Archive for Mid-East News

WATCH: Netanyahu announces $15B natural gas deal sold to Egypt

Gas operators Delek and Noble of Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan natural gas fields will supply Egypt with seven billion cubic meters of gas annually, in a deal worth an estimated $15 billion.

By MAX SCHINDLER

 

The operators of Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan natural gas fields have signed decade-long contracts to sell $15 billion worth of natural gas to Egypt, according to a statement from Delek Drilling on Monday.

Israel announces new agreement to export natural gas to Egypt, February 19, 2018./GPO – TRANSLATION: “I welcome the historic agreement now published on the export of Israeli gas to Egypt. This will bring billions into the coffers of the state, in favor of the education, health and welfare of Israeli citizens. Continue Reading »

Egypt ends deliveries of diesel fuel into Gaza over Hamas’ failure to pay

UN Envoy to the Mideast, Nickolay Mladenov, and Palestinian PM Hamdallah met with Major General Yoav Mordechai about Gaza’s fuel shortage and the plight of Gaza’s citizens, and no one questions Hamas’ withholding over a $100 million to spend on tunnel building.
– Israel insists solution should also address the issue of Hamas finally returning missing POWs, MIAs to Israel.

By Elior Levy

 

Egypt stopped allowing diesel shipments to enter the Gaza Strip Wednesday, causing the strip’s power station to cease operations. As a result, residents have been limited to three hours of electricity a day.

A meeting was thus called by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in light of the dire situation, attended by the United Nations (UN) Envoy to the Mideast Nickolay Mladenov and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai. Continue Reading »

Assad’s threats ignored: Iranian base in Syria hit by multiple missiles, assumed Israeli

Reports by Syrian media say that the target of another “Israeli aggression” was an Iranian base in the Jamaraya region.

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF

 

 

Syrian air defense intercepted several Israeli missiles targeting an Iranian base west of the capital of Damascus, Syrian state media said Wednesday.

Describing it as “a new Israeli aggression,” Syria’s official news agency SANA said Israeli fighter jets flying in Lebanese airspace fired a number of missiles towards the area of Jamraya research center targeting an Iranian base.

Syrian scientific facility in Jamraya, North-West of Damascus – Google Maps

“This blatant aggression comes in the context of desperate attempts to raise the morale of terrorist organizations that are falling apart” read a statement by the Syrian army, adding that dozens of field and intelligence reports confirm the close link between the Israeli enemy entity and the terrorist organizations in Syria.”

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While a number of missiles did hit their intended targets, several others were intercepted by the Syrian air defenses, the report said. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Saudi slams Palestinians for exploiting religion, to milk the world for cash

In the viral video, a Saudi blogger slams the Palestinian Authority saying, “You’re a bunch of dogs, rabid dogs, who only bark at those that feed them. You’ve turned your [political] issues into a source of income. You’ve turned our shared religion [Islam] into a way of making money.”

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is still nominally allied with the Palestinian Authority, a long-time client of the oil-rich custodian of Islam’s holiest cities, recent reports suggest ties between the two have been cooling in recent years.

Covert cooperation with Israel against the common foe of Iran, along with the support of some Palestinian Arab factions of the Tehran regime, have encouraged the Saudi leadership to push the PA to accept a negotiated peace with Israel, even on terms less favorable than previous offers. Continue Reading »

Israel proposes list totaling $1bn to prevent Gaza from humanitarian collapse

The list below, which was submitted to the EU in Brussels, reveals Israeli plans to relieve Gaza’s water shortage by building a new desalination plant for $710m, connecting Gaza to Israel’s natural gas line, connecting to a new power line, known as the 161 kV line, doubling of the capacity of Gaza’s sewage treatment plant and much more.

By Eylon Aslan-Levy

 

Israel presented an international committee coordinating Palestinian development aid with a $1 billion list of major infrastructure projects designed to relieve an urgent humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, with a request for international financing, at a meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) in Brussels on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Finally: Trump’s Administration Puts Hamas Leader on Terrorist Blacklist

The U.S. State Department announced the inclusion of Hamas’ political bureau chief, Ismail Haniyeh on its international terrorist blacklist.
– Secretary of State Tillerson: Since billionaire Haniyeh threatens the stability of the Middle East, he will be levied with sanctions, including having his assets frozen.

By AFP

 

The United States on Wednesday put the head of the Hamas terrorist organization Ismail Haniyeh on its terror blacklist and slapped him with sanctions.

Responding to the decision, Hamas said it was “a failed attempt to pressure the resistance. This decision will not deter us from continuing the resistance option to expel the occupation.”

“Ismail Haniyeh is the leader and President of the Political Bureau of Hamas, which was designated in 1997 as a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” said the State Department’s announcement on the matter. Continue Reading »

Seasoned Hamas Terrorists Dies of Too Much Sand as Terror-Tunnel Collapses

A 31 yr-old Hamas terrorist died from a ‘work accident’ while in a Gaza “resistance tunnel,” the group reported.

By Elad Benari

 

A Hamas terrorist died on Wednesday after what was believed to be the collapse of an attack tunnel in Gaza, the group said, according to AFP.

The terrorist, Mahmud al-Safadi, 31, died “during his work in one of the resistance tunnels,” a statement from Hamas’s armed wing said.

The statement did not provide further details of the incident or the location but Arabic media reported a partial collapse of a tunnel.

Several dozen Hamas terrorists have died in tunnel collapses in the past year, most of them in similar “working accidents”. Continue Reading »

Hamas reported co-founder dead from accidental gunshot after pointing gun at face

Arabs tell the sad tale of the unfortunate demise of the Hamas co-founder, Imad al Alami, who just 3 weeks ago was personally ‘inspecting his own handgun’ when it surprisingly fired a round right into his terrorist head.
– Hamas waiting for right moment to blame it on Israel.

By Israel Today Staff

 

It’s always a relief when Hamas does the IDF’s job for it.

That was the reaction of many Israelis on Tuesday upon hearing that Hamas co-founder Imad al-Alami had died some three weeks after accidentally shooting himself in the head.

On January 9, a Hamas spokesman reported that al-Alami had been critically wounded after his personal firearm unexpectedly discharged while he was inspecting it. Continue Reading »

Hamas closes Gaza Hospital amid US fund cuts – PA official rejects excuse

Claiming it has run out of diesel fuel required for electricity producing generators, Hamas orders a hospital in northern Gaza to end operations.
– Abbas’ Palestinian Authority rejects Hamas’ claims, drawing attention to the funds recently transferred to Gaza specifically for the purchase of more diesel to keep the generators going.
– In the meantime, UNRWA organizes a march for its workers and Gaza residents to protest against the United States’ decision to withhold some funding until Palestinian leadership agrees to engage in Peace Talks.

By Elior Levy and Reuters

 

The Hamas terror group has begun ratcheting up pressure on the Palestinian Authority and the international community to resolve the deepening humanitarian crisis taking shape in Gaza, after the former ordered the Health Ministry Monday to halt activities in a hospital located in the north of the strip and to transfer all patients to other hospitals in the area. Continue Reading »

The case for shuttering UNRWA schools’ doors closed…permanently

The UNRWA School System: A convenient, Western financed incubator for propagating Palestinian terrorists.

By David Bedein

 

The US government decision to suspend funds to UNRWA schools until reforms take place in UNRWA has raised some eyebrows.

Why did the US suspend funds to UNRWA in the first place?

Since 1999, Hamas has been chosen in successive internal UNRWA elections in Gaza to lead the workers union and teachers union of UNRWA, as mentors who influence generations of Palestinian refugee descendants to launch a violent Jihad for the ‘right of return’ to Arab villages lost during the 1948 war.

In that context, the first comprehensive study of UNRWA school books, completed in July 2017, reflects the terrorist domination of UNRWA schools. Continue Reading »

DONE! White House slashes UNRWA grant from $125 million to $60 million

Someone needs to tell Abbas: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
– President Trump and American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley had both previously threatened to cut funds should Abbas not engage in peace. Instead of listening, Abbas cursed Trump and the United States.

By i24NEWS

 

The United States have frozen over half of their contribution to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), from $125 million dollars to a mere $60 million.

The move comes on the backdrop of a deterioration in relations between the United States and the Palestinian Authority, which has been particularly sharp since President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6. Continue Reading »

Lebanon follows its Gal Gadot film ban by blacklisting Steven Spielberg

The Lebanese Daily Star reported Monday that Lebanon’s economy minister recommended the film, ‘The Post’ for blacklist because of its director Steven Spielberg, who has been blacklisted since his 1994 film ‘Schindler’s List.’

By AMY SPIRO

 

First Gal Gadot. Now Steven Spielberg. And even Daniel Radcliffe.

The Lebanese government is missing out on some quality cinema because of its efforts to boycott the State of Israel.

According to reports on Sunday and Monday, famed director Spielberg’s latest film, The Post, would be banned from screening in Lebanon.

The Lebanese Daily Star said on Monday that the economy minister recommended the film for blacklist because of Spielberg. Continue Reading »

Palestinian leader: “Israel is a colonial project that has nothing to do with the Jews.”

During a speech at a meeting of the PLO’s Palestinian Central Council, Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas cursed the US president in Arabic, “May your house be destroyed.”

By i24NEWS – AFP

 

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century”, declaring that Israel had “ended” the Oslo accords delivering a speech at the PLO Committee meeting on Sunday.

“Today is the day that the Oslo Accords end. Israel killed them,” he said referring to the 1990’s landmark agreements that led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority and envisioned a final resolution to the conflict. Continue Reading »

Arabs points finger at Mossad for attempted assassination of Hamas official in Lebanon

Following detonation of car-bomb that exploded in the Lebanese city of Sidon that left Hamas official, Mohamed Hamdan “slightly wounded,” Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV station reported both Hamas & Fatah blame Israel.

By Reuters, AP

 

Mohamed Hamdan, a Palestinian Hamas member, survived an attempt on his life Sunday after a bomb planted in his car in southern Lebanon detonated, wounding him, the Lebanese military and the terror group said, with Hamas identifying Israel as the culprit without providing evidence. Hamdan’s leg reportedly had to be amputated.

Hamdan in the hospital – Arab media

Hamdan, also known as Abu Hamza, was “slightly wounded” in the attack, a Hamas official in Sidon, Ayman Shanaa, told a Palestinian television station, Paltoday.It was not immediately clear who carried out the bombing in the city of Sidon or why Hamdan, “one of the movement’s cadres” according to Shanaa, was targeted. Continue Reading »

Egyptian authorities asking TV celebrities to tell Palestinians to accept Jerusalem declaration

Egyptian officials says that since many other renowned Muslims in the region have acknowledged that Jerusalem doesn’t really hold much religious significance for Islam, there’s really no reason why the Palestinians can’t accept Ramallah as their capital.

By Israel Today Staff

 

In a hushed, roundabout way, Egyptian authorities are pressing the Palestinians to accept US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as the new reality.

A senior intelligence officer speaking on behalf of Egypt’s defense establishment was taped phoning a number of popular local television talk show hosts to encourage them to deliver that message to their viewers. Continue Reading »