.
Follow Joel on Twitter: @joelpollak
8.Potential terror attack thwarted south of Jerusalem
By Israel Hayom Staff
Two Palestinian men, one of them armed with a knife, arrested near Tekoa • During questioning, the suspects admit they were planning terrorist attack • One suspect is a relative of one of the murderers of the three Israeli teens in Gush Etzion in June.
Israeli soldiers on patrol near Hebron [Archive Two Palestinian men, one of them armed with a knife, were arrested by Israeli security forces on Tuesday near the Judean community of Tekoa, south of Jerusalem.Photo credit: AP
During initial questioning, the men admitted they were planning to conduct a terrorist attack in Tekoa.
Security forces had been searching for the men, both residents of the Hebron area, since Friday, after receiving information that they were seeking to carry out a terrorist attack.
One of the detained suspects is a relative of Amer Abu Aysha, who took part in the kidnapping & murder of the three Israeli teens in Gush Etzion in June. Abu Aysha was killed in a shootout with security forces in Hebron in September.
Potential terror attack thwarted south of Jerusalem
In his speech on Monday morning at the Globes Business Conference, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid declared that he would be the one to lead the Center-Left camp. He presented himself as someone capable of uniting the various parties seeking to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power, & even pledged that this is what he would do.
But in reality, Lapid does not even have someone with whom he can sign a surplus vote agreement. Hatnuah leader Tzipi Livni is close to agreeing to run on a joint list with the Labor party. Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman has gone with Moshe Kahlon. So Lapid remains alone & cut off.
Not only Lapid faces a forlorn situation. Netanyahu took a considerable risk when he decided to go to new elections. Even though he entered the campaign with an advantage over his competitors, it is not clear what the result on March 17 will be. Livni appears battered after being forced to effectively shut down her short-lived Hatnuah party, and, with breathtaking & unparalleled opportunism, continues on with the next party in line. & Labor leader Isaac Herzog is trying to instill hope in the Left camp by talking about a return of Labor to power, but it is doubtful that even he believes himself.
So if everyone appears to be embittered & in trouble, who needs these elections? Certainly not the Israeli public. Israelis exercised their right to vote just under two years ago. & also, certainly not Knesset members, many of whom will not be back in the next Knesset. It is a bit ironic that the coalition that recently collapsed was established in part on the demands of Yesh Atid & Yisrael Beytenu regarding governability, yet it turned out to be one of the shortest governments in Israeli history.
The surplus vote agreement between Lieberman & Kahlon is not simply a procedural matter. It is also a statement. Parties are not willing to lose a seat to one another unless they have a common interest. The agreement is a statement by Lieberman & Kahlon that they are going together. Two key right-wing figures have suddenly changed their form into white doves & who knows how far they are prepared to take their alliance before and, perhaps, after the elections. In these elections, it is not Herzog & Lapid who should concern the nationalist camp. Rather, it is Lieberman & Kahlon.
What’s the deal with European parliaments? Why are they not dealing with the ongoing exodus of some 10 million Syrians fleeing their homes, or the millions of Africans who are suffering from malnutrition & starvation, or the persecution of the Christians & the Yazidis in Muslim countries, or the chaos in Libya & Iraq, or the military coup in Egypt? Why are they bent on unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian state by undermining the spirit of the Oslo Accords (which stipulate that any such recognition would have to be a product of peace talks)?
Why have they marched along this route? One could point to three main reasons. Two are related to Islam & the third has to do with Western anti-Semitism.
The first reason: European parliaments want to pander to the Muslim electorate in Western Europe. The second reason: Lawmakers want to appease the rich Muslim nations that are heavily invested in Western economies. Most of the Muslim immigrants & most of the rich Muslim states have nothing but contempt for Israel, which is routinely on display in the mass demonstrations in Europe. During one such event in Paris, protesters chanted, “Jews, get out, France is not yours!” & “Israel, go away, Palestine is not yours.” This hatred has also helped create a rising tide of anti-Semitic attacks. Similarly, in rich Arab states such as Saudi Arabia this sentiment has made its way to school textbooks & sermons at mosques.
Why have Muslim immigrants become such a force to be reckoned with? The low birthrate in Europe has created a vacuum that ripened conditions for immigration. Many Muslims seized on this opening & made their way to Western Europe. As a growing constituency, they are poised to become a key factor that could decide local races & national elections. In the French presidential elections in 2012, more than 90 percent of Muslim voters supported the winner, Francois Hollande. He owes his victory to them.
The jerseys of soccer icon Lionel Messi & his FC Barcelona teammates clearly show that the Qatar Foundation sponsors the team. The Qatar Foundation is run by the wife of a Qatari emir whose family founded Al Jazeera. Gulf emirates also bankroll many Western universities. Millions of dollars go to Harvard, Georgetown, Oxford & Moscow universities.
Muslim hatred of Israel goes back to the far reaches of history. According to Islamic orthodoxy, the Jews are the main religious adversary. Sirat Rasul Allah, a biography of the founder of Islam the from the eighth century, tells us that Jews killed the Prophet Muhammad. The biography further predicts that the Day of Judgment will arrive only after the Muslims wage their final battle against the Jews.
The Jews’ crimes are threefold: They founded a state on part of Dar al-Islam (the Abode of Islam); they are a non-Islamic power ruling Muslims; & they have refused to submit to Islam, & therefore should be humiliated. Islamic precepts, encapsulated by the concept of Fard al-Ayn (the set of individual obligations), make it imperative to annihilate the Jewish state. Religiosity among European Muslims has reached a new high: About 70 percent of French Muslims fast on Ramadan; only 14 percent say their French identity is stronger than their Islamic affiliation.
The third reason, as noted, is Western anti-Semitism, which was rampant from the late 19th century until the end of the 20th century. Guilty feelings in the wake of the Holocaust resulted in a brief respite, but it has recently reared its head. The Palestinian cause has helped legitimize anti-Semitism to the point that Western intellectuals who used to make anti-Israeli statements have become unabashed Jew-haters. Alain Soral, a French national, established a political movement to fight Zionism. He has recently been charged with incitement against France’s Jewish community.
These developments have yet to affect Israeli exports to Europe, but many Israeli manufacturers have been losing sleep over what they call the “Ketchup Bottle Phenomenon” – a sudden boycott of Israeli goods that would spread like wildfire, to the point that companies would refuse to do business in Israel. This would make Israel an outcast on the world stage & on global markets.
The government must reckon with the growing anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe. Overflowing anti-Zionism has joined forces with Western anti-Semitism & Islamic anti-Semitism. This must be countered on all levels. Israel must also cultivate ties with the Far East, which doesn’t share the West’s age-old anti-Semitism.
Ephraim Herrera is the author of “Jihad — Fundamentals & Fundamentalism.”
11.High Court ‘Trying to Avoid Expelling Hamas Terrorists’ By Ari Soffer First Publish: Arutz Sheva IsraelNationalNews.com12/9/
After verdict on expulsion of Hamas ‘MPs’ from Jerusalem delayed, legal rights campaigner says courts playing politics.
Yet another legal hurdle was placed in front of campaigners pushing to expel four senior Hamas leaders from Jerusalem Tuesday, after the High Court postponed a hearing on the issue that was set for today.
No alternative date has yet been offered by the court, which means that the four – Khaled Abu Arafa, Muhammad Abu Tir, Mohammed Totah & Ahmed Atoun – will remain in Jerusalem for now.
The case surrounds a decision by the interior minister in June 2006 to revoke their residency permits, after the four accepted positions in Hamas’s newly-formed “parliament” in Gaza. Then-Interior Minister Roni Bar-On gave them the opportunity to renounce their positions, but when they refused to do so he revoked their permits, arguing the men could not remain residents of Israel while serving as key members of a group committed to the destruction of the country & genocide of its people. All subsequent interior ministers have maintained that position.
The move was meant to pave the way for the Hamas officials to be expelled from the capital, as well as to have the men stripped of their Israeli ID cards & their benefits, including social security, national health insurance & freedom of movement throughout the country. But the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) launched an appeal against their expulsion, which has dragged on for more than eight years, & has been fought by both the government and, more recently, the Shurat Hadin legal rights group.
Shurat Hadin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner told Arutz Sheva that the sudden court decision to postpone the hearing was likely motivated by political considerations, with the dissolution of the government & announcement of elections early next year.
“I think they just thought it was too political to deal with right now,” she said.
However, she added, the High Court has actually been stalling since day one, accusing it of seeking to avoid a decision at all costs.
“The court is doing everything it can not to revoke their residency… not to make any decision that will set a precedent to revoking the residency” of terrorists based in the Israeli capital.
That, despite the fact that the terrorists “have had countless opportunities to appeal to the interior minister & renounce their membership in the Hamas parliament – but they refused!”
‘Let them go to Hamas-land!’
Indeed, the ruling could set an important precedent for how the State handles future attacks, amid waves of terrorism rocking Jerusalem & Israel at large, & after current Interior Minister Gilad Erdan revoked the permanent residency of at least one terrorist last month. In November, Erdan revoked the ID card & negated the rights of Mahmoud Nadi, the driver for the suicide bomber responsible for the bombing at the Dolphinarium Disco in Tel Aviv in June 2001. That attack murdered 21 people & wounded over 100 others.
But that case was more clear-cut & difficult to appeal, Darshan-Leitner explained, since Nadi was directly involved in the murder of Israeli citizens, whereas the four Hamas officials in question are only “political” leaders whose role in terrorism is more indirect – though still a clear danger to national security, she argued.
The legal campaigner rejected the petition by ACRI – a major grantee of the radical-left New Israel Fund – which argued that the four could not be expelled since they did not have any other citizenship or residency elsewhere.
“There are a lot of answers to this question,” she counters.”First & foremost, let them go to Gaza.” “Gaza is Hamas-land, & they belong to Hamas – they are ministers & members of the Hamas parliament – that’s why their residency was revoked in the first place!”
Most Palestinians living in Gaza also do not have any official citizenship or residency permits, she noted.
“They can even go to the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea & Samaria,” she continued.
“Nobody will stop them from living there & the truth is that according to their own stated loyalty they belong there… in Hamas-land or the PA, more than they belong in Israel.”
12.Israeli man stabbed at Chabad headquarters in New York
By Israel Hayom Staff
A 22-year-old yeshiva student is wounded in Brooklyn stabbing • Injured man reportedly conscious & in stable condition • Perpetrator of stabbing shot by police, later dies of wounds • Motive for the stabbing is being investigated.
A 22-year-old Israeli Jewish yeshiva student was wounded early Tuesday morning in a stabbing at Chabad headquarters in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
The wounded man was identified as Levi Yitzchak Rosenblat, from Beitar Illit. He was initially reported to be seriously wounded. It was later reported that he was conscious & in stable condition.
Police shot & apprehended the perpetrator of the stabbing, who, according to media reports, was a black male. The attacker was transported to a hospital, where he later died of his wounds.
The motive for the stabbing is being investigated.
13.Rabbis Confront Crown Heights Stabber – Footage shows how Chabad rabbis, students attempted to talk deranged attacker into dropping weapon, urged police not to shoot.
By Ari Soffer First Publish: Arutz Sheva IsraelNationalNews.com 12/9/2014, 6:05 PM
New footage from the scene of a stabbing at Crown Height’s Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters reveals how rabbis bravely attempted to coax the attacker into surrendering, & even tried to persuade police not to shoot him.
The apparently deranged man walked into the building & confronted rabbinical students at around 1:40 a.m. After conversing with them for a few minutes, & at one point asking for a Bible, he then stabbed a 22-year-old Israeli student in the head.
The victim, Levi Rosenblat, originally from Betar Illit, then ran out the building to get help while bleeding profusely from his wounds. He is described as being in a serious but stable condition, & was apparently conscious when taken in for treatment; his family has asked for prayers to be said for the recovery of Levy Yitzhak ben Raizel.
Meanwhile, NYPD officers rushed to the scene & confronted the man as he waved his knife & repeatedly asked students: “do you want me to kill you?”
According to the New York Daily Post, at one point the man was heard muttering “I want to kill the Jew!”
But despite the danger, Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis & students can be seen attempting to calm the visibly agitated man down in a desperate attempt to end the ordeal without bloodshed.
Warning: Strong language
When a police officer approaches the suspect one of the rabbis – who appears to have an Israeli accent – even appeals to him “don’t shoot!” & urges the assailant to drop the knife.
Eventually, the attacker – now named as 49 year-old Calvin Peters – did indeed put the knife down. But hopes for a peaceful resolution were dashed when he suddenly grabbed it again as police approached & began waiving it aggressively.
The cameraman is forced to flee the scene as Peters makes a dash for him, shortly after which gunshots can be heard. Police say he attempted to stab arresting officers, one of whom then shot him in the torso.
Peters eventually died from his wounds at Kings County Hospital.
A spokesman for Chabad-Lubavitch said they were “98 percent sure” the attack was not a premeditated hate-crime, but more likely the actions of a mentally-unstable man.
Another spokesman, Rabbi Motti Seligson, praised the quick actions of police & bystanders.
“While we are very pained by everything that has unfolded, we are very grateful to the police for their quick response & are working closely with the authorities in their ongoing investigation,” he said.
“We commend the heroic efforts of the individuals who were present & took immediate action, if not for their intervention the outcome could have been, G-d forbid far worse. We continue to pray for the young man who is in stable condition.”
14.European Symbolism is anti-Semitic!
by Steven Shamrak
It was disgusting to watch the French Parliament celebrating with long standing ovations another ‘symbolic’ recognition of an Islamic terror state of non-existing (fake) nation! Do these French/European Jew-haters rejoice the same way when they adopt other resolutions?
At the time, when Pakistan, Afghanistan , Iraq, Syria , Nigeria, Somalia & other states are under the threat from Islamic terror – the EU, one of the bastions of Western democracy, is consumed by the ‘important’ issue – the recognition of some of the oldest & ‘original’ Islamic terrorist organizations, PLO & Hamas, the so-called Palestinian state. It seems that ugliness of traditional anti-Semitism is hard to weed out from the hearts of European ‘Jew-lovers’!
There are many genuine people & ethnic groups around the world who are still suffering from occupation by others – Kurds by Turkey, Iran, Syria & Iraq; Tibetans & Urdus by China; Chechens & others by Russia; Western Saharans by Morocco; Basques by France & Spain etc… The so-called Palestinians were forged by Arab countries with the help of the Soviet Union in the mid- 1960’s are not one of them. They are a mixed bag of people who came recently to Jewish land from all over the former Ottoman Empire! In fact, they are occupiers of the Jewish land & they are used by Arab states as well as by international anti-Semitic bigots to wipe off the only Jewish state from the map!
France is working on a “final” diplomatic push to overcome the impasse between Israelis & PA, including by setting a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a UN-backed resolution. “If this final effort to reach a negotiated solution fails, then France will have to do what it takes by recognizing without delay the Palestinian state,” said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. (Now Abbas has clear incentive not to negotiate with Israel at all & make sure that no agreement is reached within two years!)
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dodged several questions on report that the Obama administration is considering imposing sanctions on Israel for continuing construction on Jewish homes in Jerusalem. (Obama did not impose sanctions on the PA when tens of thousands of rockets were fired at Israel by Palestinians & terror attacks are still a daily ‘normality’ in the Jewish state!)
Israeli warplanes bombed positions near Damascus airport & in Dimas, near Lebanese border; strikes allegedly targeted S-300 missile launchers on route to Hezbollah.
Quote of the Week:
“Gaza will never become like Paris, but Paris will become like Gaza!” – Comment on Internet, after the French parliament recognised Palestine, the non-existing state of fake people.
Egypt has forcibly evicted an estimated 1,165 families in Rafah so that it can clear a buffer zone by the Gaza border, charged the human rights group Amnesty International. According to Amnesty, Egypt has destroyed some 800 homes in November in response to an attack on one of its military checkpoints in north Sinai on October 24. Clearing a buffer zone to stop Hamas from building infiltration & smuggling tunnels from Gaza into Egypt is one of the steps Egypt is taking to protect its armed forces from attacks by militant groups, Amnesty said. (Amnesty International softly condemns & deliberately justifies Egypt at the same time. Israel has more justifiable reasons to create a ‘buffer-zone’ in all Gaza!)
Egyptian Buffer Zone Collapses Gaza Economy
The Egyptian buffer zone along the Sinai border with Gaza has sent prices soaring in the Hamas-ruled enclave. Egypt has been imposing a severe siege so as to cut down the flow of weapons & cash for Hamas in the tunnels; Hamas is a Gaza offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood group currently clashing with the Egyptian military-backed government. That siege was tightened last October after lethal attacks in northern Sinai. (Egypt imposed blockade on Gaza but Israel is blamed!)
Time is running out to get post-war reconstruction going in Gaza, which needs not only cement & bricks but also fundamental political change, the EU’s representative said during a visit to the enclave. Another obstacle is the failure so far of Hamas & the PA, led by President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, to overcome their differences.
Wild Pigs Libel Accusation
Mahmoud Abbas claimed wild pigs are being released by Israelis to intimidate so-called Palestinians. “Every night they release wild pigs against us”. The accusation of using wild pigs as a weapon is not new. In the same speech, however, Abbas (pretentiously) called for bridges of love not war, instead of a “racist” fence, between the two communities. (This ‘racist pig’ must be kept not just behind the fence, but thrown far beyond Israel’s border!)
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) & IDF thwarted the Hamas cell that had its nerve center headquartered in Turkey. “Is this the sort of thing that one expects from a NATO state?” an official said. This was the second time this year the Shin Bet uncovered a Hamas cell in the West Bank with ties to Turkey – several months ago a Hamas sell plotted to overthrow PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
Top Iranian leaders have been celebrating a recently inked extension in nuclear negotiations with the West, saying “Americans have very clearly surrendered to Iran’s might”. As negotiations in Vienna break up so that leaders from all sides can return to their countries for further deliberations, the Iranians have already begun mocking the West & insisting that the country’s nuclear rights will soon be recognized.
Yisrael Beiteinu leader Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has recently finished work on a document detailing his party’s platform. In the document Lieberman says there is no choice but to give up on the idea of a Greater Israel, Eretz-Israel, in return for a comprehensive agreement with the Arab world. Lieberman has long called for talks with Saudi Arabia & other moderate Arab states – as opposed to the Palestinians – as part of a bid to achieve normalization, which he views as Israel’s true interest. (The term “Moderate Arab states” is a deliberately created delusion! Fake negotiations are used by corrupt politicians to prolong conflict, which could have been resolved long time ago.)
Professional Refugees, ‘Palestinians’, won’t Suffer Funding Crisis
More than 1.7 million Syrian refugees will face a food shortage due to a “funding crisis,” in the United Nations World Food Program. The WFP had to suspend its program providing food vouchers, which refugees use in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, & Egypt. (For over 60 years millions of fake refugees, so-called Palestinians, have been draining UN resources, & international anti-Semites eagerly support them.)
Nigeria suffered one of its bloodiest terrorist attacks a week ago when three bombs exploded outside the Central Mosque in the northern city of Kano, killing at least 120 people. The assault was timed to coincide with Friday prayers & the blasts injured another 260 worshippers. As the blasts tore through the crowd, gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons. (It is no problem, for international bigots, when Muslims kill each other even during Friday prayer in a mosque. When Israel attacks terrorists, who were using mosques & UN facilities as a cover, condemnations come from ‘friends’ & enemies immediately!)
‘Ugly Nothing’ is not in a Rush to Investigate Itself
The United Nations has begun investigating attacks that hit UN facilities during last summer’s Gaza war & how Hamas came to store weapons at several UN schools. (It will be definitely another anti-Israel biased report with a white-wash of the facts to exonerate Hamas & the UN!)
Kerry said that whatever government will be formed, he hoped it would be able to “negotiate & move towards resolving differences between Israelis & Palestinians.” (He conveniently forgot that the PA abandoned the peace talks, forming a unity agreement with Hamas & breaching the Oslo Accords by making unilateral moves.)
Egypt kept the Rafah crossing closed to those looking to exit Gaza since October 25. Egypt has opened the crossing just once in one direction for two days, allowing residents of Gaza to return home. More than 10,000 medical patients with dire health conditions are currently living in the Gaza Strip, unable to seek adequate care due to the continuous closure of the Rafah crossing. (Muslim countries do not care about the well-being of their ‘brothers’, why must Israel care about the enemies of the Jewish state?)
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
Anti-Israel bias of International media has many faces. At the same time as news about death of Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes, was reported by major TV networks several times, the death of Hillel Awaskar, international umpire & former captain of Israel’s cricket team, who has died after being hit by a ball during a cricket match in the Israeli city of Ashdod was not even mentioned! It seems that international ‘Israel-lovers’ don’t think that Jewish cricketer needs the world’s sympathy.
Likud Must Return to the Zionist Way!
MK Danny Danon, who heads the Likud Central Committee, said that elections could have been prevented, & said he hoped the Likud will learn the lesson from the coalition collapse. “The makeup of the coalition undermined the governance; the mistake was that instead of forming a government with Bennett & the religious parties, (Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu) first of all added Tzipi Livni. That was a mistake, & we saw that Livni & Lapid did nothing but mess things up.”
Both Labor & Yesh Atid parties offered Hatnua leader second spot on united list; Livni, Herzog meet in Washington to discuss joint run; Mofaz might also join Herzog-Livni list. While no agreements have been finalized yet, former justice minister Tzipi Livni is being wooed by both Labor leader Isaac Herzog & Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid as part of the center-left parties’ attempt to form a united front against Likud.
(Einstein said: “Insanity: doing the same thing over & over again & expecting different results.” It is not the first time Netanyahu invited anti-Zionist Left parties to the government, allowing them to sabotage the Jewish national agenda. Is he a leader of the Likud party, or is it better if he joins the enemy camp & stops the pretence?)
After Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired ministers Yair Lapid & Tzipi Livni last Tuesday paving the way for snap elections, a Channel 2 poll has shown what results can possibly be expected from the upcoming voting session.
According to the poll, Likud would remain the largest party if elections were held today, gaining 22 mandates. Jewish Home would strengthen to 17 mandates. The third largest party would be Labor, at 13 seats.
Likud needs to change leader: When respondents were asked whether they want Netanyahu to remain prime minister after the vote – 60% percent said “No”, 34% said “Yes” & 6% did not know.
Yisrael Beytenu would gain ten seats, & the as yet unnamed new party of former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon would likewise gain ten, becoming the surprise of the elections.
The biggest loser in the elections would be Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, which was predicted to drop from 19 seats to a mere nine mandates. Livni’s Hatnua would also weaken, dropping to four mandates.
The Shas party would like Yesh Atid get nine seats, the United Torah Judaism would get eight, radical leftist Meretz (‘Communist’) party would get seven, while the three Arab parties would get 11 seats together.
Kadima, headed by MK Shaul Mofaz, would not pass the minimum threshold to make it into the Knesset according to the poll. (Good riddance – let hope that Yesh Atid & Hatnua parties will follow suit soon, preferably during the next election!)