Archive for Mid-East News

Palestinian Leader Advocates Continuing ‘Resistance’, Wait For Trump’s Replacement

 

Palestinian president was urged by jailed mass-murderer Marwan Barghouti to reject the soon to be made public American peace plan, at all costs, saying Trump will be gone sooner or later, then again, there will be a US leader that will capitulate to all of their demands.

By Israel Today Staff

 

Jailed terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti said that if the Palestinian Authority will just remain steadfast, US President Donald Trump will soon disappear, and the “peace” process can return to being a fully anti-Israel affair.

Trump is expected to soon announce his long-awaited Middle East peace plan.

Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas (left) and jailed mass-murderer Marwan Barghouti (by BDalim) – Photos: Wikimedia

Barghouti urged Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to reject it, no matter its content and no matter what pressure he might come under. Continue Reading »

Palestinian propaganda attributes 4 terrorists killed in Gaza explosion to IDF

Four Islamic Jihad terrorists, apparently killed in a ‘work accident,’ try to turn the victims into ‘Shahidim’ [martyrs] by attributing the explosion to the IDF, claiming Israel fired tank shells at a Hamas military post.

By Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun

 

Four Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed and several other Palestinians were injured Saturday afternoon in an explosion in the southern Gaza Strip, east of Rafah.

The four were likely killed in a work accident, by either an explosive device or a rocket blowing up in their three-wheeled vehicle.

The terrorists’ improvised vehicle – Ynet News (not attributed)

Local residents at the hospital morgue identified the four dead men as members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group. Continue Reading »

Palestinian autocrat Abbas: ‘We Reject Any American Peace Plan’

No longer concealing from American Presidents the Palestinian agenda of ultimately rejecting any peace agreement offered,  Mahmoud Abbas is now openly admitting that while he may engage the US administration on its ideas to resolve the conflict, he will never accept any deal.

By ADAM RASGON

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said the Palestinians will not accept any US plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He made the comment at the beginning of a conference in Ramallah about Jerusalem.

After reducing the local Christian population from over 70% to less than 10%, Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas visits the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

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Report: Islamic Jihad leader’s massive stroke not assassination attempt

Gaza quickly jumps to deny multiple foreign media reports that Ramadan Shalah, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who just had to undergo surgery for a massive stroke, was not a victim of poisoning, saying he’s merely suffering from ‘natural illness.’

By Elior Levy

 

Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah has reportedly suffered a massive stroke and had to undergo surgery in an attempt to save his life, according to Hamas-affiliated media reports Tuesday.

Ramadan Abdullah, the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement visits Iran – Wikimedia

According to the reports, which have not been confirmed, Shalah will not be able to fully return to work. Continue Reading »

First US, now Israel accused by Russia of attacking Syrian air-base

An Israeli military spokesman had no immediate comment to foreign charges that IAF jets left 14 dead, including Iranians, after the Syrian T4 airport was attacked by missiles launched from F-15 fighter-jets. 

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF

 

The Russian Ministry of Defense accused Israel of bombing an air base in Syria overnight, the Russian news agency Interfax reported on Monday. Syrian state media also accused Israel of carrying out the strike.

Russia said Syrian air defense systems shot down five of eight missiles fired by two Israeli F-15 combat jets from Lebanese air space, Interfax said.

“The Israeli aggression on the T4 airport was carried out with F-15 planes that fired several missiles from above Lebanese land,” Syrian state news agency SANA said. Continue Reading »

UN agency places blame on Israel for failed Palestinian economy

Based on “speculation and a non-scientific ‘what-if’ logic,” the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development published a report that blames Israeli military rule on the failed Palestinian economy, ignoring rampant corruption throughout the PA & Hamas governments, inept leadership, misappropriation of humanitarian aid for terror-tunnel construction, and laws deterring cooperation with Israelis.

By MAX SCHINDLER

 

A United Nations agency accused Israel on Wednesday of impeding Palestinian economic development amid a half-century of military rule over the West Bank and a decade-long joint Egyptian blockade of Gaza.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development published a report that tries to estimate the cost of Israeli military rule on Palestinian industries such as agriculture, fisheries, quarry mining, tourism and manufacturing. Continue Reading »

Report: Israeli jets fly over Iran, photograph, collect intel undetected

According to a Kuwaiti report, two Israel Air Force Adir stealth fighter jets entered Iranian airspace, via Syria & Iraq unnoticed, including undetected by the Russian radar systems located in Syria.

BY YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA, JPOST.COM STAFF

 

Two Israeli F-35 fighter jets entered Iranian airspace over the past month, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Thursday. The act is a signal of heightened regional tensions, especially in light of recent Israeli military attacks in Syria, including against Iranian bases in the country.

Sources quoted in Al-Jarida stated that two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran, and even targeted locations in the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz. Continue Reading »

German Foreign Minister passes message to Abbas: ‘Stop Antagonizing Trump’

Meeting with autocrat Abbas and his regime in Ramallah, Germany’s new foreign minister, Heiko Maas, told the Palestinian leaders that their insults and efforts to remove the U.S. from the peace process won’t end well for them.

By Israel Today Staff

 

The Palestinian leadership might not like it, but the unavoidable fact is that the United States, even under President Donald Trump, is an absolutely necessary player in brokering any Middle East peace agreement.

Germany’s Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas – Photo: ©Superbass/CC BY-SA 4.0/Wikimedia Commons

That was the message that Germany’s new foreign minister, Heiko Maas, sought to convey to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this week. Continue Reading »

In a surprise move, Facebook disables Gaza based Palestinian media page

A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on the disabling of Safa news site account, or on the accounts of 10 Safa editors, all closed.

By ADAM RASGON

 

Over the weekend, Facebook disabled the account of Safa, a Gaza-based Palestinian news site; it had almost 1.3 million followers.

Safa is widely seen as sympathetic to Hamas, but an employee at the news site said in a phone call that the media outlet is “independent” and “has no relationship with Hamas.”

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Palestinian Arabs Demonstrate to Remove Americans from “Palestine”

Palestinian Arabs demonstrate in Ramallah, demanding all American presence, like the Jewish presence, be removed from “Palestine”.

By Dalit Halev

 

Palestinian Arabs demonstrated in Ramallah on Thursday, demanding the closure of the America House which, is operated by the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem and located in the city of Ramallah.

America House in Ramallah – Photo: Facebook

The role of the America House, which is established in 2010, is to disseminate American culture.

The protesters demanded the removal of American workers and the closure of their offices, in protest of the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and its intention to move the U.S. Continue Reading »

Hamas firefight in Gaza leaves 4 dead, Fatah unimpressed with “show”

Armed Hamas militants ‘go in blazing’ to capture Anes Abu Husa, alleged by Hamas to have carried out the attempted assassination on Palestinian PM Hamdallah, but so-called ‘assassin’ was badly wounded during siege and later dies, along with 2 Hamas operatives and alleged accomplice, all from their gunshot wounds during the siege.

By Elior Levy

 

Hamas security forces were involved in a firefight in the Gaza Strip’s Nuseirat refugee camp Thursday morning as part of the manhunt after Anes Abu Husa, suspected of the attempt on the life of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Forces have besieged a home within the camp in which Abu Husa has allegedly been hiding. Continue Reading »

Palestinian spokesman: With violence, we will thwart Trump’s peace initiative

The official spokesman for the Palestinian Authority kleptocrat Mahmoud Abbas, is threatening to increase the violence against Israel if the U.S. continues their endeavors in advancing the White House’s planned peace talks.

By Dalit Halevi

 

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the official spokesman of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, on Sunday threatened increased violence against Israel in an attempt to thwart the American plan to renew talks between Israel and the PA.

Palestinian thug, Nabil Abu Rudeineh – Photo: Arabic media

The PA’s official news agency Wafa quoted Abu Rudeineh as saying that “all the plots aimed at eliminating the Palestinian problem will collapse because of the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and its adherence to the basic principles and legitimate rights.”

“Our path is clear and we stand behind Abu Mazen’s historic leadership, in order to oppose all the suspicious plans,” he added. Continue Reading »

Beirut to increase army forces on border with Israel

Increasing Lebanon’s military forces on their southern border is viewed as a way for Beirut to contain Hezbollah’s expansion and control throughout Lebanon’s heartland.
• PM Saad Hariri: Israel still remains Lebanon’s primary threat.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff

 

Lebanon plans to increase its military presence along its southern border with Israel, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Thursday at a meeting in Rome, where he is seeking financial support for the armed forces.

Bolstering Lebanon’s army and internal security forces is seen as a way for the international community to keep Hezbollah, which has helped sway the Syrian civil war in President Bashar Assad’s favor, from broadening its clout in the Lebanese heartland. Continue Reading »

UNRWA asks US to reconsider decision after Conference seeking donations flop

At failed emergency donors’ meeting in Rome to replenish the $364m. the U.S. is holding back due to Palestinian entrenchment in refusing to negotiate a peace deal with Israel, it was announced that services to Palestinian refugees may halt this summer since 70 yr-old refugee problem lacks it’s annual budget of $1.2 Billion.

BY TOVAH LAZAROFF

 

UNRWA called on the United States to help avert a summer shutdown after pledges at a donors’ meeting in Rome on Thursday for humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees fell short.

Some $100 million in pledges for 2018 were received from the dozens of countries that gathered for the morning conference to help fix a $446m. Continue Reading »

Quō vādis, Palestinians; envious of your brethren in Chile yet?

Op-Ed: Chile has the largest Palestinian Arab community outside the Middle East – 500,000 out of nearly 18 million – where they have prospered & successfully integrated into all avenues of society, yet 2.5 million of their mid-east brethren, destined to be manipulated, exploited and punished to yet another generation of indoctrination,  suffer as puppets to their kleptocratic leaders, who perpetuate the status quo for their personal self-enrichment and that of their families.

By Ron Jontof-Hutter

 

Palestinian Arabs are constantly urged by their leaders to engage in rage. Indeed, Abbas walked out of the UNSC meeting, not bothering to hear Ambassador Haley’s speech. Continue Reading »